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German radio station apologizes after host compares K-pop band BTS to coronavirus

A German radio station apologized Friday for a host’s comments comparing popular South Korean K-pop band BTS to the coronavirus, saying his choice of words had gone too far but was in no way meant to be “hurtful or racist.”

The statement came after legions of fans accused the station’s Matthias Matuschik of racism for his comments on the band’s cover of Coldplay’s Fix You, taking to social media using the hashtags #Bayern3Racist, #Bayern3Apologize and #RassismusBeiBayern3 which translates as “racism at Bayern3.”

“Racism is not an option,” wrote one user, @Vroseeeee1 in a blunt tweet in English, German, Korean and Spanish.

The uproar came after a live show Wednesday, in which Matuschik derided BTS’s version of Fix You as “blasphemy” and compared the band to COVID-19, describing them as “some crappy virus that hopefully there will be a vaccine for soon as well.”

He then dug his hole deeper as he tried to roll back the comment somewhat, saying “I have nothing against South Korea, you can’t accuse me of xenophobia only because this boyband is from South Korea … I have a car from South Korea. I have the coolest car around.”

Then he went on to say that in penance for the cover, BTS “will be vacationing in North Korea for the next 20 years.”

BTS, which debuted in 2013, became the biggest boy band in the world, selling out stadiums worldwide and delivering a video message at the UN General Assembly this year.

Their songs, filled with intimate, socially conscious lyrics, are credited for their success. Unlike other K-pop bands that carefully maintain the personas created by their labels, BTS is known for its active engagement with fans — known as ARMY — through social media. BTS has over 33.1 million followers on Twitter.

Offence at the comments didn’t only come from South Korea, with many social media users in Germany and elsewhere immediately condemning them.

“I know which radio station I won’t be listening to anymore, bye @Bayern3,” wrote user Afairesvmns in a German-language post that included audio of Matuschik’s comments. “I really don’t need racism of this shape and form in 2021.”

Many South Koreans living abroad expressed concerns that the remarks could incite anti-Asian violence, already on the rise in many places.

“This is not just about #BTS, it is about so many Asian people who are dealing with extreme racism especially due to pandemic,” Hansl Chang, a South Korean who lives in Germany, tweeted.

In the station’s apology, it said that while Matuschik was “presenting his opinion in an ironic, exaggerated way and with exaggerated excitement, his words went too far and hurt the feelings of BTS fans.

“But he — and he has assured us of this — in no way intended this. He just wanted to express his displeasure over the aforementioned cover version.”

It noted that Matuschik has been involved in helping raise aid for refugees and has a “constant campaign against right-wing extremism” and has shown he is against xenophobia or racism in any form.

“That does not change the fact that many of you found his statements to be hurtful or racist,” Bayern3 said. “We apologize for this in every way possible. We will work on the matter with Matthias and the team in detail again in the next few days.”

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Tokyo Olympics chief apologizes, but won’t resign over sexist comments

Tokyo Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori on Thursday apologized for making sexist remarks about women, saying he retracted the comments and would not resign, despite calls for him to step down on social media.

The hashtag “Mori, please resign” was trending on Twitter in Japan on Thursday morning and some users on the platform were calling on sponsors to pressure the Tokyo organizing committee into dropping Mori from the top post.

The 83-year-old Mori, a former Japanese prime minister and head of the Tokyo organizing committee, acknowledged that his comments that women board members talked too much were “inappropriate” and against the Olympic spirit.

Mori made the sexist comments at a Japanese Olympic Committee (JOC) board of trustees meeting this week, according to a report in the Asahi newspaper.

“If we increase the number of female board members, we have to make sure their speaking time is restricted somewhat, they have difficulty finishing, which is annoying,” said Mori, according to the Asahi report.

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“We have about seven women at the organizing committee but everyone understands their place.”

The JOC decided in 2019 to aim for more than 40 per cent female members on the board, but there are just five women among the board’s 24 members.

Japan persistently trails its peers on promoting gender equality, ranking 121 out of 153 nations surveyed in the 2020 global gender gap report of the World Economic Forum.

In a hastily called press briefing, Mori tried to explain himself, at first apologizing, then later saying that he did not necessarily think that fretting over the number of women in high-ranking positions was what was important.

“I don’t talk to women that much lately so I don’t know,” Mori said, when asked by a reporter whether he had any basis for saying that women board members talked too much during meetings.

