The Pokémon card game has always enjoyed great popularity as more or less everything that arises from the Japanese franchise, for a reason it is the intellectual property that moves the most money in the world of entertainment. But it is that in recent months its popularity seems to be increasing, with letters sold for astronomical amounts and a barrage of curiosities about its production and its use in combat. In this way, the Twitter user Falamel was the last to contribute news, since according to what he published on his own account, through a laborious process of tracing through the sewers of the internet, he has ended up finding the source of the disturbing funds of the first Pokémon cards. . And it turns out that its origin is none other than that of a paid image file.
Last night I managed to find a bunch of source images used as backgrounds on Pokémon cards, here are some of them. pic.twitter.com/NMJ6VaSqOa
– Fanamel (@FanamelT) March 26, 2021
If we go back to the origins, the Pokémon Trading Card Game arrived in Europe in 1999, about three years after its launch in the Japanese market, in which it did not take long to see the light after the overwhelming success of the Game Boy. games in 1996. In that early collection, the backgrounds of many of his cards looked strange when combined with illustrations of iconic creatures. Normal, since in reality they were photographs and images edited for the most disparate purposes. That is, images belonging to a private pay file that Japanese television used to use regularly. Which means that some of the images could appear in a commercial and star in the letter of an adorable Pikachu.
This is what emerges from the investigation carried out by Falamel, who has shared on his Twitter account a very illustrative video that not only compares the images, but also exemplifies the processing that has been carried out on each of them before to include it in any of the lyrics of that mythical first edition. Here is the link to the image file, in case you have a letter that you want to compare. Although surely it is more advisable to investigate their assessment, but that already depends on each one.
Two queens for Marvel: Olivia Colman and Emilia Clarke join ‘Secret Invasion’, the series about the Skrulls for Disney +
‘Secret Invasion’ just added two queens and I think we can already talk about one of the most interesting projects of Wonderful. Olivia colman, monarch in “The Favorite” and “The Crown”, and Emilia clarke, the queen of “Game of Thrones”, are about to join the series that Marvel Studios is preparing for Disney +.
The two actresses would join a cast that already includes Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn and Kingsley Ben-Adir. Let’s remember that Mendelsohn was already presented as the Skrull Talos in ‘Captain Marvel’, where he coincided with Jackson giving life to a younger version of the Nick Fury that we had seen until then (the film took place in the 90s).
As for Kingsley, Ben-Adir (not to be confused with veteran Ben Kingsley) is playing the villain, but no details about the character have been revealed. I’d bet on a crazy Skrull leader who wants to win back the honor of his people and conquer Earth to make it his new home.
There is also no information on the story beyond that it revolves around the Skrulls, a race of aliens who change in a way have been using their abilities for years to infiltrate Earth. This may explain the strange behavior of some celebrities …
“Secret Invasion” is written by Kyle bradstreet And, at the moment, it does not have a release date but it is expected to be ready by 2022.
Square Enix Says Company Not For Sale Following Acquisition Rumors
Square Enix has said it will not consider selling the company, and has not received any offers after a report indicated that “multiple” potential buyers were interested in an acquisition.
CTFN reported that two bankers had indicated that several potential buyers were interested in buying the developer / publisher behind Final Fantasy and Outriders. The news was subsequently reported by Bloomberg Japan, prompting Square Enix to respond.
“Bloomberg reported today that there is interest from various buyers in acquiring Square Enix,” a press release reads. “However, this report is not based on any announcement by Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd. We do not consider selling the company or any part of its business, nor have we received any offer from a third party to acquire the company or any part of its business. deal. “.
Of course, both sides of this story may be true: There may well be Square Enix stakeholders, and Square Enix may not be willing to sell the company. That said, analyst David Gibson pointed to the idea that they could be bankers trying to “boost business” at Square Enix.
To back Gibson’s idea, Bloomberg later reported that Square Enix shares rose 12% after the report was released, its biggest rise in eight months.
Video game acquisitions have been big business recently. In fact, in the last year alone, Microsoft bought ZeniMax Media for $ 7.5 billion. For its part, Epic Games bought Mediatonic (Fall Guys) and EA acquired Codemasters after Take-Two showed interest in the developer.
What’s more, Japan has been seen as the natural next step for some of the major gaming companies. And Xbox CEO Phil Spencer recently denied the idea that Microsoft was in contact with various developers in Japan for possible acquisitions. On the other hand, Sony has had to counter the idea that the company is bypassing Japan, although we have recently seen the historic Japan Studio reorganize the company this year, causing a massive exodus of developers.
Amazon cancels MMORPG Lord of the Rings after dispute with Tencent
An Amazon spokesperson confirmed that following Tencent’s acquisition of Leyou, “they have not been able to secure the terms to continue with this title at this time.” Amazon has canceled its MMORPG game set in The Lord of the Rings that was originally announced in 2019.
As reported by Bloomberg, Amazon Game Studios was developing the game with Leyou Technologies Holdings Ltd, a Chinese studio that was bought by Tencent in December 2020.
Negotiations between Amazon and Tencent have sparked a dispute that has ended resulting in the cancellation of the game.
An Amazon spokesperson confirmed that following Tencent’s acquisition of Leyou, “they have not been able to secure the terms to continue with this title at this time.”
The development team will be moving to other projects, and Amazon shared its disappointment at not being able to carry out this ambitious project.
“We love the Lord of the Rings franchise and are disappointed that we are unable to bring this game to fans,” said an Amazon spokesperson.
This game joins Breakaway and Crucible as other projects canceled by Amazon Game Studios, which in turn was the subject of another Bloomberg report detailing the dysfunction and struggles the studio has been grappling with in the recent past.
Amazon is still working on an MMORPG in development called New World, although so far it has been subject to several delays and is now scheduled to launch next August 2021. We were able to test New World a few months ago and we will tell you what this ambitious looked like draft.
For fans disappointed by this cancellation, they should know that Turbine’s Lord of the Rings Online is still running and they can still look forward to the series that Amazon is developing for Prime Video, in addition to the Lord of the Rings: Gollum game that is. also outside. Developing.