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Video Games

The blue shells and the bob-ombs of Gamescom 2017

Gamescom is, to all intents and purposes, very much the sexier, more refined European cousin to E3’s bold, brash American convention. If E3 is a Michael Bay movie (all big bucks, explosions and exposition), then Gamescom, which wrapped up this week...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Technology

DDB Stockholm let gamers pay for gaming time with dirty underwear

Getting teenagers to help out around the house and do their chords has proven increasingly difficult with this more technologically in-tune generation, and the constant access to games, social media and digital entertainment doesn’t make it any...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

McCann London recruits gamers for unique Halo 5 campaign

For many gamers (perhaps a few Creativepoolers amongst them), today is not simply the 27th of October 2015, it's the day they've been waiting on for years. The launch of Halo 5: Guardians, the latest entry in the blockbuster gaming franchise, and the...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

Angry Birds 2 gets bigger, badder, birdier

Whilst it probably won’t go down in history as one of the very best video games of all time, Angry Birds is arguably one of the most important and influential, especially of recent years. Indeed, years before it was dethroned by the godawful...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Video Games

The gamers nightmare before (and after) Christmas

If you unwrapped and unboxed a brand spanking new Playstation 4 or Xbox One console on Christmas morning, only to be met with a barrage of error messages and broken dreams, you were certainly not the only one. Indeed, both Sony's Playstation Network...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Video Games

Mikael Hed leaves Angry Bird creators, Rovio Entertainment

It was announced over the weekend that Finnish mobile gaming company Rovio Entertainment's CEO, Mikael Hed is to leave the company after five years, which have seen him helm them through a genuine pop culture phenomenon in the shape of Angry Birds;...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Inspiration

Angry Bird Brands

Yakushev Grigory is an artist and graphic designer based in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Grigory re-invents famous logos as different angry birds from a popular game for the parody series entitled Angry Brands. I'd be more inclined to buy these brands...

Posted by: Creativepool
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Technology

#techtuesday: Harry Potter coding kits, 3D-printed guns and other stories

Creativity, code and magic with Kano’s Harry Potter Coding Kit Kano, a company best-known for its build-it-yourself computers and coding kits, has launched a new tool teaching kids and adults to code through the magical world of Harry Potter....

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Technology

The Week in Tech

Windows 10 hits home The internet was awash with praise this weekend after Windows 10 began quietly slipping into the inboxes of eager Windows 7 and 8.1 users across the world. Some of the highly mooted features include the ability to stream Xbox...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Features

The importance of gamefulness to experience design

In working through a large, complicated project for an automotive client, my team at Critical Mass faced an experience design challenge that only a gamer could solve. The features we came up with were well-received by client stakeholders, but one...

Posted by: Critical Mass
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Trends

5 things we learned at Gamescom 2019

The team at in-game advertising platform Bidstack spent last week in Cologne for Europe’s biggest gaming event - Gamescom. Here, its CMO, Simon Gosling, offers a comprehensive look at some of the key things they took away from this year’s...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Careers

How to achieve a work-life balance

Many people nowadays are juggling demanding full-time jobs, family life and other daily commitments, which can make achieving the elusive work-life balance seem impossible. However, maintaining a work-life balance is essential to your overall...

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Features

Talking Cannes Lions 2019: Key themes from this year's festival

As the dust settles after another sun-drenched week in the South of France, a selection of industry experts give their views on the key themes in 2019. Aside from the usual networking, parties and late-night Gutter Bar action, here's what else made...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

The Humane League calls time on McDonald's 'party'

The Humane League has renewed its focus on McDonald’s’ unacceptable treatment of chickens with a new brand-jacking campaign calling for the fast food chain to review its animal welfare policies. Despite being one of the biggest...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Awards

D&AD Professional Awards 2019 winners and rankings

The 57th D&AD Professional Awards Ceremony took place last night (23 May) at a ceremony in London where six Black Pencils - the highest accolade - were awarded. Droga5 was awarded a Black prize in TV Commercial Campaigns and Furlined also picked up...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Awards

