Next-gen expectations overshadowed E3 | OpinionRather than being a final hurrah for the current generation, E3 highlighted expectations that most upcoming titles will bridge next year’s hardware transitionRob FaheyContributing EditorFriday 14th June 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleMicrosoftSony Interactive EntertainmentEvery console generation has a swansong E3, and that’s exactly what this year’s show ought to have been — the last major wave of software for this generation of hardware, much of it bigger, more beautiful and more ambitious than anything its creators have attempted on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One to date. Much as the twilight of the last generation brought with it a number of platform-defining titles, letting the Xbox 360 and PS3 go out on a high, this generation’s consoles have saved the best for last. It’s inevitable, of course; these are the games developers make when they’ve had years to perfect their craft on these machines, learning how to extract the maximum performance from the hardware, how best to build gameplay around their features, and tracking the evolution of their audience and its tastes.Yet even if many of the games we saw this week had “swansong title” written all over them, this year’s E3 simply didn’t feel like that. To some extent that’s because of the status of the console platform holders. Nintendo is actually still relatively early in the Switch lifecycle, of course, while Microsoft’s lacklustre performance in this generation means that it’s anxious to talk about the future rather than stretching out on the laurels of the present. Sony, the company with most to gain from a protracted Indian summer for the current generation, was conspicuous by its absence from the show.”We are facing a console transition that is going to be tricky to present to mass-market consumers as much more than a step change” It’s not just those factors that robbed E3 of its sense of being a swansong show, though; it’s the overarching sense of continuity that the console market has taken on in recent years. We know that both Microsoft and Sony are proceeding with very linear updates of their existing hardware for the next generation, which promises fairly universal backwards compatibility and makes the updating of late-stage PS4/Xbox One titles for re-release in “enhanced” PS5/Xbox Two (Xbox 720? Xbox 1080?) into a relatively low-effort task — and thus a commercial no-brainer — for developers and publishers. As such, many of the consumers watching announcements and trailers for new titles this week seem to be working on the assumption that they’ll be generation-spanning releases — that they’re not just the swansong of the old hardware, but also the vanguard of the new.This isn’t a new phenomenon, of course. Nintendo has been doing this kind of thing on a small scale ever since Twilight Princess launched near-simultaneously on the venerable GameCube and the brand-new Wii. More relevantly, gamers’ expectation that this is how game releases in the latter stages of a console’s lifespan will play out have been primed by the experience of the last hardware transition, when titles like Grand Theft Auto V and The Last of Us, along with a host of others, were given a fresh coat of digital paint and pushed out as early releases for the PS4 and Xbox One. That was a much more involved process than the current transition is likely to be, especially on the PlayStation side as the PS4’s architecture was a major, albeit welcome, departure from the proprietary design of the PS4. As such, we can expect this kind of approach to be the rule rather than the exception over the coming year or two.”I could see PS4 and Xbox One co-existing with their newer successors for quite a long time” That’s sensible and, honestly, while it will have its detractors — especially since some of those “enhanced” versions probably aren’t actually going to be all that enhanced — it’s largely speaking a welcome move. It’ll give the new consoles a solid base of good-looking, polished games early on, while keeping owners of the old consoles happy; that’s a win-win situation, even if more truly exclusive titles on the new hardware would of course be a much stronger driver of sales. However, it still inevitably changes consumers’ perceptions both of the games themselves and of the hardware they’ll run on.This latter aspect is important, I think, because even without considering the software “bridging” the two generations, we were already facing a console transition that was going to be tricky to present to mass-market consumers as much more than a step change. Some aspects of the new hardware are impressive, with the focus on SSDs being entirely justified by the substantive difference they’ll make in many games — but the actual change in visual fidelity and capability is going to be even smaller than last generation’s shift was. Sony ceded the floor to Xbox at this E3, the last before the next-gen has truly arrivedThis is exacerbated by the existence of Xbox One X and PS4 Pro, whose 4K abilities were welcome upgrades in this generation but unquestionably robbed the next generation of what would have been one of its biggest selling points. The reduction in the size of the gap between generations is inevitable, of course — it’s a product of the diminishing returns we’re currently seeing across the board in computing hardware — but combined with the bridging software releases, it’s going to have significant