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World Record for Atari Dragster is Thrown Out

Twin Galaxies, a group that tracks top performances in video gaming, has announced that it will throw out a record that has stood for 25 years.

The player at the center of the controversy, Todd Rogers, submitted proof in 1982 for a record performance in the Atari Dragster game. The game is a side-scrolling driving simulation that challenges the player to switch gears at precise moments in order to speed up a car. Rogers supposedly beat the game in 5.51 seconds and took a Polaroid photo of the time before submitting it to the developer of the game.

The Dragster record was added to the Twin Galaxies system in 2000, which qualified it as a Guinness World Record for being the longest held video game record. For years, other players tried to match or beat Rogers’ time, but the next closest performance was 5.57 seconds.

The decision by Twin Galaxies to nullify the Dragster record came after the video game community gathered evidence to suggest that Rogers had fabricated his performance. Software analysis has suggested that 5.51 seconds is a physically impossible time for a human player in Dragster. As part of its finding, Twin Galaxies has erased all of Rogers’ other video game records from its database as well.

Rogers has yet to publicly respond to the decision by Twin Galaxies, but he has previously argued against his detractors by claiming that he used a special shifting strategy when setting the record for Dragster. The developer of the Atari game has not produced any new evidence to validate Rogers’ original time of 5.51 seconds, but the debate over this record in speed video gaming is likely to continue into the future.

Microsoft looking to buy Electronic Arts

There may not be a company that had a tougher year than Electronic Arts did in 2017. Does that mean the firm might be on the block? Reports began surfacing on Monday afternooon that EA might be up for sale and the company that might buy them is Microsoft.

The deal makes quite a bit of sense for both entities, which probably means it’s not going to go through. For Microsoft, it would allow them a studio that could put together quite a few Xbox only games. For EA, it would mean that they are teaming up with one of the titans of the video game world. They might also be able to repair some of the problems we’ve seen in the last few years if there was another set of eyes looking at the products EA is pushing out there and telling someone they need to be rethought.

The two firms are a couple of the biggest in the video game world. As Polygon points out, Microsoft could likely make the purchase of EA without making much of a dent into their profits. The firm that has just launched the Xbox One X is valued at somewhere in the neighborhood of $130 billion. EA, on the flipside carries a value of about $35 billion.

Those are big dollar values being through around, but in what is becoming very big video game business, it appears as though EA could be had by Microsoft for chump change. It should be pointed out that rumors about takeovers like this are almost always going strong this time of year. There are some rumblings that have made this set of rumors seem to have a bit more traction underneath them. When you’re talking about Microsoft’s cash and EA’s PR problems, a sale could indeed be on the horizon.

Spider-Man release date might have been leaked

Since the Spider-Man game for the PS4 was first shown off, the gaming public has been salivating thinking about when they might finally be able to get their hands on it. The graphics were top of the line, the story seemed to be one that no one had seen before, so it wasn’t something that people knew what was coming.

The action sequences especially were getting people very excited to play a super hero game for the first time in a very long time. The only problem was that nobody knew when they were going to be able to get their hot little hands on the game.

Spider-Man was once again showcased at a number of different gaming conventions in the last year, all making people think this was a game they would really like to play, whenever it comes out. While we still don’t have an official release date from the developers themselves, we might have a hint on when we could expect the game.

There have been plenty of people who have thought that the earliest we would see this new super hero game would be in early 2019. That was based mostly on the fact that it looked awfully in depth and no one had heard about it before it was shown off at E3.

Now a leak from the retailer Cool Shop, might just have the official release date. According to a listing from that store, we can expect the game to hit shelves on September 28, 2018. Cool Shop, according to Gaming Bolt is a retailer that can be leaned on for the truth more often than not. That date would also make sense because it would be the beginning of the fall flurry of new games. Until the developers confirm the date, we’ll just have to hold out hope.

Video Game Movies Have the Potential to be The Next Big Thing in the Industry

One thing that has been common throughout the history of Hollywood is trends. There have been plenty of trends coming and going in Hollywood. One example of a trend is the Western. For a time, westerns have come out and dominated the big screen. They have since been taken into the background. While there is still a western film every once in a while, there are more films with a western influence that are not necessarily the old frontier movies. Right now, the current trend is the comic book film. However, people are anticipating its slow down.

This begs the question as to what is next after the comic book movie. A little bit of attention is being brought to the video game movie. Many people are doubting that there is going to be a huge rise of video game movies due to the low quality of the adaptations. As a matter of fact, there is something known as the video game movie curse. However, this is not that different from an age of comic book movies when they were not so good either. For one thing, comic book movies were handled by people that didn’t really care much for the source material. The same can be said right now for video game movies.

There are a couple of video game movies that are coming out. One of them is a Tomb Raider Reboot. The other is Rampage starring Dwayne Johnson. In all honesty, neither of them look like the movies that are going to break the video game movie curse. However, there is still hope. All that is needed is for some of the video game properties to be put in the right hands.

