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Even Using a 4K HDR TV, Set Your Xbox One to Output 8-bit Color Depth
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Even Using a 4K HDR TV, Set Your Xbox One to Output 8-bit Color Depth
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Achieving the optimal video output settings on the Xbox One has been a topic of debate for quite some time. Controversy has raged across various internet forums regarding which settings should be enabled to ensure the highest image quality. Thanks to the use of signal capturing devices, the debate has finally been settled.

The Xbox One console should be set to output at an 8-bit color depth. This probably seems counterintuitive to those with 4K HDR TVs, whose panels support a 10-bit or higher color depth. However, it has been demonstrated that the Xbox One will still automatically output all HDR content in 10-bit or 12-bit color depth, even when the console’s video output settings are set to 8-bit. The advantage of setting the Xbox One’s color depth to 8-bit is quite simple. The console renders all non-HDR (SDR) content in 8-bit, and setting your console to output in 10-bit or 12-bit will negatively affect the image quality of SDR content due to the introduction of inherently flawed video reprocessing.

HDMI 2.0 is only capable of transmitting data at 18Gbps. This constraint does not allow the Xbox One to output full 10-bit or 12-bit 4K 60hz video in YCC 4:4:4. As such, the console is only capable of outputting 10-bit and 12-bit 4K 60hz video in YCC 4:2:0 or 4:2:2. All SDR games will render on your Xbox One in 8-bit, a signal that can be transmitted in full to an HDMI 2.0 TV at 60hz in 4K. This is one of the reasons why setting the Xbox One’s color depth to 10-bit or 12-bit will cause SDR games to lose color accuracy, a result of forcing the video to output in YCC 4:2:0 or 4:2:2.

Another video output option you’ll want to enable on your Xbox One is “allow YCC 4:2:2.” This will force your Xbox One to output 10-bit and 12-bit HDR content at YCC 4:2:2 instead of 4:2:0. Disregard Microsoft’s suggestion that you should only enable this feature if your console is having problems. This is nonsense, and the feature should only be disabled if you are experiencing video issues as a result.

There is one small group of people who should probably leave the “allow YCC 4:2:2” option disabled, besides those experiencing compatibility issues with it enabled. If you are exclusively using your Xbox One to watch Ultra HD Blu-rays, leave this option disabled. Ultra HD Blu-rays are encoded in YCC 4:2:0, and it would be best to transmit them to your television in that format. Gamers will want to keep their Xbox One console set to output YCC 4:2:2, but can choose to disable the option when they watch Ultra HD Blu-ray movies. Even those only using their Xbox One to watch movies should still set their color depth to 8-bit, ensuring the best video quality possible for their collection of SDR DVDs and Blu-rays.

YCC 4:2:0 and 4:2:2 refer to chroma subsampling. Basically, all you need to know about chroma subsampling is that YCC 4:2:2 is superior to 4:2:0. While YCC 4:4:4 would be ideal, the signal cannot be transmitted via HDMI 2.0 due to the limitations of the technology. The Xbox One Console renders SDR games in 8-bit RGB, not YCC, and the RGB signal does not employ chroma subsampling. HDMI 2.0 is capable of transmitting the 8-bit RGB signal in 4k at 60hz, which is exactly why you should set your Xbox One to output in an 8-bit color depth. Setting your Xbox One’s color depth to 10-bit or 12-bit won’t render SDR games in a higher color depth, it will simply force the console to output at a higher color depth by introducing additional video processing that will negatively affect the image.

Realistically, most people would never notice the difference. Then again, if you’ve already purchased a 4K HDR television and an Xbox One, why not get the most out of them? It’s also worth noting that not all games look best with HDR enabled. Some games that “support” HDR do not actually render in HDR. Red Dead Redemption 2, for example, does not properly render in HDR.

While playing games like Red Dead Redemption 2, which do not accurately render in HDR, you will need to disable HDR support in the Xbox One’s settings. Even when playing games that allow the option of disabling HDR through the in-game settings, it’s probably best to disable it via the console to prevent any conflicts between the game and the system. It’s fairly common for games to improperly render in HDR, and it’s worth researching information about each of your games to ensure they will render correctly in HDR.