consequences on how the next generation shapes up in its early years.”The next generation transition will be the smoothest, and perhaps least exciting, of all time” Consider; we’re going to see new hardware launched which will be broadly similar to the existing consoles — upgraded, but not in the kind of way that makes for jaw-dropping comparisons in screenshots or on YouTube. It’s going to run, in the early months and years at least, many of the same games. While there will be plenty of consumers who get excited about the upgrade, for a lot of others it’s simply going to feel far less essential than previous generation shifts. I could see PS4 (and Xbox One, albeit to a lesser extent) co-existing with their newer successors for quite a long time – much longer than previous generations of consoles have successfully overlapped. That’s no bad thing, of course. Correctly managed, the ability to drop their price of that hardware (which has held its pricing over the course of this generation to a remarkable degree) while keeping it on the market alongside a “premium” new console could help to open up whole new markets — especially since the old consoles won’t actually be obsolete in the traditional sense, as games you buy for them will likely remain playable even if you upgrade to the new system, and many new games will likely continue to have PS4 versions for a few years to come.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games It’s not all sunlit uplands, though. The likely survival of the current generation of hardware as a parallel market for several years will also create issues for publishers and developers potentially forced to support old hardware for rather longer than they’d like to. I find myself in mind of the Square Enix online RPG Final Fantasy XIV, which found itself hampered by the need to continue supporting a PS3 player base on equal footing with the PS4 and PC versions for many years beyond the last console transition. Non-online games have less of a problem, but nonetheless it represents a fragmentation in the development process that many companies may find frustrating to manage.How exactly Sony and Microsoft choose to build their next-gen strategy, of course, remains a little unclear. In broad strokes, Sony will no doubt be keen to strike a healthy balance between keeping PS4 alive and making PS5 attractive, while Microsoft may be more inclined towards a clean break with the previous generation. Neither firm seems quite as committed to direct competition as it was in the past, though of course we can expect each to cheerlead for their own corner — and we’ll spend much of the rest of this year finding out the details. Sony will no doubt have a bombastic riposte to Microsoft’s E3 unveiling of next-gen hardware details at some point later in the year, but E3 has already made it clear where people’s expectations lie. No swansongs here; major titles will all end up playable on current and next-gen hardware alike, meaning that short of a major bombshell, the next generation transition will be the smoothest, and perhaps least exciting, of all time.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. 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Petite lavender flowers litter the pathway to my apartment complex, dancing among the pretty pink blossoms that already cover the entire road. A slight cool breeze offsets the sharp summer heat, swaying the pastel beauty by the slightest.Life springs all about—the ragas of the mynah, wriggling worms fleeing the birds, little leaves of the papaya seed peeking out of the moist soil (the gardener tended to his children with utmost care) and the elder fully grown tree, bearing ripe fruits, offering its belongings to the Sun God. Not to mention the slightly irksome hooting of the pigeons, which seem to have multiplied during the pandemic.While our lives seem to have arrived at an apparent standstill, life teems in our surroundings. And one can’t resist admiring the ebullience of these motile and immobile creatures, which brings a wide grin on my face.It is during my forenoon perambulations, that I observe the exuberance of life. Every morning, during my long “outings”, I am accompanied by several of my friends and acquaintances, who also venture outside ritually. It has become a sort of a ritual, to embark on such “outings”, although we are separated by square feet of tiles and robbed of our right to express ourselves.Humans are social animals and our innermost feelings are reflected by the movements of our facial muscles besides those expressions which float through the air and land softly in the listeners’ ears. But my friends and I, in fact, everyone in the world, currently are masked warriors, who are braving the fight against this invisible micro-organism which has overtaken our lives completely. We pick up emotions and understand each other better mostly through facial expressions, speaking of which, has anyone heard of the term ‘facial expression’ recently, let alone witnessed it? Masks mask our emotions.Perhaps these masks are a blessing in disguise, our frenemies will never know whether we acknowledged them or not, and so prove to be the saviour of our relationships!Regardless, we have to learn to live with this minuscule monster until we exert our dominance over it, just like we have on every entity, the only difference being that the former is an uninvited guest which has intruded and deranged our lives. Well Corona, your time is up!
