Rainbow Six Siege Open Beta Postponed

Rainbow Six is a long series containing both books and games. Rainbow Six is a fantasy group formed from numerous armed forces and groups from around the world all with the intention of forming a united front against terrorist and organised crime around the world. Primarily strategy based shooters meaning that just running in and firing would end badly for your teams, strategies that have pulled Rainbow Six into a unique category of gaming. The problem is though that the game has been plagued by doubts in regards to several areas, such as announcing microtransactions or the large price or even the lack of single player. The latest problem though is a recent announcement on their forum, stating that their open beta will be postponed.

In the post, Ubisoft stated that due to “matching making times and connection on all platforms” they will be postponing the open beta until a later time. Just in case you were wondering why this might be an issue, the primary issue is that not only will the game remain on closed Beta for now but PC Gamer have received confirmation from Ubisoft that the release date will not be pushed back.

The release date is currently set for December 1st, meaning that the game has less than a week to go from closed Beta to full release. With them already having issues for a multiplayer only game, are you worried about what could become of the game?

Facebook Rainbow Flag May Have Been Another Big Experiment

It seems that once again, Facebook has made us the focus of another ultra-large-scale social media experience, although technically, that’s pretty much all Facebook is anyway. You’ve no doubt seen the wash of colours on your news feed, as people have changed their profile picture by adding rainbow colours. This is of course in support for the US Supreme Court ruling that same-sex marriage is now legal in the US, a pretty big achievement if I do say so myself.

The Celebrate Pride tool on Facebook was launched to coincide with the ruling and millions of people have taken part and changed their pictures. But critics have accused the social network of using this as another on of Facebook’s psychological experiments. It quickly became apparent that more people are likely to change their picture, if more and more of their friends did, to fit in if you will. It looks like Facebook are testing if people more likely to change their views on political issues, human rights and other subjects, based on the reactions of those around them?

A Facebook spokesman told the Atlantic that it’s “not an experiment or test – everyone sees the same thing”. In the past it’s shown different people different results to see which messages were more effective.

Of course, it seems Facebook’s intent for support Gay Pride in genuine, but it stands to reason that they would also use this as a social experience, after all, sharing information is the entire basis of the site and the campaign has likely given them one of their biggest data pools to date.

“I’d be surprised if Facebook did this as an experiment first and then celebrating the historical change second,” he told Mirror Online.

“It’s really difficult and unpredictable. Facebook carries out experiments the whole time and it would make sense to use this opportunity to see how rainbow pictures spread,” he said.

It’s no secret that Facebook track everything that happens, they need to, that’s how the site works. What Facebook could do with this data remains to be seen, but they’ve likely learned a lot about how sharing can influence huge numbers of people.

What do you think? Have you seen some interesting changes in your news feed, or groups reacting differently after the rainbows appeared on virtually every corner of the social media network?

Gizmodo reached out to Facebook to find out more. “Facebook finally responded to our request for clarification. However, the clarification sounds more like a confirmation that the social network is tracking people who use the tool. Facebook used the word “not” three times but still did not deny tracking.”

Facebook responded ‘This was not an experiment or test, but rather something that enables people to show their support of the LGBTQ community on Facebook. We aren’t going to use this as a way to target ads and the point of this tool is not to get information about people.'”

Thank you Mirror for providing us with this information.

Add a Rainbow To Your Facebook Picture

The Internet responds in a myriad of ways to current events, from reactions to England winning the world cup for the second, sorry, could not press enter without laughing, to topical memes which serve up a withering critique of current culture. This time around both Google and Facebook have graphically responded to the legalisation of gay marriage in all 50 states with a fun and colourful display of unity.

On a side note, just to veer off topic for a second, I seemed to be under the impression that the USA has 51 states, apparently not, it’s actually 50 states. Back to the topic in hand now, to illustrate the Supreme Court’s decision to bring to an end the ban on same-sex marriage, Facebook have released a feature that will turn your profile picture into a colourful image. If you are logged into Facebook and then click this link, a rainbow will be overlaid onto your Facebook profile pic.

Google has also added this feature within the search engine, if you type “gay marriage” without the quote marks, you should be greeted to a rainbow heart and other colourful artwork. Mark Zuckerberg has released a statement in support of this decision with the following comments which were written on his Facebook profile, go figures that.

“Our country was founded on the promise that all people are created equal, and today we took another step towards achieving that promise. I’m so happy for all of my friends and everyone in our community who can finally celebrate their love and be recognized as equal couples under the law. We still have much more to do to achieve full equality for everyone in our community, but we are moving in the right direction.”

I think this is a clever but fun way to make a bold statement in support of equal marriage rights for same-sex partners.

Thank You Mark Zuckerberg Facebook page for providing us with this information

Image Courtesy of Daily Tech

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege Closed Alpha Specifications

So the newest in the line up of the Rainbow Six series has just launched for closed Alpha. Check out the press release below;

“TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX SIEGE IS THE UPCOMING INSTALLMENT OF THE ACCLAIMED FIRST-PERSON SHOOTER FRANCHISE DEVELOPED BY THE RENOWNED UBISOFT MONTREAL STUDIO FOR THE NEW GENERATION OF CONSOLES AND PC.

