There aren’t a lot of Harry Potter video games out there in the gaming world, but Hogwarts Legacy is looking to change just that. This is definitely one of the most anticipated video games of 2022 and we got a 20-minute breakdown of gameplay footage from PlayStation’s State of Play.
From everything that was shown and from everything we know so far up to this point, Hogwarts Legacy appears as if its going to be incredibly awesome. It is not too often that PlayStation highlights a video game from their State of Play that isn’t a PlayStation exclusive, but given the hype this game has around it, I don’t blame them.
What exactly is Hogwarts Legacy?
Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world, action RPG that is set in the 1800s wizarding world. You will experience life as if you were your very own student at Hogwarts. Throughout the course of your journey, you will try and uncover hidden truths while also perfecting your magic abilities. You will have the chance to master spells, brew potions, tame magical beasts and that is just the tip of the iceberg.
Will we see any major Harry Potter Characters?
Since Hogwarts Legacy takes place in the 1800s, it will not be set in J.K Rowling’s original set of stories. This is all happening well before Harry, Hermione, or Ron ever attended Hogwarts. This means you become a student before those three legendary characters even have gotten the chance to step through Hogwarts’ doors.
You may come across some familiar faces or names along the way, but remember the game takes place in the 1800s so there will be a lot of new faces, friends, and enemies that you aren’t used to hearing about.
What are some of the features and activities featured?
As seen in the State of Play gameplay that was shown, you are going to have the option to customize and create your wizard to look the way you want. This makes it to where everyone’s character can represent them and there won’t be a default character that everyone has to choose. After you customize your wizard to your liking, you will see the famous Sorting Hat that will sort you into one of either: Slytherin, Gryffindor, Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw.
The catch through all of this is that this isn’t your freshman year at Hogwarts. You will be starting out as a fifth-year student. You are late to the party, but better late than never. Also, just because this is a video game, doesn’t mean that it can get you out of school. As a wizarding student you will have to attend classes just like every other wizarding student. The classes that you will be attending aren’t your typical math or science class. Instead, some of the classes that you will be required to go to are Charms, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Herbology, and Potions. Typical classes for a wizarding student. It appears that casting spells is a very smooth mechanic is Hogwarts Legacy which is great news given you are going to have to do lots of it.
If you are not in class and you want to roam around the campus, you can do just that. There are going to be plenty of different hidden secrets that you will be able to uncover. Hogwarts is a very mysterious school to attend. There will be plenty of dungeons, secret passageways and even puzzles to try and solve as you manage your way around the campus.
What kind of combats will you be exposed to?
The spells and abilities that you learn throughout your journey are going to be put to the test. You may need to learn certain magic spells and special abilities in order to complete certain tasks or puzzles. Most importantly, you will need to master these spells in order to defeat any combats that you find yourself getting caught in.
There will be a plethora of different creatures, evil wizards, and even annoying goblins that will try and destroy you by any means necessary. It is a dangerous world that you will be joining, but luckily there will be plenty of spells that you can master to fight against the evil darkness.
How will exploration work?
Walking around campus is one way to get around, especially when exploring campus. However, Hogwarts Legacy truly brings out the wizarding stereotype when it comes to means of travel. If you want to ride on a broomstick, you are able to do just that. In fact, you will be able to take Flying classes in order to master your broomstick abilities.
If a broomstick is not your type of speed, maybe taking a ride of a magical beast is more your speed. You heard that right. There will be ways where you can tame certain magical beast and ride on the back of them to travel around the wizarding way in a more efficient way.
Everyone will have a different path to that they can go down
The great part of Hogwarts Legacy is that you can cater your magic to how you want to play the game. There are a set of upgrades, talents and skills to aid their progression as a witch or wizard. There will also be challenges and tasks to complete around the wizarding world that will allow you to level up your different abilities. There is a lot of flexibility on what paths you want to upgrade first depending on what type of playstyle that you want to use.
The Room of Requirement is also making its way into Hogwarts Legacy and will be available to provide you with crucial things you made need throughout your journey. The Room of Requirement is the place to go if you are looking for a little boost to find some items you may be looking for.
There is a ton of exploration
Exploring Hogwarts isn’t just limited to the school itself. You are able to go beyond the walls of Hogwarts and explore the regions beyond. You will be able to explore the Forbidden Forest, Hogsmeade Village, and other locations beyond Hogwarts where you will be able to interact with tons of different NPCs and vendors to shop around with. This just proves that this game is going to be massive and will have a ton of different areas to explore. Something that is crucial for gamers when they look deeply into a video game.
With all the main details that we know about Hogwarts Legacy so far, there are still some minor details that need to be shared as well. Hogwarts Legacy is only a single player game which isn’t terrible for being an action RPG genre style game. There also will not be any micro-transactions either meaning you won’t have to shell out tons of money just to get the best upgrades in all of Hogwarts.
