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Why was New World Delayed?

Yesterday, Amazon announced that New World will be delayed from August 31 to September 28, a short delay of just a month, in order to incorporate more feedback from the recent test and give the game more polish. ... New World was originally supposed to release in May 2020, then it was delayed to August 25, 2020. ForbesAmazon Delays ‘New World’ Release Date For The Fourth Time

This writer (and perhaps Democrats across the state unfortunately) seems not to realize there are no prominent Democratic replacements on the ballot. So, a vote to recall Newsom is a vote for a Republican governor, even if the voter does not answer the second ballot question on which specific Republican they would like to see lead the state.

Newsom has not been perfect, but recalling him necessarily gets California a Republican governor.

This is only choice in September: Retain Newsom, or end up with a frequent Sean Hannity guest host or perhaps reality TV star with zero experience in public policy as governor.

To the editor: For Californians who are considering voting to recall Newsom, I urge you to research the candidate currently leading in the polls, Larry Elder.

This conservative radio host wants to abolish the IRS, end welfare and has argued against the minimum wage, saying, “The correct minimum wage ought to be zero.” He believes that if states adopted the right to carry concealed weapons, there wouldn’t be as much violent crime. Is this what we want for California?

If Newsom is recalled, those of you who voted to oust him might get this unfortunate replacement. Whether you like Newsom or not, please consider the alternative.

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Amazon delays 'New World' MMO again, this time to September 28th

Engadget 05 August, 2021 - 10:10pm

A message from the New World team. pic.twitter.com/oAZdK7dxTn

"This was not an easy decision to make. We know this isn't the first time we've changed our launch date in pursuit of quality, and that it can be disappointing to wait a bit longer." Amazon Game Studios said on Twitter. "But we want to be sure we deliver you the highest quality game possible at launch."

For those of you still keeping track, this is New World's fourth delay. When Amazon first announced the game, it said it would come out in May 2020. Its release date initially slipped to August 25th, 2020, before Amazon announced a month later it was pushing the game back to spring 2021. At the start of the year, it then delayed the game to its most recently planned August 31st release date.

To say there's a lot of pressure on Amazon Game Studios to deliver a hit for its parent company would be an understatement. Amazon announced the game's first major delay after taking the unusual step of rolling back the availability of Crucible, its first AAA title. It later ended the development of that game. Before taking over as CEO of Amazon, Andy Jassy told employees he was committed to the studio. "Though we haven't consistently succeeded yet in Amazon Game Studios, I believe we will if we hang in there," he said in an email. Now it's on the New World team to prove that confidence was well-earned.

New World Delayed Once Again Following Successful Closed Beta - IGN

IGN 05 August, 2021 - 10:10pm

A message from the New World team. pic.twitter.com/oAZdK7dxTn

For those of you still keeping track, this is New World's fourth delay. When Amazon first announced the game, it said it would come out in May 2020. Its release date initially slipped to August 25th, 2020, before Amazon announced a month later it was pushing the game back to spring 2021. At the start of the year, it then delayed the game to its most recently planned August 31st release date.

To say there's a lot of pressure on Amazon Game Studios to deliver a hit for its parent company would be an understatement. Amazon announced the game's first major delay after taking the unusual step of rolling back the availability of Crucible, its first AAA title. It later ended the development of that game. Before taking over as CEO of Amazon, Andy Jassy told employees he was committed to the studio. "Though we haven't consistently succeeded yet in Amazon Game Studios, I believe we will if we hang in there," he said in an email. Now it's on the New World team to prove that confidence was well-earned.

Release date: Amazon’s New World will release Sept. 28, 2021

Polygon 05 August, 2021 - 10:10pm

Miley Cyrus is extending an olive branch to DaBaby.

The singer, 28, shared a message for the rapper on her Instagram, Wednesday, offering him resources to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community following his misinformed homophobic rant at last week's Rolling Loud 2021 festival in Miami.

"As a proud and loyal member of the LGBTQIA+ community, much of my life has been dedicated to encouraging love, acceptance, and open mindedness," she wrote. "The internet can fuel a lot of hate & anger and is the nucleus of cancel culture...but I believe it can also be a place filled with education, conversation, communication, & connection."

She continued, "It's easier to cancel someone than to find forgiveness and compassion in ourselves or take the time to change hearts and minds. There's no more room for division if we want to keep seeing progress! Knowledge is power! I know I still have so much to learn!"

In the caption of her post, Cyrus tagged DaBaby, writing: "check your DMS - would love to talk and see how we can learn from each other and help be part of making a more just and understanding future!"

