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Pokémon get jobs and Disney’s made a lot of money

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Welcome back to your weekly digest of games, film and the occasional tidbit of tech news. It’s the Pretty Much Weekly! This week we talk Disney, scrolling bans, and Garfield Kart. Yes, you heard me right. Garfield Kart.

Disney makes a crap-ton of money

It’s no secret that Disney is slowly taking over the world. Last month Disney broke the record (which they set in 2016) for the highest grossing year for a studio ever, sitting pretty at US$7.67 billion worldwide. And they still have half the year to go! That’s a little scary.

US$2.8 billion of that came from Avengers: Endgame

Oh and remember, they still have the likes of Frozen 2 and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker to come out. Sheesh. No wonder they can spend nearly $120 million on eight episodes of The Mandalorian

Making social media less addictive

America’s Senator Josh Hawley is sponsoring a bill that proposes a ban on the “addictive” features of social media. The Social Media Addiction Reduction Technology Act (or SMART Act) aims to remove things like Snapstreaks, pages with endless scrolling, and videos on autoplay. 

“Big tech has embraced a business model of addiction,” Sen. Josh Hawley said, “Too much of the ‘innovation’ in this space is designed not to create better products, but to capture more attention by using psychological tricks that make it difficult to look away.”

Sword and Shield lets you put your Pokémon to work

In their latest update for Pokémon Sword and Shield, not only did the Pokémon Company show off a new hamster Pokémon that turns dark when it gets a little hangry they also announced PokéJobs

When you’re in a Pokémon Centre, you’ll be able to look up job lists and pick which of your Pokémon are best suited for the task. Completing jobs will help them gain experience and grow.

There’s been a lot of mixed feelings about Sword and Shield. Here’s hoping people’s complaints about the lack of aesthetic graphics is because there’s a lot of new potentially cool features like this under development.

Garfield Kart is a thing

In fact, Garfield Kart has been a thing since 2013 but now it’s getting a sequel and coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch.

Three modes are confirmed, Grand-Prix, Single Race and Time Trial with 16 tracks and 8 playable characters. It will also have four player splitscreen. But unless you’re really keen to drive around as Garfield, I would recommend paying a little more for Crash Team Racing or Mario Kart

But if you’re really into this, you can purchase the original Garfield Kart on Steam for $6!

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