Bangladeshi video gamer makes a gaming empire: The B2M Games story

Video games have played a significant part in shaping most of our lives. Video games have a way for our imaginations to spring free. The engaging narratives and open sandboxes in games inspire us to build worlds, follow storylines, be engaged in new universes and have a lot of friends while doing it. Many of us have wondered, if only we could turn our love for video games into a way to make money.  What if the dream of having your own gaming empire came true? Is that even possible in Bangladesh? Introducing, B2M Games.

What is B2M Games?

B2M Games specializes in making addicting mobile video games on the Android platform. Some of their games are Fruit Hit Smash, Kingfisher, Tap Tap Dagger. Their most popular game, “Adommo 71” has a solid fan base and played regularly by locals. The Adommo series may be followed up with future entries.

A whopping 65 games are in the development phase. Their future plans include creating more than a thousand video games.

Founded in April of 2016, the company started with three people. B2M games has now grown into a 12-person team with 6 developers and 4 designers. B2M games has started to break even on their third year of operation. For a gaming company in the current industry, especially in the context of Bangladesh, that is a remarkable and difficult feat.

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B2M games is the dream child of Rayid Isaam Faruq, Founder and CEO.

Driven by the passion of one gamer

Mr. Rayid possessed knowledge of app building, but his skills in game making was next to nothing at the initial stages of the company. Mr. Rayid’s, an avid game enthusiast, took his passion for gaming and turned into a full time job.

Before B2M Games, he worked in a holding company which dealt with purchasing intellectual property of game companies. Mr. Rayid was motivated by this experience and drew from it to acquire the necessary knowledge of the industry and confidence to start B2M Games. The astonishing growth in smartphone usage penetration also contributed to B2M Games’ growth. Mr. Rayid’s story inspires us to carry our dreams with us, wherever we might end up, even in jobs and tasks that may seem unrelated. It might just happen to come compound into something bigger and come true.

Advice to aspiring game developers

Learn as you go and keep improving

At the moment, B2M Games are producing fun, but simple games. But it is a company which seeks to evolve with each release. Mr. Rayid puts it simply, his team has grown with each game and through the vigorous process of trial and error. They have worked on each new release, being smoother and more seamless, more emotional and cerebral.

Grow slowly, but effectively

As trailblazers in a relatively young industry in Bangladesh, persistence and quality is important.


Mr. Rayid’s message to aspiring game developers is to grow slowly, but effectively. He advises planning out a road map for your company and working according to that plan. Not getting ahead of yourself is strongly recommended, and patience is key. Most of all, he advises writing down the rawest version of the dream you have and looking at it every once in a while– just in case you ever lose your way. Because it is a long road ahead.

20th edition game is coming out soon!

On this journey of growth and learning, B2M Games is reaching a milestone in the form of their 20th edition game, Brain Calculator. This game is different than other B2M projects in that this is more of mathematical puzzle game, as opposed to one click action/arcade games. It is going to be a very colorful retro experience and due to launch very soon.

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You can download their games today from the Play Store. Join B2M Games on their exciting journey and support local entrepreneurs while you are at it.

Things to consider before choosing the right television

The use of televisions has evolved over the years with better sets being introduced with the advancement of technology. Nowadays, you are able to play games, live stream via the internet, watch movies from your flash and watch using decoders among others on one television.

And now with the Cricket World Cup 2019 coming up in May, we take a closer look at the key things you should consider before buying a television.

Display

The most important thing about any television is the display screen. Quite obvious that one. When it comes to the screen, there is a lot to consider in terms of panel technology.

OLED is commonly available in the market and it has the best black levels, colors, and contrast than any other television screen. On the downside, OLED panels tend to have issues such as burn-in, which can leave minor color artifacts visible on your TV after prolonged usage.

QLED is a relatively new technology that uses quantum dots to produce colored light. This uses a quantum dot layer that is said to improve brightness and colors on the TV. QLED screens are better than OLED, LED, and LCD TVs.Moreover, QLED TVs doesn’t have the issue of burn-in compare to OLED TV. The burn-in can be a big issue for gamers. Samsung is one of the few brands who have TVs with QLED screens and surprisingly the prices are cheaper than OLED TVs in the market. Samsung QLED TVs delivers outstanding colors unmatched by any other brand.

