Two ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Tables Are Heading to ‘Zen Pinball’, ‘Star Wars Pinball’, and ‘Pinball FX 3’ Next Month

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Zen Studios just does not let up when it comes to releasing cool new licensed pinball games for their suite of digital pinball games. Last month saw the release of three new tables based around the Jurassic Park franchise in anticipation of the new Jurassic World movie releasing this June, and now Zen is ready to go back to one of their most rock-solid licenses with two brand new Star Wars tables arriving next month. These two tables are based on the most recent Star Wars film The Last Jedi, and as with all of Zen’s stuff feature some incredulous action and top-notch visuals. Here’s a trailer showing off both new The Last Jedi tables, followed by the official descriptions for both which, if you haven’t seen the movie yet, might be considered light spoilers.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Survive a First Order onslaught as the Resistance, train Rey in the ways of the Force on Ahch-To, and defend Finn from Captain Phasma, blasting away at stormtroopers as BB-8. Jump a ramp to shoot down TIE fighters, fight off Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer, and teach Rey that the Force isn’t just moving rocks!”

Star Wars: Ahch-To Island – Luke Skywalker (reluctantly) welcomes you to his secluded hideaway. Train Rey in the ways of the Force, convince Luke to join the Resistance and help Chewbacca deal with some Porg problems. You’ll even get a taste of everyday life on the island as Luke, including reminiscing about his Rebellion days through R2-D2’s hologram projections. And when the lights go off during a multiball mode? Let’s just hope the Force is with you…”

This new Star Wars Pinball: The Last Jedi pack is set to arrive across all platforms on April 17th, which means it’ll be part of both Zen Pinball [Free] and the Star Wars Pinball [$ 1.99] apps on iOS and Android and part of Pinball FX 3 on every other platform.

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What’s on TV: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ ‘Burnout Paradise’

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Phasma’s deleted scene from Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the version fans deserved

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Spoilers ahead for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

One of the biggest complaints about J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens was how it hyped up the presence of a chrome-plated stormtrooper, Captain Phasma (played by Game of Thrones star Gwendoline Christie), whose actual appearance in the film turned out to be underwhelming. Fans hoped for a bit of redemption for the character in December’s The Last Jedi, but she only turned up for a brief appearance and a quick death at the hands of her former soldier, Finn. The latest episode of The Star Wars Show premiered a deleted scene in the run-up to the upcoming home release for the film, one that shows a different ending for the character, which fits far better with the novels and comics that built up…

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Bring home Star Wars: The Last Jedi (and tons of bonus content) this March

If you’re counting down the days until you can own your own copy of the latest addition of the Star Wars saga, you don’t have much longer to wait.

According to an announcement on the official Star Wars blog today, Star Wars: The Last Jedi will arrive on Digital (in HD and 4K Ultra HD) and via Movies Anywhere on March 13, and on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and On-Demand on March 27. That means if you’ve been itching to get your Star Wars fill and you’re running out of all the cash it takes to see it in theaters (because yes, it is still in theaters), you won’t have to wait too long to bring Rey, Finn, Poe, Leia, and all your other faves home with you.

In addition to film, fans will reportedly receive “a galaxy of bonus features,” including The Director and the Jedi (“an intimate journey into the creation of Star Wars: The Last Jedi with writer-director Rian Johnson”) and The Balance of the Force (in which fans can “explore the mythology of the Force” and Rain Johnson’s unique interpretation of it). The film will also come with 14 deleted scenes, an audio commentary, and scene breakdowns in which viewers will get a in-depth look at how the most iconic moments in the film were concocted.

If you’d like to get your hands on your own copy of Star Wars: The Last Jedi as soon as possible, you can preorder exclusive versions from both Best Buy and Target. The Best Buy version is a SteelBook that comes packaged in a premium metal case and includes Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital copies of the film. The Target package, while not a SteelBook, also includes Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital copies of the film as well as an exclusive bonus feature called Meet the Porgs, which offers a glimpse into how the adorable creatures were designed and developed. The film will also be available in a Multi-screen Edition and a 4K Ultra HD Collector’s Edition from multiple retailers and from the Star Wars website.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi is getting a comic adaptation in May

The latest Star Wars film is getting a comic book adaptation. Rogue One screenwriter Gary Whitta is adapting The Last Jedi for a six-issue miniseries, the first of which will hit stores on May 2nd.

