Romero and Carmack suspend Kickstarter

first_imgRomero and Carmack suspend KickstarterDoom developers press pause after just four days, want to have a demo ready before resuming campaignBrendan SinclairManaging EditorFriday 29th April 2016Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareApparently it takes a lot more than name recognition to get a crowdfunding campaign off the ground these days. Doom developers John Romero and Adrian Carmack today suspended their Kickstarter campaign for a new first-person shooter just four days after launch. 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 In a backers-only update (as summarized by Game Informer), the pair said the Blackroom campaign was being put on hold while they work on a gameplay demo.”Simply put, this will take more time than the Kickstarter has left, so we’ve decided to suspend the campaign and launch a new one when the gameplay demo is ready. We believe, however, it is the right choice. We know you do, too. Thanks to your feedback, we know we should have included it at launch.”The campaign was suspended with a little over $131,000 raised out of a targeted $700,000 funding goal. The closest thing to in-game assets released as part of the campaign was concept art that gave backers some idea of the tone, setting, and protagonist, as well as a user interface treatment.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Daily Update and get the best of GamesIndustry.biz in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair 7 hours agoEA Play Live set for July 22Formerly E3-adjacent event moves to take place a month and half after the ESA’s showBy Jeffrey Rousseau 8 hours agoLatest comments (1)Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 5 years ago Well, that’s a damn good idea, period. I think no matter the developer name or reputation, a playable demo SHOULD be mandatory on ANY videogame project. Not just for backers, either. Giving people who want to put money into a game project something to try before they commit will go a long way in getting some projects funded quicker. And in the case of this game, it’ll get all the Daikatana mentioning fools some crow to chomp on if it’s a better experience.Now about Mighty No. 9 … yeah, the same goes for that much-delayed game. I’ve kind of forgotten about seeing it this year, but I didn’t back it because I wanted to see what I’d be getting into. I’m not the biggest Mega Man fan at all, so if the game is just a reskin with HD visuals and just a hair past copyright infringement characters and ideas, I’m not even going to look in its general direction. 1Sign inorRegisterto rate and replySign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Klabater acquires full rights to Heliborne

first_imgKlabater acquires full rights to HelibornePublisher purchases IP from developer JetCatGames, will develop and launch definitive edition this yearRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterWednesday 15th January 2020Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleKlabaterPolish publishing studio Klabater has acquired the full rights to Heliborne from its developer JetCatGames.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 Klabater originally published the game in partnership with JetCatGames back in 2017. The publisher cites the popularity of the game nearly three-years after launch as a key factor in its purchasing decision, saying that nearly 100,000 players have purchased the game so far and it sees around 800 players per day on average.Klabater will develop and release Heliborne: The Definitive Edition later this year.”As the publisher of Heliborne we have had an influence on the promotion of the title so far, but unfortunately not on the development of the game itself,” said Klabater marketing director Łukasz Mach. “Last year, the gaming community demanded new content and events in the game, among other things, and we could not deliver it. We are convinced that this will change with the takeover of the IP rights.”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 storiesEA leans on Apex Legends and live services in fourth quarterQ4 and full year revenues close to flat and profits take a tumble, but publisher’s bookings still up double-digitsBy Brendan Sinclair An hour agoEA Play Live set for July 22Formerly E3-adjacent event moves to take place a month and half after the ESA’s showBy Jeffrey Rousseau 3 hours agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Ram Manohar Lohia – An Exceptional human being

first_imgOctober 12 marks the death anniversary of Ram Manohar Lohia, an exceptional human being and a hardcore socialist. Born in Akbarpur, a small village in Uttar Pradesh and moved on to national prominence through his socialist ideology, Ram Manohar Lohia’s life ought to be a lesson in school social science curriculum.Ram Manohar Lohia was attracted by Mahatma Gandhi’s socio-economic theory and so as his doctoral thesis submitted a paper titled ‘Salt Taxation in India’ at the Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany. Later Ram Manohar Lohia joined the Indian Freedom Movement and stayed as a close associate of Jawaharlal Nehru.He vehemently opposed India’s participation along with British in World War II. He was arrested and sent to jail for two years. Once he came out of prison he heard the clarion call of Mahatma Gandhi – Do or Die asking Britishers to Quit India.Ram Manohar Lohia went underground and mobilised support for this cause. Once again he was arrested and sent to jail along with another stalwart, Jayaprakash Narayan for another two years. One thing that propelled him to act was his deep-rooted concern for social causes.After India got independence, Ram Manohar Lohia parted ways with Congress and contested 1962 Lok Sabha elections as Social Party candidate from Phulpur against Jawaharlal Nehru. He lost the elections but contested again the by-polls in 1963 from Farrukhabad.Ram Manohar Lohia entered the Parliament and made his maiden historic speech by stating ‘the daily income of common man is meagre 21 paise when 2500 rupees per day is spent on Prime Minister’s security’. He was a great orator, a versatile writer and a progressive thinker.Ram Manohar Lohia fought for the protection of civil liberties and abolition of the caste system. He emphasised on the use of mother tongue and opposed English being the language of communication to bring in social equality. His books ‘Marx, Gandhi and Socialism’, ‘Guilty Men of India’s Partition’ are real classics.Let’s salute this great social icon and freedom fighter on his death anniversary.last_img read more

