My Five #386

Yet another Corona heavy news week including new games, both good and bad, apps, superheroes and a guy caught on TV with his pants down.

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Five things worth sharing from the last week or so, brought to you by a different member of the Browser Media team every Friday.

This week’s My Five is by Ashleigh.

1.The Google doodle games

To try and help lockdowners stay sane, Google has kindly released some of its most loved Google doodle games, from Pac-Man to the interactive Rubik’s Cube.

Google commented saying: “As Covid-19 continues to impact communities around the world, people and families everywhere are spending more time at home. In light of this, we’re launching a throwback Doodle series looking back at some of our popular interactive Google Doodle games!”

There will be 10 games released as part of the series starting with one that was originally launched back in 2017, a coding themed game.

2. The Coronavirus app is coming

The infamous contact-tracing app that MPs keep referring to could be ready in as little as a fortnight’s time, according to the NHS chief who is responsible for it.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-52458759

 

Due to the nature of the app and the fact that it will need to track people’s every move and location, it has obviously sparked uproar amongst privacy campaigners. But Mr Gould has said that “If you want to protect the NHS and stop it being overwhelmed and, at the same time, want to get the economy moving, then the app is going to be part of an essential part of a strategy for doing that”.

This news follows the story on Monday, which said the NHS will not be going for the Google-Apple app that was proposed.

3. Coronavirus game gets axed

A game named Coronavirus Attack has been, unsurprisingly, banned in China this week.

In order to win the game players have to “prevent the selfish zombie virus carriers from escaping and infecting the world”. Along the way players can collect tokens called things like “Liberate Honk Kong” and “Taiwan is not in China”.

Needless to say the game has now been banned in China due to its politically motivated content and for using the same colour scheme throughout the game as the Chinese flag:

STEAM

MythZ, the game’s creator, said the game had been designed as a protest against the Chinese government due to the way it had handled the pandemic.

4. An American reporter gets caught with no trousers on

With many of us now having to work from home and no longer seeing anyone face-to-face, outside of our households, I’m sure many people are dressing slightly differently to how they would on a “normal” working day. Many of us will be video calling wearing a nice top but have Tracky Bs, or even PJs, on our bottom halves, right?

However a reporter, Will Reeve, took that to the extreme this week and went on Good Morning America to report a news story wearing just his pants and no trousers, and you could see everything! Oh dear!

 

5. #NationalSuperheroDay

It was National Superhero Day in the UK this week and it sparked a lot of love for our NHS Superheroes with many people showing their thanks and support online:

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