Pratchett pushes the importance of story”We are storytelling creatures and we look for the narrative in everything”Rachel WeberSenior EditorThursday 18th February 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareAt her DICE talk today scriptwriter, story designer and “narrative paramedic” Rhianna Pratchett made sure that the audience was left in no doubt about the importance of strong story and writing when it comes to creating a quality game. “Over time in the industry a lot has changed in games, so there’s now a focus on narrative that was never their before,” she explained.”There were obviously people doing narrative but they were sort of in dark rooms and they were never allowed out to talk about the craft or to do this kind of thing. Now there are awards for video game writing like the WGA and BAFTAs and conferences like the narrative GDC Summit, there are game workshops popping all over the world.””Gameplay might engage the mind but it’s story that engages the heart” Rhianna herself has worked on games like Bioshock Infinite, Heavenly Sword, the Overlord franchise, Mirror’s Edge and of course the recent Tomb Raider titles. She’s also won a number of awards, most recently the Writers Guild of America’s “Outstanding Achievement in Video Game Writing” for Rise Of The Tomb Raider. “We are storytelling creatures and we look for the narrative in everything,” she continued. 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 “Even if you’re not purposefully putting much narrative in players are going to be looking for that story anyway, we’re humans, we connect to story and we connect to those experiences. Gameplay might engage the mind but it’s story that engages the heart.”She said story could take players beyond just understanding the mechanics of a game and make them care about the experience, motivating them to continue through frustrating moments of gameplay. Pratchett said narrative could also make your games stand out in a busy marketplace, and used Telltale Games as an example.”Before they worked on The Walking Dead they were a sort of mid-level indie developer and producing solid but not that well known games. Then they decided to really fully embrace narrative, story telling, character and they gave us franchises like The Walking Dead, my personal favourite The Wolf Among Us, Borderlands, Game Of Thrones, and they soared in recognition and popularity. Everyone has heard of them now and they took over the episodic narrative space, all because they were focus on story and character.”So this is a hell of a thing! @[email protected] and I just keep looking each other and giggling. pic.twitter.com/u3A0t6r63b— Rhianna Pratchett (@rhipratchett) February 14, 2016
Heraeus Photovoltaics prevails in Taiwan patent rulingWhile litigation in a patent dispute with Giga Solar Materials Corporation is still pending, the Taiwan Intellectual Property Court has confirmed the validity of the German company’s patent for its conductive paste. August 5, 2016 Edgar Meza Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share The Taiwan Intellectual Property Court has confirmed the validity of Heraeus Photovoltaics’ patent for conductive paste in a legal dispute with Giga Solar Materials Corporation. Heraeus, a leading supplier of metalization solutions to the PV industry, filed a complaint in June 2015 with the Taiwan Intellectual Property Court against Giga Solar Materials for patent infringement of Heraeus’ Taiwan Patent No. I432539. While litigation is still pending, Heraeus is confident that its allegations will be supported by the court, which recognized Heraeus’ Taiwan Patent No. I432539 in an interlocutory judgment and dismissed Giga Solar Materials’ invalidity defense. Furthermore, in December, the China Patent Reexamination Board confirmed the validity of Heraeus’ Chinese Patent No. 201010529562.7, which is related to Heraeus’ Taiwan Patent No. I432539. Heraeus said it therefore believed that the two favorable decisions in China and Taiwan further strengthen its intellectual property rights, the company said. Heraeus’ Taiwan Patent No. I432539 discloses a use of a conductive paste for forming a solar cell electrode, including: a conductive powder comprising silver as a main component; glass frit; and an organic vehicle, wherein the glass frit contains tellurium glass frit having 30 to 90 molar percentage of tellurium oxide as a network-forming component. “The patented technology makes it possible to form a solar cell electrode having a low dependence on firing temperature without causing problems due to fire-through into the substrate, and to thereby obtain a solar cell having good solar cell characteristics,” Heraeus said. Andreas Liebheit, president of the Heraeus Photovoltaics Global Business Unit, added, We make significant investments in our R&D for one reason: to constantly deliver new ideas and greater value for our customers so they can make their products more innovative and their businesses more successful. 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During the lockdown, just to kill some time somebody asked me in one of those casual conversations “who do you think is a better player – Sachin or Kohli”.Trying to avoid getting into this strenuous and not so conclusive debates I said, “I don’t want to get into this discussion and also don’t want to compare two greats of Indian sports. Pat came the response ”I insist”.He being my one of the oldest friend, I gave way.I started pouring my heart out which can be summarized in words as below:Sachin was a sensation to say the least. He had come in at a time when another great Sunil Gavaskar had left a vacuum leaving thoughts in our minds like “ who next “ , ab kaun karega batting India ke liye . And then arrives the curly haired ,16 year old fearless boy- Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar – with just a trace of moustache and a squeaky voice, that too of an early teen….