Two dead as Zeta batters South, now a tropical storm

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, EMILY SHAPIRO, MELISSA GRIFFIN and IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(NEW YORK) — At least two fatalities have been reported so far after fast-moving Hurricane Zeta, a Category 2 storm, made landfall on the southeastern coast of Louisiana.The storm landed near Cocodrie, Louisiana, around 5:15 p.m. with wind speeds reaching 110 mph. This is the strongest hurricane landfall in the continental U.S. this late in the season in over 100 years, and the storm could potentially delivering a storm surge of up to 11 feet.Zeta, as of 2 a.m. Thursday, is now a tropical storm as it weakens over central Alabama. The hurricane and storm surge warnings for the Mississippi coast and Florida panhandle have been discontinued.In New Orleans, where fierce winds ripped through the city Wednesday night, New Orleans EMS reported an electrocution fatality in the 8200 block of Palm Street shortly before 8 p.m. The agency said it was tracking many down power lines and urged people to stay inside. New Orleans police also asked residents to shelter in place due to downed power lines, trees and tree branches.The storm disrupted power for more than 542,000 customers throughout the southeast section of Louisiana as of 9 p.m. local time. As a result of the power loss, Lafourche Parish announced a curfew went into effect at 7 p.m. and was slated to be lifted at 6 a.m. Thursday.Mississippi reported more than 167,000 customers had lost power because of the storm, while over 105,000 had lost power in Alabama.At least one person was reported dead by Biloxi, Mississippi, Police Chief John Miller, who told ABC News affiliate WLOZ-TV that there was a storm-related fatality.“I know that we have at least one death related to the storm right now, I do not have any details to give you on that other than we know that one person has perished because of the storm,” Miller told the station.In Jefferson Parish, Zeta breached three major levees in Grand Isle, the town said, also sharing a photo of the damage.Waveland, Mississippi, saw a gust of 104 mph.Tropical storm watches were issued from Mississippi to Alabama to the Florida Panhandle, and even parts of the western Carolinas, including Greenville and Asheville.The forecastA major threat will be a storm surge of up to 9 feet in Alabama and Mississippi.Gulfport and Biloxi could see wind gusts topping 90 mph.Powerful wind gusts could also reach 90 mph in New Orleans. The city canceled all public school classes for Wednesday.New Orleans Regional Transit Authority is suspending all bus, streetcar and ferry services beginning at noon.Rain won’t be as big of a threat. Some areas could see up to 6 inches of rainfall and possible flooding.Tornadoes are possible in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.Louisiana has been especially hard-hit this hurricane season. Zeta is the third hurricane to make landfall in Louisiana in two months.Because Zeta is moving so quickly, heavy rain and powerful wind gusts will extend well inland across the Southeast, which could cause power outages overnight. Wind gusts Thursday morning could top 50 mph from Atlanta to the western Carolinas.Zeta’s remnants will then slam the Northeast with rain and snow Thursday into Friday. The first accumulating, widespread snowfall of the season is possible for Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York’s Hudson Valley.The last time a hurricane made landfall in the U.S. so late in the calendar year was Hurricane Kate in November 1985.Hurricane Zeta is the 27th named storm of the season. In 2005, there were 28.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

How many Americans actually moved during the pandemic?

