Not everyone may know this, but March 10 is an unofficial day started by gamers to celebrate Nintendo’s most beloved character, “MAR10”. To celebrate this fine occasion, Google will update the Google Maps app for iOS and Android to feature Super Mario driving a Kart. Mario will appear as your location arrow while navigating starting tomorrow. The update is already rolling out though we have not received it just yet. In order to summon Mario, you’ll first have to be updated to the latest version of Google Maps. Choose a place or address to navigate to and you’ll see a “?” block next…
Mario Day, which celebrates Nintendo’s iconic plumber, takes place on Saturday, March 10. To celebrate Mario Day, Nintendo has teamed up with Google to bring Mario to Google Maps.
Starting today, “Mario Time” is available in Google Maps for Android and iOS devices. To enter Mario Time, tap on the yellow “?” icon that’s available in the bottom right of the Google Maps app after updating the app to the latest version.
With Mario Time enabled, your Google Maps navigation arrow will turn into Mario driving a Mario Kart vehicle. Google says Mario will be a “constant companion” wherever you’re driving this coming week. The new Mario icon will be visible in Google Maps on every route you take while using the app.
The new Google Maps update with Mario Time is rolling out to iOS and Android users today, and Mario will be available for the next seven days. Google Maps can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]
Nintendo is also celebrating Mario Day with a 50 percent discount on Super Mario Run, which means unlocking the game via in-app purchase will cost you $4.99 instead of $9.99 through March 25. The new lower pricing for the in-app purchase will be available starting on March 10.
Super Mario Run can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]
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Lineage 2: Revolution recently turned 100 days old. That’s not even one candle on a birthday cake – so you might be wondering why developer Netmarble is celebrating. Well, it’s because in that brief ‘hectoday’, Lineage 2: Revolution players have created over 10 million characters and played for over 170 million hours. That suggests the South Korean creators are doing something right. In honour of this, Netmarble has given the MMORPG an update, featuring new events and content.
Just over two years after “Rise of the Tomb Raider” first launched as an Xbox console exclusive in late 2015, Feral Interactive today announced that it will bring the definitive edition of the game to macOS and Linux this spring. Called “Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration,” the Mac game will be a port of the same title that launched for PS4 in late 2016, bundling the base game with all special add-on and DLC pack content.
“Rise of the Tomb Raider” is a sequel to the series reboot “Tomb Raider” from 2013, letting players control Lara Croft in a new adventure as she seeks an artifact rumored to grant immortality and believed to be located in the lost city of Kitezh. Players control Lara through what developer Crystal Dynamics refers to as “guerrilla combat,” configuring Lara’s loadout with new tools and weapons, including customizable items like poisoned arrows and explosive shotgun shells.
Downloadable content found in the 20 Year Celebration edition includes add-ons like Blood Ties and Baba Yaga, two standalone stories that place Lara at home in Croft Manor and in the Siberian wilderness, respectively. There are also a pair of horde mode levels set in the same locations, called Lara’s Nightmare and Cold Darkness Awakened, where players fight off waves of infected enemies.
Other modes and add-on content includes:
Endurance Mode: Two players team up to survive the dangerous forest while plundering crypts for relics.
Extreme Survivor Challenge: In the hardest difficulty setting for the main campaign, players overcome difficult limits of save points, resources, ammunition, and health.
5 Classic Skins: Nostalgic skins from Tomb Raider history: Croft Manor, Tomb Raider II, Tomb Raider II Bomber Jacket, Chronicles Catsuit, and Angel of Darkness.
12 Outfits: Ancient Vanguard (Byzantine-era chain mail), Apex Predator (bear fur, animal claws, and warpaint), Shadowrunner (tactical vest and watch cap), and the reimagined Antarctica outfit inspired by Tomb Raider III.
Expedition Cards: Players use cards in Expedition Mode to boost their score, modify their abilities, and apply cosmetic effects like Big Head Enemies.
Feral Interactive has not yet announced specific Mac system requirements, a launch date, or how much the game will be, but said this information “will be revealed closer to release” in the spring. Currently, the PS4 version of “Rise of the Tomb Raider: 20 Year Celebration” is priced around $30.
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Winter is coming to Hearthstone [Free] everyone, so better get warm and cozy. Just like every year, Blizzard is bringing the Winter Veil celebration to Hearthstone, along with all kinds of fun little features. Winter Veil, which will run from December 17th until December 30th, will cover the game in Winter’s Veil-themed boards for Orgrimmar and Stormwind and will add seasonal emotes so you can “spread some cheer” to your opponents (or mock them relentlessly in a happy, cheery tone). In addition to the boards and emotes, from December 20th to the 24th a special Tavern Brawl called Wacky Waxy Winter’s Veil will await for you, and you will get up to three Knights of the Frozen Throne card packs, if you (literally) play your cards right. As you can guess from the title of the brawl, candles will play a significant role.
The Winter’s Veil celebration is always a fun one, and if this is your first Christmas playing Hearthstone, you’re in for a fun treat. In the meantime, don’t forget to check out this week’s Tavern Brawl, a repeat of Valeera’s Bag of Burgled Spells, an RNG-heavy Tavern Brawl where your spells summon a random minion of the same mana cost. It’s a fun, quick Tavern Brawl, so go check it out.
“Do not have sex with another employee UNLESS …”
In what is arguably an unusual email for the very top executive to send to employees, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick advised his staff in case they decided to have sex at a company outing in Miami in 2013.
Internally called the “Miami letter,” it is a saucy rulebook for the then 400 employees at the company, who were headed to Florida’s Shore Club for what was a party-focused celebration of the car-hailing company’s success.
