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Colin Kaepernick x Madden 21

by Justin Lyons

Colin Kaepernick is officially back in Madden.

For the first time since 2017, football fans and Colin Kaepernick fans will have the chance to use the ex-49ers quarterback in the signature football game from EA SPORTS.

The announcement came from EA SPORTS themselves, saying, “Colin Kaepernick is one of the top free agents in football and a starting-caliber quarterback. The team at EA SPORTS, along with millions of Madden NFL fans, want to see him back in our game.”

Though Kaepernick is not signed to a team in real life or in Madden, he is available to sign to any team in Franchise mode. He’s also available in Play Now mode.

His jersey is also available in The Yard, a mode new to Madden this year that allows users to express themselves creatively. His signature celebration, which is available upon scoring with Kaepernick, depicts the quarterback raising his fist in the air to signify Black Power.

Kaepernick has been rated 81 overall, which is good for the 15th best quarterback in the league, tied with Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

According to EA SPORTS, that number was determined using data-driven simulations. They did take into account the fact that Kaepernick has not played since 2016, but his mobility and big play ability earned him the 81 overall rating.

EA SPORTS also said players looking to have complete control over their Franchise mode can change his rating however they see fit, including bringing him up to 99 overall. Adjusting his stats to 99 overall would make his only company the likes of Aaron Donald, Christian McCaffrey, Michael Thomas, Stephon Gilmore and the only 99 rated quarterback in the game, Patrick Mahomes.

Kaepernick was among the first in professional sports to kneel during the American National Anthem in protest of police brutality. Kaepernick opted out of his contract after the 2016 season, and not one of the 32 NFL teams has made a move to acquire him.

Largely suspected of being a victim of blackballing, Kaepernick has since worked as an activist in the community, especially with children. He has led rights campaigns and camps and was the face of a Nike campaign in 2018 that carried the slogan “Believe in something. Even if means sacrificing everything.”

Roger Goodell encouraged teams to sign Kaepernick in a conversation on ESPN in June, just weeks after George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis.

The killing of George Floyd seemed to awaken large corporations throughout the United States, leading many to make statements, including the NFL.

Though criticized for not speaking out sooner, the NFL and Commissioner Goodell released a statement via Twitter on June 5 saying, “We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of Black People. We, the NFL, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the NFL, believe Black Lives Matter.”

NFL teams cancelled practices and scrimmages in the past month after the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Action taken after these events could remove the stigma NFL owners appeared to have when it came to signing Kaepernick, and fans who believe in his message and talent would love to see him on the field again soon.

Disclosure – Birthday

UK duo Disclosure has released their third single of the year less than two days from the release of their newest album “ENERGY.”

The new song is titled “Birthday” and features Kehlani and Syd.

Howard and Guy, the two brothers who make up the duo, bring fans back to the R&B sound of their second album with “Birthday.” They finished the track very quickly, and it easily made the cut to be on the upcoming album.

Along with the album’s release on Friday, Disclosure will release a new music video for “Birthday.” The video is directed by Kid Studio, a duo that has worked with Disclosure before along with other artists like Future and French Montana.

Howard said the song is about relationships with exes long after a breakup. Is it still okay to call them on their birthday?

“It’s the oldest song on the album by far, so it has definitely stood the test of time and deservedly made the cut” Guy said. “The addition of Kehlani just took it to the next level and turned it into a fire duet.”

They have also partnered with Minecraft for the release of “ENERGY,” as gamers can immerse themselves into the vibrant world of the new album. Made up of over 100 million blocks, players will look for 13 hidden records. To see the trailer for Disclosure’s “ENGERGY” Minecraft Experience, you can click right here.

To listen to “Birthday,” you can click right here.

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Video Games x Standardized Testing

Standardized testing in schools is one of the most hotly contested subjects in academics. Does it actually measure academic skills and learning progress? Is there a better, more definitive way to measure those skills? Is standardized testing punishing hard workers and high achievers who also happen to be anxiety-ridden or bad test-takers?

In an interview with CMRubinWorld, video gaming industry veteran and founder of Breakaway Games Doug Whatley said the next step for these pesky measuring sticks is in the video game world.

