first_img 1 E3 2019: The weirdest stuff from the show floor E3 2019 Tags Why 2020 could be the best year for video games reading • Cyberpunk 2077 delivers with Keanu Reeves and its next-gen open-world vision Share your voice Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action E3 2019 Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw 23 Photoscenter_img Comment After sitting through an extended gameplay demo at E3 2019 it’s become incredibly clear that Reeves’ role in Cyberpunk 2077 (as Johnny Silverhand) is no mere cameo. He’s more like a perennial companion, implanted in your brain in this cyberpunk future. Think Navi, from Ocarina of Time, minus the “HEY LISTEN.” Keanu exists to guide you through missions, provide advice and presumably run tutorials. His performance is also… good?Part of the credit has to go to CD Projekt Red’s writing team. CD Projekt Red As a medium obsessed with technology and improved visual fidelity, video game writing is often an afterthought. It’s understandable. The act of video game creation is sort of like trying to build a plane whilst actually plummeting to your death at 122 mph. Sometimes good writing gets lost in the mix.But that’s not the case with CD Projekt Red.CD Projekt Red’s last major release, The Witcher 3, was something of a unicorn: a tremendously huge open-world game with incredible visual fidelity, that was somehow also rich with detail. And yeah, it also featured great writing for both its central quest and side missions. Cyberpunk 2077 seems to be blessed with the same level of craft in all aspects of its creation — and then some. The best part? The world itself. It’s insane.Cyberpunk 2077 is a game that feels like an old-fashioned generational leap. It’s been awhile. Remember when jumps from console to console heralded a complete rewiring of what was possible? Cyberpunk 2077 seems built in that same spirit. Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know In Cyberpunk 2077, Keanu Reeves is everywhere. Literally. Because he’s inside your head. CD Projekt Red Last year Cyberpunk 2077 dominated E3 with a debut trailer (featuring an absolute bop of a song) that perfectly encapsulated the entire aesthetic CD Projekt Red was trying to project with its upcoming dystopian video game nightmare.This year Cyberpunk 2077 came armed with Keanu Reeves.And of course the crowd went wild. The internet went wild also. He’ll play a major part in Cyberpunk 2077, but Reeves is also at the eye of a perfect storm of online conditions. He played himself in a perfect, Twitter-friendly performance in a new Netflix movie and got memed hard as a result. Then he came onstage at E3 and screamed “you’re breathtaking” to an enraptured audience in perhaps the only truly wholesome celebrity appearance in E3 history. It went about as viral as E3 can get. • The sheer density of the world, sprawling in scope, is almost shocking. Cyberpunk 2077 feels large but is also precisely designed, steeped in considered lore. Almost as if the stories being told were seamlessly tied to the game world, like they should be.It reminded me of the jump from Grand Theft Auto III to Grand Theft Auto IV, a leap that felt gargantuan back in the day. Instead of being an empty playground where the player is the impetus for all action, Cyberpunk 2077 makes its protagonist feel like a bit player in a broader universe. A disturbingly huge number of NPCs stroll past, you interact and scan the environment. Conversations occur in multiple languages. It’s overwhelming to the point where I question the ambition at work here: Is this game possible? Can it live up to the promise of these demos? Time will tell.The only concern? The combat itself. Large-scale open-world RPGs typically struggle with moment-to-moment combat — the Fallout series, Grand Theft Auto and, yes, even The Witcher 3 are good examples of that fact. Cyberpunk seems leaps ahead of those games but, less than a year from its release in April 2020, gunplay did feel a little unpolished. It’s a complaint I’ve heard from a few people lucky enough to check out this year’s E3 demo. Cyberpunk 2077 is no Doom Eternal, but it still feels eons away from, say, Fallout 4. And when you add the ability to hack enemies and the environment during combat situations, I’m confident Cyberpunk 2077 will provide unique, rewarding avenues for players to experiment. If CD Projekt Red pulls this off, Cyberpunk 2077 could be legendary. But celebrity performances in video games haven’t gone well traditionally. Game writing is traditionally bad — extremely bad. Celebrity acting performances are often phoned in. In the case of Kiefer Sutherland and Metal Gear Solid 5, his limited performance meant that the main character, Snake, barely spoke at all.Thankfully this doesn’t seem to be the case with Cyberpunk 2077. In Cyberpunk 2077, Reeves is everywhere. Literally.Because he’s inside your head. 40 Photos See All Culture Gaminglast_img read more

