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Global power games could blow the whole Middle East apart

global power games could blow the whole middle east apart

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Global power games could blow the whole Middle East apart

Simon Tisdall

As Beirut mourns its dead after last week’s explosion, foreign meddling has plunged the entire region into chaos

Lebanon’s Ground Zero … the port in Beirut after last week’s deadly blast in the docks.
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The huge explosion that destroyed much of central Beirut is a daunting metaphor for the perils facing failing Middle East states.
For years, the region has been described as the world’s most unstable, as a powder-keg primed to detonate at any moment. Last week’s awful tragedy begs a bigger question about how many shocks such fragile, vulnerable countries can absorb before they fracture, crash and blast apart. Is the Middle East as a whole about to explode?Nearly 10 years after the Arab spring’s hopes of reform were dashed in a storm of violence and counter-revolution, and at a time when regional tensions are again approaching boiling point, a possible watershed nears.
As Thursday’s visit by French president Emmanuel Macron and global offers of assistance suggest, the world is suddenly paying renewed attention. Perhaps this will supply a wider impetus for the sort …

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Great moments in PC gaming: Conquering Kronus in Dawn of War—Dark Crusade

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Great moments in PC gaming are bite-sized celebrations of some of our favorite gaming memories.Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War—Dark Crusade (Image credit: SEGA)Year: 2006Developer: Relic EntertainmentI love a cheesy RTS cutscene, whether it involves actors hamming it up or in-game models blown up to a scale they should never have been seen at, but even I have to admit they’re optional. The proof of that is Dark Crusade, which ditched Dawn of War’s prior narrative style (complete with in-game Space Marines trying to emote by flapping their lantern jaws and stiffly performing emotes), and instead created a more freeform campaign structure.There are seven factions competing for the planet Kronus, which makes it a pretty crowded place. Each has a single mobile army, led by their commander, who can attack an adjacent territory. Right from the off you’ve got two hostile neighbours to deal with—but so does everyone else. Say you get distracted from attacking the Blood Ravens because the mech-loving weebs called Tau are too attractive a target. Not to worry, because meanwhile the pseudo-Egyptian robotic Necrons have launched an assault on the Blood Ravens’ flank, keeping them off your back. It’s a gloriously compact free-for-all, …

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South Korean YouTuber sets private parts on fire during gaming livestream, gets 2nd-degree burns | Inquirer Technology

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Image: screenshot from Shin Tae Il’s livestream via YouTube/신태일[65번째]A South Korean YouTuber shocked fans—and even impressed some—as he fulfilled his end of quite a dangerous deal that resulted in his getting second-degree burns.
Shin Tae Il, also known as the infamous “angry Korean gamer,” set his crotch area on fire as a penalty for losing a “Fall Guys” game following suggestions of his viewers, as per US-based Korean pop blog Allkpop earlier today, Aug. 8.
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The deal was for him to set his private parts on fire for five seconds if he did not come in first place for a particular round—so he did.
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At around the 3-hour-and-15-minute mark of the said livestream, which aired on YouTube on Aug. 6, viewers saw the gamer strip down to only his white shorts and pour lighter fluid all over his privates.FEATURED STORIES

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On his first attempt, the gamer set the lighter fluid on fire, causing him to scream and jump in pain. Unfortunately, the whole ordeal lasted for only around three seconds, falling a little short of the imposed penalty.
Tae Il then began pouring more lighter fluid on his …

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Atlanta Hawks Talon GC heats up with sweep of Heat Check Gaming in final regular season series

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The playoffs are faintly pinging on the radar of the Atlanta Hawks’ “NBA 2K” League affiliate Talon GC. Despite a 2-0 sweep in its final series of the regular season, Atlanta has to win four more times in the single-elimination THE TICKET tournament to get into the 10-team postseason. Talon won seven times all year. Friday night’s matchup against Miami’s Heat Check Gaming seemed relatively ceremonial. After Atlanta’s loss on Wednesday to the then-league-worst Celtics Crossover Gaming, Talon knew it would have to run the gauntlet in the Aug. 13-15 play-in tournament. Yet with its win, Atlanta improved to 7-9 on the year and received a first-round bye for THE TICKET. The team is still without defensive specialist Kwan “followTHEGOD” Niblack Jr., who’s in New York following the death of his mother two weeks ago. His teammates have looked to finish strong on his behalf. So far, they’ve done it.

