Sony is set to launch PlayStation 5 (PS5) in select markets this month, though not in Malaysia. But if you have been checking Instagram lately, you may have come across people on your feed who have managed to nab the next-generation console ahead of next week’s launch.
Before you get jealous about missing out, don’t worry because you have just been pranked by a filter on Instagram by a user going by the handle @aroneverything. To be fair, the filter does look very realistic and convincing. At a glance, it really does look like you’ve just have bought yourself a PS5 console. However, if you look at the box closely you can see some jagged edges along the side of the box.
If you are wondering how Instagram users managed to drop PS5 boxes in their living rooms, just follow these simple steps.
The viral Instagram filter has spilled over to local brands who were also eager to ride the social media wave.
[̶P̶S̶5̶ ̶G̶I̶V̶E̶A̶W̶A̶Y̶]̶ Haiyaa……! We ordered all these PS5 for giveaway, but we noticed everyone on Instagram already has one. So cheap, now everyone can afford. Okay la, nevermind.. we give to charity instead.
A post shared by myBurgerLab Malaysia (@myburgerlab) on Nov 3, 2020 at 4:26am PST
Homegrown brand myBurgerLab Malaysia decided to turn things up a notch and cheekily posted a “PS5 giveaway” with multiple PS5 boxes in their Sunway branch. Of course, it was all for good fun, and they decided to “donate” the virtual PS5s to charity instead.
We’ve received this at our reception counter, can the owner come and claim this? 🎮 While we ride on the hype for this viral Instagram filter, let’s also be amazed by the wonders of Augmented Reality (AR) – we can actually have something without actually having it! The wonders of AR, is indeed, borderless. #AugmentedReality #Playstation5 #PS5 #AsiaPacificUniversity
A post shared by Asia Pacific University (@asiapacificuniversity) on Nov 4, 2020 at 12:13am PST
Even the private university Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation (APU) joined in on the fun, calling on the “owner” of the console to come down to the reception to collect it. They did, however, acknowledge that the PS5 box was made with an Instagram filter.
But in all seriousness, let’s get the facts straight here. Sony will be launching the PS5 on 12 November in select markets including the US and Japan. Subsequently, it is set to launch in other markets on 19 November.
To date, Singapore is the only country in the region that has been confirmed to launch the PS5 on 19 November. In case you were wondering, the PS5 Digital Edition costs SGD 599 (~RM1,828) while the PS5 with Ultra HD Blu-Ray Disc Drive costs USD 729 (~RM2,197).
Sony opened pre-orders for the PS5 in Singapore on 18 September but pre-orders were all snapped up quickly. This prompted Sony to organise a second pre-order session for the console on 16 October. Right now if you go to Sony’s PS5 website and attempt to order a unit, you will find that both versions of the console are sold out.
However, Sony has not announced any launch date or price for Malaysia. Previously, Sony stated on its Malaysian PS5 website that the console would launch during the 2020 holiday season. The screenshot of the site above was captured on 14 October and it was removed the next day.
Given that Singapore had its pre-orders opened two months ahead of launch, that means even if Malaysia were to start pre-orders next week, it is highly likely that the Malaysian release of the console would only happen in 2021.
Sony sent a statement to Notebookcheck that reads:
We can confirm that the PS5 will also become available in Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam and that we are currently in the process of preparation towards the launch.
SIES will make announcement on MY/TH/PH/ID/VN release dates and pricing when we are ready. Please keep a lookout for our local announcements on PS5 release in respective countries.
We have also reached out to Sony Interactive Entertainment Singapore to ask if there was any confirmed date but unfortunately, there are no additional updates on the launch date.
Even though you can’t buy the console in Malaysia yet, you can pre-order PS5 games online on the PlayStation Store. Based on the games listed, we know that the average PS5 games starts from RM249 and can run up to RM459.
For more information, visit https://www.playstation.com/ps5.
The story on how John Madden came to be involved with wildly popular EA Sports NFL video game – USA TODAY
If the creators of the NFL video game so many millions of people have played had their way, the wildly popular franchise would not have been known simply as Madden.
According to a story ESPN published in 2016, legendary coach and analyst John Madden was the third choice of Trip Hawkins, the eventual founder of video game maker Electronic Arts (EA), to be the pitchman of the game that eventually became Madden NFL. An avid football fan, Hawkins’ first choice was legendary Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana and former Vikings and Patriots quarterback and Cal Bears coach Joe Kapp.
Madden, who died at the age of 85 Tuesday, continues to be one of the game’s most prominent icons. He was first a player, though a knee injury in his rookie season in 1958 with the Philadelphia Eagles cut his career short. He went on to be the head coach of the Raiders, where he won a Super Bowl. He became a television analyst during NFL games and made the game accessible for millions of viewers. He was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the Class of 2006.
But it’s his constant presence on the video game franchise, arguably, that serves as his strongest connection to new generations of football fans and gamers alike.
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According to ESPN, Montana could not be involved because he had a conflicting endorsement deal with video game console maker Atari, while Kapp wanted royalties. According to the article, Madden was so impressed with Hawkins’ credentials — he went to Harvard and worked at Apple — that he agreed to sign on.
It proved to be a shrewd decision. Despite slow production and years of releases before it became a household name, Madden NFL has generated more than $4 billion since its inception and has sold more than 130 million copies, according to EA. Barron’s estimates that Madden NFL generates around $600 million annually for EA.
Still, Madden lamented one major mistake that cost him millions more.
According to ESPN, after “John Madden Football” was released in 1988, Hawkins approached Madden and said EA was about to have an initial public offering and that Madden could “have as much stock” as he wanted, though he would have to pay the initial price of $7.50 per share.
