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EA Reverses Itself, Temporarily Removes Pay-to-Win Mechanics From Battlefront II

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. As late as yesterday afternoon, EA appeared firmly committed to its decision to release Star Wars Battlefront II with a pay-to-win system that had been slammed from every quarter. An explosion of gamer fury last Sunday over the idea of spending 40 hours to unlock a new hero had pushed it to reduce hero costs when purchased with in-game credits, but the development team had also cut how many credits you earned from the single-player…

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NHS told to brace itself for bad flu season

Flu could put much more pressure than usual on GPs and hospitals this winter, health bosses are predicting. It follows the worst outbreak in many years in Australia and New Zealand. Speaking at a health conference in Manchester, NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said the winter flu season there was a pointer to the pressure which could build up in the NHS this winter. But he insisted measures were being taken to ensure the NHS was prepared. Reports have suggested there has been close to double the amount of…

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Brexit: UK 'must not allow itself to be blackmailed'

The UK must not allow itself to be “blackmailed” by the EU over its Brexit settlement bill in order to start trade talks, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox has said. He said a bad Brexit deal would damage both British and European companies. Businesses have become impatient with the slow progress of the Brexit negotiations, he added. The latest Brexit talks have stalled over the failure to reach agreement on the UK’s so-called divorce bill. Both the UK and EU have expressed frustration at the pace of the talks. The…

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Hull 2017: City of Culture to spoof itself with new James Graham play

When Hull was named UK City of Culture for 2017, it prompted a tide of snide jokes about its cultural pedigree. The jokes will start again in 2018 – only this time they will be in a satire about the City of Culture, commissioned by the organisers themselves. This year’s events will be followed in January by The Culture by James Graham, one of the UK’s leading playwrights. His play will poke fun at Hull 2017 in the style of BBC comedy Twenty Twelve, which spoofed the London Olympic Games….

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