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Month: November 2020

Sony Aims to Help Adults Complete More Games With PS5 Activities

Internal Sony Docs Explain How “Activities” Became a Cornerstone for PS5:

The problem, Sony proposed, was that people don’t have enough information to determine when and how they should play a single player game. Alongside being able to jump around between different quests, Sony’s activity feature would suggest how long it will take to finish a quest, allowing players to find something that fit best with the time they have available.

I had a hunch this was the focus — besides killing off the traffic to walkthrough sites like GameFAQs or video walkthroughs on YouTube, but seeing it spelled out from the internal Sony docs really nails it.

“In an ideal world, every player has the time to spend hours per day, every day, playing games,” reads a slide on top of a photo of a man holding a baby and a cup of coffee. “In reality, most people have jobs. Or kids. Or school. Or all of the above. Often, free time comes wedged between other obligations. An hour before bed. A 30-minute break between homework assignments. A few minutes before your online MP [multiplayer] match.”

I relate to this so hard. We’ve come so far from suggesting that we start making to-do lists for our games, haven’t we?

10 CLOVERFIELD LANE’s Dan Trachtenberg to Direct Next PREDATOR Movie

20th Century Studios Taps Dan Trachtenberg To Direct Next Predator Film – Deadline:

20th Century Studios has engaged 10 Cloverfield Lane director Dan Trachtenberg to direct the fifth installment in the Predator series. The script is being written by Patrick Aison, whose producer-writer credits include the series Kingdom, Jack Ryan and Treadstone.

The definition of “something I didn’t know I wanted, and now I do.”

How far we’ve come from The Totally Rad Show. #DanIsAMan

Apple Unveils Next Generation of Macs

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Introducing the next generation of Mac – Apple:

On a momentous day for the Mac, Apple today introduced a new MacBook Air, 13-inch MacBook Pro, and Mac mini powered by the revolutionary M1, the first in a family of chips designed by Apple specifically for the Mac. By far the most powerful chip Apple has ever made, M1 transforms the Mac experience. With its industry-leading performance per watt, together with macOS Big Sur, M1 delivers up to 3.5x faster CPU, up to 6x faster GPU, up to 15x faster machine learning (ML) capabilities, and battery life up to 2x longer than before. And with M1 and Big Sur, users get access to the biggest collection of apps ever for Mac. With amazing performance and remarkable new features, the new lineup of M1-powered Macs are an incredible value, and all are available to order today.

In many ways, the world of laptops and desktop computers has remained relatively stagnant, with the biggest innovations (to the casual observer) occurring on the higher end — such as Apple’s ridiculous Mac Pro and the latest family of Nvidia graphics cards for gamers.

Otherwise, the most someone would raise an eyebrow is with bizarre, left-of-center computing options, like Microsoft’s Surface Studio 2.

Based on today’s presentation, I think this new line of Macs will speak to everyone, with dramatic increases in power, performance, battery life, and, get this — little to no heat.

It will remain to be seen how these play out when they get out into the real world, but on paper? These computers will be massive hits.

I’m already trying to find an excuse to get myself a new Air.

Marie Javins, The New DC Comics Editor-in-Chief

DC Comics Promotes Marie Javins to Editor-in-Chief – Variety:

DC Comics has promoted Marie Javins to editor-in-chief following a restructuring at the company in August that put her as co-editor-in-chief alongside Michele R. Wells.

So, who is Marie Javins?

Prior to her promotion, Javins served as DC’s executive editor of global publishing and digital strategy, where she edited such acclaimed titles as “Justice League,” “DC Super Hero Girls,” “Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles,” “Superman Smashes the Klan,” “Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass” and “Dark Nights: Death Metal.”

This could be a very good move for DC.