A Game Awards world premiere has been in the works for over two years

The Game Awards

In December, Geoff Keighley has teased a world premiere over two years in the making at The Game Awards.

Taking to Twitter, Keighley said: “Just saw the final cut of a The Game Awards world premiere we have been working on with a developer for 2.5 years. Truly honoured we are entrusted to share this work with the world.

“2.5 years sounds like a long time, but summer of 2019 was actually my last global tour to visit developers. I always have so much fun visiting studios and hearing about their projects. Hope to do it again in 2022,” he added in another tweet.

The Game Awards typically has celebrity guests, world premieres of upcoming games and other trailers, and the titular awards, so it’s no surprise that Keighley has had an exclusive reveal cooking for the last two years.

In a recent interview, Keighley said there is no clear frontrunner for Game of the Year out of the six nominations. “It’s anyone’s game this year. We had more votes in the first 24 hours than we’ve ever had in the show. We had over 7million votes which is up significantly from last year. We haven’t said this publicly yet, but I think we crossed 10million two days in. It’s well beyond what we thought.”

This comes after the category nominees were recently revealed for the awards, with the titles up for Game of the Year as follows:

The Game Awards will stream worldwide on December 9.

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In other news, a group of modders have successfully reverse-engineered The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time, meaning others could potentially port the game to PC or even make mods for the game.

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‘Halo Infinite’ players call for cross-play opt out because of cheaters

Halo Infinite console players are asking 343 Industries for a way to opt out of cross-play until an anti-cheat is implemented.

Halo Infinite‘s subreddit has been filled with complaints of hackers in the game’s lobbies. These complaints come from both casual and ranked playlists. Players on consoles are especially irritated as they have no way to opt out of cross-play with PC players where cheating is more likely.

One Redditor named Meiie, spotted by Eurogamer, said in a post, “This is one of the reasons many console users choose to not play on PC.”

“Besides the ease of playing on console, avoiding PC cheaters has been my biggest reason for not playing on PC. Destiny, Warzone, BF, Apex.. tons of cheaters on PC. Never run into any when playing on console and opting out of cross-play.”

Halo Infinite. Credit: 343 Industries.

“This is really important and I think not getting this option now is gonna spiral pretty hard into us players, on console, having to deal with infestation of cheaters currently on PC.”

Halo Infinite is currently in an early access style period and has no dedicated anti-cheat software. The game’s multiplayer component is also free-to-play, making it easier for players to create accounts if they get banned for cheating.

Halo Infinite‘s competitive branch allows players to choose between playing with controller users or those on keyboard and mouse. This can lead to long queue times, and PC players using cheats can still use controllers. Xbox players have no option to completely separate themselves from being matchmade with PC players and so cannot avoid cheaters.

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In other news, Steam has set a new record for peak concurrent users. On November 27, the service had over 27million users active at the same time.

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DJ Khaled says he has another new collaboration with Drake on the way

DJ Khaled has confirmed that he has another new collaboration with Drake on the way, calling it a “crazy” song.

The pair teamed up twice last year on the singles ‘Popstar’ and ‘Greece’, which both appeared on Khaled’s 12th studio album, ‘Khaled Khaled’.

In new footage shared from Khaled’s birthday party celebrations, in which Drake FaceTimed him.

“Oh shit, I’m on some Drake shit right here,” Khaled said when the rapper phoned him, adding: “Drake, you know you started this shit right? All these green diamonds and shit.”

Khaled then confirmed the new collaboration, saying:  “I got some new music coming out with Drake real soon. This shit sound crazy too, the vocals are in!”

See the videos below:

Elsewhere, Drake has become the first artist ever to have two albums spend 400 weeks each on the Billboard 200.

It comes after Drake marked another Billboard record earlier this year as the first artist ever to have his songs debut in the top three slot positions.

The songs comprised the ‘Scary Hours 2’ EP, which preceded the release of September’s ‘Certified Lover Boy’. The latter album quickly made Drake the only act in Billboard history alongside The Beatles to have dominated all spots in the top five in a week.