COVID-19 is breaking destruction on everybody in this world, however, the most noticeably awful victims among all of them are poor, animal. In these difficult stretches, they are the ones who are enduring the most in all the parts of life be it business, food, endurance, and so forth. Be that as it may, they are a few NGOs and philanthropic associations who are investigating every possibility to support the penniless and poor. The NGOs are working day and night to take care of the oppressed and work towards their endurance. There is a great deal of NGOs that are been distinctly progressing in the direction of the upliftment of the poor at this time. Covid-19 cases are quickening each day, and it is turning bad dreams for those individuals. Times Of India reported on 23rd April 2020 – In Ahmedabad 5000 meals serves for migrant workers. NGOs are giving some assistance to each one of those individuals, be that as it may, they are likewise exposed to certain constraints. If you run NGO or thinking to run NGO and take the online donation. Many payment gateways will help you with this.– Donorbox – It will help you to take funds for run Church, Animal Rescue, Medical, and many more you can check on the website.Paypal – Paypal is an international payment gateway, it can use for online donations for NGOs.Stripe – Stripe charge some to take the online donationCCAvenue – India Famous gatewayPaytmGooglePayIn this day support corona warrior, because they taking their lives for you. If you reading this post and thinking to support NGOs who working day and night, Please donate them through online. The government requested to stay safe and stay home. I requested to take care of animals, give food. Stay home stay safe to take care of everything
While growing up, one of the significant pillars of foundation in the personality of a child in sports and games. In some way or the other, the lessons learnt and experiences earned by playing some form of sport constitutes one of the cornerstones of the way a child behaves while growing up. Sports undoubtedly play a vital role in the physical, psychological and social development of a child. Nevertheless, apart from the apparent risk of injuries, can sports also have some negative effect on the child’s development? Can non-stop participation in sports, harsh treatment by the coaches/ trainers, pressure from parents and so many other factors risk causing an irreversible psychological trauma to a child which might evolve into troubling personality traits when the child grows up?What have been the prior attempts to solve the problem?Well, the aim has always been to rectify the warning signs at an early age so that they do not completely integrate into the children’s behaviour when they reach their late teens. One of the primary solutions of a child exhibiting troubling behaviour (like indulging in violence while playing a sport, self-isolating themselves after a bad result, depression, being bullied by peers etc.) which will improve their psychological health is the support and intervention of their parents/ guardians. A support system is always needed for children while growing up and especially at a stage where they are absorbing every little thing without any conscious filter. Whenever children find themselves directionless, running on low self-esteem and unmotivated for their next game, they look for a helping hand and guidance. Parents and guardians should always be on a lookout whenever they see these red flags in their child. Another solution of this issue was teachers, schools, coaches and any academic entity with which children are associated with steeping in the picture. The coaches/ trainers make sure that they do not put unnecessary on a child to perform week in week out at such a tender age. The teachers and school also ensure that a child’s academic performance is not affected in any way because of sports and a healthy balance are maintained between academics and sports so that they do not lag behind education and have an overall development. This avoids burnout, mood swings, decrease in enjoyment levels while playing their favourite sport, abrasive and aggressive behaviour.What are the proposed behaviour changes?The parents and guardians are primarily responsible for their child’s physical and mental health. The proposed behaviour strategy to avoid a child’s troubled personality and behaviour while growing up will initially start by parents addressing the elephant in the room directly. It is the parents who will determine which side outweighs the other. Whenever they come across a red flag in the behaviour of their child, they should not overlook it and try to understand how the kid is feeling. Suppose there are instances like eating disorders, anger issues, strained friendships, etc., while a child is training or even during an actual game. In that case, it should be addressed and pointed out by the guardians. Parents should try to change this behaviour in the children by personally indulging in activities and exercises with their child. They can try playing the sport along with their child, and if these issues come up during then, they should make sure to educate the child why such behaviour is not suitable for them. Parents should behave like the child’s teammate and try to ease out the situation through communication and love. They should