We here at PC Gamer are fans of horror that is vintage graphics card art, featuring such design classics as ‘Frog in a Mech Suit’, ‘Creepy Naked Ghost’ and ‘Alien Made of Aluminum’. Performance has never been weirdly promised.
The crowd of 70,000 people watching the Carolina Panthers vs. New York Jets this Sunday might not have been thinking about the box art of the Radeon X550, but something along those lines is what they got. The match, at the Panther’s home stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, featured the start of a unreal engine Panther who jumps around the stadium’s interior and roof, stopping only to see a virtual New York Jets banner rattle.
Leopard seems like a rude host. And just… not very pleasant? Big Zool vibes. I get that half-time entertainment will always be a thing, but does it have to be an inevitable boss cutscene? what’s wrong with a good old marching band and Gunnersaurus, eh.
The mixed-reality Panther was shown on an in-stadium videoboard and the sound pumped through the system. If this sounds vaguely familiar, it’s probably because creator The Famous Group has created impending events for gaming companies like Riot (in the 2017 LoL World Championship finals, above), and a mixed one for the Baltimore Ravens in 2019. -Reality Raven also created. LOL is a spectacular one, perhaps because the event itself seems more clearly fitting for a giant CG dragon, and the performance of a live band and the spectacle of teams taking to the stage amidst the chaos.
As for the Carolina Panthers: Well, it’s a good thing they won the match after this spectacle, imagine doing the same with your opponents’ flag and then defeating it. I’m also glad it exists because people in the comments were asking if it’s real. Yes, the mainstream media actually slept on the giant panther that fed like 500 people and half a football team.