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Kanye West song Only One is inspiration for a video game

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Kanye West is all over the news nowadays, people remembering what he did with  Taylor Swift and talking about weird child names and celebrity tantrums on the red carpet. Since we’re GeekReply, we don’t really engage in tabloid news, but sometimes, we can make an exception, only because we’ve got a headline here somewhere. This time, our headline is Kanye West making a new video game based on his Only One song. Only One was inspired by his and Kim Kardashian’s daughter, North West. Yes, that’s the name of a little girl, although a rather uninspired one, even though the metaphor hiding behind “North” is sweet, pairing it with West isn’t as much.

Anyhow, Kanye West went on The Breakfast Club this week, talking about autotune and stuff, as usual, but this time, he spilled the beans about one of his newer projects: a video game. Nobody expected Kanye to start working on a video game, ever, but it seems Only One inspired him to start thinking about one anyway. The game doesn’t have a name yet and all that the singer revealed was that it would have to do with his hit single Only One. What’s interesting though, is that supposedly, the game has been in the works for the past six months. Kanye said that the game would be about his mom and how the player would help her ascend to the highest gates of Heaven. You can check out the full interview on Youtube, the video game part is at 56:00.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZVKKJbEsdc#t=3374

Our assumption is that Kanye West is not planning a major PC or console release, but a minor web-based game, Flash or even a mobile game. The latter supposition seems like a likely venture for the artist, because we just saw Kim Kardashian: Hollywood bring in millions of dollars in profit to Glu Mobile and Kim, as well, so why wouldn’t Kanye give the mobile game industry a try? Still, he said it’s a video game, so we don’t know what to think and we don’t even know if we’re interested. Still, the fact that Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Katy Perry are all in the gaming business now suggests that the entertainment industry is changing a lot.

Kim Kardashian made a multi-million dollar mobile game, Katy Perry is going to launch the same type of game soon and now Kanye West is getting in one the video game business? Is this the apocalypse of the gaming industry or what? I don’t know what to think about this, so you guys tell me: why are music artists getting into the gaming industry? My guess is that it’s because of the profits and the popularity. I doubt that if MO, Elliphant, Goran Bregovich or Luciano Pavarotti were featured in a game they would make the same kind of profit Kim Kardashian made with her IAP-filled game, so what does that tell us?

In my opinion, Kanye West is planning an Homage sort of game, as he says “The idea is that it’s my mother going through the gates of Heaven, and you’ve got to bring her to the highest gate of heaven by holding her to the light.” If it turns out to be a mobile game, I won’t be surprised. In any case, Kanye’s attempt as well as other pop-stars’ attempts to capitalize on gaming suggests that not only is greed taking over the entertainment industry, but trends in gaming are shifting a lot towards celebrities. Now that might be because the mobile gaming world is being stormed by tweens and teens who are replacing hoola-hoops and basketballs with tablets and smartphones. I can’t help but feel nostalgia right now, as I recall that I would always want to stay outside and play catch or hide and seek with my friends, even Monopoly, rather than playing a game all day long. I’m not saying that we didn’t play video games in the 90s, I’m just pointing out that our kids nowadays tend to forget what being a kid means. That statement is a good conversation starter, so hit me with your opinions in the comments below.

As part of the editorial team here at Geekreply, John spends a lot of his time making sure each article is up to snuff. That said, he also occasionally pens articles on the latest in Geek culture. From Gaming to Science, expect the latest news fast from John and team.

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Threads finally starts its own program to check facts

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Meta’s latest social network, Threads, is launching its own fact-checking initiative after leveraging Instagram and Facebook’s networks for a brief period.

Adam Mosseri, the CEO of Instagram, stated that the company has recently implemented a feature that allows fact-checkers to assess and label false content on threads. Nevertheless, Mosseri refrained from providing specific information regarding the exact timing of the program’s implementation and whether it was restricted to certain geographical regions.

The fact-checking partners for Threads—which organizations are affiliated with Meta—are not clearly specified. We have requested additional information from the company and will revise the story accordingly upon receiving a response.

The upcoming U.S. elections appear to be the main driving force behind the decision. India is currently in the midst of its general elections. However, it is improbable that a social network would implement a fact-checking program specifically during an election cycle rather than initiating the project prior to the elections.

In December, Meta announced its intention to implement the fact-checking program on Threads.

“At present, we align the fact-check ratings from Facebook or Instagram with Threads. However, our objective is to empower fact-checking partners to evaluate and assign ratings to misinformation on the application,” Mosseri stated in a post during that period.