Let’s explore the concept of HDR a little further. The 10 in HDR10 refers to 10-bit color. While it is possible to render SDR content above an 8-bit color depth, the Xbox One does not. The Xbox One will only render above the 8-bit color depth when outputting in HDR10 or Dolby Vision. Dolby Vision outputs in a 12-bit color depth, although few 4K TVs support this feature. Remember, your Xbox One will still automatically output HDR content properly in HDR10 or Dolby Vision when those options are enabled, even though the console’s color depth is set to 8-bit.

The Xbox One X will support HDMI 2.1, and Belkin recently released an HDMI cable capable of transmitting at 48Gbps. Unfortunately, these new cables won’t allow HDMI 2.0 televisions to receive 60hz 4K 10-bit or 12-bit YCC 4:4:4 video signals, due to the limitations of HDMI 2.0 technology. New TVs featuring HDMI 2.1 are coming soon, but it’ll likely be at least a year before the Xbox One X receives an update allowing it to transmit 10-bit and 12-bit YCC 4:4:4 4K video at 60hz and above to these new devices. Although, the Belkin 48Gbps HDMI cords are allowing Apple TV users to transmit 4K 10-bit YCC 4:2:2 video at 60hz, as the Apple TV has a strange defect that renders 18Gbps HDMI cables insufficient at transmitting the high bandwidth signal.

The above video is one of the best on YouTube at explaining these concepts. While this article currently provides the best advice for achieving optimal video quality from your Xbox One, we will update this content to reflect any future changes to the console’s settings by Microsoft. If you have any questions or comments about the information presented here, be sure to let us know in the comment section below.

Throwback Thursday: Mortal Kombat Released on Gaming Consoles 25 Years Ago
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Throwback Thursday: Mortal Kombat Released on Gaming Consoles 25 Years Ago
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Mortal Kombat completely changed the gaming world when the arcade game was released in 1992. Mortal Kombat allowed players to challenge one another to a literal death match. The fighting game featured five buttons and an eight-way directional joystick. Two buttons controlled the players kicks, two controlled punches, and one allowed the player to block.

When a player won the fight against his opponent, the winner was allowed a short amount of time to perform a secret combination of buttons that would allow the victor to kill his dazed opponent. This finishing move was referred to in the game as a fatality. Each character had their own finishing moves, and the game even featured a stage fatality that allowed the winner to use the environment to kill his opponent. Needless to say, the game was quite controversial when it was released. It was also incredibly popular in the United States.

Thanks to the popularity of the arcade game, Mortal Kombat was quickly ported to home gaming consoles. The launch of Mortal Kombat on consoles was one of the largest and most highly publicized releases in gaming history. Referred to as Mortal Monday, Mortal Kombat hit store shelves for the Sega Gensisis, Super Nintendo, Game Gear, and Game Boy on September 13th, 1993. The game’s launch was preceded by a huge wave of advertising in the form of print ads and television commercials.

Although the game launched on four separate gaming consoles on the same day, there were enormous differences between the games. The Game Boy and Game Gear versions were significantly less technologically advanced than the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis versions. The Super Nintendo version came the closest to reproducing the visual and audio achievements of the arcade game, due to the console’s technological superiority compared to Sega’s Genesis. However, the Sega Genesis version remained much more faithful to the mood of its arcade predecessor. This was due to Sega’s inclusion of game’s more controversial elements.

Nintendo was not comfortable with releasing Mortal Kombat uncensored for their console. Nintendo chose to leave the blood out of the Super Nintendo version of Mortal Kombat. The blood was replaced with sweat. Fatalities were also altered for their version of the game.

Sega, on the other hand, decided to go with a different approach. The Sega Genesis version of the game allowed users to enter a code at the beginning of the game, similar to how players  performed fatalities, that unlocked the sight of blood and uncensored the fatalities. This more faithful adaption of the game on Sega’s console was much more well received than Nintendo’s. Mortal Kombat was the deciding factor for many gamers when choosing between purchasing a Genesis or SNES, and Sega likely benefited greatly from their decision.

Gamers may also remember another feature from Sega’s version of Mortal Kombat. The code to unlock blood in the Sega version of the game is “ABACABB.” Abacab is an album from the band Genesis, who shares a name with the Sega console. This Easter egg is one of many found throughout the game.

Mortal Kombat is known in the gaming community for its early adoption of the practice of hiding secret elements in the game. The arcade version allowed users to access a hidden fight against a secret character with its own secret stage. Future Mortal Kombat titles even adopted hidden Easter eggs based on rumors about previous games.