“We already have simulation games that are capable of being used as a standardized test, so I think there is real promise for many types of tests to be replaced by games,” Whatley said, adding that games are often better, more secure and more affordable tests.

Whatley also predicted that free-to-play games and large market games would close the gap between the two.

“Mobile apps will get bigger and AAA games will get smaller using multiple season type distribution,” he said.

Whatley used that premise to make five more predictions. First, he said video games will cover a wider variety of content. Next, he said phones will become more powerful, thus driving more gamers to mobile devices as a gaming platform. Third, he expects to see games use new media platforms like Zoom and Google Classroom. Fourth, he expects to see more distribution in rolled out packages, like the already popular DLC model, and finally, he anticipates student-created content to be judged and used by peers.

The pandemic has forced education to adapt on its feet, and it appears technology and video games will be beneficiaries of its modern adjustments and pivots.

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Kenshi Yonezu × Fortnite

After over 2 years, Japanese singer-songwriter and music producer, Kenshi Yonezu, has officially released his long-awaited 5th studio album, “Stray Sheep”; along with a music video for “Campanella.” Fans all over the world showcased their excitement, as pre-sales for the album skyrocketed to 1 million copies, shipped out yesterday, August 4th. Over 65K fans eagerly waited in the YouTube Premiere Chatroom to watch Yonezu’s “Campanella” release last night, which is now sitting at over 2 million views. 

To celebrate this release, Yonezu will be collaborating with Fortnite, as the first Asian artist ever, for a virtual 2020 Event / STRAY SHEEP in Fortnite. It will be held within the Battle Royale Game, Fortnite on August 7th @ 7:00AM Eastern Daylight Time, simultaneously around the world. For those who are unavailable at this time, 2 encore shows are scheduled to take place at 1:00PM and 7:00PM on August 7th (Friday). With over 350 million registered players worldwide, Kenshi Yonezu will be able to showcase his talents globally appearing on the Fortnite Main Stage. 

STRAY SHEEP consists of 15 songs; including Yonezu’s previously released smash hit “Lemon,” which ranked #1 on Billboard Japan’s annual cumulative charts for 2 years consecutively, making history as the first-ever act to do so. Furthermore, it’s been certified by the Japan Record Association for the fastest to achieve 3 million downloads, and the music video has broken the Japanese record for the most views; sitting at almost 600 million currently.

During these uncertain times and unconventional work environment due to Covid-19, Yonezu reflected a lot while working on the album, stating; “When I thought about how I’m going to live in this country from now on, I realized that many things were getting me emotional with anger, disappointment, and despair. But in the end, my only choice is to live in this country – in this world. Which led to the conclusion that all I can do is make pop songs. In the end, we need to affirm that we exist and need to live. It’s really easy to be pessimistic and let creativity flow with anger and sadness, but I felt that is not my role. So, I thought about the distant future, where people were living a healthy life reminiscing about “what happened during those times”. I may have been envisioning those scenes when creating this song.”

Kenshi Yonezu is no stranger to breaking records and making history; he recently became the first Japanese Artist to hit 5M Youtube subscribers, with music video views reaching over 2.8 billion total, and counting. On July 10th, Yonezu released the music video for “Kanden” skyrocketed to 1M views in under 2 hours, and it currently sits at 30M. This single is off his upcoming album, and it debuted at No. 2 on the Japan Hot 100, blasting in at No. 1 for downloads with 158,572 units after dropping digitally July 6; stated by Billboard. The music video for “Kanden” marks Yonezu’s 13th music video to reach over 100 million views throughout his career.

Fortnite has hosted virtual events by artists such as Marshmello and Travis Scott in the past and the virtual event by Travis Scott held in April 2020 and entitled Astronomical played live to an astonishing crowd of 27.7 million players worldwide, an unfathomable number for a live show out in the real world. At this particular event, players will enter the venue in their respective avatars and enjoy the show as if they’re attending a music festival. You can arrange to meet up with real world friends within Fortnite grounds and enter the event together. Anyone can join in for free via a multitude of different devices including smartphones, personal computers, PlayStation® and Nintendo Switch.

