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Random: Team Xbox Has A Bit Of A Soft Spot For Paper Mario On GameCube

Paper Mario The Thousand Year Door

The GameCube era might not have been anywhere near as successful as certain other Nintendo generations, but it was home to a lot of fantastic exclusives.

It’s got such a legacy, in fact, that the official Xbox social media account on Twitter recently went to the extent of suggesting why it’s “more than a worthy pick” as the “best console” – when it’s got great games like Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance, Eternal Darkness and the fan favourite Paper Mario entry, Thousand-Year Door.

As you can see above, this whole conversation actually stems from an Xbox tweet responding to the “PS5 is better” comments. Xbox thinks the best console is the one you choose to play, and well, that’s how the conversation turned to the GameCube…

In a separate tweet, the same account showed its love for the Thousand-Year Door character Vivian:

While you might not be able to play The Thousand-Year Door on the Nintendo Switch, you can always settle with last year’s release, Paper Mario: The Origami King. We gave the latest entry eight out of ten stars and said it was one of the funniest games in the series.

What would you consider the best console of all time? Do you agree with what team Xbox has to say about this ongoing debate? Leave your own thoughts down below.

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The Millennium Tower opened to great fanfare in 2009, but it has sunk 18 inches into the soft downtown soil — and it’s tilting, its current engineer says

A dozen years later, it’s still promoted “Your city within the city,” a 58-story monolith with more than 400 multimillion-dollar units in San Francisco’s tallest residential building.
“It was billed as one of the top 10 most luxurious buildings in the world,” former Millennium resident Frank Jernigan recalled.
But, since it opened, the hulking blue-gray tower has sunk 18 inches into the soft downtown soil on which it was built — and it’s tilting, according to the Millennium’s current engineer, Ronald Hamburger.
Now, amid reports suggesting the deadly collapse of the Champlain Towers South more than 3,000 miles away in Surfside, Florida, began in the building’s lower reaches, questions are being raised about the Bay Area tower’s structural integrity.
“When you have a high rise that collapses and you had a situation in San Francisco — we had a high rise that was sinking and tilting — it affects people’s peace of mind,” said attorney Niall McCarthy. He represented about 100 Millennium Tower residents who reached a mediated settlement in 2020 with developers and others to a lawsuit claiming their property values plummeted with news of the sinking.

Millennium engineer: Surfside comparisons ‘reckless and premature’

Hamburger, who has monitored the settlements of the Millennium Tower and evaluated their effect on the structure since 2014, told CNN in a statement that the building was designed for earthquake resistance, remains safe and is not at risk of collapse.
“The collapse of the residential building in Surfside … was tragic, but it is far too early to speculate about what caused that disaster — and any potential comparisons with Millennium Tower would be reckless and premature,” Hamburger said.
“Millennium Tower was designed to stringent earthquake resistance standards and is a much tougher form of construction than typical buildings in Florida, which are not required to be designed for earthquake resistance,” he added. “I can state with confidence that settlements experienced by Millennium Tower have not compromised its stability and safety.”
A $ 100 million fix, set to be completed next year, involves the installation of piles into the bedrock of downtown San Francisco beneath the building, according to Millennium spokesman Doug Elmets. The piles will then be tied to the existing foundation, he said.
The retrofit, announced in October following years of lawsuits, hearings and accusations, will finally anchor the building to the bedrock. The original foundation was built into deep sand and experts determined that nearby projects and a process known as dewatering had weakened the soil under the sinking tower.
“The structural upgrade currently underway at the tower is intended to prevent further settlement, and recover some of the building’s tilt, rather than to repair damage or provide strengthening,” Hamburger said in the statement. “The building remains safe and is in no danger of collapse.”

Surfside collapse may have begun in building’s lower reaches

In Florida, at least 24 people are dead and dozens are unaccounted for after the residential building partially collapsed last Thursday. Search and rescue teams had worked feverishly to locate missing residents until efforts were temporarily halted Thursday amid structural concerns about parts of the building that remain standing. Those efforts resumed Thursday evening.
Several engineers have told CNN that video of the collapse suggests the failure began near the structure’s foundation, and a 2018 survey prepared ahead of the building’s mandated 40-year certification cited problems in the pool area and the garage beneath it.
Resident Sara Nir, who was in her ground floor condo at Champlain Towers South with her two children the night of the collapse, said she heard loud knocking sounds followed by a boom. She said ran toward the sound and witnessed the building’s underground garage collapse.
The cause of the collapse is still unknown.
The surviving members of the Champlain Towers South condo association issued a statement Friday saying, “We know that answers will take time as part of a comprehensive investigation and we will continue to work with city, state, local, and federal officials in their rescue efforts, and to understand the causes of this tragedy.”

