Red vs. Blue
Red vs. Blue abbreviated as RvB, is an American comic science fiction web television series created by Burnie Burns with his production company Rooster Teeth; the show is distributed through Rooster Teeth's website, as well as on DVD, Blu-ray, more syndicated on the El Rey Network and its own YouTube channel. The series centers on two opposing teams of soldiers fighting an ostensible civil war – shown in increments to be a live fire exercise for elite soldiers – in the middle of Blood Gulch, a desolate box canyon, in a parody of first-person shooter video games, military life, science fiction films. Intended to be a short series of six to eight episodes, the project and unexpectedly achieved significant popularity following its premiere on April 1, 2003; the series consists of five mini-series. Red vs. Blue is the longest running episodic web series and second longest running web series of all time, behind Homestar Runner. Red vs. Blue emerged from Burnie Burns' voice-over-enhanced gameplay videos of Bungie's FPS video game Halo: Combat Evolved.
The series is produced using the machinima technique of synchronizing video footage from a game to pre-recorded dialogue and other audio. Footage is from the multiplayer modes of Halo: Combat Evolved and its followups on the Xbox consoles; the series has been well-received. Praised for its originality, the series has won four awards at film festivals held by the Academy of Machinima Arts & Sciences, it has won the award for "Best Animated Web Series" from the International Academy of Web Television. It won a 2013 Webby Award for Animation, as well as nominated in 2014, it has been credited with bringing new popularity to machinima, helping it to gain more mainstream exposure, attracting more people to the art form. Graham Leggat, former director of communications for Lincoln Center's film society, described Red vs. Blue as "truly as sophisticated as Samuel Beckett". Rooster Teeth has created some under commission from Microsoft, for special events. Red vs. Blue content was included with the Legendary Edition of Halo 3, where the main cast had made cameo appearances in the personalities of their Red vs.
Blue characters. The Red vs. Blue storyline so far spans five mini-series. Rooster Teeth periodically releases self-referential public service announcements and holiday-themed videos, which are unrelated to the main storyline and not considered canon. In these videos, the members of both teams are actors who claim to be from Blue. Although the visual background of Red vs. Blue is taken from the Halo series, Rooster Teeth consciously limits connections to the Halo fictional universe. A special video made for E3 2003 portrays Master Chief, Halo's protagonist, as a larger-than-life member of the army, the Red vs. Blue trailer and first episode establish that the series is set between the events of the first two games. Beyond these references, the storyline is independent, a decision that, according to Burns, is intended to increase accessibility to those unfamiliar with the games. For example though the cast of the fourth and fifth seasons include characters from the Covenant Elite alien race, Rooster Teeth never portrays those characters in their original Halo context.
Beginning with the sixth season, titled Reconstruction, the series begins to follow Halo more closely. It is established that Reconstruction onwards takes place one year after Halo 3 and several characters indirectly reference Smart AI, the Human-Covenant War, Forerunners. At several points it is noted that Project Freelancer is under the jurisdiction of the United Nations Space Command. Red vs. Blue centers on the Red and Blue Teams, two groups of soldiers engaged in a supposed civil war; each team occupies a small base in a box canyon known as Blood Gulch. According to Simmons, one of the Red Team soldiers, each team's base exists only in response to the other team's base, it is revealed that there is no actual civil war. Although both teams dislike each other and have standing orders to defeat their opponents and capture their flag, neither team is motivated to fight the other, with the exception of Sarge, the leader of Red Team. Throughout The Chorus Trilogy arc, the UNSC's role in the series was expanded in explaining the abandonment of the planet Chorus.
