Jade Raymond: The ecosystem has changed, and games need to catch upAt the Fun & Serious Festival, EA Motive’s former head dropped the first hint about the nature of her next projectMatthew HandrahanEditor-in-ChiefMonday 10th December 2018Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareJade Raymond has been thinking a lot about the way games and the games industry are changing, and the former Ubisoft and EA executive used the stage at Bilbao’s Fun & Serious Festival to examine her conclusions.The fact that Raymond was in a reflective mood is perhaps no great surprise. After helping to found Ubisoft’s Toronto campus, she left in October 2014 for what turned out to be a position at EA, at the head of the publisher’s Motive Studios. One of Motive’s early projects was to collaborate on Star Wars with Visceral Games – which didn’t go according to plan – with a more long-term goal of working closely with Bioware.Exactly what comes out of Motive remains to be seen, but whether Raymond achieved all she wanted when she first joined is certainly open to question. Indeed, she departed EA in October this year with the studio yet to release a project of its own.Despite three years with no game launches, however, it was clear from Raymond’s appearance at Fun & Serious that she has been thinking hard about the way the industry has changed since she first rose to prominence as part of the team that made Assassin’s Creed.”We’ve seen the ecosystem change and all these new roles appear, but we haven’t yet seen a game that integrates all of those different roles” “In the traditional action-adventure game there was the developer thinking, ‘What story do we want to tell? What is the maze or the puzzle that we want to create in each level?’ As a player your job was to enjoy the story, but as a rat in the maze find your way to the cheese,” she said, focusing on the genre that Assassin’s Creed helped push forward.”The open world is different. It’s about creating your own story, where you decide how to do it. You’re not the rat in the maze. There’s more player engagement.”I think the big question now, and the exciting question for me, is how does that experience become social? How do players not only get to create their own story, but how do you have those stories be social, and how do you share them in the meaningful way? I don’t think we’ve answered that yet, and I think that’s the exciting stuff to look into.”Raymond expressed particular interest in the social uses of games, beyond any specific gameplay experience intended by the designers. Many games, she said, are “a way for people to hang out” as much as they are, for example, a shooter or an adventure game. They are used as “social platforms” in ways that have nothing to do with social features or tools in the games themselves.This is an example of how the medium has changed as a whole, Raymond said. For a long time, games adhered to the same “broadcast model” as other media, such as cinema, television and journalism. There was an author and an audience, with little or no opportunity for them to communicate. Games have moved to an “engagement model”, largely thanks to the seamless, direct communication afforded by internet technology.Raymond will receive an honorary award at the festival’s closing ceremony tonight”Now when I look at what’s happening, when I see the exciting things going on in games, I’m seeing a different model emerge, which I think of as a ‘network engagement’ model. What that means is you’re not just considering the player and the creator, but many different roles, and all of the roles in-between.”This includes the growing influence of mod-makers, highly productive in-game creators in the spaces provided by Minecraft and Roblox, streamers on services like Twitch and YouTube, and the people who watch games on those same platforms.”There’s an idea, an opportunity that I’ve been thinking about for a long time that we’re finally on the verge of making possible” “We’ve seen the ecosystem change and all these new roles appear, but we haven’t yet seen a game that integrates all of those different roles,” Raymond said. “What does it mean to have a role as a viewer within a game, and not just through YouTube or commenting on a stream? I think that’s something really exciting to think about if you design games.”Given the mystery surrounding her next move, exactly what Raymond is thinking about in those terms is a point of great interest. When asked about it she declined to offer specifics, but she did suggest that there is a link between what she had discussed and her new project.”I can’t yet say what I’m doing,” she said. “We’ll have to call it a top secret project for now. But I think if you listen to some of the things I’ve been excited about, there’s an idea, an opportunity that I’ve been thinking about for a long time that we’re finally on the verge of making possible.”Fielding questions from the Fun & Serious audience, Raymond was asked again about her plans now that she has departed EA Motive. In response to the crowd’s persistence, she gave a “hint” that was light on details, but clearly indicated a high level of ambition.