The constantly improving technology used by games developers has led to more exciting and immersive games appearing in recent years. But does this automatically mean that games should get longer and more complex all the time?
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The Techland 500 Hour Controversy
This subject hit the headlines recently when games publisher Techland sent out a tweet saying that players would need to spend about 500 hours on their new Dying Light 2 game if they want to fully complete it. They compared this time to how long you would need to walk from Warsaw to Madrid. Not everyone was as excited or intrigued by this snippet as the company had expected.
A lot of the replies to their tweet suggested that people simply don’t have enough spare time to dedicate to doing this. Techland later confirmed that a player can complete the main story in this zombie apocalypse game in as little as 80 hours, but the fact that they had earlier mentioned 500 hours meant that the subject of how long we should play a game for had already caught the public’s attention.
How Long Should You Spend on a Game?
The simple answer here is that everyone wants to play their favorite games for as long as they remain captivated by them and have the time to carry on. With the emergence of open-world games like the sprawling No Man’s Sky, it’s now possible in theory to spend an unlimited amount of time exploring and carrying out a variety of diverse missions.
Multiplayer battles also offer the chance to carry on playing against different opponents as long as you want to. This study suggests that an average of 35 and a half hours is needed to complete the average video game. However, what seems clear is that the linear approach of playing a game from start to finish through a set route is fast-disappearing.
The Alternatives to Longer Games
Not all new games are sprawling epics you need to put your life on hold to complete. The emergence of casual mobile games and genres like slots have helped to fuel a resurgence in fast, simple gameplay. With the example of online casinos in Ontario, they are like the regulated land casinos with video slots, table games, and video poker options that can be played in an instant. The official lottery site in Ontario has over 100 games like this to try. Unsurprisingly, this is a thriving industry with a lot to give.
Casual mobile games represent one of the fastest-growing areas of technology right now. Both the Google Play Store and the App Store are packed with simple games that you can play whenever you have a free moment or two. Some of the best casual mobile games for Android devices right now include Fruit Ninja, Mini Metro, and Super Mario Run.
The gaming market is likely to continue to diversify. Those people who have the time and willingness to work through massive games will find options for playing countless hours on games that captivate them. Others will carry on finding fast, simple games that offer a better fit for their personality and lifestyle.
vivo iQOO 10 series to be the first with a Dimensity 9000+ smartphone – GSMArena.com news – GSMArena.com
The iQOO 10 is already in the rumor mill, and we expect to learn more as early as next month. Latest information coming from trustworthy sources claimed the series will be the first with a phone, powered by a Dimensity 9000+ chipset.
The Mediatek platform was announced just last week as a minor improvement over the Dimensity 9000. It has a slight CPU and GPU boost, as well as updates of the signal processing and 5G modem. The high-performance Cortex-X2 core goes from 3.05 GHz to 3.2 GHz, and the Taiwanese chip maker promised devices with the platform as early as Q3.
It is safe to assume the hype and teasers will begin next week which is also the beginning of the new quarter. We have no information if the iQOO 10 or the iQOO 10 Pro smartphone will run on the Dimensity 9000+ but it could be either of them – we have to see whether vivo is also going to use the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1.
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Apple's entry-level MacBook Pro M2 has slower SSD speeds than its M1 counterpart – The Verge
Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Pro M2 base model appears to have slower SSD speeds than its M1 predecessor. MacRumors reports that YouTubers Max Tech and Created Tech have both tested the 256GB base M2 model and discovered the SSD’s read speeds are around 50 precent slower than the M1 MacBook Pro with 256GB of storage. Write speeds are reportedly around 30 percent slower.
Testing was completed using Blackmagic’s Disk Speed Test app, and Max Tech even disassembled the 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro and found that Apple is only using a single NAND flash storage chip. The M1 MacBook Pro uses two 128GB NAND chips, and multiple chips can enable faster SSD speeds in parallel.
Other 13-inch M2 MacBook Pro models with larger SSD storage don’t appear to suffer from slower SSD speeds. Another YouTuber with a 512GB M2 model ran tests and found similar speeds to the M1 version, and most reviewers were seeded with fast 1TB models and didn’t find any speed issues.
If SSD speeds are an issue for you on the base 13-inch MacBook Pro, you’ll need to stump up an extra $200 for the faster 512GB model. But if you’re willing to do that, you might want to wait and see what’s inside the new MacBook Air. The base model will be priced slightly less at $1,199, but if it has slower SSD speeds then there’s an identically-priced $1,499 512GB model that will presumably have the two NAND chips. Unlike the M2 MacBook Pro, the M2 MacBook Air also gets a big redesign — including new colors, a larger display, a 1080p webcam, and MagSafe charging.
We’ve reached out to Apple to comment on the SSD changes in the MacBook Pro, and we’ll update you accordingly if we hear back.
Amazon's Alexa could soon mimic voice of dead relatives – Prince Rupert Northern View – The Northern View
Amazon’s Alexa might soon replicate the voice of family members – even if they’re dead.
The capability, unveiled at Amazon’s Re:Mars conference in Las Vegas, is in development and would allow the virtual assistant to mimic the voice of a specific person based on a less than a minute of provided recording.
Rohit Prasad, senior vice president and head scientist for Alexa, said at the event Wednesday that the desire behind the feature was to build greater trust in the interactions users have with Alexa by putting more “human attributes of empathy and affect.”
“These attributes have become even more important during the ongoing pandemic when so many of us have lost ones that we love,” Prasad said. “While AI can’t eliminate that pain of loss, it can definitely make their memories last.”
In a video played by Amazon at the event, a young child asks “Alexa, can Grandma finish reading me the Wizard of Oz?” Alexa then acknowledges the request, and switches to another voice mimicking the child’s grandmother. The voice assistant then continues to read the book in that same voice.
To create the feature, Prasad said the company had to learn how to make a “high-quality voice” with a shorter recording, opposed to hours of recording in a studio. Amazon did not provide further details about the feature, which is bound to spark more privacy concerns and ethical questions about consent.
Amazon’s push comes as competitor Microsoft earlier this week said it was scaling back its synthetic voice offerings and setting stricter guidelines to “ensure the active participation of the speaker” whose voice is recreated. Microsoft said Tuesday it is limiting which customers get to use the service — while also continuing to highlight acceptable uses such as an interactive Bugs Bunny character at AT&T stores.
“This technology has exciting potential in education, accessibility, and entertainment, and yet it is also easy to imagine how it could be used to inappropriately impersonate speakers and deceive listeners,” said a blog post from Natasha Crampton, who heads Microsoft’s AI ethics division.
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