This is due to the arc's antagonist, Malcolm Hargrove, working for both the UNSC and his own company, Charon Industries, with the intent to wipe out all life on Chorus with the help of hired space pirates led by mercenaries Locus and Felix. Hargrove's crimes are exposed when he is apprehended offscreen by the Reds and Blues ten months before the events of Season 15. Red vs. Blue features characters whose personalities are skewed to varying degrees. Character interaction and dialogue, rather than action, drive the story; the series has centered on eleven main characters. Other characters, both team-affiliated and unaffiliated and non-human, have played significant roles throughout the story. Notable additions to the cast include The Director and The Chairman, as well as the Freelancers, which are named after U. S. states. AIs are important characters, are named after Greek letters; the Red Team consists of Grif, Donut, their leader, Sarge. The Blue Team consists of Tucker, Caboose, de facto leader Church, an
RWBY is an American anime-style web series and media franchise created by Monty Oum for Rooster Teeth. The show is set in the fictional world of Remnant, where young people train to become warriors to protect their world from monsters called Grimm; the name RWBY is derived from the four main characters' forenames: Ruby, Weiss and Yang, as well as their associated theme colors. Following several promotional trailers, the first episode was screened at the Rooster Teeth convention event RTX and released on their website in July 2013. Subsequent episodes were released weekly, first to Rooster Teeth's subscribers and to YouTube a week later; the series became a viral hit, a second season, subtitled Volume 2, was released in July 2014. During production of Volume 3, on February 1, 2015, Oum died after falling into a coma, caused by an allergic reaction during a medical procedure; this resulted in a delay in Volume 3's production, as well as an overall shift in the show's production and release schedule.
Despite the creator's death, the remaining crew members confirmed their intention to continue the series, Volume 3 was released in 2015 as planned. Meanwhile, the first two seasons were released to home media and made available on streaming services such as Netflix and Crunchyroll, the latter of which would include releases of the current season in their simulcasts. In October 2016, the fourth season was released; the series has been dubbed in Japanese and broadcast by Tokyo MX, in partnership with Warner Bros. Japan. Rooster Teeth released a video game called RWBY: Grimm Eclipse, as well as a spin-off series, called RWBY Chibi, in 2016; the fifth volume premiered on October 14, 2017, concluded on January 20, 2018. Volume 5 teaser shorts for the characters Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna, Yang Xiao Long were released, as well as a second season of RWBY Chibi. A third season of RWBY Chibi has been released intermittently since the end of volume 5; the sixth volume premiered on October 27, 2018, with a short revolving around the character Adam Taurus being uploaded to the Rooster Teeth website and to YouTube before the mentioned premiere.
The story takes place in the world of Remnant, composed of four kingdoms that are plagued by malevolent creatures known as the "Creatures of Grimm". Prior to the events of the series, mankind waged a battle of survival against the Grimm before discovering the power of a mysterious element called Dust which allowed them to fight back against the monsters. In the present day, Dust is used to augment people's abilities with the mysterious Ozpin training some to battle the Grimm as Huntsmen or Huntresses. Ozpin is the leader of a cabal who have dedicate themselves to guard Remnant's greatest secrets and the Four Maidens, women who can use magic and safeguard the four relics, from evil hands; the series focuses on four girls that enrolled in Beacon Academy in the kingdom of Vale: Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee from the Atlas kingdom whose family deals in Dust, Blake Belladonna of the half-human Faunus race, Ruby's half-sister Yang Xiao Long. Together, they form team RWBY and are trained to become Huntresses alongside team JNPR, team CRDL, team CFVY joined by team SSSN from Haven Academy in Mistral along many others.
At the time of Team RWBY's formation, numerous Dust thefts are carried out in Vale by local crime lord Roman Torchwick as he and the White Fang, a terrorist organization composed of Faunus which Blake was a member of, were hired by Cinder Fall as part of a scheme to destroy Beacon. The plan comes together during the annual inter-academy Vytal Festival, with Cinder acquiring the power of the Fall Maiden while killing off Ozpin and Team JNPR's Pyrrha Nikos before being defeated by Ruby. In the aftermath of their school's destruction, Team RWBY's members scatter to deal with their personal issues as they reunite at Haven Academy. Joined by Ruby and Yang's uncle Qrow Branwen, the surviving members of Team JNPR, a boy named Oscar Pine serving as a vessel for their headmaster, Team RWBY learns Ozpin's nature as an reincarnating spirit and of his conflict with Cinder's immortal master, his former lover Salem, who desires the four relics as part of her masterplan. RWBY had been a long-standing concept of Oum's for years.