also support their child’s efforts in sports by making sure that they are present at each match when their child is playing and cheer them from the sidelines. Another proposed behaviour change strategy is the ability to take criticism and work collaboratively. This advice/ suggestion is easier said than done. However, if done efficiently by the parents or even by the teachers, it will make the child more mature and conductive. Looking up to and idolizing their favourite athlete will also help in behaviour change and compliment a well-groomed, healthy development of a child. A child can integrate and acquire skills like work ethic, fair play, time management, teamwork, respect for others, ability to follow orders in his/ her behaviour and even learn leadership qualities if they have someone to look up to.What are the conditions under which such proposed suggestions would work?Handling a child’s health and development at a tender age is a very demanding, challenging and an uphill task. Obviously, there are so many factors which have to click and fall in place for the healthy overall development of a child. The conditions under which the earlier proposed strategies would work should be a very understanding, patient, loving and communication-oriented environment. The environment and individuals handling such a sensitive situation should be very mature and willing to go to the extra mile for the child. Another favourable condition should be an all-inclusive environment which complements and encourages a child’s interest in sports right from the grassroots levels. Open-mindedness and willingness to help a child out is a must as well. Acknowledging and confronting the problems are also a must. Awareness about the crucial roles that sports play in our society and the powerful psychological pressures they exert on children, families, and communities at times is essential as well. Children experience these troubling emotions just as adults do and an environment that encourages doing exercises is another great way to help combat these unwanted behavioural traits.Talking about the conditions under which the strategies will not work are bound to revolve around parents and individuals who have some authority. Parents who are overly invested, pushy, have delusional expectations, result-oriented, demeaning, critical and unaware of the mental health of their child will hinder a child’s health and development. Abusive treatment by the trainers and coaches, coupled with a hostile academic environment, will also add fuel to the fire.
iStock/Thinkstock(CHICAGO) — American Airlines flight 363 was only supposed to have 86 people on board — its 87th was hungover and asleep in the cargo hold.A hungover employee for regional carrier Piedmont Airlines fell asleep in the cargo hold of an American Airlines flight from Kansas City last week and took the one-hour ride to Chicago, Sgt. Rocco Alioto, a spokesman for the Chicago Police Department, told ABC News.Because the area of the hold was pressurized and heated, he survived and was discovered by ground employees upon landing at O’Hare International Airport, according to American Airlines.The employee was interviewed by the Chicago Police Department and told authorities that he had been drinking the night before and fell asleep in the cargo hold after arriving at work, according to a police spokesman.He has been suspended from work pending the investigation, American Airlines said.A source briefed on the incident told ABC News that he wasn’t discovered before departure likely because there was no luggage loaded in the forward hold for the flight.The FBI worked the case alongside the Chicago Police Department; all declined to press charges.“A Piedmont Airlines employee, who was working an American Airlines flight on the morning of Oct. 27 at Kansas City International Airport (MCI), inadvertently fell asleep in the forward cargo hold of a Boeing 737-800 aircraft,” American Airlines said in a statement. “The flight subsequently took off with the team member in the cargo hold, which was heated and pressurized.”“Our top priority is ensuring the well-being of the Piedmont employee,” the statement continued. “He did not request any medical attention upon arrival in Chicago, and we are grateful that he did not sustain any injuries. The American team is very concerned about this serious situation, and we are reviewing what transpired with our Piedmont and Kansas City colleagues.” Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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A batch of high-specification Enviro400s have been delivered to Stagecoach South. They were supplied by Alexander Dennis (01909 551166).The buses have a dual purpose. On weekdays they will be used between the University of Chichester’s two campuses. At the weekend they will be put to work on the Coastliner 700 service that runs from Bognor Regis to Portsmouth.Delivery of the Stagecoach South Enviro400s marks a continuation of a successful partnership between the operator and the university. They have audio-visual announcements and the manufacturer’s SmartSeat.Says Stagecoach South MD Edward Hodgson: “We see this as a positive step forwards and a significant contribution to improving air quality – reducing our environmental impact and hopefully encouraging more customers to switch to bus.”
