Stay Cool Jul 27, 2021

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We're in the midst of the national Air Conditioning Appreciation days. What would gaming be without AC? Our systems would overheat, our controllers would get far more sweaty than they ever could be, and our gaming chairs would probably start to stink after just a few days. Let's hear it for that cool indoor breeze.

Today's Drop is a ~5 min read!


INDUSTRY NEWS

EA Play Live Provides Solid Updates

Source: EA Games

EA usually has a showcase during E3. However, they decided to wait a month this year. They recently had their EA Play Live where they wanted to give the community updates on the projects they are working on.

There was a massive surprise at the end. The immersive driving franchise Grid is back with Grid Legends. The gameplay seems as explosive as ever with a bigger emphasis on the single player experience.

Their newer IP Lost in Random is a stop-motion video game where fate is determined by six-sided die. You follow a pair of sisters as they navigate fate.

The new season of Apex Legends Emergence was announced to begin on August 3rd. A new legend named Seer will also be released who is a recon character with drones.

EAs most recent hit, Knockout City, is releasing their second season on July 27th. The theme will be movies focusing on cinema based maps, skins, and  challenges.

We saw more from the highly anticipated Battlefield 2042. They showcased the Battlefield Portal which allows the player to  create their custom levels and modes using content from past games as well.

The big reveal was the Dead Space remake. While it was rumored in the weeks prior, fans were more than excited to see a new Dead Space game remade from the ground up.

EA has been polarizing in these recent years. However, they decided to focus on their strong points and games to psych up their community for the upcoming months.


ESPORTS

Bad News Bears Wins ESEA Summer Cash Cup

Source: ESEA

Bad News Bears beat Party Astronauts 2:0 in the grand-final of ESEA Summer Cash Cup 3 North America Counter Strike Tournament. This tournament was open for everyone, so there was one bracket for all the teams. All matches until Semifinals were in the 'best of one' format. The last two matches were held in best of three tournaments. Note that within ESEA Summer Cash Cup 3 North America, Bad News Bears played with tarik instead of Jonji. In the semifinals, Bad News Bears won against Triumph (19:16; 16:11).

The final match started from victory in pistol round by Party Astronauts, but then they lost six rounds in a row, allowing Bad News Bears to lead the first half 11:4. Eventually, Bad News Bears won the first half 16:10. On the second map, Bad News Bears played more confidently than in the first, defeating the opponent with a score of 16:7.

Match stats

Source: HLTV

For the victory on ESEA Summer Cash Cup 3 North America, Bad News Bears received $2,000 and Fragadelphia 15 Travel Support.


ISSUES IN GAMING

1,000 Blizzard Employees Condemn Company's Harassment Responses

Source: forbes.com

The sexual harassment allegations against Blizzard and Activision are still going on, and currently they've put themselves into even more hot water. Over 1,000 employees signed a letter regarding the company's responses, calling them 'abhorrent and insulting' among other things. The letter was strongly worded, including these statements:

"We, the undersigned, agree that the statements from Activision Blizzard, Inc....are abhorrent and insulting to all that we believe our company should stand for. To put it clearly and unequivocally, our values as employees are not accurately reflected in the words and actions of our leadership."
"We believe these statements have damaged our ongoing quest for equality inside and outside of our industry. Categorizing the claims that have been made as “distorted, and in many cases false” creates a company atmosphere that disbelieves victims. It also casts doubt on our organizations’ ability to hold abusers accountable for their actions and foster a safe environment for victims to come forward in the future. These statements make it clear that our leadership is not putting our values first. Immediate corrections are needed from the highest level of our organization."
"We stand with all our friends, teammates, and colleagues, as well as the members of our dedicated community, who have experienced mistreatment or harassment of any kind. We will not be silenced, we will not stand aside, and we will not give up until the company we love is a workplace we can all feel proud to be a part of again. We will be the change."

We're hoping that these allegations will continue to open the eyes of the company and allow it to begin to change its ways.


UPCOMING RELEASES

What's The Protocol?

Source: Steam

If you liked games like Superliminal, The Witness, Talos Principle, or Portal, we may have another game that's just up your alley. Faraday Protocol is an upcoming first person puzzle adventure game that is planned to release in 2021. Begin as Raug Zeekon, an interstellar archaeologist from another planet looking to discover the secrets of another world. The environment is new and unknown to you, and you only have the tools from your spaceship as well as your own intelligence to aid you on your journey.

In order to expose the secrets of this star system, you'll need to become a puzzle master. The game is ridden with puzzle after puzzle, some intricate and complex, and others so easy you'll be mad if you mess them up. The solid, strong graphics mixed with the first-person point of view really complement the content of this game, and we're sure you'll be itching to uncover every secret as soon as you can.


CLIPS OF THE WEEK

Memeing Around

Source: Youtube
  1. Roblox Meme Elevator
  2. Modern Warfare Moments
  3. Minecraft Axolotl Army
  4. Fortnite's Rarest Car
  5. Never Play Mario Golf Again!

We hope the rest of your day is a breeze!

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