Towards the end of his work on the 10th season of Rooster Teeth's Red vs. Blue, he developed the color-coding approach to character names and design as a hook for the series. During production on Red vs. Blue season 10, Oum asked series creator Burnie Burns if they could produce RWBY following the conclusion of that season. Burns, worried for the production schedule, told Oum "If you finish Season 10 you can do whatever you want." Production on RWBY began as intended, with the first trailer being finished within two weeks and premiering after the credits of the Red vs. Blue season 10 finale on November 5, 2012. Oum designed the characters with assistance from artist Ein Lee, utilizing designs inspired by classic fairy tale characters; each character has an associated color, it is the first letters of the main character's colors, white and yellow, that give the series its name. The characters' names share the same letter and the meaning as the colour; the series was written by Oum, along with fellow Rooster Teeth employees Miles Luna and Kerry Shawcross.
Oum was concerned about a story focusing on female characters being developed by a male crew, but said they managed to do well developing the female characters. Regarding the design, Oum wanted to "present a two-dimension
Achievement Hunter is an American video gaming division of Rooster Teeth Productions. Founded by Geoff Ramsey and Jack Pattillo on July 6, 2008, the website is based on the achievement mechanic found in seventh and eighth generation video game consoles. Since its founding, Achievement Hunter has grown to become a core component of Rooster Teeth, hosting a wide variety of videos related to video games. Achievement Hunter videos are hosted by six main members: Geoff Ramsey, Jack Pattillo, Gavin Free, Michael Jones, Ryan Haywood, Jeremy Dooley. While most videos feature these six'core' members of Achievement Hunter, others from the "main room" and the editing room show up regularly. Achievement Hunter has a large presence on YouTube – where it runs the Achievement Hunter and LetsPlay channels – garnering more than 5.3 million subscribers and 2.5 billion video views. In 2008, Geoff Ramsey's interest in gaming achievements resulted in the realization that no community-based website related to achievements existed.
Since Ramsey and Burnie Burns Rooster Teeth CEO, were both "huge achievement fans" and dueling each other to get the most achievements in their spare time, Ramsey had an idea to begin developing a website where gamers and fans could look up information on how to get specific achievements. Ramsey approached Burns about creating a website based on achievements. Ramsey elaborated, saying he had grown tired of making Red vs. Blue and enjoyed working on this creative outlet in his spare time. Alongside employee Jack Pattillo, Ramsey released achievement guides and Easter egg videos receiving assistance from select volunteers from the Rooster Teeth community. David Dreger assisted in the founding of the site. In 2011, Achievement Hunter hired Ryan Haywood as an manager. Four new shows were introduced to Achievement Hunter in 2011. One of them, Rage Quit, led to the official hiring of Michael Jones as a full-time staff member in August 2011. In December 2011, Achievement Hunter began creating Let's Play videos.
The success of the videos resulted in a weekly sub-series in 2012, in which the main hosts play Minecraft. Weekly Let's Play videos focusing on Grand Theft Auto games are released. Achievement Hunter hired Gavin Free in 2012. In March 2012, Achievement Hunter debuted Game Night, in which Ramsey and Caleb Denecour play games with community members. Community member Ray Narvaez, Jr. was hired in April 2012, having worked as a contract host for multiple years. In September 2012, contract editor Franco Scarcello created Five Facts, hosted by Pattillo and Ramsey and focused on little-known facts about various video games. In early 2013, Achievement Hunter introduced a competition series titled VS, in which the employees challenge each other to compete in games. In April 2013, Achievement Hunter launched their own channel on YouTube, which hosts a variety of their videos. In 2013, the company retired Achievement HORSE, replacing it with Achievement HUNT, in which a variety of employees challenge each other until the word "HUNT" has been spelled.