Returning for its 29th straight year, the annual Bridge School Benefit is taking place on October 24th and 25th at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. Today, Neil Young has released the initial lineup for the benefit concert, and it’s a doozy!The two-day event will feature sets from Neil Young and Promise of the Real, Ryan Adams, Dixie Chicks St. Vincent, Gary Clark Jr., Sheryl Crow, Spoon, and Nils Lofgren. Considering that this is only the initial announcement, we can’t wait to see what more they have in store for this exciting concert.All proceeds from the benefit go to the Bridge School, a charity that works with children who have speech and physical disabilities. Neil Young has led this benefit for an impressive 29 years running, and shows no sign of slowing down. Keep up the good work Mr. Young!Tickets go on sale this Friday, September 18th, via Ticketmaster.[Via Rolling Stone]
Michael Yu | The Observer Students traverse campus during the record-breaking snowfall on Super Bowl Sunday. South Bend experienced an unprecedented 14.7 inches of snow during the ongoing Winter Storm Linus.According to the South Bend Tribune, the snowfall reached unprecedented levels.“South Bend broke a record for snow on Feb. 1 with 14.7 inches,” the report by Howard Dukes stated. “That broke the 2011 record of 8.4 inches. Sunday’s record-breaking snowfall in South Bend is nearly equal to the monthly average for the entire month of February (15 inches).”Although the University did not cancel classes, students expressed little discontent with the snowy situation.“I wasn’t too upset school wasn’t cancelled today, because I didn’t expect it to be at all,” junior Eric Woitchek said. “Notre Dame has set a precedent of staying open even in the most extreme conditions. Last year, it took the entire city of South Bend to shut down for school to eventually be cancelled.”The snow did not pose a major problem for on-campus students, as they did not have much difficulty traveling to their classes, Woitchek said.“I didn’t struggle to get to class today,” he said. “I live in Dillon Hall, so all I had to do was lace up my boots, throw on a coat and hat, and keep my balance walking for five minutes.”Students noticed the work of Notre Dame Landscape Services, better known as the University’s grounds crew, as they worked through snow to travel across campus.“If you walk to class, you really have no reason to complain,” freshman Ryan McKeown said. “There was maybe an inch of snow on the sidewalks. Notre Dame never gets snow days. I was not expecting one, so today was a regular Monday.”For off-campus students, the Notre Dame Security Police recommended making sure their cars were prepared for the conditions and the snow plows had the opportunity to do their work.“I didn’t have any difficulty getting to class, but I can’t speak for the kids who live off campus,” Woitchek said. “If they were risking their well-being in any way to get to class, the administration made the wrong call.”Off-campus senior Shannon Kirk said her normal route from Irish Row to the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC), which takes 15 minutes by car or 10 to 12 minutes by bus, lasted 45 minutes Monday morning.“First, I waited in the cold for 10 minutes for the bus that never came,” she said. “Then I finally decided to drive, and when I arrived at school at 9:05, the C1 lot … was blocked off because they were trying to plow it.”“If they are going to have class, they should have campus roads and parking lots plowed by the time people are arriving for their first class,” Kirk said.According to Kirk, senior Nick Muench, whose car does not have four-wheel drive, opted for an Uber ride to campus.Off-campus senior Arturo Chiquito said he and fellow senior Alejandro Porras were able to take the TRANSPO bus from University Edge to get to class on time.“It took a bit longer [to arrive at Notre Dame] because [the bus] went slower, but I felt safe,” Chiquito said. “I was fine with it. Most of the roads were clear.”According to the faculty and staff newspaper, ND Works, it takes more than 500 tons of salt and 25 trucks of several varieties to clear the snow each year. Eight Bobcat Toolcats are used to clear the sidewalks, which is perhaps the most vital task in ensuring students make it to class on time.“We are here to learn and pay a large annual sum for that purpose,” sophomore Louis Bertolotti said. “I’m glad that the University allowed us this great day of knowledge.”Tags: grounds crew, Notre Dame, Notre Dame Landscape Services, snow From Saturday night into Monday morning, the South Bend area accumulated record-setting amounts of snow, but the University of Notre Dame remained open.“As fun as it would be to have the day off, that’s not why we’re here. As long as it is safe for the teachers and students to go to class that’s what should happen,” senior Patrick Haggerty said. “It’s when it’s no longer safe that the University needs to seriously consider taking action to keep their students and staff safe.”
