Are you actually excited for E3 this year? Normally, that would be an easy “Yes!” After all, E3 is that special time of the year when everyone in the whole video game industry gathers to show off its future toys. That includes the public now, too. But even with the extra attendees, something about the energy of this year’s upcoming show just feels… lower. Fewer folks are going. Bigger games are being shown off outside of the event. And really we’re just stuck in a bit of a limbo since no one is quite ready to talk about the next-generation Xbox, PlayStation 5, or even the upgraded Nintendo Switch that are all clearly in the works.Still, we expect to see plenty of awesome video game announcements at E3 2019. And here are some predictions, along with some rumors and leaks, about what those announcements will be.NintendoNintendo will still deny the existence of a Switch mini but seeing portable-friendly games like Pokemon, Fire Emblem, Luigi’s Mansion, Animal Crossing, and an actual remake of a Game Boy Zelda game all back to back will pretty much give it away.Super Mario Maker 2 is already shaping up great (aside from a weird lack of online co-op with friends) but the last-minute reveal of a new theme will put it over the top for the June Launch. And that theme will be Super Mario… Odyssey!Animal Crossing just barely makes its 2019 release window by launching in December. But the wait will be worth it when we see not just how big these new towns are but their intimacy as well. Politics are back, baby!Another surprising Microsoft game will wind up on Switch whether it’s Ori, Rare Replay, or the Halo Master Chief Collection.Now that 64GB cards are about to be a thing, even more surprising ports will wind up on Switch including, finally, Grand Theft Auto V.Retro Studios gets its old projects off its plate, Metroid Prime Trilogy HD and Star Fox Grand Prix, before fully committing to Metroid Prime 4.Pikmin 3 is our last Wii U port for a good long time. Retail listing leaks have already pointed to the existence of a new Contra, Witcher 3 on Switch, some kind of roller derby battle game from Ubisoft, Watch Dogs Legion set in London where you control strangers, a Darksiders reboot, and a post-Activision Destiny 2 expansion set on the moon.Square Enix’s Marvel’s Avengers project looks so much like Destiny/Anthem but for superheroes that it just raises hype for Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3.At Bethesda, Fallout 76 gets a massive overhaul on the level of Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, but Starfield and Elder Scrolls 6 hibernate until they can be fully introduced for next-gen. Doom Eternal makes this easier to swallow.Ubisoft’s next Nintendo collaboration is a Mario+Rabbids sequel with more Mario RPG elements alongside the tactics gameplay. Fire Emblem but for Mario.EA finally makes a Star Wars game that doesn’t break any laws.Cyberpunk 2077 steals the show yet again.Half-Life 3 is a Playdate exclusive. Watch: Marvel and Square Enix’s ‘Avengers’ Gameplay Still Creeps Us OutPlay These E3 2019 Video Games Right Now Third-Party SonyWhile many games shown off at E3 will wind up on PlayStation 4 (and probably the PlayStation 5) Sony itself has already said it won’t be attending the show this year. We already made our guesses as to why that’s happening. So Death Stranding, Ghost of Tsushima, and Last of Us 2 all being no-shows isn’t a prediction, it’s a fact. Hopefully Knack 3 somehow slips under the cracks though.For more on what to expect at E3 2019 check out this feature on our sister site PCMag.com Stay on target MicrosoftA Microsoft character will appear in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and we really hope it’s Master Chief.A new Battletoads is still a bad idea.Halo Infinite will be a barely disguised launch title for the next Xbox.Xbox cloud gaming will be better received in the wake of Google Stadia.No one will talk about the recent Sony/Microsoft partnership.In gratitude for Microsoft getting behind the original Titanfall, Xbox will get some kind of exclusive content in Apex Legends season two.There’s a new Forza.Final Fantasy VII remake appears on this stage just to mess with Sony.
