Photo: Bethesda Photo: Bethesda Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Bethesda How Player Feedback Is Shaping the Future of ‘Fallout 76’ 1 / 1 Back to Gallery When “Fallout 76” launched in November 2018, it didn’t quite hit its target. The first online-only entry in the long-running post-apocalyptic series suffered from a number of technical issues in its early days, and fans weren’t receptive to some of its core mechanics. The lack of NPCs, instead of encouraging players to interact with each other, just made the world feel empty. The campaign lacked the gravity of previous games’ stories. Overall, it didn’t deliver on its promises or its potential. In the months since launch, developer Bethesda … [Read more...] about How Player Feedback Is Shaping the Future of ‘Fallout 76’
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EmbraerX-designed electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle. EmbraerX-designed electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle. Photo: EmbraerX Photo: EmbraerX Image 1 of / 12 Caption Close Image 1 of 12 EmbraerX-designed electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle. EmbraerX-designed electric vertical takeoff and landing vehicle. Photo: EmbraerX Is flying the future of Uber? 1 / 12 Back to Gallery More Information EmbraerX, a Florida-based subsidiary of the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer, this week unveiled a small, electric-powered vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle that could represent the future for Uber and similar ride-sharing companies. The EmbraerX eVTOL could … [Read more...] about Is flying the future of Uber?
This fall, a 300,000-square-foot shopping mall will open in suburban northern California, built around a landscaped outdoor courtyard inspired by an Italian piazza. The first floor is all glass, the better to see the wares; above that, corrugated stainless steel. An Equinox gym anchors the mall at one end, a dine-in movie theater anchors the other. You can drink boba tea or a Berkeley microbrew, slurp ramen, or down a burger. From the rooftop parking garage, visitors can look down on the piazza—“it is a sweet climate” says its European architect—or out to the surrounding hills. “I don’t want to be nasty to shopping malls,” he adds, in a promotional video for the shopping mall. “I just want to say, this is not a shopping mall, it is something completely different. Instead of something artificial, we need to make something very California.” In March 1954, a 990,000-square-foot shopping mall opened in suburban Detroit, built around … [Read more...] about Malls and the future of American retail
The Mall of America’s terrazzo floors, glazed white like doughnut frosting, ribbon out in every direction, creating a vast mirror maze of consumerism with 520 glassy storefronts. Shoppers, who have escaped an endlessly gray Bloomington, Minnesota, sky on a Monday morning in October, drift through the largest mall in the United States like tourists at an Atlantic City buffet. A couple holding hands strolls into a Zales while buttery perfumes emanate from an Auntie Anne’s next door. Kids and some willing parents fling around on the SpongeBob SquarePants Rock Bottom Plunge roller coaster, one of 27 rides at the Nickelodeon-branded amusement park on-site. Distant echoes of saxophone Muzak clash with both elevator whirs and bubbly pop songs. Somewhere in this otherworldly commercial expanse are five Lids stores and four Sunglass Huts. When the mall opened, in 1992, it represented the pinnacle of retail convenience and a mecca for young people to gather and spend. But the $650 … [Read more...] about The Future Of Retail In The Age Of Amazon
On the first floor of a nondescript 1,000 sq metre industrial unit in Berlin’s Steglitz district, four workers are cautiously placing pregnant queen ants into test tubes in order to dispatch them across Europe. This is Antstore, the world’s first specialist ant shop, a business with around two dozen employees, a glass-cutting workshop, plastic and plaster modelling studios and a full-time social media manager. It is just one of the surprisingly large number of shops in Berlin that sell only one thing, be it crawly insects, salty sweets, sticky tape or miniature string instruments. With online retail sales changing the face of high streets in cities around the world, many wonder if this hyper-specialisation could be more than an accidental side effect of the German capital’s tumultuous history, and also a blueprint for the high street of the future. Martin Sebesta started Antstore in 2003, frustrated that his city’s pet shops lacked either the expertise or … [Read more...] about Are the hyper-specialist shops of Berlin the future of retail?