The Assassin’s Creed team first considered making a combat-free educational version of the game back in 2009, when the series was tackling Renaissance Italy, but the usual restrictions of time and money made it impossible. Instead, the historians and researchers ended up pouring their passion into the in-game encyclopedia. “This has been a dream for a long time,” says Maxime Durand, lead historian at Ubisoft Montreal. “I started here in 2010, and it’s always been in the back of my mind. But this time [with Origins], I really wanted it to happen. It was the 10th anniversary of Assassin’s Creed, we had this fantastic setting. [I feel that] we also have the legitimacy to do it now, after all these games showing that we treat history with respect.” … [Read more...] about ‘We give access to a lost world’: Assassin’s Creed’s new life as a virtual museum
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Virologist Hendrik Streeck from the University of Bonn said that while there may well be local outbreaks from time to time, like the ones in Leer and Frankfurt, Germany is unlikely to witness a large second outbreak. Streeck told Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND) in a preliminary report: "I don't think we'll be seeing a second wave that literally floods and overwhelms us." … [Read more...] about Coronavirus latest: Trump says US is ‘terminating’ ties with WHO
What’s to blame? According to Milano, the phenomenon of over-tourism comes partially from the rise in global mobility. Increased transnational travel has led to rising numbers of international students, migrant workers, second home residents, and even journalists working overseas. He also emphasises the role of neoliberalism, which he says is turning cities from “locations to destinations”. … [Read more...] about Global tourism hits record highs – but who goes where on holiday?
Coronavirus: The consequences for tourism Schleswig-Holstein hopes for summer tourism The Prime Minister of Schleswig-Holstein, Daniel Günther, hopes that tourism on the North and Baltic Seas will be revived in the summer. Despite the coronavirus crisis, he "definitely did not write off the summer tourism business," he said on April 19. While they are now proscribed, stays in secondary residences, holiday homes and finally hotels could be made possible again in three steps. … [Read more...] about My Europe: The coronavirus time machine