Day: July 17, 2020

‘Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ and the limits of today’s game economies

Kaiser Hwang

Kaiser Hwang is a longtime member of the games community and a vice president at Forte, an organization building an open economic platform for games.

“Animal Crossing: New Horizons” is a bonafide wonder. The game has been setting new records for Nintendo, is adored by players and critics alike and provides millions of players a peaceful escape during these unprecedented times.

But there’s been something even more extraordinary happening on the fringe: Players are finding ways to augment the game experience through community-organized activities and tools. These include free weed-pulling services (tips welcome!) from virtual Samaritans, and custom-designed items for sale — for real-world money, via WeChat Pay and AliPay.

Well-known personalities and companies are also contributing, with “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” scribe Gary Whitta hosting an A-list celebrity talk show using the game, and luxury fashion brand Marc Jacobs providing some of its popular clothing designs to players. 100 Thieves, the white-hot esports and apparel company, even created and gave away digital versions of its entire collection of impossible-to-find clothes.

This community-based phenomenon gives us a pithy glimpse into not only where games are inevitably going, but what their true potential is as a form of creative, technical and economic expression. It also exemplifies what we at Forte call “community economics,” a system that lies at the heart of our aim in bringing new creative and economic opportunities to billions of people around the world.

What is community economics?

Formally, community economics is the synthesis of economic activity that takes place inside, and emerges outside, virtual game worlds. It is rooted in a cooperative economic relationship between all participants in a game’s network, and characterized by an economic pluralism that is unified by open technology owned by no single party. And notably, it results in increased autonomy for players, better business models for game creators, and new economic and creative opportunities for both.

The fundamental shift that underlies community economics is the evolution of games from centralized entertainment experiences to open economic platforms. We believe this is where things are heading.

5 Tips To Take Actions On If You Want To Leave A Legacy

At some point in our lives, we start thinking of how we’re living it so far; whether there are certain matters that require more of our attention and efforts. We begin reflecting on whether we’ve done our best to live a life we can be proud of – the kind of life that leaves a great legacy.

Most people don’t see resolutions as something that could change their lives, probably because they fade out quickly. They also happen to be short-term goals. In most cases of resolutions, you tend to fall by the wayside and go back to previous habits and enjoyable patterns.

Rather than thinking about resolutions, you should think about your legacy. It is the life you can look back with pride, something you would love to leave behind. How can this be accomplished? First, we get inspired. We all have a few personal role models, those with larger than life charm that have made a positive impact on our lives. We tend to get inspiration from those people whose journey we admire and respect. Then comes the work.

This article offers 5 tips you can take action on if you want to leave a great legacy behind.

Assess Yourself

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Take quick thoughts about your past and pinpoint specific ways you intend to leave a legacy. Imagine what those who know you best would write about you once you’re gone. If you have got these things in mind, it will give you reasons to see what’s holding you back from being what you really what to be.

You Should Think Bigger

We didn’t just come to this life to eat, sleep, work, and die. We are all destined to be great. We were created with special talents to do something different and leave it better than it was found. The act of thinking beyond extraordinary is a key tip to leaving a legacy. You shouldn’t just think about what you can get for yourself, rather think of what you can come up with and belong to as well.

You Should Be Dedicated

You should be ready to think outside your comfort zone. In most cases, people never get past thinking concerning something. All they do is think rather than doing. Don’t just leave your ideas in your diaries, your thoughts; you should move your ideas into attested actions. However, you shouldn’t over-dedicate yourself to something, instead go for something small and go with it.

I’d advise you on taking relevant ideas which you’re enthusiastic about and make further findings on how you can get involved. Make sure you choose the action which you can take in-person and focus on the action that is kind of bigger outside of oneself.

You Should Have A Personal Role Model

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It is very advisable that whenever you got the hang of things, you must relate and share your knowledge with someone else. Having a personal role model is quite important. They are people you can always rely on whenever you need help one way or the other. They should inspire you positively. A role model isn’t about making someone like you or creating someone in your image. Rather, a role model should be someone who allows other people to become the best versions of themselves.

You Should Be Consistent

At a point, our passions might change, which is fine. You should evolve yourself and try new things. You should not be scared to start something new, remain consistent until you reach your goals. Look for ways you can evolve yourself and even push your barriers.

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NASA and ESA have released the closest ever images of the Sun, and they’re mesmerizing

NASA and ESA have released the closest ever images of the Sun, and they're mesmerizing

NASA and the European Space Agency have released the amazing first images taken by the Solar Orbiter — including the closest pictures ever taken of our nearest star.

Launched on February 9, the Solar Orbiter is a joint project by NASA and the European Space Agency. Carrying six telescopes and four other instruments to monitor the surrounding environment, the spacecraft’s mission is to study the Sun, taking measurements to help scientists understand it. The Solar Orbiter completed its first close pass of the star in June, orbiting 77 million kilometers away — about halfway between us and the Sun.  Read more…

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Federal court rules WhatsApp and Facebook’s malware exploit case against NSO Group can proceed

A U.S. federal court judge ruled on Thursday that WhatsApp and parent company Facebook’s lawsuit against Israeli mobile surveillance software company NSO Group can go forward. Phyllis Hamilton, Chief Judge of the United Stated District Court of the Northern District of California, denied most of the arguments NSO Group made when it filed a motion to dismiss the suit in April (a copy of her decision is embedded below).

Last October, WhatsApp and Facebook filed a complaint alleging that NSO Group exploited an audio-calling vulnerability in the messaging app to send malware to about 1,400 mobile devices, including ones that belonged to journalists, human rights activists, political dissidents, diplomats and senior government officials.

WhatsApp and Facebook also claim that NSO Group developed a data program called Pegasus that extracted data, including messages, browser history and contacts, from phones, and sold support services to customers including the Kingdom of Bahrain, United Arab Emirates and Mexico.

In its motion to dismiss the lawsuit, one of NSO Group’s arguments was that its business dealings with foreign governments, which it said use its technology to fight terrorism and other serious crimes, granted it immunity from lawsuits filed in U.S. courts under the Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA). In her decision, Judge Hamilton wrote that NSO Group failed to qualify because it was not incorporated or formed in the U.S.

In an email to TechCrunch, a WhatsApp spokesperson said “We are pleased with the Court’s decision permitting us to move ahead with our claims that NSO engaged in unlawful conduct. The decision also confirms that WhatsApp will be able to obtain relevant documents and other information about NSO’s practices.”

TechCrunch has also contacted NSO Group for comment. When the lawsuit was filed in October, the company stated, “In the strong possible terms, we dispute today’s allegations and will vigorously fight them.”

WhatsApp vs NSO Group, cour… by TechCrunch on Scribd