Mortal Kombat 10, the latest title in the series, was released in 2015. Warner Brothers purchased the Mortal Kombat franchise in 2009 when they acquired Midway Games. Ed Boon, co-creator of the original Mortal Kombat, is still currently serving as creative director for the Mortal Kombat games. Although there is no official word yet on Mortal Kombat 11, we look forward to brutally finishing off our opponents in the next Mortal Kombat game.

Prison Profiteering: Companies Making Millions Charging Prisoners to Email
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Prison Profiteering: Companies Making Millions Charging Prisoners to Email
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Wired recently reported on a system of prison profiteering that many people may not be aware of. Several companies are making healthy profits charging prisoners, and their acquaintances, to send emails. While the practice is legal, there are several ethical concerns surrounding it.

JPay, a leader in the industry, provides prisoner communication services to prisons in 20 different states. As some prisons have instituted a ban on greeting cards, JPay is commonly presented as an alternative to those wanting to communicate their well-wishes to friends or family in prison. JPay will charge the prisoner’s friends and family to send their electronic message. They may also charge the prisoner to read the message.

States like Michigan have instituted strict guidelines regarding mailed prisoner communication. These rules restrict the color of paper the letter may be written on, and even restrict the color of ink that can be used to write it. Due to concerns that a letter may go undelivered, many are turning to services like JPay.

Electronic communications aren’t the only services being offered for-profit in our prisons. Often times, these same companies will offer a variety of other options to prisoners. Securus, JPay’s parent company, provides the phone service for Louisiana’s prisons. In Michigan, they sell tablets to prisoners. According to Wired, about 2/3 of Michigan’s prisoners are currently enrolled in that program.

While some may be disgusted by the idea of profiting off prisoners, others defend the behavior of companies like JPay. They say these businesses are simply providing a service to those who want it. While these large companies are clearly benefiting, they argue that the prisoners also benefit from using their service.

What do you think? Let us know in the comment section below.

This article contains the personal opinions of the author. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of Mess of Media. This disclaimer appears on all articles that feature the personal opinions of the author, as Mess of Media is an unbiased and nonpartisan source of information.

 

Crypto Markets are Down, Time to Panic? Miners Don’t Think So.
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Crypto Markets are Down, Time to Panic? Miners Don’t Think So.
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While the price of Bitcoin may have decreased by around 75% in the last 8 months, the hash rate has increased by around 500%. The hash rate is the processing power contributed to the network. Right now the hash rate is sitting around 50,000,000 tera hashes. That’s the equivalent of 50 million computers each performing 1 trillion calculations per second.

Some would contribute the growth to the increased productivity of ASIC miners. While that is definitely a factor, these increases in hash rate can be found in cryptocurrencies that use GPU mining as well.

Others say the discrepancy between price and hash rate may simply be caused by a lack of understanding. Generally speaking, miners have a strong technical understanding of cryptocurrency. They understand its value and use it regularly. On the other hand, many investors have have absolutely no understanding of the technology at all. This may make them susceptible to emotional decision making, such as panic selling at a loss.

While Peter Schiff and many other prominent figures say this is the beginning of the end for Bitcoin, there are obviously many in the mining industry that disagree. Is Bitcoin a passing fad? Or are the critics simply misinformed? Only time will tell.

Mess of Media’s cryptocurrency reporting is for informational purposes only. Our reporting should not be considered financial advice. Participation in the crypto market is at your own risk.

The Ultimate Spaghetti Showdown: Man vs Man’s Best Friend
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The Ultimate Spaghetti Showdown: Man vs Man’s Best Friend
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After the first two highly publicized spaghetti eating contests, it is now common knowledge that the golden retriever is the fastest pasta eater in the animal kingdom. However, one brave individual is willing to risk it all in an attempt to put man back on top of the food chain. Although this match may be taking place thousands of miles away overseas, this daring human will be facing off against a distant relative of the one and only Ravioli Retriever himself. This title fight has a twist ending you won’t want to miss!

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Spaghetti Showdown: Juniors vs Seniors
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Spaghetti Showdown: Juniors vs Seniors
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Thanks to the Spaghetti Showdown Part 1, we now know the Golden Retriever is the canine breed best suited for consuming pasta. However, this next showdown seeks to settle a different age old rivalry.