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Next month, Drake is set to perform at Kanye West’s upcoming benefit concert ‘Free Larry Hoover’. The two artists will headline the concert on December 9 at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

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Omicron: Retailers fear face mask rules could lead to torrent of abuse during busy Christmas shopping period

Retailers have confirmed they will press Christmas shoppers to wear face coverings after masks were made mandatory in England, but warned they feared staff could face abuse.

On Saturday the Prime Minister said wearing face coverings will be compulsory in shops and public transport once again in an effort to combat the Omicron coronavirus variant, after cases were detected in Nottingham and Brentwood, Essex.

Shoppers are already out in force in the run-up to Christmas, and according to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) December traditionally accounts for 11 per cent of total annual retail spend.

Paddy Lillis, general secretary of retail trade union Usdaw criticised the Government for its “flip-flopping” on Covid measures, adding that continual rule changes “create confusion, reduce compliance and can lead to conflict.”

The union boss added that retail staff working with the public are “deeply worried” about catching Covid-19 and that the arrival of the Omicron variant is a “further concern”.

Mr Lillis said: “Wearing a face covering protects others, it should not be a personal preference, but a personal responsibility.

“The Government must be clear and consistent on it being mandatory and that shopworkers are not expected to enforce the law on face coverings.”

He added: “We ask the public to follow the rules and respect shopworkers, abuse is not a part of their job. We continue to call on retail employers to maintain appropriate safety measures, ensuring they are followed consistently in every store.”

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James Lowman, chief executive of the Association of Convenience Stores, told i: “We are helping retailers to prepare for the change in face covering rules, but they are extremely concerned about abuse against their staff from customers who don’t want to wear a face covering in a shop.

“We will continue to urge stores to communicate the rules, but not to challenge those who refuse to abide by them.”

A spokesperson for the British Retail Consortium said that retailers “will play their part” in communicating to customers the new rules on face coverings in England’s shops through signage and in-store announcements.

They added: “While enforcement of the Government’s new mandate is one for the police, the ultimate responsibility for wearing a face covering in-store rests with individual shoppers.

“Our shopping experience over the coming days and weeks may be changing a little, however, customers are asked to respect the rules and be considerate to their fellow shoppers and to hard-working shop staff. This way we can all enjoy the festive shopping experience and support our favourite stores.”

Giles Hurley, CEO at Aldi UK said: “The safety of our colleagues and customers is our number one priority.

“Following the latest Government announcement, wearing a face covering will be mandatory for everyone that shops at Aldi from Tuesday 30 November, except for the small number of people who have a medical exemption.”

Masks also remain compulsory in Aldi’s Scottish and Welsh stores, as well as for all Aldi colleagues, a spokesperson added.

Other measures such as hand sanitiser and screens will also stay in place in stores.

Sainsbury’s said they are “reviewing the latest government guidance and will keep customers and colleagues updated.”

A spokesperson at the John Lewis Partnership, which also includes Waitrose, said: “The safety of our customers and Partners remains of paramount importance and our ongoing recommendation has been for all to wear a face covering – unless exempt,which is in line with Government’s updated policy.”

With masks also becoming compulsory on public transport, Mick Lynch of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union called on the Government to provide extra resources so that the rule can be enforced.

“We support the wearing of masks but there are major issues about enforcement and it is our members left in the front line with angry passengers who refuse to comply,” he said.

“The Government must make the resources available to police this reintroduction of masks.

“We also need to end this disjointed approach and get some consistency that avoids the chaos and confusion that is a hallmark of this administration.”

Bobby Morton, transport officer at trade union Unite, also called for better backup to enforce the face covering rule.

He said: “It is not sufficient to announce that face masks will once again become compulsory, this policy has got to be fully enforced in order to protect public health.

“Unite’s advice to bus drivers is clear: it is not their role to enforce mask wearing, their responsibility is to safely drive and operate the bus. The job of enforcing mask-wearing is that of the bus operator and the police.

“Unite has consistently warned that the requirement to wear face masks should never have been removed while rates of Covid-19 remained high. It is only the arrival of the new variant which has forced the Government to act.”

