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Issue 394


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Editorial

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Fever Events
Fever Jobs
Inside Fever
Fever FNG
P.O.W.
Tech News
Game News
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Apologies for the weak issue this time around . With having the special edition and e3 taking up half of the week, really downplayed anything else that came out for news. Nothing that would be remotely interesting to the masses has since been realeased. So i found just a few things ,and will be showing off the e3 edition a bit more as that was what most people talked about.


Thank you for reading and have a nice day!
- SunKenRock




Diablo 3
The Amazing Fever 24 hour Rat Run

July 26 8 pm est to July 27 8 pm est

what is a rat run? a group consisting of:

2 rathma mage dps (L.O.N) atm
1 necro support (znecro)
1 barb support (whirlwind with pickup radius)

Objective: Speed elite hunt through Greater Rifts for paragon farming for 24 hours while subbing in different group members for the times they sign up for.

We will be looking for participants to choose a time frame when they can attend.
It will be first to sign up for time slots gets it. Each time slot consists of 2 dps necros 1 znecro and 1 barb. please pick as many as you can attend. We have members in different time zones, so am hoping we have good coverage. If any have to leave earlier than expected please contact (Zykath), I will be on standby for fill ins.
We have over a month to prepare so any needing help with leveling and gearing proper classes to participate, I am willing to help. We also have game nights to make use of.




Game Nights:

Events Schedule

Calendar

Please check the forum calendar and #events channel on Discord for up-to-date event times. Also see the suggestions thread for any requests and/or offers to host an event

If you would like to help ensure your game's game nights, events, etc. are listed and want to have the ability to post them on the calendar, or your game nights do not appear on this calendar over the next few days, please contact Medic739. He will get them squared away.

To convert the times to your timezone, use the following tool: Time Zone Converter. Please check the Discord Events channel for reminders about events. Also with some game nights being made up for that day due to the people who are on.





Clan Jobs: In and out of gaming

Fever Clan Job Roster Master List

This link will take you to everything Fever and provides a table of contents to direct you to what you may seek. If you do not see anything for a game that you are looking for (or might be interested in starting a group in) contact:

Head - @Thundernut,
Deputies - @Gizmo256, @Axle (Recruitment)


Important Openings In Job Positions

In an effort to help support immediate needs by the different departments and companies, the following list has been generated. It will be updated on a monthly basis. Please reach out to the contact personnel for more information about the roles.

Clan Jobs Forum!

This is a forum dedicated to job adverts where companies and departments can post their available jobs, specify what it would entail, and if it is open to officers and/or enlisted. You are not required to use this forum, but it's here as a means to help you get personnel into your section. When that position is filled, please make a final post that the position was filled and then close your thread (or request to get it closed if you do not have permissions) to further responses.




Destiny 2:Hotfix 2.5.0.3 - 6/13/2019

Path of Exile:Game nights





NinjaTurtled / SkullKrusher / GruntRage /Sweetbit





Last week's winner was MoonKhan - please congratulate him!

This week's nominees are:


missmoocow


Necroticdog


Gotcha4real



Please vote for them here -> PoW-06-10-2019





'Self-healing' polymer brings perovskite solar tech closer to market[/FONT]​

A protective layer of epoxy resin helps prevent the leakage of pollutants from perovskite solar cells (PSCs), according to scientists from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST). Adding a "self-healing" polymer to the top of a PSC can radically reduce how much lead it discharges into the environment. This gives a strong boost to prospects for commercializing the technology.

With atmospheric carbon dioxide levels reaching their highest recorded levels in history, and extreme weather events continuing to rise in number, the world is moving away from legacy energy systems relying on fossil fuels towards renewables such as solar. Perovskite solar technology is promising, but one key challenge to commercialization is that it may release pollutants such as lead into the environment—especially under extreme weather conditions.

"Although PSCs are efficient at converting sunlight into electricity at an affordable cost, the fact that they contain lead raises considerable environmental concern," explains Professor Yabing Qi, head of the Energy Materials and Surface Sciences Unit, who led the study, published in Nature Energy.

"While so-called 'lead-free' technology is worth exploring, it has not yet achieved efficiency and stability comparable to lead-based approaches. Finding ways of using lead in PSCs while keeping it from leaking into the environment, therefore, is a crucial step for commercialization."

Testing to destruction

Qi's team, supported by the OIST Technology Development and Innovation Center's Proof-of-Concept Program, first explored encapsulation methods for adding protective layers to PSCs to understand which materials might best prevent the leakage of lead. They exposed cells encapsulated with different materials to many conditions designed to simulate the sorts of weather to which the cells would be exposed in reality.

They wanted to test the solar cells in a worst-case weather scenario, to understand the maximum lead leakage that could occur. First, they smashed the solar cells using a large ball, mimicking extreme hail that could break down their structure and allow lead to be leaked. Next, they doused the cells with acidic water, to simulate the rainwater that would transport leaked lead into the environment.

Using mass spectroscopy, the team analyzed the acidic rain to determine how much lead leaked from the cells. They found that an epoxy resin layer allowed only minimal lead leakage—orders of magnitude lower than the other materials.

Researchers exposed the solar cells to brutal conditions to simulate worst-case weather scenarios. Adding a self-healing epoxy resin polymer to the cell minimized the leakage of lead from the cell.

