Game Review: Velvet Sundown

Name: Velvet Sundown

Developer: Tribe Studios


Platform: Windows/Mac

Price: Free (with scenarios that can be purchased)

Download: Steam

Although I’m late to finding this game, it doesn’t matter much because I had to wait anyway to play it. All jokes aside, I was filled with anticipation. The start screen is equipped with a chat, a log filled with the players online and the playable scenarios off to the side.

The start screen is equipped with a chat, a log filled with the players that are currently online and the playable scenarios off to the side. To start you off and get you familiar with the controls, the game puts you into the tutorial. Here you learn the basics, which is estimated to take 10 minutes but it should presumably take less (I took less than 5 minutes).

Then you’re brought back out to the loading screen where you now get to fend for yourself.

One thing I love about this game is that all of the scenarios, both free and paid rotate every two and a half hours. This gives you the chance to try them all out before you buy.

I wouldn’t buy them just yet, though. Even if you LOVE the scenarios, I wouldn’t recommend buying them until you seen the demand. At the time of writing this, there are five players in game. Every one of these players is playing the free version. The other three (including me) are waiting patiently for enough players to join our round of the free scenario that has spun around this time.

This for me is one of the downfalls of the game. It truthfully isn’t that fun to wait for an undisclosed amount of time to play a game, but it is easier to overcome once you really get into the gameplay.

So finally. Into the overall gameplay. You’re thrown into the scenario with around four other players (three for me because I dragged my friend along) and you take over the body of a random character. You get a quick overview of the character and their place on the boat. Next, you’re given objectives and an inventory with supplies. Then you’re free to roam the boat!

I’ve played all of the scenarios and the objectives in each scenario are different. Most scenarios take around half an hour to play. For the most part the roles of the characters are similar. The layout of the yacht is the same. There are items like tasers, important data, business cards and passports. There are devices that can identify you. Pens to write down the name of who you’re accusing as the murderer. And the items are only part of the fun.

The online multiplayer experience in this game can be a hit or miss. For myself, I get a kick out of behaviour triggered by anonymity. I found the experience to be interesting and unpredictable. This also makes for a whole new experience each time you play. I’ve noticed a few regulars on the game, but they always make for a great time.

Next you do what you please. None of the story is revealed to you. You’re left to figure it out. Walk up to Matt and tase him.

Game Review: Velvet Sundown

A Life Changing Trip

Late 2014 til early 2015 was one of the most interesting times of my life. I did things that I had never even dreamed that I would do. I was in college, completing projects for clients I chose, and clients I didn’t choose. It was a competitive environment where my classmates and I tried to create our best work in hopes that a client might choose it. Yes, to use for real, for real. 

On Labour Day weekend of 2014, I found myself in Toronto. Along with my friend and my sister, we were taking our once-in-a-lifetime chance (which surprisingly turned out to be the “first of many more”) to do something we had been waiting to do for a few years. We found ourselves beside the catwalk at the Rogers Centre watching one of our favourite bands, and later sleeping in a hotel that they had stayed in the year before.

Skipping forward to March 2015, I found myself and the rest of my program in New York City. Not being one for the city life, I found myself a bit miserable during the 4-day stay. But there were most definitely some highlights.

Each day, my professors had planned trips to multiple agencies. We visited large global agencies like DDB New York and BBDO New York, and smaller ones like BigBuzz. I took so much away from visiting and learning from these respectable agencies. Their offices were inspiring and designed to work well with their employees. And the employees – inspirational. Many of them were very young too. Seeing people that are not much older than me working in highly respectable and reputable agencies like the ones we visited was so interesting and motivating. They had mounds of information that they were willing to share with us. Coming from a small city like Ottawa, I guess you could say we didn’t really know what to expect from New York and agencies that had actually created some of our favourite ads. I can’t speak for my classmates, but they have given me an expectation for myself to work even harder and create great work. I can’t thank them enough for that.

There was one last agency that we visited that really stood out to me. They way they worked was so interesting and different from the other visits, that I can’t leave it out. sparks & honey is another agency we visited that not only gave us a tour, but they also let us sit in on one of their meetings, where they discuss things that are happening in the world as well as trends to watch.

And that’s what their agency thrives off of. Trends and culture. They have boards around their office, drowned in sticky notes with any trend that you could ever think of. They analyze these and use them to their advantage.

One of my professors told us about their app after we returned from the trip. It’s called now, next. Everyday, they analyze new trends and cultural shifts. And they assign different elements of culture to the trends. It’s an interesting and informative app that can really help with advertising and marketing, or any industry really that involves consumer behaviour. It really gives a great understanding of everything that is going on in the world.