Stay on target Spotify’s Rise to Power Dramatized in TV Mini-SeriesDisney Soundtracks Now Live in Special Spotify Hub The Obamas are throwing their hats into the podcast ring. The former first couple have signed a deal with Spotify to produce a series of podcasts exclusively for the streaming platform.The Spotify pact is similar to the Obamas’ multi-year production deal with Netflix to produce TV shows and films.Under the multi-year deal between Spotify and Higher Ground Productions, the Obamas’ production company, Barack and Michelle Obama are set to develop, produce, and lend their voices to select podcasts on a wide range of topics.“Lend their voices” means the former president and first lady will sometimes be heard on the new podcasts — but their primary role will be in the development and production phases.The agreement is with Higher Ground Audio, a new division of the Higher Ground production company, that will be working on the Obamas’ podcast projects..@Spotify and @BarackObama & @MichelleObama’s Higher Ground announce partnership to produce podcasts. https://t.co/gdge9i5L6z pic.twitter.com/yTf3O1JNzH— Spotify News (@SpotifyNews) June 6, 2019The podcasts produced by the Obamas will be exclusive to Spotify and will be distributed worldwide to the platform’s paid and ad-supported user base. The deal is seen as part of a broader push by Spotify to make a bigger splash in the podcasting space.“We’ve always believed in the value of entertaining, thought-provoking conversation,” President Obama said in a statement provided by Spotify. “It helps us build connections with each other and open ourselves up to new ideas. We’re excited about Higher Ground Audio because podcasts offer an extraordinary opportunity to foster productive dialogue, make people smile and make people think, and, hopefully, bring us all a little closer together.”Neither Spotify or Higher Ground Productions disclosed details on specific podcast projects the Obamas may be planning. According to Spotify, the programming will encompass “a diverse slate of original podcasts.”“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to amplify voices that are too often ignored or silenced altogether, and through Spotify, we can share those stories with the world,” said Michelle Obama. “Our hope is that through compelling, inspirational storytelling, Higher Ground Audio will not only produce engaging podcasts, but help people connect emotionally and open up their minds — and their hearts.”During his time in the White House, President Obama has been known to create music playlists for the White House Spotify, including a playlist of his favorite songs for the summer.Spotify, a digital music service with millions of songs, has grown its paid subscriber rolls by 32 percent in the first quarter of 2019 — reaching 100 million Premium customers.The company has acquired several podcasting companies this year, including producer Gimlet Media and services provider Anchor FM Inc. In March, Spotify also acquired Parcast, a scripted-entertainment podcast studio.Watch: Spotify Premium Now Has 100 Million Global UsersMore on Geek.com:Obamas’ Production Company Reveals Upcoming Netflix ContentExperimental Spotify Stations App Launches in USSpotify Is Testing a New Feature That Will Let You Block Music Artists
The northbound lanes of Interstate 205 will close from Foster Road to Interstate 84 in Oregon starting at 10 p.m. tonight. The lanes will remain closed until 5 a.m. Monday morning.According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, the work is part of the I-205 Paving, Auxiliary Lanes and ODOT RealTime Signs project that spans the freeway from Johnson Creek Boulevard to the Glenn Jackson Bridge.People heading north over the weekend should plan to take detours on Highway 213 and 122nd Avenue in Portland or take Interstate 5.Three additional on-ramps that lead to northbound I-205 — Sunnyside/Sunnybrook Boulevard, Johnson Creek Boulevard and Glisan Street — will also close for the weekend starting at 9 p.m. tonight.According to ODOT, closing I-205 northbound for a weekend is an efficient approach to paving as it saves time, money and improves safety for crews. “Without a weekend closure, we would need about 20 partial nighttime closures. A weekend closure eliminates about 17 days of paving work. We expect this generates more than half a million dollars in cost savings,” according to a press release.In August, installation of a new sign bridge will require several nights of closures of the I-205 Glenn Jackson Bridge. Dates have not been selected for this work, which will take place between 11:59 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Avast ye mateys, pirates be on the move.Washougal’s fourth annual celebration of high-seas bandits, previously known as Pirates in the Plaza, moves to Cottonwood Beach this weekend.“The event was outgrowing the space,” said Rene Carroll, an event volunteer. “Plus we really wanted to put the pirates near the water. We were also excited to have an event where there’s grass under your feet for a more festive environment.”Pirates in the Park, as the event is now known, runs from 1 to 9 p.m. Aug. 24. It conveniently overlaps with the Camas Vintage & Arts Faire, which converges on Fourth Avenue and Birch Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.“We are hopeful that people will come to the Camas-Washougal area for the whole day. They can start in Camas and then join us on Cottonwood Beach,” Carroll said.The timing works well for both events, said Carrie Schulstad, executive director of the Downtown Camas Association.The Camas fair has “a very relaxed, strolling-type vibe, but it also has such fun, light energy to it,” Schulstad said. “If you have ever been treasure hunting, you know that feeling.”In addition to 60 antique and art vendors, the fair features jazz musicians and food carts selling gyros, hot dogs and treats.Vintage vendors will peddle furniture and decor, clothing, jewelry and accessories. Art selections include paintings, metal work, ceramics, garden art, photography, handmade jewelry, fiber art and recycled art.
