Shacknews Direct: Introducing Shackpets!

The first official Shacknews mobile app is here, but it might not be exactly what you were expecting. Check out Shackpets!

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The first official Shacknews app was just announced during our Shacknews Direct video presentation livestream. Behold, Shackpets!




Introducing Shackpets, our first official Shacknews mobile app 

Shackpets will be the ultimate battle for cuteness and is available to download for free on App Store and Google Play. Here's our Shackpets reveal trailer that just aired on Shacknews Twitch!

I have spent the last few years on dating apps, trying to figure out what makes them feel good to use, and I believe it is not the opportunity to hook up with a human, but the ability to make snap judgements on photos.

What if we took the core mechanics of a dating app and made something way better? That's Shackpets!
What if we took the core mechanics of a dating app and made something way better? That's Shackpets!

Shackpets core mission is to spread positivity through pet pictures. It will be the ultimate battle for cuteness. No comments, no sliding into DMs, no selfies, just pictures of adorable animals. I believe that pictures of pets are one of the best parts of the Internet, but I don't enjoy having to scroll through other people's posts to find a pic of their cats or dogs.

Shackpets will serve as a destination for people searching for pet pictures online.

Puppy Lola is basically the final boss of Shackpets.
Puppy Lola is basically the final boss of Shackpets.

Shackpets uses our own proprietary Ventura Pet Detection algorithm that is a modified image detection API, and we will also be moderating the platform with our actual human Shackmods.

Anyone with a Shacknews.com account is free to jump into the app now to vote and find out if their pet is the cutest in the world! Head over to the official Shackpets landing page to find out more, or give our Shacknews Direct video presentation a watch.

I hope you enjoyed today's Shacknews Direct. Let us know what you think of Shackpets in the Shacknews Chatty comment thread below. The app is available now on Android and iOS.

Let's spread some positivity through pet pictures!

Luminary

Asif Khan is the Luminary and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Tendobox.com. Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

From The Chatty
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    November 23, 2021 3:45 PM

    Asif Khan posted a new article, Shacknews Direct: Introducing Shackpets!

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      November 23, 2021 3:49 PM

      woof

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      November 23, 2021 3:51 PM

      “grrdr”

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      November 23, 2021 5:14 PM

      Let's do this!

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      November 23, 2021 5:24 PM

      I downloaded it!

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      November 23, 2021 5:47 PM

      Well well well...looks like ol' bean tun made it to the party!

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      November 23, 2021 5:53 PM

      Huh well this suddenly became a short thread. What happened here?

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      November 23, 2021 6:04 PM

      Going to upload Beaker and Tanky and you fuckers better upvote them.

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      November 23, 2021 6:05 PM

      I feel like this is a slap in the face to the people who have made apps for the chatty / ones asking for an official one.

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      November 23, 2021 7:52 PM

      lol at the account delete FAQ entry - https://shackpets.shacknews.com/welcome/

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      November 23, 2021 8:03 PM

      lol this is wonderful.


      But like, also, I have so many questions.

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        November 23, 2021 8:15 PM

        Feel free to ask away.

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          November 23, 2021 8:22 PM

          Ok well, primarily. Why? Really?

          No disrespect! It seems like a well made app. Some good developers worked I this. This took a good chunk of resources on the app side and the server side to make happen.

          So given that, cute pets are cute doesn’t seem like a reason. But maybe it is. I’m no business strategist or brand manager, so maybe this above my pay grade. But, like, why?

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            November 23, 2021 8:28 PM

            Why not? If you can reach critical mass there’s plenty of opportunity for advertising revenue and in-app purchases for stickers, and filters, etc shit to dress up your pets or whatever.

            It’s a little bit off-brand for shacknews, but kinda not. Lola’s all over the site, there’ve been articles about the staff pets and whatnot.

            So in these times of hate, rage, and divisiveness - why not fight with cute pet pics at least?

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            November 23, 2021 9:22 PM

            Fair questions. I feel like I address this somewhat in the Shacknews Direct video presentation around seven minutes in.

            https://youtu.be/2z3LVgBD9lM

            But to provide further color as to why I did this project?

