CERN and the God Particle: Anticipation rises as scientists call for a press event on Wednesday, July 4
Let’s start with a brief backgrounder for those who are not familiar CERN. CERN abbreviation stands for the European Organization for Nuclear Research, an international science agency established by a number of European member states in Switzerland, in 1954. Since its foundation, CERN’s operations and membership have grown rapidly and it now employs approximately 2400 full time employees. It is currently operating the world’s largest particle physics laboratory. Apart from the most connected and curious, there were not many who knew of CERN’s existence before it successfully built and run the Large Hadron Collider (LHD), the world’s largest and highest energy particle accelerator in 2008. Built and maintained by advanced computer technology at an unprecedented scale, it holds an important place in the history of science.
It is unfortunate that
Australia does not house many information technology brands sporting universal name recognition. Being a video game developer with an impressive market presence, The Creative Assembly is one of a few globally-known IT companies that choose to operate in Australia. Established by Tim Ansell in the United Kingdom in 1987, The Creative Assembly set up a branch in . Fortitude Valley, Australia
After participating in major game development projects by various IT giants including Electronic Arts, this Aussie-Brit joint venture marshaled enough resources to fund its own video game project. Many strategy game enthusiasts claim stubbornly that end product of this project, Shogun: Total War, has revolutionized the strategy game genre. Shogun has a unique game play formula that includes a turn-based strategy campaign accompanied by real-time tactical engagements. Players organize their economic, military and political resources on a large world campaign map in a turn-based fashion and, when opportunity arises, clash with their enemies in real time battlefields. In other words, players get to command hundreds and if one’s computer specs allow, thousands of military units into battle. Assembly’s new strategy formula was an instant hit. Thus, Total War brand was born.
Medieval: Total War emerged in 2002 and followed Shogun’s path of success. Medieval did not present anything new in terms of graphics technology and game play and was almost technically identical to the first game. The Creative Assembly still had tricks up its sleeve, though. In 2004, they rocked the gaming world once more with
: Total War. Rome Rome sported a brand new graphics engine and game play features. Reviewers and gamers did not shy away from throwing accolades at the Creative Assembly. Needless to say, Total War formula was kept entirely intact with turn-based campaigning and real time tactical engagement portions.
This was a turning point for The Creative Assembly as
Rome’s achievements attracted Japanese gaming giant Sega’s attention and an acquisition was finalized in 2005. Sega provided ample funds for the Creative Assembly to expand the Total War franchise. Medieval II: Total War, Empire: Total War, Napoleon: Total War and Total War: Shogun 2 joined the franchise in 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively.
Although post-2005 games could not muster the hype Rome: Total War enjoyed, they were well-received by fans and critics. All games were considered to be improvements over the existing Total War formula and possessed new graphic engines and features. For example, Empire: Total War allowed gamers to engage in naval battles. The latest news from the Creative Assembly team is that a new mobile iOS and Android compatible Total War game will soon join the much celebrated franchise.
The Creative Assembly and Total War Series hold well-deserved positions in the history of strategy gaming and their fans’ laptops and now mobiles will certainly keep spare storage capacity for games to come.
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As a child, I salivated over those bulky black-and-white handsets - replete with vast aerial - masquerading as 'portable TVs'. The technology to deliver television on-the-go has changed dramatically since - and there are a few factors that have helped. This article is going to guide you through the fundamental technological advances that have delivered on-the-go TV, and conclude with a great way for you to be able to access it, right now, free of charge.