It’s the seniors vs the juniors! In one corner we have Toby, an 11 year old retriever with an appetite for victory. In the other corner we have Ollie, a 10 month old retriever desperate to prove himself in the high stakes world of spaghetti eating. This one comes down to a photo finish you won’t want to miss!

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Eddie Murphy Joins Cast of Long Awaited Sequel to 1988’s Twins
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Eddie Murphy Joins Cast of Long Awaited Sequel to 1988’s Twins
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While speaking during a panel discussion at South by Southwest, Arnold Schwarzenegger confirmed Eddie Murphy has joined the cast of the Twins sequel. The sequel will be titled Triplets, and will feature Murphy as the long-lost twin brother of Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito.

Triplets has been in development for years, and many fans are eager to see how the new film will treat the significantly older characters. Schwarzenegger is 71, DeVito is 73, and Murphy is 57. It will be interesting to see how the film addresses Murphy’s age difference, if it even addresses it at all.

While speaking in Austin, Texas, Schwarzenegger also confirmed that the script was finally complete. Hopefully production will begin on the Twins sequel soon. We’ll keep you updated on the latest developments. Let us know what you think about the sequel’s premise in our comment section below.

NASA Launches Probe to Touch the Sun
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NASA Launches Probe to Touch the Sun
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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe is on its way to the most important form of energy on Earth, the Sun. The Parker Solar Probe is on a seven-year mission that will involve passing by the Sun a total of 24 times. The robotic spacecraft will probe the outer corona of the sun.

The Parker Solar Probe will reach within 3.85 million miles from the surface of the sun. The spacecraft is also expected to reach speeds up to 430,000 miles per hour. It’s also the first NASA spacecraft to be named after a living person, physicist and University of Chicago professor Eugene Parker. The NASA project is expected to cost 1.5 billion dollars.

NASA scientists hope to learn more about several unanswered questions of the universe. For example, what keeps the corona generating so much energy? Another popular topic of curiosity involves the constant stream of supersonic solar wind blowing throughout the galaxy. The space exploration community is eagerly awaiting the results obtained from the mission.

The Sun’s surface is about 2 million degrees Fahrenheit. Below the surface, temperatures reach a scorching 10 million degrees Fahrenheit. Why wont the Parker Solar Probe melt? According to NASA, in short, the heat is less dense. NASA contrasted the differences in heat density by comparing a person putting their hand in a hot oven versus putting their hand in pot of boiling water. Along with the atmosphere being less dense, NASA has equipped the Parker Solar Probe with a Thermal Protection System (TPS) that can withstand temperatures up to 3 thousand degrees Fahrenheit.

The NASA probe was launched into space August 12th, 2018. It is expected to return to Earth sometime in 2025. What mysteries of the universe will the spacecraft unlock once its mission is complete? Only time will tell.

Keep track of NASA’s Parker Solar Probe by following their official Twitter page!

The Spaghetti Showdown: Ravioli Retriever vs Sicilian Shepherd
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The Spaghetti Showdown: Ravioli Retriever vs Sicilian Shepherd
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This is a main event you won’t want to miss. Two goliaths showdown in this clash of the ages. In one corner we have a Golden Retriever who is hungry for a challenge. In the other corner we have the battle hardened German Shepherd. While only one can win the spaghetti eating contest, both of these good boys won my heart.

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VA Officials Oppose Agent Orange Claims
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VA Officials Oppose Agent Orange Claims
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Veterans Affairs Officials are opposing the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017 Congressional bill. This legislative bill extends payouts to about 90,000 Vietnam Veterans who claim effects from Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, and is estimated to cost about one billion dollars.

The VA’s Undersecretary of Benefits, Paul Lawrence has stated, “The Science is not there, and what we do depends on the science.” VA officials also believe they cannot get proper “scientific” evidence on whether a veteran has cancer or an illness from being exposed to Agent Orange or simply from old age.

Rick Weidman, Executive Director at the Vietnam Veterans of America, responded stating, “These people were exposed. How much they were exposed doesn’t make a difference. And you can’t put that all together 40 years later.”

Agent Orange was a strong herbicide used by the United States military during the Vietnam War to eliminate the harsh terrain, making it easier to navigate the harsh environment. The United States dropped millions of gallons of the herbicide from 1961-1971. The VA’s own website details the deadly side effects of exposure to Agent Orange.