Enabling commercial viability

Epoxy resin also performed best under a number of weather conditions in which sunlight, rainwater and temperature were altered to simulate the environments in which PSCs must operate. In all scenarios, including extreme rain, epoxy resin outperformed rival encapsulation materials.

Epoxy resin works so well due to its "self-healing" properties. After its structure is damaged by hail, for example, the polymer partially reforms its original shape when heated by sunlight. This limits the amount of lead that leaks from inside the cell. This self-healing property could make epoxy resin the encapsulation layer of choice for future photovoltaic products.

"Epoxy resin is certainly a strong candidate, yet other self-healing polymers may be even better," explains Qi. "At this stage, we are pleased to be promoting photovoltaic industry standards, and bringing the safety of this technology into the discussion. Next, we can build on these data to confirm which is truly the best polymer."

Beyond lead leakage, another challenge will be to scale up perovskite solar cells into perovskite solar panels. While cells are just a few centimeters long, panels can span a few meters, and will be more relevant to potential consumers. The team will also direct their attention to the long-standing challenge of renewable energy storage.


Link: techxplore





Valve’s Auto Chess competitor is Dota Underlords
In May, Valve announced that it was developing its own version of Dota Auto Chess, now that the original creators of the popular Dota 2 mod, Drodo, are focusing on a stand-alone version (which has since been revealed as an Epic Games Store-exclusive PC game). Today, Valve put a name on its Auto Chess competitor: Dota Underlords.

According to Valve, Dota Underlords is a “new stand-alone game that pits you against seven opponents in a battle of wits that will have you building, combining, and leveling-up a crew in a battle of dominance for the city of White Spire.” On the Dota website, Valve said that Dota Underlords will require “superior tactics” not twitch reflexes. The developer also outlined the game’s offline single-player and online multiplayer options:

Dota Underlords will be released through Steam for Linux, Mac, and Windows. It’s also coming to Android and iOS devices, and Valve promises cross-play and shared progression across all platforms.

Dota 2 players will be able to take part in the Dota Underlords open beta if they own a Battle Pass for the MOBA. The Dota 2 Battle Pass for The International 2019 starts at $9.99. More details are available on the official Dota website.

Link: polygon



“Starfield Is A Game, But It Still Has Authenticity” – Todd Howard

It’s going to be a while yet before we hear or see anything substantial of Starfield. Bethesda didn’t bring their upcoming science fiction RPG to E3 this year- but we did get to hear some interesting snippets about it. In an E3 Coliseum panel with game director Todd Howard and Tesla chief Elon Musk in attendance, and hosted by Geoff Keighley, Howard was asked about Starfield, and he said some interesting things about it.

Before re-iterating that fans are going to have to be patient with more news about the game, Howard went on to talk about the processes with which the developers are looking at the title, saying that though Starfield is, of course, a game, it still has a level of authenticity to it. Certain aspects are “gamified” so as not to make things too punishing in the name of authenticity, but the authenticity is still there, especially in things like space travel, which Howard says feels “dangerous” in the title.

“What I can say is, how we approach it so it feels… it’s a game, but it still has authenticity to ‘okay, this could happen,'” said Howard. “Like, what kind of fuel do the ships use? We’re using Helium-3, which we can debate whether that’s a good power source for spaceships. Or how do the physics work in space, and gravity, and those kind of things.

“And that’s where you get into- we have to gamify it some, so that it’s not as punishing as actual space travel. But it still feels like travelling in space in our game is like flight in the forties, it’s dangerous. It’s still dangerous to go and explore, even though lots of people do it.”

Starfield currently has no release date (or even release platforms), but there’s a good chance it ends up being a next-gen title.

Link: gamingbolt



Amazon Game Studios reportedly lays off dozens in shake-up

Amazon Game Studios has quietly laid off dozens of employees on the last day of E3, one of the biggest video game conferences in the world, according to Kotaku. The company reportedly told affected employees that they only have 60 days to find new positions within Amazon. If they fail to do so within the allotted period, they'll have to leave the company with (thankfully) a severance package in tow. In addition, the studio has also cancelled some of the games it has yet to announce.

While it sounds like the studio is in trouble, it's not shutting its doors altogether. Those waiting for New World and Crucible don't have to worry: Amazon told Kotaku that they're still in development. In fact, while the spokesperson didn't reveal how many employees were let go, they confirmed the news and told the publication that the layoffs were part of a reorganization to prioritize the development of those two titles, as well as of new unannounced projects.
The company's statement reads:

"Amazon Game Studios is reorganizing some of our teams to allow us to prioritize development of New World, Crucible, and new unannounced projects we're excited to reveal in the future. These moves are the result of regular business planning cycles where we align resources to match evolving, long-range priorities. We're working closely with all employees affected by these changes to assist them in finding new roles within Amazon. Amazon is deeply committed to games and continues to invest heavily in Amazon Game Studios, Twitch, Twitch Prime, AWS, our retail businesses, and other areas within Amazon."
Amazon Game Studios first announced its foray into PC titles in 2014 and revealed its first three titles a couple of years later. Aside from New Worldand Crucible, the company also worked on a multiplayer brawler entitled Breakaway. Unfortunately, the studio cancelled the title after an alpha testing period, because the team working on it "didn't achieve the breakthrough that made the game what [they] all hoped it could be."

Link: engadget



















































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