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Spend $1 Billion Dollars In 24 Hours or Lose It All

For added incentive, if you fail the challenge the money goes to an organization dedicated to kicking kittens- and 1 billion will buy a lot of innocent kittens to kick, so you better not fail. You can’t give any of the money away as a donation or gift, it has to be spent on something that’s just for you or perhaps you and a few friends at max. So no copping out by buying the entire Infographics Show staff 50 million dollar gift cards to In and Out- which of course we know you would do because you love us and In and Out is pretty much the best. So, time to get greedy- much like the late and great Richard Pryor in Brewster’s Millions, the clock is ticking and time is running out. Without further adieu here’s our purchases- think you can do better?

Stay tuned and then give us your list in the comments! 1. Naturally the first thing most people are going to think about is buying a home- real estate is a solid investment after all and there’s quite a few very hefty cash sinks that can quickly eat up a billion dollars. But why start at a home? We’ve got a billion dollars- it’s time to think bigger.

Like private island big. All the open space you could want, no neighbors whatsoever to worry about, and no pesky home owner’s association telling you to take down your Halloween decorations because it’s April- Halloween is a year-round celebration, or at least it should be. And with your own private island, it will be. The United Arab Emirates offers a wide variety of artificially built islands all for sale, and with Al Marjan Island up for grabs at $462,000,000, that’s an easy get that takes care of nearly half your budget.

The island features an airstrip, several beaches, and power provided from the mainland. Truly a picturesque and perfect man-made paradise, with just one slight catch- it’s located at the very tip of the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf, and if you thought your current neighbors were a pain, just imagine having Iran as your next door neighbor barely 100 miles away. With constant threats against shipping in the Persian Gulf from Iran, Al Marjan Island may not be the safest place to live. But for now it’s a sunny island paradise and next door to beautiful Dubai- so much like America in the 2016 election, we’re just going to go with it. What’s the worst that could happen?

That takes care of $462,000,000 and leaves us with $538 million to go! 2. We just bought a private island in a potential war zone, so naturally the next thing we need to do is make sure our little slice of heaven is well protected. Normal security isn’t going to cut it though, after all you have an entire island to defend against one of the region’s most formidable militaries. It’s time to hire the best- or at least the most controversial and brutal- it’s time for Blackwater.

Made notorious after reports of their cowboy attitude and disregard for civilian collateral damage during their involvement in Iraq, Blackwater security changed its name to Academi- which we guess sounds less… thuggish? Well, at $1,222 a day, these guys aren’t going to be sitting around reading books. But to defend an island the size of Al Marjan, you’re going to need at least let’s say, 2 platoons of hired killers- or 60 mercenaries total.

That’s brings total cost to about $73,000 per day, or 2 million per month. With potentially two years left in Donald Trump’s presidency, and a possible re-election after that, let’s go ahead and secure a six year contract to make our new home safe, which brings the total to: $158 million. But hey, you can’t put a price on safety, and you’ll be keeping Blackwater employees too busy to be shooting innocent civilians, which is borderline charity but we’ll let this one pass.

That brings our total expenses to $620,000,000, leaving us with $380,000,000. 3. We’ve got our own island, and we’ve got our own bloodthirsty crew of hired mercenaries to stop anyone from getting on that island we don’t want there. Now it’s time to build a home, somewhere modest and cozy where we can lay our head after a long day being grateful war with Iran hasn’t broken out yet. Maybe something like… the Playboy Mansion Sadly if you’re a fan of the late Heffner’s, his home has already sold for $100,000,000, which was half of the original asking price. But why not just build your own?

Current construction costs in Dubai range from 6500 to 8000 Emirati Dirhams per square foot- which is about $1770 to $2178 US. Let’s say you want to recreate the Playboy Mansion on your new island- we’re pretty sure homes aren’t copyrighted- just how much would that cost? The original bunny house is 20,000 square feet, and let’s say you do like most builders in Dubai and use cheap foreign labor from east asia whom you pay slave wages to while treating them like actual slaves- including stealing their passports and threatening to imprison them if they complain about working 12 plus hours in 120 degree heat! So let’s go with the low end estimate of 6500 Dirhams per square footage, or $1770 US.

That’s going to cost you a whopping $35,400,000 for your own Hugh Heffner digs, but who can put a price on home? That brings our new total to $655,400,000, leaving us with $344,600,000. 4. We’re going to need a way to get to our fancy new digs all the way in Dubai, so we’ll be skipping the fancy car.