This event is free of charge, and Fortnite can be downloaded for free. Download Fortnite on devices such as PS4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, smartphones and personal computers and join in for free. Once Fortnite has been downloaded, log in to the game from your device and click Party Royale from Battle Royale. We recommend you log in an hour to 30 minutes prior to the event, as we anticipate an influx of traffic. For those who have not logged in for some period of time, we recommend you update before the event, as updates take some time.

Players that log in to Fortnite from Thursday, August 6 at 8 PM EDT to Friday,

August 7 at 8 PM EDT will receive a free banner icon of the artwork to Kenshi Yonezu’s 5th album STRAY SHEEP.

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Juice WRLD – Legends Never Die

Juice WRLD’s new album, Legends Never Die, drops on July 10

Grade A and Interscope Records announce that Juice WRLD’s highly anticipated new album, Legends Never Die, will arrive on July 10th. In anticipation for the new album, a trailer was released on Instagram. Today, the latest song from Legends Never Die has been revealed: “Life’s a Mess” by Juice WRLD and Halsey.

Alongside today’s album announcement comes a special commemorative collaboration with gaming organization FaZe Clan. FaZe Adapt and many members of FaZe were close friends with Juice WRLD. Marked by a tribute game of “Team 999 vs Team FaZe Clan” last week, the limited-edition collection is available at www.juicewrldxfazeclan.com.

In other news, in April, Juice’s mother Carmela Wallace announced the establishment of the Live Free 999 Fund. The Live Free 999 Fund will honor the legacy of her son by supporting young people in their battles and to do so with love, joy, and emotional honesty. With new music and caring dedications like these, Juice WRLD’s legacy continues.

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Is Music Important in The Gaming Industry?

When you consider the video game industry and the work that goes into developing these games, your first thoughts might go towards the actual game developers. While these are arguably the most important cog in the process, many more people are involved in the entire production of a game.

Most people don’t realise it, but music is actually very important when it comes to video games and how they feel. In this article, we will look at the importance of music in the gaming industry. Keep reading to hear more about this.

Why Is It Important?

There are many reasons why music is important in the gaming industry including the fact that it helps to immerse players in the game. If you have played a game before and not noticed the music or the soundtrack then the game developers have probably done a great job. The point of the music is not to distract from the game but to tie the entire thing together. For this reason, a lot of importance is placed on the musical elements of a game.

Which Kinds of Games Use Music?

While you will find certain games don’t come with any music at all, just sound effects, there are plenty that have carefully curated soundtracks. Some developers will have music composed specifically for the game while others will utilise existing tracks that have been licensed to them for use in the game. Whether you are playing a game on your Xbox or a casino game like those described at bestcasinobetting.vip, you’ll find music in the game somewhere. 

Typically, the big budget games made by companies like Nintendo will have a special focus on music.

Does This Affect the Industry?

For those interested in how this affects the music industry, you’ll find that it certainly has a large impact. With huge numbers of people around the world playing games every single day, you can expect a few of them to listen to a song and want to hear it again. This has meant that many artists have benefited from their songs which feature in soundtracks, as have the composers who create songs specially for certain games.

Artists like Toto, Ariana Grande and Michael Jackson have all had their songs feature in some video games and this has opened them up to brand new audiences. Over time, video game fans start to enjoy listening to these songs that are often in the background.

Conclusion

The music industry and the gaming industry have their crossovers and many top songs appear in famous video games. With artists in the music industry benefiting from their songs being played over and over, this is often a mutually beneficial deal. Some fans prefer to hear music that has been composed for a video game, but this can be costly and take much longer. 

It is clear from what we have discussed that music is very important in the video game industry. Make sure to listen a bit closer to your favourite video game to see what is going on. 

Is the gaming industry slightly taking over the entertainment world?

When someone talks about the entertainment industry, most of us think about music and cinema. Our very first associations to entertainment shows would be the Oscars, Grammys, talent shows, BRIT Awards, Music Awards and so on. The glamour in the film and music industry is undeniable. But would you be surprised to know that these are not the top-grossing entertainment sectors?

To be clearer, these two put together do not even match the revenue that the gaming industry is earning.  According to the latest figures, the video game business is larger than both the movie and music industry combines, making it an entertainment industry leader.

This year, the global gaming market is expected to generate more than $150 billion from more than 2.5 billion gamers worldwide. To compare the numbers, the global box office industry was worth $42.2 billion, while global music reached around $20 billion in revenue.