The Blue Water Bill has passed the House of Representatives and is awaiting a vote at the Senate. If you or someone you know would like to make a claim with the VA, you can contact them at 1-800-827-1000.

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President Trump Sits Down for Interview With Telemundo
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President Trump Sits Down for Interview With Telemundo
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President Trump appeared on the Spanish language Telemundo network for an interview with Jose Diaz-Balart earlier this week. The often combative interview centered around several Hispanic themed topics. Telemundo is a subsidiary of Comcast/NBCUniversal, a frequent target of President Trump’s attacks on the media.

The interview began with the anchor accusing the president of being tough on immigrants. President Trump responded, saying, “When you say that you mean illegal immigrants. I’ve been very good to immigrants.”

The two then spent a bit of time arguing about President Trump’s poll numbers among Hispanic Americans. When President Trump declared his approval rating among Hispanic voters to be on the rise, Diaz-Balart countered by forecasting the number to be around 30 percent. The president responded by estimating his approval rating among Hispanic voters to be at 50 percent, which Diaz-Balart staunchly disputed.

At one point in the interview, Diaz-Balart directly asked the president, “Do you have something against immigrants?” In response, President Trump said he actually loved immigrants. He went on to say he strongly supports legal immigration.

Perhaps the most contentious part of the interview took place when Diaz-Balart brought up the issue of child separation at the border. President Trump insisted the policy was a remnant of the Obama administration, saying the practice ended on his watch.

“I put them together. Just remember that I put them together,” the President said. “Obama built the cages. I didn’t build them. Obama built the cages… Obama separated.”

The Telemundo anchor ended the interview by asking the president about how well he sleeps. “I don’t have much time to sleep. Fortunately, I’ve never been a big sleeper, in terms of hours, but I sleep fine. I mean I sleep very good,” President Trump responded.

Thousands of Protesters Surround Police Headquarters in Hong Kong
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Thousands of Protesters Surround Police Headquarters in Hong Kong
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Earlier this week, thousands of protesters surrounded the Hong Kong police headquarters to voice their dissatisfaction with a recently proposed extradition bill. Early estimates suggest that nearly 2 million of the city’s 7 million people took to the streets in protest on Sunday. The protests have specifically targeted Chief Executive Carrie Lam and her support for a bill that would allow extradition from Hong Kong to Mainland China.

Hong Kong became a special administrative region in China in 1997, when Britain’s 99-year lease on the region expired. Home to more than 7 million people, Hong Kong is the fourth-most densely populated area in the world. The city’s people generally refer to themselves as citizens of Hong Kong rather than citizens of China.

Protesters began taking to the streets over two months ago, yet, their numbers continue to grow. As a result of the demonstrations, Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced Saturday that she would  suspend her efforts to pass the extradition bill. However, the protests likely reached peak participation on Sunday in spite of her comments.

Lam’s office released another statement on Sunday night, in a second attempt to appease demonstrators. This time, Lim apologized to the people of Hong Kong for her pursuit of the legislation. The statement went on to promise future improvements to her public service.

The statements weren’t enough for the protesters gathered outside police headquarters and Lam’s office, as many urged her to resign. They also expressed anger and disappointment over police tactics deployed against them, including the use of rubber bullets, tear gas, and batons. Several of the demonstrators carried images of their injured companions.

The protesters in Hong Kong have plenty of reasons to be concerned about extradition to China, where human rights and due process are routinely violated. The Chinese government has already targeted numerous Hong Kong activists, publishers, and business people in the past several years.

President Trump Calls Off Military Strike Against Iran
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President Trump Calls Off Military Strike Against Iran
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Earlier today, President Trump confirmed reports that he called off a military strike against Iran just ten minutes before it was scheduled to begin. The president said the retaliation by US forces would have been disproportionate to Iran’s actions. Earlier this month, the Iranian military allegedly attacked oil tankers of two US allies and shot down an American drone.

The president tweeted about the incident early this morning, saying the planned strike was in direct response to Iranian aggression against the unmanned drone. The attack was set to target three separate sites, but President Trump says he decided against the move after asking how many would die as a result. According to the tweets this morning, the president was told by a general that around 150 Iranians would be killed.

President Trump further explained his reasoning this morning, tweeting that sanctions are likely be sufficient in dealing with the rogue nation. Either way, the president made it clear that he was unwilling to kill 150 people over an unmanned drone.