Bob Reina: Everybody Loves Bob

It’s always great when you hear about someone like Bob Reina and how they have remained true to who they are even after they have had a tremendous amount of success in their career. As a matter of fact, it’s impossible to find anyone that has a bad word to say about Bob Reina. The thing with Bob Reina is that he did not plan any of this and he is not out there trying to get people to like him. That is not how Bob Reina works. He wants it all to come naturally and organically. He knows that is the best way to do it. The expression “be yourself” applies to Bob Reina. He has always been himself through and through, and I don’t see it changing ever.

 

Because he is himself, people know what they are getting with Bob Reina. They know they are not getting a phony or someone that is just a conman. They are getting someone that is the real deal as a human being and as a CEO. It is a job he loves. This is a man that used to be a police officer. He has saved lives in two ways. As a police officer, he saved lives with his work in the line of duty. With Talk Fusion and their video products, he has saved people from an unhappy life and unhappy job. Learn more: http://www.pr.com/company-profile/employees-biography/82120-1877

 

With Talk Fusion’s products, they can allow someone to be the CEO and founder of their own company much like Bob Reina is. The wonderful thing about Talk Fusion and why people enjoy the product so much, as well as Bob, is the fact that Talk Fusion sticks with you. Once you are signed up and once you join Talk Fusion, they don’t just leave you hanging out to dry. They don’t just collect your money and let you try to figure it out on your own. They are there for the customers and they help them figure out how to work it and how to get the most out of the product.

 

They want people to be happy with Talk Fusion and feel like they are getting their money’s worth every single time they use the product. Bob Reina does not want anyone to feel like they are getting ripped off or like they are just looking to get big numbers and big money. Bob Reina is an honest guy, which is why everyone loves Bob. He is the kind of guy that someone could meet on the street, and they would instantly see he is as real as they get and he is someone that cares about you and wants to get to know you.

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Fire And, Sometimes, Clayton Hutson

The arena lights go low, the anticipation builds, that first guitar chord explodes and the crowd erupts. There’s something ethereal about a live concert, that certain otherworldly feeling that you’re part of something larger than yourself. Clayton Hutson is an expert at providing that experience. Learn more: https://twitter.com/hutson_clayton

 

 

Clayton doesn’t have the fame of a recording artist, but without his expertise as a sound engineer and tour manager, that larger than life concert sensation doesn’t happen. Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Theater Design and Production, Clayton attracted the attention of recruiters and he was soon employed as production manager in Billy Graham’s large, multimedia stadium events. In the summer of 2000, Billy Graham’s four day crusade in Nashville drew over 225,000 people, with the help of Clayton Hutson cueing the controls behind the scenes.

 

 

Billy Graham turned 81 that year, consequently his religious touring began winding down. By 2002, the rock group Marilyn Manson snapped up Clayton for the band’s next world tour. Heavy metal madness would require many different production and stage design elements than a serene religious audience, but Clayton’s creativity and timing were more than up to the task of keeping pace with Manson’s famous unpredictability and theatrics on stage. The band would be on the road for the better part of three years, selling out nearly 180 concert dates, with Clayton fulfilling multiple functions. By the end of 2005, Clayton Hutson was in demand.

 

 

Today, fog machines and spotlights have given way to software driven special effects, with concerts a marvel of digital magic, lighting and video. For Kanye West’s Yeezus Tour, Clayton contended with a 50 foot high mountain that doubled as a volcano. Added Clayton, “Another challenge was above the mountain: a circular LED screen, 60 feet wide. Definitely a high stakes evening for the crew.” The results were epic. The Yeezus Tour was the second highest grossing tour that year, taking in $25 million.

 

 

Clayton’s skills still involve moving thousands of pounds of stage apparatus safely and on cue, but his natural penchant for software and its ability to automate movements allow performances to grow ever more spectacular. So, the next time you’re wowed by the pyrotechnics at a live concert, the man behind the curtain just might be Clayton Hutson.

 

Eric Lefkofsky Wants the Data to Cure Cancer

Tempus, co-founded by Eric Lefkofsky, seeks to be the operating system for cancer care. Tempus is a company that wants to make patient care data-driven and more suited to one’s own chemical makeup and genetics. This process would be achieved by making information that is already collected but sometimes not included as part of a patient’s long term record is more obtainable, but by including information that previously sounded like something out of science fiction due to the prohibitive nature of the cost.

For example, Tempus wants to make someone’s human genome a typical part of their care. This process used to cost around one hundred million dollars when it was first performed, but is now around five thousand per patient and dropping comparatively rapidly thanks to to the work of Lefkofsky’s company and others. By collecting this data, scientists and doctors can compare and analyze the genetic information of any cancer patient in the database to find relevant information that could help with another patient’s care and eventually maybe even find the links needed for new ways to handle disease treatment and probable cures.

Eric Lefkofsky also co-founded the company groupon and stepped down to chairman from CEO to focus on Tempus. Lefkofsky was inspired to create Tempus after his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer and he saw the fault in the medical system concerning patient data. Already an expert on disruptive technology and making businesses and organizations e-enabled, this project may be his most potentially impressive yet and offer a potential fix for a medical industry that many are disappointed in. In addition to Tempus, he has donated millions to cancer related causes and even joined the Giving Pledge where he has vowed to donate half of his assets to charity over time.

