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Sony warns PS5 will cost more if the President increases China tariffs

Published: 31/Jul/2019 8:59 Updated: 20/Nov/2020 12:23

by Paul Cot


The President’ss dealings with China could have a notable effect on gamer’s pockets, when it comes to PS4 and PS5 sales, Sony have warned.

The American President has long been critical of the trade deal between the U.S, and China. It was a topic that was continually discussed in the lead up to his election and nearly three years later it is still high on the agenda.

If China’s tariffs are increased it would mean exporting goods would cost companies more. This would have a huge effect on companies such as Sony who export millions of console units every year.

VR PlayerGamers are still wondering what the price of the PS5 will be…

It has been estimated that a change to the current tariff could increase the price of such goods by 25%. Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo have jointly expressed their concerns claiming: “A price increase of 25% will likely put a new video game console out of reach for many American families who we expect to be in the market for a console this holiday season.”

The President maintains he has a good relationship with China and will remain steadfast in getting a good deal. He doesn’t blame China saying: “After all, who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another country to the benefit of its citizens?”

The actual increase all depends on what deal the President can strike with China, though. Currently a deal doesn’t look close as the President has stated: “[China] should probably wait out our Election to see if we get one of the Democrat stiffs like Sleepy Joe. Then they could make a GREAT deal, like in past 30 years, and continue to ripoff the USA.”

Whether any trade deal would affect the cost of products such as the forthcoming PlayStation 5 remains to be seen. Sony are in the business of making money and it is unlikely they would pass on all additional costs to the consumer.

Doing so would almost certainly result in a steep drop in sales. However, that’s not to say consoles imported from the east wouldn’t increase in price. Companies such as Sony would need to decide how much of that cost they would pass on, in order to find the price point that would generate them the most profit.

Irrespective of what type of deal is made between the U.S. and China, PlayStation fans will still be able to buy Sony’s consoles. but it might cost them a bit more than expected


Pokemon troll goes viral after baiting fans with most expensive card

Published: 26/Nov/2020 23:38

by Brent Koepp


Popular YouTuber SomeThingElseYT went viral online after trolling Pokemon fans. The animator jokingly claimed to have discovered the world’s most expensive Trading Card Game collectible, Pikachu Illustrator, in his garage.

The Pokemon TCG was a major part of many 90s kids’ childhoods. No one could have ever guessed that cards once stuffed in cheap binders could one day sell for as much as a sports car. In 2020 though, the pieces of cardboard have now exploded in value.

At the very top of the list of the most expensive is the incredibly rare Pikachu Illustrator which fetched over $233k at auction in July. On November 24, a YouTuber went viral after joking that he found the collectible in his garage. Only, some thought it was actually real.

Screenshot of rare Pokemon Trading Card Game item Pikachu Illustrator.
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The incredibly rare card worth $233k was used to troll fans in a viral tweet.

Pokemon card joke goes viral on Twitter

In 1998, popular Japanese magazine CoroCoro held an art contest and those who won were given a special promo Pokemon card featuring Pikachu holding a pen. While there was over 39 winners, only 10 are known to have survived today.

Due to its rarity, the item very rarely goes up for sale. In July however, a PSA graded 9 surfaced and fetched a whopping $233k auction – which is currently the world record for most expensive individual TCG collectible sold.

On November 24, YouTuber SomeThingElseYT hilariously joked that he found the “useless” card in his garage. “Found this funny Pikachu card in my garage don’t know what to do with it,” he said. After the tweet went viral, he followed up the post and trolled fans who thought it was real. “Why is everyone so obsessed if I got this in 10th grade.”

Despite the tweet clearly being made in jest, many Trading Card Game fans actually thought the post was serious and freaked out. “Adam…That is the most rare card in the world!’ one user replied. Another fan exclaimed, “THAT IS THE MOST RARE POKEMON CARD EVER. DO NOT GET RID OF IT NO MATTER WHAT.” Another follower echoed a similar sentiment and wrote, “BECAUSE IT COULD BE WORTH A FRKIN CRAP TON OF MONEY!!!”

Screenshot of Twitter replies.

While some fell for the joke, others caught on quickly and were shocked at how many believed the fake story. “On this day millions of wooshes were heard everywhere in the known universe,” one comment read. Another user simply stated, “I love that people don’t understand this was a joke. Makes this post much better.”

Screenshot of Pokemon fan comments on Twitter.

Besides clearly being sarcasm, it also only took a few seconds using Google to figure out that the image has been posted on Reddit and numerous other websites many times previously.

With Pokemon card fever reaching a fever pitch in 2020, fans around the world have been digging through their old collections. Just don’t expect to have an item where only 10 of them exist.