Rush Hour 2, American Pie 2, HP & the Sorcerer Stone, and LOTR: Two Towers. We know what you're thinking... What does this have to do with a gaming newsletter? Well, they all have something in common.
These top grossing movies premiered in 2001 and 2002. A time period, that video gamers, will never forget. We look to uncover this period in today's Daily Drop.
We welcome you on the journey of our first Throwback Thursday where we will take you back in time to a moment in history that made us smile.
Our ask is for you to share your favorite past-time game or accessory with us on twitter. Who knows, maybe we will cover it in a future Throwback Thursday. 👀
SOCOM U.S. Navy SEALs - The release of this game and it's sequel SOCOM II should go down as a pivotal moment in video gaming history. Not only was this one of the earliest titles to use PS2's online service in NA, it was one of the best games in the early 2000s.
Game developer Zipper Interactive released SOCOM, a tactical third-person shooter, in 2002. You know you are a passionate video gamer when you hear the word Boomer and don't immediately think of the "respectable" term for the baby boomer generation. Instead, you think of one of the four teammates on SOCOM - Kahunna, Spectre, Jester, and of course, Boomer - who always seemed to be the worst AI. Our bet is that is why they killed him off in Combined Assault.
SOCOM's online gameplay let you select from one of the two teams (SEALs or Terrorists) and compete in three game types: Suppression, Extraction, and Demolition. While there are many great PS2 online multiplayer games, SOCOM, and it's sequel SOCOM II, were near the top of the list for the Quick Drop Squad.
Unfortunately, not every story has a happy ending. Zipper Interactive, which was owned by Sony, shut down in 2012. This was a sad moment for many of us in the gaming community. Their final tweet stated "After 17 years it's time to head off into the sunset..." We will never forget you SOCOM. #RIP.
Snap, screw, and plug-in - the 3 steps to change your life! To set up the PS2 Network Adaptor, a legendary piece of gaming equipment, you had to follow three simple steps.
- Snap the PS2 Network Adaptor into the expansion bay
- Screw the Network Adaptor in
- Plug-in an ethernet cable
Voilà you have internet! To the Quick Droppers that need a video to help with installation instructions, check out this "high quality 4k" video from 2008.
The history of video game equipment and accessories is important. When we look back in time, it makes us appreciate not only the great memories we had, but also how far we've come. The PS2 Network Adaptor unlocked the world of online gaming with our PS2 friends.
Quick Drop Squad's take: We looked on eBay and you can still purchase these network adaptors. If you are wondering, yes, we've already bid on one for our Quick Drop office memorabilia wall! #Winning
The 2021 Call of Duty League (CDL) Kickoff Classic is back. The league consists of 12 teams that compete in three game modes: Hardpoint, Search & Destroy, and Control. Most of the teams returned from last years season, including the two 2020 finalists, Dallas Empire & Atlanta FaZe.
Dallas Empire was victorious and crowned champions in 2020 after beating FaZe in a best of 9 series (5-1). It seems as though this season may be a continuation of their success having dominated NY Subliners (3-0) in their first "preseason" match. Atlanta FaZe, on the other hand, lost to a formidable competitor Florida Mutineers in a (3-2) battle. To our surprise, the rest of the matches in the first weekend were quite competitive requiring 5 games to determine a winner in the first to 3. If the first weekend is any indication of the 2021 season, we are excited.
Quick Drop Squad's take: Our money is on Dallas Empire to take the cake again. This should not come as a surprise since they went into this season as one of the favorites. During their preseason match they were heavy favorites against NY Subliners with a money line of -335 (for those who don't bet this means bet $3.35 on Dallas to win $1.00 or bet $335 to win $100).
Tencent Holdings Ltd is flirting with $1 trillion valuation. Tencent, for those who don't know, is China's largest internet & entertainment company. To be flirting with $1 trillion is a big deal. Let's put this into perspective, only 5 companies globally are larger (by market capitalization) and worth more than $1 trillion (Apple $2.3, Saudi Aramco $1.8, Microsoft $1.8, Amazon $1.7, Alphabet - formerly Google $1.4).
Why this matters? Tencent is very important for the industry as they continue to accelerate their gaming company acquisitions. Back in 2008, Tencent established an investment and Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A) unit. Since 2015, this company has been funding over 100 companies per year! While not every investment is gaming focused, they have been very active in the gaming world.
See a few of Tencent's gaming portfolio companies below.
- Riot Games (LoL) - Tencent owns 100%
- Epic Games (Fortnite) - 40%
- Bluehole (PUBG) - 11.5%
- Ubisoft (Assassin's Creed, R6) - 5%
- Activision Blizzard (COD, Overwatch, WoW) - 5%
- Grinding Gear Games (Path of Exile) - 80%
This is just a few - the list goes on, and on, and on... If we solely look at 2020, Tencent invested in 31 games. Tencent is here to win.