Time flies! The final week of July is here, and that means August is just around the corner (with new games coming along with it!) What was your favorite game that released this month?
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Olympic Opening Begins With Game Music
This weekend began the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. While it is not 2020, Japan decided to start the Olympics in an iconic way. This event is a time to show the best of each country, and as the host, Japan wanted to present music from their best composers and their long history of video games.
A medley of video game music escorted the athletes. The event kicked off with the main theme of Dragon Quest - “Overture: Roto’s Theme”. This is the first console role-playing game creating the first steps of an entire genre. Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Kingdom Hearts, and Nier represented Square Enix. The Tales and Monster Hunter Series had a few songs played as well. Some fun standouts were Pro Evolution Soccer, Ace Soccer, and even Sonic the Hedgehog. Overall 19 different songs from video games were played over 14 different games. However, popular Nintendo titles were not on this list such as Mario or Pokemon. Nintendo tends to be very protective over their IPs, so it is probable that they opted out of this showcase.
Seeing video games on such a massive stage is exciting! The internet was blown away and shocked by this. Hopefully we will see more of this in the future.
Team Pineapple Wins DreamHack Beyond 2021: Boost Cup - NA 2v2
Team Pineapple beat Oxygen Esports 3:0 in the grand-final of DreamHack Beyond 2021: Boost Cup - North America 2v2. DreamHack Beyond is a collection of tournaments within Europe and North America varying between 4 different modes - 3v3, 2v2, 1v1 and Freestyle. Team Pineapple, manned by Firstkiller from Rogue, and AYYJAYY from FaZe Clan, made it through all stages to the grand final without defeat. Moreover, they only lost one map in the final of the Upper Bracket against Randoms in overtime 2:3.
Oxygen Esports, who lost to the Team Pineapple in the Upper Semi-Finals, then won three matches in a row and advanced to the final to face their offenders again. The final was too easy for Firstkiller and AYYJAY. They won the first map 5:2, then pulled out a victory on the second map 6:5, and finally crushed them on the third map 6:2.
DreamHack Beyond 2021: Boost Cup - NA 2v2 final standings:
1. pineapple - $1800
2. Oxygen Esports - $800
3. Randoms - $600
4. True Neutral - $400
5-6. Flashes of Brilliance - $200
5-6. Frakture - $200
Genshin Impact Finally Adds Fishing. Are RPG's Developing Standards Now?
Is there anything that game can't do? Genshin has already gone farther than anyone thought a mobile game could go with endless worlds, constant updates and storyline additions, multiplayer modes, and housing. Now, they're finally adding fishing to the massive list of things you can do in the game. This patch will be coming out in version 2.1.
This begs the question of whether or not there is an unspoken standard being developed within RPG games. It seems as though all of the tried and true classic RPGs all have the same things in common: a house to personalize, adventure and storylines to go along with it, shopping/currency, collecting/foraging, exploration, cultivation, crafting, and of course, fishing. Games like Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley, Divinity, Rogue Heroes, or Spiritfarer, all seem to have most of these components to them and are all successful games. As new RPG's continue to develop, it is likely that they may all start to follow in this pattern of containing all these elements, but would all RPG's really be bad without them?
The answer is likely not at all. Remember that Genshin was wildly popular far before the addition of things like fishing or the housing system, and it still doesn't have a farming system in place. That being said, given the way it's going it likely will soon. We're hoping that the future of RPG's will still be diverse and fun, even if all of them do have all these elements.
The $699 Lenovo Laptop With The Works
Most gamers wouldn't even think about purchasing a laptop for gaming if it was less than $1k. However, we might have one that will change your mind. It certainly blew ours.
This Legion 5 model has 6 cores and 12 threads, a maximum boost of 4GHz, and an AMD Ryzen 5 4600H processor. The display is pretty great too, at a sweet 15.6 inches of IPS and a lovely refresh rate of 120Hz. Compare that to the usual rate of about 60Hz to 90Hz on many other laptops that are of the same price. The graphics card is a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti, able to handle tons of newer games at 1080p.
So what's the downside? Well, it does have a more limited storage space of about 265 GB, as well as just 8GB of RAM. It doesn't give a ton of leeway for players who want tons of games stored on their laptops, so that's rather unfortunate. However, if you're just looking to run a few key games all the time and need a solid laptop for the job, this Legion 5 model is probably a great bet at its $699 price point.
Have a radical rest of your Monday!
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