The Daily Populous

Wednesday September 23rd, 2020 morning edition

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Yesterday, the video game industry earth shook when Microsoft announced it was buying ZeniMax and Bethesda for $7.5 billion.

First, Sony, while a huge player in the video game console and development space, is in no financial position to make a deal anywhere close to as big as this Microsoft purchase of Bethesda.

Second, Sony is in a strong enough position with its first party studios and games where it…really doesn’t need to “respond” with some sort of purchase of its own.

For the first part of this, I think some people have lost track of the scale of these companies.

PlayStation beat Xbox in the last console generation in terms of sales, and yet Sony and Microsoft are not remotely equivalent companies in terms of size.

So no, all this talk of Sony needing some high-profile studio purchase to match Microsoft is nonsense.

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Tom Cruise is officially going to space for his next movie

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Plans for Tom Cruise’s outer space film with Elon Musk have been finalised, with the trip now scheduled for 2021.

The project is now firmly on its way, as Space Shuttle Almanac confirmed on Twitter that the Axiom Space Station, piloted by Commander Michael Lopez-Alegria, will set off on a tourist mission in October 2021 with Cruise and Liman on board.

So its confirmed that @CommanderMLA is flying the @Axiom_Space @SpaceX #CrewDragon tourist mission with Director @DougLiman & Tom Cruise. »

Ranked choice voting in Maine a go for presidential election

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Ranked choice voting will be used for the first time in a presidential race under in the Nov. 3, 2020, election after a ruling Tuesday, Sept. 22, by the Maine Supreme Court.

“This is a powerful moment for ranked choice voting supporters: Voters will, for the first time, use ranked choice voting to elect the highest office in the country,” said Rob Richie, president and CEO of FairVote, which advocates for the voting reform. »

NASA lays out $28 billion plan to return astronauts to the moon in 2024 – Spaceflight Now

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In the planning document released Monday, NASA outlined a two-step program to initially move fast to get astronauts to the moon by the end of 2024.

NASA projects the parts of the Artemis program required for the 2024 moon landing — known as Phase 1 — will cost $28 billion through fiscal year 2025, which begins Oct. 1, 2024.

More than $16 billion of the $28 billion NASA projects needing to make the Artemis 3 mission happen in 2024 will go toward developing a moon lander. »