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DaBaby has been met with a wave of fallout from others in the music industry after his Rolling Loud set included some ignorant remarks about HIV/AIDS and the LGBTQ community. Following the controversy, he was removed from the lineups of Lollapalooza, Governor's Ball and Day N Vegas.

"If you didn't show up today with HIV, AIDS, or any of them deadly sexually transmitted diseases, that'll make you die in two to three weeks, then put your cellphone lighter up," DaBaby told the Florida crowd over the July 24 weekend. "Ladies, if your p---- smell like water, put your cellphone lighter up. Fellas, if you ain't sucking d--- in the parking lot, put your cellphone lighter up."

Elton John responded by dispelling some the harmful misinformation about HIV/AIDS and holding other musicians accountable for responsibly using their platform. "We've been shocked to read about the HIV misinformation and homophobic statements made at a recent DaBaby show," John, 74, wrote in a post, complete with facts from the Elton John AIDS Foundation. "This fuels stigma and discrimination and is the opposite of what our world needs to fight the AIDS epidemic.⁣"

Madonna also used facts to counter DaBaby's controversial statement. "If you're going to make hateful remarks to the LGBTQ+ community about HIV/AIDS then know your facts," the Madame X artist, 62, wrote.

"After decades of hard won scientific research— there are now life saving medicines available to children born with HIV, to people who contract HIV through blood transfusions, dirty needles or exchange of bodily fluids," she continued. "These new ARV's can keep a person with AIDS alive for the rest of their lives!!! AID's [sic] is not transmitted by standing next to someone in a crowd. I want to put my cellphone lighter up and pray for your ignorance, No one dies of AIDS in 2 or 3 weeks anymore. Thank God."

The Blame It on Baby artist has since issued more than one apology for his remarks, writing most recently in a statement Monday that "having people I know publicly working against me — knowing that what I needed was education on these topics and guidance — has been challenging."

"I appreciate the many people who came to me with kindness, who reached out to me privately to offer wisdom, education and resources. That's what I needed and it was received," he continued. "I want to apologize to the LGBTQ+ community for the hurtful and triggering comments I made. Again, I apologize for my misinformed comments about HIV/AIDS and I know education on this is important."

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Amazon’s MMO New World delayed to September 28th

The Verge 05 August, 2021 - 10:10pm

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Amazon Games has delayed New World, its upcoming MMO, from August 31st to September 28th, the studio announced on Wednesday. The delay — the game’s fourth — comes shortly after the end of a closed beta, which wrapped up on August 3rd at 2:59AM ET.

The team will be “making some improvements” based on what players found in the beta, taking time to “smash bugs, improve stability, and polish the game,” according to a post on Twitter.

“This was not an easy decision to make,” the team said. “We know this isn’t the first time we’ve changed our launch date in pursuit of quality, and that it can be disappointing to wait a bit longer. But we want to be sure we deliver you the highest quality game possible at launch.”

New World was first set to release in May 2020, then was delayed to August 25th, 2020, then to spring 2021, then to August 31st, and now the new September 28th date. And the game hasn’t been the only Amazon Games title with a bumpy history. Hero shooter Crucible went from launch to closed beta to eventually being canceled across the span of a few months in 2020. Breakaway, a competitive fantasy brawler, was announced in 2016 but was canceled in 2018. Pac-Man Live Studio, a version of Pac-Man designed to be played right on Twitch and developed in partnership with Bandai Namco, was announced in May 2020 for a June 2020 release, but the game still isn’t out yet and isn’t listed on Amazon Games’ website.

Bandai Namco told me in May that Pac-Man Live Studio “is not quite ready to launch yet” and that it was working to determine a release date. I happened to ask this week if there was any update, but the company said it still does not have any news to share.

On the one hand, yay for fixing bugs. One the other hand, I’m super disappointed for another delay. I missed out on the beta and I’m really looking forward to playing.

By MrKonohitoWainai on 08.04.21 4:39pm

I really liked it this past closed beta.

I’m ready for it to launch now.

By raclark77 on 08.04.21 4:51pm

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Amazon’s New World has been delayed for a fourth time, just weeks before its planned release

Video Games Chronicle 05 August, 2021 - 10:10pm

The game will now launch in late September

Amazon Games has delayed its MMO New World for the fourth time.

The game was originally scheduled to launch last May before being delayed to August 2020, then early 2021, and more recently August 31.

It will now launch on September 28, Amazon said on Wednesday.