“’I’m willing to step in for him and at least show him what we can do for the rest of season,” power forward Derrion “Arkele” Elmore said. “Since that season is dedicated to him, I want to at least make him some money off …

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Asus ROG Phone 3 full review: More power to gamers

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Asus has just introduced its third generation Republic of Gaming (RoG) smartphones — the ROG Phone 3 — in India. The timing of the launch seems pretty accurate, despite the difficult situation. Several reports have confirmed that gaming activities, on mobile as well as with consoles, have picked up an unprecedented momentum during the Covid-19 pandemic as people have been forced to stay indoors during the lockdowns and practice mandatory social distancing protocols. A report from gaming analytics firm Newzoo shows the global video game market is forecast to be worth $159 billion in 2020, around four times box office revenues ($43 billion in 2019) and some three times the music industry revenues ($57 billion in 2019). The biggest market by revenue is Asia-Pacific with almost 50 per cent of the games market by value. Priced ₹49,999, the ROG Phone 3 gaming smartphone sports an array of swashbuckling specs and features, starting with a 144 refresh rate, a super-powerful processor — the 3.1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus — and a massive 6000 mAh battery. Since there aren’t many gaming smartphones around in this market and given that India has seen an uptick in gaming consumption and the segment is expected to grow faster than the global average growth, the arrival of the …

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Four Oklahoma tribes sue Gov. Stitt, federal agency over gaming agreements

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Four Oklahoma tribes filed a lawsuit Friday against the U.S. Department of the Interior and Gov. Kevin Stitt, seeking a declaration that the agency violated federal law in allowing Stitt’s gaming agreements with the Comanche Nation and the Otoe-Missouria Tribe to take effect as approved.“While the Oklahoma Supreme Court has declared those agreements invalid under Oklahoma law, their validity under Federal law must also be addressed to avoid damage to the integrity of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act,” the plaintiff tribes’ attorneys wrote in a news release.The Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Citizen Potawatomi Nations filed the suit in U.S. District Court under the Administrative Procedures Act, also naming Comanche Nation Chairman William Nelson and Otoe-Missouria Tribe Chairman John Shotton as defendants in their official capacities.

“This lawsuit seeks reversal of the Defendant Secretary’s arbitrary, capricious, and unlawful ‘no action’ approval under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act,” the suit reads.The lawsuit claims that the Interior Department, specifically naming Secretary David Bernhardt and Assistant Secretary Tara Katuk MacLean Sweeney in their official capacities, was obligated by law to disapprove the agreements based on the multiple provisions that were invalid under the Indian gaming act.One …

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MLB schedule impacted by COVID-19: 24 total games postponed, including Cardinals-Cubs series

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Major League Baseball’s season is not yet two weeks old, but the schedule has been changed multiple times due to COVID-19 cases across the league. As many as 20 members of the Miami Marlins, including 18 players, tested positive for the coronavirus since Opening Day. The Cardinals are the second team dealing with an outbreak, as more than a dozen members of St. Louis’ traveling party, including seven players, tested positive for the coronavirus in the last week-plus. The Cardinals were originally set to play Friday against the Cubs in their first game in more than a week. But that three-game series has been postponed after another St. Louis player tested positive.As of Friday, 24 different MLB games impacting a total of 10 teams had been postponed due to COVID-19 cases.  Here are those postponed games and their original dates:Marlins-Orioles four-game home-and-home series (July 27-30)Yankees-Phillies four-game home-and-home series (July 27-30)Marlins-Nationals three-game series (July 31-Aug. 2)Phillies-Blue Jays three-game series (July 31-Aug. 2)Brewers-Cardinals three game series (July 31-Aug. 2)Cardinals-Tigers four-game series (Aug. 3-6)Cardinals-Cubs three-game series (Aug. 7-9)MLB announced an updated schedule for the teams impacted by positive COVID-19 tests on last week. The Marlins returned …

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Trump banned TikTok and WeChat. Are video games next?

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President Trump’s two executive orders targeting Chinese companies went public just after 6 p.m. Pacific on Thursday.The first went after TikTok, to no one’s surprise. The video app had been the subject of intensifying rhetoric from the Trump administration for weeks. The order declared that all U.S. entities would be banned from doing business with parent company ByteDance starting in 45 days — a deadline that may serve mostly to put a shot clock on Microsoft’s negotiations to buy TikTok.The second order was a curveball. In a tangle of commas, it prohibited “any transaction that is related to WeChat,” a messaging app ubiquitous in China and used by more than a billion people around the world, with Tencent Holdings, WeChat’s parent company, “or any subsidiary of that entity.” By 7 p.m., the gamers were freaking out.
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Trump, tweeted Noah J. Nelson, “basically just declared war on gamers as a whole. I’m sure that will work out nicely for him.”

There’s a reading of this that means that @realDonaldTrump just declared war on League of Legends, Fortnite, and Valorant. That he basically just declared war on gamers as a whole. I’m sure …

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Ready, set, race! Andretti Indoor Karting & Gaming reopens with safety, social distancing in mind

ready, set, race! andretti indoor karting & gaming reopens with safety, social distancing in mind

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SAN ANTONIO – Ready to get your race on? Andretti Indoor Karting & Gaming is open again, and they have special social distancing and safety measures in place.Andretti requires all guests to wear a face covering that covers their mouth and nose at all time within the facility. The requirement does not apply to children with specific age requirements, per county, city and state mandates, nor to individuals who cannot wear a face covering due to a medical condition. For more information, visit www.andrettikarting.com/playsafely.There’s a deal this weekend for National Bowling Day, so don’t miss out![embedded content]And don’t forget the food! You can recharge with a tasty burger and fries, like Jen did on Friday. Check out the video below for more. Related: Check out all the things you can do at Andretti

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