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Magic The Gathering Breakdown

Magic The Gathering Breakdown

Magic Madhouse, a leading MTG retailer in the UK, have designed an infographic detailing the characteristics of each colour metric in the game of Magic the Gathering to help beginners with the basics.
In addition to this, with each colour they have included a couple of useful hints and tips which will give people an insight as to how to gain an advantage in competitive gameplay.

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Infographic Review

Infographic Design: B

This is a unique design that I have not seen before with infographics. The circular design does make it a little difficult to read the information but those who are interested will not mind.

Infographic Information: B

I am not familiar with this information but I feel like I have a better understanding of Magic The Gathering.

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The History of Gaming

The story of Gaming has seen some interesting milestones in history. Its evolution is both exciting and eclectic. One of history’s most enigmatic general’s, Napoleon, loved the game of Blackjack, while fiction’s most commercial commodity, James Bond, has often been associated with Baccarat. This and more facts are available in GamingClub.com/au ’s informative and artistically appealing info graphic which traces the important dates in the progression of one of mankind’s oldest , fun and at times very enriching past times.

Infographic Review

Infographic Design: A

The timeline looks great with this design the images are nicely illustrated and give the infographic a historical feel.

Infographic Information: B

The information is interesting to read for those who like to gamble. It is always nice to see how something starts.

 

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Blackjack: Hit or Stand? Infographic

Blackjack: Hit or Stand? Infographic

New players often ask themselves how to master their abilities on card games, especially on those with higher odds of winning such as Blackjack. You can’t become a pro if you don’t master the very basic rules and strategy of the game. That’s exactly why we have created this infographic for you with the help of Greg Elder, a professional gambler and author of books such as “Gamblers Fight Back” and more.

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Infographic Review

Infographic Design: B+

Fun and playful design that is organized to display the information effectively. The images have a vintage look to them giving the infographic a vintage feel.

Infographic Information: B

The information does a good job of showing the proper way to play blackjack as well as some other simple techniques to gambling.

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Interactive Superbowl Infographic


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image to open interactive version (via Thomson Holidays).

This infographic is interactive, which is great on their site, but not so impressive on ours.  To get the full experience you  have to go to the link below and check it out for yourself.  Ultimately what it does is allow you to choose a Superbowl game by team or year and shows you the stats for each game.  It covers all the Superbowls.  A huge amount of effort and research went into it, and it’s very impressive.

Scorecard

Design: A

The design is perfect for what it is.

Information: A

The information provided is everything you need to know about any Superbowl.

Source:  Thomson Holidays

Call of Duty Infographic

Call of Duty Infographic

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This infographic examines the first person shooter war game Call of Duty and it’s sequels, and bounces the money made by these games about war against the actual cost of war.  An ambitious task, yes, but I think you’ll be surprised at the numbers.

Note:  this is impossible to break into subheadings, so I’ll just give you an overview of the information and get to the scorecard.

The Call of Duty franchise is worth over $3 billion.  The games included discussed in the infographic are Call of Duty 4:  Modern Warfare, Call of Duty:  Modern Warfare 2, and Call of Duty:  Modern Warfare 3.

CoD4:  Modern Warfare generated $13 million in sales the first day.  Modern Warfare 2 generated $550 million in the first 5 days of sales, beating out Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince‘s 5 day global box office record.  $310 million of those sales occurred the first day.

Modern Warfare 3 generated $560 million in sales the first day.

Each game won multiple awards.

There is a small section on the errors associated with start up of MW3, including a domain name that redirected to a competitor game’s website, the fact that K-Mart started selling the game 5 days early, contraband copies of the game selling for $1500 each on eBay, and a pirated upload of the PC version of the game that saw 5000 downloads of the game, which was pirated out two weeks early.  Despite all this, the game still generated $560 million the first day it officially went on sale.

The True Price of MW3 Vehicles

See?  I did get a sub-header in there.

V-22 Osprey:  cost is $67 million.  Total number built is 109.  MW3‘s first day of sales would have paid for 8 of them.

A-10 Thunderbolt II:  cost is $11.8 million.  Total number build is 716.  MW3‘s first day of sales would have paid for 47 of them.

UH-60 Blackhawk:  cost is $5.9 million.  Fully equipped runs $44 million.  MW3‘s first day of sales would pay for 47 of the standard, 12 of the fully equipped helicopters.

Stryker:  cost is $4 million.  Total number built is 4000.  MW3‘s first day of sales would pay for 140 of these tanks.

The production of MW2 was $50 million with a launch cost of $200 million.  With that $250 million, you could buy each of the vehicles listed above, plus on more V-22 Osprey.

The True Cost of War

The Obama administration seeks $553 billion for funding the Department of Defense in 2012.  The majority of funding goes to the Navy and Marine Corps, with a little more going to the Air Force than the Army.