Whitta will be joined by artists Michael Walsh and Mike Spicer, while former Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Queseda will produce a variant cover featuring Rey on Jakku. On his Instagram page (via io9) Walsh says that they will be adding new scenes and will tell “others from a new perspective.”

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That’s not the only adaptation of the film coming this spring: a novelization, written by Jason Fry, is hitting bookstores on March 6th, which will also contain a number of additional scenes.

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ director kept script safe from leaking with ‘air-gapped’ MacBook Air

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Rian Johnson, the writer and director of "Star Wars: the Last Jedi," has explained how he protected the screenplay for the latest film in the blockbuster franchise from being leaked online: by using a MacBook Air that had been kept from accessing the Internet.
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Space station crew watched Star Wars: The Last Jedi from orbit

Your viewing experience for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was probably like mine, wherein you used money to enter a theater, ate some overpriced snacks, and tried not to yell every time the person behind you kicked your seat. Our experience was definitely not like a group of astronauts orbiting Earth, who watched the latest Star Wars film from the safety of the International Space Station.

NASA astronaut Mark T. Vande Hei tweeted a picture of movie night, wherein the space station crew has crowded around a projector screen with drink bags and “bungee cord chairs,” which I guess is the interstellar equivalent of a recliner. There’s no review of the film yet from these gravity-defying fans, but I will forever treasure this shot of astronauts…

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In The Last Jedi, being a space cowboy doesn’t fly anymore

Warning: spoilers for The Last Jedi follow.

Star Wars has a long history of the Galaxy’s best pilots jumping into ships and blowing stuff up—usually without serious consequences or repercussions. We’ve seen Han Solo recklessly jump into his Millennium Falcon and fire at the imperial TIE Fighters in A New Hope, and a precocious Anakin Skywalker in The Phantom Menace blow up the Trade Federation blockade ships against orders. Both characters are celebrated and cheered for their impetuous actions after they finish blowing stuff up, and the plot is cleanly resolved. But for Poe Dameron, the latest devil-may-care space cowboy in this great tradition, things don’t work out quite so neatly.

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Star Wars: The Last Jedi rejects The Force Awakens’ mysteries, and is better for it

When J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens hit theaters in 2015, it was no surprise that moviegoers came away with lots of questions. Abrams — known for series like Lost and Alias — is notoriously fond of mystery, which he calls “the catalyst for imagination.” In a 2007 TED Talk, he presented a box he bought as a kid, and still hadn’t opened decades later — because unopened, it represented “infinite possibility.” The Force Awakens suggested a similar infinite possibility, in a universe where 30 years had passed since the death of Darth Vader and the Emperor. The time jump opened up endless opportunities. And though the film returned to the same basic pattern as the first Star Wars, with new versions of the Empire, the Rebellion,…

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DevOps & the Birth of the Dev/Test Jedi

Note: No actual spoilers in this post

We have all been waiting and it’s finally here: Star Wars’ “The Last Jedi”.

I promise to only use the new Star Wars movie theme (plus a few Epic events and moments from the Star Wars trilogy) to express my excitement and correlate a story from the DevOps Galaxy. As a huge Star Wars fan, it seems only natural that I am highly influenced by this brilliant trilogy but in many ways, the force awakens and the last Jedi feel like an easy comparison to where our industry is heading at the end of 2017.

Recap: There is a disruptive force AKA digital that is forcing Dev & QA teams to move at the speed of light, reduce release cycles and shift teams left, forming the DevOps galaxy and the birth of the Dev/Test Jedi.

Similar to the way Jedi’s look for the balance between light and darkness. This article is based on ideals of helping DevOps teams find the balance of their testing activities and fulfil their Destiny as Jedi dev/test masters while keeping them away from their old tendencies that we would now be considered as the dark side….

 

Jedi tips to follow (small hint – I will also try to prove that it is really not the time for the Jedi to end… or in other words – there should be a happy ending).