Another thing that I noticed from the State of Play is that there is a change of seasons. At one point there may be snow on the ground and no leaves on the trees as you are in the middle of winter. However, there can be another moment where you are running through a forest with the changing of the leaves. It is a really cool concept and proves that developers have put time and effort into even smaller details like these.
There is no doubt that this game looks visually stunning and there will be tons of different tasks to take on. As time gets closer to the official release date, more and more details will come out and we will get an even better understanding on what the wizarding world will hold for us.
Hogwarts Legacy release date
There is no official release date as of yet except that we know Hogwarts Legacy will be releasing Holiday of 2022. Holiday 2022 can be a couple of different months, but we know it should be released by the end of 2022. Hogwarts Legacy will be available for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 4 Pro, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One consoles, Nintendo Switch and PC. Based on the little bit of gameplay footage that we have seen, it appears that this game is going to make shockwaves in the gaming community.
A Quick Guide to Better CMM Maintenance
A coordinate-measuring machine, also known as a CMM, is a specialized piece of equipment common in high-precision manufacturing. It uses coordinate technology to measure and replicate the dimensions of particular objects.
CMMs are a lot more accurate than regular measurement gauges. This characteristic makes them the equipment of choice for quality assurance in certain industries, like aerospace, defense, and medical manufacturing.
Despite being a powerful piece of equipment and the most versatile measuring tool in the metrology industry, CMMs can also be quite delicate. They require the right environment and proper maintenance practices to maintain accuracy and reliability.
The Importance of Proper CMM Maintenance
It’s essential to clean and inspect each part of your machine to ensure it stays efficient and accurate. Preventative maintenance ensures that your CMM remains accurate and performs at its best. It also improves your machine’s longevity.
Without proper CMM maintenance, you could risk damaging your CMM. Repairs would involve operational delays and additional costs.
CMM Preventative Maintenance Tips
Preventative maintenance practices are ones your team could do by yourselves. It’s best to schedule regular maintenance checks for your CMM daily, weekly, monthly, or quarterly. These checks can alert you immediately to possible problems with your CMM.
Remove dust and dirt regularly
Clean and well-maintained air bearings ensure your CMM works as it should. These frictionless and stable bearings help ensure accuracy and efficiency. Dust and dirt can clog your machine’s air bearings, affecting its overall performance.
Aside from your machine’s air bearings, dust could also get into other surfaces and crevices. These tiny particles could affect your machine’s accuracy.
Handle Stylus Tips Properly
The stylus is the tip that makes contact with the object you want to measure with your CMM. Despite this significant role, the stylus can be fragile and require careful handling. Too much force could cause it to bend or break.
Clean your stylus with a cleaning agent and a lint-free cloth. Make sure to remove any residue from workplace materials.
Ensure Good Air Quality
Most CMMs use air bearings, and good air quality is essential to keep them running smoothly. Various air quality issues could affect machine performance and even burn out machine motors.
For air quality maintenance, ask and address the following questions:
- Do the lines have condensation, oil, or other contaminants?
- Is the airflow constant?
- Are you using the proper pressure?
When To Call a Professional
Most preventative maintenance practices are simple enough to be performed internally. However, some issues require professional attention. You can also conduct regular professional maintenance checks to ensure you don’t miss anything.
Below are some procedures that require professional assistance. Many CMM suppliers also offer maintenance services alongside their machinery.
Conducting CMM Training
CMMs are highly specialized pieces of equipment. To handle them properly, your staff needs professional training.
Training courses allow you to get trained by CMM experts on the tools and knowledge necessary within your industry. Regular training sessions also help keep you updated on industry trends and standards.
CMM sensors are critical to your machine’s speed and accuracy. They should be professionally inspected and calibrated annually.
Routine sensor maintenance can significantly improve the efficiency and accuracy of your machine. CMM sensors include the following:
- Scanning probe
- Single point laser
- Line laser
- Electronic touch trigger probe
- Video camera
Neglected air bearings could cause them to falter in their accuracy and stability. Properly maintained air bearings ensure a smooth, stable, and accurate measurement process.
A professional metrology company can thoroughly inspect your air bearings to prevent further machine damage.
A CMM is a significant investment for any business. Good maintenance practices help your machine last and perform at its best, thus making the most out of this investment.
Nintendo’s discounted Switch game vouchers are back
Nintendo’s Switch Online service has become a better deal over time, offering more perks than just the ability to play games online. On top of getting access to SNES and NES classics, and cloud save backups (for most games, save a couple dozen), Nintendo announced an even bigger perk yesterday: discounted game vouchers.
All subscribers can buy a two-pack of these vouchers for $99.98, and a huge range of first-party (in other words, typically discount-averse) Nintendo games are looped in. I encourage you to check out the full list, but some highlights include the brand-new Fire Emblem Engage, Kirby’s Return to Dream Land Deluxe, Bayonetta Origins: Cereza and the Lost Demon, Metroid Dread, Splatoon 3, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and Pokémon Scarlet and Violet. Important note: you both have to be a subscriber to buy and use these vouchers.