The Iraq War cost $797 billion dollars.  That’s the Call of Duty franchise times 265.

Call of Duty and the Military

The Call of Duty Endowment is a code that helps employ veterans.  It gave $125,000 to the Paralyzed Veterans of America, and has plans to contribute $1 million to other veteran organizations.

In March of 2010, 300 copies of MW2 were given to the US Navy – a value of $180,000.

On November 11, 2011, $3 million was donated to the Endowment by Activision, the company that created the Endowment.  Another $250,000 was donated to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Chamber Foundation, a host of hiring fairs that is expected to secure jobs for at least 3,500 veterans.

Scorecard

Design:  A

Looks like the game, striking graphics.  The information is organized as well as it can be.

Information:  A+

Great information and the way it mixes the game information with the military information is key.

Source:  Call of Duty Modern Warfare Infographic brought to you by Modern Warfare News.

Choose Your Own Savings Adventure Infographic

Choose Your Own Savings Adventure Infographic

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It’s a treasure map!  It’s a choose-your-own adventure!  It’s a savings plan!  It’s a great idea, but let’s see how it’s executed…

Start the Game

The infographic states that “Stock markets have walked the plank.  Find the best place to stash your loot…”  This is going to be hard to explain, methinks.  Maybe I should do the rest of the review in pirate talk?  Arrrr!  Or. not.

Play the Game

The first question you’re asked is if you want easy access to your savings.  If you pick “no” you are taken to another question that asks if you’re prepared to “lock your money away” for five years.  If you say “no” to that, you are asked if flexibility is more important than a huge interest rate.  If you say “yes,” you are taken to Citibank, where you can get 6.30% on 6-month term deposits.  If you say “no” you’re taken to Victoria Teacher’s Credit Union, where you can boost your interest rate with a 3-year term deposit and 6.75%.  Basically, most of the questions lead to one of these choices.

More Factors

If you had answered “yes” to the first question, you would be asked if you have a mortgage with 100% offset account capability.  If you do, the game ends there as they advise you to put your extra money in the offset account.  If you say “no” to the mortgage question (and honestly, these days, who wouldn’t?) you are asked if you can make regular monthly deposits of over $200.  If you say yes, the game is over again, because UBank USaver pays 6.51% when you deposit $200 or more every month.  If you aren’t able to deposit $200 or more each month (and how many people in this economy can spare that extra scratch) it asks you if you’re 18-29 years old with less than $5K in savings.  It occurs to me that this is an Austrailian infographic, so none of these things actually apply to us, but it’s still helpful to know because how different could it be in the US?  Never mind.  It can be way different.  Shoot.  I digressed) and you are between 18-29, you can put your money in a UBank USaver Reach, but if you’re not you are asked if you’re willing to move your money around every few months.  And the game goes on.  It’s a clever idea, and I’m sure the information is wildly valuable to people in Australia.  I wish they’d make one of these for each country.  Actually, looking at the company’s website, I’m pretty sure they have information for everybody.  Just check them out.

Design:  B-

The idea is good, but the execution isn’t the prettiest, and I think they could have made it a lot more attractive.

Information:  A

The information given is very good and, like I said, very valuable to those it applies to.

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Online Gaming Infographic – A Graphic, Visual History

Online Gaming Infographic – A Graphic, Visual History

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So, I have to admit I geeked out a little when I found out what this infographic was about.  I am not admitting to any large amounts of online gaming, or my vintage Atari buttons and t-shirts, or my SGI Dogfight-induced Carpal Tunnel in ’89, or anything like that, I just think it’s really interesting to learn about history.  History is important.  Right?  I guess I digress…

Online Gaming Timeline

This infographic is great-looking.  The header is just perfect, with its old-school feel, and the timeline set forth is impressive because of the sheer amount of research that went into it.  It lists the online games created since 1973 starting with Empire, the first networked multiplayer game, and ending in 2011 with the long-anticipated Duke Nukem Forever, which was so long-anticipated that it could never live up to fans expectations, and is thought largely to suck.

Online Gaming Sales

After the game information, including the year, the name of the game, the creator of the game, and a tidbit of information about each, there is a section on game sales.  It’s broken out by system, and the pie charts look like little Pac-Men.  The yellow part of the Pac-Man is the sum of the world’s sales in millions, and the red piece is America’s piece of the pie.  The grand total for the whole world in game sales is $3431.34 million dollars.  Is your mind blown yet?

The next section covers the top 10 games sales by publisher in millions – also showing the sum of America and the sum of the world.  Nintendo is the clear winner, with Sony a distant second.  The section right after that deals with the top 10 best-selling games of all time, broken into an “all games” category and an “online multiplayer only” category.  For “all games,” the big winner is Wii Sports, followed by Super Mario Brothers.  The best selling online multiplayer game?  Mario Kart, of course.

