Last week, a BBC commentator struggled mightily to try and explain what the big robot was that triathletes kept cycling past during the Olympics. Now the broadcaster’s social media team is running into the same problem.
If you missed it, the triathlon commentator referenced Gundam while athletes were cycling past, saying “Going past this giant statue of... Gandum, which is some sort of famous robot. Uh, I don’t know anything about it”. He did at least later get the Unicorn part right in another mention, which was not a bad recovery since the new statue is actually from Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn.
Now, a week later, the BBC’s Twitter account is at it again, calling Gundam a...Transformer as it can be seen looming over the climbing walls.
To be fair, in this instance having been corrected or joked at over 1000 times, they issued the closest you’ll get to a correction on a light-hearted social media post
Well now, that depends on what sport. With the exception of some of the Decepticon jets Gundam is probably faster over a sprint distance, but I’d put my money on a guy like Ultra Magnus in boxing or shot put.
We wrote about Russian athlete and The Witcher superfan Vitalina Batsarashkina back in 2016 when she won a silver medal in the 10m air pistol at the Rio Olympics. At this year’s games she’s back with the same Witcher gear, only this time she won gold.
For the nerdy among us, Japan is practically synonymous with video games. And if you play video games and happened to watch the opening ceremony for the biggest sporting event of the year, you probably went, “wait a minute, is that...?” Oh, it was. Actually, there was a slew of musical references that will likely only be legible to gamers, particularly those with a penchant for classic Japanese role-playing games.
Today isn’t the first time a Google Doodle has been a game, but this is surely the most intricate so far. This Friday morning, if you open a new Chrome page or begin a search, you can click on a pixel-art icon that starts an Olympic-themed JRPG, complete with anime sequences by Studio 4°C, played right in your browser.