WASHINGTON/NEW YORK, Jan 15 (Reuters) - U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand told CBS' "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert" that she would file paperwork on Tuesday night to explore a run for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 2020 election.Colbert, during the taping of an episode that will air on Tuesday night, asked Gillibrand, who has been taking the steps to begin a presidential campaign, if she had anything she would like to announce."Yes," the lawmaker from New York said. "I'm filing an exploratory committee for president of the United States tonight."The formation of an exploratory committee will allow Gillibrand, 52, who is known for spearheading efforts to change how Congress handles allegations of sexual harassment and became a prominent voice in the #MeToo movement, to begin fundraising and organizing her campaign. 31 PHOTOS Kirsten Gillibrand through the years See Gallery Kirsten Gillibrand through the years ALBANY, NEW YORK - JANUARY … [Read more...] about Democratic Senator Gillibrand to launch 2020 White House bid
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Video games have given us countless images of the past, some literal-minded, some more playful, from Total War's continent-sized thought experiments to the hinterland between myth, game design and archaeological record that is Assassin's Creed Odyssey. Among 2018's offerings are two that, to my mind, deserve special attention for the stark yet deceptive contrast they form: DigixArt and Aardman's melancholy Great War tale 11-11: Memories Retold, and DICE's characteristically seismic World War 2 shooter Battlefield 5. In many respects, the two could not be more unlike. One is a multiplayer-centric ensemble piece in which huge armies clash on a Greatest Hits of regional combat theatres, the other a gentle, affecting third-person outing in which you need never fire a single bullet. Each game, moreover, has its own very specific way of looking at the past. One is a photorealistic simulation, devoted to visual granularity both for its own sake and to facilitate encounters in which cover and … [Read more...] about What should a World War look like?
Spike Chunsoft’s 428: Shibuya Scramble tells a interconnected tale of six people whose lives are woven over the course of a single dramatic day. Set in the area surrounding Tokyo’s most iconic multi-directional crosswalk — made famous in films like Lost in Translation — 428 initially appears to be a police procedural starring a young detective who hopes to help thwart a case of kidnapping and ransoming. The case goes awry, though. The day stretches on and the narrative perspective expands to bring in more and more citizens who unwittingly become the keys to stopping a conspiratorial threat with deadly global consequences. 428 starts far more straightforward than Spike Chunsoft’s other adventure games such as 9-9-9 and Danganronpa, but as the game unfolds it proves every bit their equal in terms of intricacy. The story behind 428 involves nearly as many interesting coincidences and overlapping narratives as the game itself. 428’s history begins three … [Read more...] about Making a game in the world’s busiest crosswalk: The story behind 428
It's said that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, but in reverse order, all play and no work would result in Jack being broke, and eventually homeless. Like the rest of us, Jack has to suck it up and split his days between both. Maybe Asus had Jack in mind when it designed its new Gaming Station GS50, a burly desktop PC that's outfitted with a workstation CPU and gaming GPU.It's one part gaming PC and one part workstation, hence the name. Specifically, it pairs a 10-core/20-thread server-class Intel Xeon W-2155 processor with a GeForce RTX 2080 graphics cards for some serious firepower."Whether you are a photographer, video editor, 3D animator or software developer, Gaming Station GS50 provides the speed, expandability, and 24/7 reliability you depend upon to do your best work coupled with the power to supercharge your gaming sessions," Asus says.The system also features 32GB of ECC memory, which users can upgrade to a whopping 512GB. Base storage is a 512GB M.2 SSD, albeit … [Read more...] about This desktop PC pairs a 10-core Xeon CPU with RTX graphics for work and play
The Japanese RPG has travelled a long road since the early days of sprite-based 2D adventuring, but in Octopath Traveler we have a fascinating blend of old and new. Exclusive to Switch, it takes the traditional top-down style of Super NES greats like Final Fantasy 6 and blends it with the cutting-edge 3D rendering techniques of Unreal Engine 4. It's a hybrid JRPG for a hybrid console, but developers Square Enix and Acquire know exactly where to push the boat out technically and where to stick to the tried and tested 2D template. The result is a beautiful and compelling Switch exclusive that's well worth checking out.Fundamentally, Octopath Traveler is built on sprite-based characters - but look closer and you quickly see how extensively Unreal Engine 4's features are applied to the rest. Towns, for example, are modelled in 3D, but wrapped in pixelated textures to simulate a much older game. Each texture acts like a copy-pasted tile, as if bound by the memory budget of a 16-bit era … [Read more...] about Octopath Traveler: a 90s-style JPRG brought to life with cutting-edge tech