But when I happened to pass by National Bookstore (NBS) in Greenbelt 1 last Monday and saw all of the Book Blowout for as low as P100, P200, P300 signs, my heart simply sank. Bookstores–especially National Bookstore–has always been a part of my life. They were the primary source of my school supplies and books before specialty stores like PowerBooks and FullyBooked emerged to give them a run for their money.
In the ensuing years–and likely as a means to remain viable–National Bookstore (along with their competitors) have either downsized or simply shifted a majority of their inventory to art supplies as well as other types of merchandise.
Over the past four days, I have been playing The Walking Dead: Road to Survival game on my iPad Pro. It’s fun and engaging because I get to use familiar characters like Rick Grimes, Negan, Tyreese, Nicholas, and Dr. Stevens. But to tell you the truth, it is a spectacular waste of time.
If you’re on Facebook (which you most likely are), you’ve seen the ads[i], “Over 20 millions players. Join now! It’s free!”
Now, I’ve been putting it off that very tempting offer for awhile now. Largely in part because I knew that if I got a hang of it: I’d be hooked. Hey, don’t judge. It beats catching Pokemon right?
The Walking Dead: Road to Survival game is based on the comic book creations of Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard, and features a number of characters, weapons, artifacts, and storylines from the book.
The advertisement wasn’t lying though, the game is free to play. However, a plethora of in-app purchase options are a necessity if you want to progress faster and further along the story mode and leaderboards. Bottomline, if you are a purist freebie player, you’ll never ever get to top the spenders[ii]. It’s how the game is designed. It sucks you in. Gives you hope. You get the general idea.
I’ve gone as far as I could go via the freebie route: sub level 6 of Stage 9: Speedway.` I’ve surmised that I’ll need to pay for bigger guns and stronger characters if I want to progress any further. I have enjoyed though the game’s other mini-games such as raiding the camps of other players[iii], Daily Missions, and Leveling Up characters.
[i] I’m paraphrasing here!
[ii] Spenders – Refers to players who have availed or continually avail of in-app purchases in order to expedite their gaming experience.
[iii] 307 wins and 38 losses as of 5/7/17.