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 “It has been very interesting to me to see a lot of ideas that existed in science fiction books slowly become a reality, and then just become normal,” she said. “A classic example is the Metaverse. And I’m not trying to build the Metaverse, but it was once a very far-fetched idea and now it’s just commonplace. Everyone knows what it is.”There are some other ideas like that, which were very inspiring to me when I was younger, and now I see the ingredients are in place to make them a reality. That’s the hint.”All images courtesy of the Fun & Serious Games Festival, which we attended as a guest of the event organiser.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. 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We’ve heard all the cliches about aging: “You’re as young [or old] as you feel.” “Age is just a number.” “You’re not getting older, you’re getting better.” “Seventy is the new 50.” Well-intentioned, perhaps. Offensive, to some. Patronizing, to be sure. But could they be true?Maybe science has started to catch up with these tired phrases. Researchers have discovered that many people feel good about themselves as they get older.One study, for example, found that as people get older, they consistently say they feel younger — much younger — than their actual age. Another study examining the attitudes of the offspring of centenarians concluded that the centenarians’ children — if they, too, were healthy and long-lived — have a strong sense of purpose and meaning to their lives, compared with the general population. Finally, there is evidence that positive attitudes about aging may reduce the risk of dementia, among the most dreaded consequences of aging. Read the whole story: The Washington Post More of our Members in the Media >
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Olivia Chance made her City Women debut at Ashton Gate (via JMPUK) The creative midfielder was a mainstay in the Football Ferns midfield at this summer’s World Cup, starting all three group games in France despite missing the majority of the season with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.She has praised Oxtoby and the City Women backroom staff for their patience as she returns to full fitness after a period of time off after the World Cup. “I think Tanya and all the staff have been very good with my past injury and making sure that everything is good and not throwing me in at the deep end to see what happens After the World Cup I had a bit of time off, so making sure I’m back to full fitness is not only important for me but also for the team.“The girls and staff have made it really easy for me to settle into life in Bristol. I’ve managed to get out and about to explore the City and everyday I’m learning more about my team and the way we’re wanting to play.“It was great to see the level of support we received on the opening weekend at Ashton Gate for my new club and it was a fantastic occasion for all involved.” Chance also brings Barclays FA Women’s Super League experience have spent three season at Everton Ladies and the twenty five year-old believes this weekend is good opportunity for City Women to get their first win of the season under their belt, but she is wary of the threats Bees will pose. “First of all we want to make sure that we get the win this weekend. It’s key for us to get some goals this weekend and begin to in build momentum for our game against Chelsea and winning always brings confidence, so it’s an important game this weekend, said Chance.“Every time you play a team from the division below you know they’re always going to want to win the game and prove a point, because there is nothing better from their point of view.“We can’t look past this game, we’ve got to make sure that we win and build our confidence.”
That’s not as big an “if” as it sounds. The 21-year-old’s potential is so eyeball-bustingly obvious that it is only an issue of when — not whether — Pogba will take over from the likes of Xavi Hernandez, Yaya Toure or Steven Gerrard as one of contemporary football’s most destructive attack-minded midfielders.“He is the only young player about whom I’m not afraid to say that he’s already a great, because I know he’s not going to get a big head, and he proves it with each match,” says Pogba’s veteran France teammate Patrice Evra, who has seen other next-big-things fall short of expectations in eight years at Manchester United and 57 games for Les Bleus.Watching Pogba break up opponents’ forays, shoulder first, tentacular legs stealing the ball, and then flipping defense into attack, gobbling up the pitch on a Toure-like goal-ward charge, fools one into thinking that he’s been boss of the France midfield for years. But check his stats: not yet a dozen appearances for his country and still less than 100 club games, nearly all in two breakout league-winning seasons at Juventus.He didn’t make many mistakes, but