Recently, a copy of Super Mario Bros sold for $660k, obliterating the record for the most expensive game ever sold. GTA V was one of the fastest selling games in a span of 24 hours, and Tekken has the longest running story-line in a video game franchise. As time progresses, who knows what the next most expensive game will be. What's your favorite record-breaking game?
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This Week's Steals
- Assassin's Creed: Odyssey - $15.00 (Originally $59.99)
- Zelda: Breath of the Wild - $42.99 (Originally $59.99)
- Overcooked! - $19.99 (Originally $39.99)
- Kingdom Hearts Melody of Memory - $19.99 (Originally $49.99)
- Unbound: Worlds Apart - $16.99 (Originally $19.99)
PlayStation 5 Breaks New Records
Sony Interactive Entertainment officially announced that as of July 18th Playstation 5 sold 10 million units worldwide since November 2020. This officially makes the PS5 the fastest selling Sony console of all time.
Despite the hurdles, the PS5 kept selling. This record narrowly beat out the PS4 by a month. Spider-Man: Miles Morales has sold about 6.5 million copies since its release. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart sold over 1.1 million units worldwide, only 1 month after its release. MLB: The Show 21 has surpassed 2 million sales on Playstation consoles. This is a major milestone considering this was the first game in the franchise to be available on multiple systems. Jim Ryan also reported that engagement is much higher compared to the PS4 during this time whether it is monthly users or gameplay time. One region Ryan was excited about was sales in China. A country where free-to-play and mobile games reign supreme, Sony was able to sell a large amount of consoles by “making a lot of noise”.
While the pandemic helped boost players, the supply storage hurt. Major tech companies are not able to meet the demands of the consumers. Sony was not able to sell as many PS5s as they would have wanted. However through all of that Sony still met record numbers with their hardware, software, and engagement. Hopefully this will lead to more investments in higher quality.
Teal Seam Wins VALORANT NSG: Summer Championship - Monthly July
Teal Seam beat YFP Gaming 2:0 in the grand-final of Nerd Street Gamers: Summer Championship - Monthly July. On the way to the final, Teal Seam defeated such teams as: Basilisk, Evil Geniuses and Project 13. YFP Gaming, in turn, beat TradeLikePros (2:1), Big Baller Brand (2:1) and All Around Savants (2:0).
On the first map, Teal Seam destroyed the opponent, defeating YFP Gaming 13:3. 'Seven' brilliantly played on Jett, who picked up 26 kills on the first map. The beginning of the second map was also left for Teal Seam, who took the lead 4:0. YFP Gaming managed to close the gap and ended the first half in a draw, 6:6.
The same thing happened in the second half. Teal Seam won the first four rounds, YFP Gaming responded with five rounds in the row. The score was even at 11:11, but two well-prepared rounds from Teal Seam allowed them to win the second map with a score of 13:11.
Nerd Street Gamers: Summer Championship - Monthly July final standings:
1. Teal Seam - $2,500 + seed in NSG: Summer Championship
2. YFP Gaming - $1,500 + seed in NSG: Summer Championship
3-4. Project 13 - $500
3-4. All Around Savants - $500
Dell Recalls Battery-Eating Gaming Laptops After Failing Efficiency Rules
Dell had to stop its shipments of many of its Alienware Aurora R10 and R12 PC's after they were reported to use so much energy that it was a breach of state standards for energy efficiency. The company stated that the rather powerful gaming laptops that were being shipped out to California and five other US states needed to be recalled as they did not meet the new standards. Gaming laptops often use powerful chips to deliver the best in graphics. However, that often means they drain batteries more quickly than anyone would like. Residential computers and computer monitors account for up to 2.9% of the electricity consumption in the most populous US states according to a California statistic.
The new standards for energy consumption were placed in effect on July 1st, meaning that a lot of the laptops now will soon need to be recalled for their high energy costs. Dell will no longer be shipping out those products to not only California, but also Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, and Colorado. It also reported that it will have new models that will hopefully meet or exceed the new regulations, in line with their long-term focus to address energy concerns.
Ubisoft Employees Back Activision Blizzard Employees With Letter Demanding Accountability
As the issues with the Activision Blizzard lawsuit continues, Ubisoft employees have now voiced their support with a new letter demanding accountability. It's no secret that Activision Blizzard is not the only company that has had issues with sexual harassment, so the solidarity between the employees of the two companies is very important in the progress of these issues. The letter was very frank and essentially slammed the practices of Ubisoft, with these memorable portions that will hopefully leave the studio thinking hard:
"We have stood by and watched as you fired only the most public offenders. You let the rest either resign or worse, promoted them, moved them from studio to studio, team to team, giving them second chance after second chance with no repercussions. This cycle needs to stop."
"It should no longer be a surprise to anyone: employees, executives, journalists, or fans that these heinous acts are going on. It is time to stop being shocked. We must demand real steps be taken to prevent them. Those responsible must be held accountable for their actions."
“[W]e have seen nothing more than a year of kind words, empty promises and an inability or unwillingness to remove known offenders...We no longer trust your commitment to address these issues at their core. You need to do more.”
This is a huge step in the right direction. The actions of unjust executives allowing this kind of behavior are now not just at one company, but two. Other companies could soon start offering their own support, further turning the tides of the industry in a direction of change.
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