The England legend has played a central part in the BBC’s coverage of the Three Lion’s incredible journey in Euro 2020 as they prepare to take on Ukraine in the quarter-finals this evening. He was spotted celebrating wildly alongside fellow pundits Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer after England secured a historic 2-0 win over Germany. Ferdinand, who played 81 times for the national side and is one of the most decorated English footballers of all time, often uses his experience to give an expert insight into games.
But he also risked sparking the fury of Brexiteers when he commented on the prospect of the UK leaving the European Union (EU) just days before the vote in 2016.
He wrote on Facebook: “The question about our future in Europe isn’t about Conservative vs Labour, it’s not about which bunch of politicians we want running the country. It’s much bigger than that.
“It’s not about the next five years, it’s about the next 50. Probably even longer.
“It’s about the sort of country our kids are going to grow up in, and how the rest of the world will look at Britain from now on.
“And from all I’ve heard on both sides of this debate, I think our country is at a pretty important fork in the road, and the decision we make could take us to very different places.”
After his passionate opening remarks, Ferdinand stated that he is “for remaining part of the EU” and he gave three reasons for it – one of which bizarrely appeared to take inspiration from his former manager.
He stated: “I think that politics is a team game.
“I worked for the greatest manager of all time. Sir Alex Ferguson always taught us that no individual is bigger than the team, that just because we played for Man United – a massive, famous club – didn’t mean we could swan around doing our own thing.
“We had to work even harder, and be even more of a team, to get where we wanted to be. And I think Europe is a bit like that.
We know we’re risking the ire of several hundred very cross Sega Master System fans by saying this, but we have to be blunt — the original Alex Kidd in Miracle World, while inarguably an important and formative classic, is and always has been an exceptionally flawed game. Don’t get us wrong, there’s plenty to like and a surplus of charm present in its curious world, but mechanically and structurally there’s a lot to be desired. Gotcha traps, luck-based design, missable key items and localisation issues rendering puzzles near-unsolvable? It’s issues like these which make it something of a perfect candidate for a remake. Elevate the features that people enjoy (level design, visuals and soundtrack, shopping/inventory system) and iron out or fix the ones that they don’t. It’s a no-brainer!
Why, then, does Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX seem to double down on the more unfriendly elements of its source material while doing next to nothing to update them? It’s a truly odd decision that results in an experience that will irritate long-time Miracle World fans while doing nothing to bring new people into the fold.
Rather than accentuate the negative (for now), let’s talk about what Alex Kidd DX does well. For a start, it’s absolutely gorgeous, with vibrant and enjoyable pixel art bringing the world of Radaxian to life as it’s never been seen before. Familiar stages are given a beautiful lick of paint, creating something that’s recognisably Miracle World but with a contemporary look. It may irritate some purists, but there’s plenty of character in the reworked sprites, even if it’s not quite the same character as the Master System original. The same, unfortunately, can’t be said for the new map and character artwork. There’s nothing essentially wrong with it, but it’s somewhat generic in a way that the sprites certainly aren’t.
The soundtrack has survived the remake, to a point, though it’s worth noting that there weren’t many songs in the original Master System title anyway. They’re all here in new arrangements and with a handful of new songs to boot — which, in a nice touch, have equivalent 8-bit versions available if you switch to “Classic mode” mid-game by holding ZR, akin to the Lizardcube remake of Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap.
Said “Classic mode”, however, flags up a major issue for series stalwarts: it’s not ‘right’. At a glance, yes, it looks the part, but if you’re familiar with Alex Kidd in Miracle World you’ll quickly realise that it’s not at all faithful to its game feel. Alex just doesn’t feel right moving around and the sound effects are routinely just… wrong. It’s bizarre and we can’t imagine why it turned out this way given that M2’s Sega Ages version of the same game is spot on.
Let’s talk about the aforementioned issues. The most prominent that comes to mind is the retention of rock-paper-scissors as the principal ‘boss battle’ mechanic. Now, we hear you cry, that is exactly what was in the original game. You’re quite right! It was. And, like here, it was primarily a luck-based system. Pick rock, paper or scissors and hope you win. Get it wrong twice and you die. Life lost. Yes, you can memorise the order of the games. Yes, you can locate a Telepathy Ball that lets you read the minds of opponents, but you lose it when you get a Game Over, and you will get a Game Over. And every time you do, you’ll receive a suggestion to pop into the Options menu and give yourself infinite lives, which we have to admit got more and more compelling as the game wore further and further through our patience. But it’s a crutch; a way to paper over cracks that we’d suggest should have been removed in the development stage.