The City of Hollywood has issued a mandatory boil water alert for all residents, Sunday, after a significant water main break.According to officials, the city’s water treatment plant experienced a significant drop in pressure, an indication of a water main rupture. As a result, officials advised all property owners to boil their water for drinking purposes until further notice.Officials urged residents to bring to a boil all water used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation, and to let it continue boiling for one minute.As soon as weather conditions allow, crews will work to identify and isolate the damaged line and begin repairs.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
With the civilian-military divide widening, DOD will launch an initiative Feb. 1 to highlight the work of service members, dispel myths about military service and increase awareness among the American public, Amber Smith, deputy assistant to the secretary of defense for outreach, said Thursday. The “This Is Your Military” effort is intended to introduce the public to the 1 percent of the population serving, Smith said during a Bipartisan Policy Center forum. “We want to showcase how the military is relevant to Americans’ lives on a daily basis, and how innovative the department is, and how we’re a force for good,” she said, reported DOD News. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Mobile Applications Mobile Apps Digital Media Politics Facebook’s newly announced cryptocurrency Libra is facing more pushback, this time reportedly from the Indian government. India, the third-largest economy in Asia, is considering not allowing the currency to be traded at all, according to a Bloomberg report Monday. 4 Rep. Maxine Waters, chair of the US House Financial Services Committee, said Facebook “has repeatedly shown a disregard for the protection and careful use of this data.” She last week also sent a letter to Facebook executives asking them to temporarily cease plans to create Libra until security and privacy concerns are addressed. Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency “The fewer rupees or lira a country’s citizens hold, the less power the national central bank has to set monetary policy, making it harder to stimulate the local economy in times of economic stress.” “Anything that works in this world will become instantly systemic and will have to be subject to the highest standards of regulation,” Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, said about Libra at a meeting in Portugal, according to Bloomberg. Last week, more than 30 groups including the Economic Policy Institute and US PIRG also asked asked Congress and regulators to impose a moratorium on Libra until “profound questions” are answered. The founding partners of the Libra Association include Mastercard and Visa. Facebook “Design of the Facebook currency has not been fully explained,” Subhash Garg, India’s Economic Affairs Secretary, told Bloomberg in an interview Saturday. “But whatever it is, it would be a private cryptocurrency and that’s not something we have been comfortable with.” Facebook last month unveiled the global digital coin, which will be managed by a governing body called the Libra Association and through a wallet named Calibra. Facebook is working alongside 27 launch partners for Libra, including PayPal, Visa, Uber, Coinbase, Lyft, Mastercard, Vodafone, eBay and Spotify, but aims to have 100 members in the Libra Association by 2020. In April 2018, all entities regulated by the Reserve Bank of India were banned from dealing in cryptocurrencies and virtual coins, although individuals trading currencies like bitcoin remains legal. However, last month it was reported that the Indian government is working on draft laws that would propose a jail sentence for any crypto users. Comments Garg’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. First published at 3:25 p.m. PT on July 8. Updated on July 9 at 12:01 p.m. PT: adds more detail on where Libra will be made available. Libra has faced considerable skepticism and pushback since being announced, with US and European politicians almost immediately expressing concerns that stem from Facebook’s history of data security problems. Now playing: Watch this: Would you use Facebook’s new Libra cryptocurrency? (The… Libra — set to launch in the first half of next year — is intended to be used to purchase products, send money internationally and make donations. In Europe, France’s Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire reportedly said Libra would be fine if its use is limited to transactions, but that Facebook shouldn’t be allowed to create a “sovereign currency.” A Senate committee has scheduled a hearing to discuss the cryptocurrency on July 17. “Libra will disrupt and weaken nation states by enabling people to move out of unstable local currencies and into a currency denominated in dollars and euros and managed by corporations,” he wrote. Hughes left Facebook back in 2007. Even Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes called the possibility of success for the social network’s newly unveiled cryptocurrency “frightening.” Libra will shift power from central banks to corporations, he wrote in a Financial Times op-ed in June. Share your voice Facebook unveils its Libra cryptocurrency as politicians raise eyebrows Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency faces pushback from US lawmakers Facebook: Libra cryptocurrency project isn’t only about the social network Everything you need to know about Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency 5:51 The Libra blockchain will be global, but it will be up to the Calibra providers to determine where they will operate the wallet service. It also won’t be available in any US-sanctioned countries, or countries that ban cryptocurrencies. Tags
However, Kristensen’s research suggests that the majority of the stockpile is in just 11 states. The closest to Alaska is Washington. It might seem hard to believe, just a few decades ago thousands of nuclear warheads were stored at missile batteries close to cities and military installations all around the country. That includes in the mountains around Anchorage, where one of the last such installations closed 40 years ago, in 1979. The overall number of nukes maintained by the U.S. today is much smallerthan its peak in the 1960s.“But it’s still a considerable arsenal,”Kristensen said. “There’s about 3,800 nuclear warheads in the militarystockpile.”Of those, he added, about 900 are deployed and readyfor use on short notice.More significant than the size of the arsenal isa shift away from nuclear weapons designed to function at close range. Instead,intercontinental ballistic missiles, long-range bombers, and nuclearsubmarine-based launchers are the primary means of sending nuclear warheadsacross vast distances, and far away from domestic borders.Captain Bryant Davis, a spokesperson for AlaskanCommand, wrote in an email that Air Force Global Strike Command could neither “confirmor deny the presence of nuclear weapons” in Alaska. A replica of the former barracks and radar facilities installed in buildings Friends of Nike Site Summit has spent the last dozen summer working too restore. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media, Anchorage) Greg Durocher spent two-and-a-half years as a military policeman guarding Nike Site Summit from 1974-1976. Now, he is part of a group of volunteers that has spent more than a decade working with the military to preserve and maintain the site as a historical resource. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media, Anchorage) Doug Ruhl was hauling a bundle of wiring around the bunker. When he was a young airman stationed down at Elmendorf Air Force Base he was fascinated by the heavy weaponry just a few miles away up the mountain at the Summit site. “I didn’t have the clearance to come up here. The one thing you had to have was the strict clearance,” Ruhl said. “You had to need to know, and a need to be up here.” Even other Alaska Nike sites are no nearly so well preserved at this one. Because many were near cities, or on land that was turned over to local jurisdictions, nearly all the original sites have been repurposed. Another Nike Hercules site, for example, was located in what is now Anchorage’s Kincaid Park. Those bunkers, which housed similar nuclear missile batteries, have since converted into recreational facilities. At the Summit facilities, by contrast, for years its biggest threatswere weather, petty vandals, and the occasional curious blueberry picker. Nike Site Summit does not look like much. It’s a cluster of aging cement and wood military buildings ringed with chain-link fencing and an assortment of odd old radar equipment and bunkers. Normally, the view would be spectacular, but smoke from summer wildfires had socked in the mountains and valleys like a dense fog. One of the volunteers was Greg Durocher, who spent two-and-a-half years as a military policeman at the site in the mid-70s. The view of the lower site from the top camp. Though observation equipment was set up at the higher elevation, the missile bunkers sat at the lower site (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media) The structures built to house the radars bore a unique design to help maintain functionality in extreme weather. Though the radars themselves have been removed, the shelter protective covers are still in tact (Photo: Zachariah Hughes – Alaska Public Media, Anchorage) For 20 years, the Nike Site Summit installation perched up in the Chugach mountains housed powerful Hercules missiles designed to knock out clusters of hostile long-range bombers that might head toward the U.S. Of the 145 such sites built across America, this one is the best preserved, in part because of it’s relatively isolated location on military land. That is part of the reason a dedicated group in Alaska is trying to restore the facilities, and keep a piece of Cold War history alive. On a recent Saturday morning, volunteers with the group Friends of Nike Site Summit were handling a wide range of chores and basic maintenance: Scraping paint from windows, clearing brush, installing electrical wiring. The crews try to use good weather on weekends for restoration projects during the brief seasonal window when the long road up Arctic Valley is passable. Durocher is one of the few volunteers who spent a significant amount of time actually working at this site during his military service. And because of that, his tour of the facilities is a mix of history, military policy, and personal memories. In the 50s and 60s, the military took drastic measures building sites like these to house Nike Hercules missiles. The barracks, radars, and observation station at this site were constructed after 60 vertical feet of the mountaintop were blasted away. Durocher recalls winter gales blowing over 120 miles-per-hour. Curves in the perilous road leading up the mountain were named after crashes and roll-overs that had happened there. Soldiers went about their duties routinely patrolling and inspecting the missile systems in relative solitude, with occasional trips down to base or town. “No one volunteered for a second tour,” Durocher said, “let’s put it that way.” Even though this site was operational for 20 years, it was obsolete not long after coming on line. These kinds of installations were intended as a last resort in case nuclear war broke out. The idea was to launch high-explosive and nuclear missiles at packs of Soviet aircraft as they approached sensitive American targets. The detonations might have knocked out any planes carrying atomic bombs at a high enough altitude that the blast wouldn’t kill civilians or soldiers down below. But the range for those missiles was a hundred miles. Contamination from nuclear fallout was certain if nuclear warheads were used as they were designed from the Nike sites. As an MP, Derocher’s duties took him all over the two installations constituting the Summit site. The top site included barracks, recreational facilities, and radars. Down below, at the lower site, were kennels for the guard-dogs, mechanical bays, and the bunkers for the weapons themselves. “You walk in there and there’s all these missiles lined up, they’re 40 feet long, they’re 10,600 pounds. Most were nukes,” Derocher recalled. “It was kind of a sobering thing.” The FONSS restoration work is selective. Some buildings were so damaged they simply had to be torn down. Others are coming back to life. A group of electricians scurried around a bunker where there will lights will be installed. FONSS hopes to be able to get an inert missile or mock-up situated in the building to demonstrate how they were rolled out on carts to be launched nearly vertically into the sky above (Nike Site Summit was one of the few installations to actually carry out real missile launches, something they halted in the early 60s once the area around Eagle River began getting dangerously populated). Ruhl believes that the site deserves to be remembered. “If we lose our history, we lose ourselves. And this is part of the Cold War history.” Even though this site never initiated a nuclear strike, Ruhl described it as a predecessor to the modern missile defense system that makes up the military’s tactical portfolio in Alaska today. And the Nike Summit site shows just how far the U.S. nuclear strategy has come in the intervening decades. The idea of storing short-range nuclear weapons at hundreds of sites all over the country is obsolete. “In the early years of the Cold War there was sort of a tendency to put nuclear warheads on anything,” said Hans Kristensen, who directs the Nuclear Information Project for the Federation of American Scientists. “My job was to protect the place,” Durocher said. “We had nuclearmissiles here, so that was quite an important thing to protect.”Back then, the young men assigned to Nike siteslike this one only suspected they were guarding nuclear weapons. It wasn’texactly something they could discuss. “If you asked too many questions, people would look at youand say ‘why do you wanna know?’” Durocher chuckled. “Because we were kind of on a need-to-know basis.”
