Are we all up for Madden?

The player can thus choose to participate in a full match or to limit himself to the most important moments of the different time quarters (Third Down, Red Zone …). And this option does not block the possibility of returning, at any time, to the classic match. If you prefer the offensive phases, you can focus only on them (idem for the defensive sequences).

Finally, as with FIFA 17, the Ultimate Team mode makes its big comeback with a more interesting solo and the possibility of Set up a “Dream Team” (with the biggest names) that will take you to the heights. To conclude, know that manpower management, online games, seasons, statistics and results in real time, personalization of players … everything is there to burst you for hours and hours. There is even a “Practice Squad” which allows to select ten players from each team to evolve them and then integrate them into your workforce. In terms of sports, we really have the best in terms of content! Too bad it is not possible to play in co-op online.

Beyond the new duo of commentators (Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis), pleasant and in tone, Madden 17 displays convincing graphics. If the evolution is not extraordinary, it is noted that improvements have been made to the lighting and the different effects and the whole pleasantly flatters the retina. This tends to reinforce the passion that emerges from the NFL jousts.

Nevertheless, it is regrettable that the faces are sometimes too fixed and that some celebrations suffer from a somewhat too “robotised” aspect. Moreover, the player is not safe from bizarre animations or collisions come from elsewhere, but the overall rendering remains pleasant. The evolution compared to the past edition – which was already very pretty – is still minor, which is a little shame. Like FIFA 17, it’s a safe bet that Madden also benefits from a graphic boost but will have to be patient. Indeed, this edition does not exploit the famous Frosbite engine, unlike the new iteration of the round balloon.

At least, there had to be a big societal issue for the French media to finally focus on American football. For the best or for the worst. After the zoom on the concussions, bad recurring of this discipline, it is the refusal of a player to rise during the national anthem which raised the controversy and allowed to open a national debate. The “ugly little duck” Colin Kaepernick, quaterback of San Francisco, explained doing so in protest against the oppression of the black American community.

Without this strong political gesture, there would not have been a word about the NFL and the resumption of the season in the tricolor gazettes. Hard in these conditions for EA Sports to rally the European public to its cause with its series of Madden, yet carried to the firmament of the other side of the Atlantic.
EA Sports is once again undermined as ever, motivated by the idea of impressing its playmates with a new look and a loaded list of supplies. The developers focused on Madden NFL did not hesitate during the summer, offering even courses of support to settle the small imperfections highlighted by elitist teachers and therefore very demanding. We take pleasure in discovering new movements and technical gestures, taken from a last exercise during which the franchises competed with creativity to surprise their opponents. Use to introduce resources to help you win the game.

Every great player now has his “special move”, which has an immediate impact on the style of the team and the color of the match. This freedom of action, specific to the microsphere of quaterbacks, has therefore been enriched, reinforcing the strategic side of the title and making it even more spectacular.

Snapchat and Google ally with the press in France to combat false information

Among the eight media outlets in France who were allied with France Médias Monde Snapchat group set – which includes RFI and France 24 – Le Monde newspaper and magazine L’Express, Agence France Presse and BFM television news.

Under pressure, incentive to better tackle the misinformation – or “fake news” as they are called – after being regarded as a striking feature of the recent electoral campaign in the US, the social network created by Mark Zuckerberg established since America December 5 device in collaboration with media outlets there. After France, Snapchat plans to continue cooperation with other countries, Germany is next on the list.

Specifically, Snapchat will allow users to report information which they consider false. All such information will be reported together in a portal with access to media partners.

They can then verify that information. If at least two media outlets, two publications therefore determined that the content is false then it will be signaled with a flag that Snapchat users will remember that two “fact-checkers” have questioned the veracity of that information. If snapchat cheat users will want to pass on this content “dubious”, a message will alert. In addition, such content can not be exploited untruthful advertising. Finally, the algorithm that Snapchat users fully automatically distributes various contents of the network can reduce the circulation of these “fake news”.

Crosscheck, Google tool to combat fake news

In a commentary that resembles but rather a justification Director Le Monde explains why he hesitated to accept this collaboration. “Does not this give the opportunity lies with the social network to do things which it rests, which is to hunt false news? To accept this formula, it will not allow the network to come away with and to facilitate communication? “Everything so many questions that were eventually abandoned to advance toward more pragmatism. The eight media outlets engaged in this operation, however, insists on its experimental nature. A first assessment will be done in two months but already it is assumed that job sharing will be extended.