To help expand and improve the popular introduction philosophy course “God and the Good Life,” philosophy professor Meghan Sullivan has received a grant worth $806,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The three-year grant includes both Notre Dame and national components.On the Notre Dame side, Sullivan said the funding will help offer more sections of the course and complete research on teaching philosophy and creating exciting assignments for students. The grant will also fund the undergraduate teaching assistant program, which has expanded as the course has expanded.The undergraduate teaching assistant program is unusual for an introductory philosophy course, and Sullivan said people were initially surprised that she wanted to use Notre Dame students to prompt better discussion instead of graduate teaching assistants.“That program has been fantastic,” Sullivan said. “ … We have radically improved and made more personal our discussion sections, but also from a planning perspective, many of those students have been involved semester after semester … and now they provide really great sources of ideas and feedback for improving the class, so we have our built-in student advisors who work really hard and take some ownership.”Justin Christy serves as the program coordinator for the Philosophy as a Way of Life project, which the God and the Good Life course is a part of, and said the discussion sections are a unique component of the course in terms of their structure as well.“Rather than just reinforce what’s been taught, they’re more aimed at dialoging in a group about concrete issues, about how to live well, concrete social issues that are in the news and not so much in a way that’s directly tied into the material in class,” he said. “ … It’s a very open-ended and free-flowing discussion.”The second part of the grant, which is the more outward-facing component, will include sharing the findings from the Notre Dame course with other universities who want to start similar programs. A weeklong workshop focused on how to teach people to live well will be offered during the summer, and the grant will fund 15 universities to send representatives to the workshop.“The second half of the grant is focusing on making this project much bigger than Notre Dame, so getting a lot of educators, a lot of students together and thinking about what should philosophy education look like in the 21st century,” Sullivan said. “We’re 2,400 years after Socrates now; some of the basic insights are still the same, but the things we can do now with technology, with the kinds of students we have access to, are tasks we couldn’t have imagined even 10 years ago.”Sullivan has already collaborated with professors doing similar courses about philosophy as a way of life at Fordham University and Wesleyan University, and she said the workshops should help form a network of schools that are also interested.“We’ve been focused really narrowly on how to make things really incredible for Notre Dame students over the past three years … which is still really exciting to me, but now we’re kind of taking it up a level,” she said.Sullivan said she’s excited to see what does and does not transfer well to the other schools in terms of the approach to the course.“Different universities are not all like Notre Dame,” she said. “ … We’ve learned a lot about how things will work well here. How do we help other universities and other departments that want to do the same thing for their students engage in the same process even though their cultures are very different? … What about the core of this way of approaching philosophy is universal?”Sullivan said the grant will also fund one to three schools to start undergraduate teaching assistant programs on their own campuses. To further build the network of schools, the Philosophy as a Way of Life project is putting together a website database that will include syllabi and blog posts about professor experiences to make the information accessible to universities who cannot send representatives to the summer conference.Christy said the course as a whole is “revolutionizing how philosophy is being taught at Notre Dame and hopefully elsewhere, too.”“Whereas in a more typical introduction class you’d maybe tend to focus more on learning the history of philosophy in sequence and/or on learning what the responses have been to various philosophical puzzles or paradoxes or problems, in God and the Good Life, the focus is on thinking carefully on how each student is living his or her own life and living well,” he said.Sullivan said the course will continue to evolve just as it has in the past.“A place like Notre Dame should be the best in the country at teaching undergraduate philosophy,” she said. “It’s part of our required curriculum for a reason because we care so much about these topics and think it’s so central to our mission as a university so how do we make sure we’re pushing ourselves to make sure we’re doing as much as we possibly can?”Tags: department of philosophy, god and the good life, mellon grant, philosophy as a way of life