The decision to delay the game again was taken following its recent open beta, which attracted over one million players, according to its developer.

A message from the New World team. pic.twitter.com/oAZdK7dxTn

“We want New World’s launch to be a smooth and fun experience for all players, and that means making some improvements based on what you encountered in the closed beta,” said the New World team.

“So we’re going to take a few extra weeks to smash bugs, improve stability, and polish the game.”

It added: “This was not an easy decision to make. We know this isn’t the first time we’ve changed our launch date in pursuit of quality, and that it can be disappointing to wait a bit longer. But we want to be sure we deliver you the best quality game possible at launch.”

The upcoming MMO is also the best-selling game on Steam

Twitch owner Amazon is hoping New World will prove to be its first hit game.

Development of the company’s team-based shooter Crucible officially ceased in October 2020, just five months after the game’s launch, following its struggle to attract a significant player base.

More recently Amazon cancelled a Lord of the Rings MMO, reportedly because of a dispute with Tencent, the parent company of the title’s co-developer Athlon Games.

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Amazon’s New World gets a last-minute delay following beta

Digital Trends 05 August, 2021 - 10:10pm

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On Twitter, the official New World account posted about the positive reception the beta had. The social media account claimed that over one million players tried out the beta, accumulating over 25 million hours of playtime. Because of the player feedback that the developers received, they have decided to push the release date of New World to the end of September. The developers apologize for the continued delay but want to assure players that they are focused on the “highest quality game possible at launch.”

Notably, New World ran into a particularly nasty issue during its beta tests where the game was reportedly bricking certain graphics cards. The delay announcement doesn’t mention that problem, though it does say that the team is looking to “smash bugs” discovered during the beta.

This will be the second time that New World has been delayed this year, with a total of four game delays. Originally, the game was supposed to be released in spring 2020 but was delayed to August 2020. Because of the pandemic lockdown, the game was delayed a third time to spring 2021. However, the developers decided to delay New World for an August 31 release in order to work on the end-game content.

New World has taken the gaming world by storm. The game has been one of the most-viewed games on Twitch as well as one of the most-played games on Steam during the recent beta access. The game is being developed by Amazon Games Orange County as well as Relentless Studios, a team that is one of the main development divisions under Amazon Games. New World will launch for PC on September 28.

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Snag 2 color-changing smart bulbs for $18

Twinfinite 05 August, 2021 - 09:15am

Smart bulbs are a super simple way to add a futuristic element to any room. As CNET's Ry Crist writes, smart bulbs are already "an affordable smart home upgrade," but they're made even more so when you snag 'em at a discount. A pack of two color-changing Kasa 6-watt smart bulbs is just just $18 on Amazon right now -- down from $25.

So what exactly do smart bulbs do? For one, they're dimmable -- a feature that once you get used to it is rather hard to imagine not having. They're also color-changing, so you can play with the mood in any room or connect them to your speakers for party time. These bulbs are fully Wi-Fi-enabled, meaning you can control them with Alexa or Google Assistant, and then all it takes is a "Hey Google, turn off all the lights" as you head to bed to shut things down. 

Crist tested these bulbs a while back and says they're very much worth considering for an inexpensive smart lightbulb that doesn't require connection to a hub. He does note that they're noticeably dimmer than some other smart bulbs, so perhaps they'd work best in a lamp or a room in which having super bright light isn't integral.

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Letters to the Editor: Will far-left, anti-Newsom Democrats give California a Republican governor?

PCMag 04 August, 2021 - 05:00am

This writer (and perhaps Democrats across the state unfortunately) seems not to realize there are no prominent Democratic replacements on the ballot. So, a vote to recall Newsom is a vote for a Republican governor, even if the voter does not answer the second ballot question on which specific Republican they would like to see lead the state.

Newsom has not been perfect, but recalling him necessarily gets California a Republican governor.

This is only choice in September: Retain Newsom, or end up with a frequent Sean Hannity guest host or perhaps reality TV star with zero experience in public policy as governor.

To the editor: For Californians who are considering voting to recall Newsom, I urge you to research the candidate currently leading in the polls, Larry Elder.

This conservative radio host wants to abolish the IRS, end welfare and has argued against the minimum wage, saying, “The correct minimum wage ought to be zero.” He believes that if states adopted the right to carry concealed weapons, there wouldn’t be as much violent crime. Is this what we want for California?

If Newsom is recalled, those of you who voted to oust him might get this unfortunate replacement. Whether you like Newsom or not, please consider the alternative.

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