‘It was a really wonderful place to live’

“These people were lying in bed comfortably at night with no warning whatsoever,” former Millennium resident Jernigan said of the Surfside catastrophe. “It’s a horrendous thing for the families to be going through now. And our hearts just go out.”
Jernigan, a retired software engineer, and Andrew Faulk, a retired physician, paid more than $ 4 million in 2011 for their condo on the 50th floor of the Millennial.
Years later Jernigan and Faulk learned the highrise was not only sinking but also tilting. In 2016, they recorded a heavily watched online video titled, “Marble roll in Millennium Tower.”
“It was the very first time we did it,” Jernigan said of the experiment. “He got the marble out and I’m going to roll this and see what it does.”
In the video, aimed at demonstrating the infamous tilt, the marble was rolled on a hardwood floor but it then changed directions.
“Rolls about 10 feet out,” Jernigan, who shot the video, said of the marble’s trajectory. “Slows to a stop and then turns around and starts rolling back and picks up speed as it goes past him.”
“In the direction that the building is leaning,” Faulk interjected. “And so, it was like, ‘Oh my God.'”
In 2017, CBS’s “60 Minutes” called a segment on the Millennium “The Leaning Tower of San Francisco,” and showed alarming stress gauges and cracks in the building’s foundation.
Jernigan and Faulk sold their two Millennium units in 2017 for what the former software engineer called “earthquake sale prices.”
“It was a really wonderful place to live and, of course, we didn’t know it when we were moving in, but there were also wonderful people that lived there,” Jernigan said.
Amenities in the building included a barrel shaped wine locker, a private movie theater, and a sprawling outdoor terrace with a marble fireplace and waterfall overlooking the indoor Olympic-sized pool.
Jernigan and Faulk, of course, will not be around with their friends and onetime neighbors for the completion of the Millennium’s fix in late 2022. They have moved to another condo complex.
“We did what we had to do to get peace of mind,” Jernigan said.
Faulk added, “We got our suitcases … put everything in …. and we left.”

Author: Dan Simon, Julia Jones and Ray Sanchez, CNN
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Fuser's Next DLC Adds New Tracks From Billie Eilish, The Cure, Soft Cell And More

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Fuser

Harmonix’s track-mixing rhythm game Fuser is being treated to a new selection of songs next month thanks to its latest DLC.

The DLC’s called ‘Flavour of Love’ and will introduce new songs from artists like Billie Eilish, The Cure, and more. You can see the full list of songs for yourself right below (Some Lover’s Days Head, Days Behind will actually be given to all Fuser players for free):

New DLC Tracks Coming in May:

– Billie Eilish “Therefore I Am”
– The Cure “Friday I’m In Love”
– Dirty Vegas “Days Go By”
– Disclosure ft. Sam Smith “Latch”
– Haddaway “What Is Love”
– J. Cole No Role Modelz
– Soft Cell “Tainted Love”
– Some Lover “Days Ahead, Days Behind”

That’s not all, though, as also arriving in May is Faint Shadow Loop Pack 01, a new and free release that will be the first in an upcoming series of Promoter Packs. This first loop pack gives you access to a collection of mellow, meditative loops and sounds from Faint Shadow’s personal collection to play around with, so if you’re looking to add some chill beats to your tracks, this should come in handy.

Make sure to give our Fuser review a read if you’re yet to try the game out, and let us know if you’ll be checking out any of these new tracks in the comments.

The Xenoblade Chronicles Developer Monolith Soft Now Has 272 Employees

Pyra and Mythra as seen in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018)
Pyra and Mythra as seen in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate (2018) (Image: Nintendo)

Apart from its recent work on the Mythra and Pyra reveal trailer for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate earlier this year, we’ve not heard much from Xenoblade Chronicles developer Monolith Soft in recent times. We found out it was hiring for the Legend of Zelda series back in 2019 and there’s also been mention of a “new game” over the past year, but we still don’t really know what it’s up to.

