June 16, 2011

Vic Mahfood

State Farm Kick4ACause

Developer Quote: "State Farm® has teamed up with sOccket to bring you Kick4ACause – a virtual soccer game you can play to help bring a light of hope to families in Gold Cup Latin American countries."

- Categories: Entertainment, Games, Lifestyle, Native, Sims, Sports, Virtual

As a huge soccer fan, I have been avidly watching the Copa Oro online on futbol.univision.com recently (since I don't have Direct TV to access all the great sports channels)! You are probably aware that the Copa Oro is a fantastic tournament for the Gold Cup award in soccer (or futbol as it is known to Latin American teams). What you don't know is that while I've been sitting in my seat cheering and booing at goals and penalties during these games, State Farm has actually been very busy behind the scenes.

Let me start by saying that State Farm Kick4ACause is a virtual reality game. But there's a few more things you need to piece together to understand this app completely. State Farm and sOccket have joined forces to bring hope and much needed resources to Latin America. They do this with the help of a sOccket ball.

I'm sure you are scratching your head wondering what could a sOccket possibly be? Well, scientifically a sOccket harnesses the kinetic (motion) energy of a special soccer ball during normal game play and stores it for power needs later. (This is sort of like a solar panel on your roof harnessing the sun's energy during the day to be used as electricity at times when you need it). When it grows dark, an LED lamp can be plugged into the sOccket to provide light for reading and other activities normally impossible after dark.

Simply put, a sOccket is a soccer ball which transforms kinetic energy into electricity. Did you realize that when you kick a sOccket ball for only 15 minutes, you can create ample electricity to power up an LED lamp for several hours? Quite an ingenious device, I'd say!

To the less fortunate in Latin America, a sOccket represents many helpful things: 1) a soccer ball, 2) an eco-friendly portable generator, and 3) a way to light up the world for those who need it. The sOccket can provide families in need with immediate access to an energy source that is clean, simple, portable and fun! And all you have to do is play this charitable soccer iPhone game to make it happen!

In this one-man soccer sport, you are going to be playing with a virtual sOccket! How great are your soccer skills anyway? This virtual reality game will help you refine your talents to become a better kicker using your device to make any space in front of you into your own exciting and wonderful soccer field. The more kicks you make when you play Kick4ACause, the more sOcckets State Farm will donate to Latin American countries. This is how you help others as you physically and virtually Kick4ACause! I'd call this a Win-Win situation because as you have fun playing virtual soccer, you bring light and help to those in need.

So what are we waiting for... Blow the whistle, and let's play! Open the app and you will notice 2 modes: Arcade Mode and Free Play. Take your pick, and then decide which skill level of play you would prefer, choosing from Easy, Medium or Hard. Once that's accomplished, you're ready to tap Play! Stand in an area of ground with a light surface and no other objects to get in the way of the ball. The cool Ref will let you know if you've chosen a good spot to play! Then you get to kick the ball out of the starting circle. As this is a virtual app, you will see the ball bouncing on the ground in front of your feet. All you have to do is start kicking, and don't let that ball hit the ground! It's amazing to see how the virtual ball (or sOccket) interacts with your feet! It moves in whatever direction you kick it! At the top of your screen, you will be able to track your progress such as your High Score, Hits and Airtime. This is truly an entertaining and addicting game as you struggle to keep the ball in the air. It is certainly a must for those who love virtual play! And may I remind you, this is also FREE game play!

State Farm has provided an innovative yet noteworthy way to involve the world in helping and giving to one another. And what better time than now, as we enjoy the magnificent sportsmanship of the soccer games of the Copa Oro! So go ahead and keep that ball bouncing off your feet because you'll be providing light for kids to study, as well as homes to be powered up the way your own home is...something that we often take for granted!

COOL CONCLUSION: "State Farm Kick4ACause is a worthy and fun way to practice soccer while earning electricity for many Latin American families in need."
--Date/Version: Released 5/28/11 - Version 1.2.1
--iOS/Age Rating:  This app requires iOS 4.0 or later. Rated 4+.
--Device: iPhone, iPod touch (4th generation), iPad 2 (Wi-Fi and 3G)
--Developer Link: State Farm and Soccket
--Facebook: State Farm Latino

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