2015 BMW M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe

The launch of the new 2015 BMW M3 Sedan and M4 Coupe offers a new interpretation of the high-performance sports car. The high-revving six-cylinder in-line engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology produces a maximum output of 431 hp and peak torque of 406 lb-ft. The engine also achieves a reduction in fuel consumption and emissions of around 25%. Both the M3 and M4 cover the sprint from 0 to 62 mph in 4.1 seconds (with the optional seven-speed M Double Clutch Transmission).

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Gucci Mane (@gucci1017) Feat Migos (@MigosATL) – Jackie Chan

SoundCloud: Gucci Mane Feat Migos – Jackie Chan

Gucci Mane connects with Migos for his new collaboration called Jackie Chan produced by Zaytoven. The record will appear on Gucci Mane upcoming album ‘The State Vs. Radric Davis 2: The Caged Bird Sings’ dropping December 25th.

Fast & Furious 7 Will Get a Rewrite

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The writers for Fast & Furious 7 are working furiously to rewrite the movie= ‘s script while trying to salvage scenes Walker shot so he can play a prominent role in the film.
Sources say writer Chris Morgan now is at work crafting revisions to the script that Universal execs hope can retire Walker’s character from the series using scenes already shot. If he succeeds, cast and crew could be called back to work by late January — but that’s a big if.
The other possibility is that Morgan is not able to come up with an appropriate way to write out the character of Brian O’Conner. If that happens, the whole production may start from the beginning, which would be unprecedented in movie history.
According to a knowledgeable source, the studio already has poured about $150 million into the film, a bill that its insurance firm, Fireman’s Fund, might have to pay in full if Universal concludes the picture must be started anew. Fireman’s Fund declined comment, as did Universal.

Louis XIII Rare Cask Cognac Debuts at The St Regis Atlanta, Only $2,100 a Sip

Yesterday, Rémy Martin’s iconic Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6 coganc arrived at The St. Regis Atlanta in style. The hand-crafted Baccarat-designed decanter was personally hand-delivered by Rémy Cointreau executive Yves de Launay, escorted in a 1935 Duesenberg convertible. Ironically enough, the Duesenberg was originally owned by the late Madeline Astor, wife of St. Regis founder John Jacob Astor IV. The arrival was followed by a champagne sabering and tasting in The St. Regis Wine Room.

And now, here’s the price for a sip of France’s national treasure:
½ oz. $1,050
1 oz. $2,100
1 and ½ oz. $3,150

All Louis XIII de Rémy Martin cognac is a blend of 1,200 eaux de vie, 100 years in the making, and aged in oak barrels that are several hundred years old. Decanters of Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6 Coganc will set you back approximately $22,000.

The Evolution of Sports Video Game Graphics

Before you hop on the sticks and pick your opponent for another four quarters of Madden or a total-ninety in FIFA with those surreal visuals that often enable you to inject yourself onto the turf, you can date back to nearly 60 years when someone your age was battling a moving line to avoid being scored on.

The original video game graphics weren’t so much different than the language and imagery we’ve become accustomed to seeing while scrolling through our favorite blogs and apps. At most, you’d have the option to do four things on a console when playing: turn on the system; load the game; play against someone; and finally, turn it off.

And that was what you would call mind blown.

With the Ataris, ColecoVisions, and Commodores of the gaming landscape, to the Nintendos, Segas, Xboxes, and PlayStations that evolved graphics into what they are today, colors and shapes steadily formed through games like Tecmo Bowl and Jordan vs. Larry Bird One on One. Now, the details trickle down to MJ’s flailing tongue and Anthony Davis’s tuned unibrow.

Many gamers aren’t too familiar with the ancestors that came before the current titleholders, but the old folks paved the way for the youngsters to thrive. Yes, these aren’t your jagged lines generously described as “groundbreaking,” but it’s important to know your history. So read on as we discuss the evolution of graphics in sports video games from the ’80s to today.

1980s

evolution-of-sports-video-game-graphics-02The graceful Julius “Dr. J” Irving found himself as the cover boy alongside Celtic’s legend Larry Bird in One on One: Dr. J vs. Larry Bird (1983). On the Atari 7800 platform, graphics began to take a more rounded aesthetic to mimic arms and legs in reality. Even Dr. J’s immaculate afro was replicated.

evolution-of-sports-video-game-graphics-13Six years later, the originator of freak athletes led the release of the first licensed and commercial NFL game, Tecmo Bowl (1989), for the NES. Adding bright colors and introducing crowds into the fold, sports games began to mirror their real-life counterparts.

1990s

evolution-of-sports-video-game-graphics-04The console roster began to grow substantially with Sega, Sony and Nintendo leading the industry as Atari and Colecovision started to fossilize. Measuring system output in the form of bits, Sega Genesis and Super Nintedo ruled the earlier part of the ’90s with their 16-bit offerings of Bulls vs. Lakers and the NBA Playoffs (1991). Physical features also started to evolve as graphics began to move much more fluidly.

evolution-of-sports-video-game-graphics-10When Sony debuted the PlayStation in 1994 and Nintendo released the Nintendo 64 in 1996, graphics reached a point far beyond that of its Pong-like predecessors. You were able, for the first time ever, to vaguely recognize players without the numbers or names on their shirt. The added depth of three-dimensional gameplay made games like Madden NFL 97 (1996) and NBA games far more compelling.

2000s

evolution-of-sports-video-game-graphics-12Sega and Sony caused a paradigm shift in the capabilities of gaming with the Dreamcast and PlayStation 2 when introduced in 1998 and 2000, respectively. But it was right when the new millennium began that each system etched riveting graphics with gameplay. Pushing hardware specs to pump out 128-bits to project games on par with detailed computer-generated imagery, games like NBA 2K1 (2001) made the world notice the true capabilities of next-generation consoles. Colors, body movements and an unprecedented attention to detail brought graphics closer to real life than ever before.

evolution-of-sports-video-game-graphics-11Sega soon dropped out and Microsoft, although late to the game, decided to join in and play alongside Sony and Nintendo with the Xbox in 2001. By 2007, all three companies released their next-gen installments with the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii. The graphic playing field was meant for two as the latter opted for a more casual, family-friendly appeal instead of sweet eye-candy. Sony and Microsoft’s system’s questioned whether or not visuals could get any better in games like NBA Live 06 (2005) as players dropped 40 points with Kobe or cocked back for a nasty dunk with LeBron.

Today

evolution-of-sports-video-game-graphics-08Sony recently put the world on notice with their PlayStation 4 system while Xbox stirred up the tech industry with the Xbox One. There’s a sense there has to be a plateau for graphics, especially in sports games, but that doesn’t seem to be the case with the option of customizing a full Nike basketball roster of kicks with LeBron’s, Kobe’s and Durant’s. In games like FIFA 14 (2013), the logo on the footwear is as clear as the player’s face rocking them, making you wonder what will come after these eighth-generation consoles reach their final cycle. Next time around, Sony and Microsoft might turn your living room into a virtual basketball court.