In October 2013, Pattillo hosted a 24-hour live stream benefiting Extra Life, a charity benefiting hospitalized children. With appearances from other Achievement Hunter members and various Rooster Teeth employees, the live stream managed to raise $340,000; this charity live stream has become an annual event, with 2014's Extra Life live stream raising over $442,000 for Children's Miracle Network. At RTX in July 2014, community members Matt Bragg and Jeremy Dooley were hired as editors and secondary hosts at Achievement Hunter respectively. On February 5, 2015, Achievement Hunter founded the Let's Play Network YouTube channel; the channel acted as a platform for multiple RoosterTeeth owned and affiliated groups and divisions to upload gameplays. Some of these groups included the likes of Funhaus, ScrewAttack, Cow Chop, Kinda Funny, Sugar Pine 7. Although, a majority of the channel's videos still consisted of Achievement Hunter's content. In early 2015, Achievement Hunter hosted the first Let's Play Live at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas.
In April 2015, Narvaez departed from the company as a full-time employee to focus on Twitch live-streaming, although he continued to voice his character for the company's X-Ray and Vav animated series until its eventual cancellation. In mid-2015, Achievement Hunter launched a new YouTube channel, named after themselves, thereon they upload series of videos that were uploaded to the Rooster Teeth channel. Additionally, they moved out of Rooster Teeth's Stage 5, Austin Studios office into their own office nearby. Dooley was promoted during an episode of Let's Play Minecraft. A weekly podcast titled Off Topic was announced in early October, hosted by Michael Jones. Four test episodes were only available to "First Members" on their website; the first official episode aired to the public after the initial tests. Jones serves as the main host of the show and makes the most frequent appearances alongside other Achievement Hunter employees and special guests, including Patricia Sommerset, Arin Hanson, Samm Levine.
He hosts the after show Last Call available for First Members only. From 2015, Achievement Hunter would feature celebrities as guest collaborators in some of their Let's Play videos such as Watsky, iZombie's Rahul Kohli, Dan Campbell from
RTX is a series of annual gaming and Internet conventions created by Rooster Teeth held in Austin, Texas. They are run by Eric Cherry. Starting as a small community gathering of 500 people in 2011, RTX expanded in its following years, housing an estimated 62,000 people in 2017. RTX has gained attention for its "celebration of that convergence of gaming and Internet culture." In 2016, Tech Crunch described it as "SXSW meets Comic Con." The event includes panels on gaming and internet topics, exhibitor booths from independent and major game developers, as well as meet and greets with game developers, Rooster Teeth employees, internet personalities. RTX is notable for being one of the first places consumers may play major video game releases such as Halo 4 and most Rainbow Six: Siege. RTX was announced February 16, 2011 and the inaugural event was meant to be for 200 people. However, minutes after tickets went on sale the community managed to buy more tickets than planned to be sold, accidentally selling over 500 tickets.
RTX 2011 was the first official convention for Rooster Teeth fans. It was held from May 27–29. Attendees were treated to a tour of the office, an exclusive T-shirt and the chance to take part in a special episode of the Rooster Teeth series, Immersion; the convention was deemed a success, RTX became an annual event. After the success of RTX 2011, RTX 2012 expanded with 4,500 attendees. RTX 2012 was held from July 7–8 at the Austin Convention Center, was treated as more of a traditional gaming convention, introducing features such as an exhibit hall which included exhibitor booths from gaming and internet personalities and companies, various panels, the first publicly playable demo of Halo 4. 343 Industries showed off forge in Halo 4 for the first time. To the previous year, RTX attendees had the chance to take part as extras in the upcoming Rooster Teeth series Day Five. RTX 2013 was held from July 5–7 at the Austin Convention Center, once again with significant expansion with over 10,000 attendees.