On one hand, it’s a little churlish to criticise Miracle World DX for being too much like Miracle World. After all, a good remake should be evocative of that original experience. We feel in this case, though, that too little has been updated outside of the aesthetics, resulting in an experience wherein the visuals and the moment-to-moment gameplay feel somewhat mismatched almost all the time, which means we never quite felt comfortable controlling Alex.
The changes that have been made feel universally detrimental, though in a way that we can sort of see the reasoning behind them even if the outcome hasn’t been a great one. For example, in the early-ish game there’s a boss battle with an angry bull. In the Master System game, this was simplistic in execution; you simply punch the bull when it approaches you, causing it to be knocked back before coming at you again, this time a little faster. It’s very, very basic, but it’s also quite tense and exciting — it’s a pure test of reactions and lasts less than thirty seconds. In the remake, it’s been changed to a much more traditional sort of thing where you need to jump over the charging bull so it rams into the opposite wall and becomes stunned, allowing you to attack it. Isn’t that just… worse? For no reason? What was wrong with the original approach? Other boss battles have been changed to similar, more routine fights. The tension of the forest boss, for example? Gone.
There are new levels added here and there, and they’re fine. Mostly, though, they have the (presumably unintended) effect of reducing environmental variety — there’s now a second, nearly-identical volcano stage right before the original volcano stage. A later stage outside Janken’s fortress, though, is very cool and great addition, so it’s a bit of a mixed bag.
You unlock a couple of modes on finishing the game, but they’re not super interesting: there’s a Boss Rush (which inexplicably includes the rock-paper-scissors challenges, too) and a full Classic Mode, but this, again (and bafflingly), still isn’t the original game. We initially assumed it was the Master System ROM running in a wrapper but it’s not and it still doesn’t quite feel right. The Sega Ages version is, again, right there on the Switch eShop.
We can’t pretend this isn’t a disappointment. After promises of updates and improvements to this classic title, what we’ve got is something that we’d honestly not recommend to either prospective new fans or enthusiasts of the original Alex Kidd. We’re inclined to think this may have been something of a rushed release, but that’s pure speculation based on some of the more lax features (there’s a lot of new dialogue but almost all of it is awkwardly written, with typos and errors). Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX is not horrible by any means, and you might have fun with it until you run up against its irritating issues — unless you use infinite lives, in which case you’ll finish the game in two hours, tops. If this was supposed to be Alex Kidd’s big comeback, we’re sad to say that we don’t think we’ll be seeing that Alex Kidd: High-Tech World remake any time soon.
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Elizabeth Gonzales stood at a microphone in the middle of an Austin park Saturday, vowing to go after the City of Austin. Her son, Alex, was shot and killed by an Austin police officer on Jan. 5, after he was involved in a road rage incident with an off-duty officer.
“We’re going to get justice for my son and them two cops are going to go to jail and they’re going to pay for what they did because my family is not the same–never going to be the same again. Without my son he was everything to us,” Gonzales shouted into the microphone in front of dozens of people who marched with her family through east Austin.
“So, for that, letting you all know we’re all about family. I’m going after you Gutierrez, Serrato I’m going after you; whoever else–the whole department, I’m going after you. I will sue the City of Austin for my son, getting justice for my son,” Gonzales said.
Austin Police identified Luis Serrato as the officer captured on a dash camera firing multiple shots at Gonzales. Police video confirmed 10 shots fired.
Gonzales’ family and supporters marched through the neighborhood where the shooting happened. The march started at Huston-Tillotson University and ended at the Edward Rendon, Sr. Metro Park.
Gonzales’ father and sister also spoke during the rally.
“All lives matter, as I’ve said in previous times. The color of our skin does not define us. We all bleed red, we’re all the same. It don’t matter where you come from, what you do,” Angel Gonzales told the crowd. “We just need to get justice. Everybody’s grieving for the impact of my brother, my family, my parents, everybody that came loves him and that’s why we came.”
