3. What should you expect from redshirt senior quarterback Joe Bauserman? At a Tuesday press conference, first-year coach Luke Fickell announced that Bauserman would probably take the first snap of Saturday’s game against Akron.For his career at OSU, Bauserman is 25-for-47 passing for 320 yards, two touchdown passes and one interception.At the Buckeyes’ Aug. 20 jersey scrimmage, Bauserman demonstrated great accuracy and the ability to lead receivers with his throws. Assuming he has time to throw, you can expect more of the same from the fifth-year senior on Saturday.At a Tuesday press conference, senior tackle J.B. Shugarts’ spoke highly of Bauserman’s athleticism and scrambling.“(Bauserman) is a little more of a pocket passer,” Shugarts said, “but he’s a lot more athletic then people give him credit for when he gets out of the pocket.” 1. How will the suspensions of junior running back Jordan Hall, sophomore defensive back Corey Brown and junior defensive back Travis Howard impact Saturday’s game against Akron?OSU announced Thursday that Hall, Brown and Howard were suspended for the Akron game for receiving impermissible benefits of $300 or less each in total at a charity event they attended earlier in the year.Similar to the suspensions of DeVier Posey, Mike Adams, Dan Herron and Solomon Thomas for the first five games of the 2011 season, the latest round of Buckeyes’ suspensions significantly hurts the team.The latest OSU depth chart listed Howard as the starter at left corner back while Hall was slated to start as the Buckeyes’ punt and kick returner, as well as tailback.For starters, don’t be surprised if Akron sophomore quarterback Clayton Moore tests Howard’s replacement, sophomore Dominic Clarke, early and often.Perhaps more significant is the loss of Hall, who led all Buckeyes’ kick returners in 2010 while averaging 27.9 yards per return. He was also the only OSU kick returner to record a touchdown last season.As a rusher, Hall recorded modest numbers last season, gaining 169 yards on 37 attempts and scoring two touchdowns. However modest those statistics are, taking the team’s current No. 1 rusher out of the equation on Saturday is a negative development and limits the OSU ground game considerably. 4. Will Akron beat OSU for the first time in 117 years? In a word, no.Akron’s lone win against the Buckeyes — or any current member of the Big Ten for that matter — occurred at the Ohio State Fair on Sept. 5, 1894. The Zips defeated OSU, 12-6, that day.Don’t expect Akron to claim win No. 2 this Saturday.The Zips posted a 1-11 record in 2010 and it’s safe to say that 2011 is a rebuilding year for the program. Additionally, Ohio Stadium is a tough place to lay the groundwork for a rebuilding season.Thirteen returning starters on offense and defense should help Akron avoid an embarrassing result, but an upset win is unlikely.5. Assuming the Buckeyes win, is there reason to be concerned if they don’t win big? “Whether I’m playing against my brother or I’m playing against someone I don’t like, to me, it’s gotta be competitive,” Fickell said at an Aug. 20 press conference. “If I can beat them, I want to beat them as bad as I can.”Based on that quote, you can bet that no one wants OSU to beat Akron in convincing fashion more than the team itself.The Buckeyes are champing at the bit to take the field and play ball. You can’t quantify or measure the different emotions felt by the players in the OSU locker room during this off-season, but it isn’t hard to imagine that they’ll be looking to upend any obstacles in their path — that includes Akron.I like the Buckeyes to win convincingly, but if Akron does make a game of it, keep the number of suspended players in mind, as well as the significance of those players. The suspensions that were announced Thursday are especially relevant as they could have possibly forced some last minute alterations to Saturday’s game plan.Suspensions aside, the Buckeyes will take care of business on Saturday.Game prediction — OSU 38 – 10 Akron 2. How will the Ohio State offensive line fare in protecting the Buckeyes’ quarterbacks against Akron?Ohio State coaches have already said that the team lacks depth at the offensive line position. That, coupled with the fact that the offensive line allowed 12 sacks in the April 23 spring game and the Aug. 20 jersey scrimmage combined, makes the position an area of concern. Akron collected only 17 sacks during the 2010 season, however.An unsuccessful showing by the offensive line against Akron would be cause for additional concern because OSU will face stronger and faster defensive opposition in almost every other game this season. Protecting the OSU quarterbacking tandem of redshirt senior Joe Bauserman and true freshman Braxton Miller shouldn’t be an overwhelming task for this weekend, though.