343 Industries returned to run a Halo 4 tournament and have a panel in which they made announcements regarding Halo 4's future DLC. The Rooster Teeth series RWBY made its premiere. Ubisoft brought a publicly playable demo of Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. Attendees had the opportunity to use the Oculus Rift virtual reality device, try out for Rooster Teeth's gaming competition series The Gauntlet, take part in an episode of The Slow Mo Guys, as well as many other activities; the YouTube gaming group known as The Creatures made an appearance, made several important announcements involving their recent work, a new member to their group and the face reveal of Sp00n, who up until this point, had never revealed his face. RTX 2014 was held from July 4–6 at the Austin Convention Center. Tickets went on sale on January 31, 2014. 343 Industries and Certain Affinity announced the addition of the Gungoose, a new version of the Mongoose, would be added to Halo 2: Anniversary. "Coagulation" was announced as one of the six multiplayer maps to be re-imagined for Halo: The Master Chief Collection and will support the new Gungoose Capture The Flag game mode.
The Creatures returned again. During the Achievement Hunter panel Matt Bragg and Jeremy Dooley were hired. RTX 2015 was held from August 7–9 at the Austin Convention Centre, the Hilton Austin Hotel and the JW Marriott; the pre-alpha of RWBY: Grimm Eclipse was available for demo. Rainbow Six Siege was playable and beta signups were guaranteed for attendees. RTX 2016 dates were announced on November 12, 2015, was held from July 1–3, 2016. Like the year before, RTX 2016 was held at the Austin Convention Center, the Hilton Austin Hotel and the JW Marriott, it housed around 60,000 attendees. RTX 2017 attracted 62,000 attendees, its keynote was by Andy Serkis. The first two episodes of the Netflix anime series Castlevania had a special theatrical screening followed by Q&A with Director Sam Deats and executive producers Fred Seibert and Kevin Kolde, it featured concerts with Spazmatics and Phantogram, both hosted at Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater. It featured an early screening of War for the Planet of the Apes at the Paramount Theater.
Crypt TV will premiere season 2 of The Look-See. RTX 2019 will be held from July 5-7. On June 11, 2015, Rooster Teeth announced RTX Australia, a collaboration with Hanabee and Supanova Pop Culture Expo. In 2017, the event was renamed RTX Sydney. In August 2018, Rooster Teeth announced they would replace RTX Sydney 2019 with three Let's Play Live events in different cities; the first RTX Australia was held at the Australian Technology Park in Sydney, from January 23–24, 2016 and attracted 11,000 attendees. RTX Sydney 2017 was held from February 4–5 at the International Convention Centre Sydney in Darling Harbour, Sydney. On June 19, the first guests were announced and included Rooster Teeth's Burnie Burns, Gus Sorola, Kerry Shawcross and Miles Luna, Achievement Hunter's Jack Pattillo and Kinda Funny's Greg Miller. In November 2016, Hideo Kojima was confirmed as a guest and attendance was anticipated at under 20,000. In December 2016, it was announced that the Nintendo Switch would be playable to demo for attendees at the convention.
RTX Sydney 2018, the third consecutive RTX convention to be held in Australia, took place from February 3–4 at the International Convention Centre Sydney. This was the first time. Rooster Teeth announced RTX London on February 2017, during RTX Sydney. RTX London 2017 was held on October 14–15, 2017
Montreal is the most populous municipality in the Canadian province of Quebec and the second-most populous municipality in Canada. Called Ville-Marie, or "City of Mary", it is named after Mount Royal, the triple-peaked hill in the heart of the city; the city is centred on the Island of Montreal, which took its name from the same source as the city, a few much smaller peripheral islands, the largest of, Île Bizard. It has a distinct four-season continental climate with cold, snowy winters. In 2016, the city had a population of 1,704,694, with a population of 1,942,044 in the urban agglomeration, including all of the other municipalities on the Island of Montreal; the broader metropolitan area had a population of 4,098,927. French is the city's official language and is the language spoken at home by 49.8% of the population of the city, followed by English at 22.8% and 18.3% other languages. In the larger Montreal Census Metropolitan Area, 65.8% of the population speaks French at home, compared to 15.3% who speak English.
