It’s happening, okay. Polium, a Web 3 company (Web 3 is an idea of a new version of the internet that we know today, with a form distributed in the blockchain) has revealed the very first NFT video game console this weekend.
Called the Polium One, this little black box is meant to be “a multi-chain console for Web 3 gaming” and will have both existing and exclusive games on the system when it launches sometime in 2024. And while the console has drawn some criticism online, some of you eagle-eyed Twitter users have spotted some similarities between Polium’s logo and a certain Nintendo console’s own.
Just take a closer look at the box or on the middle button of the controller in the tweet below. Flip it around a little. Add a line. Do you see it?
Maybe “do you hear it?” might be a better question, if you’re familiar with the GameCube’s start-up sound, that is. If you flip Polium’s logo around and draw a line in the middle — ta-da! And it didn’t take very long for people to start ripping into the company for the similarities.
@OddOttAllen has even carried out our directions and shown just how the logo may well potentially be ‘inspired’ by the GameCube’s iconic box-G.
Earlier today, Polium responded to claims that the company had ‘copied’ the GameCube’s logo, outlining its plans for the blockchain console on social media, stating that the ‘P’ shape was for Polium and the cube in the middle stands for the console’s selling -point — NFTs and blockchain.
Even though Polium has said that it will be changing its logo and will come up with something original, do you think that people stopped teasing the company online? Of course not. We can sometimes rely on Twitter for a good chuckle in the afternoon, especially a Nintendo-related one.
The GameCube is not the only logo that Polium’s logo has been compared to. Minecraft fans have also been quick to highlight that the Polium One’s little ‘P’ is more than a bit reminiscent of PebbleHost’s own, a known reputable server hosting service used for Minecraft.
Or perhaps Polium is just a huge fan of UK-based publisher PQube, who has helped bring games like New Super Lucky’s Tale and Cat Quest to Switch, and are publishing the upcoming Potion Permit.
It’s a fairly popular logo shape, for sure, but even if it’s a coincidence, it’s hard not to notice the similarities with these designs, especially the GameCube’s, which has long cemented itself as a legendary video game console logo.
We’ll have to see what the new logo for the Polium One will look like.