Luke McKinney threw his British money at Kim Kardashian’s shitty app (so you don’t have to).

4 iPhone Games That Clearly Hate the Player (Tested)

#4. Kim Kardashian: Hollywood

You can buy lightning bolts for K-stars, which cost real money, and I really wish that was drug slang, because then this experiment would be way more fun. And I wouldn’t now know that people volunteer for the most pointless chores in the world and then pay to skip them. But I do*, which is why my next article will be about building and setting off EMPs.

*This game has grossed $200 million.

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Has China found the future of publishing?

Self-publishing: it’s exploding in popularity, we all know that, with self-published authors selling millions via Amazon’s Kindle, pushing traditionally published authors out of the top spots on new ebook charts, etc etc. But did you know that self-publishing websites are attracting more than 40% of all China’s internet users every month? I didn’t, and I am reeling, a little, from the statistic.

These aren’t Authonomy-esque, publish-and-be-encouraged-by-fellow-writers sorts of sites, though, or even collections of self-published novels. The websites host what is being dubbed “freemium” publishing. Publishing Perspectives has more details: a growing number of self-publishing websites host thousands of free-to-read web serials – anything from historical epics to sci-fi – posted by their authors. As a serial gathers critical mass, the author is invited to become a “VIP”, and readers have to pay for the new instalments – only a few yuan, but these micropayments from readers can number in the millions: China Daily reports that one author, the 26-year-old Huang Wei, makes more than more than Y1m a year (£100,000).

“It’s pure entertainment, written, downloaded, read and deleted all at top speed,” says Beijing-based literary translator and publishing consultant Eric Abrahamsen, who also writes for the Chinese publishing industry newsletter Paper Republic. “Basically all of this writing is genre fiction. It is produced by young writers and aimed at young readers.”

» via The Guardian


Pokemon Shuffle Available for Free on the 3DS eShop

And I really want to underline the word “free.” Or maybe I don’t. Shuffle is another game that’s come out of Nintendo’s constant struggle with freemium titles. 

It’s a standard match 3 title but packed with plenty of Pokemon mechanics such as battling, type weaknesses and even Mega Evolution. Go download it!

Buy: Pokemon Plush, Pokemon TCG Sets

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the anti-christ-kids with your favorites satan marsh and kyle broflovski the anti-christ!!

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