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Call Of Duty : WWII Trailer (Video

Activision released a trailer for Call of Duty: WWII today. You can find out more about the game, due for release on Nov. 3, in our in-depth report.

The Sledgehammer Games-developed game takes place during the Allied invasion of Europe in 1944 and 1945. Its story follows Ronald “Red” Daniels, a rookie Private in the United States Army, 1st Infantry Division, also known as the “Fighting First.” A co-operative mode is planned.

Multiplayer modes include objective-based team contests between that are all about taking ground. A social space called Headquarters will also be included.

This new game is a return to the series’ starting point. First-person shooter Call of Duty, also set in World War II, launched in 2003. Four more games followed covering the same time period, culminating in 2008’s Call of Duty: World at War. But since then, the series has focused on other time periods, including the 1960s and the future.

Sledgehammer was formed in 2009 by former members of Visceral Games, best known for the sci-fi horror action-adventure series Dead Space. The company contributed to 2011’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which was developed by Infinity Ward. The Foster City, California, company then went on to create Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare in 2014, to mostly positive reviews.

Call of Duty: WWII brings to life some of the most iconic moments of World War II, including the D-Day Invasion of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge,” stated an Activision release.

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Inside Japan’s Robot Hotel (Video)

The world’s first hotel staffed almost entirely by robots is opening its doors full-time to guests this month, but CBS News correspondent Seth Doane has already been able to spend a night in the futuristic facility near the city of Nagasaki.

Doane reports that the opening of a small, low-cost hotel doesn’t usually warrant international attention — even with gimmicks like drones, or the boss arriving via robotic platform.

But the “Henn’na Hotel,” which translates to “strange hotel” in Japanese, lives up to its name.

“Please ask me your request, but don’t ask me a difficult question because I am a robot,” says the dinosaur behind the check-in desk.

The English-speaking dinosaur robot is designed to appeal to kids. Also at reception, an almost creepy humanoid, programmed to speak Japanese, and of course, to bow in respect.

There’s a robotic bag-check, even a robot concierge.

Hideo Sawada is the man in charge. Doane asked him if robots, which rely on a set of multiple choice responses to any question asked, could really replace staff like the hotel concierge, who has actually tasted food.

“Isn’t hospitality about connecting with people,” Doane asked Sawada. “Isn’t that an important part of the hotel business?”

 

“For five-star hotels that are selling high-end service, human staff are essential,” Sawada replied. “But for three or four star hotels, you need comfortable lodging, and a basic level of communication at a reasonable price.”

Sawada says having robots fill jobs can help reduce labor costs by about 70 percent. At the Henn’na, rooms start at only about $80 per night — a pretty good deal in one of the most expensive countries in the world for travellers.

The hotel boss admitted that the robotic staff “don’t come cheap,” but said that compared to an annual payroll for human personnel, “they are quite cost-effective… and as (technology) improves I think they will become quite price-competitive.”

In technology-crazed Japan, robots are becoming part of everyday life; from commercials, to appearances on TV as modern-day samurai. They’re in stores greeting customers, and titillating tourists at Tokyo’s famed “robot restaurant.”

Hotels were merely the next logical progression.

There were some software hiccups as Doane checked in with the dinosaur-bot, but eventually he was off, to test the robot porter. He admitted he could probably have carried his bag himself, but given the option, “why not try another robot?”

He punched his room number into a keypad on the machine, and it showed him to his room, albeit, slowly.

Staring at his door, Doane was faced with another automation; facial recognition, in theory, replaces room keys at the Henn’na.

After a few tries, he made it into his room — no key necessary – to Rfind another robot waiting for him.

Unfortunately, that robot only spoke Japanese, and Doane’s local lingo wasn’t quite up to muster, so he had to rely on a provided “cheat sheet” to help with the wording. It couldn’t do much for his pronunciation, but soon, Doane and robot were in synchronicity, and the electric room attendant turned off the lights so he could go to sleep.

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Breaking News : Secret Nintendo Switch Game Coming Soon (Video)

The director of popular JRPGs such as Chrono Trigger and Live A Live took to Twitter to post about a secret project he was about to start. He happened to post that caption above a picture of a Nintendo Switch. Seems that he is getting started on a new project that will be on the Switch.

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