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PUMA launches $100 gaming shoe with “attack” and “defense” modes

Published: 18/Dec/2019 16:51 Updated: 18/Dec/2019 17:31

by Scott Robertson


PUMA has released their first piece of footwear for the active gamer, an £80.00 (~$104) gaming sock created with console gamers in mind and designed for gaming performance. The “gaming sock” has been meant with mixed reactions regarding its price and function.

On December 18, PUMA officially set a course for a new market to conquer: the gamers.

Their first product designed for gamers is the Active Gaming Footwear gaming sock, and according to their UK product page, it is “designed for indoor and in-arena use, it delivers seamless comfort, support and grip so gamers can adapt to different active gaming modes and game their best.”

The gaming sock features several “modes” that are provided by various in-sock features. These featured allegedly contribute to its ATTACK and DEFENSE modes, as well as SEEK and CRUISE modes. There’s no mention of what these modes enable, and how to activate them.

There are only a few details provided regarding how exactly the sock is was engineered to improve gaming performance, but PUMA claims that its designed for comfort, as well as support, breathability, grip, and increased torsion control.

The day the internet took notice of the new gaming footwear occurred on the same day streaming superstar Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins made a huge announcement with Adidas. The star of Mixer and the iconic shoe brand announced a deal back in August of this year, and Ninja revealed his new shoe with them on the same day.

Mixer: Ninja

Engadget reported on the PUMA footwear release, and indicated that while the gaming sock may not seem ideal for gamers on the couch or in a chair, they may seem more suited for augmented or virtual reality (AR or VR) gaming experiences.

The gaming community, however, had a mixed reaction towards the new product, and have been quite vocal with how they feel about it. The official PUMA video announcing the gaming sock has 1:2 like to dislike ratio, but some comments indicate that the shoe would be great for driving or dancing games.

Twitter user hellomisspotter shared the images online, and it generated numerous responses of people mocking the new product, with most people taking shots at the different “modes” that the shoe offers.

If PUMA adopts a similar strategy to their attempt at breaking into the lucrative basketball shoe game, in which they signed exclusive deals to members of the 2018 NBA Draft class, then it wouldn’t be surprising to see popular streamers sign PUMA deals as well.

The product is currently available to UK and Australian customers.

Call of Duty

Drift0r explains why Warzone “isn’t worth” playing anymore

Published: 26/Jan/2021 22:07

by Tanner Pierce


Popular Call of Duty YouTuber Drift0r has released a new video explaining why he thinks Warzone isn’t worth playing anymore due to the number of cheaters in the game, confirming that he is on the brink of “jumping ship” with the battle royale title.

If you’ve been wondering if/when larger content creators and streamers would abandon Warzone due to the lack of an anti-cheat software then wonder no more.

Today, Drift0r – one of the more prominent content creators in the CoD scene – has made a video slamming Warzone for its inability to deal with all the rampant cheating and it seems like the issue has brought him to a breaking point with the game.

“It’s difficult enough with skill-based matchmaking as it is, having to play the sweatiest top 1% players, that’s a challenge in-and-0f-itself that I don’t particularly like for battle royale, but adding in blatant aim-botters on top of that makes the game painfully unfun,” Drift0r said.

According to Drift0r, the cheating in Warzone has become such a problem that he’s considering leaving the game behind.

In the 10-minute long video, the YouTuber says the cheating problem is making him not want to play the game anymore, claiming that he runs into at least “two to three cheaters a night.”

Because of this, and the fact that interest in the game is waning, he contends that he doesn’t feel like the game is worth playing because of the cheating problem.

“I really like Warzone, you can look at my videos, it’s my number 1 most favorite CoD thing to play, but I’m planning to jump ship,” he said. “I got up this morning and I made the decision: I’m going to go ahead and keep making videos but I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t think it’s worth playing anymore.”

Cheating is a major problem for the CoD community right now. The PC version of Warzone is riddled with cheaters and hackers, whether they use external software or manipulate the skill-based matchmaking system to get lower-tier lobbies, to the point where major tournaments have been ruined and lost integrity.

All indications are that Drift0r is not alone in sharing this sentiment; the content creators he’s talked to feel a similar way, claiming they are all ready to “jump ship” as well once a viable game comes along that protects them from cheaters.

Because of this, it seems like the future of Warzone is going to be a turbulent one if Activision doesn’t do anything about the state of the game soon, especially when it comes to the cheating problem.