It took 7,596 miles for Mari Hole to find a school that felt right to her academically and athletically, but both she and the rest of the Ohio State women’s volleyball team agree it was worth every mile. The first 5,323 miles took place when the junior outside hitter left her hometown of Oslo, Norway to play at UCLA. The last 2,273 came when she decided to transfer to OSU after her first two years. It was all a part of an unusual journey for a girl who did not even start playing volleyball until six years ago. Hole said she played soccer and skied growing up but got into volleyball eventually because her mom’s side of the family plays. It eventually led to her decision to come to the U.S. “My mom played a year at Hawaii back in ‘86 or something so I kind of always heard of the possibility and she always talked about it so I decided to give it a try,” Hole said. “I was lucky enough to get a scholarship.” Hole now leads the team with her 282 kills and 323.5 points, both fifth-best in the Big Ten. It was the perfect addition for the 13-6 Buckeyes who lost 802 kills and 41 percent of their points from their two senior outside hitters last year . “It was kind of just like a big deep breath-and-relax kind of thing because we were kind of short on outside hitters,” senior libero Sarah Mignin said. “We really didn’t have any experience so having a player who did play in a big conference in the Pac-10 really helped us.” Hole was an All-Pac-10 Freshman Honorable Mention in her first year at UCLA but a change of coaches and several other factors led to her decision to transfer. “I wasn’t too happy about my athletic situation and then academically there wasn’t anything I really wanted to study and I was kind of done with the culture there,” Hole said. “So it was kind of one of those things I decided to give something else a try.” Coach Geoff Carlston was looking for a player at the time, said he heard through the grapevine about Hole and got an official release to start talking to her. “We had the stats and saw a little bit of YouTube video but it was mostly just talking to people,” Carlston said. “We hadn’t seen her a lot because she didn’t play a lot her sophomore year.” Hole narrowed the transfer down to four schools that she visited and said academics played a major part in where she looked because UCLA did not have a major she wanted to do. Both Hole and fellow junior and outside hitter Emily Danks said Hole’s visit to OSU went really well. “I remember we were sitting around at someone’s house watching “The Bachelor” and just hanging out and everyone just thought she was the coolest girl ever,” Danks said. “We were all here coaching camps one night and Jayme, our assistant coach, came running down the ramp and said Mari is committing and it was like a big celebration.” Danks, Carlston and Mignin all agreed Hole is leader on the team and a big part of their success. “The kids love her and she feels really comfortable here,” Carlston said. “She’s just a great student, works hard, just everything across the board. We couldn’t ask for a better person to join our team.” Comfortable is the key word for Hole. Hole said she never felt that way in her two years trying to transition from Norway’s culture to the West Coast culture of Los Angeles and of the U.S. in general. “In Norway since it’s such a small sport, it isn’t a business,” Hole said. “Just to realize how big the sport really is. How much people put into it and how the support system around it is a big difference.” Because of its low popularity in Norway, Hole said volleyball was played more for fun, but now after two years she is used to the system and how it works here. “The more comfortable I get,” she said, “The more confident I get as a player and that’s when I play good.” The biggest challenge Hole still faces in the U.S. is missing her family back in Norway, with whom she is very close. “I love being home, so it’s never fun leaving,” Hole said. “That will probably never get easy, but it’s kind of one of those things when you get th
Kolkata: Criminal Investigation Department (CID) busted a sleaze racket from a hotel in Salt Lake, Sector II and arrested six persons, including the hotel manager. Six girls including two minor have been rescued by the CID.Acting on a tip off, a team of officers from the CID raided the hotel on Thursday night and arrested the persons who were allegedly involved in the sleaze racket. According to the preliminary investigation, the CID officials suspect that the racket has been operating from the hotel for quite sometime. The CID had specific information that illegal activities were going on in the hotel. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe investigators also suspect that among the arrested persons, there are some child traffickers whose job was to deploy women, even minors in this flesh trade. According to the CID, among the six arrested persons, there is the manager of the hotel, three employees of the hotel, one female and one male trafficker. It was also confirmed by the CID sources that six women including two minors have been rescued from the hotel.The investigators suspect that they were lured by these traffickers with various false promises. Police are also investigating if the arrested persons were a part of any international trafficking racket. The officers are, however, not ruling out the possibility of their involvement in such a racket. A detailed probe has been initiated in this regard. The accused are being interrogated in this connection. A specific case has been started at Bidhannagar East police station. The arrested persons have been identified as Tanmoy Saha, a resident of Dr M N Saha Road in Dum Dum in North 24 Parganas, while Babu Sona Majhi, a resident of Ketugram in East Burdwan is found to be a trafficker. Raju Das and Tuhin Banerjee, both from Bankura district were found to be the employees of the hotel. Another hotel employee, Sandip Mishra, a resident of Naragoria under Raghunathpur in Purulia has also been arrested. Krishna Debnath from Surya Sen Colony area in Barasat is the manager of the hotel has been arrested as well.