From blockbusters to classic TV series and music idols – they all have been gamified into popular online and console game characters. The casino gaming industry has embraced this potential and opportunity, offering various themes and types of the popular and traditional slots games.

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The creation of these games is seen as a profitable plan for franchise owners to increase their revenue. However, these games are often thoroughly enjoyed by fans who get the chance to interact with characters and immerse in the themes of their favourite entertainment shows.

TV, film and gaming industries have been working closely for decades to deliver great entertainment and layered experience to the audience. Let’s take a look at how PC, mobile and console gaming as the main operational platforms of this industry evolved through the years and generated the revenue and attention that has today.

The smartphone revolution

Mobile gaming which involves smartphone and tablet gaming stands as the largest segment in this industry accounting for $69 billion of the total estimated revenue growing with 10% from 2018. This niche is expected to take up to 60% of the global gaming market by 2021, while console and PC gaming will go with 22% and 19% respectively.

Console gaming, on the other hand, is expected to generate $48 billion in revenue or growth with a 13% growth rate from last year. PC gaming is seen earning around $35.7 billion or growth of 4% compared to last year.
Clearly, mobile games have gone a long way since the very beginnings in the 90s when the famous “Snake” was pre-installed in over 400 million Nokia phones.

Although mobile gaming was interrupted in the growth process when the trend switched back to consoles, known as the “console wars” period, the development of the smartphone, coupled with advancements in the internet, connectivity and applications, has paved the way for more exciting experiences with RPG ( role-playing game) and MMORPG ( multiplayer online role-playing game), becoming accessible to mobile phones.

What is e-sports?

E-sports stands for electronic sports which is a type of competition that involves the use of video games. A typical e-sports tournament takes the form of multiplayer video game competitions between professional gamers and their teams. Most common genres played today are online battle arenas and real-time strategy games. The most prestigious e-sport competitions today are Dota 2, League of Legends and Fortnite. With its growing popularity over the years, e-sports has raised casual gaming into a profession, making it a game of skill, strategy and team play. Today, being a professional gamer can be an attractive career choice, as numerous competitions are being organised in a different part of the world.

Thousands, to millions of dollars, have been given away as winning prices. For example, the prize pool for the most recent Dota 2 tournament reached over $30 million

Although e-sports is now a billion-dollar industry, not many mass media companies have been covering the competitions and expansion of this market. This situation significantly changed this year, as many sports competitions and disciplines including the traditional sports betting turned to e-sports in order to adapt the business model.

Gaming is no longer a hobby and to describe it as a niche market would be an understatement. This is an industry with a wide potential for growth and continuous innovation. The rapid rise of technology already brought this industry to other platforms such as cloud gaming and VR /AR gaming.
 

Ultimate Rivals: The Rink

The glass ceiling has finally been shattered in video games. For the first time ever, female athletes can compete against, or alongside, male athletes.  Ultimate Rivals: The Rink, from Bit Fry, is a new, fast-paced “2 vs. 2” hockey game that features many of today’s top athletes – men and women.

The game features female soccer stars such as Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd, and WNBA stars Diana Taurasi, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Elena Delle Donne who can play against the likes of LeBron James, Russell Wilson, Mookie Betts, Mike Trout and Alex Ovechkin.  For example, Megan Rapinoe can team up with LeBron James to take on a team featuring Diana Taurasi and Clayton Kershaw.

Another first for this game — star athletes from all the major sports leagues are playing with and against each other.  Bit Fry has secured groundbreaking licensing agreements with nine major professional sports organizations, including the NHL, NHL Players’ Association (NHLPA), NBA, National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), MLB, MLB Players Association (MLBPA), NFLPA, Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA), USWNTPA, as well as Wayne Gretzky.

More information is at UltimateRivals.com

A trailer for the game can be seen HERE

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The Growing Influence of Video Games in the Entertainment Industry

Ever since video games became more popular in the 1980s, they have spread into other entertainment areas like songs, movies, and TV shows. Today, video games are more sophisticated and popular than ever, and many have become steeped in popular culture. So, it is no wonder that games are now influencing the entertainment industry even more.