The agglomeration Montreal is one of the most bilingual cities in Quebec and Canada, with over 59% of the population able to speak both English and French. Montreal is the second-largest French-speaking city in the world, after Paris, it is situated 258 kilometres south-west of Quebec City. The commercial capital of Canada, Montreal was surpassed in population and in economic strength by Toronto in the 1970s, it remains an important centre of commerce, transport, pharmaceuticals, design, art, tourism, fashion, gaming and world affairs. Montreal has the second-highest number of consulates in North America, serves as the location of the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization, was named a UNESCO City of Design in 2006. In 2017, Montreal was ranked the 12th most liveable city in the world by the Economist Intelligence Unit in its annual Global Liveability Ranking, the best city in the world to be a university student in the QS World University Rankings. Montreal has hosted multiple international conferences and events, including the 1967 International and Universal Exposition and the 1976 Summer Olympics.
It is the only Canadian city to have held the Summer Olympics. In 2018, Montreal was ranked as an Alpha− world city; as of 2016 the city hosts the Canadian Grand Prix of Formula One, the Montreal International Jazz Festival and the Just for Laughs festival. In the Mohawk language, the island is called Tiohtià:ke Tsi, it is a name referring to the Lachine Rapids to the island's Ka-wé-no-te. It means "a place where nations and rivers unite and divide". In the Ojibwe language, the land is called Mooniyaang which means "the first stopping place" and is part of the seven fires prophecy; the city was first named Ville Marie by European settlers from La Flèche, or "City of Mary", named for the Virgin Mary. Its current name comes from the triple-peaked hill in the heart of the city. According to one theory, the name derives from mont Réal,. A possibility by the Government of Canada on its web site concerning Canadian place names, is that the name was adopted as it is written nowadays because an early map of 1556 used the Italian name of the mountain, Monte Real.
Archaeological evidence demonstrates that First Nations native people occupied the island of Montreal as early as 4,000 years ago. By the year AD 1000, they had started to cultivate maize. Within a few hundred years, they had built fortified villages; the Saint Lawrence Iroquoians, an ethnically and culturally distinct group from the Iroquois nations of the Haudenosaunee based in present-day New York, established the village of Hochelaga at the foot of Mount Royal two centuries before the French arrived. Archeologists have found evidence of their habitation there and at other locations in the valley since at least the 14th century; the French explorer Jacques Cartier visited Hochelaga on October 2, 1535, estimated the population of the native people at Hochelaga to be "over a thousand people". Evidence of earlier occupation of the island, such as those uncovered in 1642 during the construction of Fort Ville-Marie, have been removed. Seventy years the French explorer Samuel de Champlain reported that the St Lawrence Iroquoians and their settlements had disappeared altogether from the St Lawrence valley.