PHOTOS BY THE TEXAS TRIBUNE AND GAGE SKIDMOREClockwise from the upper left are presidential candidates: Democrat Hillary Clinton, Republican Donald Trump, Green Party Jill Stein and Libertarian Gary Johnson. PHOTOS BY THE TEXAS TRIBUNE AND GAGE SKIDMORE To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Copyright 2016 KSTX-FM. To see more, visit KSTX-FM. It’s no secret Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are two of the most disliked major party nominees to ever run for President. That has some Texans searching for other options…any options…when it comes to our next commander and chief. Austinite Kaia Tingley asked: “Can we vote for either Libertarian or Green Party candidates in Texas?”Third party candidates and write-ins are today’s topic in our #TXDecides series. All this week, public radio stations across the state are answering your questions ahead of Election Day. So can Texans vote for third parties? And how easy is it for third parties to get on the ballot? Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016In French bakery near Austin, Kaia Tingley is busily answering emails on her laptop. Tingley is a digital marketing consultant, a mother of two, and an unenthused voter. She’s researched Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton — and says she doesn’t like either of them. Sample Ballot CREDIT BEXAR COUNTY ELECTIONS DEPARTMENT “I’m actually still undecided, I mean I know I’m not voting for Trump,” she says.But when she talks to friends and family about possibly voting for someone else, she gets push back.“If you talk about voting for a third-party candidate there’s an enormous wave of peer-pressure coming back to say, ‘Oh, you can’t do that or the other guy will win,’” she says.Disapproval of her peers aside, Tingley could easily vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson or the Green Party’s Jill Stein. Johnson’s on the ballot in all 50 states, Stein’s included in 48 of them.Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos says, like Trump and Clinton, Johnson and Stein both met the requirements. “In Texas a third party candidate such as the Libertarian or the Green Party, if they receive 5 percent or more of votes in the last general election then they are qualified to be on the ballot,” Cascos says.Both Stein’s and Johnson’s parties reached that threshold in Texas during the 2014 statewide elections.That’s also one of the reasons Stein’s been campaigning in Texas, positioning her Green Party for the election four years from now. At a recent campaign event, Stein said, “If we get to 5 percent then it’s a whole new ballgame, then we’re on the ballot, we’re a recognized political party.”It’s automatic. Without that 5 percent, Secretary Cascos says a third party presidential candidate can still get on the Texas ballot by presenting a petition signed by 1 percent of Texas’ registered voters. That’s roughly 150,000 signatures. 00:00 /03:34 Listen Share Then there’s the case of Courtney Dry, who was waiting on a city bus. Dry’s a former Bernie Sanders supporter, and wishes he was running as an independent. “I read this article that says if Bernie Sanders stayed in, like all of them voted for him then it could all be voided, I guess you would say, because none of the candidates would reach 270,” Dry says.Actually, if no presidential candidate gets 270 electoral votes, the election isn’t voided, the U.S. House Representatives decides. Dry says she wants to write in his name on the November ballot. So what about write-ins? Cascos says the votes for some write-in candidates will be counted.“For statewide races they are certified by our office and we have 13 certified write-in candidates that will eligible to be running in the elections,” he says.Eligible write-in candidates had to declare their candidacy and file their paperwork between July and August. Elections officials, legally, must post a list of those candidates for president in every voting booth and to include that list with ballots sent in the mail. But if you write in the name of someone who isn’t on that certified list – someone like Bernie Sanders – well, that vote won’t be counted. X Tingley certainly isn’t the only Texan toying with the idea of voting third party. Dawn Westerberg often votes Republican and is facing some backlash when she tells friends she’s voting for Johnson instead of Trump.“First, there is absolute fury from those who support Trump and saying if you don’t support Trump, then you must support Clinton,” she says.Aundrea Ryden, in downtown Austin, says she usually votes Democrat but is leaning toward Stein. “I was undecided at one point, I don’t really stand for what the other two candidates stand for, so I was just looking for an alternative option,” she says.
Arguably one of the best fighting games ever made, and perhaps more definitively the most famous and long-lived fighting game franchise of all time, Street Fighter II turned 20 years old this month, having been released in arcades (remember those?) in March 1991. Street Fighter II wasn’t the first game in the lineage, but it was the first game in the Street Fighter II series, and the first game of the series that saw broad popularity around the world. The game was actually the successor to a lesser known and even less played game “Street Fighter,” a 1987 title that had some of the elements of the game most people came to know and love later. In the original Street Fighter, you could only play as Ryu (except in the multiplayer mode, where one player took control or Ryu, and the other player controlled his rival, Ken) and fought your way through five countries and ten different opponents along the way. Street Fighter II expanded on the premise, allowing you to choose from a roster of eight characters to control. It was the first game of its type to allow you to select the character you wanted to play, and tasked the player with learning the character’s strengths, techniques, and special abilities in order to defeat the other characters in the game. Once you fought your way through the other playable characters, you were confronted with the four boss characters of the game. In the multiplayer, the second player could join at any time and select any of the other playable characters to challenge the first player with. Street Fighter II spawned an entire industry. Theatrically released movies, animated features in the United States and Japan, toys and action figures, even a Saturday morning cartoon were all based on the game. The game’s success set the stage for five additional games bearing the Street Fighter II name, the Street Fighter Alpha series of games, the Street Fighter EX series, the Street Fighter III series, and finally, the 2008 release of Street Fighter IV, the current generation of the franchise.
