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Simpsons Showrunner Defends Newer Episodes Against Continued Criticism

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The Simpsons showrunner Al Jean commented on fan critiques of the long-running animated series. The Fox sitcom is 31 seasons long, and in that time, the show has become an American icon. Some have accused the citizens of Springfield and its wacky primary protagonists of overstaying their welcome, but the show's writers say they have stories for "years to come."

The show has weathered its fair share of changes recently. From joining Disney and appearing in it's entirety on Disney + to putting the Simpson's short "Playdate with Destiny" ahead of the Pixar film Onward. The series faced its share of critique for years as well. Approaching 700 episodes, The Simpsons seems immune to critical disdain and viewership.

More: The Simpsons Just Joined Marvel's Universe

Showrunner Al Jean recently spoke with The AV Club about how the show handles critique. Jean is no stranger to the idea and actively seeks out criticism from fans - both positive and negative. Jean discussed the challenges that came with working with Disney and the supposed declining quality of the show. Pointing out that the show won an Outstanding Series Emmy for the 2019 episode "Mad About The Toy," Jean declared that, "If the show has declined in quality, so have the standards of the Emmys."

I think it’s impossible for us to compete with our fourth-season selves. I also think if you took an episode from the fourth season and aired it now, it wouldn’t get the same reviews. We did just win the Outstanding Animated Series Emmy for “Mad About The Toy,” which I guess proves that if the standards of The Simpsons have fallen, so have the standards of the Emmys.

Jean also reiterated that Disney has promised to fix the problems with the Simpsons aspect ratio. "They have guaranteed it will be fixed by the end of May. You know, we really do listen to the fans," Jean commented. The longtime showrunner also discussed DVD sales and how fans have motivated many changes to the show within the bounds of the story. That's why Jean has always sought out critiques about the show - in support of the series' loyal fans.

As The Simpsons approach the 31st season finale, Jean expressed hope and optimism about the future of the show. While fans may criticize the show's direction, Jean and The Simpsons writing team are unphased. "I believe that the truth lies somewhere between people going, 'It’s not funny at all,' and 'Oh, it’s, you know, not quite as good as the best it’s ever been,'" Jean shared. "It’s obviously in the middle of that." The Simpsons season finale airs May 17, 2020.

Next: Disney + Orders Episodes By Theme As Well as By Season

Source: The AV Club

Simpsons Showrunner Defends Newer Episodes Against Continued Criticism

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The Simpsons showrunner Al Jean commented on fan critiques of the long-running animated series. The Fox sitcom is 31 seasons long, and in that time, the show has become an American icon. Some have accused the citizens of Springfield and its wacky primary protagonists of overstaying their welcome, but the show's writers say they have stories for "years to come."

The show has weathered its fair share of changes recently. From joining Disney and appearing in it's entirety on Disney + to putting the Simpson's short "Playdate with Destiny" ahead of the Pixar film Onward. The series faced its share of critique for years as well. Approaching 700 episodes, The Simpsons seems immune to critical disdain and viewership.

More: The Simpsons Just Joined Marvel's Universe

Showrunner Al Jean recently spoke with The AV Club about how the show handles critique. Jean is no stranger to the idea and actively seeks out criticism from fans - both positive and negative. Jean discussed the challenges that came with working with Disney and the supposed declining quality of the show. Pointing out that the show won an Outstanding Series Emmy for the 2019 episode "Mad About The Toy," Jean declared that, "If the show has declined in quality, so have the standards of the Emmys."

I think it’s impossible for us to compete with our fourth-season selves. I also think if you took an episode from the fourth season and aired it now, it wouldn’t get the same reviews. We did just win the Outstanding Animated Series Emmy for “Mad About The Toy,” which I guess proves that if the standards of The Simpsons have fallen, so have the standards of the Emmys.

Jean also reiterated that Disney has promised to fix the problems with the Simpsons aspect ratio. "They have guaranteed it will be fixed by the end of May. You know, we really do listen to the fans," Jean commented. The longtime showrunner also discussed DVD sales and how fans have motivated many changes to the show within the bounds of the story. That's why Jean has always sought out critiques about the show - in support of the series' loyal fans.

As The Simpsons approach the 31st season finale, Jean expressed hope and optimism about the future of the show. While fans may criticize the show's direction, Jean and The Simpsons writing team are unphased. "I believe that the truth lies somewhere between people going, 'It’s not funny at all,' and 'Oh, it’s, you know, not quite as good as the best it’s ever been,'" Jean shared. "It’s obviously in the middle of that." The Simpsons season finale airs May 17, 2020.

Next: Disney + Orders Episodes By Theme As Well as By Season

Source: The AV Club

PlayStation 5 Might Include A Creepy Robot Who Watches You Play

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A new patent filed by Sony could see the PlayStation 5 console featuring an accompanying robot companion who watches players and reacts to their emotional state. This is the latest (and likely one of the strangest) new Sony patents to be revealed lately, but not the only one in progress, as recent reports have also indicated that the company is working on both faster game booting and custom templates for their upcoming PS5.

There are still many things players are waiting to learn about the next-generation PlayStation console before its scheduled Holiday 2020 release window, such as how much the PS5 will cost or what it will look like. However, fans do have some idea thanks to the recent reveal of the new PlayStation 5 DualSense controller, which features haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, and a built-in microphone to allow players to communicate more easily. Now, a new patent from Sony has hinted at even more advanced technologies coming to the PlayStation 5.