How to Watch ‘Miracle in Motor City’ Lifetime Movie Online

Smokey Robinson stars in the newest Lifetime Christmas movie, “Miracle in Motor City,” which premieres Sunday, November 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

If you don’t have cable or don’t have Lifetime, here are some different ways you can watch “Miracle in Motor City” streaming online:

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Philo TV

You can watch a live stream of Lifetime and 60-plus other TV channels on Philo TV, which comes with a seven-day free trial:

Philo Free Trial

Once signed up for Philo, you can watch “Miracle in Motor City” live on the Philo app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast (compatible on Android mobile), any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. You can also watch on your computer on the Philo website.

If you can’t watch live, Philo allows you to DVR programs and watch them up to 30 days later. And even if you forget to DVR something, Philo also comes with a 72-hour rewind feature, which lets you to watch most shows on-demand if they have aired in the last three days.


Sling TV

You can watch a live stream of Lifetime and 30-plus other TV channels via Sling TV’s “Sling Orange” or “Sling Blue” bundle. This option doesn’t include a free trial, but it’s the cheapest long-term streaming service with Lifetime, and you can get your first month for just $10:

Get Sling TV

Once signed up for Sling TV, you can watch “Miracle in Motor City” live on the Sling TV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or Series X/S, Samsung TV, LG TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), airTV Mini, Oculus, Portal, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the Sling TV website.

If you can’t watch live, Sling TV comes included with 50 hours of cloud DVR.


DirecTV Stream

DirecTV Stream (formerly AT&T TV) has four different channel packages: “Entertainment,” “Choice,” “Ultimate” and “Premier.” Lifetime is included in every one, but you can pick any package and any add-on you want with your free 14-day trial.

Note that the free trial isn’t advertised as such, but your “due today” amount will be $0 when signing up. If you watch on your computer, phone or tablet, you won’t be charged for 14 days. If you watch on a streaming device on your TV (Roku, Fire Stick, Apple TV, etc.), you will be charged for the first month, but you can get still get a full refund if you cancel before 14 days:

DirecTV Stream Free Trial

Once signed up for DirecTV Stream, you can watch “Miracle in Motor City” live on the DirecTV Stream app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Samsung TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the DirecTV Stream website.

If you can’t watch live, DirecTV Stream also comes with 20 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to unlimited hours).


Vidgo

You can watch a live stream of Lifetime and 65+ other TV channels on Vidgo, which comes with a free seven-day trial:

Vidgo Free Trial

Once signed up for Vidgo, you can watch “Miracle in Motor City” live on the Vidgo app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV, or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad, or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the Vidgo website.


Hulu With Live TV

You can watch a live stream of Lifetime and 65+ other TV channels via Hulu With Live TV, which you can try out for free with a seven-day trial:

Hulu With Live TV Free Trial

Once signed up for Hulu With Live TV, you can watch “Miracle in Motor City” live on the Hulu app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or Series X/S, PlayStation 4 or 5, Nintendo Switch, Samsung TV, LG TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the Hulu website.

If you can’t watch live, Hulu with Live TV comes with both its extensive on-demand library (which includes most shows after they air) and 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).


‘Miracle in Motor City’ 2021 Preview

Lifetime’s “It’s a Wonderful Lifetime” slate of holiday movies kicked off on Friday, November 26 with Reba McEntire’s Lifetime movie and now a new movie will debut every night until Christmas.

Sunday, November 28 comes “Miracle In Motor City,” which stars Tia Mowry, Mark Taylor and the legendary Smokey Robinson himself.

The press release reads:

Amber Dupont (Tia Mowry) bites off more than she can chew when she takes charge of her church’s annual Christmas pageant and inadvertently promises to deliver a special performance by Motown Legend Smokey Robinson. When her best friends secretly enlist Amber’s former flame Eddie (Mark Taylor) to help – the pair reconnect in a quest to find Smokey and convince him to appear. With the clock ticking, family, friends, and superstar Smokey Robinson come together to stage the most special pageant yet.

