Big numbers for Beijing

first_imgThe IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015 could potentially be the biggest world championship in the 15 editions of the event, which started in 1983 and ranks among the world’s leading sports events.With one week to go, final entries indicate that 207 IAAF member federations will send representatives to the Chinese capital for the most important sporting event of the year.The previous highest number of participating federations was 203, at the last championships in Moscow two years ago.No less than 1,936 athletes (1043 men and 893 women) have been entered.SLIGHTLY LESS NUMBERSAlthough the number of athletes that will finally participate in Beijing will be slightly less, as is normal, this figure still compares favourably with the current highest total of 1895 who competed at the 2009 championships in Berlin.The numbers have been boosted by the IAAF’s innovative system introduced ahead of these championships of inviting athletes who had not already been entered by the deadline of midnight (Central European Time) Monday, August 10, on the basis of them being among the best ranked in their event (apart from in long distance and walking disciplines) in order to bring an event up to an optimum number of competitors as established by the IAAF.The IAAF World Championships, Beijing 2015, is expected to set the standard for the sport’s future championships, with the world’s best athletes going through their paces in the same magnificent Bird’s Nest stadium that was the centrepiece for the 2008 Olympic Games.As already announced, the Bird’s Nest stadium will be full for all the evening sessions across the nine days with an audience of 50,000 spectators.- IAAFlast_img read more

Dont Just Disclose Odds For Video Game Loot Boxes Ban Them

first_img The Entertainment Software Association just announced the big three video game hardware makers Microsoft, Nintendo, and Sony will now force publishers to reveal odds for loot boxes in games that appear on their consoles starting in 2020. Apple and Google recently implemented a similar policy with their mobile game stores, where free-to-play gambling tactics are even more prevalent, so it’s nice to see the industry get on the same page when it comes to this issue. But it’s not enough. Loot boxes cannot be made more ethical. They need to be banned.Considering the ESA’s sole function is to lobby for the video game industry (and leak personal information of people who go to E3) it makes sense they would endorse this half-step towards self-regulating. Following debacles like Star Wars Battlefront II’s loot boxes being borderline illegal, the threat of government interference looms ever larger with senators introducing explicitly anti-loot box legislation. Meanwhile, pressure from pro-union employees is finally offering us hope that game executives, overpaid through exploitation of workers and consumers alike, may finally be held accountable for their actions.Disclosing loot box odds isn’t entirely meaningless. It puts more power into players’ hands so they can make smarter choices about how much money to flush into these free games. Real casinos wouldn’t give you this kind of information. And with this extra transparency, publishers may be more inclined to tip the odds in your favor to get that fancy outfit. It’s all so greedy and frustratingly arbitrary anyway. There’s no real reason for entirely virtual items to be “rare.”Plus, the last time the industry tried to clean up its act before the government did we got the ESRB. A ratings board, while not perfect, was absolutely necessary. It’s kind of crazy that the industry went so long without one. Violent video games shouldn’t be banned, but also maybe little kids shouldn’t play them.But simply disclosing loot box odds just puts a bandage over a gaping wound. Random loot boxes are simply the latest, grossest permutation of “free-to-play” mechanics that in fact encourage players to spend an infinite amount of money on a game instead of $60. It’s inherently predatory and fundamentally damages game design, even when you know the odds.When explaining their support for this ESA initiative, Sony and Nintendo talked specifically about how it ties in with their parental control apps, implying that loot boxes target and harm children most of all. That doesn’t sound like something in need of a reform. It sounds like something that should be banned.The drama over loot boxes is just one part of why the video game industry, the tech industry, and the idea of industry itself these days is in desperate need of regulation, from the inside or the outside if need be. This new loot box rule is a baby step in the right direction, but we need a full push.More on Creepiest Video Game CultsThese Are the Games You Should Play in August 2019Superstar Streamer Ninja Leaves Twitch For Microsoft’s Mixer Stay on target Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits last_img read more

