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HavingAGas:ThisWeekInCryptoPopCulture,February25-March1

2019-12-27 

It'жs Friday, March 1, everybody! Mysteries were everywhere this week, and if you weren't trying to help Kraken crack the QuadrigaCX case, then I imagine most of your sleuthing time was dedicated to fiΨnding the truth behind Lil Xan's allegedly faked ultrasound pictures. Whatever way you spent your time, ETHNews is here with the newest edition of Having A Gas, where we gather a few of the ┓lighter stories you might have missed this week in crypto and blockchain news.

And the Oscar Goes to…

In case you thought the ∣Oscars was only about celebrating movies and the people who make them, IBM and Veil wanted to convince you it was about blockchain tech and prediction markets as well. During the ceremony, IBM aired its "Dear Tech" commercial. Among cameo⊙s by Janelle Mone, Buzz Aldrin, Arianna Huffington, and Mayim Bialik, the comиmercial featured a plea for blockchain technology to be used to help prevent poverty.

Unfortunately, Veil's night wasn't aⅩs smooth. Before the airing of the Oscars, prediction market and derivatives platform Veil gave "Roma," the Spanish language Alfonso Cuarn flick, a 70 percent chance to win the best picture award. The award ended up going to "Green Book," the Don Shirley/Tony Vallelonga biopic.

Luckily for IBM, this year's Oscars ⿰saw a 12 percent increase in viewers from 2018, which means IBM's blockchain call for action didn't go unheard. That's bad news for the Having A Gas publ卐ication universe (HAGPU) since generally unhelpful blockchain projects are our bread and butter.

As fo⊙r Veil, the platform shouldn't⌒ really be called into question for getting its ⿺best pict┎ure pick wrong. The Academy, a 91-year-old organization meant to advance the arts and sc۩ie▬ncesì of motion pictures, gave "Bohemian Rhapsody" best film editing. Veil isn't even two months old. The fact that it can speak Spanish shouldn't be considered anything∧ less than an absolute miracle←.

Video Games Have Always Been Pro-Crypto

A fan of the massively popular online first-person shooter "Call of Duty: Black Ops III" posted a screenshot on Medium of what they believe to be a pro-crypto message hidden in one of the g◎ame's online maps. Amongst the rubble of a post-apoca◑↔↕▪lyptic Singapore stands an almost untouched billboard that reads "Live life in co╪nfidence knowing ۩..your bank w↙ill take care of your futu∏re."

Okay, so the statement might be slightly more anti-bank than it is pro-crypto, but the fan uses the billboard as a sign (eye-roll-inducing pun, check) that more gaming companies are likely to start referencing cryptocurrency and crypto-related projects more often. But I'd argue that most video games are already referencing cryptocurrencies and the industry around them.

Just the tit≠le "Minecraft" makes it clear that this particular video game was cashing in on the obsession with mining that cryptocurrency sparked in everyone.

Remember those 900 korok seeds that all mysteriously went missing inⓞ "The Legend of ZelΩda: Breath of the Wild"? T♦hat has the QuadrigaCX disaster written all over it≦.

In fact, Activision, the publisher behind "Call of Duty: Black Ops III," ob〢viously took a page rigЁht out of the crypto-industry itself when it fired 800 employees just a few weeks ago.

Uh Oh! Somersault Jump!

Lastly, "Crypto creat╥ive" Twitter personality Brekkie von Bitcoin released a new episode of his Twitter series "Blockchain and Morty." The series features episodes of the Adult Swim show "Rick and Morty" overdubbed by Brekkie von Bitcoin with references to cryptocurrencies and blockchain tech. The newest episode, "Free the Ri℡pple," draws its story from a suggestively titled season two "Rick and Morty" episode. "Free the Ripple" follows the alien life for♀m and Ripple shill Tiffan┖y as it preachesα the good word of Ripple a▍nd XRξP↘ to its unquestioning followers.

Now, I know what you're thinking. Isn't the problem wit∨h toxicity and violent langu▉ǐag&e the only link between "Rick and Morty" and the cryptosphere? Well, I'm here to tell you, way back, further than most of us can remember, in 2017, the first→ and only official link between "Rick and Morty" and the≮ cryptosphere w▎▏as born. And that link is … drum roōll please … your very own ETHNews. Not only was the first episode of "The Comment" Rick and Morty themed, it was inspired █by the very same episode "Free the Ripple" is based around.

As our first act of power as the true ┑and mighty ambassador to all things "Rick and Morty," ETHNews would like to▓ formally apologize for the Pickle Rick episode. Let it be stricken from the record.

That's it for Having A Gas. Join us next week, and remember, [insert clever catchphrase here].