Apr 18

Forget the Nicotine Patch, Try Solitaire

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Anyone who has ever tried to quit smoking knows how daunting a challenge that can be. Some people try chewing nicotine gum ‘til their jaws hurt. Others slap on a nicotine patch and try to fidget their cravings away. But would you ever guess that playing Solitaire could be the key to giving up smoking, while also having fun? For one New York Times writer, that’s exactly what happened. For her, solitaire serves many of the same functions as smoking a cigarette (“As a reward for having completed a task, as a mini-holiday from everyday stress, as a means of improving one’s mood without a doctor’s prescription, the game offers many of the same benefits as cigarettes, only it’s cheaper and doesn’t have the harmful effects of tar and nicotine.”). Apparently, it worked so well for her that she even recommends Solitaire to friends also trying to kick their smoking habit.

While no one, including the writer of this piece, is suggesting that the pleasure of playing Solitaire matches the pleasure smokers get from cigarettes, it can serve as a pretty good proxy. As the writer put it “…the pleasures of solitaire remind me of what I used to like about smoking.” So if you have a bad habit that you’re trying to exorcize, Solitaire may be the ticket. Just be careful, Solitaire is pretty easy to get hooked on, so you could be replacing one addiction with another!

Read more in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/opinion/sunday/solitaire-me-vs-me.html?_r=1&

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Apr 17

Maybe Mobile Games Aren’t So Mobile After All

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A little while back MocoSpace, a mobile entertainment portal, conducted a survey asking some 15,000 U.S.-based mobile gamers where they tend to play their mobile games. Given the “mobile” nature of the games, you would think that the majority responded with some on-the-move activity. But in fact, 96% of those surveyed answered that they play mobile games at home at least once a day and more than half of them (52%) play for over an hour each day. When playing at home, 53% said that they play the games in bed (not in the bathroom as commonly misperceived!). Other industry surveys found similar results.

That’s not to say that people aren’t playing mobile games while in transit. Actually, quite a number of people in the survey responded that they play mobile games on their commute (72%) or while waiting for an appointment (83%). And if you have a sneaking suspicion that your friends aren’t paying attention to you when you’re out on the town, you’re conspiracy theory probably proves true since some 64% of respondents answered that they play mobile games while out with friends. Ditto for your employees and coworkers, with another 64% answering that they play mobile games while at work.

This survey was taken some time ago. Have people’s habits really changed too much since then? Where are you playing your favorite MobilityWare games?

 

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Apr 16

Puzzle Games, Not Just for Play

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We’ve been talking an awful lot about the benefits of playing Solitaire; first about how it can help you study and then about how it can even help break a bad streak of writer’s block too. Not to be outdone, now puzzle games get some of the limelight today. That’s because puzzle games, like graBLOX, have loads of health benefits of their own. Research has found that puzzle games provide more than just a way to kill time; they can actually delay memory-related diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia. That’s because puzzle games keep your mind active—they stimulate the mind and boost brain cells. Keeping an active mind with puzzle games can develop focus too, which also aids in improving memory. So next time you spend 40 minutes looking for your keys only to find them in your refrigerator, try playing a couple levels of graBLOX to sharpen your mind.

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Apr 15

Maya Angelou plays Solitaire!

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A couple of weeks ago, we discussed how Solitaire can help you study. Now, as it turns out, it can help you write beautiful poetry too. At least that’s what works for Maya Angelou. In an interview with The Daily Beast, Angelou discusses how playing solitaire helps her relax and focus on writing. She describes a “…Big Mind and a Little Mind.  And the Big Mind would allow you to consider deep thoughts, but the Little Mind would occupy you, so you could not be distracted. It would work crossword puzzles or play Solitaire, while the Big Mind would delve deep into the subjects I wanted to write about.” So, do you keep your Little Mind busy with Solitaire too? Read more from the interview here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/04/10/maya-angelou-how-i-write.html

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Apr 14

graBLOX music gets the star treatment

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We all know and love graBLOX for its unique and challenging gameplay (not to mention those adorable little BLOXs!). But how many of you have been playing it with the music turned off? That’s about to change when you get a load of this. Dren McDonald, who created the graBLOX music, has taken it a step further. Born out of a Kickstarter project, his newly released The String Arcade album (thestringarcade.com) features none other than our very own “Tango Down” from graBLOX rearranged as a string quartet version. All of the proceeds from sales of the album are going to benefit a new after school free music program for kids K-5 (alamedamusicproject.org). Now that’s music to our ears! And that’s not even the end of the story. Dren plans to submit the album to this year’s Grammy Awards! So next time you’re playing a round of graBLOX, consider leaving the music on. Who knows, you could be listening to a future Grammy winner!

