Valve’s Last Stand Update Could Be Hinting About ‘Left 4 Dead 3’

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KEY POINTS

  • Valve recently released The Last Stand DLC for “Left 4 Dead 2
  • The new campaign introduced new weapons, rolled out bug fixes and featured characters
  • The Last Stand DLC could indicate that Valve is open to developing “Left 4 Dead 3”

Valve rolled out The Last Stand DLC campaign for “Left 4 Dead 2,” ending an almost a decade of update drought for the successful horror title, but a new report believes that the studio’s recent activities could be hinting that “Left 4 Dead 3” could be on the way.

Gamerant speculated that Valve’s recent push towards the new content of “Left 4 Dead” and “Half-Life” could indicate that a sequel of the horror title could finally be on the way. While many believed that Valve is no longer actively developing games, the release of “Half-Life: Alyx” and The Last Stand update prove otherwise.

The publication also thinks that The Last Stand DLC of “Left 4 Dead 2” could make the gaming studio realize thee horror franchise’s direction despite what its two previous titles have accomplished. The new campaign introduced new weapons, rolled out bug fixes and featured returning characters and models that have almost totally remade the game, making each campaign feel new and not just a newly introduced one.

left-4-dead Valve writer Chet Faliszek has left the company. Photo: Valve

“Left 4 Dead 3” was in development before it was canceled. The sequel never made it out of the planning stages despite having a development team. The success of “Half-Life: Alyx” and the reception of The Last Stand update could be viable potentials for the team to initially begin the development of “Left 4 Dead 3.”

But, while the site is hopeful on the possibility of “Left 4 Dead 3,” it also acknowledged that the much-awaited sequel

Why digital marketers have to keep up with emerging tech to stand out

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The internet is having a moment. Forcing most of the developed world inside and online this year has officially pushed us into the next digital evolution. Among other technologies, augmented reality (AR) is on the rise. Digital marketers need to be aware of AR’s vast capabilities in order to reach today’s media-bombarded customers in new and exciting ways.

Augmented reality makes perfect sense in scenarios when consumers want to try goods on themselves: makeup, clothing, sunglasses, etc. This is especially handy because you no longer need to wait for a consumer to come into your brick-and-mortar store for these kinds of interactions. Many industries are starting to realise — possibly in part because of a push from the requirements of social distancing — that there’s a lot more that can be offered online.

eCommerce websites used to be treated like two-dimensional interactive flyers that had users scroll a page to see prices and photos of products. Many sites still operate like this, but the technology is now available to offer much more interactive components to a website than was possible via a dial-up connection in the early 2000s.

Digital reality works

Because of game engines (now sometimes called “creation engines”), making interactive models and three-dimensional environments isn’t something reserved for giant Hollywood budgets or intense video games that require PCs with huge graphics capabilities. In fact, any business can hire an agency or have its own 3D content creator and make 3D models for anything it sells.

Not only can you now give consumers at home a totally 360-degree, fully realistic (and often customizable) product they’re craving, but you can use the same model in all your advertising. You can even create entire digital stores, trade events, and immersive games for your consumers to enjoy.

Augmented reality — along with

U.S. must stand up to China if Biden wins, focus less on trade, Krugman says

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BRASILIA (Reuters) – Democratic candidate Joe Biden should maintain a tough stance against China if he wins the U.S. presidential election, but focus more on industrial policy than trade tariffs, according to Nobel-prize winning economist Paul Krugman.

A fiery critic of the Trump administration who writes a column for the New York Times, Krugman said the dispute over Chinese technology giant Huawei, whose U.S. operations have been severely curtailed by Washington, will remain a bone of contention between the two powers no matter who wins the White House.

“The U.S.-China situation is complicated. On the one hand, the U.S. has genuine complaints; on the other, there is very little support for Trump’s trade war,” Krugman said in an emailed interview with Reuters.

“So what Biden should probably do is continue to face up to China, but in a different way. Focus more on industrial policy and bring other countries on board to join the effort,” he said.

If Donald Trump is re-elected, the relationship between the two countries will be “very bad,” Krugman said.

The Trump administration imposed staggered tariffs on more than $370 billion in Chinese goods in 2018 and 2019, arguing China was stealing intellectual property and forcing U.S. companies to transfer technology for access to China’s markets.

China imposed its own retaliatory tariffs.

On the U.S. economy, Krugman said the biggest challenges in addition to the near-term uncertainty fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic are structural changes in the demand for labor, and secular stagnation.

“We still have savings exceeding investment demand, leading to low interest rates and a limited ability to respond to slowdowns,” he said, adding that this should be met with infrastructure investment.

Krugman also said he is worried about the fiscal situation in emerging economies, especially Turkey. He said the growing ability of many

Government targets emerging technologies with $1.9 billion, saying renewables can stand on own feet

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The government has unveiled a $1.9 billion package of investments in new and emerging energy and emission-reducing technologies, and reinforced its message that it is time to move on from assisting now commercially-viable renewables.

The package will be controversial, given its planned broadening of the remit of the government’s clean energy investment vehicles, currently focused on renewables, and the attention given to carbon capture and storage, which has many critics.

The latest announcement follows the “gas-fired recovery” energy plan earlier this week, which included the threat the government would build its own gas-fired power station if the electricity sector failed to fill the gap left by the scheduled closure of the coal-fired Liddell power plant in 2023.




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Unveiling the latest policy, Scott Morrison said solar panels and wind farms were commercially viable “and have graduated from the need for government subsidies”.

The government was now looking to unlock new technologies “to help drive down costs, create jobs, improve reliability and reduce emissions. This will support our traditional industries – manufacturing, agriculture, transport – while positioning our economy for the future.”

An extra $1.62 billion will be provided for the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) to invest.

The government will expand the focus of ARENA and the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) to back new technologies that would reduce emissions in agriculture, manufacturing, industry and transport.

At present ARENA can only support renewable energy and the CEFC can only invest in clean energy technologies (although it can support some types of gas projects).

The changes to ARENA and the CEFC will need legislation.

The government says it will cut the time taken to develop new Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF) methods from two

Time to Stand Up Against Big Tech

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Posted: Sep 27, 2020 12:01 AM

The opinions expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily represent the views of Townhall.com.

Editor’s Note: This piece was coauthored by Jim McCoy.

The ongoing effort to destroy the world’s oldest democracy and replace it with a socialist or neo-Marxist form of government has its usual enablers. Groups include the Sixteen Thirty Fund and New Venture Fund, the Ford Foundation flush with former Obama officials, and city, state officials and district attorneys funded by George Soros head the list.

Somewhat opaque are power-crazed billionaires like Michael Bloomberg who hope to gain inordinate influence in the new government order, many of whom are executives at the Big Tech (BT) companies. As their coup progresses, wield enormous leverage, playing a super-sized role in this leftist crusade. They view themselves as members of an emerging oligarchy in the new Harris-Biden regime

In their book Big Tech Tyrants, Brown and Cefaratti offer credible evidence that the BT-3 (Facebook, Google and Twitter) have silently transitioned from social media platforms to publishers, presenting not necessarily what users want but what the platform’s executives believe users should see. The Wall Street Journal has credibly accused Amazon of denying advertising rights for competitors’ products on their website. Since the 2016 election, BT has also been actively shadow-banning (blocking or partially blocking users of their content from an online community so that it will not be readily apparent to them).

Conservatives have failed to adequately identify, assess, and confront the BT monopoly as it runs roughshod over our constitutional rights of free speech. Yet under federal antitrust law and the Sherman Antitrust Act, it is illegal to pursue or maintain a monopoly. The DOJ could and must pursue BT violations on its own as it did against Microsoft in