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Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture: An experiment in the storytelling capabilities of video games

Games have changed a lot in the past two decades with each console system improving the capabilities available to game designers and game players. A lot of modern games are focused on game mechanics, but more and more games are starting to have a stronger focus on the story of the game. An example of this is Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, a game that is highly focused on the game mechanics of a first-person shooter game, but also a large focus on telling a story with the game’s campaign mode, even going so far as having actor Kevin Spacey portray the game’s primary villain.

Joshua to fight Whyte

Last Updated: 10/07/15 11:12am

Anthony Joshua will fight Dillian Whyte for the British heavyweight title

Anthony Joshua will fight Dillian Whyte for the British heavyweight title

Anthony Joshua will fight Dillian Whyte for the British heavyweight title

Anthony Joshua will fight Dillian Whyte for the British heavyweight title.

The Olympic gold medallist will take on his long-standing rival in November or December.

Promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed the fight will take place, giving Joshua not only the chance to win a major professional title, but to avenge a defeat as an amateur.

Joshua has blown all 13 opponents away and is yet to go past three rounds, while Whyte, who had to serve two-year ban after failing a drugs test is also unbeaten, winning all 14 of his fights.

But the pair have fallen out and Hearn believes we are in for a “fierce” battle.

“The moment Anthony Joshua turned pro I knew this fight would happen,” he told Sky Sports.

“I’ve been in talks with Dillian for the last couple of months and originally it was penciled in for September 12 but he picked up that hand injury and his trainer was involved in an accident and not having boxed since February it would’ve been the wrong move for him to go into a fight like this ill-prepared.

“But now he has got the chance to fight on Sky and build up to a huge domestic grudge match that by the time it comes around will be a major sporting event.

“I think it is Joshua’s toughest test in and out of the ring. The rivalry is real and I could see that in the negotiations and Dillian will be trying to press all the buttons to get under his skin.

“You will see a different side of Anthony Joshua in this fight, especially outside the ring. The build-up will be fierce.”

You will see a different side of Anthony Joshua in this fight, especially outside the ring. The build-up will be fierce.

Eddie Hearn

Whyte comes from south London and Joshua from north and the pair knew each other as amateurs.

They fought in 2009 with Whyte winning on points and although there was no animosity, the duo fell out after London 2012, when they were both training in the Klitschko camp.

“It got a bit heated and I offered him out to fight me and then it got calmed down,” Whyte told Ringside recently.

“He explained that ‘his quotes got taken out of context, that’s not what he said’ and we were okay. I offered to spar with him before his fight with Konstantin Airich, but then he changed his mind in the evening.

“He came back and started ranting about some other stuff so there’s no love lost.”

Dillian Whyte said that he doesn’t like Anthony Joshua and is confident that he will beat AJ if the pair meet again.

Dillian Whyte said that he doesn’t like Anthony Joshua and is confident that he will beat AJ if the pair meet again.

Dillian Whyte said that he doesn’t like Anthony Joshua and is confident that he will beat AJ if the pair meet again.

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Joshua to fight Whyte

NXT Recap: July 8th 2015

Following the monumental events of the successful Beast in the East special from Tokyo, there is a new force atop the NXT roster. The Demon Finn Balor, returning to his second home in the Far East following his success with NJPW, toppled Kevin Owens to become NXT Champion for the first time. The Irishman is certainly deserving of the accolade due to the impact he has had on NXT since his debut, and will hopefully lead by example as the new standard bearer for the locker room.

However, neither Balor nor Owens would be around for this edition of NXT, and therefore focus shifted to the other two championships available. The main event of the evening pitted the Vaudevillains against Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady, with the winning tandem becoming number one contenders for the NXT Tag Team titles, currently worn by Blake & Murphy. The East Coast natives of Enzo & Cass believe they are entitled to a rematch as a result of the controversy of their last title shot at Takeover: Unstoppable. But that would not derail the intentions of the Vaudevillains, who were desperate for another opportunity to earn their first reign with the belts.

The NXT Women’s Champion would also be in action following an extended absence, with Sasha Banks crossing paths with Dana Brooke and Emma last week. With the blonde pairing claiming to be the new force in NXT and with eyes fixed on Banks’ gold, they challenged the champ to a tag team match for this episode. The only question was would Banks be able to find a partner within a hostile locker room? The card also included a bout between the kooky Solomon Crowe and the deranged Marcus Louis.

Quick Results

  • Sasha Banks & Charlotte defeat Dana Brooke & Emma
  • Solomon Crowe defeats Marcus Louis
  • The Vaudevillains defeat Enzo Amore & Colin Cassady

Sasha Banks & Charlotte vs Dana Brooke & Emma

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Last week, Dana Brooke and Emma were caught loitering in Sasha Banks’ locker room, claiming that they were just getting used to the place before they take over NXT. Naturally, the brash Women’s Champion did not take too kindly to these remarks, and accepted a challenge to battle the blonde duo in a tag team match on this edition. However, up until the last minute, Banks was alone, without a partner. Just when it seemed as though Brooke and Emma would have a walkover, Charlotte arrived on the scene, agreeing to be Banks’ partner on the condition that she owed her one.

Highlights

Banks and Charlotte combine with hard kicks to the front and back of Brooke, before their classic BFF clicks

I love the Charlotte’s Web cover, really inventive

Hard running knees into Brooke in the corner by Banks

Crowd Reaction

Wooing along with every move and strut of Charlotte

The crowd start getting on the back of Dana – impressive heel heat

“Like a Boss” – supporting the NXT Women’s Champion

Low Points

The hot tag was quite abrupt, and appeared to lessen the significance of the climax

Very short, and once again Brooke’s range of offense remains limited

Finish

Both Banks and Charlotte lock in their signature submission maneuvers, forcing Brooke and Emma to submit. Following the match, Charlotte challenges Banks for the NXT Women’s Championship next week, and it is accepted.

This was an okay match, certainly nothing of note taking place in from the moment the bell rang to the finish. It was short, and didn’t give much chance for any of the ladies to shine from a wrestling standpoint. That is most damaging for Dana Brooke, who needs more time to develop as a wrestler, and her limited offense won’t help her appeal to anyone going forward. But, this was simply a tool to set up the NXT Women’s title match between Sasha Banks and Charlotte, which should be a classic.

Rating – 2/5

Replay of Kevin Owens vs Finn Balor from Beast in the East

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The next segment was filled with a recap of the NXT Championship match between Kevin Owens and Finn Balor, hosted in Tokyo, Japan. As this NXT show was taped in advance of that event, neither competitor appeared this week to spoil the result of their encounter. I won’t cover this in great detail, as it took place at the weekend and most people are well aware of the result, as Balor rose to the occasion in his adopted country to dethrone Owens. The Demonic Irishman now stands atop the NXT roster, as Owens likely heads for pastures new on the main WWE shows.

However, it is worth pointing out the extraordinary match the pair produced for Beast in the East, which was back and forth. It demonstrated beyond any shadow of doubt that Balor is ready to lead from the front with the NXT Championship. He has the in-ring talent, the charisma, the look, and the spectacle surrounding him to be an excellent champion. I look forward to him squaring up with the likes of Tyler Breeze and Hideo Itami over the belt. As for Owens, he’s simply grown so big even NXT can’t contain his momentum anymore.

Solomon Crowe