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Apr 9

graBLOX Level Builder How-To

So we’re sure that by now all you graBLOX fans are waist-deep in our new version of the game. For those of you just starting to get into it and who may need a little extra nudge, here is a step-by-step guide to the new Level Builder feature. The Level Builder is probably the greatest invention since sliced bread. Don’t believe us? Just check out what it can do!

Using Level Builder really is as easy as 1-2-3:

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Now let’s get into the nitty-gritty of it.  When you first open the game, you can either play one of the existing worlds that we’ve created (but that’s so yesterday), or build your own by touching the pencil icon at the bottom left-hand corner:

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This will take you to your own world, where you can build levels to your heart’s content. You can even name your world whatever you like. My world is aptly called “hooray” because that’s what I shout when I build my own levels!

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Tap any of the blank boxes to build a new level there.  There’s a totally blank canvass to create away on!

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You can start by giving the level a really cool name. Whatever strikes your fancy, just tap on the pencil next to “MY LEVEL” at the top, and give it a name befitting of the super awesome puzzle that you’re about to create.

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Now you’re ready to start building! Tap the BLOX button (second from the right) to choose what BLOX you want to put in your puzzle…

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…and place it anywhere on the grid that you want. Use as many different BLOX to build your puzzle as you like. Don’t worry if you change your mind. Just tap the pink eraser icon at the bottom of the screen and then tap the BLOX that you want to erase from your puzzle.

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What if you’re really indecisive and change your mind again? No problem! The center back arrow icon lets you undo your last action. And the first rounded arrow icon allows you to clear the whole puzzle and start from scratch.

Once you’re happy with what you’ve build, congrats! Your puzzle is almost ready for its debut. Tap the center “Solve” button at the top and go ahead and solve your masterpiece.

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If you’re too clever for your own good and are unable to solve your own creation (doh!), just go back to the build screen and add and erase BLOXs until your puzzle is picture perfect (and solvable). Once you’ve solved your puzzle, you’re level is ready to leave the nest and fly into the world. Go ahead and send it our way!

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After you press “Send”, you’ll be prompted to provide a nickname (so go ahead and give yourself the coolest alias you can think of) and your email:

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Time to celebrate (then build another puzzle)!

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Apr 8

New graBLOX release!!!

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Hey graBLOX fans! Today is your lucky day. We’ve just released a new version of graBLOX full of great new content. What’s the great new content, you ask? It’s content made by you. That’s right. With the new Level Builder feature, you can build your own levels, share them with friends, and send them to us. We might even use one of your levels in future updates.  So let’s get building!

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Apr 2

MobilityWare takes over Dave & Busters

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This week, the MobilityWare gang headed over to nearby Dave & Busters for our quarterly company all-hands meeting.  Although we here all love mobile games (of course!), sometimes it’s fun to shoot a little Air Hockey or play a little Guitar Hero with your coworkers. There was plenty of food and drinks to go around and by the end of the night, our collective game-playing efforts paid off. We were able to pool our tickets and cash in for a giant plush banana, now proudly sitting at the MobilityWare office.

 

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Apr 1

Solitaire is fun AND can help you study too!

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It’s official. Solitaire isn’t just fun, it could help you study better. Harvard Business Review found people were almost twice as likely to give the right answer to a hard decision-making problem if they’re first distracted by a simple three-minute number-matching task. On some level, this definitely makes sense. How many times have you taken a couple of minutes to tear yourself away from a hard problem only to return to it with new energy and a sharper mind?  So, if you have a big test coming up, better work Solitaire into your prep!

What’s your favorite go-to MobilityWare game to play when you need a study break?

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Oct 30

New Update for Blackjack!

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We are excited to announce a major update to our Blackjack app in the iTunes Store. We are bringing the feel of a Vegas table right into your phone. With all new table layouts, chip system, and achievements, playing Blackjack will never be the same again!

Gambling in Vegas has a certain level of excitement and risk that was lost in the previous versions of our Blackjack. There was no real value to the chips and it was easy for you guys to bet unrealistic amounts. The new chip system makes it harder to acquire chips which means you will tend to bet more like Blackjack players at a casino. The feeling of playing at an actual Blackjack table will be that much more real in our new update.

We are also introducing the new MobilityWare accounts in this update. You do not have to create an account to play our app, but doing so will allow other users recognize you on the leaderboards and your achievements. We have also now included the option of logging in with Facebook as well. If you haven’t played Blackjack yet, you can download it here for free from the iTunes Store!

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