Monthly Archives: October 2016

Xbox 360 Gaming Industry

90Since the release of the Xbox 360 there is no such thing as a budget title. Every developer studio forks out thousands of dollars for just one gaming project. Which now makes video games a more acceptable source of entertainment along with movies and television.

Not only has it given consumers something more to spend their money on but it also has given jobs to many computer/technology savvy youth. There is now more demand for jobs like game programming, developing, art design and game testing.

It may be hard for some to conceive why video games are such a multi-million dollar industry and how they rack up budgets sometimes more than movies. No longer are the days of one man made video games, unless you count the small mini-games on Popcap. The creation of a game is very complicated and requires many professions for a product to sell over a million copies. Game studios have to hire sound effects professionals in order to constitute realistic sound management. They have to hire testers that sit and play the games for hours looking for bugs or bad coding. Some studios go to such length as to hiring real actors to speak character’s voice parts just like in an animated movie. Not only that but on top of the game being made the publisher also hires publicist, managers, and advertisement firms in order for their “product” to get enough sales to constitute their hard work. But specifically there are a few games that stand out as the biggest budget games on the Xbox 360.

Halo is becoming a name almost as recognizable as the name Mario. The game holds a legacy for the best multi-player game since Goldeneye. The newest installment of the franchise delivers on every aspect that Halo fans wanted from the new game. It also sold millions of copies in its first week at 60.00 dollars each, because of its seemingly endless features and catering to its fans.

Gears of War maybe didn’t revolutionize any game play mechanics but it definitely revolutionized the way we see games today. The game was presented in the most realistic graphics that we have yet ever seen. Bringing the Unreal engine (the system the game was made with) to new heights and setting the game development bar very high.

Besides game budgets based around graphics and game features another big game came out spending thousands on its production values. Mass Effect is an RPG that allows any player to feel an interpersonal connections to the characters. The game allows you to talk and behave in whatever way you want, with every character being voice acted along the way. Truly worth the money in most gamers eyes.

How Big is the Telemarketing Industry?

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | TIMES One of the telemarketing offices of the Police Protective Fund, at 10438 US 19, in Port Richey, is buzzing with activity late Thursday (3/7/13). NOTE: The Times went into the offices with the intention to talk to the manager there about their operation, specifically about the fact they have hired felons in the past, and were asked to leave.

There are thousands of telemarketing companies in the United States, and revenues for the industry total about $15 billion per year. The industry is fairly top-heavy. The largest fifty companies earn more than sixty percent of the revenue. The telemarketing industry has been regulated since the passing of The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, which made certain practices illegal.

For instance, telemarketers are not allowed to call you before 8 am or after 9 pm, and they are required to properly identify themselves and their business. The national Do Not Call Registry, started in 2003, allows consumers to register their phone numbers on a list so most telemarketers cannot call them. Has this made an impact in the telemarketing industry?

When the Do Not Call registry went into place, response was overwhelming. Within just four days of its launch, ten million phone numbers were registered. At its peak, about 158 numbers were being registered per second. With the volume of numbers being taken out of commission as far as telemarketers were concerned, it was estimated that they would lose about half of their yearly revenue. Those who have not registered their phone numbers know that they still receive telemarketing calls, so was the impact that widely felt in the industry?

Telemarketing companies have had to change the way they do business. Because being on the Do Not Call list does not exempt people from getting calls from political campaigns, charities and some nonprofit groups, and companies with whom they’ve done business recently, telemarketers are concentrating their efforts in those sectors. The industry didn’t have to lay off as many people as had been originally feared.

All this means that we still have to deal with telemarketers in our lives. It is always important to be aware of your rights as a consumer as they relate to telemarketers. If you feel you have been harassed or improperly called, file a telemarketing complaint so you can spread the word about that particular company and perhaps help other consumers.

The Next Big Thing in the Recruitment Industry

88Fixed price recruitment is the best way to recruit employees because of the several advantages that it offers over traditional methods of recruitment. For a fixed price, your online job recruiting agency can advertise your staffing requirement on all major and small online recruitment sites.

Online fixed price requirement is preferred because it is a quick process as all CVs are e-mailed. Your organization can get access to the widest candidate base providing the opportunity to search through a large number of applications and then invite the best suited candidates.

Fixed price recruitment is what the future of the recruitment scene is going to be according to industry experts. It offers the best chance to find the ideal candidate for your organization at the lowest cost.

The younger generation of jobseekers looks online to find the best available opportunities. Job boards are making their presence felt on such portals to catch the attention of the candidates and offer them the latest openings in the industry of their choice. One of the major advantages of online recruitment is that it allows the organization to be proactive in their search for the right candidates by using the facilities on job portals to narrow down the search to those fields that are of your interest.

Fixed price recruitment plan is not only cheaper than other options where you have to pay a percentage commission to the agency, it is even more cost effective than going to job boards directly to locate candidates. If you are looking to promote your corporate brand through recruitment ads then fixed price recruitment certainly offers great value for your money as it increases your brand awareness among jobseekers to a considerable extent. You can also have the advantage of a greater pool of candidates to select from, increasing your chances of locating the best talent for the job.

A fixed price recruitment agency can field calls from candidates on behalf of the company. This saves the company time while providing them the convenience of having access to a screened list of potential candidates. Companies are just required to pay a fixed one-off which is refunded if the position is not filled.

Fixed price recruitment is definitely the next big thing in the online recruitment business. Going by current trends, fixed price recruitment are sure to make major in-roads into the recruitment market over the next two to five years.