The Resolution

TV manufacturers are rapidly shifting from HDTVs to Ultra HD sets (also called 4K). Ultra HD videos look noticeably better. And it’s getting easier to find a suitable TV set with 4K capabilities, provided the market saturation. Content providers have begun to adapt to this change too. Several streaming services, like Netflix, have started offering 4K content.

Price

A television can cost you a small fortune. The good news is that now you can get a great TV even if you are on a tight budget. We usually purchase a TV with the intention of using it for a few years. So, investing the money on buying a TV from a good brand will be the best option. Because they will offer better technology, sharper design, metal finishes, thinner bezels, better motion processing, and smoother pictures. And most importantly, a they have a brand image to worry about, so performance and customer care is guaranteed.

Input lag and the choice you should make

Input lag is the time it takes for an image to go from the TV’s processor to the screen. This is generally around one-hundredth of a second (10 milliseconds). But for gamers, every millisecond counts. In fast-paced shooters or one-on-one fighting games, ten milliseconds can be the difference between victory and defeat. Samsung is known to have the lowest input lag out of all the brands in the market.

So far, we have seen that Samsung TVs are great for gamers because of the QLED technology and the lowest input lag. Moreover, if you are a fan of large screens or just want as small secondary TV, Samsung has something for every room size and every wallet.

Conclusion

For the last 13 years, Samsung has been the number 1 global brand for TV in terms of sales. Most of their models have great picture quality and very good smart features since Samsung puts a lot of research to bring further improvements in this area. Recently they have announced unbelievable prices for its television range in Bangladesh. It is offering the lowest ever price, bringing their high-quality televisions within the affordability of customers.

Uber Eats launches in Dhaka

Starting today, April 30th at 12 PM, on-demand food delivery app Uber Eats has officially been launched in Dhaka. The app is to work in a similar way to other food delivery services present in Bangladesh. Although with the added reliability of global corporation Uber.

Not all of Dhaka though, yet

Uber Eats has partnered with over 150 restaurants at launch. These include Pizza Guy, Chillox, Cheez, Madchef and Sultan’s Dine. It will be available in key neighbourhoods of the city like Baridhara, Banani and Gulshan at launch. No, not Uttara.

Uber Eats launches in Dhaka

Separate apps

This is to reiterate that the Uber Eats app is distinct from its Uber or Uber Driver apps. Uber Eats aims to make the food delivery process seamless and swift. It allows consumers to live track the progress of their order. It also allows scheduling an order ahead of time.

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More competition?

While the advent of a global giant corporation like Uber might not be good news for local companies, it is advantageous for consumers. Uber’s massive resources allow it to establish lower prices than would be usually available. And increased competition between service providers is always good news for consumers.

Thanos google search: Genius marketing?

The long-awaited conclusion to the Marvel Cinematic Universe is upon us. Avengers: Endgame is about to/has hit theatres, depending on where you’re living. It truly is the end of an era, as more than a decade of storytelling reaches its climax.

Avengers: Endgame is perhaps the single most important cinematic landmark in recent history. And it is great to see Marvel and Google throwing out some compact but fun details to lead up to the big deal.

Go to google and search Thanos. A small infinity gauntlet icon can be noticed beside the usual webpage.

Click on it, and the page randomly scrolls down to different weblinks and snappily(kek) eradicates them.

Small easter eggs like this go a long way for hyping the monumental occasion. Sure, trailers and teasers have their place and have honestly taken on a lot more importance than they used to due in no small part to Marvel.

But you can’t help but wonder if this is the future of marketing. Little things like these go to show the effort and enthusiasm those in charge have put into the project. It has its way of speaking to the fans, and like any conversation, the fans feel inclined to reply.

We have waited long for the culmination of the Avengers plotline. And the Thanos gauntlet trick shows that the people involved with the project are just as excited as we are. Now if only the figured out a way to eradicate the spoiler people.

