Xbox “set some wrong expectations” for next-gen livestream

first_imgXbox “set some wrong expectations” for next-gen livestreamMicrosoft and Ubisoft mollify fans expecting to see promised Xbox Series X gameplayMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefMonday 11th May 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleMicrosoftUbisoftXbox and Ubisoft have appeased disappointed fans following a livestream promising the first “gameplay” reveals for the Xbox Series X.The stream, which happened on May 7, was teased by Microsoft a week in advance, with the explicit promise of next generation gameplay footage from third-party studios.However, while the stream did showcase 13 games that will be on Xbox Series X, watching fans were critical of the apparent lack of promised gameplay footage. As Eurogamer noted, the video attracted 34,000 dislikes, and the comments were crowded with complaints about the abundance of trailers assembled from cinematic cut-scenes.”Had we not said anything and just shown May Inside Xbox show like we did last month, I suspect reactions might have been different,” general manager of Xbox Games Marketing Aaron Greenberg said on Twitter. “Clearly we set some wrong expectations and that’s on us. We appreciate all the feedback and can assure you we will take it all in and learn as a team.”The content of the stream was kept a secret, except for one game: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, which was confirmed as part of the showcase when it was revealed by Ubisoft earlier in the week.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 Speaking on Twitter, Ubisoft creative director Ashraf Ismail also mollified fans, who were given an extended trailer rather than the “gameplay” that was promised.”You rightfully expected to see more today,” he said. “We have a long marketing campaign ahead of us, you will see in-depth gameplay and get a lot more info about the game.”The GamesIndustry.biz team discussed the stream — and our own sense of disappointment at its content — on the latest episode of the podcast. It will be posted later today.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. Enter your email addressMore storiesUbisoft posts record sales yet again, delays Skull & Bones yet againPublisher moves away from target of 3-4 premium AAA titles a year, wants to build free-to-play “to be trending toward AAA ambitions over the long term”By Brendan Sinclair 4 hours agoFirst-party Ubisoft titles will now be branded as ”Ubisoft Originals”Change was made alongside the announcement of new Tom Clancy titleBy Danielle Partis YesterdayLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

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PREMIERE: Tejon Street Corner Thieves Cover “The Wayfaring Stranger” For ‘Stolen Goods’ LP [Watch]

