PAX Online: Chris King, 30XX, and Indie Development

Just because we’re in the middle of a global pandemic doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the pleasures that come with booths and presentations at PAX. Granted, something is lost without physically being on a show floor, but it saves money on travel and hotels.

I mused about these minor conveniences during my online appointment with Chris King, head of Batterystaple Games and lead designer of the Mega Man roguelike 20XX, and its sequel 30XX. Taking the pure run-and-gun zen of the blue bomber and mixing in procedurally generated levels and power-ups seemed like the kind of idea that would be done to death by now, but 20XX has gone on to be one of the most underrated gems of the past five years. In a lot of ways, 30XX has a tough act to follow, though a few of us here believe it’s on the right track.

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Chris Evans’ road back to Michigan included three very different jobs

Michigan Wolverines running back Chris Evans was suspended for what would have been his senior season in 2019, but after a year off now finds himself in a spot where he finally can finish what he started at Michigan.



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When games resume still remains to be seen, but Evans is happy to be back after an academic issue and in an offense under Josh Gattis that feels a little more normal to him than before.

“I’m happy to be back. It was a tough year off that I had, mentally and everything,” Evans told the Michigan media on Friday afternoon. “This offense is more of like what I did when I was in high school, so I’d say it fits me a little better. Whatever offense, whatever plays that we run, whatever they are, if they fit me or not, I’ve gotta make it work.

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Chris Bishop Appointed Chief Growth Officer of Alion Science and Technology

“Chris brings 25 years of strong business development experience from some of the leading defense companies in industry. His significant experience in C5ISR, cross-domain, and cyber capabilities – all key franchise areas for Alion – will contribute greatly to our continued market growth,” said Steve Schorer, Chairman and CEO of Alion. “Chris’ expansive experience managing business development organizations, his year-over-year revenue growth, and record book-to-bill ratios are impressive. He is a forward thinker and his strategies for driving business success will be significant as Alion continues its momentum achieving new contract wins and maintaining its commitment to excellence.”

Chris was most recently Chief Growth and Strategy Officer at Pyramid Systems, a fast-growing, high-end IT solutions firm. Prior to Pyramid Systems, Chris served as Senior Vice President of Growth for ManTech’s Mission Solutions and Services Group. Chris was also previously the Vice President of Business Development for URS Corporation and

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Green School funding saga continues as Chris Hipkins rejects claims made in James Shaw video



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Minister of Education Chris Hipkins is disputing a claim from Greens co-leader James Shaw he gave “verbal sign-off” for the Green School proposal, describing it as a mischaracterisation.

A leaked video shows Shaw telling party members he got the okay from Hipkins in a conversation they had before the controversial bid was signed off.

Shaw’s been in damage control since infuriating party supporters, schools and unions with his strong advocacy for the nearly $12 million application for the private school.

The expansion project was approved by a group of wider ministers under a $3 billion infrastructure fund – they say Shaw should take full responsibility as the sole advocate for the bid.

That advocacy extended to threatening to block at least 44 projects, earmarked for $600m of funding, unless it was given the green light.

While Hipkins had no involvement in the ministerial approval, in the video, Shaw

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James Shaw contradicts Chris Hipkins on implicit approval in leaked video

A leaked video of last week’s Green Party crisis call shows James Shaw claimed the controversial Green School funding was given “verbal sign-off” by Minister of Education Chris Hipkins.

The comments contradict Hipkins who’s repeatedly stated he did not back the proposal.

RNZ has been sent footage of the Friday night Zoom meeting in which Shaw sought to assuage party members who were furious at his advocacy for a nearly $12 million funding package for the private Green School in Taranaki.

In the video clip, Shaw tells members that Hipkins “wasn’t intimately involved in the decision” but gave it tacit approval in a conversation.

“He did, sort of, give at least a verbal sign-off to the project,” Shaw said.

“He did say that – assuming everything else being equal – as long as the funding partner is the [New Plymouth District] Council, which it is, that he was okay with

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