Recently I was blessed with enough disposable income to upgrade my crappy basic phone (dumb phones, I call them – I know, so original). Since I’m enamored with the new Windows 8 and can’t wait to get a new computer with a touch screen, we went to check out the Windows store. Lo and behold, they had a special running! Buy one get one! Whoo! Windows 8 Phone it is!
So far, its been great. Really easy to use, pretty intuitive, but not so basic that it’s boring. I love the concept of live tiles and having stuff ready to launch on my home screen, and I love that they’re interactive! The pictures move, guys! I’m easily amused.
One of the biggest complaints about the Windows phone is the limited App store, which I admit, I was nervous about. I still have my tablet, but with a smart phone, I don’t need to drag my bulky Galaxy Tab around everywhere. (When did the GALAXY TAB become bulky? I’m sensing a disturbance in the force, my friends.) But I love my Android apps, I cried! What if they aren’t all available?
Well, they aren’t. And I’m dealing. The only one I’m really missing, the one that doesn’t have a decent Windows version, is Instagram. And since you can’t upload pictures to Instagram via the computer, it’s a pain to transfer pictures from my phone to the tablet, but I’m surviving. My followers just get random, mega-uploads of pictures, which I then have to apologize for. It’s a work in progress.
I’ve seen some new and interesting games for the W8P, however. Because Windows has rules for releasing apps, unlike Android, and because the Windows phones are just now gaining popularity, the App store is indeed smaller. But I found a gem of a game, and I’m addicted.
“QONQR is a location-based, social game for mobile devices. Players are operatives who must capture geographic zones by deploying nanobots to help their army defeat the opposing armies and QONQR the world. Successful deployments, recruiting, and squadron coordination result in experience points that, over time, promote the operative through higher and higher ranks, providing more powerful armament and abilities.”
The backstory is cute, too. “An Artificial Intelligence from the indeterminate future has mastered the intricacies of time itself and succeeded in embedding a small portion of its intelligence into the networked infrastructure of today.” Those who know about QONQR have argued over what to do and split into three factions; you choose to play as one of the factions.
It works pretty simply, too. Wherever you log on, that’s where you are. You create bases and harvest resources from those bases to buy upgrades to your “scope”, which is just a creative way to say your phone, and send your bots to attack whatever areas you can reach that are controlled by enemies. Its simple and quick and INSANELY addictive.
If you’ve got a Windows phone, seriously, check it out. I get frantic when someone takes a zone away from my faction! My husband introduced me to the game but I’ve quickly surpassed him in level due to my OCD about checking my bases.
My favorite part of the game is the necessity to move. It’s based on your GPS location, so if you never leave your hometown, you’ll never conquer anything. Every time we go visit family, our phones come out at least once an hour to check zones and create more bases. You have no idea how addicting it can be, but its gotten us to look at the larger map and see where we could travel. And since we’d be traveling, we’d be seeing new places and getting out of the house – which is always a good thing when you’re a gamer.
Location-based games and activities are definitely on the rise with the growing number of people using smart phones. Geocaching is another fantastic activity that gets you out and about.
I highly recommend the game if you’ve got a Windows phone; if not, keep checking to see when it’ll be available for your device. And when you sign up, PLAY THE FACELESS. We’re the coolest, guys, seriously.
Earlier this week, a video produced by Dove was making the internet rounds and sparking all kinds of debate in its wake. In it, a sketch artist drew two versions of the same woman - one as described by herself and one as described by her friend. The resulting disparities between the two sketches were meant to show how skewed the woman's perspective of her appearance is, and that she is more beautiful than she thinks herself to be.