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PUBG VS. Fortnite


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            PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (A.K.A. PUBG) has become one of the most popular games since releasing last March.  I played the game while vacationing with family in Atlanta a few months back.  It’s a great online battle royale game where you drop from a plane onto an island; from there, you scavenge for weapons that would help eliminate the other players.  Each round consists of 100 people onto one island that quickly becomes smaller as more players are eliminated.  The goal is to become the last player standing by the end of the match.

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Even after dying multiple times, I still enjoyed playing through each round.  Its full of action and prompts you to pay attention to where your enemies are.  One false move and you could be sniped instantly.  Every player is for themselves in this heated battle royale match.

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Besides PUBG, another game I check out was Fortnite Battle Royale.  Oddly enough, Fortnite Battle Royale seemed a little too similar to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.  In fact, Fortnite Battle Royale is known to be too familiar to the point that it is currently being sued.

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PUBG Corporation is suing Epic Games (company behind Fortnite) over copyright infringement.  The studio asked a court in South Korea whether or not Epic Games copied its intellectual property.

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Both PUBG and Fortnite have become wildly popular since they released.  PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds won multiple awards including Best Multiplayer Game (35th Golden Joystick Awards), Action Game of the Year (D.I.C.E. Awards 2017), and even eSports game of the year (2018 SXSW Gaming Awards).  Ever since Epic Games created Fortnite Battle Royale, the game was bought more times than PUBG.

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It’s no secret that PUBG and Fortnite have been in competition since last year.  The two games are so familiar to the point that PUBG Corporation is looking to sue for copyright infrigement.  Two popular battle royale games have become tangled into one PR nightmare.  Their audience won’t be turned off by the nightmare, being they have been discussing this inside joke around the internet for quite some time now.  Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see where the wind blows with this story.

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While this PR nightmare may not cause as much damage for the games themselves, it will be intriguing to see what happens for both companies.  Who knows, this lawsuit could hurt both parties in the long run.  Ironically enough, it is as if PUBG Corporation and Epic Games have placed themselves in their own battle royale match.

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Whatever the case may be, only one company will survive this video game PR nightmare.  Even with the nightmare happening, PUBG and Fortnite will continue to soar in popularity.

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So who will survive this battle royale match – PUBG Corporation or Epic Games?  Only one company will make it out of this PR nightmare alive.

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Sega MegaDrive Mini VS. NES Classic Edition


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A little over a year ago, Nintendo released the Nintendo NES Classic Edition.  This popular home console was a miniature-style of the Nintendo Entertainment System.  It had 30 games to choose from.  From Balloon Fight to The Legend of Zelda, every popular title was built into the machine.  Unfortunately, the product was discontinued for a while (being that they sold out like HOT CAKES within five months!); but Nintendo plans to relaunch the console this summer.

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Nintendo truly made an incredible move with their marketing strategy.  By adding consoles like the Nintendo NES Classic Edition and Super NES Classic Edition, Nintendo roped in a lot more audiences into their brand.  Young professionals that grew up playing Super Nintendo or NES can choose to play through those games again.  Nintendo is still introducing new titles for the Nintendo Switch, yet they continue to produce content for the older generation as well.  This console sent shock-waves out to other gaming companies.

While those Nintendo NES Classic Editions have been on hiatus, Sega has been working on their own plans.  This year, Sega plans to release… The Sega MegaDrive Mini.

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The Sega MegaDrive — almost 30 years later after its initial release and a mini version of it will be released this year.  It introduced controversial games such as Mortal Kombat and Night Trap; we were also introduced to Sega’s mascot Sonic the Hedgehog.  Sonic was to Sega as Mario was to Nintendo.

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No word yet about what titles will be released or when the console will be released in America, but It will first be released in Japan this year.  After that, the Sega MegaDrive Mini will be distributed all around the world later on.  Either way, we can look forward to another Sega Genesis console coming out.

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The 90s console war just got real interesting – after learning about Nintendo’s success, Sega is now jumping in on the nostalgic bandwagon.  Nostalgia is the key idea that is generating a lot of profit, being that businesses are seeing a lot of success happening for them.  Sega wants to reap in those profits through this winning marketing strategy as well.

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Two decades later and we still have the most popular video game companies competing against each other.  Nintendo and Sega are working harder than ever to further their business, all in the name of healthy competition.  Both companies have come so far, so it will be interesting to see which one is voted the better console in the future.

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In the end, its just another round between Nintendo and Sega.  Nintendo NES Classic Edition VS. Sega MegaDrive Mini – let the games begin.

MakeSandcastlesNotWar – Two Years Later


Ladies and gentlemen… today is a VERY special day.  No, it is not about PI day nor will it be six days until Spring (but THAT’S exciting too!).  Today is… wait for it while you hold my beer…
THE TWO-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF MAKESANDCASTLESNOTWAR!            `Image result for Surprise crowd gif

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I…just…WOW.  Two years.  It already has been TWO years full of PR nightmares, TV criss-crosses, business WINS, Netflix/TV binge-watching reviews, philosophical journeys and many other crazy shenanigans.  We’ve dived into some intriguing ideas as well as some of the most twisted PR stories that would affect audiences for years to come.  While some businesses crossed the line, others formulated a unique product or service to offer.

