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Can You Still Enjoy Shredder’s Revenge If You’re A Button-Mashing Idiot?

Screenshot: Tribute Games / KotakuThere are two ways to play a beat ‘em up. You can carefully learn all the moves, practice delivering them as you make your way through the early levels, until you’ve mastered the moveset of your character and masterfully plow your way forward with balletic displays. Or, you can just hit…

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A Ninja Turtle spin-attacking to send goons flying in all directions around the street.

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There are two ways to play a beat ‘em up. You can carefully learn all the moves, practice delivering them as you make your way through the early levels, until you’ve mastered the moveset of your character and masterfully plow your way forward with balletic displays. Or, you can just hit all the buttons at random and hope.

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For reasons deserving of many other articles, there is a really unpleasant intolerance among games players toward those who aren’t skilled at a particular genre. As we’ve seen multiple times, when a gaming critic is brave enough to upload a video of themselves being bad at a game, the reaction from the loudest parts of the internet is truly frightening, real primal torch-and-pitchfork rage. Driven by fear, as all such reactions are, the very idea that someone might be willing to show weakness threatens these mobs on an existential level. In other news, I’m terrible at beat ‘em ups.

I’ve always been terrible at them, ever since their original run in the 1980s, as a child. Not because I’m incapable of mastering them, as clearly it’s a possible skill to learn. But because I’m just unwilling and uninterested in putting in the required level of practice before I will start being any good. To me, such games feel like homework, vast lists of moves to memorize, button combinations to rehearse, then enemy attack patterns to learn, and you know what? I had other stuff to do. In the ‘80s it was running around and falling in stinging nettles. In the ‘90s it was smooching and failing exams. Or, more truthfully, enjoying other types of games like FPS, RPGs, platformers, and adventures.

But I still played beat ‘em ups! Mostly demos, obviously, or at arcades, or on a friend’s Mega Drive. I was just really terrible at them. Whether side-scrolling a la Streets Of Rage, or fighting games like your Street Fighters, my approach was that trusty shortcut past all the learning and practice: button-mashing. The moves you could pull off with this most unrefined of techniques were mind-blowing, letting your character unleash attacks that your more dedicated companion had never seen before.

“How did you do that?!” they would cry.

“I dunno,” would be my maddening response. “I guess I was just hitting these buttons while I hammered at the d-pad?”

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The splashscreen for the first boss fight, Bebop, in Shredder's Revenge.

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It’s surprising how effective this technique remains to this day. Like a newb at a poker table, the button-masher can be the most impossible opponent, unpredictable simply because they’re unaware of the proper way of things. Sometimes you can scoop the whole pot with the 7-2 off-suit you should have folded before the flop, when it hits a full-house, simply because you card-mashed your way toward it.

So does this apply to Shredder’s Revenge? Well, to an extent. On the easiest mode, it seems pretty possible to mash your way through most levels, and still have a fair amount of fun. But what manner of ridiculousness is this? I’m 44 years old. I don’t have any excuses for approaching these games in this way these days. I take pride in my ability to avoid falling into stinging nettles, and I don’t have to fail exams any more. Smooching I’ve got on tap. I could just learn the moves, right?

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But something inside me still resists. I’ve read through the achingly long list of button combinations, and tried to memorize as many as I can. I’ve attempted pulling them off as I play through the levels, and have discovered that rolling past and then kicking backward is a technique effective enough that most of the time a level can be completed only using that. Cheesing, I believe this is called. But then a new enemy type appears, and I find myself straight back to mashing away to see if it can be got.

Let alone the boss fights. Far be it from someone as inept as me to be criticizing Shredder’s Revenge, but I’m not enamored with the boss fights. As someone who hates the very concept of such things, I can at least recognize when there’s a pattern to learn and exploit. Here, the Turtles’ bigger bads seem to be begging for a mashing approach, so erratic are their approaches, and so frequently do they spawn other regular enemies to break any sense of considered attacks. I’ve managed to get past a large number of them purely by getting close enough and pressing everything at once.

I can only imagine how infuriating reading this must be for anyone approaching the game with any degree of finesse or skill. But I think it’s also helpful to those wondering if they’d have any nostalgic fun with this, fearful that it would have been infected and infested by the worst aspects of modern gaming. The curse of games being too hard for the sake of it thankfully hasn’t affected our turtle friends, and you’ll still have plenty of fun if you don’t have the patience or skill to master its million moves. Especially if you’re playing with someone else equally as uninterested in edgelording, because then you can laugh and enjoy yourselves, even when it goes wrong. In fact, if anything, it’s easier than the classic brawlers of the early ‘90s.

Beating up goons on the set of a daytime cooking show in Shredder's Revenge.

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In the end, my odd reaction to Shredder’s Revenge was to wish there were less of it, but more to do. Levels like the awful hoverboarding one are so freaking long, with a lot of repetition, and really lack the background joy of the more detailed on-foot locations. Plus, after a while, for a button-masher at least, there just doesn’t feel like there’s enough to do. It’s so faithful to the games on which it’s based, but I’d love to have seen some more inspiration of its own.