Cannes Lions 2018: The Grand Prix winners

Brand Experience & Activation Apple "Today at Apple" (in-house) Apple’s in-store experience programme, which was activated in all 501 stores across the globe, encouraged each local community to develop their creativity with coding...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Advertising

The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Advertising

With the 2018​ FIFA World Cup kicking off this very afternoon, we've scoured the internet to bring you the best ads, campaigns, brand activations and more that have sprung up in the last few weeks in honour of the tournament known to those who...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

Cannes Lions Contenders 2018

The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity remains a cornerstone event for the advertising industry, even now, in its 65th year. Whilst there are plenty of changes to consider at this year's festival, with Publicis “taking a year...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Inspiration

The Power of User Generated Content: Puddle Jump Gone Wrong

Colin Rudicil had no idea when he filmed a friendly bet, it would become an internet sensation. Right before the video starts, Colin, his friend Lakeem, and a few of his other high school buddies were walking to their local Family Dollar store. As...

Posted by: Jukin Media
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Advertising

Ads of the Week

The Full Service - Macmillan Brave The Shave The striking black and white images featured in the clip above show the parents, partners and loved ones of people with cancer seconds after having all their hair shaved off in a bid to help others with...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Video Games

Ogilvy and Gentleman Scholar Help Lenovo(TM) Bring Gaming to Life

NEW YORK and HOLLYWOOD – A cinematic new animated trailer for Lenovo's Legion brand is debuting online and in targeted media outlets all around the world this week. The project was conceived by creatives at Ogilvy & Mather New York in partnership...

Posted by: The Darnell Works Agency
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Features

Creative Opinions: James Damore's Google Memo

Last week, there was a great deal of smoke being blown surrounding the memo released by Google employee James Damore, which inferred that women were biologically inferior to their male counterparts when it came to computer science and coding. These...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Video Games

Atari to release first console in over 20 years

Whilst many modern gamers might bemoan the fact that they have too much choice in this day and age when it comes to their gaming platform of choice, the reality is that we actually have it a lot easier than our 80s counterparts. Back in the days when...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Video Games

#TechTuesday: Who Won E3 2017?

Last week, the gaming industry descended on the Los Angeles Convention Centre to show off their wares, swap war stories and make the wallets of gamers everywhere quiver in fear. E3 2017 was not exactly a banner year for the expo, with precious few of...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

Richard Branson and Y&R London open Dyslexic Sperm Bank

Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson has supported the launch of a new charity, Made by Dyslexia, at the world’s first “dyslexic sperm bank.” Made by Dyslexia is a global charity led by successful and famous dyslexics, and its purpose is to help...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Technology

Visions in VR: Is the VR boom over before it started?

It would, perhaps, be unfair to say that the VR bubble has burst, because from where I'm sitting, it looks as though the bubble has barely left the niche market that spawned it. Yet, with so many headsets now sat gathering dust in closets and display...

Posted by: Benjamin Hiorns
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Advertising

Marcus Rashford and Willian save their serious prep for FIFA 17 online

Xbox are proudly shouting that Xbox Live is the UK’s fastest gaming network for playing FIFA 17 with an epic yet light-hearted new film featuring the Premier League stars Marcus Rashford and Willian. The film pastiches the serious tone of...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Design

The Future-proof Furniture Designed to Solve Tech-related Daily Dilemmas

A vanity table optimised specifically for selfies and a rug that helps you avoid walking into walls while VR gaming were among the objects presented at this year's Milan Design Week by Singaporean designer Olivia Lee. They all formed part of her...

Posted by: Creativepool Editorial
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Features

From Candy To Casino: How Mobile Games Make Money - Part 1 - Strategy

We’re spending an extraordinary - and ever-increasing - amount of time playing mobile games. Our smartphones and tablets, packed with addictive apps, entice us to spend on average 3 hours a day playing games - a figure which rocketed 57% from...

Posted by: Pentasia UK

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