one of Alex Ferguson’s biggest in 26 years managing Manchester United was letting Pogba slip through his fingers. Pogba says he left United because he believed he deserved to play more frequently in a solitary season of just seven appearances, all as a substitute. That would have seemed mighty arrogant of the teenager had Pogba not subsequently proved himself so quickly at Juventus, where coach Antonio Conte calls him an ideal modern player: strong, rapid and resistant.Evra says he tried in vain to talk Pogba out of leaving United, telling him: “Here, you’ll become a legend. Be patient.” Pogba says the last straw was a Dec. 31, 2011, Premier League match against Blackburn. Missing first-choice midfielders, Ferguson plugged the gap with a full-back, Brazilian Rafael da Silva, rather than call Pogba off the bench.“I was disgusted,” Pogba said in an interview for French broadcaster Canal Plus.United lost 3-2 and Pogba said he lost “the relationship I had with the manager. I was really disappointed.”Perhaps not as disappointed as United’s accountants when a football think-tank in Switzerland this week estimated Pogba’s market value now at northward of 60 million euros ($80 million), ranking him as football’s sixth most valuable player and most valuable midfielder.Pogba is now one of the first names on the team-sheet. Not once in 10 games for France has coach Didier Deschamps put Pogba on the bench. Pogba is still a work in progress: his passing can be wayward and self-assuredness looks like over-confidence when Pogba lingers too long on the ball. In only his second game in French blue, a 1-0 loss to world champion Spain in World Cup qualifiers last year, Pogba collected two yellow cards in two minutes, ramming a knee into Xabi Alonso and raking his studs on Xavi’s right foot.Pogba called the sending off “a very good lesson.” He seems a quick study: He didn’t pick up a card of any color through the next seven games.Another asset for a team looking to prove it has started afresh is that Pogba has no connection to the disastrous 2010 World Cup campaign, where Les Bleus made themselves a laughing stock by going on strike. Drawing a line under one of the most shameful episodes in post-World War II French sporting history, and to ride the buzz of the Brazil World Cup, a former team sponsor last month destroyed a replica of France’s bus from South Africa.With his polite good humor and twinkly eyes, Pogba comes across as the anti-thesis of the bores of 2010.The Stade de France chanted his name after Pogba scored the first of four French goals without reply against Norway, in the first of three World Cup tune-up matches. In a 1-1 draw with Paraguay on Sunday, Pogba also distinguished himself while charging downfield by flatfooting defender Ramon Coronel with an abrupt hip-shimmying change of direction that any Brazilian would be proud of.Mathieu Valbuena, whose cross set up Pogba’s header against Norway, said his teammates are telling him to “let himself go” and push forward from midfield “because he’s capable of scoring goals.”Asked about Pogba, midfielder Rio Mavuba could only marvel.“He’s an old youngster,” Mavuba said with a chuckle. “A very relaxed player.”But one primed to go bang! in Brazil.___John Leicester is an international sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected] or follow him at http://twitter.com/johnleicester
Last Updated: 4th July, 2020 11:37 IST Dana White Pens Ode To Khabib’s Father After Death Due To COVID-19 Complications A couple of hours ago, UFC chief Dana White took to Instagram and paid tribute to Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. “You will be missed Mr Nurmagomedov,” wrote White. LIVE TV COMMENT Written By UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, passed away due to COVID-19 complications on July 3. According to reports, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov suffered a heart attack in May after being diagnosed with coronavirus. Because of these complications, he had to undergo an emergency bypass surgery, after which he was twice placed in a medically-induced coma. His condition appeared to be improving in recent weeks. However, he passed away in a Moscow hospital at the age of 57 this week.Also Read l Khabib father death: Nurmagomedov’s relationship with father Abdulmanap and childhood memories: UFC NewsAbdulmanap Nurmagomedov was his son’s MMA coach and played a huge part in Khabib Nurmagomedov’s impressive rise to stardom in UFC. Not just Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov’s family and his loved ones, but major personalities in the MMA world were also in shock after the news of his death broke. A couple of hours ago, UFC chief Dana White took to Instagram and paid tribute to Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. “You will be missed Mr Nurmagomedov,” wrote Dana White. With the message, Dana White also shared a small clip from Khabib Nurmagomedov’s UFC 242 octagon interview where ‘The Eagle’ can be seen praising his father. WATCH US LIVE First Published: 