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CD Projekt Red Reveals First Look at Cyberpunk 2077 Gameplay

Published: 27/Aug/2018 17:48 Updated: 27/Aug/2018 20:04

by Virginia Glaze

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Following a mysterious stream of code, CD Projekt Red has now revealed a first look at gameplay footage previously only seen behind the scenes at E3 and Gamescom.

Narrated by a guide, the footage takes players through the beginning of the game, explaining the gritty environment of Night City and the hard lives of its high-tech inhabitants.

Stream details reveal a gameplay-driven dialogue system, with players having an array of speaking options to choose from. Every decision appears to affect the overall game, and players can choose how to approach every situation with their own flair.

This gameplay mirrors the game’s source material, Cyberpunk 2020, a pen-and-paper roleplaying game in the style of DnD.

Also featured in the stream are the player’s body modifications, an integral part of the Cyberpunk genre and a key tool in the game. With the ocular implant, players can identify the strength of opponents and inspect items for imperative details to their quest.

Players can also hack into enemies’ modifications, causing them to de-arm their weapons, kill other opponents, and more. In addition to this, players can also take a multitude of drugs to amplify their performance, initiating “bullet-time,” where users can operate in slow motion to take out the enemy.

More details about the game’s development were released in an interview segment following the stream. Developers stated that the game’s first-person perspective seeks to solidify players’ immersion in the title, as it might otherwise be affected in a third-person view.

They also justified the game’s use of nudity and language, maintaining that Cyberpunk’s gritty universe is a matter of death and survival, where characters are transformed into objects by the system and their own desire to upgrade.

“In Cyberpunk, it’s not possible to save the world – but it is possible to save yourself.”

The build used in the stream is not final, and elements of the game are subject to change before release. While other elements of the game are still up in the air, fans can check out the stream to get a better feel for the upcoming title and ready their modifications for future upgrades.

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AOC’s Twitch stream is the 2020 version of shaking hands & kissing babies

Published: 21/Oct/2020 16:15 Updated: 21/Oct/2020 16:31

by Chris Stokel-Walker

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A first-time Twitch streamer managing to hit the top five most engaged Twitch streams of all time is news in any instance, but when the streamer is Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, also known as AOC, it’s even more newsworthy.

At its peak, AOC’s stream of Among Us, which also featured Pokimane and Dr Lupo, had 439,000 viewers. The broadcast was seen 4.6 million times in the eight hours after it ended. These are huge numbers, and indicate AOC’s tech literacy – something few politicians seem to possess. But it’s also an indication of how in this strange, ‘new-normal’ world, political campaigning in 2020 is less about going out and meeting people, and more about presenting yourself online.

The 2020 US presidential election is mere weeks away, and while the incumbent President has been crisscrossing the country, holding mass physical events, the Democrats have chosen a more low-key, digital campaign trail.

Presidential candidate Joe Biden has hosted virtual town halls and live streams, which have given him the ability to connect to digitally-engaged audiences. But those often lack the personal touch.

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AOC’s broadcast was seen 4.6 million times in the eight hours after it ended

What AOC’s stream does is plug that relatability gap. Political campaigns are won on hearts and minds as much as policies. Part of the reason politicians head out on arduous journeys is to meet as many people as possible and convince them to visit polling stations on election day. They often do that less by drilling down into the nitty-gritty of specific policies they want to enact if elected, but instead by convincing voters that they are relatable human beings who can be trusted with power.

A 2014 academic study identified that first impressions matter when it comes to politicians, and so AOC’s stream – where she played Among Us while chatting to those congregated on her stream – works so well. It’s a method she’s used elsewhere online, too, hosting Instagram Lives while preparing meals and talking about her life, slipping in political policy stances to win over voters.

Her Twitch stream is the 2020 pandemic equivalent of “walking the rope line” – the minutes before and after set-piece speeches, where politicians shake voters’ hands and kiss their babies. It allows people a glimpse into her life, and the ability to consider politicians, many of whom have spent their lives trying to ascend to positions of power, as ordinary human beings. It unbuttons the shirt collar and starched suits of Washington DC and instead reminds people that they’re voting for individuals with lives and interests outside of who’s winning and who’s losing in the political horse race.

Which is why it’s so successful. Both Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have previously joined Twitch, but most of the content they posted there was simply live streams of in-person campaign events. What AOC is doing is different: it’s accessible, always on, and intensely personal.

“You can’t hide authenticity when streaming on Twitch,” says Steven Buckley, associate lecturer at the University of the West of England, where he studies politics, language, and digital culture.

“It’s not like a traditional TV interview where a politician can prepare answers in advance via focus group testing,” he adds. “You have to be able to react in the moment and AOC is currently one of the most authentic and natural communicators in US politics.”

It’s also an extension of the idea of politicians as influencers, following in the footsteps of Indonesian president Joko Widodo, who has 2.35 million subscribers on YouTube, where he posts behind-the-scenes videos of his political campaign events.

We know that young people are increasingly important in the political calculations made by campaigns and that digital outreach is increasingly vital in an ever-more important election. Up until now, social media’s impact on elections has proven relatively limited, despite pretty much every major election in the 21st century being called the “first true social media campaign”.

But this is a major election being held under the shadow of the coronavirus, and one of the first where one of the campaigns vowed to limit their physical campaigning. That Twitch stream could inject the personality and the humanity that helps sway undecided voters to back one side over the other – and if nothing else, it’s a reminder that politicians, despite what we all say, are human too.