….but with the steely resolve of a hardcore, well experienced and khatarnak (dangerous) cricketer. But dangerous only for the bowlers. Those bowlers who (mis)took him at face value got a lesson which they would probably never forget in their lifetime. The fiercest bowlers of that time -Allan Donald, Wasim Akram, Shane Warne and the list goes on, had to give him respect.The harder they bowled, the faster he pulled, hooked and lofted them to the boundary all around the ground and all around the globe as well ….where ever he went. I agree that sportspersons do become famous much faster than usual but what Sachin did to Abdul Qadir and Pakistan team, made him the sensational, blue-eyed boy of India, overnight. More than adoring him for his cricketing skills people started loving him like their son, brother and what not. As I said above, within no time he became a sensation and the most talked about topic and favourite pass time around the country. He became the ice breaker of the nation. But he was not a temporary phenomenon, the craze for him only got frenz(ier) (looks like I just invented a new word). After knowing India’s score, all people wanted to know was Schain’s score, the common parlance throughout the nation was “Sachin kitna banaya “ . So many times the person with the radio would tell you these two scores together, pre-empting your question. Commentators were struggling to find accolades for his diversity of shots -from bookish straight drives to pull shots over the mid-on fielder to upper cut and what not.People would get very angry with him if he would not score at least a fifty as if he was God and wasn’t prone to mistakes and this was not a game of equals. Of course, later a cricketer called him God and that became his second name but he was treated like that by us from the very beginning, people were never satisfied with his score the way they won’t be content with their kids’s marks in the board exams…. ….Sachin ko thoda aur khelna chahiye tha, he should not have played in the air were the most common and casual remarks without even realizing the ferocity of the bowlers like Wasim Akram or Allan Donald. He became Indian team’s single point of success or failure, Sachin Out toh India Out .Every lofted shot of Sachin was like tossing a billion hearts in the air, but only he knew that the shot was well timed and well-placed and will cover the distance.Bollywood started almost hating him for the attention he was getting and the empty cinema halls his illustrious batting caused. People were not ready to barter anything else with his batting. Actually, his batting was a highlight session in Live.All other batsmen started becoming only incidental with may be an exception of Dravid, that too only in Test matches. In ODIs Dhoni created a similar frenzy which is a topic I am leaving for another day. What made people crazy and demand more from Sachin was his proficiency in all formats of the game, and his boyish look only added fuel to the fire. We had Gavaskar , we had Sreekanth but we Indians never had witnessed a batsman who could bat (almost)as good as Gavaskar in Tests and can be more destructive than Sreekanth or Kapil Dev in One dayers.He became like a soldier, who had to be fallen before India falls, gave nightmares to the bowlers and the captains but played like a true gentleman. Like Gavaskar ,he was one of the very few batsmen who hardly waited for the umpire’s nod for caught behind dismissals , in case he was out. He wasn’t ready to share his focus with anybody else, falling to the easy tricks of bowlers like sledging. I don’t remember any instance when Sachin would have argued with any opposition player, actually that would be a rare and interesting thing to watch. That was not his style. He would simply turn his back on the sledging bowlers and used to give them more reasons to sledge in the very next delivery. Needless to say, he sledged with his sledgehammer(ly) bat. He stood outside the crease , sometimes way outside leg stump, exposing all three sticks and confused the bowlers to the core. He did everything to not let us down only to further fuel our expectations from him.If I have to compare two batsmen I would not go only by statistics -how many runs or centuries they scored- it is also about what kind of bowling attack they faced . It is for anybody to guess, do we have bowlers like Allan Donald, Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh, Wasim Akram, McGrath , Shoaib Akhtar , Shan Warne , Ian Bishop in today’s era whom Sachin faced . Compare that with the bowlers Virat Kohli has faced are Dale Steyn, Mohammed Amir, Pat Cummins, Anderson, Lasith Malinga . I am not even going into the topics like ,change in rules of the game especially in ODIs in recent times to favour the batsmen .By no means it makes Virat a lesser of a great, he has also done a lot of good for the country, one of the best batsmen India has ever had , played some incredible innings in pressure situations .He has scored tons of runs against all attacks around the world and hopefully has yet to show his peak batsmanship to us. I haven’t talked much about Virat as I got carried away by Sachin’s brilliance and the awe of him which I was in my younger days. You can safely call me biased but I always say in such debates that Sachin was not a player who can be compared with anyone else just by the statistics of centuries and half centuries.But who else better than our Virat to break the mountainous records of Sachin , he is almost there as far as ODI is concerned with 43 centuries , only seven more to score to surpass the master . My best wishes are always with him and I relish watching his style of cricket too. Bas thoda jhagda jyada karta hai ladka….garam khoon hai. But the good news is that he is improvising in that area.I hope that day is not too far when the lockdown(on playing matches) ends and we will see the fury of Virat Kohli once again . Who knows by now he would have surpassed Sachin’s ODI century records.The debate continues…..