In an interview with “Good Morning America,” Mowry teased her latest Christmas movie and talked about what it was like performing with Robinson.

“I am telling you — the movie takes place in Detroit and what I love about this mvoie and what makes it diferent from all the other Christmas movies that I’ve done is we have this really nice Motown flair, right? Smokey Robsinon is Motown and he is a legend and I’m so honored to have him be a part of this movie. Just being in his presence is so wonderful … he’s so incredibly talented bu tnot only that, he’s just so humble. He is the sweetest, most kind person you will ever meet,” said Mowry.

The rest of the It’s a Wonderful Lifetime holiday slate includes:

November 29: “Welcome to the Christmas Family Reunion”
November 30: “Saying Yes to Christmas”
December 1: “Match Made in Mistletoe”
December 2: “A Christmas Village Romance”
December 3: “A Christmas Dance Reunion”
December 4: “Kirk Franklin’s A Gospel Christmas”
December 5: “My Favorite Christmas Melody”
December 6: “Secretly Santa”
December 7: “Christmas Movie Magic”
December 8: “Christmas With a Crown”
December 9: “A Fiance For Christmas”
December 10: “Holiday in Santa Fe”
December 11: “The Holiday Fix Up”
December 12: “People PResents: Blending Christmas”
December 13: “Maps and Mistletoe”
December 14: “Ghosts of Christmas Past”
December 15: “The Enchanted Christmas Cake”
December 16: “Christmas By Chance”
December 17: “Mistletoe in Montana”
December 18: “Toying With the Holidays”
December 19: “Under the Christmas Tree”
December 20: “Candy Cane Candidate”
December 21: “The Christmas Ball”
December 22: “It Takes a Christmas Village”
December 23: “Rebuilding A Dream Christmas”
December 24: “Hot Chocolate Holiday”
December 25: “Writing Around the Christmas Tree”

“Miracle in Motor City” premieres Sunday, November 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime.

‘The Toys That Built America’ Streaming: How to Watch Online

The latest docu-series to hit TV is “The Toys That Built America,” premiering Sunday, November 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the History Channel.

If you don’t have cable, here are some different ways you can watch a live stream of “The Toys That Built America” online:

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Philo TV

You can watch a live stream of the History Channel and 60-plus other TV channels on Philo TV, which comes with a seven-day free trial:

Philo Free Trial

Once signed up for Philo, you can watch “The Toys That Built America” live on the Philo app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast (compatible on Android mobile), any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. You can also watch on your computer on the Philo website.

If you can’t watch live, Philo allows you to DVR programs and watch them up to 30 days later. And even if you forget to DVR something, Philo also comes with a 72-hour rewind feature, which lets you to watch most shows on-demand if they have aired in the last three days.


FuboTV

You can watch a live stream of the History Channel and 100-plus other TV channels on FuboTV, which comes with a seven-day free trial:

FuboTV Free Trial

Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch “The Toys That Built America” live on the FuboTV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or Series X/S, Samsung TV, LG TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the FuboTV website.

If you can’t watch live, FuboTV comes with 250 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which allows you to watch most shows on-demand within three days (and sometimes longer) of their conclusion, even if you don’t record them.


Sling TV

You can watch a live stream of the History Channel and 30-plus other TV channels via Sling TV’s Sling Blue or Sling Orange bundle. This option doesn’t include a free trial, but it’s the cheapest long-term streaming service with the History Channel, and you can get your first month for just $10:

Get Sling TV

Once signed up for Sling TV, you can watch “The Toys That Built America” live on the Sling TV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or Series X/S, Samsung TV, LG TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), airTV Mini, Oculus, Portal, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the Sling TV website.

If you can’t watch live, Sling TV comes included with 50 hours of cloud DVR.


DirecTV Stream

DirecTV Stream (formerly AT&T TV) has four different channel packages: “Entertainment,” “Choice,” “Ultimate” and “Premier.” The History Channel is included in every one, but you can pick any package and any add-on you want with your free 14-day trial.