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Where some teams saw a red flag, the Cardinals saw an opportunity.“Number one, I think in any process, when you hear about an incident, you have a perception,” Cardinals GM Steve Keim said. “When he came and spent a significant amount of time with us, it changed my perception.“He’s actually an artistic guy, plays the saxophone. I think he’s very well-rounded; reads a lot of books. But more than anything, he’s remorseful.”With Keim and head coach Bruce Arians leading the way, the Cardinals have not been particularly averse to letting players be themselves. The mentality starts at the top with the ever-quotable Arians and permeates throughout the entire organization.If you want a standard football player — whatever that even means — Nkemdiche is not your guy. He is a talented athlete, yes, but he has personality and a wide variety of interests.“It’s a different side of Robert,” defensive line coach Brentson Buckner said when asked about Nkemdiche’s saxophone skills. “He’s not an A personality or a B personality; he marches to the beat of his own drum.“And in life, and I think inside a football locker room, you should welcome stuff like that. I don’t want all these cookie-cutter guys, everybody’s just alike. I want some guys with their own personality, but when the come together it makes perfect harmony.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Yet, Nkemdiche believes teams had a problem with something else.“I think they were more shook by the fact of me not being a stereotype more than my incident, because if you look at my past, my history, I don’t get in trouble — I’m not a troublemaker,” he said. “I was confused over where all these issues were coming from, and the issue is I’m not a stereotype. They don’t want to say that, but that’s the truth.“I don’t have a long history of incidences; I had an incident. That was stupid, of course, and I learned from it. But this team saw what they were supposed to see, and that’s why I’m here and I’m excited.”What the Cardinals saw was a player they believe will fit in with their current roster. Both Keim and Arians have expressed confidence in their team’s leadership and culture, and because of that they have been willing to add players like Nkemdiche and Chandler Jones, neither of whom arrives with a perfectly clean record.Are the Cardinals taking a risk here? Sure, but in today’s NFL it is difficult to find players without a single question mark. The question really is whether or a not a player is willing to move forward and have a productive career, and if a team has the right structure to help guide him along the way. Top Stories And in that regard, Nkemdiche and the Cardinals belong together.“This is the perfect place to be because somewhere along the lines somebody on the staff knows how to look through people and see people’s souls,” Nkemdiche said. “And that speaks measures because people in this world, it’s hard to look at somebody’s soul because they’re so caught up on the perception of whatever they heard, what they’re supposed to think, and they don’t really have an opinion of their own.“Somebody on this staff has an opinion of their own, and that’s why I’m here. I’m very excited and I’m very thankful to get the opportunity to be a Cardinal.” – / 35 Those words from his position coach are music to Nkemdiche’s ears.“It’s not even the fact of not conforming,” he said of the mindset. “It’s the fact of just knowing yourself, just being yourself, know what I mean? I’m a simple man; I’m not even a complex guy, and for the fact that [Buckner] is a guy that likes people that move to the beat of their own drum, I love to play for him and I can’t wait to go to work for him.”While Nkemdiche would have been happy no matter which team he was drafted to, the feeling of being accepted for who he is in Arizona made the Cardinals a team he was hoping to land with. He recalled a meeting with Arians in which he told the coach he was not just telling him what he wanted to hear.“I’m really just trying to be me,” he recalled saying. “He was like, ‘No, I feel you. I’m not listening to you — I’m feeling you.’“I’m like, ‘I like this guy. I like this guy.’”The feeling was mutual.Of course, not every team was willing to take a chance on Nkemdiche, believing for whatever reason he would not be a good choice with their top pick. Given that talent was never really an issue, all signs point back to one night that he has regretted ever since. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires TEMPE, Ariz. — Perhaps it’s fitting that Robert Nkemdiche will wear No. 90 for the Arizona Cardinals.The number was donned by Cory Redding in 2015, but before that, Darnell Dockett wore it from 2004 to 2014, and in the process turned it into one of the more feared jerseys in the NFL.Like Dockett, Nkemdiche enters the NFL with high expectations and a bit of a checkered past. And, as was the case with the man who they called “Nine-O,” Nkemdiche is his own person. Comments   Share   last_img read more