first_imgChange of address data from the United States Postal Service reveals that 15.9 million people moved between February and July this year. (iStock)How many people actually moved because of the pandemic? Though it’s hard to know movers’ exact motivations, new data reveals migration patterns during the height of Covid-19 lockdowns in most states.Change of address data from the United States Postal Service reveals that 15.9 million people moved between February and July this year, according to MyMove, a platform that provides information for people who are relocating. MyMove analyzed data from both USPS and a Pew Research Center survey of 10,000 U.S. adults that was conducted in July.Whether the newly relocated will stay in their new homes is less clear: The number of people who permanently moved was up by just 4 percent from the same period in 2019, while temporary moves rose by a more substantial 27 percent. Those temporary moves spiked in March and April, suggesting that people decided to be with family or relocated to a second home during the lockdowns.“About a quarter (28%) told us [they chose to move] because they feared getting Covid-19 if they stayed where they were living,” said D’Vera Cohn, who authored the Pew survey. “About a fifth (20%) said they wanted to be with their family, or their college campus closed (23%). A total of 18% gave financial reasons, including job loss.”The USPS data also showed that many people who moved left densely populated urban areas in favor of less-densely populated areas.Manhattan saw the biggest increase in moves, with 110,978 people departing — a 500 percent increase compared to the same period in 2019. Brooklyn followed, losing 43,006 people during the same time period. Residents of Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Naples, Florida, Washington, D.C. and Houston also saw large drops in population during that period.While it remains to be seen if the urban-to-suburban exodus will be a long-term thing, USPS data shows that many city dwellers did relocate to smaller, less urban areas. Two suburbs of Houston — Katy and Richmond — gained 4,400 and 3,000 new residents, respectively.East Hampton, New York, also saw an influx of nearly 2,500 residents. In March, as government-mandated lockdowns set in, real estate brokers in the Hamptons said that a run on pricey rentals led to bidding wars for some properties.The exodus from Manhattan led to a historic vacancy rate of 5 percent in September after setting a new record for each of the four preceding months.If the vacancy rate stays that high, it could potentially lead to the repeal of the city’s rent regulations, which depends on a vacancy rate below 5 percent. That threshold, however, is set by legislators, and a new Housing & Vacancy Survey is not scheduled to be conducted until 2022. This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

Cecilia Malmström has ‘the sexiest job on earth’

first_imgWhile others wonder if populist anger will derail the EU’s trade agreements, Malmström said the mood has an upside because it makes it easier to argue for trade that is “more value-based, transparent and inclusive.”More than a dozen trade ministers will meet in Davos Friday for informal talks, and some, including Malmström, with meet over dinner Thursday night. The group is unlikely to develop a Trump strategy. “The whole world is in a waiting mood,” she said about the incoming U.S. administration.“We don’t know who will be confirmed and what will be the division of roles. We have reason to believe burying TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership) and renegotiating NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) are their priorities,” Malmström said.From a trade-heavy Davos program, Malmström praised the speeches of both Chinese president Xi Jinping and Britain’s Theresa May.Xi delivered “an impressive speech,” with a calm view of globalization, Malmström said. May’s speech was “good” because it “captured a lot of the concerns of the responsible globalization that we all talk about.”The praise for May came with a clear warning: Trade discussions are “perfectly normal” but trade negotiations before Brexit are definitely not allowed. Like everyone at the World Economic Forum, Cecilia Malmström is unsure what the Trump presidency and Brexit will mean for Europe’s trade agenda. But one thing’s for sure: she’s in the thick of the action.“I get two signals when I say hello to people and tell them I am the EU trade commissioner: Half give condolences like someone died, and the other half say ‘wow, it’s the sexiest job on earth,’” Malmström said.The Swedish commissioner is plowing on regardless of uncertainty caused by Trump and Brexit. “Even if our friend and ally (Trump) seems to temporarily log off from the international system, we are trying to show we can do good … value-based efficient agreements,” she said. While Malmström declined to officially predict when the EU-Canada trade agreement would enter into force, she heaped praise on her Canadian partners, and hinted at provisional implementation of the deal from March.last_img read more

Additional Grateful Dead 50th Reunion Dates Rumored

first_imgAmidst all the craziness surrounding the Grateful Dead 50th anniversary shows at Soldier Field in Chicago July 4th weekend, rumor has it that additional shows may be added to the run.Error Messages Plague Grateful Dead Reunion Travel Package SaleAccording to HYPE Music Festivals, a “very well-connected source in the music industry” has revealed that additional Grateful Dead reunion dates are on the way. The shows would be in Santa Clara the weekend before Fare Thee Well, with Warren Haynes rumored to be the frontman.As Grateful Dead Reunion Breaks Ticketmaster On-Sale Record, Promoters Plan Simulcast OptionsThe West Coast has a great deal of significance to the band and would mean a lot more than Chicago to many Deadheads, HYPE points out. We will keep you posted as developments unfold!L4LM Presents: Pink Talking Fish Are Dead – A Grateful Dead ‘Fare Thee Well’ Afterparty, 7/4last_img read more

