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BioWare's Anthem revamp canceled: 'Game development is hard,' says executive producer

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

The creators of "Anthem" have shut down a revamped version of the online sci-fi video game. Game maker BioWare said Wednesday it has stopped developing an overhauled version known by many as "Anthem NEXT." "While we continue to make progress against all our game projects at BioWare, working from home during the pandemic has had an impact on our productivity and not everything we had planned as a studio before COVID-19 can be accomplished without putting undue stress on our teams," BioWare executive producer Christian Dailey said in a blog post updating "Anthem's" status. The studio will continue to run the current live service for "Anthem," Dailey said. The decision to curb the revamp of "Anthem" comes after its creators spent last year discussing the game's redesign. However, published reports earlier this month said the fate of the troubled game rested in the hands of its publisher Electronic Arts (EA).


Lin Qi, executive producer on 'Game of Thrones' creators' new Netflix series, dead at 39 by alleged poisoning

FOX News

Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines are here. Check out what's clicking today in entertainment. Lin Qi, an executive producer on "Game of Thrones" creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss' upcoming Netflix series, died at age 39 after being poisoned. Lin was the chairman and CEO of Yoozoo Group, which he founded in 2009. The company was working with the TV creators on an adaptation of a science fiction series based on "The Three-Body Problem" trilogy of novels by Chinese author Liu Cixin.


The Producer of 'Foundation' on Asimov, Covid-19, and Race in Sci-Fi

WIRED

The Covid-19 pandemic all but halted Hollywood. Production on most movies and television shows (except for a handful of animated programs) became too risky, and ceased. It's only in the last few weeks that organizations like SAG-AFTRA and the Directors Guild of America have begun publishing guidelines for how cast and crew members might safely return to work. In this lull, however, studios are still cobbling together their stockpiled footage and releasing tantalizing trailers for upcoming projects. Even if you've never read the Asimov novels, which were first published in the 1950s, every science fiction fan has felt their influence, especially in genre classics like Star Wars.


It's game on for 'Mythic Quest': Apple TV comedy series set inside a video-game studio

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

A video game development studio is about to launch an eagerly anticipated expansion to its popular role-playing game. This is hardly a typical premise you'd expect out of a TV show, yet it's precisely what you'll find in "Mythic Quest: Raven's Banquet," a new streaming comedy series on Apple TV Plus. All nine half-hour episodes of the first season debuted Friday. Co-created by Rob McElhenney, Megan Ganz and Charlie Day (of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" fame), "Mythic Quest" might best be described as "The Office" meets gamer culture – both in the way it's shot (often with documentary-style camera pushes) and in the hilarious contrast between disparate personalities under pressure to deliver another hit. The formula works, mostly because of the cast's obvious chemistry, but also the smart writing, clever direction and faithful peek behind the scenes at a game studio today.


15 Top Marketing Trends That May Impact 2020

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With the change of each year, new trends emerge or old ones change and evolve in the marketing industry. The changes that occur may be blatant, but more often, they are subtle, and you need to be looking for them to notice what they are. Determining what is trending is in a company's best interests since it gives it the ability to focus on the big issues. With social media competing with mass media, a trend could explode in a matter of hours, making it even more critical to predict the eventuality before it happens. To help, 15 members of Forbes Agency Council weigh in on the trends they expect to show up throughout 2020, to better inform marketers where they should be putting their focus.


How risky is AI, really?

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In recent weeks, Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has said artificial intelligence (AI) is riskier than North Korea and he has called on the United Nations to ban autonomous weapons before they turn into killer robots. Musk has also reportedly called for AI regulation, saying AI is a "fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization" and he said Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg's rosier spin proves "his understanding of the subject is limited." It is a decidedly grim view of a technology infiltrating the marketing industry via channels like customer service, search and data analysis. So how worried are marketers exactly? For her part, Jenna Niven, creative director at ad agency R/GA, noted AI has been around for a long time and is already integrated into processes we use every day, like Gmail sorting spam or Netflix recommending content, but only now are we starting to see AI in the forefront of user experiences like Alexa and self-driving cars, which means it is assuming a more obvious role in our lives.


President Barack Obama on the Future of Artificial Intelligence WIRED

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This Agency Is Making an AI Friend for Kids Who've Lost Parents in Combat

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When Mom or Dad spends long tours of duty far from home while serving in the military, their kids sometimes need extra understanding, encouragement and emotional support. If a parent dies in combat, these children can struggle mightily to cope with the loss and adjust to a new reality. According to a recent study, one-quarter of such kids contemplate suicide. Creative agency We Believers is stepping up with Ai Buddy, an artificial-intelligence system designed to assist youngsters caught up in such difficult situations. The technology features a kid-friendly interface with a cast of cute cartoon characters, including a teddy bear, a monkey and an oversized, cuddly purple beetle.


'Big Bang' guy gets show

FOX News

Science Channel has ordered eight half-hour episodes of "SciJinks" prank series from "The Big Bang Theory" star Johnny Galecki, for premiere in 4th quarter 2017. Galecki, via his Alcide Bava Productions, will appear in and executive produce the series, which uses cutting-edge science as the foundation for outrageous stunts and practical jokes. Galecki will orchestrate a team of brilliant and inventive scientists drawing from chemistry, physics, technology, engineering and more, with never-before-seen pranks designed to introduce audiences to remarkable and unusual scientific discoveries. Along with Galecki, each episode will be guided by scientists, physicists and stem students. "One of the most rewarding elements of being on'The Big Bang Theory' has been being approached by younger people who claim they never before had considered a life in the sciences until watching the show.


Man on the Street

The New Yorker

On a Friday night in February, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Billy Eichner, the thirty-seven-year-old star of the sui-generis pop-culture game show "Billy on the Street," was sitting in a director's chair on the set of the sitcom "Difficult People." That show, about two struggling performers, a straight woman and a gay man, who are harsh about the world and affectionate with each other, was created and is written by the comedian Julie Klausner, with whom he co-stars. Eichner has excellent posture, even when looking at his phone. "I was a'Jeopardy!' question this week," he told me. He held up a screen shot of the clue: "GAMES OF THIS COMIC'ON THE STREET' INCLUDED'WOULD DREW BARRYMORE LIKE THAT?' & 'IT'S SPOCK! On "Billy," now entering its fifth season, Eichner startles New Yorkers on the street and gets them to play games and answer questions, for weird prizes and small amounts of money. Sometimes Eichner runs around surprising people with a movie star in tow, like Zachary Quinto, of "Star Trek." ("It's Spock! He creates fanciful obstacle courses, such as "Leah Remini's Escape from Scientology," in city parks and paved lots. He has made viral videos with Madonna, Julianne Moore, and David Letterman. Joan Rivers was a friend and a fan. "I am responsible for something rare, which is three seconds of complete and utter silence on national television," Eichner said, in reference to stumping the "Jeopardy!" "You won't see that on'Fresh Off the Boat.' " You won't see that on "Billy on the Street," either. Eichner is hyperliterate in the language of pop culture, asking rapid-fire questions about Kaley Cuoco or Meryl Streep before his guests know what's happening to them.