The story behind Google’s biggest game yet: An Olympics-themed JRPG (Washington Post)

Washington Post: The story behind Google’s biggest game yet: An Olympics-themed JRPG. “On July 23, in advance of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, visitors to Google.com were greeted by an unusual feature. In place of the standard logo, or a traditional Google Doodle — an illustration timed to a specific date or event — the company published ‘Doodle Champion Island Games,’ a video game. The game, which can be played in as few as 10 minutes or for up to four hours, resembles a sprawling Japanese role-playing game and sports a cute feline protagonist competing in sporting events and tackling side quests. The original plan had never been that big.”

Tubefilter: YouTube Viewers Watched 200 Million Hours Of Olympics Content, To The Tune Of 190 Million Daily Views

Tubefilter: YouTube Viewers Watched 200 Million Hours Of Olympics Content, To The Tune Of 190 Million Daily Views. “According to the video giant, viewers watched 200 million hours of Olympics content this year, to the tune of 190 million daily views on average. (This includes footage from the Tokyo games and previous Olympics, YouTube said). In 2016, during the Rio games, viewers watched 29 million hours of Olympics content, clocking 24 million daily average views.”

Tokyo 2020: Some Australian Olympians face 28-day quarantine (BBC)

BBC: Tokyo 2020: Some Australian Olympians face 28-day quarantine. “Rules meaning some Australian Olympians are having to quarantine for 28 days after returning to their country from Tokyo have been described as ‘cruel’. Athletes returning via Sydney to the state of South Australia are facing an extra two-week quarantine. That is on top of the two weeks already required for all overseas arrivals.”

AdAge: Tiktok Takes Gold For Olympic Sponsors

AdAge: Tiktok Takes Gold For Olympic Sponsors. “Olympic sponsors shelling out $3.3 billion to participate in the Tokyo Games have had to contend with the uncertainty around COVID-19, lack of in-person spectators, lagging TV viewership and absence of some high-profile athletes. But one bright spot in an otherwise chaotic Summer Games has been ByteDance’s short-form video app TikTok, which has become the app du jour to reach Gen Zers.”

New York Times: The Olympics Are All Fun, No Games on TikTok

New York Times: The Olympics Are All Fun, No Games on TikTok. “When they’re not competing, the athletes at the Olympic Games in Tokyo have been quite candid on social media. Posts from the last two weeks, many of them on TikTok, show this year’s Olympians flirting, knitting, dancing, answering personal questions — and, of course, making sex jokes. Here’s just a sampling of what’s been happening in their downtime, as seen on the smallest of screens.”

Tokyo Covered Up Arrival of Deadly New COVID Variant Just Before the Olympics (Daily Beast)

Daily Beast: Tokyo Covered Up Arrival of Deadly New COVID Variant Just Before the Olympics. “Three days before the Olympics began, on July 20, Japan’s National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) reported to an international organization that the highly infectious Lambda variant had been detected in an airport test in Japan for the first time, but did not announce it widely to the public.”

Olympics Copyright Insanity Rules Again: Gold Medal Winner Blocked From Sharing Her Own Victory (Techdirt)

Techdirt: Olympics Copyright Insanity Rules Again: Gold Medal Winner Blocked From Sharing Her Own Victory. “Elaine Thompson-Herah of Jamaica won both the women’s 100 meter and 200 meter gold medals at the Olympics this year, and then did the super piratey thing of… excitedly posting snippets of her victories to Instagram, which responded by blocking her account for copyright violations.”

Sydney Morning Herald: The Olympics have convinced me to ditch social media for good

Sydney Morning Herald: The Olympics have convinced me to ditch social media for good. “The penny dropped last Thursday afternoon as Jess Fox won gold in the women’s C1 canoe slalom. If you were watching on Seven, you were crying with her, equally happy and relieved because of the sadness of what happened two days earlier in the K1. If you were scrolling through Twitter, the sentiment was far different. Here, in the cesspool of anonymous public opinion, much of the talk was about her father, Richard, who had called the event off a TV in a small room in Melbourne.”

NBC News: Tokyo’s daily Covid-19 cases hit record high during Olympics

NBC News: Tokyo’s daily Covid-19 cases hit record high during Olympics. “A record number of new Covid-19 infections was reported by Tokyo’s metropolitan government Saturday, as health workers warned they were reaching ‘crisis levels.’ For the first time since the start of the pandemic, more than 4,000 cases were recorded in the Olympics host city, with 4,058 cases in 24 hours.”

CNET: Olympic athletes are using TikTok to give a behind-the-scenes look at the Games

CNET: Olympic athletes are using TikTok to give a behind-the-scenes look at the Games. “The Olympics are in full swing, and though there’s a variety of ways to watch the Games in Tokyo, there’s one place where you’ll catch some epic behind-the-scenes clips from athletes: TikTok. Many Olympians have been using TikTok to share a peek at the Olympic Village, to the enjoyment of millions of viewers.”