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Mark Zuckerberg reports that Threads has a total of 150 million users who engage with the app on a monthly basis

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Threads, Meta’s alternative to Twitter and X, is experiencing consistent and steady growth. During the Q1 2024 earnings call, Mark Zuckerberg stated that the social network currently has over 150 million monthly active members, which is an increase from 130 million in February.

Threads made significant progress in integrating with ActivityPub, the decentralized protocol that powers networks such as Mastodon, during the last quarterly earnings conference. In March, the firm granted U.S.-based users who are 18 years of age or older the ability to link their accounts to the Fediverse, enabling their posts to be seen on other servers.

By June, the business intends to make its API available to a broad range of developers, enabling them to create experiences centered on the social network. Nevertheless, it remains uncertain whether Threads will enable developers to create comprehensive third-party clients.

Meta just introduced their AI chatbot on various platforms like Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram. Threads was conspicuously omitted from this list, perhaps because of its lack of built-in direct messaging capabilities.

Threads introduced a new test feature on Wednesday that allows users to automatically archive their posts after a certain length of time. Additionally, users have the ability to store or remove specific postings from an archive and make them accessible to the public.

Threads is around nine months old, and Meta has consistently expanded its readership. Nevertheless, Threads cannot be considered a viable substitute for X, as Instagram’s head, Adam Mosseri, explicitly stated in October that Threads will not “amplify news on the platform.” However, Meta’s social network continues to grow in popularity. According to app analytics company Apptopia, Threads now has more daily active users in the U.S. than X, as Business Insider reported earlier this week.

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TikTok Shop is now introducing its collection of pre-owned high-end fashion items to customers in the United Kingdom

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TikTok Shop, the social commerce marketplace of TikTok, is introducing a new section dedicated to secondhand luxury items in the United Kingdom. This move positions TikTok Shop in direct rivalry with existing platforms such as The RealReal, Vestiaire Collective, Depop, Poshmark, and Mercari. The offering has been present at TikTok Shop U.S. for a duration exceeding six months.

The addition of this new category enables clients in the United Kingdom to conveniently buy second-hand luxury garments, designer purses, and various accessories from within the TikTok application. Upon its inception, the platform offers a selection of only five British brands, namely Sellier, Luxe Collective, Sign of the Times, HardlyEverWornIt, and Break Archive.

Since its introduction in 2022, TikTok Shop has generated sales of approximately $1 billion or more in merchandise value. Nevertheless, despite its triumph, some contend that TikTok Shop is undermining the short-form video-sharing platform, alleging that counterfeit and substandard merchandise are inundating the market. The purchase of pre-owned luxury goods online carries the greatest danger of encountering counterfeit products, even for major e-commerce platforms such as Amazon, eBay, and others, which also struggle with ensuring authenticity.

TikTok Shop, like other resale marketplaces, implements an anti-counterfeit policy that ensures a complete reimbursement in the event that a seller is verified to have sold a counterfeit item. Bloomberg has disclosed that the corporation is engaged in discussions with luxury goods company LVMH to enhance efforts to combat counterfeiting.

Every secondhand brand on TikTok Shop in the U.S. must possess certificates from third-party authenticators. TikTok collaborated with authentication providers Entrupy and Real Authentication to verify the authenticity of designer handbags available on the platform.

Concurrently, a representative from TikTok informed me that the five British brands each possess their own internal verification procedure. They declined to provide the commencement date for accepting secondhand brands other than their own.

TikTok Shop’s introduction of a used luxury category is a calculated maneuver to access the expanding market for previously owned high-end goods. The secondhand luxury market is a prosperous industry valued at around $49.3 billion (€45 billion) in 2023, with global sales of pre-owned designer items.

Moreover, this expansion is in line with the growing inclination of individuals towards adopting preloved fashion, and it creates new opportunities for secondhand brands in the U.K. to access a broader client demographic. The prevalence of secondhand fashion on TikTok is apparent, as seen by more than 144,000 TikTok postings utilizing the hashtag #secondhandfashion, resulting in nearly 1.2 billion views.

Today’s statement follows closely after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill mandating that ByteDance sell TikTok or else risk a ban in the U.S. This bill seems to be gaining favor in the Senate. An embargo would have a significant impact on American merchants who sell their products on the application. As per the company’s statement, the brief video-sharing application produced a total of $14.7 billion in revenue for small- to mid-size enterprises in the year 2023.

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