TOM CLANCY’S THE DIVISION SHOWS WHAT NEXT-GEN CONSOLES ARE CAPABLE OF AND IT’S BEAUTIFUL
The arrival of next-gen consoles has been exciting but many have noticed that the graphical difference between current-gen and next-gen isn’t greatly different. Tom Clancy’s The Division is going to change that.
Using a new Snowdrop engine, Massive Entertainment has created a world that shows a level of detail and realism never before seen on home console.
About The Division:
The Division takes place in an open world New York City that has been overcome by a lethal virus. The virus has caused the city to collapse into chaos, where looting is rampant and the streets have been overrun by clans who will do anything to survive.
The President has invoked a Presidential Directive and sent in The Division, a top-secret unit of tactical agents. Division agents are trained to operate independently in this type of emergency situation to restore order.
The Division will be available for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One sometime in 2014.
Anthony Lane on the new Coen brothers film, “Inside Llewyn Davis”: http://nyr.kr/1dQSzox
“Here’s the thing, the masterstroke of the movie: Llewyn is very good, but he’s not great. The Coens could have made a film about a genius, just waiting to be dug up like a diamond. Indeed, in the closing minutes we see and hear the young Dylan at the back of a room. But Llewyn is a semiprecious stone, and that is the half-tragedy of his life.”
Illustration by Marc Aspinall.
Another movie I’m excited to see.
Haruki Murakami, from Kafka on the Shore (Alfred A. Knopf, 2005)
Murakami’s translations are the best.
Cliff House - MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
This project is the first of a series of projects for a large 455 acre site on Nova Scotia’s Atlantic coast. This pure box in the landscape is precariously perched off a bedrock cliff to heighten one’s experience of the landscape through a sense of vertigo and a sense of floating on the sea. This strategy features the building’s fifth elevation - its ‘belly’.
This modest 960 square foot cabin functions as a rustic retreat. Its main level (16x44) contains a great room with a north cabinet wall, along with a service core. The open loft (16x16) is a sleeping perch. A large south-facing deck allows the interior stage to flow outward through the large windows.
This is a modest, affordable cabin that is intended as a repeatable prototype. A large, galvanized, steel superstructure anchors it to the cliff. A light steel endoskeleton forms the primary structure expressed on the interior. The envelope is a simple flat form framed box, which is clad in cedar shiplap.