Organizers of the event, which includes community groups such as the Austin Justice Coalition, described it as a solidarity march and community celebration.
The investigation into the shooting and the road rage incident that preceded it are both still under investigation. Both officers remain on administrative leave.
The AJC said it is calling for the officers involved in the shooting, Luis Serrato and Gabriel Gutierrez, and APD to be held accountable over the incident.
They listed a series of demands, including the filing of murder charges, releasing the 9-1-1 calls made from the area of the shooting, and for an independent investigation of all formal complaints to APD.
Body camera recordings of the shootings were released by APD at the end of April. The video shows the interactions between the officers and Gonzales before the shooting.
The video shows Gonzales getting out of his car, going to the back passenger side of the car and reaching inside. The video shows officers yelling at Gonzales to stop and to not reach inside his car. Gonzales does not appear to acknowledge the officers. A responding on-duty police officer, Serrato, then shot Gonzales multiple times, killing him, according to APD.
The latest update from Travis County District Attorney Jose Garza’s office shows the investigation into the shooting is still pending. The DA said both the Austin Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit and the Travis County District Attorney Office’s Civil Rights Unit is handling the investigation.
Attorneys for Serrato told KXAN in April they believed Garza was “damaging the legal process” by releasing the body camera video. The officer’s legal team thinks the video could prevent their client from receiving a fair trial.
“In no other type case is evidence released before a grand jury has even been empaneled. So, the real question is why is the district attorney treating police officers different,” attorney Doug O’Connell told KXAN in late April.
APD’s policy on critical incidents would have made the video available within 60 days. APD did not release the Gonzales video until 113 days after the shooting.
The Austin Police Association released a statement, saying it hoped Gutierrez and Serrato, who are members of the union, would be treated fairly as the case goes through the justice system.
“The APA and our membership value human life and neither officer who used force in this case woke up that day hoping to be involved in a shooting,” the statement said. “The unfortunate reality of police work is that officers are oftentimes put in situations where they are forced to react to the actions of others and at times, these situations end with terrible outcomes.”
Serrato has been with APD for two years. Gutierrez has been in the department for five years.
Garza said he expects the investigation to finish and the case to be presented to the grand jury sometime before the fall of this year.
Author: Harley Tamplin
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin
The BBC announced that from May 10, Alex will feature alongside Jermaine on a Monday through to Wednesday, while Ronan will take the reins on Thursdays and Fridays.
Taking to her Instagram account in view of her 294,000 followers, Alex has now said: “BREAKING NEWS… We’re delighted to welcome @rokeating and @jjenas to The One Show team as my new co-hosts.
“It’s been lovely to get to know them both over the last year and we know our audience will enjoy getting to know them even more over the coming year.”
She added: “Some of our favourites like @rylan @alexscott2 @mrmichaelball and @amolrajan (who’s with me tonight) are still very much part of the family and you’ll still see a lot of these fantastic presenters. Exciting times ahead!!! #newera.”
“We have realized we are better as friends and look forward to remaining so,” ‘J-Rod’ said in the statement. “We will continue to work together and support each other on our shared businesses and projects. We wish the best for each other and one another’s children. Out of respect for them, the only other comment we have to say is thank you to everyone who has sent kind words and support.”
Alex Scott will replace Dan Walker as the new host of BBC Football Focus.
Former Arsenal, Chelsea and England star Scott was quickly installed as the bookies favourite for the role when Walker announced he was quitting last week, and will become the first female host of the Saturday lunchtime show, which has been a BBC staple throughout the football season ever since 1974.
After retiring from football in 2017, Scott has become a familiar face on television in punditry roles with Sky Sports and the BBC.
She also starred in the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, and has presented documentaries for the broadcaster.
A source told The Sun : “Alex was deemed the perfect fit for the role.
“After her stint on Strictly in 2019, her popularity went through the roof.
“Not only is she a great broadcaster, her knowledge of the game is outstanding.
“Alex is going to be a huge asset to the Football Focus team.
“Everyone is so excited to have her on board.”
The BBC have yet to comment on the appointment, with a spokesman saying that an announcement will be made in due course.