Use the Force (Wisely…)

I recently met with a customer who is a Director of QA, that was describing the revelation of automation and CI exactly in the same words Rey was describing the feel of the Force in the movie: “Felt something… it awakened, but now I need to know how to wield it”.

To that Director of QA, the power of automation was clear, but now he needed to prove it to his senior management (in order to actually implement the process and be able to use it for his testing purposes). So his natural question, just like Rey is asking Luke Skywalker in the new movie “I need someone to show me my place in all of this”.

Dev/Test Jedi Pro Tip:  You should pick one significant testing scenario (let’s take “Sanity” activity as an example) and prove that you can cross the entire galaxy to provide value with automation. The success metrics here would usually be time (which is also power according to Master Yoda as we all know):

  1. You’ll be able to prove that the Sanity testing cycle can be shorter in x hours / days with the move to automation.

  2. You’ll be able to prove the feedback loop cycle is faster and that issues are identified earlier in the process.

These success evidences should prove a clear value proposition when it comes to test automation and CI: “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”

“I am a Jedi. I’m one with the Force, and the Force will guide me”

According to all Analyst agencies, the strongest trend (or ‘Force’ if you like) expected in 2018 is the transformation of data into actionable insights. In other words, when big data is becoming a challenge you really need a guidance throughout your DevOps journey.

I define this force as VISIBILITY. Accordingly, It would make sense to assume that analysis (as part of test automation) shouldn’t take light years…. Fast feedback should be relying on a solid foundation of smart reporting and analytics capabilities that will assist you in identifying risk quickly and effectively.

As part of my journey in the galaxy to drive more smart data into the testing universe, I meet with many organizations that are trying to move from the dark side. A survey conducted by Perfecto revealed that 40% of organizations spend between 4-8 working hours to analyze regression test suites post execution. If this suite is running multiple times a day, the analysis process is not scalable.

Many enterprises are struggling today with managing processes of manual analysis and maintenance of reports/dashboards (like manually typing of data into an excel sheet or HTML page… cell after cell… test after test).

“I assure you Lord Vader. My men are working as fast as they can.”
No need for people to work for it. Data is already here in real time. This is how your visibility regarding Sanity should look like.

Dev/Test Jedi Pro Tip: Adding more man power to boost manual report/dashboard generation is old news. Adopt a Reporting Test Driven Development approach (add all contextual data like tags, steps, BDD and more) and tie it to a centralized tool to gain unified quality view.

Never tell me the Odds! (Really?!)

With DevOps aspirations in mind, and unlike Han Solo states, you should always think about the odds: your odds to release a stable version. Your odds to release on time. Your odds to find root issues quickly enough before they spill over to the next phase of your pipeline.

I would say that the DevOps play is all about odds!

Dev/Test Jedi Pro Tip: Focus your Continuous Integration management efforts to estimate whether you are heading in the right direction or not. Trending history visibility when running in CI is the way to achieve that goal. Make sure to also clean any flakiness noise (e.g. don’t execute tests that you know are going to fail/tests with known bugs) in order to maintain a reliable picture (the “Always Green approach).

Summary:

As Obi-Wan-Kenobi stated: “In My Experience there is no such thing as luck”. We at Perfecto understand that and believe that it is all about establishing a DevOps process that is built on trust:

  1. Add only stable test scenarios to your CI. Take out noise (unstable tests) in order to make sure the data is useful for all (Mature DevOps brings cross-team collaboration and you to make sure you establish a trustworthy testing process.)
  2. Build the right visibility to collect the large amount of testing data and have an effective triaging process throughout your pipeline. One dashboard that shows all your data.
  3. As DevOps involves high frequency releases, make sure to have the right traceability of build stability and build the right visibility to support quick release decisions without the hassle of collecting the data again and again (have it ready for you to back up any open question).

Master Yoda made it very clear: “Adventure. Excitement. A Jedi craves not these things”. Like a Jedi, the new Dev/Test Jedi should not take unnecessary risks (as their duty is to eliminate risk and achieve stability). Keep things basic and establishing a routine is an important step in order to maintain an effective DevOps process that allows you to identify anomalies quickly and effectively.

May the Force Be With You.

 

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