In parallel with this collaboration Snapchat with eight media outlets in France, First Draft News Network in collaboration with Google will launch in late site “crosscheck”. 16 editorial partner – again including AFP, Le Monde, France Médias Monde and France Télévisions – will work together to identify and verify the content circulating online – news, photos, videos or comments.

As in the previous case, the public is invited to attend signaling suspicious content. A team of journalism students, formed by Google, will summarize and then be put back in context every rumor or allegation unfounded photomontage. The flow thus created will be supervised by Agence France Presse. “Competition between media is not stake when it comes to combat misinformation and manipulation.

Another change announced Wednesday is that internet users a “region” (in reality the country, regardless of its size) will have the same topics displayed in the “trending”. Thus, all Americans will see the same thing in this section, while all Romanians else.

After the scandal last year, Snapchat has dismissed editors and hired a team to communicate with the press bodies so that risk of false news to be posted on the social network to be lower. Which will mediate the relationship with the press is Campbell Brown, former NBC journalist.

What happened in summer extent of false news promoted through Snapchat, was an unprecedented phenomenon, important information is determined by the number of votes of the users and not by the value and quality.

Snapchat is currently working with independent teams verify information as it Snopes or The Snapchat Journalism Project.

Half Life Story game

Half Life Story game


The game happens in two great locations: Black Mesa complex (research complex similar to Area 51) and Xen planet. The protagonist of the game is only a certain doctor named Gordon Freeman. This is one of the few survivors of an experiment out of control, which begin to open the gates to the world of inter-dimensional alien Xen, out of these gates aliens invading Black Mesa. Arsenal Freeman consists of military weapons (pistol Desert Eagle, Glock 17, gun MP5, rocket launcher, shotgun, crossbow, grenades, Satchel Charges, lasers), arms scientific experimental (Tau Cannon, gun gluons) and weapons extraterrestrial origin (Snark, Hornet Gun).

When Freeman tried to leave the complex and give a helping hand to the wounded, he finds himself caught between two parties: aliens hostile invading complex and army soldiers sent by the government to cover up the event by eliminating Freeman, the people science and alien. Throughout the game, a mysterious man by the name of G-man, always dressed in a blue suit and carrying a briefcase, it monitors Freeman. This helps in some situations and in others it sticks impeded. Finally, using the help of various scholars and guard Barney arrives in the Lambda, where a group of survivors who teleports in Xen, which must contend with Nihilanth, leader Lumei Xen and who keep doors open.

Two years later, in 1999, in Half Life appears the first expansion pack for the game called “Opposing Force” that has as main character Adrian Shephard, one of the soldiers present in the original game. In 2005, appears the second expansion pack “blue shift”, the game is viewed from guard Barney Calhoun initiative. The last expansion pack for Half-Life created is called Decay and can be played only on PS2.

Valve no hurry to launch Half-Life 3

It seems that the development of Half-Life 3 began in 2009, playing dealing with a team of 100 people. But Gates wanted to launch as soon Left 4 Dead 2, Portal 2 and Dota 2, so that the Half-Life 3 remained working for the now 10 men. Another reason is that expectations are so high game that Valve fears it will not meet expectations and that will have to face the anger of fans. An example of this is what happened in 2012, when BioWare released Mass Effect 3 game whose outcome has caused an internet storm of negative reactions.

The game, Half Life would take a new and experimental form, comparable with the rest of the series. It will not be linear, but there will be no open world, but … something else. The game was described as having numerous environments such as jungles, hills and towns, which were built by hand. Initial experiments were done with procedural content generation, but did not go on this way, because the results were not impressive enough. It puts great emphasis on playing an authentic environment. NPCs will behave very much like real people, with an AI capable of generating dialogue from a variety words and inflections, and when you talk to the player, not only will look at him, but even they will follow. Half-Life 3 is not too will cinematicuri but simply characters will behave very authentic. The characters will be used for the environment, building pillboxes in the player previously abandoned buildings that almost destroyed them.

In Half Life, The level of realism is enhanced physics game. Objects in the environment will have deformation very detailed and lifelike physical properties for various materials in a similar manner in which this DMM 7 years ago. Even sham temperature, heat becomes very soft metal and things like becoming sticky rubber. Puzzles of physics do not really exist, at least not mandatory, these are generated for the player, depending on what equipment is available. There are also elements of the story / missions that will be generated in a similar way, with just variations on how they are composed, not to irritate players who all die one out and do not want to repeat the same sequence constantly.