Mori’s defiant response is unlikely to tamp down public criticism, and anger over his comments is likely to further alienate a Japanese public that has grown wary of Tokyo’s attempts to hold the Games during a pandemic.

Nearly 80 per cent of the Japanese public opposes holding the Games as scheduled in July, according to the most recent poll.

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CDPR Apologizes for Cyberpunk 2077 Launch, but Explains Very Little

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Late on Wednesday, CD Projekt Red co-founder Marcin Iwinski posted a video in which he apologized for Cyberpunk 2077’s abysmal console launch. Iwinski took responsibility for the decision to launch the title and its subsequent unacceptably poor performance on the base Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

The video covers three broad topics. First, there’s the apology. Second, Iwinski offers some comments on “how the situation looked from the inside.” Third, he gives some detail on what players can expect in the future as far as updates and improvements. As far as the apology is concerned, Iwinski’s comments are clear and concise. There’s no real dodging, as far as responsibility.

His explanation for how the console version got so screwed up, however, leaves something to be desired. According to Iwinksi, the reason the Xbox One and PS4 look so bad is that the company put almost all its effort into prepping the launch on PC. It assumed, according to Iwinksi, that it could simply turn detail levels back down and have an acceptable product to work with.

This is in direct contradiction to multiple statements CDPR made over the course of Cyberpunk 2077’s development. The company told gamers that the game was constantly evaluated on all platforms. It told gamers that they could expect a good visual experience relative to what the console systems were capable of. During its October investor call, CDPR told investors that there were no problems with the console versions other than minor, normal bug fixing.

It’s nice to know that the console versions weren’t being evaluated, but there’s no explanation of why employees, executives, and board members of the company misrepresented the state of game development over a sustained period of time.

Iwinski does give us a hint at what isn’t working well on last-gen systems. According to him, getting data to stream in properly in Cyberpunk 2077 when running on the base consoles was more difficult than the company assumed due to the need to constantly improve the streaming engine. He also claimed that “our testing did not show a big part of the issues you experienced while playing the game.”

The only way CDPR didn’t experience the issues of its players is if CDPR didn’t playtest the game or didn’t listen to its playtesters. The console versions are instantly bad. The PC version, while vastly better on high-end hardware, was still very buggy at launch. Supposedly, the company believed that it could genuinely bring the Xbox and PS4 versions of the game fully up to snuff by launch date.

I flatly don’t believe this. Or, rather — I believe it, in the sense that some executives may have been willing to throw the console version of the game under a bus to hit their sales targets, to the point that they convinced themselves a game as catastrophically broken as CP2077 on Xbox One / PS4 could be fixed in a few short weeks. Maybe some people arrogantly believed there was no need for serious playtesting or bug-fixing cycles, but if so, that was highly motivated and suspect reasoning.

I cannot claim to have worked in game development, but I’ve worked on a multi-team modding project that sank several thousand hours of collective effort into a product we released for public download, and I’ve worked on my DS9 remastering project for most of a year. In both cases, I absolutely had a sense of when I might or might not be able to write a new story or release an update / new version. When you’re as deep in bug-fixing hell as CP2077 clearly was, right up until the moment it released, there’s no way you’re going to magically clear those problems and launch an acceptable game.

Either someone at the company knew about this, and that person got silenced, or the company is so poorly organized, necessary information about the state of its product failed to reach the people who most needed to hear it.

The developers actually assigned to fix the console version would have known the game wasn’t going to be ready for December 10. Marcin Iwinski says that “we” believed the game would be ready to launch. He doesn’t clarify if that refers to other people in corporate leadership, or if that was the opinion of the programmers who were actually working on the game. I wouldn’t bet on the latter.

Finally, we’ve got some news on what’s happening next. The January update will drop within 10 days, but the update coming in February was only described as arriving “in the following weeks.” After this round of work is done, the company will get started on the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 enhancements, which will now likely be delayed into 2021.

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Cyberpunked 2077: CDPR ‘Apologizes’ for Releasing Broken Game, Offers Refunds

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CD Projekt Red, a developer whose stock has sagged 40 percent since it launched the long-awaited, much-hyped Cyberpunk 2077, has finally acknowledged that it launched an unacceptable, execrable product as far as the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are concerned.