ABC News(NEW YORK) — Brutally cold temperatures and whipping winds swept through the eastern U.S. Monday.Temperatures Monday morning were 30 to 40 degrees colder than just a day earlier in some areas. In Philadelphia, it was 48 degrees on Sunday morning and a biting 12 degrees on Monday.Parts of the Northeast could see wind gusts up to 50 mph and wind chills are expected to remain dangerously cold all day.Wind chills Monday morning fell to:minus 17 F in New York Cityminus 16 F in Bostonminus 19 F in Hartfordminus 30 F in Albany, New Yorkminus 10 F in PhiladelphiaThe forecastThe frigid temperatures will be sticking around for Tuesday morning. Wind chills are forecast to be below zero across New England and in the single digits and teens in the South.The East Coast will experience milder temperatures on Wednesday ahead of another storm later in the week.This new storm was in the Rockies Monday, bringing snow and wind from Salt Lake City to Denver and Montana.The storm will move into the Central Plains and Midwest on Tuesday with snow from Omaha to Minneapolis and Green Bay.Late Tuesday into Wednesday the snow will head across the Great Lakes from Michigan to western New York.Some icy conditions are possible in the interior Northeast Wednesday, before temperatures warm up and the weather turns into rain from Florida to Maine.Behind that storm, another shot of arctic air will move in, with dangerous cold expected for the Midwest Thursday night into Friday.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
FILE – Erin Donalson/iStock(NEW YORK) — There are now 14 large uncontained wildfires burning in the West, not including smaller fires that broke out Monday.One of them, the Francis Fire in Davis County, Utah burned up to 200 acres and there were mandatory evacuations for residents in the area, though those have since been lifted since Monday evening.Tuesday, the cold front that caused all the gusty winds that helped to spread the fire in Utah will continue to move through the West, producing more gusty winds 20 to 60 mph.There are still Red Flag Warnings Tuesday morning and also high wind warnings from Utah to Wyoming.Elsewhere, a tropical disturbance in the western Gulf of Mexico will bring very heavy rain to eastern Texas from Houston to just east of Dallas.The heavy rain will begin Tuesday afternoon and the round of heavy rain will continue into Thursday.Some areas are expected to see up to 10 inches of rain, especially in Houston, Galveston and up to the Lufkin, Texas area where flash flooding is forecast later Tuesday.Meanwhile, Hurricane Humberto is moving away from the U.S. but will continue to bring high surf and dangerous rip currents from the Mid-Atlantic to the Carolinas and down to Florida where the waves could be as high as 11 feet.As Humberto moves east it will pass to the north of Bermuda brining gusty winds and heavy rain to the island where a Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for them.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
From top: 45-31 Davis Street and 61-56 Springfield Boulevard (Credit: Google Maps)Queens sales dominated this week’s mid-market investment sales, according to property records filed with the city’s Department of Finance.1.) In the Oakland Gardens neighborhood of Queens, an office building traded for about $14.7 million. Seller Jacaroga LLC, managed by Benhad Manager, Inc., has held the two-story property at 61-56 Springfield Blvd., which sits at the corner of 64th Avenue, for decades. The buyer in the most recent transaction was Jackson 13-Lee 74 LLC, controlled by Korean investor Ui Kun Lee. JPMorgan Chase provided $8.3 million in financing. Another entity managed by Lee in October picked up two four-story buildings in Times Square for $22.5 million.2.) Ascent Development closed on 45-31 Davis Street in Long Island City, which it bought from 4531 Davis Street LLC for $10.58 million. The developer earlier this month also snapped up nearby 45-26 Pearson Street for about $1.8 million. The lots are the final pieces of Ascent’s assemblage of five tax lots where the firm hopes to build a 20-story apartment building. Marcus & Millichap’s Jonathan Eshaghian and Jakub Novak brokered the sale of 45-31 Davis Street and other parcels at the site, but were not involved in the sale of 45-26 Pearson Street. The price of the total assemblage was about $20.3 million.3.) Also in Long Island City, LargaVista Companies bought 29-00 Queens Plaza East from Mansour Zandieh’s Zand Development LLC. In 2017, Zand filed an application with the city’s Buildings Department to construct a 28-story apartment building on the property. The site is not too far from 30-12 41st Avenue, which Larga Vista bought in 2017 for $27.1 million. Both plots are near Tishman Speyer’s office megadevelopment.Correction: A previous version of this article misspelled Marcus & Millichap’s Jakub Nowak’s first name. The article has since been updated. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Now