“Hell, I’m just a football coach,” Madden told ESPN. “I pointed with my finger, all knowing, and said, ‘I gave you my time. I’m not giving you my money.’ I showed him!”
In only the 10 years from 1989 to 1999, the price soared to $70 per share, according to ESPN.
Said Madden: “That was the dumbest thing I ever did in my life.”
Originally, the game was planned as being a seven-on-seven competition, due to the limitations of computing back when it was being initially programmed. Madden, however, balked at that idea and wanted the game — if he was going to appear on its cover — to be as authentic as possible.
“If it wasn’t real football, I didn’t want my name on it,” Madden told Grantland in January 2012. “I wanted it to be real football — pro football — with the sideline, the numbers, the hash marks. Everything had to be pro football.”
One other unique aspect of the game is how the plays and formations users can call and execute are taken directly from NFL playbooks. Madden sent a 1980 Oakland Raiders playbook to Hawkins and former EA producer Joe Ybarra.
To elaborate on that, the game’s producers sought to mimic the playbooks of the teams featured in the game.
“For our playbooks, I would say to (former San Francisco Examiner beat writer and consultant) Frank (Cooney), ‘Go find out what a team’s five signature plays are,’ ” Hawkins told ESPN. “He would go up to the assistant coaches, hand them paper. And they would draw up plays! We collected a huge amount of plays that way.”
The video game franchise has evolved over the years to incorporate new game play modes and features, as well as tweaks to game play. Its reach across the NFL is comprehensive. Gamers within each locker room undoubtedly have their own copies and challenge each other during games.
Even one of the game’s most reserved and self-controlled figures — and one of the greatest coaches in the history of the sport — has his own exposure to the video game.
“I haven’t played it in quite a while,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday after he opened his press conference with a tribute to Madden. “When my kids were growing up, they would play it and I would watch them. They would beat me.”
Belichick grinned as he told that anecdote, likely thinking back on those memories with his children —two of whom, sons Steve (outside linebackers) and Brian (safeties), are assistants on New England’s staff.
Perhaps that’s the enduring legacy of the Madden NFL franchise. Similar to the way he used charm and humor in the broadcast booth to make the sport appealing to all, the video game allows even those without expertise in the NFL or even in football to simulate the strategy behind it.
“It’s a way for people to learn the game and participate in the game at a pretty sophisticated level,” Madden told Grantland.
Blizzard's new IP: Modern meets fantasy online survival game – TweakTown
Blizzard’s next big IP might be an interesting take on a Kid in King Arthur’s Court and The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Today Blizzard confirmed it is working on an ambitious new IP. The unnamed project is a survival game that merges modern and fantasy together, as per details gleaned from a brief concept art glimpse. Job listings also confirm the new IP will be an online-based adventure which is Blizzard’s usual fare.
“Blizzard is embarking on our next quest. We are going on a journey to a whole new universe, home to a brand-new survival game for PC and console. A place full of heroes we have yet to meet, stories yet to be told, and adventures yet to be lived. A vast realm of possibility, waiting to be explored,” reads a job posting.
We’ve known about Blizzard’s new IPs for a long time. The company has been incubating this new IP and another unannounced multiplayer shooter for a while, and Blizzard is also trying to create a shared games engine to power its future titles.
Alan Adham discussed the new incubation pipeline back in August 2021:
“We’re tight-lipped about it, but our new game pipeline has been in development for many years and it’s greater than it’s ever been across our core franchises and mobile, new IP and new genres. I’m looking forward to our teams launching their already announced new games in the not-too-distant future and in due course announcing a few new ones that you’ve yet to hear about,” Adham said.
So what is Blizzard working on? Here’s a selection:
Derek joined the TweakTown team in 2015 and has since reviewed and played 1000s of hours of new games. Derek is absorbed with the intersection of technology and gaming, and is always looking forward to new advancements. With over six years in games journalism under his belt, Derek aims to further engage the gaming sector while taking a peek under the tech that powers it. He hopes to one day explore the stars in No Man’s Sky with the magic of VR.
Ole Miss vs. Florida: How to watch online, live stream info, game time, TV channel – CBS Sports
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Florida @ Ole Miss
Current Records: Florida 12-6; Ole Miss 9-9
The Ole Miss Rebels and the Florida Gators are set to square off in an SEC matchup at 7 p.m. ET Jan. 24 at The Pavilion at Ole Miss. Florida should still be feeling good after a win, while the Rebels will be looking to get back in the win column.
Ole Miss ended up a good deal behind the Mississippi State Bulldogs when they played this past Saturday, losing 78-60. Ole Miss’ defeat shouldn’t obscure the performances of center Nysier Brooks, who had 12 points, and forward Jaemyn Brakefield, who had 13 points. Brakefield’s performance made up for a slower contest against the Missouri Tigers last Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Florida didn’t have too much trouble with the Vanderbilt Commodores at home this past Saturday as they won 61-42.
Ole Miss is expected to lose this next one by 5.5. Those sticking with them against the spread have guts, to put it politely, as the team has let down bettors in their past four games.
The Rebels came up short against the Gators when the two teams previously met in January of last year, falling 72-63. Maybe Ole Miss will have more luck at home instead of on the road? Watch the game and check back on CBS Sports for all the details.
The Gators are a solid 5.5-point favorite against the Rebels, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The oddsmakers had a good feel for the line for this one, as the game opened with the Gators as a 6-point favorite.
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Florida have won six out of their last eight games against Ole Miss.
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