Video Games in Songs

From ABBA and Aerosmith to Green Day and 50 Cent, a wide variety of bands and artists have been immortalized in video games. But did you know various groups have written songs about video games? Here are three of the best:

·       British rock band Bring Me the Horizon’s song Shadow Moses reached number 2 in the UK Rock and Metal Singles Chart in 2013. The song is named after the main setting of the 1998 game Metal Gear Solid. The closing theme of the video game is referenced in Shadow Moses’ opening vocal line.

·       The song Symphony of the Night appears on the power metal band DragonForce’s 2014 album Maximum Overdrive. Guitarist Herman Li said Japanese video games inspired the song.

·       American death metal band The Black Dahlia Murder’s 2007 song What A Horrible Night to Have a Curse describes the plot and gameplay of the classic platform-adventure video game Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest.

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Video Games in Television

From live-action shows to animations, there are a huge amount of TV shows based on video games. However, some have been more successful than others. For instance, the immensely popular puzzle game Candy Crush was turned into an American TV game show in 2017, but it was canceled after just one season. On the other hand, the 2012 military sci-fi web series Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn was a huge success. Based on the famous Halo video game franchise, the 15-minute episodes follow a cadet at a military training academy that is attacked by aliens. Other notable live-action shows based on games include 2016’s Street Fighter: Resurrection, 2013’s The Far Cry Experience, and 2016’s Higurashi When They Cry.

Animated shows based on video games tend to be more successful than live-action shows. Popular shows include:

·       Subway Surfers: The Animated Series (2018)

·       Angry Birds Toons (2013 – 2016)

·       Pac-Man and the Ghostly Adventures (2013–2015)

Video Games in Movies

The Sonic the Hedgehog movie is currently the second-highest-grossing movie of 2020. Furthermore, the film set the record for the biggest opening weekend success at the box office for a video game-based movie in the US and Canada. Video game movie adaptations have not always been successful. For instance, many consider the 1993 Super Mario Bros. movie to be one of the worst films ever made. But there has been a considerable number of game-inspired movies that have been big successes. Here are some of the best.

Tomb Raider

The two original Tomb Raider movies starring Angelina Jolie helped to put video-game-adapted movies on the map, even if the 2001 and 2003 films were rather cheesy. But when Alicia Vikander took over the role of Lara Croft in the 2018 movie Tomb Raider, the film had a more down-to-earth edge to it and reflected the Tomb Raider games much better. It is undoubtedly one of the best video game-based movies to have been released in recent years.

Rampage

The 2018 movie Rampage may not be worthy of an Oscar. But if you are after unadulterated good fun, Rampage is entertaining from beginning to end. Forget the weak narrative, and instead focus on Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson taking on an enormous gorilla, a sea creature, and a strange wolf-like monster who are climbing skyscrapers and destroying the city!

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

The 2010 action fantasy adventure movie Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is based on the game of the same name. At the time of its release, it was the highest-grossing video game film of all time. With a stellar cast, high-flying stunts, and gorgeous visuals, Prince of Persia is one of the most notable blockbuster video game movies ever produced.

Ultimate Rivals: The Rink

The glass ceiling has finally been shattered in video games. For the first time ever, female athletes can compete against, or alongside, male athletes. Ultimate Rivals: The Rink, from Bit Fry, is a new, fast-paced “2 vs. 2” hockey game that features many of today’s top athletes – men and women.

The game features female soccer stars such as Megan Rapinoe, Alex Morgan and Carli Lloyd, and WNBA stars Diana Taurasi, Skylar Diggins-Smith and Elena Delle Donne who can play against the likes of LeBron James, Russell Wilson, Mookie Betts, Mike Trout and Alex Ovechkin. For example, Megan Rapinoe can team up with LeBron James to take on a team featuring Diana Taurasi and Clayton Kershaw.

Another first for this game — star athletes from all the major sports leagues are playing with and against each other. Bit Fry has secured groundbreaking licensing agreements with nine major professional sports organizations, including the NHL, NHL Players’ Association (NHLPA), NBA, National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), MLB, MLB Players Association (MLBPA), NFLPA, Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA), USWNTPA, as well as Wayne Gretzky.

More information is at UltimateRivals.com

A trailer for the game can be seen here

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