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David Moyes tells West Ham fans to get behind the team after first game in charge ends in defeat

Moyes’ 500th Premier League game did not go to plan Sunday, November 19, 2017 David Moyes pleaded with West Ham fans to support the team after his opening game as manager ended in a 2-0 loss to Watford. Will Hughes and Richarlison scored for the Hornets to extend the Hammers’ miserable start to the season.  They remain in the relegation zone after a seventh league defeat and Moyes insists his new side need help from the supporters if they are to get out of this mess. He said: “Im going to say this…

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Star Wars Battlefront II game faces further backlash

Games publisher EA has faced further criticism over its latest Star Wars game, Battlefront II. Many players were unhappy about the credits that unlock key Star Wars characters. The number required has now been reduced but so has the number that can be earned through gameplay. The alternative is to purchase them. Others have complained about the use of “loot crates” – which some say are essentially a gambling tool. The crates are virtual boxes that are purchased within the game and contain mystery bonuses. Critics say they promote gambling…

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Star Wars game in U-turn after player anger

Games publisher EA has changed a rule in its Star Wars Battlefront II video game after a huge backlash. During the game, players have to obtain credits – either by buying them or through long hours of game play – to unlock popular characters including Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. Many players said it was unfair as the gaming required worked out at around 40 hours per character, unless they paid. EA says the number of credits required will now be reduced by 75%. “Unlocking a hero is a great…

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The Sports Video Game That’s Not About Sports

In November, 2012, the Azerbaijani soccer team FC Baku hired a Swedish immigrant named Vugar Huseynzade to oversee the scouting and acquisition of new players. Although Baku’s history included two league titles, along with appearances in prestigious European competitions, the club was now struggling, and facing financial ruin. Anything was worth a shot—even entrusting the team to Huseynzade, who was unknown within the professional soccer establishment. He was a twenty-one-year-old college graduate, whose primary qualification was that he excelled at Football Manager, a computer game. The first edition of the…

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Ben Toner replaced as referee for Blackpool game but EFL deny it's due to his name

Ben Toner Saturday, November 11, 2017 Referee Ben Toner is no longer refereeing Blackpool’s Sky Bet League One clash with Portsmouth on Saturday due to the game being under “increased attention”. The match is the Seasiders’ first since their majority owner the Oyston family were found guilty of “unfair prejudice” in their running of the club and were ordered to pay businessman Valeri Belokon, a minority shareholder, £31million. The match official’s name became the subject of a social media joke amongst fans, but the EFL says that has nothing to…

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