Trials and Tribulations Jun 7, 2021

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It's National Trial Technology Day! Every innovation in technology has always been preceded by trial and error. It is in essence how today's tech has been able to develop and grow. What's the most influential piece of trial tech you know of? Tell us on Twitter!

Today's Drop is a ~5 min read!


DROPPIN STONKS

Skillz Can Soar, But Lacks the Skillz To Stay Up

Source: Google Finance. This is not investment advice.

$SKLZ - After an insane jump of over 25%, the company dropped just under 5% the following day. Many stocks have this issue after soaring as investors begin to mellow out following a hype. After their intake of another advertising company, they gained quite a bit. Unfortunately once the excitement of all that cooled down, the stock started to lose a little value. While we can't predict what will happen, there have been many similar cases were a sudden jump in stock value is followed by a slow and steady decline, for example non-gaming stocks such as $BTX or $CCIV, and gaming stocks such as $SLGG and $AESE.


ISSUES IN GAMING

Injustice 2 Developers Apologize After Injustice Against LGBTQ+ Community

Source: bcu.ac.uk

Real-world issues and stances don't always belong in games. This statement is something that the developers of Injustice 2 really should have understood before trying to include an acknowledgement of Pride in their game. Naturally, inclusion and diversification of NPC's is important to many gamers, so of course trying to insert a Pride event would be a great idea, right? Wrong.

So what did they do? Within the game is a canonically bisexual character Ivy, who often appears with Harley Quinn. The developers decided it would be a good idea to reward players for interacting with the LGBTQ+ NPC, which is all well and good until you see that the way they interact is by beating up Ivy. In essence, they were rewarding players for attacking an LGBTQ+ individual, which is the complete and utter opposite of the message they want to convey. Fans of the game were in an uproar, stating that the game should have just given a little rainbow outfit or a flag in the corner as a bonus rather than challenging players to pummel a bisexual individual. This move wasn't just criticized for being tone-deaf, but also for being a prime example of pink-washing, or when companies adopt activism terms just to make a profit. They were basically just using their support of Pride to try and widen their fanbase in the LBGTQ+ community, and just happened to do an absolutely terrible job of it.

The studio developers have stated their apology on their Twitter, and that they 'are committed to listening and doing better.' A great example of a game that did Pride justice is Animal Crossing, who last year created a Pride island with rainbow bridges and roads, new outfits, and a message board. Hopefully the developers will take from Animal Crossing's example and do better in the future.


ESPORTS

Team 'Evil Geniuses' Reaches IEM Playoffs

Source: IEM

Evil Geniuses will play against Gambit Esports in the quarter-finals of IEM Summer 2021. In their opening match, EG beat Team Spirit 16:9, then took victory over Heroic 2:1. Note that before the start of this tournament, the team was left by their original coach Wilton Zews Prado, who had been working with EG for 14 months. While the outcomes are currently still unknown, it is likely that the exit of their former coach will indeed impact the performance of the team greatly. A coach that was with them for so long surely left quite a mark on them, and having him gone may place a damper on their spirits.

In the final match before moving to the semi-finals of IEM Summer 2021, Evil Geniuses(EG) fought against the OG. On the first map, EG miraculously won after being down 7:14, winning Dust 2 16:14. Unfortunately the fans of EG were ultimately disappointed, as their team lost the next two maps 16:6 and 16:5, respectively. We're all hoping that their playoff games will yield stronger numbers.

Bracket of IEM Summer 2021 playoffs:

Source: IEM 

Evil Geniuses will play again on June 11 at 10:45 EDT. The winner of this match meet with G2 in semi-finals. After this tournament, EG will roll into another challenge - BLAST Premier: Spring Finals 2021, where they will also face Gambit in the first round of the playoffs.


UPCOMING GAMES

Pokemon Meets 3rd Person Shooter

Source: Gematsu.com

Did you ever wonder what you would get if you combined Pokémon, Fortnite, and Minecraft? Well, Palworld by developer Pocketpair inc. seems to hit elements of all three.

What is Palworld? It is a survival game where you use "Pals" to help you fight, build, and explore. You can explore dungeons with Pals shielding you as you shoot different enemies. Perhaps most interesting of all these features is their illegal poaching element the player can choose to engage with as well.

Hold on, is this just another Pokémon clone? This past weekend a trailer was released for Palworld and the similarities between Pals and Pokémon are hard to deny. Pokémon is the biggest media franchise in the world, spanning movies, television shows, cards, video games, and so much more. You can show a picture of Pikachu to almost anyone, and they can probably identify it immediately. At its core, Pokémon is a monster collecting and battling game. Companies and players have been looking for a competitor, but nothing has been able to match Pokémon. Even games like TemTem, which seem to have great potential, lose popularity quickly. So in short, Palworld definitely is very, very similar to Pokemon, but nevertheless, it will likely be a rather interesting game to try out.

The internet had a fun time with the trailer and visiting the Steam Page is entertaining. With an expected release date of 2022, who knows what could come from this game. Be sure to take a look at the trailer and see for yourself what this game is all about.

Happy Monday, everyone!


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