Email Address* Message* 344 North Ocean Boulevard with Kevin James (Getty, Daniel Petroni Photography)Actor Kevin James is back in Delray Beach after spending $14 million to acquire an oceanfront estate.James, known best for his role on “The King of Queens,” closed on the 11,500-square-foot mansion at 344 North Ocean Boulevard under his real name, Kevin Knipfing, according to closing documents obtained by The Real Deal. The New York Post first reported the sale.National Realty Investment Advisors and U.S. Construction sold the six-bedroom, seven-bathroom property. It was listed for nearly $16 million. Randall Stofft Architects partially rebuilt the mansion in 2020. Stofft Ikasu Interiors handled interior design and Artefacto provided the furnishings.NRIA and U.S. Construction paid $7 million for the property in 2017. It is across the street from the beach and features a pool, outdoor fireplace, entertainment lounge, wine cellar and covered terraces.In 2016, the actor and comedian sold his sprawling oceanfront mansion nearby at 502 North Ocean Boulevard in Delray Beach for $26 million.James also starred in “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” and appeared in “Hitch” and “Grown Ups.”Nicholas Malinosky of Douglas Elliman represented NRIA, and Jake Elkins of William Raveis represented James in his recent purchase. They declined to comment on the deal.Secaucus, New Jersey-based NRIA has been active in Delray. Along with U.S. Construction, NRIA is also building Ocean Delray, a luxury condo building at 1901 South Ocean Boulevard.Celebrities have been flocking to South Florida throughout the pandemic. Reggae musician Shaggy recently paid $2.2 million for a home in Coral Gables, and Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber paid $9.6 million for a waterfront Miami Beach property.Contact Katherine Kallergis Full Name*
Viktor Orbán on Friday called on Brussels to reimburse Hungary for part of the money it spent to secure its borders during the migration crisis.“We’ve spent over €1 billion on border protection. We’re not only protecting ourselves, but Europe as well. At least half of this sum should be reimbursed,” the Hungarian prime minister said in a video posted to his Facebook page on Friday, ahead of an informal meeting of EU leaders in Brussels.Orbán also said he would hit back against several “completely absurd proposals on the table,” including “taking migrants into consideration during the distribution of parliamentary seats in the European Parliament.” Orbán, who has been a vocal opponent of the EU’s migration policy and has refused to take in refugees, said he would not support the idea because “the European Union belongs to Europeans and European citizens.”The Hungarian premier also said he would propose a so-called “red card procedure” that would increase the role of national parliaments in EU decision-making by allowing them to “stop debates in Europe” if they perceive them to be a threat to their country’s national interests. Also On POLITICO Orbán and Kurz promise to continue migration fight By Judith Mischke Viktor Orbán: Hungary doesn’t want ‘Muslim invaders’ By Emily Schultheis
DARLINGTON, S.C. – Car buffs will get a feast for their eyes during the parade laps for Sunday’s Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.Seven different Chevrolet Camaros, driven by seven NASCAR luminaries — all with connections to the track “Too Tough to Tame” — will pace the field.NASCAR Hall of Fame car owner Richard Childress, himself a former driver, will pace the field in his own 1969 Camaro. He’ll be joined on track by NASCAR Hall of Famers Rick Hendrick, Ron Hornaday Jr. and Ray Evernham, as well as former Darlington winners Jeff Burton, Ward Burton and Ricky Craven, all driving Camaros of different vintages, from 1981 to 2017.RELATED: See all the cars in Sunday’s field | Teams go all-in on throwback gear“I’m looking forward to getting back on a race track with my 1969 Camaro,” Childress