To quickly recap: Prior to the launch of CP2077, CDPR refused to give out game codes for anything but the PC version. On launch day, gamers found out why. The game is horribly blurred on last-gen consoles. Its TAA implementation doesn’t appear to work effectively at the 720p (or less) resolution that last-gen consoles maintain, and the game looks far worse than other open-world titles that have debuted for last-gen consoles.

The company has now released a statement (shown above), in which it claims it “should have paid more attention to making the game play better on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One,” but neglects to mention that its own surveys showed a full 41 percent of the player base was going to pick the game up for console.

Here’s another tweet that’s aged exceptionally well:

Let’s do some math: 8 million pre-orders, 41 percent of them on console. That’s 3.2M sales, and since we’re talking preorders, those sales are to gamers who expect to play on Xbox One / PS4 hardware.

Cyberpunk 2077 Is Not a Next-Gen Game

It’s important to note here that CP2077 is not, and was never intended as, a next-gen game to showcase the performance of the PS5 and Xbox Series X. While ray tracing might be a natural, obvious fit for the neon-drenched streets of Night City, the next-generation enhancements that are supposed to be baked into Cyberpunk 2077 won’t arrive until next year. This game began development in 2012, and the Xbox One and PS4 were the mainstream consoles for its development. CDPR certainly indicated it would enhance the game for next-gen consoles, but it never declared that CP2077 was going to be a next-gen title. If it was, the next-generation enhancements would already be baked in, and both Microsoft and Sony would be prominently pointing to it as a launch game, as opposed to acknowledging that true next-gen games are yet to arrive.

Xbox Series S owners appear to get a hybrid mode between the terrible Xbox One S version and the full Xbox Series X implementation. Eurogamer writes: “Resolution is clearly much, much lower – it can run beneath 1080p. However, the resolution bounds also increase beyond PS5’s best, reaching around 1296p. More to the point, it retains most — if not all — of the quality mode advantages, meaning that you get the higher vehicle count and crowd density, plus features like ambient occlusion. It’s still a somewhat blurry and grainy presentation overall though.”

It’s good that the Xbox Series S gets a hybrid mode, here. Microsoft’s declaration that the Xbox Series S would receive the base Xbox One version of any previous-generation game rather than a reduced-detail variant of the Xbox Series X version, never made sense. It may be that CP2077 will turn out to be an exception rather than the rule, as far as Xbox support, but we’re still glad to see that the XSS got something better than warmed-over awful.

While CDPR hopes that you don’t request a refund, ExtremeTech recommends a different policy: All PS4 / Xbox One console players should request refunds. By the time the game is actually patched up for you to play it sometime in Feb, the price will likely have dropped or the hype will have worn off and you can make a decision as to whether you’d rather have this title or something else in the first place. You can buy a game from a developer that respects you enough not to deliberately obfuscate the abominable state of their game to avoid the terror of justly-deserved bad reviews, or you can reward their behavior. Given that the developer already prominently promised not to crunch its developers, only to turn around and treat them to months of crunch, I’d say CDPR has already forfeited its chance to request any trust from anyone. It lies to its developers. It lies to its customers. I’d treat this promise with exactly the level of credibility the company deserves: none whatsoever.

This kind of garbage, “Who cares if one platform gets an utterly terrible experience?” approach was inexcusable when Warner Bros forced Arkham Knight out the door, and it’s just as wrong when it happens to console players. If you can’t be arsed to fix your game for a platform, delay the launch for that platform, or actually demonstrate some credibility and don’t launch the product at all.

Offering a refund is great and all, but CDPR knew exactly what they were doing and did it on purpose. This is not a case of “We discovered a flaw at the last second and want to make it up to you.” This is “We got caught doing something we fully intended to do, and are hoping our minimal apology will keep you from punishing us for it.”

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MSI Apologizes Over High Markups on RTX 3080, 3090 GPUs

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MSI has acknowledged that one of its subsidiaries, Starlit Partners, was able to access stockpiles of RTX 3080 GPUs that the reseller should not have had access to, and that at least a few of these cards ended up being sold on eBay at much higher prices. End users discovered the relationship between the two companies and called it out on Reddit.

MSI has posted a brief note on Twitter, in which they claim that Starlit Partners is a reseller that’s supposed to handle refurbished equipment and excess inventory. According to the company, no RTX 3080 GPUs should have been sold through Starlit in the first place. The company has been ordered to contact all of the customers that it sold video cards to and offer them either a complete refund in exchange for returning the product or a refund on what they paid over MSRP in exchange for keeping the card they’ve already received.