first_imgInfosys led the fall on Indian stock markets on Friday after it declared its June quarter results, with the share plunging almost 10 percent on the Bombay Stock Exchange at around 10.15 a.m. The fall was triggered by the Bengaluru-based company lowering its FY2017 revenue guidance to 10.5-12 percent from 11.5-13.5 percent earlier.The Infosys stock fell to Rs. 1,060, a loss of 9.78 percent from its Thursday close of Rs. 1,175.85 and was still trading close to the day’s low at around 10.22 a.m.The company’s June 2016 quarter consolidated net profit was $511 million on revenues of $2,501 million, translating into revenue growth of 10.9 percent on a year-on-year (YoY) basis and 12.1 percent in constant currency terms. The operating margin came at 24.1 percent. Infosys, India’s second-largest IT services exporter, had reported $2,256 million in revenues and $476 million in net profit for the corresponding quarter ended June 2015. On a sequential basis, the net profit declined 4.1 percent from $533 million in the March 2016 quarter.In rupee terms, net profit rose 13.4 percent YoY to Rs.3,436 crore while revenues grew 16.9 percent to Rs. 16,782 crore.”We had unanticipated headwinds in discretionary spending in consulting services and package implementations as well as slower project ramp-ups in large deals that we had won in earlier quarters, resulting in a lower than expected growth in Q1,” Vishal Sikka, CEO of Infosys said in a statement.The company added 34 clients during the first quarter (Q1 FY2017) of which three were in the $100 million+ category and 16 in the the $1 million+ category.#InfosysQ1FY17 USD: Revenues for Q1FY17 at $2,501 million; QoQ growth was 2.2% in reported terms and 1.7% in constant currency terms— Infosys (@Infosys) July 15, 2016 Other key statistics:Liquid assets including cash and cash equivalents and investments were $4,918 million as on June 30, 2016 as compared to $5,202 million as on March 31, 2016 and $4,750 million as on June 30, 2015.The company had 1.97 lakh employees as on June 30, 2016 after a net addition of 3,006 employees. The attrition rate was 21.8 percent on an annualised basis.The utilisation rate excluding trainees was 80.5 percent, marginally up from 80.1 percent at the end of March 2016.BFSI contributed 32.8 percent to the total revenues, down from 33.8 percent in June 2015 quarter. Manufacturing and hi-tech contributed 22.8 percent, retail & life sciences 24.8 percent.last_img read more

first_imgAll tyres of the right wheel of a Thai Airways plane blast during landing at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Tuesday. Photo: Collected/Prothom AloAll tyres of the right wheel of a Thai Airways plane blasted during landing at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka on Tuesday.The incident caused suspension of flight operations at the airport for more than two hours, reports UNB.However, no causality was reported.Senior assistant superintend of airport armed police Ziaul Haq was quoted to have said that the Thai Airways flight from Bangkok landed safely around 12:21pm.The flight operations resumed around 2:33pm and a flight of jet Airways took off safely around 2:33pm, he added.All the passengers were safely evacuated from the plane, he added.The incident took place when the right wheel of the aircraft veered off the runway for a while but was steered back on the track instantly, said AKM Rezaul Karim, public relations officer of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh.”But all the tyres of its right wheel blasted,” he said.However, it taxied perfectly and came to the stand on time, he further said.”The skidding caused mud and grasses spoiling parts of the runway, forcing the civil aviation authority to shut down the flight operation for a while, he added.last_img read more

first_imgA man walks past a TV broadcasting a news report on the dismantling of the Punggye-ri nuclear testing site, in Seoul, South Korea, 24 May, 2018. Photo: ReutersNorth Korea followed through on a pledge to blow up tunnels used for nuclear testing on Thursday, media reported, as part of steps that have reduced tension on the Korean peninsula and raised the possibility of a summit with the United States.North Korea has conducted all six of its nuclear tests at the Punggye-ri site, which consists of tunnels dug beneath Mount Mantap in the northeast of the country.A small group of international media selected by North Korea was on hand to witness the demolition, which Pyongyang says is proof of its commitment to end nuclear testing.The destruction of the site began at about 11am with the blowing up and collapsing of a tunnel and an observation post.After some time, it destroyed another tunnel and other facilities, then a third tunnel and another observation post.About five hours after beginning the operation, it destroyed two military barracks, South Korean media said in pool reports.The North Korean offer to scrap the test site has been seen as a major concession in months of easing tension between it, on the one hand, and South Korea and the United States on the other.But the progress appears to have been checked this month with North Korea raising doubts about an unprecedented June 12 summit in Singapore between its leader, Kim Jong Un, and US president Donald Trump.The North objects to US demands that it unilaterally give up its arsenal of nuclear bombs and ballistic missiles.Last week, Trump sought to placate North Korea after it threatened to call off the summit, saying Kim’s security would be guaranteed in any deal and his country would not suffer the fate of Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya, unless that could not be reached.But the reference to the case of Libya has angered North Korea.’DUMMY’In a statement released by North Korean media on Thursday, Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui called US vice president Mike Pence a “political dummy” for comparing North Korea – a “nuclear weapons state” – to Libya, where Gaddafi gave up his unfinished nuclear development programme, only to be later killed by NATO-backed fighters.”It is to be underlined, however, that in order not to follow in Libya’s footstep, we paid a heavy price to build up our powerful and reliable strength that can defend ourselves and safeguard peace and security in the Korean peninsula and the region,” Choe said.Choe said the fate of the summit was “entirely” up to the United States.”We will neither beg the US for dialogue nor take the trouble to persuade them if they do not want to sit together with us,” said Choe.She said she could suggest to leader Kim that North Korea reconsider the summit if the United States offended the North’s goodwill.China, North Korea’s sole main ally, said it hoped the summit between Kim and Trump could proceed smoothly, after Trump cast further doubt over whether it would go ahead.Both countries should cherish the opportunity and all parties should ensure that dialogue leads to a positive outcome, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a regular briefing.Trump said on Wednesday he would know next week whether the summit would take place as scheduled.White House aides are preparing to travel to Singapore this weekend for a crucial meeting with North Korean officials to discuss the agenda and logistics for the summit, said US officials in Washington, speaking on condition of anonymity.last_img read more