Just think that we have covered a span of these topics in just TWO YEARS.  My mind is still boggling even as I type this two-year anniversary post.  After being away on vacation for a few days this past weekend, it’s finally time to celebrate this special day.

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So last year we dived back into the first blog post topic about Jonathan Blow’s The Witness.  Ironically enough, it was a blizzard outside (like the one that is currently happening now!) and it was the perfect day to celebrate.  It was already a year since MakeSandcastlesNotWar was created, so we entered the time warp (*Swoosh*) to see how it all started.  This was a fantastic voyage of nostalgia about a dreamy puzzle adventure game.

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But for today’s anniversary, things are about to get weird…and I mean, REALLY WEIRD.  This will be a post like no other.  Today isn’t just an ordinary nostalgic post looking back in time.  We are in the midst of a…BLOGCEPTION.

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We’ve finally done it folks – a blogception has occurred on MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  There has been some strange topics popping up here and there, but this is where things will get really bizarre.

It’s about time I explain – a blogception is when a blog post is written up about a previous blog post relating to a post that was written before.  The blogception consists of only one post, BUT it becomes tethered to other similar posts from history.  There are two or more subjects happening at once, but yet they still become connected to construct a concrete story.  With all of these subjects floating around at once, your mind can’t fully grasp around the mere fact that it actually WORKS.

Hold on folks, because things are about to start…NOW.

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March 14th, 2017 – it was the day we were exploring a post about the first video game topic about The Witness.  There was so much to celebrate that day – more followers, increasing number of views, many widespread topics stemming from major categories, and even other surprises that were in stores.  I had to kick off the celebration by introducing the story of how this blog came to be.

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After studying PR in Salem State University, I was enthusiastic to continue my blog work.  I truly enjoyed the writing work I completed, so I took it upon myself to build this magnificent creation that would become MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  This sandcastle would become filled with various content – reviews, criss-crosses, PR nightmares, philosophical journeys, field trips.  Every new topic was a new adventure into another world.  Even when diving back into a familiar subject, there was always a new gem waiting to be discovered.

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And if you’re wondering…YES, there were still more topics to discuss from The Witness.  Months (even YEARS) after playing The Witness, I found so many aspects I enjoyed about it.  From the challenging gameplay to the philosophical wisdom from the audio logs, The Witness offered so much as a puzzle adventure video game.  It was these strings of posts that would lead up to the blogception that we have discovered today.

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Here we are folks – a year later after traveling back into time to discuss the first post the year before.  It’s truly a mesmerizing and glory idea to behold.  This blogception has truly given a sense of how far things have come.  What was once a small experiment on writing about some of my favorite things has blossomed into a fully-grown entertainment PR blog.  Two years later and I still gain the satisfaction of writing about more incredible ideas.

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What makes this even better is that the adventures still continue.  We still have SO much to discover in this thriving and chaotic world of entertainment PR.  There’s always another philosophical journey to write about or some TV criss-cross waiting to be found.  Who knows, there may be another flourishing business that starts sinking due to a PR nightmare.

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Times have truly changed since creating this blog post; what hasn’t changed is the initial ambition for discovering new and exciting ideas.  Whether we go forward or backward, we’re always connected one way or another.

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Writing this blog has truly been a blessing.  It has been a crazy journey since launching onto the WordPress platform.  Two years later and I still enjoy writing posts each day.

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Two years later…and the journey still continues.  What new adventures awaits us?  Who will we discover in the next TV criss-cross? Where will the next PR nightmare happen?

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For now, we can just remember this one thing… Make Sandcastles, Not War.

4/20-Friendly Entertaining Activities!


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As legal cannabis continues to sweep the nation, there is a growing demand for combining cannabis with entertaining activities.  Many trending activities are utilizing cannabis as a means to draw in more audiences for their business.  Yoga studios are allowing for open consumption before the class starts and cafes are being built to create a friendly social atmosphere for their guests.  Whatever the service may be, companies are jumping in on the 4/20 bandwagon in order to drive their businesses further.

Besides the typical yoga studio or paint night event, what other activities could benefit from open cannabis use?

Well here at MakeSandcastlesNotWar, I’ve compiled some interesting ideas on certain activities that would go hand-in-hand with open cannabis consumption.  Here are some fun and entertaining activities that would make for a successful business practice:

Bowling

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Bowling is a casual and fun sport that anyone can get into.  The simple game of knocking pins down by rolling balls each frame is the perfect activity for your family and friends.  Consuming some cannabis during your bowling session will make the game much more fun.  Even if you are landing gutter balls each frame, you will be too busy having fun to even care about your low score.  Guests should definitely have the freedom to smoke a BOWL before going up to BOWL.