We can safely assume that everyone affected will be taking option #2.

It looks as though both RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 GPUs slipped through this net, with four of the former and 11 of the latter being sold. MSI has claimed that this is an error, and if I’m being honest, I find that believable. Assume that MSI made an extra $ 1,000 per GPU sale and that’s still just $ 15,000. Nvidia has taken a great deal of flak from end-users who are frustrated about the non-availability of RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 GPUs, especially those frustrated about bots. Jensen Huang is not going to look favorably on any OEM found to be kicking cards out the door at 2-3x base price right now.

Fifteen cards is about what I’d expect from an individual employee or a handful of employees with access to inventory they shouldn’t have access to. If I’m being honest, I’d also rather MSI acknowledged these kinds of problems — that companies in general acknowledged them — rather than being left entirely in the dark while firms smile and promise that no, really, they’ve taken every precaution to safeguard stockpiles of GPUs from bots and scalpers, while actually taking no action whatsoever to safeguard their supply lines from bots and stalkers. Granted, this would look a little better if MSI had found the problem themselves, but the company is at least taking steps to refund the money of everyone who overpaid for a launch GPU.

It’s important, in an overarching sense of the word, for customers to be able to expect that they’ll be able to buy hardware on launch day if they take some reasonable steps to do so or, failing this, that they be able to pick it up in reasonably short order. Nobody on the manufacturing side of things has any reason to game the system at the moment, especially not given how sensitive Nvidia is going to be to anything delaying shipping RTX GPUs to as many customers as possible, as quickly as possible.

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang told reporters earlier this week that Nvidia does not expect RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 to improve before 2021, and that the RTX 3070 could also be tough to find this year. According to Jensen, this is entirely due to pent-up demand for Ampere. That’s certainly possible, but there are also additional factors in play, from questions about Samsung’s 8nm yields to the impact of bots and scalpers on near-term availability. Regardless of the exact mix of causes, getting Ampere into more people’s hands is a top priority.

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Hailey Bieber Apologizes to TikTok User Who Said She Was ‘Not Nice’ When They Met

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Halle Berry Apologizes for Considering Potential Role as Trans Man After Fan Backlash

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Lea Michele Apologizes Following ‘Glee’ Co-Star’s Accusations That She Made Her Time on Set ‘A Living Hell’

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Capitals forward Brendan Leipsic apologizes after ‘inappropriate and offensive’ comments go public

Washington Capitals forward Brendan Leipsic is apologizing after a private group chat that included misogynistic comments was leaked on Wednesday.

Screenshots from the chat featuring Leipsic, who is from Winnipeg, were published on the Instagram account @angelszeee2020. That account has since deleted them, but they continue to circulate on social media.

In a statement on Twitter, Leipsic said his friend’s account was hacked and acknowledged he was part of those conversations.

“I fully recognize how inappropriate and offensive these comments are and sincerely apologize to everyone for my actions. I am committed to learning from this and becoming a better person by taking time to determine how to move forward in an accountable, meaningful way. I am truly sorry,” Leipsic said.

‘Unacceptable and offensive’

In a statement to CBC Sports, the Capitals said they were investigating the situation.

“We are aware of the unacceptable and offensive comments made by Brendan Leipsic in a private conversation on social media. We will handle this matter internally,” the statement read.

Jack Rodewald, a 26-year-old also from Winnipeg, who has played 10 games with Ottawa Senators since 2018, was also involved in the group chat.

The NHL later released a statement saying it would address the “inexcusable conduct moving forward.

“The National Hockey League strongly condemns the misogynistic and reprehensible remarks made by players Brendan Leipsic and Jack Rodewald…. There is no place in our league for such statements, attitudes and behaviour, no matter the forum,” the statement read.

Leipsic, 25, has played parts of four seasons in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Los Angeles Kings and Capitals.

Mocks women, teammates

In one instance of messaging in the group chat, Leipsic posted a photo of a former teammate’s wife and wrote “look how fat” she “is lol.”

Leipsic also refers to women as pigs and makes light of other women’s weights in various other messages.

He also insults other NHL players.

In one, he reposted a picture of Canucks forward Jake Virtanen on vacation with friends, calling it “easily the worst crew in the world.”

He also posted a picture of Capitals teammates with the comment “f–k they’re losers.”

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Lady Gaga Apologizes to Jimmy Fallon After Awkward ‘Tonight Show’ Interview Moment

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