Walker, who also often fronts BBC Breakfast, announced he was leaving Football Focus last week after 12 years in the role.
“It has been an amazing 12 years and I have loved every second of it,” Walker said.
“I am so proud of the job we’ve done, the changes we’ve made and issues we’ve looked at while the football landscape changed immeasurably.
“I’d like to say thank you to the amazing team at Focus who put so much into the show each week and thank you to the audience for tuning in every Saturday.”
Alex Beresford, 40, has opened up on his decision to quit social media after suffering racist abuse. The weather presenter admitted the hateful messages he was receiving online in response to his argument with former Good Morning Britain co-star Piers Morgan, 55, about Meghan Markle were “getting too much”.
It comes after Piers quit GMB after storming off the set following his on-air debate with Alex.
During the spat, Piers declared said he “didn’t believe a word” of Meghan’s account of experiencing racism while she was a Senior Royal and her mental health struggles, which she shared in an interview with Oprah Winfrey last month.
Alex, who defended the Duchess of Sussex in the debate, addressed the abuse he has faced since the confrontation aired has made him want to avoid social media.
The star revealed in reference to his argument with Piers: “Since then I have been subjected to relentless racism myself on social media.”
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He explained: “I haven’t announced it (like the former Arsenal player Thierry Henry did this week when he publicly quit social media, in response to anonymous racist bullying) but I have been forced to step away from Twitter and Facebook myself, because it was getting too much.
“I am a strong person, but I am not made of steel.”
Alex continued to The Telegraph: “The harsh reality, though, is that social media is just a reflection of a bigger problem in society.
“These people are your co-workers, they are even a parent at the school gate.”
“Some really moved me,” he admitted.
Despite not contacting him personally, Alex wished Piers well following his departure from the ITV programme on Twitter.
He tweeted at the time: “Piers’ departure sincerely wasn’t the conclusion I was hoping for.
“Over the past few years, Piers and I have had a lively, cheeky on-air relationship.
“We both wanted to be on the show Tuesday morning, and from our very public conversations on Twitter, we both knew how strongly our opinions differed on the treatment of Harry and Meghan pre and post the interview that has split the world.”
He added: “I hoped we could reach a place of understanding. It’s sad that we weren’t able to get there, but challenging his opinion was not an outrage.
“On this occasion, we have to agree to disagree.
“I didn’t want him to quit, but I did want him to listen.
“Personally, Piers has always supported my growth.
“He’s given me advice on several occasions and for that I am grateful. I wish him well!”
Comparisons between Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Sir Alex Ferguson have become inevitable ever since the Norwegian former striker took the manager’s job at Manchester United.
Solskjaer spent 11 seasons working under the legendary Ferguson at Old Trafford, and has regularly spoken of his admiration for the man.
There are certain aspects of Solskjaer the coach that have clearly been inspired by Ferguson – and a clear example of this came to light in a recent interview.
In a discussion with Sky Sports, the Red Devils boss revealed that while he was in charge of Molde he cut short a scouting trip due to a dislike of a player’s hairstyle – something which Ferguson himself has previous experience with.
“I once went to see a player and as he walked out of the dressing room or through the tunnel onto the pitch, he had a Mohican – this was when I was back in Norway,” Solskjaer said.
“I just said to my scout: ‘Let’s go home, not interested.’ That was a very short scouting trip.”
This was reminiscent of a Ferguson story from David Beckham, who claimed the Scot made him shave his head when he once turned up to training with a mohican.
“I walked in the changing room and he hadn’t seen it because I was too scared to even show him,” Beckham told Otro.
“I’d gone into training the day before with a beanie on, trained in a beanie, gone back, walked in the hotel, had a beanie on, had dinner, beanie on, breakfast, beanie on, bus on the way to the stadium – beanie.
“Then as I got ready for the game I took it off, and he said ‘go and shave it off’. I giggled and he was like ‘no, I’m serious. Go and shave it off’.
“So I had to find a pair of clippers and I shaved it off in Wembley Stadium. Manager always rules.”
It is clear that for both Solskjaer and Ferguson appearances matter, and it would take a brave United player to turn up to training with a bold hairstyle following Solskjaer’s latest revelation.