No X's here, just the top headlines for this week.
The Madden Effect
EA created a searchable database of ratings that makes it easy and fun to compare players. But who are the top players in the game? EA gave five players a score of 99 - the highest in the game - and five players a 98. Here are the top players:
Aaron Donald, RE, Los Angeles Rams
Justin Jefferson, WR, Minnesota Vikings
Patrick Mahomes, QB, Kansas City Chiefs
Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
Zack Martin, RG, Dallas Cowboys
Lane Johnson, RT, Philadelphia Eagles
Myles Garrett, RE, Cleveland Browns
Nick Bosa, RE, San Francisco 49ers
Trent Williams, RT, San Francisco 49ers
Tyreek Hill, WR, Miami Dolphins
Who is overrated or underrated? Let us know in the comments.
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The Latest on the Microsoft Activision merger
We wrote at length about the Microsoft and Activision Blizzard merger last week, including deadlines and court cases. Here is the latest headline:
Members of the House called on the FTC to drop their opposition to the merger. The FTC withdrew their in-house case, although they could re-file.
Microsoft and Activision extend their acquisition deadline to October 18, with a new termination fee of $4.5 billion if the merger is not completed.
Could the FTC have used Halo to make a better case against the merger? Why didn’t they?
Pet Project: Chocobo
It’s a quiet week, so we decided to take a look at another pet in video games, the chocobo. Chocobos appear in almost all of the Final Fantasy games, including the latest, XVI. These large birds are flightless, and are often used as ground transportation, similar to horses in other realms. You can even breed chocobos in FInal Fantasy VII. They first appeared in Final Fantasy II, and have been pulling carts, transporting heroes or causing a ruckus ever since.
We asked our in-house pet Sirius Black the cat for his thoughts on Chocobos. His response:
Ah, the Chocobo. This is yet another classic example of how humans get it wrong time and time again. In typical human fashion, the characters in these Final Fantasy games mistake this giant tasty bird as a mode of transportation and not sustenance. Only a human would opt to ride, and not eat, something that is very obviously a chicken.
I do credit the creators of Final Fantasy for creating quite a delicious looking treat, even if they continue to mistake its primary use. If you’re reading this, creators, might I suggest this narrative for Final Fantasy XVII: lost and starving, the character is forced to eat their Chocobo, and in doing so realizes how yummy it is and then goes on to manufacture Chocobo cat food. This would surely sell millions of games. In exchange for this idea, I will accept a lifetime supply of said food. Mmmmmmm, Chocobo.
Side quests (more stories worth reading)
😡 Ubisoft is suspending and deleting inactive accounts on their service, causing players to lose access to games they have purchased. It is unclear how long it takes for an account to be considered “inactive.”
👾 Roblox experienced a data breach, with personal information of over 4,000 developers leaked. Specifically, those who attended the Roblox Developer Conference between 2017-2020.
📰 Roblox also announced they plan to let developers offer subscriptions through their service.
🥞 The creator of the daily word game Waffle says he turned down “life-changing money” to keep the project independent.
⚽️ Despite losing its contract with FIFA, EA signed a licensing agreement with the Premiere League that includes every club and player.
🥊 Mortal Kombat 1’s first DLC will feature Homelander from The Boys, Peacemaker and Omni-Man from Invincible.
😈 Diablo 4 is Blizzard's fastest-selling game of all time. However, after negative reaction to the first game update, Blizzard is changing their patching process and says “We don’t plan on doing a patch like this ever again.”
🎰 The UK games industry agrees to restrict access to loot boxes in games to players over 18. Related read: “How Loot Boxes In Children’s Video Games Encourage Gambling.”
🤖 Redditors show how AI can be manipulated by creating a fake World of Warcraft character, and having a website write an article on them.
New Releases this week:
7/24: Super Catboy (PC)
7/25: Remnant II (PlayStation, Xbox and PC)
7/26: Super Intern Story (Switch and PC)
7/27: Double Dragon Gaiden: Rise of the Dragons (PlayStation, Xbox, Switch and PC)
7/27: Koa and the Five Pirates of Mara (PlayStation, Xbox, Switch and PC)
7/27: The Expanse: A Telltale Series (PlayStation, Xbox and PC)
7/28: Disney Illusion Island (Switch)
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