Hello to all out there who are currently reading this! I hope you enjoyed your weekends with plenty of BBQs and beach time. I know I did. Welcome to another Video Gaming News article I like to call our Monday Newz. As always this is my favorite part of the week because I get to share my findings of some really interesting news about gaming that I was able to find while searching through the internet. If you like video games and you like news then you came to the right spot! If you don’t like news but like video games, you might still find this interesting. If you don’t like either, I can’t help you. To the Newz!
When I was in school I needed all sorts of help in Math and Science. I just couldn’t understand a lot of things and I would get very frustrated looking around seeing everyone else passing tests left and right. Meanwhile, I couldn’t tell you what the square root of 45 was or how to solve for X. Who cares?! I digress. I could have used a tutor back then to help me out, now take my scenario and apply it to video games. There are kids out there who just want to play video games like Fortnite and have a good time but for one reason or another they simply just don’t get it and get killed in the first minute or so. Introducing Fortnite tutors! There are people out there who are charging around $50 per hour to help tutor your child to become better at Fortnite!
There’s a software developer out there by the name of Nick Mennen in Cedar Park, Texas. He had told the Wall Street Journal that he paid a tutor for lessons to help his 12-year son improve in video games because he hopes it will set up his son for scholarships down the road. Meenen advised his son is taking about 6 hours of lessons per month and is apparently improving from the lessons. I really don’t know how I feel about paying someone per hour to tutor a child to improve in their video game abilities. However, with what I discussed last week, schools are recognizing gaming as a sport and are encouraging kids to get more involved in E-sports with their schools. With schools participating there are potential scholarships these kids can get and that I can get on board with.
Gamefly Shutting Down Streaming
The best thing with Gamefly for just about any gamer who picked up the service is that when you complete or finish a game, you just send it on back for another one. If you don’t like to keep stockpiling games on your shelf that you may not get back to for another couple of years Game fly was the best invention since the wireless controller. Bet you thought I was going to say sliced bread huh? Not too long ago Gamefly introduced another service to complement their existing service with the ability to stream games instead of getting a physical copy in the mail. By the end of August, Gamefly will be officially ending their streaming services. August 31st will be the last day if you have the service you might want to use it up as much as you can. Not to worry though, Gamefly does plan on continuing their disc rental services.
Gamefly was founded back in 2002 by Toby Lenk, Sean Spector, and Jung Suh. Interestingly, earlier this year EA (Electronic Arts) announced it was acquiring Gamefly’s cloud gaming technology assets and personnel. Ken Moss who is the Chief Technology Officer had this to say “Cloud gaming is an exciting frontier that will help us to give even more players the ability to experience games on any device from anywhere”. “We’re thrilled to bring this talented team’s expertise into EA as we continue to innovate and expand the future of games and play”. For E3 this year Moss showcased EA’s new game streaming service for Windows called Origins Access Premiere. This service launched earlier last week and includes new PC games from EA. Apparently, Gamefly decided to stop its streaming service before EA purchased the tech from them. Now we just need to sit back and watch how EA will implement loot crates and microtransactions in these games to make them even more money! Yikes.
Elon Musk Looking Into Gaming
Picture this if you will. You just bought your new Tesla, you drove for hundreds of miles just on the high of your new purchase and now you find yourself on a ferry heading to Fox woods to go test your luck on some casino action. Stick with me here. Now you have at least an hour ferry ride ahead of you and you don’t want to leave the comfort of your new car, what are you to do?! What if you could just bring up some video games right on your dashboard? Elon Musk is planning on making this a reality in the near future by hiring video game developers for Tesla. It’s difficult to say exactly what Musk is planning by implementing video games in upcoming Tesla vehicles. They might be used while in motion, or maybe not, or maybe they can be used by the passengers only? Who knows?! It is really fun to think about the possibilities though, maybe the devs will create games where you download and play with a friend on their smartphone or another other Tesla.
In the meantime, Musk is looking to add old-school Atari games to the touchscreen dashboard in an upcoming update. Musk was found saying they will be adding the classic Atari games like Missle Command, Tempest, and Pole Position. The coolest thing about the game Pole Position which is a racing game, you can use the steering wheel to drive in the game. The car has to be stationary of course, let’s not get crazy here. Elon Musk made Tweets explaining the potential game devs to be hired should provide examples of prior work and he is looking forward to bring on a developer who can develop games with “playability and creativity”.
Sources: Fossbytes.com, ctpost.com
Thank You For Stopping By!
These were some of the interesting things I found on the internet that I wanted to share with everyone. What are your thoughts on these stories? I would love to hear what you thought or better yet if you have an interesting story to share let me know in the comment section below. Until next week, take care everyone and enjoy the rest of your day.