Explore further Augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality headsets are gradually becoming more widespread. But the communal pleasure of video games is at risk when our friends disappear into solitary playing experiences that we can’t see. Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. Microsoft has been experimenting with this using a HoloLens attached to a GoPro camera and a computer to generate a spectator view, but it’s still very much a hack. They’ve also looked at adding mixed reality to special SciFi “reality rooms”.At a higher level, this could allow the spectator to participate in the simulation, possibly by providing them with some information that the headset wearer doesn’t have. Imagine a variation on the popular game Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes where the spectators can use a secondary device to see the bomb but not touch it, requiring them to circle around and give directions to the headset user in real-time, which they need to execute straight away. This model separates the spectator and the user whilst still allowing them both to be involved in the simulation – no more standing there whilst somebody else waves their arms around.Most importantly, this means that the situation can be adjusted for whatever makes the most sense in the moment. That might mean everyone wearing a headset, but it might also mean one user playing the game whilst the others passively or actively interact. And just like Dustin and his friends from Stranger Things, one good player and a bunch of spectators is fine, as long as you’re all having fun! Citation: Designers of mixed reality experiences shouldn’t overlook the communal nature of video games (2018, February 2) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-reality-shouldnt-overlook-nature-video.html Intel ventures into virtual reality with headset and new studio Season two of the Netflix series Stranger Things featured a video game called Dragron’s Lair. Credit: Netflix But would the Stranger Things kids have played it? Perhaps not. Dactyl Nightmare was a distinctly solo experience, where you disappeared into the headset immersed in a world beyond the arcade. Even if you were playing with a friend, you were in different parts of the game. Anyone not playing was unable to watch or participate, they could only stand there watching you wearing a headset and waving your arms around. One could argue that in 27 years, not much has changed.Watch as I enter a digital world you can’t seeEven though virtual reality has improved since the original Dactyl Nightmare – and augmented reality and mixed reality has arrived to supplement it – the underlying experience is still very solitary. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Our research shows that there are solutions to this problem that could enable spectators to be involved in games, even if only one person has a headset.Single-player games can be group activitiesIf you’re a fan of the Netflix series Stranger Things, you’ll know that some of the key scenes in season two involved the characters of the show playing video games in an arcade. The star game of season two, called Dragon’s Lair, was a beautifully animated single-player cartoon game drawn by Don Bluth and played by the protagonists one at a time, as the other kids watched over the shoulder.Another game you might have found in that arcade just a few years later in 1991 is one of the first commercial virtual reality games: Dactyl Nightmare. In Dactyl Nightmare, the player donned a headset and wandered around a playscape, looking for and shooting pterodactyls. If you were lucky, the arcade would have two machines and you’d be able to play with a friend, each starting in a different part of the arena in VR Multiplayer. Mixed Reality by Microsoft. Some solutions, such as the proposed Facebook social VR system Spaces solve it by inserting multiple users into the experience using multiple headsets, and/or by having all those users inserted into a blended virtual world. But few seem to consider the Stranger Things viewer aspect. That is, sometimes the viewer doesn’t want to be part of the experience, they just want to view what’s going on. A good example is the arena of eSports, where it’s reported by E3 that the industry for watching others play video games will accelerate from roughly $200 million in revenue in 2015 to $1 billion by 2018.I don’t play football, but I still want to watch itGiven the emergence of AR/VR/MR as prominent new technologies to watch in 2018, we have been considering this problem in our work at The Mixed Reality Research Lab. As part of a paper we presented at the ASCILITE conference late last year, we proposed some solutions.One option is to feed the view of the user to a third party screen, either in 2-D or in another headset. Whilst this is possible (and often what is done today), it doesn’t give the spectator control of their own experience, and can actually make some people sick. Another option is to recognise the role of a spectator in a simulation, and build the simulation to allow the spectator to be involved.At it’s simplest level, this could simply be a passive interface into the world that the headset wearer is seeing. Imagine holding up your phone or tablet up to somebody wearing a headset, launching an app, and seeing from a spectator view all the digital objects they can see and are interacting with. New devices such as the Microsoft HoloLens and other solutions by Microsoft promise to seamlessly integrate the digital and the physical world, but they also typically limit the vision of those digital objects to the person wearing the headset. This has been acknowledged as a problem. Provided by The Conversation This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.