Note that the free trial isn’t advertised as such, but your “due today” amount will be $0 when signing up. If you watch on your computer, phone or tablet, you won’t be charged for 14 days. If you watch on a streaming device on your TV (Roku, Fire Stick, Apple TV, etc.), you will be charged for the first month, but you can get still get a full refund if you cancel before 14 days:

DirecTV Stream Free Trial

Once signed up for DirecTV Stream, you can watch “The Toys That Built America” live on the DirecTV Stream app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Samsung TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the DirecTV Stream website.

If you can’t watch live, DirecTV Stream also comes with 20 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to unlimited hours).


Vidgo

You can watch a live stream of the History Channel and 65+ other TV channels on Vidgo, which comes with a free seven-day trial:

Vidgo Free Trial

Once signed up for Vidgo, you can watch “The Toys That Built America” live on the Vidgo app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV, or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad, or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the Vidgo website.


Hulu With Live TV

You can watch a live stream of the History Channel and 65+ other TV channels via Hulu With Live TV, which you can try out for free with a seven-day trial:

Hulu With Live TV Free Trial

Once signed up for Hulu With Live TV, you can watch “The Toys That Built America” live on the Hulu app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or Series X/S, PlayStation 4 or 5, Nintendo Switch, Samsung TV, LG TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the Hulu website.

If you can’t watch live, Hulu with Live TV comes with both its extensive on-demand library (which includes most shows after they air) and 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).


‘The Toys That Built America’ Preview

Building on its specials “The Food That Built America” and “The Engineering That Built The World,” the History Channel is now debuting “The Toys That Built America,” which looks to “unbox the history behind some of America’s most beloved toys and the brilliant visionaries who brought them to life.”

The four-part docu-series “chronicles the toy titans whose imaginations soared to build billion-dollar empires, the rivalries that gave rise to the modern toy industry and the history of the visionaries behind iconic products like Monopoly and G.I. Joe,” according to the History Channel press release.

It continues:

Against the backdrop of major events in American history like the Civil War, the Great Depression and World War II, “The Toys that Built America” shares a story that brings nostalgic toys to the forefront as driving forces behind untold cultural and economic shifts. The four-part docuseries explores visionaries such as the Parker Brothers, Milton Bradley and Ruth Handler who transformed a small toy company into the billion-dollar empire known as Mattel.

It reveals little-known details behind groundbreaking innovations like the Frisbee, and accidental discoveries like how the Slinky was created. Additionally, the docuseries unveils competitive rivalries between iconic brands that changed the fabric of our nation forever. Blending dramatic reenactments and archival footage with interviews from experts, biographers, and others, each episode brings to life the surprising tales of the men and women who created some of America’s most beloved and enduring toys including Silly Putty, Barbie, Hot Wheels, Matchbox Cars, and other famous classics.

“Toys teach us to imagine, have fun and, most importantly, dream big,” said Eli Lehrer, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming for The History Channel, in a statement. “In ‘The Toys That Built America,’ we learn the fascinating history behind the inventors of some of the greatest and most ingenious toys of all time – many of which shaped our childhoods. As toys continue to encourage a new generation to dream bigger, we are proud to continue our commitment to honor and support military families by partnering with Blue Star Families to thank and give back to those who have sacrificed to serve our country.”

Additionally, the History Channel is continuing its public outreach program by partnering with Blue Star Families to give back to those who served and who are still serving ” with a donation of toys and educational items during the holiday season.”

“The Toys That Built America” premieres Sunday, November 28 at 9 p.m. Eastern and Pacific times on the History Channel.

Covid variant: leading professor urges end to ‘vaccine nationalism’ or more variants will develop

A new Covid-19 variant deemed to be “the worst ever” should act as a “wake up” call for developed countries to quit “vaccine nationalism” and to start distributing more jabs to poorer countries, a leading professor has said.

Countries all over the world, including the UK, France, Italy, Germany, India and Israel, have recently announced a ban on people arriving from South Africa after the B.1.1.529 variant – now dubbed “Omicron” – was detected there.