Stay on target ‘Game of Thrones’ Director Explains Why Arya Ambushed the Night King’Game of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Predicts Sansa Stark’s Future We will all say what Jon couldn’t:You’re a good boy Ghost #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/bUlEOdZjDt— Stephanie Gutierrez (@Steph_ahhh) May 6, 2019 Ghost was there for Jon and then he gets abandoned #GameofThrones pic.twitter.com/pvEd8w0r9E— kim burgess (@kim8888) May 6, 2019 Game of Thrones Season 8, Episode 4 “The Last of the Starks” may have been the last time we see some of the show’s important characters, including Tormund Giantsbane, Samwell Tarly, and Gilly. Jon Snow said goodbye to these dear friends, however, some fans were disappointed when he didn’t pet his loyal direwolf, Ghost, before leaving Winterfell.Game of Thrones director David Nutter spoke with HuffPost about the farewell scene and why Jon Snow didn’t embrace Ghost. According to Nutter, achieving this sweet moment would have been difficult, because Ghost is a CG creation.“Since the direwolves are kind of CG creations, we felt it best to keep it as simple as possible,” Nutter told HuffPost. “And I think that it played out much more powerfully that way.”Joe Bauer, Game of Thrones’ visual effects supervisor, previously explained to HuffPost how bringing the direwolves to life before Season 8 was challenging. He said real wolves needed to be filmed and scaled up for each scene, and sometimes, these wolves “only behave in certain ways.”Jon:*hugs Tormund**hugs Sam**even hugs Gilly who he doesn’t know very well*Ghost: Am I a joke to you?#GameOfThrones pic.twitter.com/7myloMa0tr— Fardeen (@Fardeen_02) May 6, 2019Even though some fans were not happy about Jon Snow’s “harsh” goodbye to Ghost, Nutter had another vision in mind for the emotional scene in Season 8, Episode 4.“Keeping Ghost off to the side, I thought that played out better,” Nutter added. “Then he just walks off by himself, he turns to Ghost, and has this moment with Ghost that I thought was very, very powerful.”Even though Nutter provided an explanation on the Ghost scene, some Game of Thrones viewers were not buying it. They also noted how CG was needed to shoot down one of Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons and how showrunners didn’t notice the Starbucks coffee cup in another key scene.Y’all had him riding a dragon last week but couldn’t get him to pet a dog. https://t.co/xcROXMKm37— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) May 7, 2019 100,000 mounted soldiers attacked a zombie army as three dragons fought overhead and a witch set everything on fire https://t.co/Ti4trI17Y5— Luke Bailey (@imbadatlife) May 7, 2019Jon Snow might have “ghosted” Ghost, but the direwolf will always be a good boy in the eyes of Game of Thrones fans.More on Geek.com:‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 4 Recap: The Violence Continues Anyway‘Game of Thrones’ Deletes Random Starbucks Coffee Cup From Season 8 Scene‘Game of Thrones’ Actress Nathalie Emmanuel Wanted Missandei to Fight
With a programme, which includes Art Projects, a Speakers’ Forum and a city wide Collateral Events schedule, the India Art Fair (IAF) has a by invitation VIP preview on 30 January, organisers announced in a statement on Saturday.The Fair, which held its first edition in 2008, has grown to be an epicentre for art in India, with a global reputation for being one of South Asia’s leading art fairs.The upcoming edition showcases 91 booths from India and across the world and aims to expose local and international artists to a large and diverse audience. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’47 Indian galleries have been lined up to exhibit a breadth of modern and contemporary art practices including painting, sculpture, new media, installation and performance art.‘This year’s international galleries represent a dynamic mix, from returning European galleries, to a number of cutting edge newcomers, who all share the common goal to explore the Indian art market, forge key relationships and meet new collectors from South Asia,’ organisers said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAn extensive Art Projects programme spanning the outdoor and indoor fair space is set to be focus of the fair this year.Highlights of the programme include ‘Listen Up!’ a public sound art project and a city-wide installation to make sound art publicly accessible through cellular phones.Among the rich selection of other participators, artist Dayanita Singh is set to present excerpts from her critically acclaimed File Room series, which has been shown this year at the Venice Biennale and the Hayward Gallery, London. Jose Garcia Miguel (Perve Galeria, Portugal) has lined up a multi-arts installation ‘Tears of Portugal’ encompassing video, photography and performance.This year’s fair has also attracted leading jewellery designer Nirav Modi who is set to present a collection of custom made designs inspired by motifs from the Mughal miniature school of art, encrusted with precious gems and priceless diamonds.Cultural events which are set to take place alongside this edition of IAF include Insert2014, an exhibition curated by Raqs Media Collective, of 20 leading international and Indian artists, and Word. Sound. Power a collaborative exhibition by Khoj International Artists’ Association and the Tate Modern.The fair also hosts a curated programme, in collaboration with public institutions, galleries and private art organisations, for visiting collectors and museums.