This is believed to be due to epidemics of European diseases, or intertribal wars. In 1611 Champlain established a fur trading post on the Island of Montreal, on a site named La Place Royale. At the confluence of Petite Riviere and St. Lawrence River, it is where present-day Pointe-à-Callière stands. On his 1616 map, Samuel de Champlain named the island Lille de Villemenon, in honour of the sieur de Villemenon, a French dignitary, seeking the viceroyship of New France. In 1639 Jérôme Le Royer de La Dauversière obtained the Seigneurial title to the Island of Montreal in the name of the Notre Dame Society of Montreal to establish a Roman Catholic mission to evangelize natives. Dauversiere hired Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve 30, to lead a group of colonists to build a mission on his new seigneury; the colonists left France in 1641 for Quebec, arrived on the island the following year. On May 17, 1642, Ville-Marie was founded on the southern shore of Montreal is
Xbox One is a line of eighth generation home video game consoles developed by Microsoft. Announced in May 2013, it is the third console in the Xbox family, it was first released in North America, parts of Europe and South America in November 2013, in Japan and other European countries in September 2014. It is the first Xbox game console to be released in China in the Shanghai Free-Trade Zone. Microsoft marketed the device as an "all-in-one entertainment system", hence the name'Xbox One'; the Xbox One line competes against consoles such as Sony's PlayStation 4 and Nintendo's Wii U and Switch. Moving away from its predecessor's PowerPC-based architecture, Xbox One marks a shift back to the x86 architecture used in the original Xbox. Xbox One's controller was redesigned over the Xbox 360's, with a redesigned body, D-pad, triggers capable of delivering directional haptic feedback; the console places an increased emphasis on cloud computing, as well as social networking features, the ability to record and share video clips or screenshots from gameplay, or live-stream directly to streaming services such as Mixer and Twitch.
Games can be played off-console via a local area network on supported Windows 10 devices. The console can play Blu-ray Disc, overlay live television programming from an existing set-top box or a digital tuner for digital terrestrial television with an enhanced program guide; the console optionally included a redesigned Kinect sensor, marketed as the "Kinect 2.0", providing improved motion tracking and voice recognition. Xbox One received positive reviews for its refined controller design, multimedia features, voice navigation, its quieter and cooler design was praised for making the console more reliable than its predecessor on-launch, but the console was criticized for running games at a technically lower graphical level than the PlayStation 4. Its original user interface was panned for being nonintuitive, although changes made to it and other aspects of the console's software post-launch received positive reception, its Kinect received praise for its improved motion-tracking accuracy, its face recognition logins, its voice commands.
The original Xbox One model was succeeded by Xbox One S in 2016, which has a smaller form factor and support for HDR10 high-dynamic-range video, as well as support for 4K video playback and upscaling of games from 1080p to 4K. It was praised for its smaller size, its on-screen visual improvements, its lack of an external power supply, but its regressions such as the lack of a native Kinect port were noted. A high-end model, Xbox One X, was released in November. Xbox One is the successor to Xbox 360, Microsoft's previous video game console, introduced in 2005 as part of the seventh generation of video game consoles. Over the years, the 360 had received a number of small hardware revisions to reduce the unit's size and improve its reliability. In 2010, Microsoft's Chris Lewis stated. Initial hardware for the 360's successor referred to by the industry as the "Xbox 720", was under development as early as May 2011; the official developer kit was codenamed Durango, appeared to be available to developers by mid-2012.
Leaked documents suggested that the new console would include an improved Kinect sensor, cloud access to games and media, integration with phone and tablet devices, technology to provide players heads-up displays on glasses worn by the player, codenamed "Fortaleza". Leaked design documents suggested that Microsoft was seeking to eliminate the ability to play used games, though Microsoft clarified it was still reviewing the design and were "thinking about what is next and how we can push the boundaries of technology like we did with Kinect", but did not comment on the validity of the information; the console was publicly unveiled under the name Xbox One on May 21, 2013 in a press conference designed to cover the unit's broad multimedia and social capabilities. A second press event for the console was held during E3 2013, focusing on its video game-oriented functionality. At that time, Microsoft announced that the console would be released in 21 different markets on November 22, 2013, but this was amended down to 13.
