Link Tank: Gaming Habits That Changed During the Pandemic

Gaming habits during the pandemic, a new Breath of the Wild glitch, last night's Grammy Awards, and more in today's Link Tank.

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How have our gaming habits changed during the pandemic? Check out the three big trends Inverse’s survey revealed.

“As more people focused on indoor activities to pass the time during a year-long pandemic that’s still not over, a lot of them turned to gaming to pass the time. But how exactly did 2020 reshape the way we play video games? We asked, and more than 2,900 Inverse readers responded.”

Read more at Inverse.

For fans of Nickelodeon’s golden age shows, here are some fun facts about this kids’ TV channel in the ’80s and ’90s.

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“Whether you preferred the drama of Hey Dude, the postmodern sensibility of Clarissa Explains It All, or the gross-out humor of Ren & Stimpy, if you were a kid in the ’80s or ’90s, there’s a good chance your favorite TV channel was Nickelodeon. Here’s what went on behind the scenes, as uncovered by Matthew Klickstein in Slimed! An Oral History of Nickelodeon’s Golden Age.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

James Cameron’s Avatar has officially reclaimed the box office throne from Avengers: Endgame following its China re-release.

“James Cameron’s 2009 sci-fi epic Avatar has reclaimed its spot as the highest grossing film of all time over 2019’s Avengers: Endgame. Avatar previously held the crown for a decade with a gross of $2.7897 billion worldwide, which was beaten by Avengers: Endgame erning $2.7902 billion.”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

A newly discovered The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild glitch will let you play the game in first-person view.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is traditionally a third-person game. But thanks to a newly discovered glitch, it might be possible to play the game in first-person view instead. Kotaku spotted a Twitter user who uncovered a way to trigger the Breath of the Wild camera to view the game via hero Link’s point of view.”

Read more at PCMag.

The 2021’s socially distanced Grammy Awards may be one of the most entertaining Grammys in recent history.

“The question going into tonight’s Grammy Awards was: How would a show that largely relies on live performances and reaction shots adapt for a pandemic? The answer was: Incredibly well. The pared-down festivities, which took place mostly outside of and around the Staples Center in Los Angeles, were not just one of the best examples of a televised event in the age of COVID, they made for one of the most entertaining Grammys in recent memory.”

Read more at Thrillist.

A sequel to Netflix’s 2018 hit Bird Box is in the works—and reportedly taking place in Spain this time.

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“Remember way back in 2018, which feels like 400 million years ago, when Netflix released the horror thriller Bird Box? The movie was one of the streamer’s first genuine blockbusters, inspiring all manner of discussion and inspiration. In the years since, talk about a sequel has percolated from time to time, but now, there’s some real movement.”

Read more at Gizmodo.