Guy and Ann Junkins, it turns out, would’ve been better off if Guy had just gotten fired. When Comcast announced in March 2016 it was shuttering the Dover, New Hampshire, plant where he’d worked doing logistics and inventory since 2010, Guy—who was in his 50s at the time—expected to find his name on the chopping block. His friends and coworkers got sacked, netting small severance packages for their termination. So it seemed like a surprising stroke of good fortune when he found out he was one of only a handful of employees given the option to transfer to a different facility further down the road. He signed on. It seemed to make sense at the time. The Junkins had expenses—the mortgage they were finally getting close to paying off, two car payments, the loan on the Harley Davidson—and finding a new job in your mid 50s is no sure thing. A career change wasn’t in the cards. Guy had been doing warehouse work for decades, much closer to retirement … [Read more...] about YouTube Boomers Show #VanLife Isn’t Just for Millennials
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Some of the key moments and characters of God of War, the winner of Game of the Year at The Game Awards, might have been very different. Kratos might have gone on a journey with his wife, Faye, rather than his son, Atreus. He might have always used his blades, rather than an ax. Kratos might have been much meaner than he was toward his son — to the point of child abuse. Kratos might not have been in God of War. He might have been as friendly as Qui-Gon Jinn, Liam Neeson’s character in the Star Wars films. We did a postmortem interview with Cory Barlog, creative director at Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Santa Monica Studio, which created God of War with a team of 300 people over five years or so. In this excerpt, I’ve extracted the parts where Barlog talks about different paths the story and game design might have taken. We could have had a very different God of War. Barlog refers to this as “agile storytelling,” where the story changes to … [Read more...] about God of War postmortem — The alternate design and story choices that might have been
Some of YouTube’s biggest channels are facing backlash from both viewers and other YouTube creators after promoting a form of loot box-style gambling with a company called Mystery Brand. Both Jake Paul and Brian “RiceGum” Le have run sponsored videos promoting Mystery Brand — a $100,000 offer that other YouTube creators said they’ve also received and turned down. The sponsored videos show Paul and Le clicking on a variety of mystery boxes looking to win top prizes. Much like loot boxes in gaming, the format lets players spend anywhere from $12.99 to $100 on boxes and open them up to win an unidentified prize. Prizes differ from USB cords and fidget spinners to designer clothes, cars, and houses, according to the site. In the videos, Paul and Le spend thousands of dollars on boxes, and winning everything from $4 fidget spinners and $60 Converse sneakers to AirPods, an iPhone XS, and sneakers worth $1,000. The thumbnails on the creators’ videos … [Read more...] about Luxury loot box sponsorships are tearing YouTube apart
source Getty In 2018, many of the major tech companies found themselves embroiled in scandal, or otherwise under serious scrutiny. But look beyond the headlines: These are the issues and trends bubbling beneath the surface, that will come into play in a big way in 2019. From Apple’s struggles in China, to the resurgent Microsoft, to the potential decline and fall of the video game console, here are the issues you shouldn’t sleep on in the new year. Tech companies experienced a tumultuous year marked by controversies, competition, political backlash and a volatile stock market. Many of those challenges are likely to continue into the new year, even as a new generation of products and innovation are set to take the stage. Which products, or challenges, will be the most significant in 2019? It probably won’t be the ones everyone is expecting. New developments, shifting strategies and complete surprises are … [Read more...] about These are the 7 crucial tech stories to watch closely in 2019, according to Business Insider’s reporters and editors
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Style Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Style | Why Do You Love a L.O.L. Surprise? Supported by The hottest toy of the year was a glittering, baby-pink plastic suitcase that we buy without knowing what’s inside. ByAllie Jones Dec. 31, 2018 According to our e-c So, what is the L.O.L. Surprise! Bigger Surprise? It is a glittering, baby-pink plastic suitcase that one buys without knowing what’s inside. It is filled with doe-eyed plastic dolls and many sparkly accessories (including wigs, handbags and green tennis rackets) and each item is individually wrapped in enough plastic packaging to occupy a doll-size landfill. It is also bigger than the L.O.L. Surprise! Big Surprise, which was the hot toy of last season, and with a promised 60-plus surprises, it contains the In November, L.O.L. Surprise! hosted a fashion show in Los Angeles. … [Read more...] about Why Do You Love a L.O.L. Surprise?