Good morning Quick Droppers.
It's that time of the week again – HUMP DAYYY. Time truly does seem to fly at home during COVID. Let us help pass some more time so we can all get through this and get back to doing more of what we love - gaming! February 24th is National Tortilla Chip Day – make sure to set a reminder in your phone to smash some chips and salsa later!
Check out todays read:
Minute of Islands
Bringing puzzle platformers to 2021. Minute of Islands is set to release March 18th on Steam, GOG.COM, Humble Store, PlayStation, XBOX, and Nintendo Switch!
Mo is a skilled tinkerer who lives with her family on an old inhabited ancient island that once roamed with giants. As she travels the island, she is tasked with keeping the machines and innerworkings found below their surface operational. Mo and her family dare to speak of what will happen if this maintenance is not kept up with – a threat that they can't fathom.
As Mo traverses the islands she will be met with all different kinds of puzzles and tasks throughout the story based gameplay. For the gamers that are looking to sit back and enjoy more of a platformer that constantly challenges your thinking in various puzzle events throughout the islands, Minute of Islands is meant for you!
This upcoming title features an extraordinary world with a wide spectrum of colors, unique islands, and plenty of characters and secrets throughout your journey. Players will traverse the islands while digesting the story one scene at a time and enjoying the 'hand-drawn comic art visuals and deeply atmospheric soundtrack' throughout, per MoI.
Genki Audio gets a Glow Up
Nintendo Switch gets an audio upgrade! Genki has done it again. In their latest release, the tech innovator has released what is being called the Genki Audio Lite – aka, a beautifully made Bluetooth adapter for your Nintendo Switch!
The primary function of the adapter is to bring Bluetooth 5.0 to devices and audio a BT audio solution featuring 'aptX high fidelity low latency codecs', per Genki. The beauty of the adapter is that it now allows users to connect any Bluetooth headphones or speakers to their device! That brand new surround sound system you have in your home? DONE - Genki Audio Lite has you covered. The Bluetooth headphones you've been using on your PC? DONE - Genki Audio Lite has you covered here too.
The true upgrade here from their previous Genki Audio adapter is the size of the product and how sleek the new design is featuring a 70% slimmer and 30% lighter and smaller model! This helps eliminate many issues original Audio users had with the potential of breaking off or bending the adapter.
It doesn't stop there - Native USB Type-C port. This device, while convenient for the Nintendo Switch, may also work very well with other USB Type-C compatible products. Our only complaint is the drop in the number of simultaneous connections supported – from 2 in the Genki Audio down to 1 in the Audio Lite... but at the end of the day, one device is realistically all that is needed for now. Well done Genki!
Game Global Digital Summit
Taking a twist on normal gaming events. The Game Global Forum was created back in 2018 by the organizers of the LocWorld Conference. The Game Global Forum serves as a dedication and honest discussion in video game globalization.
Unlike typical gaming events created for the consumer, the Game Global Digital Summit primarily focuses on the stakeholders in the video game globalization industry. The Summit offers a space where specialists across the industry can discuss their stories and career paths, their successes and failures, and their ongoing research. The beauty of it is that it is all in a transparent manner.
As a video game consumer, this summit offers insight into the questions we always find ourselves asking – What's next for the gaming industry? What is the next big thing? It serves as a solid source of information to keep a pulse on what is to come. Be sure to stay tuned for upcoming reads that will cover any information revealed.
Video Game Bans!?
State representatives have filed for video game bans in 2021. Illinois state representation has recently introduced a bill intended to prohibit the sale of violent video games. Here we go again - might as well ban Frogger too because he gets hit by cars!?!?
The bill aims to amend a 2012 law passed in the state and modify it to 'ban the sale of violent video games depicting psychological harm and motor vehicle theft' (RIP GTA). Apparently this has been set in motion by a recent rise in carjacking in Chicago. We guess we should stop binging Diner Dash too because we've been making one too many trips to the kitchen during covid.
But in all seriousness - this is absolutely ridiculous attempt at censoring content in the video game industry. Just imagine the uproar in the music industry if singers and songwriters were now told what they can and can't sing about? Come on Illinois, you can do so much better.
We will await the playout of this bill and hope that it gets squashed as it sets a scary precedent for the industry. After all, a ban of this stature would bring an end to one of the largest gaming franchises ever (in Illinois), and the second highest best-selling video game ever found in GTA V. The fear of this potentially getting passed also leaves a conglomerate of questions for the remainder of the states – what will they decide to do?