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In a surprising Wednesday morning editorial, Costa Rica’s normally conservative Spanish-language daily La Naciónadvocates for the legalization of medical marijuana.The editorial, titled “Cannabis as Treatment,” notes that a large number of Costa Ricans – perhaps hundreds or thousands, it claims – use marijuana to treat a range of health issues in this Central American country of 4.8 million, and that number is growing.La Nación writes:The illegality [of medical marijuana] not only impedes the collection of useful information; it has much more serious consequences. The main one being that most patients lack professional guidelines regarding recommended dosages and methods of consumption: Although there are doctors who, out of compassion, know of, tolerate and in some cases guide its use, they are legally prohibited from helping patients in a systematic manner.La Nación joins a growing chorus of voices in this democratic country calling for the legalization of medical or recreational marijuana, or both. And advocates aren’t just hippies or stoners. Gerald Murray, who heads the organization Marihuana Medicinal Costa Rica, said during a February conference that Costa Rica could “set an example” in the region if it legalized medical marijuana. Other regional leaders also have pushed for an end to the drug war on marijuana, including Guatemala’s Otto Pérez Molina.To date, Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís hasn’t been keen on the idea, saying after he won last year’s presidential election that while a debate on the issue is needed, his administration would not promote decriminalization of illicit drugs, including marijuana.He has since softened that position after a lawmaker from his own ruling Citizen Action Party, Marvin Atencio, introduced a medical marijuana bill in the Legislative Assembly last August. In a study of the bill last March, board members from Costa Rica’s public health care system announced that they would not oppose the legislation, although they suggested some amendments.During last February’s conference, sponsored by Marihuana Medicinal Costa Rica, Valerie Corrall, founder and president of the California-based Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana, boldly proclaimed that “the promise for success in Costa Rica is probably greater than in any other country in the world.”A majority of Costa Ricans now seem to agree. A 2014 survey by the University of Costa Rica concluded that 53 percent of the country’s population supports the use of medical marijuana. Possession of small amounts of cannabis already has been effectively decriminalized, and in September of last year, Costa Rica announced it would become the first country in Central America to host a branch of the drug policy reform group Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, or LEAP, an organization composed of current and former cops. Citizen Action Party lawmaker Marvin Atencio estimates that legal medical marijuana could generate $20 million annually for the government. Alberto Font/The Tico TimesOne of the barriers reform advocates face here, however, comes from the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Institute, or IAFA, a government agency partly funded by seized illicit drug funds and which operates addiction treatment centers across the country. (It’s worth noting that IAFA also provides its patients with ready access to an array of pharmaceutical drugs, some of which have side effects that are much more severe than marijuana.)IAFA Director Luis Eduardo Sandí told La Nación that marijuana “has many components that could affect multiple [neurological and cardiac] functions, and could cause dependence.”In response, La Nación wrote in its editorial, “This is yet another reason to legalize it and supervise, with professional rigor, the appropriate therapeutic use.”The daily also points out that several other countries already have taken the initiative to legalize medical marijuana, and Costa Rica could broadly learn from those experiences:[Medical marijuana] is authorized in Canada and is permitted in 25 states in the U.S. (four states have also legalized recreational marijuana use). Joining them are European and Southern Cone countries. In all of these, it’s possible to identify experiences to guide us in our own country. … If rigorous professional criteria back [legalization] inside and outside of Costa Rica, and if the countries with solid systems of pharmacological supervision have approved it, the time has come for our country to also take this step, void of prejudice and strictly abiding by reality and good practices.Hear, hear. Facebook Comments Related posts:Big Tobacco need not apply for work in the cannabis market Global drug policy isn’t working. These 100-plus organizations want that to change. Mexico’s Peña Nieto wants expert debate on marijuana legalization Top medical experts say we should decriminalize all drugs and maybe go even further
May 4, 2016 521 Views Share Home Purchase Homebuyers Online Mortgage 2016-05-04 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Of all the major purchases in life, a home purchase in probably the biggest investment a consumer will make. So, it’s surprising to find that homebuyers spend more time researching a car than their home loan.A new survey from Zillow of 2,010 adults conducted online from March 28-29, 2016 by Ipsos showed that Americans spend just 8 hours researching their home loan, typically only obtaining just four quotes from lenders.In addition, 18 percent of those surveyed spend an hour or less looking for a home online.On the other hand, consumers spend 11 hours researching buying a car and 8 hours researching a vacation, despite the fact that these items cost just a small fraction of the average cost of a home, Zillow stated. The average home costs five times more than the average car and 80 times more than the average vacation, Zillow said as an example.”When it comes to spending money on our daily expenses, we all understand the value in taking time to shop around, compare product reviews online, or research retailers to ensure we are making a wise purchase,” said Erin Lantz, VP of mortgages