Marvel’s Avengers Endgame launches in theatres on 26th April. We are sure you have gone through much to acquire tickets. So go earn your stay. And for those of you who haven’t gotten tickets yet, we feel you.

Game of Thrones S08E01: Awkward Reunions

The period of waiting has concluded. The end times are upon us, my lads and ladies, winter has come. And its first episode is almost entirely as awkward as my attempted regal speech.

Game of Thrones has finally returned to our screens. The first episode, King’s Landing, dropped this morning. And as always, it stands impressive with its visuals and narratives.

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Setting up shop

A good first episode sets up the story for further development and structures the narrative. King’s Landing does this in remarkable fashion. Season 8 is to be the shortest in terms of number of episodes, so we expect each one to be packed with storytelling elements. The thing is, cramming lots of story into fewer episodes is a difficult task to accomplish without a downgrade in quality.

The first episode has just the right mix of setups and actual forward steps in storytelling. Without spoiling anything, best I can divulge is that a lot of the “what happens when x meets y again” questions are answered. And the awkwardness that follows is brilliant.

The characters

Almost everyone was accounted for in this episode, their motivations and allegiances reaffirmed.

Season 8 picks up exactly where the last season left off, so not much has happened in between.

This was more about where everyone is and where everyone is going to end up being when the iceberg hits. A lot of exchanges of information went on between them, and everyone’s a bit more aware of what’s going on.

The characters are as inspired as ever, the impeccable acting always helps. The more striking features of each character are still as visible as ever. Except Euron Greyjoy. That guy just tries too hard.

The story

Game of Thrones’ reputation for narrative consistency holds up in this episode. The story is advanced quite a bit along with the set up for future episodes. We are set up for one heck of a ride this season, quite evident from the very first episode.

For a more in-depth analysis, check out our upcoming video segment regarding Game of Thrones Season 8.

Redmi 7 Review: Best budget phone right now?

The decision to get a phone now is like a scale with specifications and price at each end. The scale varies with each price point, and the best options find a place right around the middle. On a budget of 12-14 thousand taka, the Redmi 7 might be the phone to go for right now.

First Impression

While the Redmi Note and Note Pro stand out the most among the Redmi series, the Redmi 7 is a good deal for a lower budget as well. While it is cheaper, it doesn’t feel like a cheap phone in your hands. The phone has a glossy plastic finish on its body that makes it appear fancy. The body itself comes with rounded edges, making the phone more wieldy. It has a very distinguishable feature in the P2i nano hydrophobic coating, which keeps water on the phone running. Although this effect is visible on the display and the back, some water does stick to the corners. And of course, we like that the phone has a 3.5 mm audio jack. We just, like that.

While the issues with glossy finishes such as smudge and scratches persist with this phone, all you need to get rid of those is a good casing. Xiaomi’s reputation for implementing high-end offerings at a budget is retained in the form of a Gorilla Glass 5 display, very unusual for a phone of this price.  It has a fingerprint scanner conveniently placed at the back along with a water drop notched 6.26 inch LCD display. The screen does have a rather large bezel, but it is utilized in the form of an LED notification light.

Performance

The basic features like fingerprint sensor and scrolling are very responsive. As they should be as the phone is powered by a snapdragon 632 processor. We recommend getting the 3/32 GB variant, as those specifications complement the processor better. And it is quite the leap in marginal utility compared to the price hike. The phone also has a large 4000 mAh battery.

The camera has a 13mp primary sensor with a 2mp additional depth sensor. For the price, it is a good camera as the pictures appear smooth, but not quite that natural. Fair warning, the color tone is a bit colder than usual, and the pictures aren’t quite rich in sharpness. But the color saturation on this camera is very natural compared to other budget options. Nighttime images and pictures with visible light sources are average to good. Selfies can be taken via an 8mp front facing camera, which actually produces decent pictures. The phone surprisingly supports full HD 60fps video capturing, with limited stabilization.  What we’re saying is it’s just better than the price point would suggest.