It’s great that this list is more expansive than Nintendo’s first swing at this deal in 2019. But this perk could actually turn Switch Online into a must-have service because it allows you to pre-purchase up to four sets of vouchers (totaling eight games), and keep them for 12 months from the date of purchase. With $20 in savings with each pair of vouchers, buying four bundles will save you up to $80, assuming that each title normally costs $59.99. If you buy a lot of games, this is a smart way to save a little bit of money on every forthcoming purchase.
I know what you might be thinking: “Can I use one on The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom?” Nintendo has not currently listed the deliriously anticipated sequel to Breath of the Wild, which is set to release on May 12th, 2023. Polygon has reached out to Nintendo to see if it’ll eventually become eligible, but did not hear back in time for publication.
You can get a free seven-day trial for Switch Online here, and you can easily subscribe to the service directly from the Switch’s eShop (it costs $3.99 per month, $7.99 for three months, or $19.99 per year). However, you can purchase (or gift) a one-year subscription with a digital code via Best Buy for $19.99. With a family subscription that costs $34.99 per year, up to eight Switch accounts can reap the perks of Switch Online.
For players who want all the perks, access to Goldeneye 007 and other N64 and Sega Genesis games, and complimentary DLC for some Switch games like Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, you’ll need Nintendo’s Switch Online plus the Expansion Pack tier, which costs $49.99 per year for one account, or $79.99 per year for a family subscription.
Canadian discovery could help batteries last longer
A chance discovery in a Canadian laboratory could help extend the life of laptop, phone and electric car batteries.
According to scientists from Dalhousie University in Halifax, common adhesive tape in batteries may be the reason many devices lose some of their power while off or not being used, which is a phenomenon known as self-discharge.
“In our laboratory we do many highly complex experiments to improve batteries, but this time we discovered a very simple thing,” Michael Metzger, an assistant professor in Dalhousie University’s physics and atmospheric science department, said in a news release. “In commercial battery cells there is tape—like Scotch tape—that holds the electrodes together and there is a chemical decomposition of this tape, which creates a molecule that leads to the self-discharge.”
The solution is simple, too, Metzger says: replace the polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, plastic tape commonly used inside batteries with something more durable and stable.
“It’s a commercially relevant discovery,” Metzger said. “It’s a small thing but it can definitely help improve battery cells.”
Metzger and his team have been trying to understand why lithium-ion battery cells in inactive devices tend to lose some of their power and self-discharge, something that has long frustrated consumers and manufacturers alike.
“Every manufacturer of lithium-ion cells in the world wants to make self-discharge as small as possible,” Metzger told CTVNews.ca in a joint statement with graduate student Anu Adamson. “In every battery there is a small rate of self-discharge that slowly drains the battery. This is very inconvenient for users and a big headache for industry.”
The electrodes that power batteries are separated by an electrolyte solution that is usually a form of lithium. After exposing several battery cells to different temperatures, researchers were surprised to see that electrolyte solution had turned bright red when it normally should be clear, which was something they had never encountered. The discovery was made by Adamson and two other students.
Chemical analysis of the red electrolyte solution revealed that at higher temperatures, a new molecule had been created inside the battery through the decomposition of common PET adhesive tape, which is often used to hold components together inside batteries. Strong and lightweight, PET is also frequently used for plastic packaging, drink bottles, clothing fibres and more.
Researchers realized that the red molecule, dimethyl terephthalate, was acting as a redox shuttle, meaning that it can transport electrons between a battery’s positive and negative electrodes, creating self-discharge and depleting power even when a battery is not in use. Ideally, the shuttling of electrons within a battery should only happen when a device is on.
“It’s a very simple thing—it is in every plastic bottle and no one would have thought that this has such a huge impact on how the lithium-ion cells degrade,” Metzger said in the news release. “It’s something we never expected because no one looks at these inactive components, these tapes and plastic foils in the battery cell, but it really needs to be considered if you want to limit side-reactions in the battery cell.”
“Since the PET in the tape is the culprit that creates the redox shuttle, we need to replace it with a polymer that is more stable and does not decompose in the harsh chemistry of a lithium-ion battery,” Metzger and Adamson told CTVNews.ca. “So far, the results look very promising, and we plan to publish a new research paper on improved polymers for lithium-ion battery tapes soon.”
According to the researchers, their work has been attracting interest from “some of the world’s largest computer hardware companies and electric vehicle manufacturers,” which are eager to reduce self-discharge and improve battery performance.
“We visited some of these companies and they are planning to implement more stable polymers in their battery cells,” Metzger said.
In the release, Metzger noted: “One of the engineers said, ‘I heard you guys found out something is wrong with PET tape.’ So, I explained to him that it’s causing this self-discharge and asked him, ‘What are you using in your cells?’ He said, ‘PET tape.'”
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