for Zillow Group. “Yet surprisingly, very few prospective homebuyers apply that same diligence to choosing a lender and a home loan, despite the fact that is likely the largest purchase they will ever undertake. Unfortunately, that mistake could be costly–a small difference in the interest rate can add tens of thousands of dollars to your mortgage.”Although millennials are faced with high student debt and rents that prevent them for preparing for a home, they do seem to be taking the right approach online when looking for a home. Zillow found that millennials (age 18-34), on average, spend more time than Generation X (age 35-54) or Boomers (age 55 and older) researching or shopping for a mortgage.In addition, millennials are more likely than other generations to compare rates. The survey showed that 86 percent of 18-34 year-olds shopped around for a loan, compared to 75 percent of 35-54 year olds and 55 percent of those 55 years and older.The millennial generation reports obtaining more quotes from lenders than older consumers. Millennials obtained six quotes, compared to an average of four quotes by Gen-X shoppers and three quotes by Boomers.”Getting multiple offers and being able to compare them relative to one another is critical to ensure the borrower has chosen a loan officer who will provide a seamless experience and competitive rates,” Zillow said.Click here to view the full report. Homebuyers Less Diligent When Shopping Online
Mercer notched the Fat Guy Touchdown of the year last week (sorry, Arkansas) in a throwback pass to Thomas Marchman, who immediately drew an excessive celebration penalty by bowling the ball into his teammates, who then fell over like bowling pins, and punctuated it all by doing a cartwheel.According to Marchman and the other Mercer offensive linemen, the excessive celebration flag was a direct order from offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Casey Vogt.“You’ve got a 290-pound man doing a cartwheel. That’s pretty athletic,” said head coach Bobby Lamb. “If he did that on a high school tape we’d sign him in a heartbeat.”
As for whether or not the Cardinals are interested in bringing Freeney back, it likely depends on what transpires the rest of the offseason. The team, in search of pass rushers, has already missed out on potential targets Jason Pierre-Paul, Tamba Hali and Bruce Irvin, and was seemingly priced out of the market for Olivier Vernon.Freeney, a future Hall of Famer with 119.5 career sacks, would not be a bad fallback option.If the Cardinals are unable to land a younger pass rusher, it would not be a shock to see the team reach out to the 36-year-old Freeney, who showed last season he still has something to offer a team.And now, we know he would like to do just that. 0 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Shortly after the Arizona Cardinals’ season ended following a 49-15 loss to the Carolina Panthers in the NFC Championship Game, veteran linebacker Dwight Freeney spoke about his future as if he was not sure if he still had one in the NFL.Set to become a free agent, the then-35-year-old was not sure if he planned on returning for a 15th season.“We’ll see what happens,” he said at the time. “I like to give it like a month or so to really kind of like let whatever emotions kind of die down, whether angry or whatever, and try to make that decision, what’s best for me and my family.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories FILE – In this Oct. 26, 2015, file photo, Arizona Cardinals’ Dwight Freeney (54) talks with Baltimore Ravens’ Shareece Wright, left, after an NFL football game, in Glendale, Ariz. Freeney was contemplating retirement in October when he took a call from the Arizona Cardinals and was coaxed back to the NFL. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires It has been a little more than one month since then, and Freeney’s future has become a little more clear. While he’s still a free agent, he told “Late Hits” on SiriusXM Radio he is not done yet.Freeney was discussing how he wanted to play last season but was searching for the right fit, and he told the story about how he was about one week away from retiring when the Cardinals called in October. It was difficult, he said, staying in football shape without being around a team.“Obviously I’m used to going in there, talking like August, you know, around training camp, and I actually signed in like October,” he said. “So, this year, hopefully we can come to an agreement with the Cardinals, but they have to see what they need to do too. I understand this business, man. It’s a young man’s game and they want to figure out what they need to do.“I’m here if they need me. If not, I would love to play somewhere else, too.”Despite being signed prior to Arizona’s Week 6 matchup with Pittsburgh, Freeney led the Cardinals with eight sacks. He also notched eight QB pressures and seven QB hits. His strip-sack of Teddy Bridgewater in the final minute preserved a big late-season win over Minnesota, and he provided leadership in the locker room, too. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The University of Nicosia Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Student Chapter is organising a talk on “The Quest for Natural Gas Offshore Cyprus” on Friday, December 8.The event will take place at the University of Nicosia’s UNESCO Amphitheater (Main Campus) from 4pm to 5pm.The talk will be given by Constantinos Hadjistassou, Assistant Professor at the University of Nicosia where he coordinates the BSc and MSc programme in Oil, Gas and Energy Engineering.The talk will be delivered in English and is open to the public.It will cover developments in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone, particularly in the wake of the discovery of the giant Zohr natural gas field offshore Egypt.ENI’s intention to shortly drill two deepwater wells in blocks 6 and 3, followed by two wells by ExxonMobil-QP in block 10, in the second half of 2018, promise to unlock the natural gas potential of Cyprus.For more info you may contact the SPE UNic Chapter at: firstname.lastname@example.orgYou May LikeSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
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