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Modder Breaks Out Of PT And Explores The Town Of Silent Hill – Kotaku

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PT is a game that is mostly about exploring the same creepy hallway over and over again. But at the very end, players do get a peek at the outside world and get a small glimpse of the town of Silent Hill. And now a modder has figured out a way to explore this area of the game. And surprisingly this area, only seen for a brief moment at the end of PT, is huge and highly detailed.

Modder Lance McDonald created a video showcasing his exploration of the town. To break out of PT’s hallways, McDonald had to mess with some of the game’s coding.

In PT, the doors in the hallway link the player seamlessly to other maps that each have their own ID code. These maps are usually just more hallways, each one slightly different. This creates the illusion of a never-ending hallway that loops forever. But McDonald changed some of the code to have the first door in the game take the player to the town area seen at the end. This area has its own map ID and is actually rendered in real-time at the end of the game.

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Once McDonald had broken out of PT’s hallways, he found the town of Silent Hill. This area is larger than you might expect. Streets go on and on, with each building featuring details that were hand-placed by developers at Kojima Productions.

Much of this content, like parked cars, small plants, and broken fences and trash, is unseen by the player or only seen for a brief moment from far away during the ending cutscene.

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Another interesting discovery was found by McDonald when he first broke out of the hallways. This ending area was never meant to be explored by the player, so it lacks any collision. This means the modder just falls through the floor the moment he enters the area. However, you don’t fall forever. Lisa, the evil ghost that haunts you in PT, pops up and kills you, resetting the game. So it seems that the developers created an event in case the player fell out of the map. To to get around this, McDonald modified the game a bit and made the player character float a few inches above the ground at all times, allowing him to explore Silent Hill.

Earlier this year, McDonald also discovered a creepy secret in PT. It turns out Lisa the ghost is following you the whole time you play the game.

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Britain in talks with 6 firms about building gigafactories for EV batteries

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Britain in talks with 6 firms about building gigafactories for EV batteries

Britain is in talks with six companies about building gigafactories to produce batteries for electric vehicles (EV), the Financial Times reported on Wednesday, citing people briefed on the discussions.

Car makers Ford Motor Co and Nissan Motor Co Ltd, conglomerates LG Corp and Samsung, and start-ups Britishvolt and InoBat Auto are in talks with the British government or local authorities about locations for potential factories and financial support, the report added .

 

(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Himani Sarkar)

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EBay to sell South Korean unit for about $3.6 billion to Shinsegae, Naver

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EBay will sell its South Korean business to retailer Shinsegae Group and e-commerce firm Naver for about 4 trillion won ($3.6 billion), local newspapers reported on Wednesday.

EBay Korea is the country’s third-largest e-commerce firm with market share of about 12.8% in 2020, according to Euromonitor. It operates the platforms Gmarket, Auction and G9.

Shinsegae, Naver and eBay Korea declined to comment.

Lotte Shopping had also been in the running, the Korea Economic Daily and other newspapers said, citing unnamed investment banking sources.

South Korea represents the world’s fourth largest e-commerce market. Driven by the coronavirus pandemic, e-commerce has soared to account for 35.8% of the retail market in 2020 compared with 28.6% in 2019, according to Euromonitor data.

Shinsegae and Naver formed a retail and e-commerce partnership in March by taking stakes worth 250 billion won in each other’s affiliates.

($1 = 1,117.7000 won)

 

(Reporting by Joyce Lee; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)

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Canada launches long-awaited auction of 5G spectrum

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Canada launches long-awaited auction of 5G spectrum

Canada is set to begin a hotly anticipated auction of the mobile telecommunications bandwidth necessary for 5G rollout, one that was delayed more than a year by the pandemic.

The 3,500 MHz is a spectrum companies need to provide 5G, which requires more bandwidth to expand internet capabilities.The auction, initially scheduled for June 2020, is expected to take several weeks with Canadian government selling off 1,504 licenses in 172 service areas.

Smaller operators are going into the auction complaining that recent regulatory rulings have further tilted the scales in the favour of the country’s three biggest telecoms companies – BCE, Telus and Rogers Communications Inc – which together control around 90% of the market as a share of revenue.

Canadian mobile and internet consumers, meanwhile, have complained for years that their bills are among the world’s steepest. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has threatened to take action if the providers did not cut bills by 25%.

The last auction of the 600 MHz spectrum raised C$3.5 billion ($2.87 billion) for the government.

The companies have defended themselves, saying the prices they charge are falling.

Some 23 bidders including regional players such as Cogeco and Quebec’s Videotron are participating in the process. Shaw Communications did not apply to participate due to a $16 billion takeover bid from Rogers. Lawmakers and analysts have warned that market concentration will intensify if that acquisition proceeds.

In May, after Canada‘s telecoms regulator issued a ruling largely in favour of the big three on pricing for smaller companies’ access to broadband networks, internet service provider TekSavvy Inc withdrew from the auction, citing the decision.

Some experts say the government has been trying to level the playing field with its decision to set aside a proportion of spectrum in certain areas for smaller companies.

Gregory Taylor, a spectrum expert and associate professor at the University of Calgary, said he was pleased the government was auctioning off smaller geographic areas of coverage.

In previous auctions where the license covered whole provinces, “small providers could not participate because they could not hope to cover the range that was required in the license,” Taylor said.

Smaller geographic areas mean they have a better chance of fulfilling the requirements for the license, such as providing service to 90% of the population within five years of the issuance date.

The auction has no scheduled end date, although the federal ministry in charge of the spectrum auction has said winners would be announced within five days of bidding completion.

($1 = 1.2181 Canadian dollars)

 

(Reporting by Moira Warburton in Vancouver; Editing by David Gregorio)

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