Related: Valve Patent For Steam Controller Design With Swappable Components Published

Thanks to a recent report by Respawn First, players know about Sony's latest tech project receiving a patent, which is apparently "new robot technology that watches your gameplay and reacts to your emotions." The patent reportedly states that "data shows that when a player is being watched it boosts his/her motivation for playing" and says that they expect players to engage with the robot more after it watches them play. "It is expected that the user's affinity with the robot is increased and motivation for playing a game is enhanced by the robot viewing the gameplay next to the user and being pleased or sad together."

Respawn First also reports that Sony has created something called a "feeling deduction unit, configured to deduce the player's feelings." Whether this now project is one which has been quietly in development for a long time, or something which has only gained traction because of the current coronavirus pandemic forcing many PlayStation players to self-quarantine at home, is unknown. However, this is an interesting time to put forward what is basically a patent for a robotic gaming companion for the upcoming PlayStation 5 console, even though it sounds kind of unnerving in practice.

How useful (and expensive) such a creation might be remains to be seen. While it may be nice to have a robot pat players on the shoulder reassuringly after a successful enemy encounter or console them after a particularly dramatic moment, being watched and judged for their emotions constantly will likely not be something many players want to experience. Especially with so many concerns over hacking and information theft, being constantly watched doesn't only sound like it would break the immersion of gameplay, but also possibly violate a player's privacy. Whatever Sony is planning for the PlayStation 5, hopefully it won't include creepy emotion-tracking robots.

Next: AI Cannot Patent Their Creations Says European Patent Office

Source: Respawn First

PlayStation 5 Might Include A Creepy Robot Who Watches You Play

0

A new patent filed by Sony could see the PlayStation 5 console featuring an accompanying robot companion who watches players and reacts to their emotional state. This is the latest (and likely one of the strangest) new Sony patents to be revealed lately, but not the only one in progress, as recent reports have also indicated that the company is working on both faster game booting and custom templates for their upcoming PS5.

There are still many things players are waiting to learn about the next-generation PlayStation console before its scheduled Holiday 2020 release window, such as how much the PS5 will cost or what it will look like. However, fans do have some idea thanks to the recent reveal of the new PlayStation 5 DualSense controller, which features haptic feedback, adaptive triggers, and a built-in microphone to allow players to communicate more easily. Now, a new patent from Sony has hinted at even more advanced technologies coming to the PlayStation 5.

Related: Valve Patent For Steam Controller Design With Swappable Components Published

Thanks to a recent report by Respawn First, players know about Sony's latest tech project receiving a patent, which is apparently "new robot technology that watches your gameplay and reacts to your emotions." The patent reportedly states that "data shows that when a player is being watched it boosts his/her motivation for playing" and says that they expect players to engage with the robot more after it watches them play. "It is expected that the user's affinity with the robot is increased and motivation for playing a game is enhanced by the robot viewing the gameplay next to the user and being pleased or sad together."

Respawn First also reports that Sony has created something called a "feeling deduction unit, configured to deduce the player's feelings." Whether this now project is one which has been quietly in development for a long time, or something which has only gained traction because of the current coronavirus pandemic forcing many PlayStation players to self-quarantine at home, is unknown. However, this is an interesting time to put forward what is basically a patent for a robotic gaming companion for the upcoming PlayStation 5 console, even though it sounds kind of unnerving in practice.

How useful (and expensive) such a creation might be remains to be seen. While it may be nice to have a robot pat players on the shoulder reassuringly after a successful enemy encounter or console them after a particularly dramatic moment, being watched and judged for their emotions constantly will likely not be something many players want to experience. Especially with so many concerns over hacking and information theft, being constantly watched doesn't only sound like it would break the immersion of gameplay, but also possibly violate a player's privacy. Whatever Sony is planning for the PlayStation 5, hopefully it won't include creepy emotion-tracking robots.

Next: AI Cannot Patent Their Creations Says European Patent Office

Source: Respawn First

Love is Blind’s Damian Powers Explains Why His Family Bailed on Meeting Giannina

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When it came time for the couples on Love Is Blind to meet their partners' parents, Giannina Gibelli and Damian Powers' plans did not pan out as expected. On the latest episode of Love In Sight, Damian explains why Giannina was not able to meet his family before the wedding.

When the development of a relationship is sped up expeditiously, many things have to go into consideration. The Love Is Blind couples made the connection their heart desired in the pods but once they were out, it was time to prepare for a wedding. In a matter of weeks, they had to do everything that is typically done before exchanging vows including meeting each others parents.

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Damian was able to meet Giannina's parents before the wedding but his parents had a change of heart when they were on their way to meet them. The last-minute cancellation caused Giannina to question if it was her which then led to an argument between the couple in the car. On the show, episode 7 of the series, Damian shared in a confessional, "My parents are supportive of me but I don't know if their supportive of how this experience is going. I'm not going to make them do something they don't' want to do." Outside of that reason, there was no other explanation until recently.

On the latest episode of Love In Sight Damian explains why his parents cancelled. "We were filming several hours a day, non-stop. My dad travels a lot. We couldn't make it terms on contractual agreements because I have a little brother and sister too," shared Damian. "When it comes to kids saying something in school. I don't want that pressure on my little brother and sister either." Though Damian's family didn't agree to meeting when they planned he went on to say, "They did want to meet her but not in the time frames of when filming was happening." Since filming has ended the couple have shared she has met his family and they get along well.

Meeting a significant other's parents is a stressful step in dating. It is imaginably more stressful with the added pressure of a film crew. Now that the Love Is Blind cameras are off, Giannina and Damian's relationship appears to be flourishing even more.

Next: Damian & Giannina Share Feelings About Watching Unhappy-With-Sex-Love Is Blind Scene

Love Is Blind season 1 is available to stream on Netflix.

Source: Love Is Blind, Love In Sight

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