The W3C At Twenty-Five

The W3C At Twenty-Five The W3C At Twenty-Five Rachel Andrew 2019-10-11T12:30:00+02:002019-10-12T11:06:31+00:00 Last week, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) celebrated its 25th anniversary and invited folks to share why the open web platform matters to them via the hashtag #WebStories. As I’m both a member of the CSS Working Group at W3C and the representative for Fronteers, I think it’s a good time to explain a bit more about the role of the W3C in the work that we all do. What Exactly Is The W3C? On the W3C website, the About page describes the W3C as: “… an international community where Member organizations, a full-time staff, and the public work together to develop Web standards. Led by Web inventor and Director Tim Berners-Lee and CEO Jeffrey Jaffe, W3C’s mission is to lead the Web to its full potential.” There are links on that page to details of the mission Read the full article…

Blizzard breaks its silence on controversial suspension of pro Hong Kong Hearthstone player

Photo by Maik Boenisch/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images Video game developer Blizzard Entertainment has finally broken its silence after banning a professional player of popular virtual card game Hearthstone for voicing support for the Hong Kong protests. In a lengthy statement, the company says it will reduce the one-year suspension of player Ng “Blitzchung” Wai Chung to a six-month one, and it will restore the prize money it withheld from him. Blizzard claims that its initial decision was not influenced by its relationship with China. “The specific views expressed by blitzchung were not a factor in the decision we made. I want to be clear: our relationships in China had no influence on our decision,” writes J. Allen Brack, the president of Blizzard Entertainment. “We have these rules to… Read the full article…

Riot doesn’t want League of Legends broadcasters discussing ‘sensitive topics’ on the air

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge On Friday, Riot Games said that League of Legends broadcasters should “refrain” from discussing “sensitive topics” on the air, following a controversial move from Blizzard to ban a Hearthstone player who voiced support for the Hong Kong protesters over the weekend. “As a general rule, we want to keep our broadcasts focused on the game, the sport, and the players,” John Needham, the global head of League of Legends e-sports said in a statement. “We serve fans from many different countries and cultures, and we believe this opportunity comes with a responsibility to keep personal views on sensitives issues (political, religious, or otherwise) separate.” As of 2015, Riot Games is entirely owned by the Chinese tech giant Tencent. A… Read the full article…

Both of Mixer’s founders have left the company

Mixer co-founders Matt Salsamendi and James J. Boehm both left the live-streaming company over the past two weeks, at a time when the service is undergoing some of its biggest changes to date. Boehm announced his departure from Mixer on October 2nd, and Salsamendi announced that he was leaving on October 10th. The pair launched Mixer, initially known as Beam, in January 2016. Microsoft acquired the company in August 2016. It was renamed Mixer in 2017. While Boehm didn’t announce what his next steps were, Salsamendi used his farewell letter on Twitter to talk about his next journey — in “lasers.” “For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with the idea of using light to represent music,” Salsamendi wrote. “Growing up I dreamed… Read the full article…

Blizzard Officially Responds to blitzchung Controversy

Blizzard has responded to the controversy regarding Ng Wai “blitzchung” Chung, stating that it will give blitzchung his prize money and will lower his ban from professional Hearthstone play from one year to six months. However, it does not offer an apology or remove all punishments against blitzchung following his support of Hong Kong’s liberation movement. J. Allen Brack, president of Blizzard Entertainment, wrote a letter to Blizzard’s community to address the event that occurred at last week’s Hearthstone Grandmasters tournament, saying that even though Blizzard will reduce the punishment, “there is a consequence for taking the conversation away from the purpose of the event and disrupting or derailing the broadcast.” Read the full article…

Netflix’s The Witcher: Henry Cavill ‘Lived and Breathed’ the Games

Henry Cavill, who stars as Geralt of Rivia in Netflix’s The Witcher series, recently shared his passion for both the video games and the novels written by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. Per an interview with French magazine Premiere, and translated by Reddit user u/Valibomba (so some nuances from the quotes may have been lost in translation), Cavill reportedly said, “I discovered the games, then I discovered the books, and the universe of The Witcher instantly meant something to me. I often thought about playing Geralt. When the opportunity appeared, I didn’t let the chance pass me… I didn’t even have the need to prepare myself for the role. Because I breathe, I live this universe every day. I already got numerous opportunities to think about this character while I was playing the games.” Read the full article…

A Guide To New And Experimental CSS DevTools In Firefox

A Guide To New And Experimental CSS DevTools In Firefox A Guide To New And Experimental CSS DevTools In Firefox Victoria Wang 2019-10-10T14:30:59+02:002019-10-11T11:06:37+00:00 Over the last few years, our team at Firefox has been working on new CSS tools that address both cutting-edge techniques and age-old frustrations. We’re the Layout Tools team, a subset of Firefox Developer Tools, and our quest is to improve the modern web design workflow. The web has seen an incredible evolution in the last decade: new HTML/CSS features, browser improvements, and design techniques. Our team is devoted to building tools that match that innovation so that designers and developers can harness more of the efficiency and creativity that’s now possible. In this guide, we’ll share an overview of our seven new tools, with stories from the design process and practical steps for trying out each tool. Editorial Design Patterns By naming lines when setting up Read the full article…

Steam will soon let you play local-only multiplayer games with far off friends

Co-op video games are wonderful. Alas, it’s not always possible to get everyone in front of the same TV — and not all co-op games have online play, so playing across the internet is out. With that in mind, Valve has been working on something it calls “Remote Play Together” that it’s planning on rolling into its Steam game launcher later this month. By more or less tricking the game into thinking all players are in the same room, it’ll let you remotely play with your friends generally local-only multiplayer games. Valve published on its developers-only Steamworks site a note about the upcoming feature, first noticed by PCGamer. The note quickly made its way to the Unity developer forums. “Your local multiplayer games will soon be improved with automatic support for Remote Play Together on Steam,” it reads. “All local multiplayer, local co-op, and split-screen games will be automatically included in the Read the full article…

Ubisoft is turning more of its games into animated shows

French video game company Ubisoft is continuing its foray into animated television with several new shows, including a tamed Watch Dogs tale and a franchise built around Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. The Watch Dogs series is described as a toned-down version of Ubisoft’s popular game franchise about hackers. The series is aimed at tweens, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It’s unclear where the show will take place, but the Watch Dogs gaming franchise has brought players to Chicago, San Francisco, and London. Concept art for the show shows a middle school-aged girl with a cybernetic version of herself reflected on the floor below. Image: Ubisoft Ubisoft’s other interesting series in the pipeline is Captain Laserhawk:… Read the full article…