The Verdict

Although it is likely to remain in the Note series’ shadow, the Redmi 7 makes for a good option for people opting for a lower budget.

So if you’re unwilling to cross that 15k threshold, this might just be the phone you can settle for.

This week in Tech 2: No sequel joke

Welcome again to tech roundup/highlights/whatever you would like to call it. We might make this a weekly thing, but we’re not sure if we can top week 1. Or if we want to top week 1.

Disclaimer: If there’s something interesting in technology happening outside Bangladesh and we haven’t covered it yet, we might do so in this segment. We left off last week on the note of decommissions. The Government sanctioned decommissioning of almost 3 million SIMs. The first storm of the season took it upon itself to decommission telecommunication and internet services in many areas. How thoughtful.

Oh and also people fought over Facebook reacts. That last one doesn’t have the same ring to it after the first mention. This week is much more sober and cheerful in comparison. Let’s take a look.

Rajshahi E-commerce Fair attracts youngsters

The daylong E-commerce and post fair took place on April 6th at Lakshmipur general post office auditorium in Rajshahi. The central discussion was about the convenience of using the E-commerce platform to launch startups with minimum capital. Many investors, entrepreneurs and visitors attended the fair. The 4th industrial revolution and the concept of businesses shifting to online platforms were also topics of discussion.

The most eye-catching aspect of the fair was the majority of the attendees being young people. This signals the growing situational awareness in Bangladeshi youngsters regarding startups and moneymaking strategies.

The most eye-catching aspect of the fair was the majority of the attendees being young people. This signals the growing situational awareness in Bangladeshi youngsters regarding startups and moneymaking strategies.


Repto is going to Silicon Valley

Education platform Repto has won the “eGeneration Presents Startup World Cup 2019, Bangladesh” competition. They will now be proceeding to the final round in Silicon Valley. The event was arranged by Fenox Venture Capital and eGeneration Ltd in Bangladesh for the first time. The competition awards the best regional tech-based startup the opportunity to present at the final round. The ten finalists presented their startup ideas at RTV Bengal Studios, where Repto won the opportunity to take their case all the way to Silicon Valley and win a million dollars.

From the initial 86 applicants, 10 were selected, all of whom Repto outlasted to win. 39 regional champions along with Repto will present in the final round. It will take place on 17th May.


“Say no to Fortnite”- Prince Harry

Well Hallelujah.

The Duke of Sussex has a problem with the popular battle royal game. In his speech at West London Young Men’s Christian Association, Prince Harry likened Fortnite addiction to alcohol and drug addiction. He stated that the game is designed to inspire addiction in players, and that parents should strive to familiarize their children to the world outside the internet.

Relevant information in this regard is similar battle royal game PUBG being banned for children under 13 years of age in China. Recently India has also banned PUBG for primary school students.

Bottom line is important people have an opinion of such games that isn’t favorable. It might have something to do with the problem known as “Kids these days” syndrome. But there is a very real aspect to the complaints.

Don’t look at us, we hate the game because it’s bad. If you want to play it go knock yourself out.

Oh wait, someone else already did.

That’s all for this week. Goodbye. 

Shazam is the new magic word for DCEU!

First, they tried too hard to not be Marvel. Then they tried too hard to be Marvel. Turns out all they had to do was say the magic word. The DC Extended Universe finally gets it all right with “Shazam!”.

A refreshing break from the bleakness

For a long time the consensus was that the DC movies are to be significantly more dark and bleak than contemporary superhero films. The darkness was supposed to inspire a more realistic outlook. If done right, that could have turned out well. But it wasn’t executed right. So the DCEU tried to move on to a more cheerful theme, evident in the Justice League movie. Unfortunately that also didn’t turn out great, as perhaps the most awaited film ever had measly returns from the box office.

With Aquaman, the DCEU showed signs of vitality. And they have finally perfected the formula with Shazam. The most family friendly movie from the DCEU so far, Shazam attempts to inspire every adult to embrace the child in them. And every child to unfold the hero in them. The DCEU displays it’s knack for consistency, comedy and timing in this exhilarating Boy-of-Steel film.

