🌅 Good day, and happy midweek! If you stand on the tips of your toes, you can see the weekend peeking over the horizon. That’s not actually true, but it makes for a great stretch.
Moving along, Google’s been at the center of the news cycle this month with its long-awaited Pixel 7 series and Pixel Watch launches. However, our main story today is a rather surprising announcement from Mountain View that few would’ve predicted just a few weeks ago. Ready to game?
Google’s “Everything” button will also make it a little easier to search for and run games without the need to install it first.
So what’s Google’s endgame?
Chromebooks aren’t synonymous with gaming, but it’s clear Google’s doing everything it can to make this connection a success.
Unlike Stadia, gaming Chromebooks probably won’t be killed by their creators.
Google seems particularly averse to supporting hardware and services long-term, but by selling cloud gaming on Chromebooks, all Google has to do is maintain Chrome OS.
The convenience factor, integration with multiple gaming services, the overall utility of Chromebooks, and higher-end hardware should make these machines an interesting prospect for some.
Gaming on Chromebooks may not see the widespread mass appeal of Windows machines, but intriguingly, Google continues to see potential in cloud gaming on a platform it created.
Acer, Asus, and Lenovo’s new gaming Chromebooks will launch later this month, with prices ranging from $399 to $799.
Wacky Wednesday: Fat Bear Week drama
🐻 You might remember last week we mentioned Fat Bear Week, the annual Katmai National Park, Alaska tradition that encourages internet users to vote on which bears they think gained the most weight throughout the season. For bears, storing fat is essential for hibernation, and Fat Bear Week allows the National Parks Service (NPS) to educate the public about the animals.
The bears named 435 (affectionately named Holly) and 747 faced off on Sunday, but the results were marred by scandal.
According to Katmai National Park, someone had spammed votes in favor of Holly.
The bear reportedly received 9,000 votes in a short period, which led the organizers to discard these votes.
Ultimately, 747 was awarded the win.
The craziest thing? Someone created “many fake email addresses” from various IP addresses. This was a coordinated effort to rig the result. Why? People are clearly passionate about their favorite bear or just really bored.
All in all, no harm came from the effort, and all bears are winners in our eyes.
747, not fazed by the scandal in the slightest, has continued his run of form, beating 901 in the latest heavyweight bout.