KiwiTree – Using Spare Change to Make REAL Change

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It has been a LONG time since I have written any posts on TieAttack, that is because I have been busy with another project, one that I feel so strongly about I had to take the leap and focus all my time on it.  The project is called KiwiTree and it is going to revolutionize the way that donations are made to charities and non-profits.  Here’s the quick run down of what KiwiTree is:

What does it do?

KiwiTree is a new funding platform designed to give users the ability to support charities and non-profits they love without feeling a large hit to their bank account.  KiwiTree uses a unique system which rounds each purchase made with electronic means (including debit or credit card purchases) to the next dollar, and automatically donates that “spare change” to up to 5 causes of your choice.  There are no fees, no hassle, and 100% of all donations go to their designated organization on a monthly basis.  Also, as all our clients are non-profit organizations, many of the donations made are tax deductible for our donors. To help with taxes, all donors will receive an email at the end of each year detailing how much was donated to each supported non-profit.  We are not looking to build an empire, we have simply created a way to get money into the hands of those who can really make an impact in this world.”

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We are nearly finished with the development and are looking to start beta testing (followed shortly by wide release) in the next month or so.  Please check out our IndieGoGo campaign and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.  The project is massive and our vision is huge, but we truly believe that through spare change donations, the world can be changed for the better.

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Finding a Job in eSports – Part 3

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Still haven’t quite found what you’re looking for in the eSports landscape?  Sheesh, how many suggestions do you need?…Luckly for you I have another option ready to fire.  This one is a doozie, and of all the ways to break into the industry (aside from actually playing at a professional level) is the most difficult to be successful in.  Streaming.

We Are Live in 3…2…:  Live streams have rocked the gaming world and are a large contributor to the rapid growth of eSports as an entertainment source.  There are thousands of live streams covering hundreds of games at any given time across the globe and joining that army of Continue reading

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Finding a Job in eSports – Part 2

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So commentating isn’t your thing but you still want to find a fulfilling job in the wonderful world of eSports (okay, I’ll stop with the career fair catch phrases)?  Thinking on-the-fly isn’t your forte, and stage fright plagues you, but there are still quite a few areas you could explore.  The best area, in my humble opinion, is writing.

Writing about eSports is a much sought after occupation because it involves living the action, but then being able to sit back and digest what has happened before bringing your fingers to the home row.  Setting the pace and hours that you would like to work while being Continue reading

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Finding a Job in eSports – Part 1

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ESports has been growing at an extremely high pace for the last few years, and the world of competitive gaming seems to continue picking up steam.  Through new supporters world-wide, “big league” advertisers (such as American Express and Coke Zero), and an unfathomable amount of fanatical viewers, eSports seems to be here to stay.  With the growth comes new teams, new organizations, and new jobs ripe for the taking.  So, how does someone land a job among the gaming elite if they do not possess the skills to sit behind the keyboard?  Well, there are several routes, but if we’re going to be completely honest, none of them are easy.

To help you out we have compiled a short list of ideas to get you started.  Over the next several days, TieAttack.net will be exploring several viable options for getting Continue reading

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Tricky Tracing – A Simple Review

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Need another casual game that is simple in concept and takes little attention while still posing a challenge?  You know, something to say, occupy your hands and wandering mind while you’re having your what have now become daily hour-long phone calls with your mother (love ya mom)?  I came across one such situation and found another wonderful app to fill my time and entertain my fingers.  I’m talking about Tricky Tracing.

No, this is not some kind of children’s coloring game as the name might make you assume (but here’s one if you’re interested), although the game play is simple enough for all ages.  This puzzle game comes from an easy enough concept, basically it is a maze game.  You are attempting to draw Continue reading

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How to Snowball a Lane

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While playing League of Legends with a friend who is relatively new to the game, I recently found myself trying to help him with the basics of the gameWhere to ward, the importance of farm and last hitting, when to play passive and when to dive deep were all subjects that came up and I realized that this is (for the most part) general knowledge to players who are level 30.  He then asked me a question that I wasn’t expecting:  How do you carry a game?

Now, I know that this is a common question among lower elo level 30s.  Everyone wants to know who the best champ is to play and how they can get themselves out of the highly debated self-fulfilling prophesy that is “Elo Hell.”  It’s a Continue reading

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Save a Life

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Dumb Ways to Die” has finally made it to Android after the game has been available for iOS for several months.  If there was ever a mobile game that I had seen for Apple products but not been able to play because I prefer not to use an iPhone (not violently, I’m not crazy).  What is Dumb Ways to Die?  I’m assuming if you’ve found this article you’ve seen the viral video sensation created as a PSA by Metro Trains in Melbourne, Australia.

Here’s the video to refresh your memory:

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No Monkey Business, Just Monkeys, and Business

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Crazy, stupid, fun.  That is all I could think while playing the offering from Size Five Games (the makers of a game we reviewed long ago called “Ben There, Dan That!”) called “Gun Monkeys.”  Now, I know that words like “crazy” and especially “stupid” typically have a negative connotation, but let me be clear that this is not the case today.  Yes, this game is crazy, nearly certifiably insane.  Yes, it makes little to no sense from a story perspective.  No, none of that matters, because while I’m playing all I can do is laugh and have fun.

What is the story behind Gun Monkeys that makes no sense?  Well, if you really have to know, you are a CEO of a giant corporation who powers the world with the Continue reading

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Payday 2

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We’ve had some technical difficulties in uploading the newest episode of the Super Budget Brother’s Podcast, so here’s a favorite of mine from a few weeks back. The subject: Payday 2. We were impressed to say the least.
Don’t forget to head on over to superbudgetbrothers.com to listen to all our episodes, subscribe in iTunes to get our weekly updates, and leave us a rating! Thank you so much to our loyal listeners!

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Listen to the episode here.

“Rob banks with friends!”

Pick up the game here.

Pros:
– Weapon, mask, and upgrade choices allow players to develop their own style
– Mixture of special enemies, missions, skill sets, and randomization of small details keep the game fresh and interesting for new players and veterans alike
– Awesome adrenaline-pumping music

Cons:
– Although Crime.net is a thematically interesting idea, it can be frustrating to wait for a desired job
– Computer-controlled partners only come in handy during firefights
– No solid tutorial to introduce new players to mechanics

Ratings, next week’s game and contact information after the jump.

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Dots, Lots of Dots

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Well, another plane ride along with the pre/post-flight time in the airport means only one thing.  No, not buying an overpriced bottle of water and hoping that I don’t get strip searched, downloading another mobile game for some quick casual gaming.  For this trip my in-flight entertainment choice was “Dots.”

As you would guess, this game is about, well, dots.  Dots is a game in the same style made popular by Popcap’s “Big Money” but with a small twist.  Instead of simply demolishing pockets of like-colored circles to gain points, you choose Continue reading

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