first_imgSelf-proclaimed “outlaw blues/trash-grass pioneers” take on a famous “outlaw” forefather with a cover of traditional American folk song “The Wayfaring Stranger”, premiering today exclusively via Live For Live Music. The new single from the the Colorado Springs natives is set to appear on the band’s forthcoming collection of traditional American music covers, Stolen Goods, due out on May 7th via Liars Club/Regime Music Group.“The Wayfaring Stranger”, for those unfamiliar, has deep roots in the American songbook. Believed to be written at the end of the 19th century, the gospel/folk hymn has been recorded by various notable artists through the years, from Emmylou Harris to Johnny Cash to Jack White.The live performance video for the cover presents the group’s core members, Connor O’Neal (banjo/vocals) and Shawn D’Amario (acoustic guitar/vocals), with an added bassist and washboard player in a jug band setting and cinematic aesthetic aligned with the song’s bleak themes. Beyond that, the Thieves’ take on the traditional tune, which starts slow and somber before building in speed and intensity toward a raucous climax, also neatly mirrors the band’s early days as traveling buskers in a sort of circular homage.As Connor O’Neal explains of the Tejon Street Corner Thieves “Wayfaring Stranger” cover, “This song is just beautiful. All around one of the deepest traditional songs we play. We were so excited to add fiddle to it for our first time [on Stolen Goods] and it came out wonderfully. When we play it, I always think of my departed father and it gives me a sense of peace. It’s a very special song to me and I think we did it justice.”Watch the video of Tejon Street Corner Thieves performing “The Wayfaring Stranger” below.Tejon Street Corner Thieves – “Wayfaring Stranger” (Traditional)[Video: Liar’s Club]Tejon Street Corner Thieves’ forthcoming Stolen Goods is a 10-track collection of classic traditional Americana, folk, and bluegrass covers that pays homage to the forefathers of the genre who laid the groundwork for what would become the roots of modern folk. Recorded at Royal Recordings in Colorado Springs with producer Bill Douglass, the songs on Stolen Goods have become a staples of Tejon Street Corner Thieves live sets dating back to their early days busking the streets for pocket change.When it came time to assemble the visual album artwork, Tejon Street Corner Thieves were blessed with an original illustration by artist Jim Evans (also known as TAZ, the “Rock Poster God”). TAZ has illustrated and designed some of the most iconic rock posters for artists ranging from Neil Young, the Ramones, Smashing Pumpkins, Pixies, and more.“This release is a collection of songs that are staples in our band’s history. Even before we were a band, I was traveling the country and playing music and busking. I picked up a ton of traditional and old-time tunes along the way,” O’Neal explains about the Stolen Goods project. “I really got into artists like Pink Anderson and jug bands like the Mississippi Sheiks and took a ton of inspiration from them. These were the songs we played when the band first formed. Before we even started writing our own songs, these were the ones we’d play when we busked. And we’ve kept them around ever since. We love sneaking them into our sets to keep that old spirit alive.”Shawn D’Amario adds, “The title ‘Stolen Goods’ was an easy choice for this album because we can’t take any credit for writing these. They are American traditional songs. They shaped music as we know it today. The rag songs turned into jazz, the blues songs turned into rock n roll. Like many before us, we stole them. And songs with that much history tend to be good ones!”Pre-order a CD or vinyl copy of Stolen Goods by Tejon Street Corner Thieves ahead of its May 7th release here. Included in the limited vinyl release is the new Tejon Street Corner Thieves board game “Larry,” in which fans play and party as their favorite band member, warping through the chaotic world of life on the road.Tejon Street Corner Thieves – Stolen Goods – Album Art by Jim “TAZ” EvansTejon Street Corner Thieves kept plenty busy in 2020 despite the shutdown of regular live events and tours. When forced to cancel their touring plans when the COVID-19 global pandemic hit, Tejon Street Corner Thieves responded by doing drive-by performances in front of the houses of their fans. The band used their tour bus and a P.A system to drive through local neighborhoods and perform from inside the vehicle, while fans take in the music from their front porch, maintaining safe social distances. The performances drew the attention of local and national media. Since then, other bands across America have adopted a similar strategy for performing drive-by concerts in other states and credited Tejon Street Corner Thieves for their original idea. The duo also released the acoustic Monarch Sessions collection in October.For more information about Tejon Street Corner Thieves, hit their website here.last_img read more

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Business Owner Shoots At Burglars In Velarde

first_imgThe business owner who was armed with a handgun confronted the male suspect. The male suspect pointed an object at the business owner. The business owner fired his handgun at the male suspect. It is unknown if the male suspect was injured during the incident. The business owner retreated outside the gas station and waited for State Police officers to arrive.  Officer’s reviewed surveillance video and learned there were two male suspects who broke into the gas station. Both fled the scene through a skylight on the roof of the gas station. New Mexico State Police Crime Scene Unit assisted in this investigation.  NMSP News: Initial investigation shows at about 5:30 a.m., officers responded to a burglary in progress at Mike’s Mini-Mart Gas Station in Velarde. When officers arrived on scene, they encountered the owner of the gas station. Officers learned the business owner, who lives on the property, heard his alarm sounding from his gas station and went to investigate. When the owner arrived at his business, he encountered a male suspect inside the gas station. This investigation is ongoing and no other information is available. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the New Mexico State Police Office in Espanola at 505.753.2277 option 1. The New Mexico State Police investigated a shooting Tuesday involving a business owner in Velarde in Rio Arriba County.last_img read more

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Air Products employee honoured

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Review: ‘Little’ heralds big-time arrival of Marsai Martin