said. “I ran a Camaro in the Talladega 500 in 1969 when the track was opened, so it seems fitting for me to be a part of Chevy’s Camaro parade laps. “Darlington’s throwback weekend is really special for our fans and a good way to remember our heritage. I’m honored to share the track with this group, I just hope they make sure my Camaro is out front!”Craven was the winner of the closest finish in Darlington history, beating Kurt Busch to the finish line by .002 seconds in 2003.RELATED: Craven, Kurt Busch discuss legendary 2003 race, finish“I’m excited to celebrate what has become my favorite weekend — throwback weekend at Darlington,” said Craven, who is driving a 1993 Camaro owned by Jim Ramsey of Darlington. “This year’s event has become more significant for several reasons.“It’s been 15 years since my Southern 500 win in 2003, coupled with the fact that I have been asked by Chevrolet to drive one of the pace cars representing the six generations of Camaro during the Seven Decades of Darlington celebration.“If it had not been for the support of Chevrolet early on in my career and life, I would not have met my goals and realized my dreams. For that, I will always be very grateful.”
Each year, the Thanking Father Ted (TFT) Foundation provides a copy the 2007 book “Thanking Father Ted” to all female Notre Dame freshmen. The Hall Presidents Council will distribute the book, which consists of a collection of letters to University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, in e-book form within the next week, Michael Wajda, co-chair of Hall Presidents Council, said.The TFT Foundation was founded by a group of early women Notre Dame graduates to pass along the story of coeducation at Notre Dame, Foundation secretary Sheila O’Brien said.“The TFT Foundation was the brainchild of one of Notre Dame’s first women alumna, A.T. Palmer, who conceived the idea after we wrote the TFT book to honor Father Ted’s 90th birthday,” TFT director Tara Kenney said. “A.T. had asked me early on to contribute to the book and help solicit other letters from my ND women’s network. With the book, we wanted to thank and honor Father’s commitment to coeducation. Without his support and perseverance in the early 70s, [women] would not be here today.”The legacy of coeducation is still very strong at Notre Dame, O’Brien’s daughter sophomore M.K. Andersen said, as women are very involved on campus.“I think for coeducation purposes, Notre Dame is on the right track,” Andersen said. “If you look at the stats, it is roughly 50-50 with men and women students, in contrast to other schools … I think there are weird gender problems here, but that comes more from separate dorms.”Fr. Hesburgh still remains in support of the women of Notre Dame, Kenney’s son sophomore Jack Grassey said.“Fr. Ted, in particular, feels very strongly for the first woman classes that were here, but also is really proud of the fact that women do so well here,” Grassey said. “Every time I see him, he mentions that the last four valedictorians here have been women.”It is important to give the book to freshmen girls to let them know that they have an equal place at Notre Dame, Andersen said.“Notre Dame is a daunting place in general, and there may still be some strides to still go [in coeducation],” she said. “There has always been a bunch of things for the guys to do, while there are some girls’ dorms that are new and still don’t have their own traditions. It’s kind of nice to have that reassurance that it will be fine, it will be good, and you will have that awesome Notre Dame experience.”“The book is a way of welcoming girls and letting them know, ‘Okay, this is the history that women have here, that people before you have this great history at this school, and we want you to know you’re as much a part of the community as any guy here,’” Grassey said.The book and the Foundation both strive to remind women that they are part of a sisterhood as women of Notre Dame, Kenney said.“We have given birth to a legacy of sisterhood, inspired by Our Lady, to be the best mothers, sisters, daughters and friends to those women around us,” Kenney said. “As Fr. Ted often says, when we look up at the Golden Dome, we see Mary, the Mother of God, watching over this great University. How fitting that women now make up half of the Notre Dame student body. She would be most proud of Father, and the good work we are achieving, for God, country and Notre Dame.”Tags: Coeducation, Thanking Father Ted