The Daily Populous

Tuesday March 1st, 2022 evening edition

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Valve is already planning a follow-up to its hotly anticipated Steam Deck, according to the company's president Gabe Newell.

This new version of the Steam Deck will likely be a more powerful version of the device, reflecting what Valve believes its customers are saying in purchasing the higher-end deck.

Indeed, it appears Valve already has a long future planned for the Steam Deck, with Newell envisioning it as a "permanent addition" to PC gaming.

What's interesting about this is that Valve's vision for the Steam Deck seemingly ties into its ongoing pursuit of VR gaming, with Newell stating that the Steam Deck represents "battery-capable, high-performance horsepower that eventually you could use in VR applications as well".

Could Valve be planning a Steam Deck that somewhat integrates into a VR headset, one that simultaneously reduces the cost of investing in VR hardware and makes it easier to use?

Or perhaps just a Steam Deck with enough graphical power to push a tethered VR headset, such as the Valve Index.

But it seems like a second Steam Deck is very much in the pipelines regardless. »

US sees ‘no indication’ to back Ukrainian claim Belarus has joined Russia’s invasion

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Ukraine on Tuesday said Belarus had joined the Russian invasion of Ukraine — but the U.S. said later in the day it had “no indication” the claim was correct.

In a tweet posted on Tuesday morning, Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, said it had confirmed earlier reports that Belarusian troops were on Ukrainian soil.

According to local reports, a Belarusian column of 33 units had entered the region, located north of Kyiv, with mobile communications cut. »

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Was Voice of Paddington Bear

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was the voice of Paddington Bear in the Ukrainian versions of “Paddington” and “Paddington 2.”.

Zelensky, who is currently leading the Ukrainian army against a Russian invasion of his country, was a comedian and actor before becoming president.

I, Volodymyr Zelensky, will lend my voice to the wonderful, charismatic, friendly bear Paddington.”. »

These Three Republicans Voted Against Making Lynching a Hate Crime

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The House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a bill to make lynching a federal hate crime, with just three congressmen, all GOP members, voting against the proposal.

In a series of tweets following the vote, Massie explained why he voted against the bill to make lynching a federal hate crime.

Massie added that the bill creates another federal crime of "conspiracy," which he has concerns could be "enforced overbroadly on people" who are not perpetrators of a crime. »

Bandai Namco Announces Significant Pay Raise For Developers

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Why is Bandai Namco raising its base pay?.

Studio pay is becoming more of a hot topic, as publishers and developers like Team17 contend with staff alleging awful pay and bad working conditions.

Bandai Namco is raising its employee pay at a time when many companies in the industry are grappling with improper human resources management. »