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Wenger named game ambassador

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Konami has announced that Arsenal’s long-standing manager, Arsène Wenger, has been named the new ambassador for the iOS and Android mobile soccer management game.

Wenger is the longest-serving U.K. soccer manager where he has overseen double-winning seasons and other successes throughout his 19-year tenure. As the new face of Pes Club Manager, he truly embodies the game’s engrossing simulation of being a top-level soccer manager. Wenger will grace all promotional materials for the game.

Wenger’s appointment comes as Pes Club Manager adds a number of key new elements to delight its fast-growing user base. Central to the new season is an update to the in-game rosters, wherein all transfers are up to date and the stats for its 5,000 licensed players have been altered according to current form. KONAMI has introduced a ‘Guild’ system, wherein players can form their own Football Associations with friends. Members can then work with other users to create a network and work together. Pes Club Manager will also feature a daily login event with prizes for the Wenger update.

The basic ethos of Pes Club Manager remains the same, with players overseeing every aspect of a busy season. Training, injury crises, cup runs and player scouting all fall under the user’s remit. As squads develop,Pes Club Manager‘s unique “Player Management” system is key to growing a talented pool of players. New players can be acquired through a transfer market where the highest bidder will get the player in a real-time auction or via a scouting system where new talent can be spotted. By accessing the Training Facilities, players can then be developed individually by focusing on different skills to improve personal and team skills throughout the season, further enhancing the strength of the team.

Matches are then shown using the same 3D systems seen in KONAMI’s PES series, with the action truly reflecting the tactical systems implemented by the user and the licensed players also instantly recognizable in how they move and play. A simple menu interface also allows users to make changes to tactics mid-match, with the on-field action instantly adapting to reflect a player’s tactics. All the licensed players in the game reflect their real-life counterparts and outline their playing style and key abilities.

Pes Club Manager is available in 18 localized versions, including U.K. English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, U.S. English, Russian, Turkish, Traditional and Simplified Chinese, Swedish, Greek, Brazilian Portuguese, and Korean, and is absolutely free.

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CES: So long, and thanks for all the beer!

Last week, the Las Vegas expo showed off its fun side with state-of-the-art technologies for enjoying beer, writes BRYAN TURNER

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From craft beer-making machines to robots that pour beer, CES had more beer than usual in Las Vegas last week. And even free beer if you found the right stand. Stampede’s saloon-style booth offered beer to visitors who tried out its latest drones, virtual reality, and other gaming products. No beer tech, though.

Here are some of the beer technologies that stood out:

LG HomeBrew – Craft beer made at home

LG’s HomeBrew craft beer-making machine,  debuted at CES 2019, brings the brewing process home thanks to single-use capsules,  a self-cleaning feature, and an algorithm optimised for fermentation. 

Like a Nespresso coffee machine, the beer maker uses capsules, which contain malt, yeast, hop oil and flavouring. At the press of a button, LG HomeBrew automates the whole procedure from fermentation and carbonation to ageing. A companion app lets users check HomeBrew’s status at any time during the process, from their handsets.

The beer machine not only offers a simple way to make craft beer, but also enhances the quality of beer it makes. The fermentation algorithm intelligently controls the fermenting process with precise temperature and pressure control. It automatically sanitises itself, using nothing more than hot water, ensuring everything is hygienically clean for the next batch.

Designed with discerning beer lovers in mind, HomeBrew allows for in-home production of batches of more than 4 litres of beer in a variety of styles. The following five distinctive, flavoured beers are available now: 

  • Hoppy American IPA
  • Golden American Pale Ale
  • Full-bodied English Stout
  • Zesty Belgian-style Witbier
  • Dry Czech Pilsner

The only catch? It takes about two weeks to make, depending on the beer type.

“LG HomeBrew is the culmination of years of home appliance and water purification technologies that we’ve developed over the decades,” said Dan Song, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company. “Homebrewing has grown at an explosive pace, but there are still many beer lovers who haven’t taken the jump because of the barriers to entry, like complexity, and these are the consumers we think will be attracted to LG HomeBrew.”

Click here to read about the party speaker that holds beer and robots that pour beer.

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CES: Alienware gets Legend-ary

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At CES in Las Vegas last week, Dell’s Alienware released a family of high-end, thin, light, and affordable machines for both amateur and professional gamers – and a new identity.

Alienware marked CES 2019 as a brand milestone with the debut of a new design identity, Alienware Legend. It aims to set a new bar of excellence for what gamers want most – performance and function. Alienware says it evaluated multiple concepts and chose one that was the biggest and boldest departure from its current look.

Alienware Legend, says the company, stays true to the brand’s core design tenets, taking cues from its deep roots in sci-fi culture and its early industrial designs, to distinguish the brand from the rest of the industry. The new Legend design is optimised with cutting-edge thermal cooling technology to achieve and sustain overclocking power, improved AlienFX lighting, and ultra-thin screen borders. It also unveiled a new “three-knuckle hinge” design that reduces the overall dimension while creating a stronger assembly, all combining to yield a better gaming experience.

“We’re excited to come to this year’s CES with some truly groundbreaking products, next-gen software and strategic partnerships that will bring more people to experience PC gaming and advance the industry,” said Frank Azor, vice president and general manager of Alienware. “The legend design answers the call for more and better from our gaming community, and the new G Series laptops will make PC gaming even more accessible to those looking for high-performance gaming at a cost they can appreciate.”

Click here to read about Alienware Legend in action with the Area-51m and m-series laptops

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