            Shacknews is likely my last stop in the video game industry, so I will be dumping a lot of my random ideas onto the table over the next few years. Shackpets is something that was truly born out of my love for animal pictures, and my dog Lola.

            There are also studies that show that looking at pet pictures can actually improve mental health.

            https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/your-online-secrets/202004/looking-pictures-dogs-improves-well-being

            https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1gtf240M2TfDxTZN0YLV89M/looking-at-cute-animals-is-good-for-our-health

            Over the next few years, I will be producing more things that will add to the Shacknews Cortex gamified experience, mainly because I feel like doing it.


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              November 23, 2021 11:06 PM

              Cool!

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              November 23, 2021 11:23 PM

              Good answer, man. And thanks for the Lola pics

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              November 24, 2021 5:07 AM

              these are good reasons

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              November 24, 2021 5:51 AM

              "mainly because I feel like doing it." That should honestly be enough of an answer for anyone. Well done, sir.

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              November 24, 2021 6:29 AM

              Awesome! Thanks for that answer. I’m actually more interested in giving this a try now.

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      November 23, 2021 8:19 PM

      Will there be random matchmaking if there aren’t enough challengers?

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      November 23, 2021 8:22 PM

      Nice stuff

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      November 23, 2021 9:27 PM

      I'm a little confused about the Challenge page in the app (iOS) To challenge another pet with the photo of my pet, do I just click the swords icon? What about the picture of my pet in the top-right - do I have to click that first and then hit the Confirm button to make the challenge happen? It's a bit confusing with no on-boarding process and no in-app Help.

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      November 23, 2021 9:34 PM

      What time do the challenges reset again?

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        November 23, 2021 9:39 PM

        3:00 AM ET/12:00 AM PT.

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          November 24, 2021 6:24 AM

          I have challenges going live in 2 hours and also 26 hours (?) -- which seems to indicate 11 AM ET (or maybe noon if its rounding). What resets at 3 AM?

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      November 23, 2021 9:51 PM

      Question. Is the code smart enough to avoid comparisons between the same "pet" ? Like there are many photos of Lola. would lola pics go head to head?

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        November 23, 2021 9:56 PM

        Challenges are manually generated, so Asif would have to have Lola challenge Puppy Lola or something like that

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          November 23, 2021 10:03 PM

          thanks for answer. makes sense.

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            November 23, 2021 10:15 PM

            Now, my brother is on the platform. And he is armed with Lola pics. So beware of Foofer McFooferton. Err something?

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              November 23, 2021 11:31 PM

              What about the app detecting duplicate photos, mirroring them, and adding a goatee to the pet?

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                November 24, 2021 9:06 AM

                There will always be ways to defeat automated processes. Always. Maybe that's not always a bad thing.

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        November 24, 2021 10:26 AM

        Pet images are tied to the Pet name in the app. A Pet cannot challenge itself. A Shacker cannot challenge their own pets.

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      November 23, 2021 10:02 PM

      also other question.

      can we get a special category for deceased pets?

      if a pet is no longer here I'd still like to put them on shackpets but would like a little sign, maybe a rainbow icon on the side or something like that.

      it would be a good memory of past good times.

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        November 23, 2021 10:12 PM

        I can do that. I added In Memoriam to the animal type. Thank you for the feedback!

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          November 23, 2021 10:28 PM

          What about having this be a tag or something on the profile? Tags for breeds, gender, in memoriam, etc. Just some additional pre-defined metadata.

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      November 23, 2021 11:52 PM

      Haha, this is great. Love it. Shame I have no pet anymore, I would totally upload it.

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        November 24, 2021 6:56 AM

        I don't have a pet either. I asked about a pet rock. No response yet.

        In my defense, I'm terrible about taking care of pets. I love animals but not enough to actively want to take care of one. Maybe an iguana for a pet is more my speed? I dunno.

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      November 24, 2021 5:50 AM

      My dog has won 0 battles.

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      November 24, 2021 6:11 AM

      housepet pokemon tinder lets goooooooo

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      November 24, 2021 6:56 AM

      Murphy is added! But the challenge mechanic is a little odd in that you must wait until the next day. Seems that’ll hurt engagement for new users?

Hello, Meet Lola