first_imgThis image released by Universal Pictures shows Marsai Martin in a scene from “Little.” (Universal Pictures via AP)Since Hailee Steinfeld rode into town in “True Grit,” we’ve been fairly blessed by the big-screen breakthroughs of teenage actresses. To name just a few: Anya Taylor-Joy (“The Witch”), Amandla Stenberg (“The Hate U Give”), Elsie Fisher (“Eighth Grade”).Add Marsai Martin to the list. And at just 14-years-old — 13 when the cameras rolled — she’s one-upped them all. Along with starring in “Little,” Martin is also an executive producer, the youngest credited in Hollywood history. She is, quite literally, a boss.And Martin, a tiny tyrant beneath a Diana Ross-sized afro, is the number one reason to see “Little.” The movie, itself, is a middling “Big”-styled body-swap comedy. But it’s elevated considerably the verve and charisma of its cast, which also features Issa Rae and Regina Hall.But there’s a special pleasure in seeing someone front-and-center for the first time that you know is going to hold the spotlight. Martin, the “black-ish” star, helped conceive of “Little,” and the film, fittingly, is itself a kind of fable of self-empowerment.An enjoyably over-the-top Hall (playing a far crueler boss than her “Support the Girls” supervisor) stars as Jordan Sanders, a high-powered executive who runs her Atlanta tech company with a Scrooge-level degree of abuse for all who encounter her, including her many employees and, most of all, her assistant, April (Rae). When Jordan insults a wand-wielding young girl (“You chocolate Hogwart!”), a spell is cast, and the next morning Jordan awakes as her 13-year-old self (Martin).The premise is overly familiar (“Freaky Friday,” ”13 Going on 30″), but there’s an obvious twist. After a panicked Jordan summons April to her high-rise apartment for help, April refutes the movie’s very premise: “But that’s for white people.” Looking for answers, she quickly googles “Female Gary Coleman disease.”They’re good lines in a movie that could have used more of them. Child services (Rachel Dratch) is called in. Jordan is sent back to her old school where, as seen in a flashback that opens the movie, she initially resolved to become the bully rather than the bullied. Jordan introduces herself as the “new alpha” and makes eyes at her teacher (Justin Hartley), purring, “Teach me somethin’.”Just as Jordan will have to learn to soften, April will have to toughen. When Jordan is small, April is thrust into running the company. While having as much of Rae, the gifted creator and star of “Insecure” is very welcome, director Tina Gordon Chism (screenwriter of “Drumline” and “What Men Want”), who co-wrote the film with Tracy Oliver, gets a little caught between story lines and tones. The comedy opportunities are riper for “Little” in the classroom, but the movie ends up feeling more like a workplace comedy. Chism might have been better served daring more adult humor, or being content with the PG-13-rated “Little” as family entertainment.The pacing is sluggish when it should be quickening, and nothing in how “Little” turns out will surprise anyone. Yet the trio of Hall, Rae and Martin makes “Little” a consistently pleasant experience. Martin isn’t just playing a version of her “black-ish” character, but is effectively channeling Hall’s performance in miniature. She’s going to be big.“Little,” a Universal Pictures release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for some suggestive content. Running time: 109 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four.Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPlast_img read more

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Tiny bug is big worry for state officials

first_imgPart of that figure has been dedicated to a postcard project which has reached more than 1 million homes. The agency began sending the 8-inch-by-6-inch glossy postcards last spring after a weevil colony was spotted in Long Beach, Van Rein said. On July 13, the insect was spotted in Solana Beach, one of three sites in San Diego County where technicians did some trapping. “We targeted new housing that is going up, because the weevils come in with new plants, which are likely to be found in homes that are being built or recently developed,” Van Rein said. Ken Pelman of the Los Angeles County Agricultural Commission said that it hasn’t been a problem for Los Angeles County, but it is one of the insects they hope doesn’t come in contact with the area. “With the heavy transportation Los Angeles County has, it is easy for people to bring in pest from plants and produce that people might bring from different states,” he said. Pelman said the pest that they have been setting their attention on is the guava fruit fly, which was found in Alhambra two weeks ago. The root weevil is really hard to find as a majority of the insect’s life is spent underground gnawing at the roots of plants. The larvae can encircle or “girdle” the root system of trees, cutting off the supply of water and nutrients, eventually killing it, according to the agency’s report. Authorities are asking the public to call the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s pest hot line at (800) 491-1899. Residents are advised not to treat the problem themselves as over-the-counter products are too concentrated and can damage the environment. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3015160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Root weevils are native to the Caribbean and are blamed for widespread infestations in Florida and parts of Texas. While no such cases have been reported to the California Department of Food and Agriculture in the area, the agency has felt the need to keep residents aware of the problem. “These bugs are a big problem for the state,” said Jay Van Rein, Food and Agriculture spokesman. Eating away at palm fronds and citrus, the pest also poses a great threat to to the ornamental plant industry in California. The state has so far spent $6.5million to contain the bugs, said Steve Lye of the Department of Food and Agriculture. A pest with a Caribbean flair has put a scare into the California Department of Food and Agriculture. Daprepes abbreviatus, also known as the diaprepes root weevil, is said to be a dangerous threat to thousands of agricultural crops throughout the state. No bigger than a quarter, the weevil can munch away millions of dollars in citrus crops, making 270 plant species the target of the tiny bug’s appetite. A company representative from California Arborist in Whittier said the small pest can damage a whole yard if not detected in time. last_img read more

