The Daily Populous

Thursday April 20th, 2017 morning edition

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The Witcher author Andrzej Sapkowski has given an amazing interview in which he disparages video games as a narrative medium, repeats claims the games have lost him book sales, and says it was his books that made the games popular outside Eastern Europe – not the other way around.

“The belief, widely spread by CDPR, that the games made me popular outside of Poland is completely false,” Sapkowski told Waypoint of The Witcher series.

All of my translations in the West – including the English one – were published before the first game.”.

The first Witcher book released in English was The Last Wish, which arrived in 2007, and the first novel, Blood of Elves, wasn’t published in English until 2008.

The author has said in the past that The Witcher games have lost him as many book sales as it brought in, and asked about this maintained that it “would be about equal, yes”.

What is clear is that Metro author Dmitry Glukhovsky thinks Sapkowski is not only “totally wrong” but also an “arrogant motherfucker”, because he says that flat out.

Glukhovsky, who credits his fame outside Eastern Europe to 4A Games and the Metro series, has only ever had good things to say about working with games. »

Fox News Has Decided Bill O’Reilly Has to Go

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(Update: Parent company 21st Century Fox announced at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday that O’Reilly “will not be returning to the Fox News Channel.”).

The board of Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, is scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss the matter.

Spokespersons for 21st Century Fox and Fox News did not respond to requests for comment, nor did O’Reilly’s agent, Carole Cooper. »

Netflix's biggest competition is sleep, says CEO Reed Hastings

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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has claimed that the streaming giant’s biggest rivals aren’t Amazon, YouTube or even traditional broadcasters.

The company bowed to pressure by launching the much-requested offline viewing feature last year, but Mr Hastings doesn’t think much of it.

Netflix expects to top 100 million customers this week, but Mr Hastings played down the scale of its growth. »

France says it has proof Assad carried out chemical attack that killed 86

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The suspected attack on Khan Sheikhun which killed 86 was found by British and Turkish scientists to have involved both sarin - a nerve gas - and chlorine.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has repeatedly denied his government has any chemical weapons stocks after agreeing to give them up to international monitors in 2013.

Last week a senior US official also made the allegation that Russia knew in advance the attack was going to be carried out. »

Bill O’Reilly’s Fox News career comes to a swift end amid growing sexual harassment claims

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“After a thorough and careful review of the allegations, the company and Bill O’Reilly have agreed that Bill O’Reilly will not be returning to the Fox News Channel,” 21st Century Fox, the channel’s parent company, said in a statement Wednesday.

O’Reilly wasn’t directly involved in the discussions with the family of Rupert Murdoch, which controls Fox and 21st Century Fox; his attorney, Fred Newman, conducted the talks.

Leaving O’Reilly in place would likely have been a public-relations nightmare for James and Lachlan Murdoch, the sons who head 21st Century Fox, Fox News’s parent. »