Despite this, the Japanese studio has continued to increase its number of employees. In the latest update (via the official company website), it’s been revealed its headcount has gone from 261 employees in December last year to 272, as of this month. Nintendo Enthusiast shared a detailed breakdown of the company’s expansion:


  • (Released Xenoblade Chronicles 2 in December 2017)
  • December 2017 – 150 employees
  • April 2018 – 163 employees
  • August 2018 – 171 employees
  • (Released Xenoblade Chronicles 2: Torna – The Golden Country in September 2018)
  • November 2018 – 184 employees
  • January 2019 – 193 employees
  • April 2019 – 209 employees
  • June 2019 – 215 employees
  • September 2019 – 224 employees
  • December 2019 – 236 employees
  • April 2020 – 248 employees
  • (Released Xenoblade Chronicles: Definitive Edition in May 2020)
  • August 2020 – 254 employees
  • December 2020 – 261 employees
  • April 2021 – 272 employees

Whatever it is Monolith Soft is working on – it’s likely to be just as big as its past projects. They might even be assisting with the upcoming sequel to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Within this latest studio update, some additional data was shared – revealing 27.6% of company employees are female, 72.4% are men, while the average age is 36 years old.

What do you think we might see next from Monolith Soft? What would you like to see it work on? Leave your thoughts below.

This article originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Latest News

NBA accused of being ‘soft’ after fining Raptors coach Nick Nurse $50,000 for hurling facemask and swearing

NBA fans have had their say after the league fined Toronto coach Nick Nurse $ 50,000 for throwing his facemask behind the scorer’s table and directing profanity at the game officials.

Nurse saw his team lose 115-112 to the Utah Jazz on Friday, with the Raptors going to the foul line just 14 times compared to their opposition’s 41.

Toronto’s seventh consecutive loss seemed to be all too much for their coach who vented his frustration unwisely.

Swearing at officials is never a show of good sportsmanship, but to take a facemask off and throw it in the direction of the scorer’s table doesn’t seem like a wise move – especially when several members of your team, including Fred VanVleet, Pascal Siakam and Ogugua “OG” Anunoby, have recently been affected by the Covid-19 protocols. 

As usual, Twitter was a hotbed for debate on the issue, with plenty of argument being offered for and against the league’s decision to fine Nurse.

Some users felt that the fine wasn’t enough and that he should face a ban from games, while one user even claimed that his actions were bad enough for him to be fired.  

Some users indicated that the NBA was a “soft league”

Others were quick to point out that safety should be paramount due to the pandemic. One Twitter user exclaimed: “there’s a thing called covid rn”.

Other users were keen to point out that Miami Heat player Meyers Leonard was fined the same amount despite being heard to have used an anti-Semitic slur while streaming on Twitch.

Although a $ 50,000 fine is the maximum allowed by league policy, it does raise the question over whether or not that fee should be raised for different circumstances.

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‘She was in her feelings’: LA Lakers ace Montrezl Harrell claims female NBA official gave ‘soft’ call because she felt ‘belittled’

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Los Angeles Lakers forward Montrezl Harrell was left perplexed by the performance of referee Jenna Schroeder in an agonizing defeat on Wednesday, claiming that she gave a foul against him because she was “holding onto a grudge”.

Towering Harrell had a frustrating game in the 123-120 loss to the Sacremento Kings, suffering the narrow defeat despite scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds ahead of the All-Star break.

After putting his side 33-26 ahead in the second quarter, Harrell said he had yelled “and-1” on his retreat – a term used to appeal for a free throw in the belief of being fouled on a successful shot.

“No cursing, no profanity, none of that,” insisted the 6ft7in Sixth Man of the Year.

“And she turned around and gave me a tech because she was in her feelings, because she felt like I was too loud with her or I belittled her when we were talking [earlier].

“You can’t bring that into the game. I don’t care who it is; I don’t care what the situation is.

“Whether me and you or me and whatever ref got into it, in a verbal conversation the play before, just because you’re still holding onto a grudge from that, you cannot come back and give me a [technical foul].”

Harrell added that he would have arena employees at the Kings’ home and onlookers from both teams supported him.

“The tech that I got definitely was a big one for me and definitely shouldn’t have been called, because at [that] instance of, I’m not looking at her [Schroeder]. I was nowhere near her vicinity. I’m running back on defense.

“I think some of the referees – and this is not bashing any referee in general – but there cannot be any instances of calling the game that soft.”

The 27-year-old promised that the incident would not silence him as he bids to help the Lakers improve a run of seven defeats in 10 games.

“I’m going to keep playing with the same passion and fire that I do. I didn’t stop talking throughout the rest of the game.

“I kept playing with the same fire and same mode that I had all game. It just is what it is.”
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