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Upcoming opening of Shanghai Expo 2010

first_imgSouth Africa’s Pavilion at Shanghai Expo will beOfficially Opened by South African Ministerfor International RelationsShanghai, China – 5th May, 2010: South African International Relations and Cooperation Minister Ms. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will formally open South Africa’s Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010 on the 6th May, 2010 at a ceremony attended by the Deputy Director-General for Middle East & Asia Ambassador Sisa Ngombane, South African Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to China H E Mr N N Ntshinga and South African Consul-General to Shanghai His Excellency Mr. Vika Khumalo.  Seen as the biggest demonstration to date of South Africa’s vision of China as a strategic partner, Minister Nkoana-Mashabane’s visit is the first of a series of high level visits expected during Shanghai Expo.As a key strategic partner for South Africa within the South-South cooperation, the bilateral relationship with China is at its strongest since formal diplomatic relations were established in 1998.  Positioned as a gateway to Africa for investment and trade from China, participation at Shanghai Expo becomes relevant when considering that in 2009 the total trade between China and Africa amounted to over 106 billion dollars, an increase of 45 percent over the previous year, of which South Africa accounted for 20%.  Meanwhile, China’s imports from Africa amounted to 56 billion dollars, an increase of 54 percent over the previous year.With the theme of Ke Nako! or ‘It’s Time! South Africa’s Pavilion at Shanghai Expo invites visitors to learn about the offerings of modern South Africa as a strategic partner with China. Each month, the Pavilion will promote a different theme including FIFA 2010; remodeling of urban communities; tourism and heritage; environment and climate change; and trade and investment.  South Africa will profile its economy by introducing some of South Africa’s pillar industries including agro-processing, beneficiated metals and mining technology, defence technology, ICT, as well as bio-fuels and alternative energy.As the fourth Expo which South Africa has participated in, it is also the largest Expo ever held.  With nearly 300 pavilions covering an area of 5.28 square kilometers, Shanghai Expo is expected to attract over 100 million visitors.  Shanghai Expo’s theme of “Better City, Better Life” is embodied in South Africa’s stunning pavilion with a design inspired by a traditional Southern African Rondavel round house, interpreted in a modern way fusing traditional designs with modern materials.  The Pavilion invites visitors on a journey which is truly South African with experiences ranging from traditional artefacts, to world-class wines and modern urban living solutions.Background on South Africa: China Relatonsi1998: Formal establishment of diplomatic relations between South Africa and China2000: South Africa and China sign the Pretoria Declaration on partnership relations, followed by the establishment of the Bi-National Commission (BNC), under which five sectoral committees, respectively on diplomatic affairs, trade, education, science and technology, and defense, have been set up.2004: China and South Africa define their relations as “strategic partnership of equality, mutual benefit and common development”.2007: South Africa Environmental Affairs and Tourism / China National Tourism Administration: MOU on Approved Destination Status (ADS).2007: To encourage Chinese enterprises to invest in Africa (entire continent), the Chinese government established the China-Africa Fund with an initial sum of 1 billion U.S. dollars. By the end of 2008, fund had invested about US$400 million in 20 projects, which brought cumulative investment in Africa by Chinese enterprises to about 2 billion U.S. dollars.2007: Cabinet Lekgotla’s decision of July 2007, identified China as the test case for coordinated planning and implementation of the country’s international relations; marketing South Africa abroad; and strengthening South Africa’s economic diplomacy – today being realized by Shanghai Expo.2008: 10 year anniversary of diplomatic ties.  Strategic Partnership Dialogue between the Republic of South Africa and the People’s Republic of China launched on 7 January 2008 as another vehicle to consolidate the bilateral relations between the two countries.For further information regarding this press release,please contact MS&L:Lucy XuTel: +(8621) 5465 8487Mobile: 13917488319Email: [email protected]last_img read more