A string of other southern African countries including Botswana, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Mozambique have also been put on the red list.

The restrictions, however, may have come “too late”, Stephen Evans, Professor of Pharmacoepidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told i, as he warned that “vaccine nationalism doesn’t benefit the global community.”

“Countries where they don’t have the vaccine are going to be seat of new variants and that is inevitable with the virus,” he said.

“It’s very clear to me and it’s been clear to most scientists with a global health perspective that our failing to get vaccinations into the arms of people in low and middle-income countries is going to damage the higher income countries in the end, it’s very simple, unless we isolate ourselves totally from them.

The failure to vaccinate poorer countries carries a risk of new variants emerging and spreading elsewhere too, Professor Evans said (Photo: Achmad Ibrahim/AP)

“The appearance of this variant is a wake up call to say we cannot assume that by our giving 80 percent of our population booster doses we are going to protect, them because the new variant may escape the vaccine.”

Only five percent of people have been given one shot of a vaccine in poor countries, compared to 73 per cent in high and upper-middle income ones, the Washington Post reports.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said in a recent post that for every 100 people in high-income countries, 133 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered, while in low-income countries, only 4 doses per 100 people have been administered.

In order for the world to recover from the pandemic, at least 40 per cent of the world’s population should be vaccinated by the end of the year, and 70 per cent globally by mid-2022.

Former Labour leaders Gordon Brown and Tony Blair, as well as one of the leading scientists behind the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab, Sarah Gilbert, are among the high-profile figures who joined over 200 people calling on G7 countries to share more vaccinations with poorer countries.

Professor Evans called suggested the “easiest” way to extend the roll-out is to export technology to low-income countries so they can start manufacturing the vaccines themselves.

Steam sets a new record of 27million concurrent users

Over 27million Steam users were online at the same time, setting a new record for the platform.

According to data from SteamDB, the game distribution platform hit a new all-time peak of 27,182,165 concurrent users on November 27. The previous record was 26.9million users and was achieved in April. The number fluctuated but always remained high as the Covid-19 pandemic forced people to stay inside.

During the peak, the Steam charts detailed which games had the most players. Many of the titles featured on the list are mainstays of the Steam charts suggesting a new release or update is not responsible for the surge of users.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive took the top spot with 849,144 players. Valve’s Dota 2 was in second with 663,561 players. PUBG, Apex Legends, and New World round out the top five.

Apex Legends. Credit: Respawn Entertainment

The remainder of the top ten contained Grand Theft Auto 5, Team Fortress 2, Rust, MIR4, and Wallpaper Engine.

Steam is currently in the middle of its Autumn sale. The discounts will be available until December 1 and currently features headliners like Hades, Outer Wilds, and Monster Hunter: World. Each of the games has had between 30-40 per cent of their price dropped. Outer Wilds is the cheapest at £11.69. Roguelike Hades is available for £13.64, and Monster Hunter: World can be purchased for £16.49. There are significant discounts across Steam’s library, with the highly praised Disco Elysium: Final Cut reduced to £17.49

AAA games have also had their prices reduced. Cyberpunk 2077 is available for £24.99. Horizon: Zero Dawn and Deathloop are both half price currently.

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Elsewhere, The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time has been successfully reverse-engineered by a group of fans. The codebase has been translated to a more familiar and accessible language, allowing for PC ports and even mods.

 

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Omicron variant: leading professor urges end to ‘vaccine nationalism’ or more variants will develop

A new Covid-19 variant deemed to be “the worst ever” should act as a “wake up” call for developed countries to quit “vaccine nationalism” and to start distributing more jabs to poorer countries, a leading professor has said.

Countries all over the world, including the UK, France, Italy, Germany, India and Israel, have recently announced a ban on people arriving from South Africa after the B.1.1.529 variant – now dubbed “Omicron” – was detected there.

A string of other southern African countries including Botswana, Eswatini, Zimbabwe and Mozambique have also been put on the red list.