Titled: “URGENT, URGENT – READ THIS NOW OR ELSE!!!!!,” he also noted at the top: “You better read this or I’ll kick your ass.”
The event, which came after Uber rolled out its 50th global city, used a Chinese symbol for the number nine. “It is a symbol that has internal meaning at Uber but is something we do not discuss externally,” wrote Kalanick.
Let us translate for you from the original bro language: It means a goal to reach a billion-dollar run rate, or 10 to the 9th, which Uber did that year just before the party.
Among the dos that Kalanick advised: “Have a great fucking time. This is a celebration! We’ve all earned it.” He also noted that “Miami’s transportation sucks ass,” the first shot in what became a battle to have Uber serve that city.
That was the tame part of the email, which Kalanick actually sent again the next year when there were 1,800 employees at Uber.
The don’ts advice was much more specific, giving information about everything from vomiting (a $ 200 “puke charge”) to drug use to throwing beer kegs off buildings to, well, proper fornication between employees (and sometimes, apparently, more than one).
Wrote Kalanick: “Do not have sex with another employee UNLESS a) you have asked that person for that privilege and they have responded with an emphatic ‘YES! I will have sex with you’ AND b) the two (or more) of you do not work in the same chain of command. Yes, that means that Travis will be celibate on this trip. #CEOLife #FML.”
FML, in internet slang, means “Fuck my life.” Welcome to Silicon Valley startup culture.
According to sources, while many companies send out warning emails before events, Kalanick was advised not to send this email because of its tone, which some execs thought too cavalier. Some worried that building a global public company required a more mature tone from the CEO.
Still others thought it contributed to an increasingly pervasive culture of sexism at the company, where some did not welcome the top execs making persistent jokes about partying. In fact, it was at the Florida event that one top exec got in trouble for inappropriate sexual behavior, which resulted in his firing earlier this year after complaints.
The reason the email has also gotten more pertinent recently is because two law firms — Perkins Coie and Covington & Burling — working on investigations about corporate misbehavior at Uber have the email and are looking at whether it helped created the party atmosphere that led to the sexism and sexual harassment, as well as general corporate mismanagement.
But sources said Kalanick was proud of his letter to the team and spoke about it often. But later staff memos about company gatherings were much less frat brother in tone. Ahead of one in Las Vegas, when Uber had 4,000 people going, then head of policy and communications Rachel Whetstone told staffers to be discrete and also to be respectful to hotel staff.
I understand that some of these feel like tough rules but it will be much more fun for everyone (not just the comms team) if the media leaves us alone for the week. And while staying under the radar might feel like wishful thinking, other equally prominent companies have managed to do this successfully in the past. Travis and ATeam have all agreed that there will be serious consequences for folks who fall foul of these guidelines.
Here is the Kalanick letter in its entirety about Miami, so you can be the judge of the difference:
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Travis Kalanick
Date: Friday, October 25, 2013
Subject: 九 Info: URGENT, URGENT – READ THIS NOW OR ELSE!!!!!
To: Uber Team
Hey guys, I wanted to get some important information out there. I’ve put together a Q&A that we can use when other folks ask what we’re doing here, and have some DOs and DON’Ts for our time here in Miami.
You better read this or I’ll kick your ass.
Q&A – If I’ve missed anything, or you just have a random question, please reply to all on this thread!
Q: What is Uber doing here?
A: Uber has recently rolled out to its 50th global city. We are celebrating this company milestone and others and have organized a local grassroots movement to help bring Uber to Miami. #MiamiNeedsUber
Q: What does the Chinese symbol 九 stand for?
A: 九 translates to the number 9. It is a symbol that has internal meaning at Uber but is something we do not discuss externally.
Q: Is this an Internet bubble boondoggle?
A: It’s a celebration of a major milestone for the company, as well as a chance for us to hold a company-wide retreat and organize our efforts globally. It’s the one time that everyone in the company can meet in person all the people we work with every day.
I have gotten a list of concerns from the legal department. I have translated these concerns into a clear set of common sense guidelines. I’ve also added a few items of my own.
1) No lives should begin or end at 九
2) We do not have a budget to bail anyone out of jail. Don’t be that guy. #CLM
3) Do not throw large kegs off of tall buildings. Please talk to Ryan McKillen and Amos Barreto for specific insights on this topic.
4) Do not have sex with another employee UNLESS a) you have asked that person for that privilege and they have responded with an emphatic “YES! I will have sex with you” AND b) the two (or more) of you do not work in the same chain of command. Yes, that means that Travis will be celibate on this trip. #CEOLife #FML
5) Drugs and narcotics will not be tolerated unless you have the appropriate medicinal licensing.
6) There will be a $ 200 puke charge for any public displays on the Shore Club premises. Shore Club will be required to send pictures as proof.
7) DO NOT TALK TO PRESS. Send all press inquiries to Andrew – firstname.lastname@example.org Additionally, stay vigilant about making sure people don’t infiltrate our event. If and when you find yourself talking to a non-Uber (look for the wristband), keep confidential stuff confidential… no rev figures, driver figures, trip figures… don’t talk about internal process, and don’t talk about initiatives that have not already launched.
1) Have a great fucking time. This is a celebration! We’ve all earned it.
2) Share good music. Digital DJs are encouraged to share their beats poolside.
3) Go out of your way to meet as many of your fellow uberettos as you can.
4) If you haven’t figured it out yet, Miami’s transportation sucks ass. #Slang as many Miamians, drivers, influencers as you can as passionately as you can and let them know why Uber will make this great city an even better place. Every slang matters. #MiamiNeedsUber…
5) If someone asks to meet the CEO and Founder of Uber, kindly introduce him to Max Crowley.