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By Usama Jawad96
Discuss: Which abandoned video game franchise do you wish would make a comeback?
by Usama Jawad
Video game franchises come and go all the time but there are some that stay close to our hearts for one reason or the other. These reasons could be anything including pure nostalgia, fun gameplay, an intriguing story, and best of all: a combination of all of the above.
We've seen various video game franchises stay relevant with time to the point that they still get new releases, rather than just remasters and remakes. Examples of long-staying franchises include Pokémon, Tekken, Halo, Mario, Wolfenstein, Resident Evil, DOOM, Metal Gear, Final Fantasy, and more. All of these have huge fanbases which have kept interest in these titles alive even several decades after their original launch. In fact, a lot of titles from these franchises are still the among the bestsellers even in the current generation of video games.
And then there are other, less fortunate, franchises which have seemingly been abandoned. These include series like Dino Crisis, Portal, Max Payne, Twisted Metal, Road Rash, Silent Hill, and Chrono Trigger, among others. It is important to note that not all of these have been officially put on ice due to lack of interest. In fact, rumors have often popped up regarding the revival of each of these series from time to time, but nothing concrete has surfaced yet except the occasional mobile spinoff or a remaster, at best.
That said, via browsing through various internet forums and listicles, it is clear to see that avid fans of these seemingly abandoned franchises would still love to see their beloved video game series make a comeback. And given the fact that a lot of video game series haven't officially been canceled as of yet, there is still hope that people see their favorite games make a triumphant return.
We would like to know: Is there any video game franchise that is currently on hold or canceled that you would love to see make a comeback in the future? Let us know the comments section below!
By Karan Singh
Gameloft becomes the latest developer to abandon Windows phones
by Gurkaran Singh
In what's been a train-wreck of a year for the Windows phones faithful, the blows just keep on coming. In order of events: Microsoft stopped adding features to Windows 10 Mobile indicating that the end is nigh after the mobile revenue fell through the sky. Unsurprisingly, market share for the platform also plummeted. Soon, big companies started pulling their apps and games from the store. OEMs, too, blamed Microsoft for its lack of focus for Windows 10 Mobile. The list of devices eligible for the next feature update, dubbed featiure2, kept getting smaller, too. Finally, when Joe Belfiore ripped off the band-aid, the floodgates had opened.
Now, popular game publisher, Gameloft has also decided to hang up on the platform. It will no longer update Dragon Hunter 5 for the platform and, presumably, no future titles will show up on the platform either.
In a statement on its forums, the company broke the news:
The company is giving the remaining users a chance to switch to a supported platform. Your data will carry over to the new device. To do so, you need to follow the given steps:
Install the game on your new device. From the Windows Phone account you want to transfer, send a ticket to Customer Care (Gameloft icon in the top left corner of the screen). Wait until you receive the Ticket Number linked to your case. From the NEW DEVICE, send the received ticket number in a NEW TICKET to Customer Care, with the message “I want to transfer my Windows Phone account to a new device”. Customer Care will handle the transfer of your progress to the new device, and your Windows Phone account will be erased. While Microsoft is enjoying great success right now, its alleged "comeback" in the mobile space will most likely be marred by its current failings in the consumer space.
Version 5 of RHEL, CentOS and Scientific Linux are now dead
by Paul Hill
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL 5) and its derivatives, CentOS 5 and Scientific Linux 5, all reached their end-of-life (EOL) at the end of March, all systems running the releases should be updated to RHEL 6/CentOS 6 or RHEL 7/CentOS 7 which are supported until 2020 and 2024 respectively.
While most support for Enterprise Linux 5 has ended, customers paying Red Hat will be able to get Extended Life Cycle Support, providing they are running RHEL and not CentOS or other derivatives; this support will last for another three and a half years, but is limited to x86 (32- and 64-bit) architecture only.
CentOS warned its users one year ago to begin their migration process away from CentOS 5. In a forum post it said:
RHEL 5 has had a very long life, being released in March of 2007. It was superseded by RHEL 6 and RHEL 7 in 2010 and 2014 respectively. If, for some reason, you're on any of the aforementioned distributions, it's highly recommended you make the shift to a newer version to continue receiving security updates.
By Usama Jawad96
Facebook bug pronounces thousands of users dead, including Mark Zuckerberg
by Usama Jawad
A rather unusual bug made its way to Facebook yesterday afternoon, which saw tons of users being erroneously pronounced dead on the popular social media website. The bug was reported to be widespread, and flagged thousands of user profiles as "dead" across the globe. A number of celebrities and high-profile personalities were the victims of the bug as well, including Mark Zuckerberg.
Facebook be like: A banner message on the top of the affected profile pages read:
The message initially caused shock and distraught among the relations of the affected users, however, once the situation clarified, several found humorous angles to the story.
In a statement to Engadget, a Facebook spokesperson cited the incident as "a terrible error", saying that:
It is important to note that Facebook introduced a rather morbid feature last year which allows users to set up "legacy" contacts that will partially control their account as a memorial page if they pass away. The recent incident can be viewed as an inadvertent reminder to utilize the feature if you haven't already.
Source: Engadget | "I see dead people" GIF via Giphy
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