New York was a wonderful and necessary experience that I’m glad I was able to be apart of. Even though I don’t like the hustle and bustle of big cities, and I’m not one for looking out my window to see yet another building, I had a great time visiting these insightful agencies. Oh, and watching a taping of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Maybe living in New York isn’t my cup of tea, but I’d certainly be open to remote job opportunities there for sure.

I finished off the rest of 2015 with more exciting memories that I would love to share in another post. But I will treasure the memories from these agency visits for a lifetime.

Do you know of any new and innovative agencies that are popping up in the world? Maybe you have a favourite? Thanks for reading, and let me know in the comments!

A Life Changing Trip

When the Lord Copies and Pastes

Instagram. A simple and easy to use app that’s grown to crazy heights in the past 6 years. There are still some faults that I wish could be changed within the app (like the ability to click links that are posted in the captions) but it’s a great way to stay connected with your friends and celebrities alike. And for the celebrities, it can be an easy way to become highly-criticized.

By today, most people have heard about Scott Disick’s Instagram “slip-up” where he was to write the caption under the picture he had to post at 4pm for Bootea. The caption, copied and pasted from an instructional email that Bootea sent to him, was caught by Twitter user @frankiegreek. Instead of just posting the caption that they had sent him, he posted the whole email:

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Photo by @frankiegreek on Twitter

Although the caption is fixed now, there are some lessons that we can learn from this as advertisers.

Looking at the situation, it’s hard to place blame on someone. The Bootea team made it clear of what the caption was to be. It seemed to be properly distinguished from the rest of the message, so it seems to be just an honest mistake on Scott’s end.

But what could Bootea have done differently to prevent this from happening?

One alternative (although it’s tedious) could have been two separate emails. One instructional email:

“Hi Scott!

The email to follow will have the caption for your Instagram post. Please post it at 4pm.

Thank you!”

And one email  with the subject of “Instagram Caption” that solely contains the caption:

“Keeping up with the summer workout routine with my morning @booteauk protein shake!”

By doing this, it’s harder to copy and paste the wrong thing. At the same time, it’s easier to distinguish what you really should be copy and pasting.

We have to remember that celebrities are busy too, and have many other things to worry about. Giving them an easy system to work with will not only help them out, but also save them from the “bad publicity” that this could potentially cause them.

One other thing they could have done was to send a quick reminder that he could schedule into his calendar. This would include the date, time, subject (saying what it’s for) and the message. It’s a simple alert that could have been sent to him by email. And with one click, it would be put into his calendar.

Of course the Bootea team probably didn’t anticipate that this would ever happen, but surely, they’ve learned from it. Hopefully some of these suggestions will help you, or others to eliminate the chance of this from happening. The easier we make it on our promoters, the easier it will be for us.

Do you have any other suggestions that could have prevented Lord Disick from this Instagram mishap? Let me know what you think about the whole situation!

When the Lord Copies and Pastes

The Virality of a BuzzFeed Post

As of yesterday, I went back on to BuzzFeed to test out some content. I am really interested in the whole “listicle” concept and what works and what doesn’t. I logged back on today to see not too much action on my post from yesterday. So as of today, I’ve written a new one.

Yesterday I wrote: “6 Unavoidable Feelings When Trying To Avoid Someone“. This has only racked up 11 views as of right now. Here’s a quick overview of the post:

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I’ve shared it through text, and Twitter. I was pretty happy to see that 11 people had actually taken the time to look at it. But I hope to be able to rack up more views as time goes on.

Today I wrote:  “10 Items You Can Buy To Annoy Your Coworkers“. Posted 44 minutes ago, it has so far only racked up 6 views. Here’s an overview:

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This has only been shared through Twitter (and now WordPress). I am hoping to have more success with this too.

All in all, I’ll keep updating the stats on my experiment. I would encourage you to share the articles if you like, and see if we can get the ball rolling.

So, if you’re interested in checking out my articles, here they are again:

6 Unavoidable Feelings When Trying To Avoid Someone

10 Items You Can Buy To Annoy Your Coworkers

(I also made a quiz in college on the Advertising industry if you’re interested in checking that out) R U Ready For The Advertising Industry?

If you’d like to check me out on social media, here are my handles:

Twitter: @BrxndyB

Instagram: @bthewriter

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried your hand at writing any BuzzFeed posts and your success stories. Let me know in the comments!

The Virality of a BuzzFeed Post