The biggest gaming news for August 1st, 2022

I’m sure you’ve worked hard this Monday, which of course means you’re now behind on everything that’s going on in the wonderful world of gaming. So let’s get you going again. Today we heard that Star Trek Online players paid tribute to Nichelle Nichols, who drew anger from TwitchCon for her stance on health and safety standards, and that John Cena wants to get more involved with Fortnite. There’s more where that came from, so read on for the rest.

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Among Us was almost canceled in 2019

The game later became a success, but by 2019 the developer behind Among Us, Innersloth, had all but abandoned further development and turned to other projects. “We were basically done with that by early 2019,” said Marcus Bromander, founder of Innersloth. Having just rolled out their third map and a couple of big updates, the executive apparently thought, “This is it, no more, time to work on something else.” Innersloth even started coming up with “some other game ideas that are quite have come far”. Well, things turned out pretty well in the end I suppose.


John Cena is “already looking for more ways to get involved” in Fortnite

John Cena seems ready to get more involved with Fortnite. The professional bodybuilder was previously turned into a skin for the game, but why stop there? “Overwhelmed by the response from the Fortnite community and so grateful to now have ‘skin’ in game,” Cena joked of his avatar. “I’m already looking for other ways to get involved! Thanks!” Something to look forward to in the future.

Star Trek Online players honor Nichelle Nichols

The breakthrough actress behind Nyota Uhura on Star Trek, Nichelle Nichols, has recently passed away. The news, of course, was a huge blow to the Star Trek community. The latest development is for Star Trek Online players to pay tribute to Nichols in-game, honoring her memory and preserving her contribution to the show. “Nichelle Nichols was the first,” Kate Mulgrew, who played Kathryn Janeway on Star Trek: Voyager, previously explained. “She was a trailblazer, navigating a very challenging path with courage, grace and a beautiful fire that we probably won’t see again.”

Sony believes the acquisition of Activision could impact console purchasing decisions

Sony is apparently concerned that certain game franchises currently owned by Activision Blizzard could affect which consoles people buy once control of the company falls to Microsoft. The news comes from a recent questionnaire asking about the upcoming merger. “No other developer can invest the same level of resources and expertise in game development,” Sony argues. “Even if they could, Call of Duty is too entrenched that no rival – no matter how relevant – can catch up.”

TwitchCon is dropping vaccine and mask requirements, raising health and safety concerns

TwitchCon just updated their policies regarding vaccines, testing, and yes, even masks. The result was an uproar. “We are constantly reviewing our health and safety guidelines together with local authorities,” announced Twitch. “In accordance with current local guidelines, there will be no vaccination or testing requirements for COVID-19 at TwitchCon.” The streaming service added, “While masks are recommended, they are not currently required to attend TwitchCon. Please make sure you are ok with our current health and safety measures before purchasing your ticket to TwitchCon.” The move immediately drew comparisons to the recently held Comic-Con, which despite much stricter health and safety measures resulted in large numbers of people becoming infected with COVID-19.

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