Remember how our island came with a private landing strip? That’s right- it’s time to buy our own jet. But not just any jet, we want a jet with class, style, and some history behind it-so we’re going to buy Donald Trump’s Boeing 757, selling at 100 million dollars. While a regular Boeing 757 can fit 200 ‘normals’, Trump has had his refurbished to accommodate only 23 human beings who fly through the air in the lap of gold-encrusted luxury.

With two bedrooms- which we’ll be immediately sanitizing- a private guest room- also sanitizing- a dining room, and a video room with a built-in cinema system, you’ll be getting to your island home in absolute style. Flying ain’t cheap though, and Trump’s operating cost used to run at $10,800 per flight hour which includes crew and fuel- so to make sure you can keep your jet operational let’s go ahead and contract out enough fuel and crew for at least 300 flight hours, for a total cost of 3,240,000. Combined with the 100 million dollar price tag, that brings the total cost to $103,240,000, making our new total expenses $824,180,000, and leaving us with $175,820,000. 5. Flying is nice, but we feel a call for the open seas, and you’re not really ultra-rich until you own a yacht, right?

Unfortunately with only $175 million left we can’t afford one of the world’s top ten most expensive yachts, but after our purchase of Trump’s old mile-high club air liner, we’re pretty much done with buying used. It’s time to buy new. Per Forbes, building a yacht used to cost about $1,000 per meter 100 years ago, but that price has now ballooned to a whopping $1,000,000 per meter. Then of course there’s the cost of crew and fuel. So let’s go with a more conservative approach and buy ourselves a 170 meter yacht- which is about 15 meters longer than an American AEGIS destroyer! That brings us to a $170,000,000 price tag- but our fancy new yacht, the SS Infographics, isn’t going to go anywhere without crew, insurance and fuel.

Annual fuel costs for a superyacht run about $400,000, with $350,000 in dockage fees if you choose to dock your yacht in foreign ports, $240,000 for insurance, $1,000,000 for maintenance, and $1,400,000 for crew salaries. That brings us to 3.39 million, bringing our total cost to $173,390,000. That brings our total expenses so far to $997,570,000. That leaves us with just barely 3.5 million dollars, which lucky for us is just enough to top off our shopping spree with the perfect gift for that special person we’ll be sharing our heavily fortified island home with: a 3.5 million dollar diamond engagement ring from Cartier jewelers.

Top 10 Future Video Game Consoles To Prepare For

The future of game consoles is an interesting one. Xbox chief Phil Spencer has said that the future of gaming depends on a software platform’s ability to, I quote, “service developers need to serve an ongoing set of users,” commenting on how games like, GTA V and Destiny are the kinds that players keep returning to. And that consoles need to keep up with the demand for this longevity. On the other hands, others think consoles will fall in line with the speedy releases of tech like the iPhone.

Regardless of what you believe, there’s definitely lots of talk about the kinds of consoles we’ll one day see on our store shelves. So today, we’re bringing you our top 10 future video game consoles to prepare for the list.

10 iPhone X Let’s start this list off with one that you’ve probably heard a lot of buzzes about but wouldn’t necessarily consider a console. But, maybe you should. Research firm Newzoo reported that 2016 was the first time in history that mobile game sales accounted for more revenue than console game sales. Mobile games made up for $36.9 billion dollars of sales, while console had $29 billion.

Apple is constantly trying to one-up the rest of the mobile phone industry – and, even if you’re an Android fan, you can’t deny they’ve done a good job at pushing the boundaries of what a mobile device can do, especially with gaming. And now with major strides in AR gaming, the A11 Fusion CPU and a bigger, sharper screen to display your pocket gameplay, the iPhone X is definitely a contender when it comes to playing games on the go. 9 Fove O So, this one is cheating slightly. Since you can actually purchase it now.

But it’s brand spanking new, and will likely have more versions of it come out over the next few years. So needless to say, VR is picking up steam in the gaming world, and there’s been some pretty impressive innovations over the last several years. The Fove O is a solid example of this. Unlike the Oculus Rift and Playstation VR – both consoles we’ll get back to a little later on – this little guy has special eye tracking technology. This means games played on it can be more responsive to your eye lines, and allow for a sense of depth of field.