Judicial council adjusts election rules

first_imgThis year’s student body president and vice president election will proceed very similarly to last year’s election in terms of rules and regulations, vice president of elections Katie Hennessy said. All changes made to the election process this year were made to the Constitution of the student government by Student Senate, by recommendation of the Department of Internal Affairs. The Judicial Council implemented those changes for the first time during this election cycle. The only major change involved write-in candidates, Hennessy said. Write-in nominations have technically always been allowed, but the old web-based voting system did not allow students to actually vote for them during the elections. “We haven’t had any write-in candidates,” Hennessy said. “It was something that was allowed for, but we didn’t have means to make it actually happen. If someone said they wanted to [vote for a write-in candidate], we would have had a lot of issues.” This year, the Judicial Council switched to a different server and ticket ballot that would enable students to write in a candidate’s name if necessary. The Judicial Council also made changes to how write-in candidates are approved, Hennessy said. The major effect of the new regulations posits that write-in nominations must be approved at least four calendar days prior to the election. Outside of those changes to write-in candidates, Hennessy said today’s election will function similarly to last year’s. The Council announced six election tickets Jan. 28, and campaigning began the following day at 11 a.m. “There are not many restrictions on campaigning other than certain rules regarding where they place posters, et cetera,” Hennessy said. Additionally, Hennessy said she and the election committee must approve any campaign-related poster, website or social media post prior to publication. Rule violations have delayed election results in the past. The student body presidential and vice presidential debate took place Monday night in LaFortune Student Center, where each ticket outlined its primary goals for a prospective student government administration. Voting will take place today from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through an email sent out by the Judicial Council, but Hennessy said the results are not likely to be finalized immediately. “With six tickets we will likely have a run-off election since, in order not to, someone has to win a majority,” she said. In the case of a runoff, the two tickets with the highest number of votes would participate in a debate Sunday night, Hennessy said, and the runoff election would take place Monday. The voting process would be the same Monday as it is today. The high number of tickets running in this year’s election likely resulted from last year’s atypical single-ticket race, Hennessy said. “We tried to do whatever we could to publicize the running to get more tickets,” she said. “Last year, a lot of people were upset about it … so I think more people were interested in [running] now.” Contact Mel Flanagan at [email protected]last_img read more

Thom Sesma, Sally Ann Triplett & More to Join Immersive Pie-Shop Sweeney Todd

first_img Zachary Noah Piser View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 26, 2018 Related Shows Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Streetcenter_img A new group of stars will attend the tale in off-Broadway’s hit environmental production of Sweeney Todd beginning on February 27. Thom Sesma (Man of La Mancha) will take on the title role alongside Sally Ann Triplett (The Last Ship) as Mrs. Lovett. They’ll be joined by fellow new cast members Zachary Noah Piser (Wicked) as Tobias, Billy Harrigan Tighe (Pippin) as Anthony and DeLaney Westfall (Kinky Boots) as Johanna. Current stars Hugh Panaro, Carolee Carmello, John-Michael Lyles, Jake Boyd and Eryn LeCroy will play their final performance on February 25.This production of the classic tale of bloodthirsty barber Sweeney Todd and resourceful pie shop proprietress Mrs. Lovett comes to New York City following sold-out runs in London. Tooting Arts Club first mounted this Sweeney Todd in the winter of 2014 in Harrington’s Pie and Mash Shop, one of the oldest continuously operating pie shops in London, seating only 35 people at each performance. In 2015, the production made the leap to the West End where Tooting Arts Club re-created Harrington’s in a 69-seat Shaftesbury Avenue venue provided by producer Cameron Mackintosh. The Harrington’s shop environment has once again been brought to life for its U.S. debut in the 130-seat Barrow Street Theatre.The new Sweeney Todd stars will join current cast members Michael James Leslie as Judge Turpin, John Rapson as The Beadle and Stacie Bono as Pirelli/Beggar Woman. The cast also includes Matt Leisy, Liz Pearce, Danny Rothman and Monet Sabel.Sweeney Todd features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, a book by Hugh Wheeler from an adaptation by Christopher Bond and direction by Bill Buckhurst. The production features set and costume designs by Simon Kenny, music supervision and arrangements by Benjamin Cox, music direction by Matt Aument, choreography by Georgina Lamb, lighting design by Amy Mae and sound design by Matt Stine. Star Files Thom Sesma & Sally Ann Triplett(Photo: Boneau/Bryan-Brown & Bruce Glikas)last_img read more

Stress Turns Men Into Social Butterflies

first_imgLiveScience:When stress strikes, women are said to turn to their social ties for support, while men are supposed to become aggressive. But new research finds that these gender stereotypes don’t always hold true.…In fact, men under stress are more likely to trust others, behave in a trustworthy manner and to share resources, a new study finds.Earlier research has suggested that when under stress, men take a “fight-or-flight” approach, becoming more aggressive, while women are more likely to “tend-and-befriend,” reaching out to others.Read the whole story: LiveSciencelast_img read more