A well told origin story

The most difficult part of a Superhero story told on the big screen is often the origin. Origin stories are a dime a dozen, and many of them are as good as one would imagine can get. While Shazam isn’t innovative, it is near perfect in execution. The film tells the story of 14-year old Billy Batson gaining the powers of the “Seven Elders” and his subsequent adventures in a simple and carefree fashion.

While it is easy to assume from the trailers or this review that the film is specifically kid-friendly, such is not the case. It explores dark aspects of the regular lives of people with straightforward realism. But unlike many contemporaries, the film attempts to teach the audience to deal with life’s many problems with a smile.

A genuinely good time

At its core, Shazam is a cheerful superhero tale, told with remarkable simplicity and style. It doesn’t try too hard to be something it is not. And that sets it apart from many of its contemporaries. Instead of pushing an overreaching theme or straining to set up some elaborate tale (it does that quite naturally), Shazam just offers its audience a good time at the theater. All the actors involved perform perfectly on their roles, especially the younger actors and Zachary Levi. Mark Strong’s acting is as strong as ever. Most importantly, everyone seems in touch with their characters.

So go watch Shazam in the STAR Cineplex. And let the magic entangle you for a good time.

Get your tickets here.

This week in Tech: What’s happening in Dhaka

You might have noticed, we here at hifi public are quite keen on technology. We try to report the most prominent occurrences in tech on a regular basis. Focusing on some things inevitably leads to not focusing on others, given a person’s limited attention span. Therefore, here we shall try to bring some neat pieces of tech news that deserve your attention.

Disclaimer, not putting Google Stadia here because we’ve already talked about that. Also, that topic requires a larger amount of focus. Without further ado, here’s a list of tech things you should know.
Over 2.6 million SIM cards to be disabled

Over 2.6 million SIM cards to be disabled

You might be losing  your SIM card on April 26th, as over 2.6 million SIMs are to be disabled by the government. This step is being taken as a response to violations of the maximum limit of SIMs that can be registered against a single national ID. While the maximum is 15 SIMs for a single national ID, at least one hundred thousand National IDs are in violation of this rule.

According to reports, the government is going to provide mobile operators with information regarding the SIMs in violation. The operators will in turn reduce registered SIMs to 15 each ID. If you want to find out the number of SIMs registered by your ID, dial *16001# and push the last four digits of your national ID. But chances are it won’t do much good now.

2. Clash over “Haha” reacts on Facebook

Just….yeah.

Two groups of students engaged in chases and hurling stones, among other uber-masculine activities in a clash that had supposedly began over a Facebook react. This took place in Chittagong University, between two Facebook groups based on the university’s  Shuttle train bogeys. The clash began from a woman’s Facebook post receiving a “Haha” react from a student of another group. Reports suggest numerous people were wounded in the clash that began at noon and resumed on a start-stop basis every now and then. The University’s police claim that the situation is now relaxed, while student leaders who were involved blame the occurrence on a misunderstanding.

The world’s probably going to end because of an Instagram post.

3. First storm of the season disrupts Telecommunications and Internet

We had this year’s first big Kalbaisakhi storm last night. While it was soothing for most given the hot weather preceding it, the storm laid countrywide waste to telecommunication services. Network towers were damaged resulting in mobile services being unavailable in many places. In addition, the storm has detached electricity to many operator sites, leading to internet services being down as well. In fact, both broadband and mobile internet services are still down in parts of the country.

According to reports, about 2800 sites of Grameenphone are down as of the morning of 1st April. Robi has lost about 2000 sites, while Banglalink has lost close to 1500. While the services were briefly resumed by way of generators, said generators quickly ran out of fuel. However, operators say that refuelling is taking place.

Pretty impressive for a storm that lasted about a couple of minutes.

That was a brief list of the few things happening in the local tech scenario that deserve your attention. And your reactions. Perhaps not reactions that include laughter.

We’re gonna go fight some people laughing outside the office.