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Raging Justice is back and it’s coming to the modern consoles and getting a HUGE update!
From MakinGames, an independent studio comprised of old school Rare Studio veterans. The new version of Raging Justice plays a lot of homage to the original. It’s nostalgic and has a lot of 8-bit sounds to take a user back into the arcades where you put money into a machine to play for a until the sun went down.
For those unaware of what Raging Justice is, you take on hordes and hordes of thugs. (Much like Horde modes on Call of Duty or Gears of War) Once you get to the end of the level, you as a user will be tasked of whether or not to arrest the thugs or to destroy them. Are you a bad cop or a good cop?
Depending on what you choose throughout the game will determine what ending you get once you complete it.
Raging Justice: Features
There are a range of different things at your disposal to complete levels, such as a range of weapons. These aren’t just guns, pick stool and throw it at your foes. Choose a baseball bat to knock some blocks off or even use the deadly pigeon! Furthermore, there is even a range of vehicles you can jump on to run down your enemies. Not just a regular vehicle either. Jump on a tractor or a lawnmower to run them down. Furthermore, you’ll be untouchable but if the vehicle runs extremely low on health you better jump out buddy as no one is saving you!
We don’t know about you but we’re very excited for this game!
Raging Justice will be released in 2018 and feature on Mac, PC, PS4, Switch and XBox One
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Details are scarce but Detective Pikachu will be on your screens and solving crimes in 2019! The movie will star Ryan Reynolds doing the detective part whilst Pikachu will be his trusty sidekick. Whilst surprisingly he will also voice everyone’s favourite pokemon! (Deadpool esque Detective Pikachu won’t appear, sadly!) The movie is based on a popular Nintendo 3DS game of the same name in Japan and we cannot wait for it!
Detective Pikachu: When can I see it?
Universal Pictures are hoping to start showing the live-action Pokemon film outside of Japan on 2019’s Mothers Day, May 10th 2019. Disney’s Avengers will be released a week prior. Which is smart from Universal because the sales will be disastrous for a Pokemon movie the same week as Avengers. Sorry Pikachu!
Our friends over at the Daily Dot have reported on, Thea, aged 25. Thea shared a post on Facebook expressing she felt like dying. It is here where Facebook, for lack of a better term, ‘stepped in’ to prevent her suicide.
Writing that she felt “tired of living” and “exhausted” her post was flagged for feelings of suicide, within 20 minutes.
When Thea returned to Facebook, it displayed a ‘resources’ message, suggesting that she reach out to a friend or contact a helpline. Thea also felt that Facebook made her feel embarrassed. It notified people whom she didn’t interact with anymore.
What flagged Thea’s post was in fact part of a Facebook machine learning tool. Developed by AI, the tool identifies posts which express thoughts of suicide.
The tool works by identifying a range of concerning words of phrases in posts, comments that show concern for the poster of content. Consequently multiple comments such as “Are you ok” or anything of that sort will trigger the tool. This will then flag it to Facebook’s Community Operations team. Suicide prevention trained employees will then review the content and determine how to help them. Such as contacting paramedics (if a user needs immediate attention) Regardless if a user has flagged a piece of content or the AI has picked it up.
Though the tool may have some slight flaws in how users feel that Facebook use their content. Thea spoke to Daily Dot and originally shared the post as she knew others on her feed could relate. Henceforth they will take comfort knowing that they weren’t alone. But after her experience with the tool, she feels anxious. She’s not entirely sure if she will express her feelings on Facebook:
“I post these things because…it makes it easier for those people to talk with you and help, because they know how to handle it,” Thea said. “With the way the AI functions, it feels like we can’t trust anything anymore, and now less people are going to speak up about their suicidal thoughts, which is more dangerous to that person.”
Facebook have defended itself against claims that using the site can damage your health. The impact of Facebook has come into the press recently which was discussed recently.
The social media giant have now said in a blog post that whilst there is evidence to suggest that the site can damage wellbeing. Facebook can also be a positive experience. Use the site positively, get a positive return. Kinda like how Karma works. If Karma is a thing.
David Ginsberg, Facebook’s director of research, has allegedly said that there are continuous internal debates of how their users are using their website. While discussing how the time spent on their website was in fact good/bad for people:
“Just like in person, interacting with people you care about can be beneficial, while simply watching others from the sidelines may make you feel worse.”
So, that being said, be more active and positively engaging with the people in your social network helps a user to feel better.
Ginsberg also stated that the social media giant are working on ways to turn users into active users. While not being just social media voyeurs.
Dr Bernie Hogan, a senior research fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, has called into question, Facebook’s theory. Hogan has researched extensively Facebook’s effect on it’s users and doesn’t see how Ginsberg’s theory will work.
“They are saying that the solution is more interactivity, more personal feedback and less broadcasting. The problem is that they are engineering tools for more broadcasting.”
Hogan’s daming response to Ginsberg’s suggestion to use Facebook positively to feel positively, does make sense. It does raise a few questions as to how it will work.
The only way to see, is to do it in practice.
So we’ll see.