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EA Sports | FIFA 13

EA Sports released their 20th version of the FIFA game, with FIFA 13 being released on the 28th September (EU). Since the its release, EA Sports have sold over 4.5 million copies of the game. The game currently retails at £35 for the standard version.
 
So, why is this game so greatly anticipated?
 
Well EA have introduced three new features to the in-game experience;
 

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1. 1st Touch Control

”The way players control the ball has been transformed, eliminating near-perfect touch for every player on the pitch, and creating more opportunities for defenders to win back possession. Poor passes are harder to control, enabling defenders to capitalise on errant balls and poor touches. Factors such as defensive pressure, trajectory of the ball, and velocity of the pass all factor into a player’s success.” (EA Sports)

2. Improved Attacking Intelligence

”The most sophisticated artificial intelligence ever achieved infuses players with the ability to analyse space, work harder and smarter to break down the defence, and think two plays ahead. Players will make runs that pull defenders out of position and open up passing channels for teammates, and curve, or alter runs to capitalise on openings as they occur.” (EA Sports)

3. Complete Dribbling

”Inspired by Lionel Messi, experience the freedom and control to be more creative in attack. Face an opponent to threaten attack while moving with the ball in any direction utilizing precise dribble touches to dodge tackles, or turn and shield the ball, holding off defenders for longer stretches. With Complete Dribbling it’s easier to be more dangerous in 1v1 opportunities.” (EA Sports)
 
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Knowing Knowledge

Knowing Knowledge – throughout this time of tumult, despair and fear, I feel that we, as human beings, are at our most complete. We can see, feel and hear from a different, clearer perspective than that of our distorting, bigoted society, and reveal the truth that may lie behind the ‘fog’.

This may then, to those with clearer minds, inspire a thought provoking question; how do we know we exist? What evidence do we actually have? Are we a psychic anomaly, merely misinterpreting the world around us, or possibly even a brain in a vat in a laboratory, plugged in to computer, feeding our brain a real time simulation of a false world? Like the film ‘The Matrix’, those unknowing may think themselves to be living a real life, but it is very difficult to empirically prove it to be true. There are three ways of thinking, all of which are so profound, that may be seen as pseudo religions in themselves. They are; Empiricism, Rationalism and Coherentism.

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Empiricism

In this, they believe that the answer is simple; I’m here, I can sense it. They rely on the human senses to test reality, so if I can’t feel it, touch it, smell it, see it (or its effects), hear it, or told by others it is true, then it doesn’t exist. Aristotle was the founder of this way of thinking, and has proved to be highly popular with many philosophers such as Locke, Hume and Ayer. These men have argued that the mind is born a blank canvas, and as you grow, it is furnished along the way, with many layers being painted on.

To expand this idea, they prove an explanation of imagination as well; imagination is merely the mind’s simulation of two empirically proved ideas to create a false one. Examples of this are used in many religions, such as; Centaurs (half man, half horse), Horus (half man, half bird) and Ganesh (half elephant, half man).

So, for Empiricists, the future cannot be knowledge, which for many is, due to their habit of mind to hypothesise; this is not fact. There is not guarantee that the future will in any way resemble the past…

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Gorilla Glass 3

The company making the ‘super strong’ and ‘scratch resistant’ glass, Corning, has announced that it plans to unveil the latest version of the glass next week, January 7. The glass has been used on all models of the iPhone and iPad and the latest update, Gorilla Glass 3 is said to be 3 times more scratch resistant, shows 40% less of the scratches and an overall increase of 50% in strength.

 

At the Corning booth at the CES 2013, experts will present hourly demonstrations of the toughness of Gorilla Glass 3 so users will get an understanding of what this revolutionary product has to offer.

 

Corning plans to introduce another new product at CES 2013 – Optical Cables, fiber-based, device-to-device connectivity solutions that significantly extend the data transmission range past the limits of copper-based cables.

 

Find out more at Corning’s Website.

 

Praise for Gorilla Glass:

“Phone case. None. I know I’m tempting fate, but the Gorilla glass hasn’t yet let me down, and if you’re going to buy a phone for its slimness and beauty, why bury it in plastic?” (The New York Times)

“Gorilla Glass. Heard of it? Sure you have. It’s on loads of smartphones these days, and it’s widely regarded as one of the most significant mobile technologies in the past few years.” (Ray Willington, Writer, Hot Hardware)

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