During a recent press conference, President Trump suggested the attack on the drone may not have been ordered by top Iranian officials. He proposed the strike may have simply been the actions of a low-ranking military official, unaware of the severity of the situation.

While tweeting about his decision this morning, President Trump lashed out at the terms of the nuclear deal with Iran negotiated by the Obama administration. He went on to accuse the previous administration of emboldening Iran’s behavior in the region.

Senators Receive Classified UFO Briefing at Pentagon
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Senators Receive Classified UFO Briefing at Pentagon
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According to a recent report from CNN, a group of three senators visited the Pentagon on Wednesday for a classified Department of Defense briefing on repeated UFO sightings by the US Navy. The meeting allegedly included high ranking Naval Intelligence officials and the actual pilots and personnel that spotted the crafts. Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Mark Warner was among the senators said to be in the meeting.

Numerous Navy pilots have reported seeing unidentifiable aircraft, capable of seemingly impossible maneuvers, sharing their sky. The craft have no visible engines or infrared exhaust fumes. A special government investigation was opened when pilots and other Navy personnel increasingly began observing the phenomenon.

The inquiry was the subject of a recent New York Times article featuring interviews from Navy pilot witnesses. The piece is considered one of the most detailed and reliable compilations of information on the subject.

Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Christopher Mellon has asserted the existence of UFOs, saying, “We know that UFOs exist. This is no longer an issue. The Navy itself has publicly acknowledged the fact that they exist, and Navy pilots―active duty pilots―have gone on the record in the New York Times acknowledging the fact that they exist. So the issue now is: why are they here, where are they coming from and what is the technology behind these devices that we are observing?”

President Trump has already been briefed on the subject. During a recent interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, President Trump said, “I did have one very brief meeting on it. But people are saying they’re seeing UFOs… I think our great pilots would know. And some of them see things a little bit different from the past. We’re watching, and you’ll be the first to know.”

President Trump Launches 2020 Campaign With Rally in Orlando
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President Trump Launches 2020 Campaign With Rally in Orlando
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President Trump officially launched his 2020 reelection campaign tonight in Orlando, Florida. Some of the president’s supporters began waiting in line for the venue more than 24 hours before it began. A Fox News crew spoke with some of the hundreds of supporters lined up for the event at 7 AM, more than 12 hours before it was set to begin.

The president’s supporters ultimately filled the 20,000 person capacity Amway Center before his speech began at 8 PM. Aside from bashing the Democratic Party and his 2020 opponents, President Trump appeared to announce a new campaign slogan: “Keep America Great.”

Although President Trump often targets his political opponents for criticism, his attacks were particularly vicious throughout the event. At one point, he accused the Democratic Party of attempting to destroy the United States as we know it.

The event appears to have been a success for the president, considering he raised nearly $25 million in less than 24 hours. President Trump’s campaign brought in donations as a result of the event than was raised in the entire fundraising quarter from January to March.

President Trump took to Twitter after the event to thank his supporters and further target his Democratic opponents.

Tensions Rising Between the US and Iran
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Tensions Rising Between the US and Iran
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Following attacks on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, relations between the Trump administration and Iran appear to be at an all-time low. Earlier this week, the Japanese Kokuka Courageous and the Norwegian Front Altair were hit with explosives. American military personnel rescued the crew from the burning ships.

The US, Saudi Arabia, and UK are all accusing Iran of coordinating the attack. The Pentagon has released multiple videos allegedly showing Iranian troops attempting to remove some of their undetonated munitions from the water following the attack.

Iran has responded to the allegations by accusing the US and its allies of fabricating the entire incident. Iran’s United Nations mission called the attack a “mischievous plot” to disrupt the region.

The incident occurred on the same day Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe met with Supreme Leader of Iran Ayatollah Khamenei in Iran. The meeting was intended to help ease tensions between Iran and the United States.

President Trump has directly blamed Iran for the attacks, calling the country “a nation of terror.” The Department of Defense will be deploying an additional thousand troops to the region in response to the turmoil.

The president hasn’t spoken much about the conflict, apart from of a recent interview on Fox News. Although President Trump frequently communicates on social media, he hasn’t directly addressed the issue on Twitter in recent weeks. However, he did briefly address reports that Iran has begun defying uranium stockpile limits and retweet comments from Marco Rubio.