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Flickr Eats Yahoo! Photos (Not The Other Way Round)

first_imgjosh catone 1 Tags:#news#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Because Flickr has tools that allow users to embed metadata — tags, EXIF info, etc.— directly into photos, Flickr images tend to be easier for photo search engines toindex, says Li. Yahoo! had no choice but to make this move, she toldUSA Today.Yahoo! plans to move users off of the Photos property over the next three months, butwill be taking an unorthodox approach and not forcing people to Flickr. Users will begiven the option of exporting their images to other sites, including competitorsShutterfly, Kodak Gallery, Snapfish and Photobucket. Exporting to Flickr will be aone-click process, according to Yahoo!Flickr generally offers most of the tools that Yahoo! Photos offers. One area in whichYahoo! currently trumps Flickr, however, is prints. While Flickr has started to offersome printed products, such as photo cards via a partnership with Moo, Yahoo! Photos offers a full range of photo printing options, such as mugs, aprons, posters, and even custom bottles of wine viathe mail and for in store pick-up at Target department stores. I would guess that thismight be an important feature for many users, especially since Yahoo! Photos generallycaters to an older audience, which Yahoo! will need to move over to Flickr.It is interesting to note that comScore reports a different story on traffic to photowebsites than does Hitwise. According to March comScore data, Yahoo! Photos and Flickrboth trump Photobucket for worldwide traffic and in the US, Flickr just overtook Yahoo!Photos for the first time. Together, they would by far equate to the largest photowebsite by traffic.ConclusionSo what does this all mean? At one time, Yahoo! Photos was the place to sharephotos online, and it still hosts many more photos than Flickr (about 2 billion versus500 million), but Yahoo!’s homegrown property was never able to match the buzz thatFlickr created. Flickr has soared among a younger demographic, and merging the twocompeting properties was inevitable. Everyone expected it when Yahoo! bought Flickr inMarch 2005 (the way we all expect del.icio.us to eventually kill off MyWeb), it was justa matter of which site would eat the other. This appears to be the famed “Peanut Butter Manifesto” in action as Yahoo! consolidatessome of its redundant services (in fact, Brad Garlinghouse, SVP of Yahoo! and author of the memo, told Rafe Needleman last night he was “eating his own peanut butter”). But, Bill Tancer of Hitwise expects that Yahoo!will lose some users in the switch. What do you think? Related Posts Yahoo! is set to announce that it will close its online photosharing website Yahoo! Photos in favor of Flickr, the web 2.0 darling that it purchased two yearsago. According to web metrics firm Hitwise, Yahoo! Photos is currently the number 2 photowebsite on the web, behind Photobucket, which has seized 40% of the market on the back ofstrong usage among MySpace visitors. Over 50% of Photobucket’s traffic comes fromMySpace, compared to around 3% for Yahoo! Photos.Flickr, meanwhile, has gained on Yahoo!’s main photo property, jumping from the #6photo website last year, to the #3 position today. According to Charlene Li of ForresterResearch, the move is a no-brainer. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Firefox Continues Long March to the Top

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Browsers#Trends#web josh catone 1 A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Last month when we reported that MySpace controls 3/4th of social network traffic one commenter, Jon Gos, wrote, “As Google or Microsoft will tell you, once you’re king of the hill in one area, it’s incredibly hard to get displaced. Unless of course you make some royal mistakes like Friendster did, whoever’s got the momentum usually sets the pace and right now MySpace still controls the game.”Indeed, MySpace’s market share was virtually unchanged since January, and has long been over 70%. But there is one battle between dominant incumbent and fiery upstart in which the incumbent looks more vulnerable each day: Internet Explorer vs. Firefox.In many instances where a single players dominates the landscape, it is hard to see anyone cracking their control any time soon. Google vs. Yahoo! and Live, YouTube vs. every other video site, even with Linux and OS X making gains in the operating system market, Windows’ dominance seems safe for years to come. But in the browser world, where Internet Explorer has dominated for almost 10 years, things are looking less concrete.ComputerWorld is reporting that Firefox is set to hit 20% market share next month according to metrics firm Net Applications. In some communities, Firefox is already well beyond the 20% mark. W3Counter’s global web stats, for example, puts Firefox usage at closer to 29% and over 50% of ReadWriteWeb readers use Firefox.Internet Explorer’s popularity peaked in 2003 or 2004, depending on whose data you look at, with a browser share of between 91% and 96%. Now, IE’s market share has slipped below 80% by most metrics. Firefox, meanwhile, has grown steadily year-over-year from under 1% in 2004, to around 20% today.And Firefox isn’t resting on their laurels. The Mozilla Foundation is planning a major release push for Firefox 3, which is expected to drop this month. Firefox is gearing up to set a world download record by encouraging all 175 million users of the browser to upgrade in a single day. They’re actually encouraging users to host download day parties, with nearly 200 planned already even without a firm release date. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

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