The Wrap-Up on Online Gaming

There are two more little sections – one with the total sales in units.  Check out the number.  Mind-boggling.  The last bit is a big old word cloud shaped like Pac-Man with names of games that were world-changers.  It’s fun to hunt for your favorite and see how big it is in comparison to others.

Design:  A+

The mix of classic video game graphics and the layout of the infographic work perfectly, and I honestly can’t think of any criticism for the look of the graphic.

Information:  A+

Everything you ever needed to know about online gaming, all wrapped up in a very big and fun to read infographic.

Source:  Online casino and online casino games from Silver Oak

Tipping Your Casino Dealer

Tipping Your Casino Dealer

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It is a tough job to be a casino dealer, you explain and enforce the rules and wagering guidelines, ask players to place their bets and make sure that you give payoffs to the winners correctly.

There are a lot of variables for earning in the casino industry like shifting schedules and holidays. Casinos may not be getting as much numbers of patrons as they get before with developments like online gaming.

Online casino games being offered are just similar when you visit a real casino, you can play poker, blackjack and slot machines. You can also try the online version of roulette at http://www.casinotop10.net/roulette.shtml.

Many of us did not know that casino dealers are only earning about $25,000 per year. And a great portion of their earnings are from tips. Casino dealers are only expecting tips when you win and I think that it wouldn’t really hurt to share a small amount of the total amount that you wager with them.

Players who may want to avoid tipping can go to Australia or try a new game online by visiting http://www.casinotop10.net/video-poker.shtml for video poker.

Stardoll 100 Million Teens Infographic

Stardoll 100 Million Teens Infographic

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Doing infographic reviews is never dull, but sometimes I am a little more challenged than usual. Such was the case when asked to do a review for an infographic about Stardoll.com, the world’s largest online fashion and games community for girls! I didn’t add the exclamation point, that is their tagline on their site. So my challenge is that I’m an adult male without a daughter young enough to be a part of this online community, so I have very little in common with the information in this infographic. But then again I don’t have a lot in common with surrealist artist Salvador Dali’s artwork either, but I sat through an art auction and watched in horror as my wife bought a woodcut print for $365 named Purgatory 15 – Envy. Email me if you are interested in buying it, but I digress…

Infographics have really taken off, which is one of the reasons I started this site, and their uses have been focused on the marketing game which works especially well for internet marketing. No printing costs and fast distribution across the web make the infographic a great vehicle. And what better way to market a site aimed at young girls? After all, Stardoll is the largest online community for girls who love fashion, making friends, shopping, decorating and being creative! Again, their words, not mine. ;-) But this infographic’s info supports that boast and follows the site’s look and feel very well.

Bright purples and happy, sparkling starbursts provide a striking background for this charming infographic targeted to their younger female audience. Only problem is there isn’t a lot of information here and it focuses solely on Stardoll’s site growth. A few facts about Stardoll would have been welcome. Provide us some information about the site’s functionality. Why is it so popular? If you are going to use this infographic to tout your site’s growth, give us a few reasons why it has grown so popular. Seems like a marketing opportunity slipped passed when this was being written. The stats provided are very basic and the graphics are simple as well. Some quality fashion illustrations are included to support the items sold in the “starplaza” but other than that, even the graphics are sparse.

This could have been a fun graphic, but instead it feels rushed, both lite on information and design. Even my review is lite, because there just isn’t that much to review. Maybe when they reach 200 million another more detailed infographic will follow.

This infographic left me in a purple haze, when i wanted to be in the purple rain.

Design: C+

Love the fact that the infographic followed the site’s design lead but wasn’t wow’ed by anything that was done.

Information: C

Too few facts and nothing about the site, or company itself. If you are promoting how popular it is, tell us why.

Stardoll Infographic provided by Stardoll, please visit for more information.

Mobile Gaming Gaining Popularity Infographic

Mobile Gaming Gaining Popularity Infographic

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Being the proud owner of a iPhone 4 I understand the lure of mobile gaming all to well. This infographic does a solid job of presenting a wide range of information from number of companies developing mobile gaming applications to various characteristics of the mobile gamers. I was more than a little surprised to see that female mobile gamers outnumber the male mobile gamers. I guess us men need the big screen to fully pump up our testosterone to levels high enough to enjoy the gaming experience.

While the graphics are simple, using mostly muted colors and familiar geometric shapes, the vast amount of information almost dictates this type of minimalistic and ordered design. Graphics and words play well together, neither one dominating the other. The choice am modern font was a no-brainer and serves the design well. In fact, the entire infographic has the feel of being read on a mobile device. This is probably my perception and not the intent of the designer but it helps the piece feel more connected with its content.

And with this post, I begin my new rating scorecard.

Design: B-
Solid design, thoughtful use of colors, shapes and space.

Content: B-
Interesting, while not overwhelming.

source: http://jackpotcity.com/