Top 6 Major Film Studios in the Movie Business

87When you watch a movie, whether it be at the cinema or in the comfort of your own home, it’s seldom you actually think about where the movie was produced and how each film company secured the rights to the movie you’re watching on the screen. The movie business is extremely competitive. The six major film companies discussed below comprise 90 percent of the US and Canadian box office revenue. If you’re pondering a career in film, you may want to pay very close attention to the statistics below.

And while there are a few “mini-majors” still turning a profit in the industry (Lions Gate Entertainment and MGM for example), it’s fairly difficult for film companies to stay afloat while competing with these highly successful empires.

Below you will find the six major film companies (also known as “The Big Six”) and a brief description of each:

1. Warner Bros. Pictures. Comprising a whopping 19.7 percent of the US/Canadian market share (2007 figures), Warner Bros. Pictures is the biggest player in the film industry. Securing the rights to major films like Harry Potter, Superman, Batman, The Matrix and Star Wars have made Warner Bros. the No. 1 name in the business.

2. Paramount Pictures. With 15.5 percent of the US/Canadian market share (2007 figures), Paramount Pictures continues to be one of the most successful film production companies in the world. Star Trek, War of the Worlds, the Mission Impossible series, Transformers and Tropic Thunder are just a few of the popular films produced by Paramount Pictures.

3. Walt Disney. One of the most renowned film production companies in the history of the business, Walt Disney now holds 15.3 percent of the US/Canadian market share (2007 figures). With highly successful movies like Pirates of the Caribbean, National Treasure, Meet the Robinsons and Enchanted, there’s no doubt that Disney will continue to play a key role in the industry for years to come.

4. Columbia Pictures. Comprising 12.9 percent of the US/Canadian market share (2007 figures), Columbia Pictures remains a big player in the business. Some of this company’s recent successes include Casino Royale, The Da Vinci Code, the Spider-Man series and Step Brothers.

5. Universal Studios. 12.2 percent of the US/Canadian market share (2007 figures) belongs to Universal Studios, which continues to make millions for the film industry. With major hits like the Bourne series (Bourne Identity, Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum), The American Pie series, Knocked Up, American Gangster and The Incredible Hulk, it’s very clear that Universal Studios knows what it takes to make money in this industry.

6. 20th Century Fox. Also known as “Twentieth Century Fox,” this highly successful movie production company makes up 11.9 percent of the US/Canadian market share (2007 figures). Some of the biggest and most successful movies from this empire include the X-Men series, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Star Wars Episodes II and III, and the Fantastic Four.

Once again, if you’re looking for a career in the film industry, the six companies listed above are the cream of the crop. If you have the opportunity to work for one of these companies, we wouldn’t suggest passing it up.

Application of Big Data in Automotive Industry

86Industry projections reveal that by 2015 the automotive industry will become the 2nd largest generator of data from proliferating sources; that includes sensor signals, GPS based navigation logs, ad-hoc network based in-car data, registration & license records, warranty & insurance claim databases, etc. Harnessing this astounding quantity, variety, velocity & veracity of data instigates manifold applications and areas of focus for key stakeholders of the automotive industry.

Designers, OEMs and ancillary manufacturers can enhance ruggedness, efficiency, longevity, features, security, theft prevention measures of vehicles & spare parts in alignment with inputs from the big data analytics of engineering parameters, routes & driving habits, cabin preferences, communication media usages, service reports, to name a few – thus living up to the dramatic shifts in expectation and experience of customers. Car dealers can revamp their balance-sheets by maintaining a perfect synchronization between value-cum-supply chain management, inventory management, aftermarket service, proper warranty coverage policies and reminders.

Commercial fleet managers, tax authorities, traffic controllers, insurance agencies and State/ Local Governments will be able to address a wide array of common and exclusive concerns by adopting surprising revelations of data crunching techniques. Of particular importance is a proxy model that can standardize several compatible issues like monitoring of load, over-the-road taxes, emission levels, route optimization, traffic rule violation & diversion, assessment of idle time, multiple driver scenarios, accident prone situations and individuals, fraud and theft detection & reporting- all of these in a real-time scenario leading to annunciation and predictive automatic prevention. A special case for study is that of tax evasion by citizens after earning easy cash for scrap cars, by determining the likelihood of selling his car within a certain span of time, and thereby alerting the concerned authorities.

Apart from the mainstream advantages, fringe benefits of big data are also aplenty if conventional mindsets and processes shares the stage with it. For instance, websites and softwares catering to the queries of car owners regarding depreciation of resale value for their used cars can capitalize on the value added by data analytics, in order to optimize their responses around a reasonable maximum selling price – a much more uniform, practical, and acceptable approach for individuals seeking cash for scrap cars, but delaying the decision for lack of information and fear of getting exploited.

Incidentally, many micro, small and medium scale enterprise in the ‘used car’ industry has floated an apparently lucrative scheme called “cash for scrap cars” only after re-christening an old concept with the common yet catchy phrase. As such, it is not objectionable, but only up to the point when no murky affairs are organized behind the dead, rusted metals of their junkyards. From a social perspective, a large and complex puzzle involving apparently disparate issues like increased frequency of carjacking & other criminal occurrences in a certain area, along with the existence of unexplained, unaccounted funds in bank accounts of residents of that same area, is indeed very much a big data problem with a potential of creating serious offenses if not checked in real time, bypassing the convention of causal inspections.