Doom Eternal Receives a Release Date
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Doom Eternal Receives a Release Date
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It has been 25 years since the first Doom game was released on IBM-compatible computers. The popular franchise has sold over 10 million copies since then. Doom Eternal, the fifth main title in the franchise, hits store shelves November 22, 2019.

The Doom series puts players in control of an unnamed space marine, affectionately nicknamed Doomguy. The helmeted hero wields a variety of weapons against his demonic opponents, making for a fast-paced and gory first-person shooter.

The game’s story line is unusual, to say the least. Astronauts on Mars discover a portal to Hell, which they begin to mine resources and energy from. Naturally, the portal is eventually overrun by demons.

Doom Eternal is a direct sequel to the 2016 reboot of the franchise. The previous game featured environments on Mars and in Hell. The new title is likely to add Earth to the list of surroundings.

The game is being developed by id Software, also known for their involvement in the Wolfenstein series. The company developed Wolfenstein 3D, considered one of the most ground breaking games ever made. Released one year before the first Doom game, Wolfenstein 3D shares many of the same features.

Although id Software now owns the Wolfenstein franchise as well, they do not develop the games. Their development is handled by MachineGames, a Swedish subsidiary of id Software’s parent company.

The recent Doom reboot was a fun and faithful adaptation of the classic shooter. Let’s hope the team at id Software delivers another nostalgia filled gem later this year. The game will be available on the Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC this holiday season.

Sarah Sanders Leaving White House at End of Month
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Sarah Sanders Leaving White House at End of Month
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Earlier this week, President Trump announced on Twitter that Press Secretary Sarah Sanders will be leaving the White House at the end of the month. Sanders has been with the administration since the beginning. She was promoted from White House Deputy Press Secretary following Sean Spicer’s departure.

It’s unclear who will replace Sanders in the administration. However, many political insiders expect Principal Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley to fill the position.

Sanders was the third woman in American history to hold the title of White House Press Secretary. She is the daughter of former Arkansas Governor and presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee. Sanders met her husband while working on her father’s 2008 presidential campaign. They have three children.

Sanders will be leaving the administration on June 30. President Trump is expected to announce her replacement sometime next week.

Fox News Praises Take Two CEO for Success of GTA & RDR Franchises
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Fox News Praises Take Two CEO for Success of GTA & RDR Franchises
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Fox News journalist Robert Gray had some kind words for Take Two Interactive CEO Strauss Zelnick during the network’s coverage of the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles. During the short but wide-ranging interview, Gray congratulated Zelnick for the success of his organization. Rockstar Games, the developer of hit franchises like Grand Theft Auto, is a subsidiary of Take Two Interactive.

The Grand Theft Auto franchise is the fourth-highest selling of all time. With more than 250 million games shipped, only Mario, Pokemon, and Tetris have sold more. While the games have earned a reputation for their violence and mature content, they’ve also received praise for their unparalleled quality.

Fans and critics alike have applauded Take Two Interactive and Rockstar Games for their latest addition to the Red Dead franchise, Red Dead Redemption 2. The Western-themed game generated nearly $1 billion in revenue in just the first three days after its release. The game is widely regarded as one of the finest ever made, and it was awarded 2018 Game of the Year by Mess of Media.

Rockstar Games and Take Two Interactive have a stellar reputation among the gaming community. In an environment where many studios seem to have developed an adversarial relationship with their fans,  Take Two and its subsidiaries consistently manage to exceed the expectations of their fan base.

Take Two Interactive has even been applauded by many in the business community for their hands-off approach to their artists. While franchises like Call of Duty churn out endlessly uninspired games, Rockstar spends several years carefully developing each of their titles. Their artistic quality is unrivaled by anyone else in the industry.

Corporate giant Electronic Arts spent years attempting to purchase Take Two Interactive. EA repeatedly offered significantly more than Take Two Interactive’s assessed value in an attempt to acquire their organization. EA is currently valued around $27 billion. Take Two, in comparison, is valued at about $12 billion.

Take Two Interactive was wise to pass on the offers from Electronic Arts. EA has a notoriously terrible relationship with the fans of their franchises, and the move would not have been well-received by the gaming community. Simply looking at it from a financial standpoint, it’s entirely possible for Take Two Interactive to become far more successful than EA over the next 10 years. Perhaps that’s why EA spent so many years desperately trying to purchase the company.

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