While Bravely Second: End Layer continued the story of the original game, Bravely Default 2 is now hoping to continue the story of the franchise some six years later. The third (and slightly confusingly named) installment of the series will launch on Nintendo Switch this Friday, February 26, and producer Masashi Takahashi hopes to see it establish Bravely as a full-fat series home to independent but thematically connected stories and games. He and character designer Naoki Ikushima have also worked to marry the best parts of Bravely with lessons learned from Octopath Traveler, the last Switch JRPG that the two worked on, and player feedback has shaped that process at nearly every level. A return to form "While I am really proud that so many people have played the games and like the series, at the same time I also feel with each game we had a lot of points to reflect on," Takahashi says of the series thus far. "With Bravely Second: End Layer, we received a lot of comments mainly … [Read more...] about The making of Bravely Default 2, a return to form built on demos, mistakes, and Octopath Traveler
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Capcom pushed out an update for Street Fighter V a few days ago which has alienated a chunk of its players: blind gamers. Patch 3.05 introduced returning fighter Dan Hibiki as well as add a new stage along with other tweaks, but the update also switched the audio from stereo to mono, a change that has had a huge impact on blind Street Fighter players. Stereo sound allows opponent spacing to be tracked because the sound comes through two separate audio channels. So if your opponent is on the left, the sound will shift over to the left side of the headset. With mono sound, however, everything is centralised, meaning that those who relied on audio cues no longer can. Please, @streetfighter @capcomfighters or anybody else at Capcom. I just installed the new patch on my pc, went to training mode and discovered that all character sound effects like attacks, hits, jumps, block, voices etc are mono (centered). February 22, 2021 See more Popular blind competitive … [Read more...] about Street Fighter V update makes it impossible for blind people to play
Source: iStock:RichVintage Do you feel like a natural-born leader? Or are you, like most of us, piecing together your leadership skills by observing great and not-so-great leaders in your network? While there is no doubt some people seem to have the ‘x-factor’ of leadership, for the rest of us, leadership skills are hard won—usually through trial and error. But what if there was a more scientific way to understand how to bring out the best in others? “What we are coming to understand is that there's a lot of information that's not available to our own consciousness in terms of what we’re thinking and feeling, and the processes that are driving our behavior,” explained Michael Platt , Director of the Wharton Neuroscience Initiative when we spoke with him recently . “And so the tools of neuroscience , the insights, the knowledge that we're gaining can help us to get a better grasp on human behavior and human nature.” So, what is neuroscience teaching us about being … [Read more...] about Can Understanding Your Brain Make You a Better Leader?
“The language I’ve invented is pronounced with the same phonetics as Latin,” explained Justin Harlan, my 21-year-old student. He was doing a presentation on his video game Ordenai , which was so outstanding that it left my boisterous class speechless. This was in the fall of 2019, my first semester teaching Creative Writing for Video Gamers at Lawrence Technological University (LTU) in Southfield, Michigan. This was a class I created, with the help of other faculty, and a prerequisite for those majoring in video game design. Awestruck at the scope of Harlan’s game, I noticed several elements readily found in classic literature that were intimately woven into his story. This helped me realize that appreciating classic literature and art could enhance not only the creation of video games but the player’s experience as well. The first thing that wowed me about Harlan’s work was the intricate web he wove. He created an entire world, replete with 349 words of his invention, enough … [Read more...] about Teaching Classic Lit Helps Game Designers Make Better Stories
By Michael Hurley , CBS Boston BOSTON (CBS) — There’s not much to say about the Boston Celtics anymore. They are, regrettably, a massive disappointment. READ MORE: 39,725 Minutes! Painfully Long Waits On Vaccine Website As Thousands Of New Appointments Are Filled It’s to the point where even if the Celtics had been able to win handily against the sub-.500 Hawks, it wouldn’t have been a moment worth celebrating. It would simply have been the Celtics doing what they’re supposed to do. Yet they couldn’t even do that. And not only did the Celtics lose, they set some ugly history in the process of their ugly 127-112 defeat. The Celtics allowed the Hawks to hit 23 of their 42 3-pointers. Those 23 makes were the most for a Celtics opponent … ever. Considering the Celtics franchise has been playing basketball for several years, that’s not great news for the 2021 version of the team. Most 3's Vs. Boston – NBA history 23 – ATLANTA – Feb. 24, 2021 (Quirky fact…Rondo … [Read more...] about Celtics Make The Wrong Kind Of History In Blowout Loss To Hawks