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The aim of this blog is to collect and archive my selected thoughts, ideas, feelings, reactions, and opinions on subject matters that pique my interest. These entries represent initial drafts that may contain grammatical and spelling errors and whose substance and position could still change, and which, at some point, I could decide to put together into in-depth articles that will be posted on the main Saved Content and Poverty Sucks sites.

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My Telegiz Articles for February 2017

Here are the articles that I wrote for Telegiz in the month of February in 2017.  There are 10 articles in all for that month.

'Final Fantasy' Poll Reveals Five Most Popular Heroines in Franchise History in Japan

February 2 - A small survey of college students produced a list of the five most popular female characters in the "Final Fantasy" franchise.

Konami Bashed Again By 'Pacific Rim' Director Guillermo del Toro

February 3 - Hollywood director Guillermo del Toro continues his tirade against the video game company Konami.

'Hearthstone' Update from Blizzard Finally Makes Android App Size Smaller

February 4 - Blizzard released an update for the game "Hearthstone" which reduces the installed size of the game.

'Destiny' Update From Bungie Will Address Issues with Crucible Balance

February 7 - Bungie hopes to fix Crucible balance issues in its online multiplayer game, "Destiny", with a new update.

First White Dwarf That Acts Like Pulsar Discovered by Astronomers

February 9 - Astronomers have discovered the first white dwarf that acts like a pulsar.

A Supermassive Black Hole has not Stopped Devouring a Star After a Decade

February 14 - A supermassive black hole that is consuming a star has not stopped even after ten years of activity.

'Dota 2' Update 7.02 Has Been Released by Valve

February 15 - Video game publisher Valve released update 7.02 for the online multiplayer game, "Dota 2".

GTA 4' Sales Spikes After Backward Compatibility; Performance Issues on Xbox One

February 15 - After the Xbox 360 game, "Grand Theft Auto IV", was made backward compatible with the Xbox One, sales of the game increased on Amazon.

The "Draft Challenge" of Supercell's "Clash Royale" Held for the 3rd Time in as Many Months

February 25 - Supercell offered once more, the "Draft Challenge" game mode for its mobile game "Clash Royale".

'Uncharted,' 'Assassin's Creed,' 'Metal Gear Solid' Developers Featured in Free YouTube Series

February 25 - The "Game Makers" is a free YouTube documentary video series which features interviews with game developers that discusses their craft.

'Cut the Rope: Magic' Discounted for the First Time Until Thursday

ZeptoLab's physics-based puzzle mobile game, "Cut the Rope: Magic", is free for a limited time until Thursday as Apple's Free App of the Week.  The offer ends on Thursday.


Owners of Older iOS Devices Can Now Get Apple's Top Apps For Free

Apple had already made its apps, GarageBand, iMovie, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote, free for owners of new iOS or macOS devices.  This time, they're making it free for everyone with an Apple ID.

Except for iMovie, which requires iOS 9.3, the other apps that Apple made free currently require at least iOS 10.  Owners of devices with older iOS versions can still get the apps for free by downloading the apps on iTunes on a PC or Mac.

This adds the app to the purchase history of an Apple ID account.  Once Apple's apps can be found in the purchase history on the older device, the last version of the app that is compatible with the older iOS version can then be downloaded.

Source: Telegiz


'Starcraft' is Now Officially Free

It's an uncommon sight to see a video game company just give away one of its most popular games for free,   It's even rarer to see that game being made permanently free, especially one that the company was still selling very recently, but this is exactly what Blizzard has done.


Official Free Release of 'Starcraft' was Revealed Last Month by Blizzard

Last month, Blizzard announced a new update 1.18 coming out for "Starcraft: Brood War".  It was the first news of an update for the classic game in 8 years.  The more significant tidbit that was revealed in the patch notes for the update, was that the game was going to be free.


My First Telegiz News Articles, All Written in January 2017

I joined Telegiz in the last week of January 2017.  Here are my first articles for Telegiz, written in that period.



Finally, One Publisher of an Android Game Reduces its Installed Size

Software tends to grow in size over time as it adds features and receives improvements.  This is also true for mobile games.  In fact, the problem of large games is magnified on mobile devices.

Unlike PCs, mobile devices do not have as much storage space.  Their internal storage cannot be upgraded and there is a limit to the amount of memory card storage that can be added.  Eventually mobile device users will run out of space if they have large games installed.


'Clash Royale', 'Minecraft', and 9 Other Mobile Games Got Updated This Past Week

11 mobile games got updates this past week.  Of those games, the most well-known were "Clash Royale" from Supercell and "Minecraft: Pocket Edition" from Mojang/Microsoft.


Google Finally Follows Apple in Allowing 100% Discounts on Apps

I've been using the iOS app, AppZapp for 5 years now, ever since we bought our first iOS device,  AppZapp tracks any changes made to an app on the iOS App Store.

A significant feature of AppZapp is that it monitors price changes.  Most importantly, the app finds other apps on the App Store that have dropped in price to zero, making the app temporarily free in price.

'Pacific Rim' Director Really Hates Konami

It appears that Guillermo del Toro, director of "Hellboy" and "Pacific Rim", harbors a lot of hatred for Konami.  He has twice posted insults on Twitter aimed at the video game company.

Younger Gamers Now Prefer Newer Final Fantasy Characters

A poll of Japanese students revealed their favorite female characters of the Final Fantasy series.  Three of the top five characters chosen were from the most recent of the past releases from the franchise.  This seems to be the result of the younger generation's greater familiarity with the newer titles compared to the old ones.


It's Surprising That Miniclip's '8 Ball Pool' is Among the Top Apps

When I think about the top apps on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, I tend think of "Clash of Clans", "Clash Royale", "Pokemon Go", the micro-transaction laden "Game of War", or "Minecraft".  I knew nothing about "8 Ball Pool" and not much more about its developer, Miniclip.


Finally I Can Buy a Digital Copy of Swat 4: Gold Again

The last time a brand new copy of Swat 4: Gold was widely available was back in 2011.  That was the year that the online digital game store, Direct2Drive was bought by video game rental service, GameFly.  That was also the year before it was shutdown, also by GameFly.


'Fallout 4' Mod Puts Brad Bird's 'Iron Giant' in the Game

I love the animated movie "Iron Giant".  It's one of my favorite films of all time, not just of animated films but including live-action films.  It was a pleasant surprise to discover that there is a mod that changes the giant robot in "Fallout 4" into the Iron Giant.


Call of Duty World League Competition has a Prize Pool of $200,000 Offered by Activision

An esports competition involving Call of Duty Infinite Warfare is now offering a prize pool of $200,000.  I don't think Activision, the publisher of the Call of Duty franchise, has been heavily involved in esports before.


How can I get Starcraft II for Free?


Blizzard has confirmed that they are giving away Starcraft II for free.  They are giving licenses for the game to random Battle.net users.