- Tesla CEO Elon Musk says he’s playing Zero Suit Samus as his main character in “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.”
- “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” is a fighting game for the Nintendo Switch featuring an all-star lineup of characters from different video game franchises.
- The game has sold more than three million copies in the US since its December 7 release.
- Bounty hunter Samus Aran first debuted in “Metroid” (1986). Samus usually wears armor for space travel; the Zero Suit is her last defense when her armor is destroyed.
With more than three million copies sold in the US in less than two weeks, “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” is one of the most popular video games of 2018 — and Nintendo can count Tesla CEO Elon Musk as one of its many players.
At its core, the Super Smash Bros. series is Nintendo’s love letter to video games. It’s a massive crossover between historic franchises that lets players battle each other with their favorite characters.
Seeing Nintendo’s iconic characters duking it out side by side is the gaming equivalent of watching The Avengers assemble on screen.
When a Smash fan tweeted at Musk to ask which character he was playing in the new game, Musk responded with Zero Suit Samus, the protagonist of Nintendo’s Metroid series.
“Metroid” introduced bounty hunter Samus Aran in 1986, but it’s not until the end of the game that her face, and more notably her gender, are revealed.
As a space adventurer Samus understandably spends most of her time in her power suit, which also appears in “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.” Zero Suit refers to the rare occassions where Samus is forced to fight without her suit, equipped with rocket boots and her paralyzer pistol.
For dedicated players, choosing a “main” character to play in Smash often says something about your identity as a player. Your character dictates your strategy and also reflects your aesthetic taste.
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In her skintight outfit, Zero Suit Samus seems ripe for objectification, but she also reflects a cool confidence with a fighting style that remains both lithe and lethal after she’s been (literally) stripped of her powerful arsenal of missiles, bombs, and energy cannons.
She also happens to be pretty darn good in the game.
There are plenty of reasons for Musk to choose Zero Suit Samus as his favorite “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” character, and plenty of fun to be had speculating just how much he knows about the femme fatale. Musk’s general love of video games is no secret, so maybe someday we’ll see just how well he can smash with Samus.
More groups join in support of women in STEM program at Carleton
OTTAWA — Major companies and government partners are lending their support to Carleton University’s newly established Women in Engineering and Information Technology Program.
The list of supporters includes Mississauga-based construction company EllisDon.
The latest to announce their support for the program also include BlackBerry QNX, CIRA (Canadian Internet Registration Authority), Ericsson, Nokia, Solace, Trend Micro, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, CGI, Gastops, Leonardo DRS, Lockheed Martin Canada, Amdocs and Ross.
The program is officially set to launch this September.
It is being led by Carleton’s Faculty of Engineering and Design with the goal of establishing meaningful partnerships in support of women in STEM.
The program will host events for women students to build relationships with industry and government partners, create mentorship opportunities, as well as establish a special fund to support allies at Carleton in meeting equity, diversity and inclusion goals.
VR tech to revolutionize commercial driver training
Serious Labs seems to have found a way from tragedy to triumph? The Edmonton-based firm designs and manufactures virtual reality simulators to standardize training programs for operators of heavy equipment such as aerial lifts, cranes, forklifts, and commercial trucks. These simulators enable operators to acquire and practice operational skills for the job safety and efficiency in a risk-free virtual environment so they can work more safely and efficiently.
The 2018 Humboldt bus catastrophe sent shock waves across the industry. The tragedy highlighted the need for standardized commercial driver training and testing. It also contributed to the acceleration of the federal government implementing a Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) program for Class 1 & 2 drivers currently being adopted across Canada. MELT is a much more rigorous standard that promotes safety and in-depth practice for new drivers.
Enter Serious Labs. By proposing to harness the power of virtual reality (VR), Serious Labs has earned considerable funding to develop a VR commercial truck driving simulator.
The Government of Alberta has awarded $1 million, and Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) is contributing an additional $2 million for the simulator development. Commercial deployment is estimated to begin in 2024, with the simulator to be made available across Canada and the United States, and with the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) helping to provide simulator tests to certify that driver trainees have attained the appropriate standard. West Tech Report recently took the opportunity to chat with Serious Labs CEO, Jim Colvin, about the environmental and labour benefits of VR Driver Training, as well as the unique way that Colvin went from angel investor to CEO of the company.
Next-Gen Tech Company Pops on New Cover Detection Test
While the world comes out of the initial stages of the pandemic, COVID-19 will be continue to be a threat for some time to come. Companies, such as Zen Graphene, are working on ways to detect the virus and its variants and are on the forefronts of technology.
Nanotechnology firm ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. (TSX-Venture:ZEN) (OTCPK:ZENYF), is working to develop technology to help detect the COVID-19 virus and its variants. The firm signed an exclusive agreement with McMaster University to be the global commercializing partner for a newly developed aptamer-based, SARS-CoV-2 rapid detection technology.
This patent-pending technology uses clinical samples from patients and was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The test is considered extremely accurate, scalable, saliva-based, affordable, and provides results in under 10 minutes.
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