‘Stickman Disc Golf Battle’ is a Competition-Focused Take on the Classic Outdoor Game

Developer Djinnworks, who typically focuses on releasing “Stickman” versions of popular sports games, has put a bigger emphasis on competition with their last couple of releases. Both Stickman Skate Battle [Free] and Stickman Cross Golf Battle [Free] feature full 3D visuals and arcade-y game mechanic spins on their respective sports that are geared for short rounds and online competition. It seems to be a popular formula and after the release of Stickman Cross Golf Battle back in November Djinnworks got a lot of requests from players for a disc golfing game in a similar vein. After putting together a proof of concept for such a game, they realized they had something pretty fun on their hands, and thus Stickman Disc Golf Battle was born. Here’s some video of a very early work-in-progress version.

If you’ve never played disc golf in real life, well, you are truly missing out. Traditional golf is a very tricky sport to master with its variety of clubs and reliance on strong swing mechanics which can take years and years to hone. Disc golf has its own set of skills and strategies, but pretty much everyone can throw a disc, so it makes it a much more approachable hobby in my opinion. Stickman Disc Golf Battle looks like a solid video game representation of that. While we don’t have a release window just yet, you can follow along with the progress of its development in our forums and we’ll let you know once a launch date is announced.

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The leading lobbying group for Amazon, Facebook, Google and other tech giants is joining the legal battle to restore net neutrality

The companies will intervene in a coming lawsuit through their trade group, the Internet Association.

A leading lobbying group for Amazon, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Twitter and other tech giants said Friday that it would be joining the coming legal crusade to restore the U.S. government’s net neutrality rules.

The Washington, D.C.-based Internet Association specifically plans to join a lawsuit as an intervening party, aiding the challenge to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s vote in December to repeal regulations that required internet providers like AT&T and Comcast* to treat all web traffic equally, its leader confirmed to Recode.

Technically, the Internet Association isn’t filing its own lawsuit. That task will fall to companies like Etsy, public advocates like Free Press and state attorneys general, all of which plan to contend they are most directly harmed by Pai’s decision, as Recode first reported this week.

As an intervener, though, the Internet Association still will play a crucial role, filing legal arguments in the coming case. And in formally participating, tech giants will have the right to appeal a judge’s decision later if Silicon Valley comes out on the losing end.

“The final version of Chairman Pai’s rule, as expected, dismantles popular net neutrality protections for consumers,” said the group’s chief, Michael Beckerman, in a statement. “This rule defies the will of a bipartisan majority of Americans and fails to preserve a free and open internet.”

“IA intends to act as an intervenor in judicial action against this order and, along with our member companies, will continue our push to restore strong, enforceable net neutrality protections through a legislative solution,” he continued.

For now, net neutrality advocates cannot yet file their lawsuits challenging Pai. That’s because his repeal — the final text of which was released yesterday — still must be published in a government repository known as the Federal Register.

Once that and other administrative steps are complete, then Pai’s opponents can head to the courts, where they are expected to argue that he acted arbitrarily and capriciously — and defied the will of the public — in rolling back net neutrality rules. The safeguards, implemented under former President Barack Obama, treated internet providers similar to utilities, preventing them from blocking or slowing web traffic or prioritizing their own offerings over those from their rivals.

It’s hardly the first time that tech giants have gone to court to defend net neutrality. Before Pai scrapped the U.S. government’s open internet protections in 2017, the likes of AT&T and Verizon sought to strike them down with a court challenge of their own two years earlier. In that battle, the Internet Association filed a friend-of-the-court brief defending the Obama administration.

* Comcast, through its NBCU arm, is an investor in Vox Media, which owns this website.


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Samsung adds another ally in its battle over HDR standards

This isn't exactly taking it back to the days of HD-DVD vs. Blu-ray, but Samsung's fight to push HDR10+ as an alternative to Dolby Vision is heating up. We have more details on how the two standards compare right here, but one main feature is that bo…
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There’s a new battle on cable news this New Year’s Eve

CNN and Fox are preparing for a head-to-head featuring new talking heads.

It’s Andy Cohen vs. Jesse Watters.

That’s the new battle in the New Year’s Eve cable television war that will unfold this weekend. CNN, which has typically reigned supreme as the ball drops, will now have to repeat its ratings victory against a pair of new hosts from Fox News and without the comedy of Kathy Griffin, who had co-led CNN’s big broadcast for a decade.

These shows are all about chemistry. But after Griffin’s now-infamous tweet about beheading Donald Trump, CNN quickly threw her overboard and set out to find a new partner for Anderson Cooper. They settled on Andy Cohen, who has developed some chemistry with the cable host (who he even, at one point, almost dated).

CNN last year claimed 3.04 million viewers, outperforming the audience for Fox News by about 300,000.

This year, Fox has also revamped its go-to act. Gone is Kimberly Guilfoyle. Gone is Eric Bolling, who Fox discarded amid a sexual harassment scandal. In their place is Fox Business host Kennedy and Watters, the pugilistic and often offensive correspondent.

The Fox pairing sees the turnover at both networks as an opportunity to shake up the rankings on a marquee night for television.

“There’s obviously a great fissure over at CNN and out of desperation they’re throwing Anderson and Andy together,” Kennedy said in an interview with The Wrap. “Jesse and I have this sort of natural chemistry that laboratories have tried to replicate and bottle for decades.”

Enjoy the smack talk.


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