4th July, 2020 11:37 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US Also Read l Khabib father death, Khabib father name: Khabib’s father breathes his last after COVID-19 complicationsKhabib father death: MMA world mourns Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov’s deathApart from Dana White, several MMA fighters and officials also paid tribute to Nurmagomedov Sr. “Just heard news about Khabib’s father. My team is gutted. We admire and respect both of them so much. Peace be with you my brother,” wrote Max Holloway. Khabib Nurmagomedov’s long-time rivals Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson also remembered Abdulmanap and showed their support to Khabib Nurmagomedov and his family.Also Read l Khabib father death: McGregor claims Khabib’s father’s illness is a ‘cover-up’: UFC News“The loss of a father, a coach, and a dedicated supporter of the sport. Condolences and rest in peace Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov,” wrote Conor McGregor on Twitter. “My sincerest condolences to you & your family Khabib. Keep your spirits up buddy. Respect to your father Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. He will be front row when we hopefully compete someday,” Tony Ferguson added as the MMA world mourned the death of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov.Image Courtesy: Dana White Instagram, UFC.comAlso Read l Khabib father death, Khabib father name: Nurmagomedov’s father in ‘serious condition’ despite beating coronavirus Adil Khan “Honestly, I don’t know why I have so much in my life. I want to say thank you so much, god, then wanna say thank you to my father. I also want to thank my team and brothers,” said Khabib Nurmagomedov after defeating Dustin Poirier at UFC 242. FOLLOW US
E-mail: [email protected] The biggest problem in Utah’s 72-63 loss to San Diego State Saturday was probably the Aztecs’ defense. But the Utes’ lack of sharing was another key factor.Coach Jim Boylen said there was a reason the Utes ended up with a season-low seven assists against SDSU.”I thought we had a home run, hero mentality offensively and I don’t like that,” he said. “We’re not good enough to play that way. We have to share it and trust each other and move the ball. But give their defense credit for it, too.”Boylen said things had come so easily in the previous two games offensively that his team had a hard time going to plan B.”San Diego State did a good job of taking away A and we didn’t have the trust to get to B,” he said. “If you have A taken away, you have to get to B, and if you have B taken away, you have to get to C. That’s what championship teams do. I didn’t think we trusted enough to go to B or to C.”Boylen always talks about his team learning and growing and believes the San Diego State loss will be a learning experience for his club.”Losing is never fun, but I think this experience will be good for us,” he said. “I think it will be a good eye-opener for us in future games to be a little more patient and tough. I didn’t think we were very tough mentally.”NCAA TRACK: Despite their 10-6 record, the Utes are on track to make the NCAA tournament this year.”We’re poised to be (a tournament team),” Boylen said. “Our RPI today is 21 and our strength of schedule is 6 and that says ‘NCAA Tournament team …’ But we have to win games and keep moving forward. With our strength of schedule and our RPI, if we can put some wins together … I think we’ll be right there.”Among other Mountain West Conference teams, four are in the top 100 with BYU at 34, San Diego State at 45, UNLV at 51 and TCU at 84. Utah’s next opponent, Air Force is last in the league, clear back at 283. STRONG SCHEDULE: Boylen says the key to getting a strong schedule, besides simply asking, is having a willingness to always play on the road first in a home-and-home series. He said he was able to get LSU at home first this year because the Tigers needed a road game in a home-heavy schedule, but in every other big non-league game he’s agreed to go on the road first.Next year the Utes will have another strong schedule with a home game against Oklahoma and road games at Michigan and LSU. The Utes will also be playing in the Las Vegas Invitational on Thanksgiving weekend and will play a pair of games against two of the following teams — Oklahoma State, Illinois and Xavier. UTE NOTES: Utah has moved up to No. 6 in the nation in free throw percentage at 78.2 percent. If the team keeps improving, it could turn out to be the best free throw shooting team in school history. The only better shooting teams were the 1992-93 team (79.1 percent) and the 1995-96 team (78.4 percent) … After ranking in the top 20 in the nation in 3-point shooting at around 40 percent the past two years, the Utes have fallen way off and are hitting just 35.3 percent … Luke Nevill ranks 10th in the nation in field goal percentage at 63.9 percent and is 28th in blocked shots with 2.4 per game … The Sugar Bowl-winning football team will be honored at halftime of Saturday’s game with Colorado State.