          Video Arcades

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It’s no secret that cannabis makes some people better at video games, so why not put that idea to the test with video arcades.  There’s nothing more fun that going to a room full of arcade games.  You may (or may not) be better at Galaga after consuming cannabis, but you will be surrounded by other 4/20 gamers nearby.  Open cannabis consumption would definitely work at an arcade place.

          Mini-Golf

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If you want to enjoy a much shorter game of golf, than mini-golf is definitely the better alternative.  Pitter and putter your way through 18 holes full of crazy obstacles.  Whether it be the windmill or the loop-de-loop, you can always have fun playing a round of mini-golf.  Cannabis consumption would make for an even more relaxing game of mini golf, especially if it is held outdoors.

          Escape Room

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Escape room is the hottest activity that is spreading all across the nation.  Many rooms feature themes such as escaping a prison or a Harry Potter-esque dungeon.  These escape rooms can be tricky, so a bowl of cannabis could give you that creative boost to solve the puzzle.  Even if you don’t end up ‘escaping the room’ before the time limit, you and your group will still have a blast.  The escape room is definitely another fun activity that would go great with some cannabis.

          Laser Tag

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Our final activity on the count down is laser tag.  Laser tag – a full half-hour of running around shooting people with laser guns in order to rack up as much points as they can.  This may seem like more for kids, but adults can definitely get in on this action as well.  Consuming some cannabis won’t make you the next American laser tag soldier, but it will make the competition that much more entertaining.  Better yet, the whole experience will feel like something out of a video game!

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And with that, five fun-filled activities that would benefit from open cannabis consumption.  Your audience will certainly have a much more entertaining experience by adding cannabis to the mix.  Whether you are knocking those pins down or trying to escape that room with your group, it certainly won’t hurt to consume some cannabis during these activities.

If any business is looking to provide an entertaining activity for their audiences, they should consider allowing for open cannabis consumption as well.

DIY Gaming with Nintendo Labo!


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Nintendo has really been on top of their game lately.  The Nintendo Switch has been selling like hot cakes since releasing last March.  The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sold millions of copies since being released with the Nintendo Switch and Super Mario Odyssey helped boost more sales than ever.

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When it comes to video game popularity, Nintendo always seem to triumph over its competitors.  The company combines old-school nostalgic characters (Mario, Donkey Kong) with new home console systems.  It’s this strategy that captures all audiences into the Nintendo community.  Their games were made so that anyone can pick up the controller and play through the game.  These games are catered more towards casual-fun gamers in the world.

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In fact, this strategy of utilizing nostalgia into the mix is rubbing off of other ideas.  Nintendo will be launching a special gaming accessory this Spring that includes a material that many children played with for years.  That material happens to be…cardboard.

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You heard me right people – Nintendo’s next idea coming to America involves cardboard!  Nintendo is releasing the Nintendo Labo, a combination of the Nintendo Switch with DIY cardboard creations.  The Nintendo Labo will release on April 20th, 2018 (4/20 Day!).

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This new system provides cardboard cutouts that you assemble together.  Two sets of kits will be released in the Spring — the variety kit and the robot kit.  The variety kit includes items that you can assemble together to create two RC cars, a house, a motorbike, a fishing rod, and even a piano.  You can also get the robot kit that you accumulate together to create a cool robot suit!

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Here’s how the product works – you start with the pieces of cardboard you put together.  Once your creation is complete, you add the Nintendo Switch console to power it up.  While you are playing, you can even discover new ways to play each time.  You can even customize your creations with color, stickers, paint, or other original ideas.  The sky is the limits as to how you design your cardboard cutouts!

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The idea is absolutely brilliant!  I used to play with cardboard boxes as a kid, so this definitely gets me nostalgic about my childhood days.  Kids all around are definitely going to enjoy this new concept from Nintendo.

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In a marketing sense, Nintendo really took their strategy to a different level.  Nintendo has always provided a sense of nostalgia in their products and this idea really works.  Before the digital age, kids would have fun with cardboard boxes.  Using their own imagination, kids would create various scenarios with the products around them.

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Back when I was a kid, we never had iPads or smart phones to plays.  We only had our imagination to amuse ourselves.  Kids took cardboard and imagined they were in a pirate ship or driving a bus.

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That’s the selling point that makes the Nintendo Labo so intriguing – it captures the child’s imagination and molds it with the newer toys they are playing.  By mixing a nostalgic idea (imagination with cardboard) with a new product (the Nintendo Switch), Nintendo created something that every kid would enjoy.  Nintendo fans all across the nation will be excited for the hype that is the Nintendo Labo.

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It’ll be a little while until Nintendo Labo is released, but it’s definitely something excited to look forward to this year.  Hopefully Nintendo will design more cardboard cutouts so that players can play other games as well.

Look out for the Nintendo Labo releasing on April 20th!