Category Archives: The Fretz Zone

The Fretz Zone: Mobcrush is One Less Reason to Diss Mobile

Every once in a while I hear people putting down mobile games. Mobile games aren't real games, People that play mobile games aren't real gamers, etc etc. It's kind of a strange thing to hear given the place I hear this type of commentary is usually on a dedicated mobile gaming site. As a life long resident of the greater Philadelphia area, I cannot help but be reminded of the times I have seen out-of-towners foolishly wearing opposing team merchandise to a sporting event. There are numerous YouTube vids of our home town reactions. ..

The Fretz Zone: My Big Beef with Hearthstone's Tiny Interface

I spend a lot of time playing Hearthstone[Free] on my iPhone. Between the frequent updates and competitive deck building, its a little bit of an obsession for me. It's becoming more and more prevalent that full featured desktop games are making their way into our nook of the gaming world. Its really an awesome and fantastic thing. One thing that is getting on my nerves, however, is that we are seeing a neglect for the rules. ..

The Fretz Zone: Geopanels, a PSA on Innovative Gameplay

Everyone has a topic of conversation or two that will make them light up brighter than a firework. This is one of mine. With the recent news that NIS is going mobile, I am giddy with the thought I might be able to bust out insane bonus point totals on my iPhone and iPad. For years I have been hooked on this game and specifically the mini-game area of item world...

What do you do when you want to find a good app or game? The answer to this question is rarely 'well I hop right onto the App Store and dig one up.' Most of the time you'll find that a site much like ours has much better content curation. There are YouTube channels, personal blogs, and even twitter users that garner traffic and attention simply because finding an app is a chore. I realize that this sort of an accusation requires a hefty explanation. I find that there are three major issues... well ok actually four problems but I'll get back to that last one. So why rock the boat? I mean, we get extra traffic because there are fewer ways to effectively find apps you want right? Eh. I don't really mind a little competition in this case. In the end, I am a consumer very much in need of a better App Store, just like many of you. Now we have seen some incremental improvements recently including a refocusing on editorial content. Moving away from easily manipulated algorithmically derived content is good, but I don't think it addresses the major issues still facing the App Store...

The Fretz Zone: A Comment on Comments

Imagine, if you will, a periodical written by a man who loves games. A periodical devoted to sniffing out the things that could be better, could be much better than they currently are. You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension, a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of the mind. You are moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You have crossed over into The Fretz Zone...

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