INSPIRED BY THE REALITY OF COUNTER TERRORIST OPERATIVES ACROSS THE WORLD, RAINBOW SIX SIEGE INVITES PLAYERS TO MASTER THE ART OF DESTRUCTION. INTENSE CLOSE QUARTERS CONFRONTATIONS, HIGH LETHALITY, TACTICS, TEAM PLAY, AND EXPLOSIVE ACTION ARE AT THE CENTER OF THE EXPERIENCE. THE MULTIPLAYER GAMEPLAY OF RAINBOW SIX SIEGE SETS A NEW BAR FOR INTENSE FIREFIGHTS AND EXPERT STRATEGY IN THE RICH LEGACY OF PAST RAINBOW SIX GAMES.

COUNTER TERRORIST UNITS
ASSUME THE ROLES OF GLOBAL COUNTER TERRORIST OPERATIVES, SPECIALIZING IN CLOSE-QUARTERS COMBAT, DEMOLITION AND BRUTALLY PRECISE EXECUTION OF COORDINATED ASSAULTS.

THE SIEGE GAMEPLAY
BREACH ENEMY STRONGHOLDS WITH NEW TACTICAL MEASURES OR FORTIFY YOUR OWN WITH DEFENSIVE RESOURCES IN BOTH SIDES OF SIEGES, A BRAND-NEW MODE OF ASSAULT COMBAT FOR THE RAINBOW SIX SERIES.

PROCEDURAL DESTRUCTION
CHANGE THE LANDSCAPE OF YOUR ASSAULT WITH AN UNPRECEDENTED LEVEL OF ENVIRONMENTAL DESTRUCTION. WALLS CAN BE SHATTERED, AND FLOORS AND CEILINGS CAN BE BREACHED. MASTERING THE ELEMENT OF DESTRUCTION IS THE KEY TO VICTORY.”

Sounds like they have taken Terrorist Hunt very seriously and made an entire game about it; I loved the Terrorist Hunt feature and can’t wait for this to be released. Going by the Alpha specifications, even though they say the requirements will be less for game launch, I think this game will be very demanding.

“Minimum Rainbow Six Siege Closed Alpha PC Requirements:

  • OS: Windows 7, 8, 8.1, x64
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K or AMD FX-8120 Eight-Core
  • CPU Speed: 3.3 GHz (Recommended), 2.6 GHz (Minimum)
  • RAM: 8 GB
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 670 or AMD Radeon HD 7970 / R9 280 X
  • VRAM: 2 GB

Note: These specs are the ones required for Alpha testing and are not the final PC specs. We are still working on optimizing the game and the launch specs will be lower than the Alpha specs.”

Kickstarter Campaign ‘Reading Rainbow’ Most Successful Campaign To Date

Back in the 80’s, Reading Rainbow was one of the best known educational programs going, teaching kids of all ages how to read and when it came off air in 2006, many thought this would be the last we would see of one of the best educational programmes of recent times. This however has been far from the case as LeVar Burton has been busy working away behind the scenes to give it a more modern comeback. A couple of years back saw part of the homecoming with the launch of a mobile app for tablets and smartphones and whilst this is a great way to spread the tool out to the masses, Burton has wanted more so he turned to crowd funding site Kickstarter, asking for $1 Million to help him to develop Reading Rainbow for all platforms.

Compared to some of the most well know campaigns of recent times however, Burton could not have expected to get the amount of backing that he has had to date. In the space of 11 hours from the point of launch, Burton’s campaign hit its target and since then it has gone on to reach close to $5 million with only a couple of days left to go. Not only this, but the campaign has seen support from over 90,000 backers – more than any other campaign to date – working out at a rough bid of around $50 person.

Hi. LeVar Burton here. You may know me as Kunta Kinte, from ROOTS, or Geordi La Forge, from Star Trek: The Next Generation.

You also may have grown up with me on Reading Rainbow.

It was my mother who taught me that, by picking up a book, I could “go anywhere” and “be anything.” Ever since Reading Rainbow began in 1983, I have dedicated myself to fostering a love of reading in children, just as my mother did for me.

Over the past year, I have watched Kickstarter bring communities together to support artists and inventors. Again and again, I have been inspired by watching like-minded people team up to accomplish impossible dreams, and to change the world.

Now, I am hoping you will join me on my mission: to bring Reading Rainbow back for every child, everywhere.

Together, we can change the lives of millions of children. But you don’t have to take my word for it: just keep reading!

With so much funding on tap, LeVar and his team are looking to push out the reading programme to as many schools and platforms as possible, with the aim to reduce the number of children that have difficulty in reading at their age levels.

If you want to find out more information on the Reading Rainbow Campaign or you want to help towards the eduction of children around the world (as that is effectively what you are doing, but on a massive scale) head over to its campaign page over on Kickstarter.