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.
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
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.
Garfield is back in a crazy racing game ???
Garfield Kart Furious Racing will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and Steam on 7 November in Europe and on 5 November in the United States.#GarfieldKartFuriousRacing pic.twitter.com/1YSObKmca4
— Microids ? #Gamescom2019 (@Microids_off) July 30, 2019
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!