Lefkofsky also has a passion for serving those in the greater Chicago area. He not only founded the Lefkofsky Foundation, an organization that serves the area with a focus on initiatives that help the youth, but he is a member of the board of directors of The Museum of Science and Industry and the Art Institute of Chicago.

For details: www.crunchbase.com/person/eric-lefkofsky

Madden NFL 18 Predicts Super Bowl Winner

It’s that time of year again. With just one week until the New England Patriots take on the Philadelphia Eagles, it’s time to see what the people at EA Sports have to say about the outcome of the game. As it has done for several years in a row now, the latest version of the Madden NFL video game took a crack at predicting who was going to win the Super Bowl.

As has been the case for most of these simulations, the Super Bowl is projected to be pretty close if the Madden version is to be trusted. As Polygon points out, most of the of the games in the Madden series have come down to the last play. This year is no different.

Madden NFL 18 claims that the Patriots are going to beat the Eagles thanks to a last second touchdown with a final score of 24-20. That score is somewhat popular in the annals of the Madden series as it has also projected a team would win 24-20 in two other Super Bowls. The game was sealed for the Pats when their defense knocked down a last second hail mary pass from Nick Foles to Alshon Jeffery.

In the 2015 version of the game, it was a hail mary pass that allowed the winning team to pull victory from the jaws of defeat. That hail mary pass meant that the winning team managed to squeak out a 28-24 victory.

There have been times when Madden has been oddly on track with its predictions. Other times they are quite a ways off what really happened. No video game could have predicted what the Patriots had to do in order to rally to victory against the Atlanta Falcons. As another celebration of the Super Bowl, the digital download of Madden NFL 18 has been deeply discounted.

Troy McQuagge’s Vision Of HOPE Has Become A Reality

When Troy McQuagge became head of USHEALTH Group, he wanted to change the company’s image and re-align its priorities. His goal was to leverage the company’s past success and accumulated resources to make it more responsive to the needs of local communities. The HOPE program is one of the primary vehicles for putting this strategic vision into action.

The HOPE acronym stands for Helping Other People Everyday. It has become thoroughly integrated into the structure and operations of the larger company. HOPE is not a mere corporate gimmick created to polish the reputation of USHEALTH Group. From the very start, Troy McQuagge son took a personal interest in ensuring that the program would actually provide services to communities across the country. Indeed, that is the founding mission and vision of the program: to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

The HOPE program has had a number of concrete successes since its inception in 2010. Tony’s first project after establishing the program was to partner with a local relief and aid organization in New Orleans. The purpose of the collaboration was to help re-build homes in some of the areas that were hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina. The company expended significant resources to raze and restore many homes so that people would have a safe and decent place to live. Read more about Troy McQuagge Son at  dailykos.com

A year after it was founded, the executives of the company provided thousands of dollars for the purchase of shoes, baby formula, and other items at a Phoenix shelter. In 2012, USHEALTH leaders went back to Phoenix to give HOPEKids Arizona, a non-profit children’s organization, a check for $25,000. This money will be used to support children who have cancer and other serious diseases.

The spirit of the HOPE program has spread throughout the company. Employees of all departments, branches, and positions have gotten involved and are putting their personal time, talents, skill, knowledge, and money into improving the program and helping it produce more results. To give help to ordinary people and to provide resources and support to struggling communities—these were the twin aims of the program, and they are being met every day by dedicated members of USHEALTH Group. Learn more:https://www.ushacareers.com/a-sense-of-peace/

 

What makes Michel Terpins such a good driver?

The Terpins brothers founded the Bull Sertões Rally Team one of the most elite teams in the Brazilian rallying circuit. These are Rodrigo Terpins and Michel Terpins, having been raised in a family that grew up on sports ensured that there love for sports was nurtured and it would turn lead them to rally. Their father Jack Terpins was very influential in there lives and him being a legendary basketball player who played for the national team as well at club level had already had a taste of how far sports would push one too. Their father now a businessman and a real estate developer was keen to nurture his son’s sports interest, and it thus came as no surprise when Michel Terpins joined the cross country championship where his father was very supportive.

Michel Terpins would grow from a junior competitor to one of the most compelling champions in the competitions. His rise was steady, but his style of riding has already long been seen as capable of producing a champion. When the elite level of the championship came calling he did not shy away but was able to rise to the challenge. He would later be elected chairman of the sport by his peers to lead the championship to greater heights. His contribution to the cross country championship has always been a key talking point as he was able to streamline the sport and in the process attracting new sponsors and draw more interest to it from the public.

Michel Terpins would then move into Rallying where he was welcomed warmly by his brother Rodrigo. There bond growing up would help them form a formidable team that would challenge the established competitors in the T1 prototype category. The brothers would compete together in the initial editions of the Sertões Rally and produce spectacular results in the process. Their breakthrough would, however, come when MEM came onboard bringing with them the T-Rex. The car would prove to have been the missing link in their earlier years as they were now winning championships. For Michel Terpins he is looking forward to the 25th edition of the Sertões Rally.