The restrictions, however, may have come “too late”, Stephen Evans, Professor of Pharmacoepidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, told i, as he warned that “vaccine nationalism doesn’t benefit the global community.”

“Countries where they don’t have the vaccine are going to be seat of new variants and that is inevitable with the virus,” he said.

“It’s very clear to me and it’s been clear to most scientists with a global health perspective that our failing to get vaccinations into the arms of people in low and middle-income countries is going to damage the higher income countries in the end, it’s very simple, unless we isolate ourselves totally from them.

The failure to vaccinate poorer countries carries a risk of new variants emerging and spreading elsewhere too, Professor Evans said (Photo: Achmad Ibrahim/AP)

“The appearance of this variant is a wake up call to say we cannot assume that by our giving 80 percent of our population booster doses we are going to protect, them because the new variant may escape the vaccine.”

Only five percent of people have been given one shot of a vaccine in poor countries, compared to 73 per cent in high and upper-middle income ones, the Washington Post reports.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said in a recent post that for every 100 people in high-income countries, 133 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered, while in low-income countries, only 4 doses per 100 people have been administered.

In order for the world to recover from the pandemic, at least 40 per cent of the world’s population should be vaccinated by the end of the year, and 70 per cent globally by mid-2022.

Former Labour leaders Gordon Brown and Tony Blair, as well as one of the leading scientists behind the Oxford/AstraZeneca jab, Sarah Gilbert, are among the high-profile figures who joined over 200 people calling on G7 countries to share more vaccinations with poorer countries.

Professor Evans called suggested the “easiest” way to extend the roll-out is to export technology to low-income countries so they can start manufacturing the vaccines themselves.

Man who survived Channel boat tragedy ‘plans to cross again’ for sake of his family

A man who survived the mass drowning tragedy in the English Channel is planning to attempt to reach the UK again, his family has said.

Mohammed Shekha, 21, was one of the 29 people onboard a boat that sank off the northern French coast.

He was one of only two people to survive as 17 men, seven women and three children died, marking the biggest loss of life by drowning in the Channel in decades.

Mr Shekha – a shepherd from the Kurdish region of Iran – is the eldest of six children, and had wanted to reach the UK to seek work to raise money for surgery for his 18-year-old sister.

Making a perilous journey across Iraq and Syria, the shepherd flew to Belarus and then made it across the border into Poland, his brother Marwan explained to The Sunday Times.

He found a smuggler who took him to Germany, and another who took him to France, where he attempted his first crossing. On that occasion, the boat sank not far from the coast, with Mr Shekha pulled out from the water by French authorities.

Mr Shekha was not deterred and found another trafficker, setting off again in the early hours of Wednesday morning from Dunkirk on the journey that claimed 27 lives.

The boat ran into trouble as its engine stopped working, he later told his brother from hospital, with those onboard stranded for hours before huge waves threw the people into the water.

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Nearly all those onboard perished by drowning and hypothermia within minutes. Mr Shekha, who could not swim, was kept afloat by his lifejacket before being rescued by French authorities, who had been alerted by a fisherman who spotted bodies floating in the water.

Despite the ordeal, Mr Shekha told his brother he will attempt to reach the UK again for the sake of his family, hoping to raise work and raise the thousands of dollars needed for his sister’s medical funds.

Many of those onboard the boat were Iraqi Kurds, Iranians and Afghans, and are in the stages of being identified.

Baran Nouri Hamadami was one of 27 people who drowned after attempting to cross the Channel in an inflatable dinghy (Photo: Facebook/Krmanj Ezzat Dargali)

Baran Nouri Hamadami, a 21-year-old Kurdish woman from Northern Iraq, was the first of the victims to be named.

She left her studies prematurely to travel through Germany and on to France in the hopes of joining her fiance who lives in Britain.

Her cousin Krmanj Ezzat told Sky News: “Her mother and father are totally devastated.

“The situation is just awful. She was a woman in the prime of her life. It’s a total tragedy and the whole family are in shock.”

“I understand why so many people are leaving for a better life, but this is not the correct path. It’s the route of death. Please don’t take this route, it’s not worth it.”