Racing games have always been one of the most popular game genres. Back when Mario Kart Wii was one of the hottest games on the market, there were always heated debates about one thing: the Wii Remote wheels. Some said they helped, some say they didn't, and others claimed that anyone who used them was a cheater. What side were you on?
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Post Fourth of July Steals
- Fire Emblem: Three Houses - $39.99 (Originally $59.99)
- Borderlands 3 - $9.99 (Originally $29.99)
- Red Dead Redemption 2 - $29.99 (Originally $59.99)
- HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro Wired Gaming Headset - $79.99 (Originally $99.99)
- IdeaPad 3i Gaming Laptop - $834.99 (Originally $1059.99)
*Sales may change following Drop release date.
Atari Abandons Mobile and Free-To-Play Games
Back in April, the company announced that it would be restructuring its divisions into Atari Gaming and Atari Blockchain. However, recently the company changed their minds, and has now decided to stray from the mobile and free-to-play sector all together. The company has stated that it wants to now focus on new larger games, and "build a strong pipeline of premium games on all platforms." The company also noted that some games may even be releasing as early as March 2022. CEO Wade J Rosen gave this statement regarding the decision:
"Our intent with any gaming experience is to provide accessible and joyful moments of meaningful play...That’s the core of Atari and what binds our history with our future. To that end, we feel that premium gaming is better representative of this type of gaming experience and the Atari DNA."
While some of the more popular free to play games will remain up, many games will either be shut down entirely or sold to other companies. These include Roller Coaster Tycoon Stories, Crystal Castles, Castles & Catapults, Ninja Golf, and Atari Combat: Tank Fury.
All of the most famous Atari games have been smaller ones that were featured on arcade machines, with notable titles like Pong, Space Invaders, Dig Dug, Air Sea Battle, and Battlezone. With that in mind, it'll be interesting to see them shift their focus from smaller games like this and other mobile games into larger, more drawn out games. Regardless, we can't wait to see what titles they'll have in March!
NAVI Wins CS:GO StarLadder RMR CIS 2021
Natus Vincere defeated Gambit 3:2 in the grand-final of StarLadder RMR CIS 2021. Since Gambit made it to the Grand Finals through the Upper Bracket, they started this match with a one-map advantage. Gambit managed to win the first map, Ancient, defeating NAVI with a score of 16:7. But NAVI didn't even think to give up. This was their fourth loss in a row against Gambit, and they rebounded in spectacular fashion.
Although Gambit won the first two rounds on the second map, NAVI managed to break away from the losing streak, with a score of 16:9 on Dust 2 . Gambit was serious about winning the third map, and managed to win in the first half with a score of 8:7. However, NAVI showed excellent defense on the Mirage map, leveling the score in the series. The culmination of this confrontation was the final map. The teams played the whole game neck and neck, but at the most important moment NAVI was able to take the lead, winning the final with a score of 3:2.
The 'man of the match' was Valeriy 'B1T' Vakhovskiy for finishing the four matches with an overall rating of 1.24.
StarLadder RMR CIS 2021 final standings:
1. Team Liquid - 2000 RMR Points + $40,000
2. FURIA - 1875 RMR Points + $15,000
3. EXTREMUM - 1750 RMR Points + $12,000
4. O PLANO - 1625 RMR Points + $10,000
5. forZe - 1,500 RMR Points + $7,000
6. Entropiq - $5000
7-8. 100PG - $3000
7-8. Nemiga - $3000
9-10. Virtus.pro - $2,500
9-10. Akuma - $2,500
F1 2021 Is Coming Up To The Finish Line
If you've got a need for speed, F1 2021 is coming soon to help curb your cravings. The game itself has had multiple versions in the past years, and on July 16th it will be releasing its 2021 version. Here are some of the new updates to the game, as stated on Steam:
- Braking Point’ – the thrilling new story experience.
- New ways to play: two-player Career and ‘Real-Season Start’.
- My Team mode - create a driver, choose a sponsor, an engine supplier, hire a teammate and compete as the 11th team on the grid.
- Expanded Driver Stats that now include ‘Focus’ and new team-critical Department Events to address.
- Split-screen racing for two players.
- Casual race options for more relaxed racing whilst new Expert options give experienced players even more control.
- Formula 2™, the ultimate training ground for F1®, is also included, with short, medium, or full season options and 2020 and 2021 season content *.
- Esports - in-game area for the online qualification events, latest news and even watch the new F1® Esports Challenger and Pro Series races.
- Time Trial, Shorter season length options, Grand Prix™ Mode and relive your glory with saveable automated highlights and (PC only) full replays.
- Compete online in Multiplayer: Social and Ranked races, new Quick Join format, Leagues, customisable liveries, and Weekly Events.
You can preorder the game on Steam before its release on July 16th, 2021. Also available for preorder is the deluxe edition, which comes with 18k Pit Coins, the My Team Icons Pack, and the Braking Point Icon Pack.
Working Conditions in Video Game Development
The last few years has shown us the challenging conditions the workers in the video game sector have been facing. While the pandemic has affected many career fields, the video game industry flourished, and is now reportedly worth at least $200 billion. The meteoritic rise of this field has provided such an immense demand that it ultimately puts strains on the workforce. People reported multiple relocations affecting personal and professional lives, difficulty finding positive job experiences, and having to integrate an international workforce.
There is a massive drain on the workforce. A video game designer talked about how they moved 10 times in 27 years. Some people thrive in this kind of environment, however for others, this could put a huge strain on their families. They will struggle to create stability in their career and their ability to make friends and settle into a new home and life.
There is an immense pressure to find a job. The United States employs over 140,000 people in the video game sector, and other countries do not have as many opportunities. Some people are desperate for work, so they feel like they do not have a voice to ask for better condition. If they do not have a job, they may end up broke or working somewhere that only pays minimum wage despite having degrees and experience. The conversation around working conditions for developers will continue to happen. While we receive great games, there are also people who create them. It is important we stay informed and support the creators.
Have a turbo-charged Tuesday!
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