The change, which pushed the release date for the other eight markets to 2014, was attributed to unforeseen complexity in localizing the device's voice recognition capabilities. In September 2014, the Xbox One was released in 26 markets, including remaining markets in Europe, the Japanese market, Middle Eastern markets. Microsoft announced a different game licensing scheme for Xbox One than what was used upon its release: all games, including those purchased at retail, would be bound to the user's Xbox Live account. Users could access their purchased games from any other Xbox One console, play games without their disc once installed, allow users to "share" their games with up to ten designated "family" members. Users would trade games at "participating retailers", could transfer a game directly to any Xbox Live friend on their list for at least 30 days, but only once. To synchronize licenses, the console would be required to connect to the internet once every 24 hours. R
A director is a person from a group of managers who leads or supervises a particular area of a company. Companies that use this term have many directors spread throughout different business functions or roles; the director reports directly to a vice president or to the CEO directly in order to let them know the progress of the organization. Large organizations sometimes have assistant directors or deputy directors. Director refers to the lowest level of executive in an organization, but many large companies use the title of associate director more frequently. An executive director is equivalent to Vice President or Senior director in some businesses; some companies have regional directors and area directors. Regional directors are present in companies that are organized by location and have their departments under that, they are responsible for the operations for their particular country. Though directors are the first stage in the executive team, area directors are seen as higher up, based on their area of control.
Corporate titles are titles given to individuals within a business depending on the role they have and which portray the duties and responsibilities within that specific role. The larger the business, the more titles that are present, such as CEO, COO and executive directors; those that have higher roles within a company such as the elite positions are referred to as "chief" and those that have lower roles within the company are employees that carry out day-to-day tasks. There are many titles within a company such as executive director, managing director, company director and chairman; the corporate structure consists of four key areas: Board of directors- oversees a department and maintains full operational responsibilities area is next to the C-level executives in the corporate jobs hierarchy. They oversee daily tasks of the company. Employees- This role is ranked at the bottom of the structure. Employees work on daily tasks and objectives either in a group or individually aiming for that common goal.
Depending upon the size of an organization or a company, the number of directors can vary. Start-up companies can have a single director, the minimum for a private limited company according to the law. However, as organizations and businesses expand, the number of directors can increase because more tasks and responsibilities become present. For example, if the company expands and has more than one department, such as finance, marketing, production and IT the business may form a board of directors, with each director overseeing a department and maintaining full responsibility within that department. A board of directors ensures that a outlined structure is in place which will help the business to work much more efficiently. Larger businesses and organizations will form a clear board structure as the following: Chairman - This particular role within the company is a non executive role that has the task of overseeing the entire business or organization. Managing Director - A managing director is employed by the business by the chairman.
Other roles include producing salaries. The managing director manages the board of directors and oversees the performance of the business, thus reporting back to the chairman. Executive Directors - A group of executive directors who each play a significant role within the company, they maintain full responsibility over their respective departments such as Finance and Sales. Each director manages their department ensuring that objectives are being met. Executive directors sit on the board. Non-executive directors - These advise the business by proposing different forms of strategy and decide remuneration of the executive directors. Having a clear structure within the business has a positive impact on the employees and it helps to organize the business. By having a team of executive directors, employees can report to their executive directors if a problem or an issue occurs. A managing director oversees the performance of the company as a whole and has the duty to report back to the chairman or board of directors.
The chairman or board of directors may set daily and weekly targets, which should be met by the employees that are working within their respective departments. The managing director has the role to report their progress so the board can evaluate it to see if targets have been achieved. Maintaining the overall performance of the company and in particular the departments within. Producing and planning strategic operating plans and objectives for the long-term future. Ensuring all short term targets have been achieved. Keeping in regular contact with the board of directors or chairman and to maintain a positive relationship. An executive director within a company or an organization is from the board of directors and oversees a specific department within the organization such as Marketing, Production and IT; the Executive Director must ensure that all employees within his/her department are achieving the objectives which have been set and must make daily decisions within the department. Overseeing their specific department such as Finance, Marketing or Manufacturing.
Maintaining the role of a specified decision maker within the department. Analyzing and evaluating the efficiency of day to day tasks within the departments and ensuring all objectives are being met. A company director is one of the employees within a group of managers who maintains a prolific role within an organization and has the higher role within an organization; this is because they decide on how to control the business and make the final and key decisions. The comp