It’s currently adaptable to VR applications from Unity, Unreal Engine and CryEngine. 8 SteamOS Venturing into VR? While Steam Machines – the PCs equipped with Valve’s linux-based SteamOS system – really didn’t take off – less than 500,000 were sold back in June 2016, only a year after it’s initial release – that doesn’t mean the OS is entirely dead. There has been talk about a future in more SteamOS titles, and more interestingly, SteamOS being used for VR. Earlier this year Valve launched SteamVR support for Linux, making it possible for developers to create Linux games for the Vive, but the prospect of having a specially designed Steam Machine to incorporate VR is still pretty up in the air.

7 PlayStation VR follows up Many think that a follow up to Sony’s PS VR should be expected sometime in 2018.

And according to a patent that Sony filed in the past year, some think that this new version of their VR system may have a wireless tracking device that connects to the PS4 through Bluetooth or wifi. Currently, the PSVR uses a camera to detect light from the headset, and what this patent hints to is the use of an external projector that makes use of lights and mirrors to map the players real-world movements. Which just means mobility wise, it would enhance the shit out of your gaming experience, allowing you to do way more. 6 HTC Vive 2 Rumours are already swirling about a follow up to the Vive headset, codename Oasis.

While not much is known about this, many tech experts have speculated that this version of the headset would be significantly cheaper due to new base stations, and considering the first headset came out in 2016, it is not likely we’ll see this follow up anytime soon. In the meantime, there has been work on new Vive controllers that contain 21 sensors, and an audio strap similar to what the Oculus Rift currently has. 5 Windows Mixed Reality Headsets This headset is Microsoft’s attempt at creating more affordable yet high-end VR tech, which means a mixture of virtual reality and augmented reality. Synced up with your PC, the Windows Mixed Reality has a pair of depth-sensing cameras on its front, which lets users have room-scale tracking without having to place a bunch of sensors around the room.

The headsets themselves are collaborations with third parties like Acer, HP, Dell and Lenovo, and Asus, which is the coolest looking one of the bunch. The aim is to eventually have the Windows Mixed Reality capable of using pass-through cameras to map out the space you’re in and insert holograms, but for now, the system is a bit more skewed towards VR than AR.

4 Oculus Rift 2.0 Owned by Facebook, the Oculus Rift is probably the most prominent virtual reality headset to date. It’s a versatile system that does much more than just gaming – Oculus Medium allows you to do some really impressive stuff with it.

And there’s a whole social component, too. But that being said, it’s safe to say we won’t see an Oculus Rift 2.0 anytime in the near future. Mainly because of how adaptable the current Oculus Rift is, and how development keeps moving forward with the software.

The company has stated that “someone who buys a rift today has years of enjoyment in front of them.” One thing that could change this is the need to develop eye-tracking software into the program since the rift currently doesn’t have a camera system inside of it.

3 Xbox 2 Confirmed by Phil Spencer, the Xbox Two is projected to have more of an emphasis on ‘gaming in the cloud’. Which is something that many people think Microsoft, given it’s overall experience as a company, would excel in. What do we hope to see with this new Xbox 2?

Much better graphics. The Xbox one sort of dropped the ball with this, and for fans to want to invest in an Xbox 2, it would require the console to be compatible with both 4k resolution and virtual reality gaming. Which is something the Xbox One X is supposed to debut in terms of native 4k gaming? The rough estimate release date is November 2020.

2 Xbox One X Speaking of the Xbox One X, it’s hitting store shelves in November of 2017.

Many see this system as a way for Microsoft to test out how successful the console will be, and whether or not the unicorn that is Xbox 2 will move forward. So, aside from making 4k gaming possible on an Xbox console, what else does the one x bring to the table? Microsoft confirmed that it will be compatible with AR and VR headsets, but not much aside that is known concerning this advancement.

1 PlayStation 5 Ah yes, the inevitable, considering the success of the PS4.With the release of the PS Pro, many have speculated that we won’t see a PS5 until closer to 2019.

Fair. And Sony hasn’t actually said much about a follow-up console – at the time of this recording. So hey, if its the future and this has been announced, well, damn you lucky fools. There’s been speculation that the natural progression is to innately incorporate PS VR into the system, along with a solid hardware revision in order to provide gamers with an experience that competitors would be very challenged with providing. And there’s a whole hell of a lot of amazing games lined up for the PS4, so similar to how the PS4 was launched with remastered versions of hits like GTA V and the last of us, we can only expect that a new generation console would likely provide the same luxuries.