But if you, like me, have no desire or ability to become great at this sort of game, there’s definitely still fun to be found. Especially if you’re old enough to remember both the genre and the cartoon from the first time ‘round. So mash away, with not a moment of shame.

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CaixaBank, named “Best Private Bank in Europe for Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence” and for “Digital Marketing and Communication” by PWM (FT Group)

Madrid – WEBWIRE – Monday, June 27, 2022 • The double acknowledgement of CaixaBank Private Banking is the result of a strategy of constant innovation that has driven the bank to lead the use of new technologies with the aim of improving digital communication and the relationship with its customers. • In recent years, the…

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• The double acknowledgement of CaixaBank Private Banking is the result of a strategy of constant innovation that has driven the bank to lead the use of new technologies with the aim of improving digital communication and the relationship with its customers.

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• In recent years, the bank has established itself as a trailblazer in Big Data analytics and artificial intelligence for the creation of algorithms to perform a more appropriate segmentation of its Private Banking customers.

 


CaixaBank, Spain’s leading bank, has received for the first time two awards in a same year at the Wealth Tech Awards organised by UK’s Professional Wealth Management (PWM), the Financial Times Group magazine specialising in private banking and wealth management.


This year, CaixaBank has been renamed “Best Private Bank for Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence in Europe 2022”, an award it already received in 2021, and it also has been recognised as “Best Private Bank for Digital Marketing and Communication in Europe 2022”.

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The awards, this year in their fifth edition, recognise private banking entities that demonstrate excellence in their technology, innovation and digital transformation. The panel of judges, made up of professionals who are specialists in the sector, analysed the products and services of private banking entities from all over the world to identify innovations that are making the biggest contribution to promoting change in the sector.


The double acknowledgement of CaixaBank Private Banking is the result of a strategy of constant innovation that has driven the bank to lead the use of new technologies and in turn improve its products and services, with the aim of offering the best customer experience.


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In recent years, the bank has established itself as a trailblazer in big data analytics and artificial intelligence for the creation of algorithms to perform not only a more appropriate segmentation of its Private Banking customers, but also the early detection of patterns indicating that this customer demands specialised service. As a result, the bank has increased its customer’s knowledge, providing a personalised value proposal, with better advice, that is more flexible and efficient.


In the area of digital marketing and communication, the jury valued the new communication tools launched by the bank in its commitment to offering the best customer experience, for both those who prefer to go to the bank’s branches to talk with their adviser in person and those who require further flexibility and convenience in their relationship and when operating with their bank.


Víctor Allende, Head of CaixaBank Private Banking, stated: “In recent years, we have consolidated our hybrid relationship model, which combines personalised service at specialised branches with the best digital tools for our relationship with the customer, thanks to reinforcing the bank’s communication channels and social networks.  In addition, Big data and artificial intelligence play a vital role in the innovation of the asset management and advice sector, generating further commercial efficacy and a better service for the customer, as they allow personalising service models and designing products and services”.

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Furthermore, the magazine PWM has also awarded a prize to the private banking business of the Portuguese bank BPI, which is part of the CaixaBank Group, naming it ”Best Private Bank for digital portfolio management in Europe 2022“.


The award ceremony for PWM’s Wealth Tech Awards 2022 was held yesterday, 23 June, in the city of London, an event that gathered prominent representatives of the global private banking sector.


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In recent months, CaixaBank has received several awards in the area of innovation, such as the ”Most Innovative Financial Institution in Western Europe 2022“ awarded by the US magazine Global Finance and the ”Global Innovator Award” at the EFMA-Accenture Banking Innovation Awards 2021.


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CaixaBank Private Banking’s value proposition offers various service models to adapt to each customer’s needs and preferences. The CaixaBank Private Banking model features a team of close to 1,000 specialised professionals and has 73 specific centres distributed nationwide.

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The strategy of the Private Banking business is focused on employing highly qualified, committed and talented advisers at the bank, and the latest technologies, with the aim of offering the best customer experience anytime and anywhere.

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Michigan Department of Corrections Moves Hundreds of Prisoners after Mold Discovery

EMSL Analytical offers laboratory testing services, sampling supplies, test kits, air monitoring instruments and building inspection tools to identify water damage, mold and other indoor environmental quality issues. Ann Arbor, Michigan – WEBWIRE – Monday, June 27, 2022 Last month, it was reported that the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) transferred over 600 prisoners from…

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EMSL Analytical offers laboratory testing services, sampling supplies, test kits, air monitoring instruments and building inspection tools to identify water damage, mold and other indoor environmental quality issues.


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Last month, it was reported that the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) transferred over 600 prisoners from a correctional facility in Coldwater, Michigan to other prisons after mold was discovered in the attic of several housing units. The prisoners are expected to return in several months after the mold issue has been resolved.

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Mold can begin to grow in most indoor environments when moisture is present. With enough moisture, many common building materials, furnishing and people’s belongings readily act as a food source. Even a small roof or plumbing leak can be all that’s needed for mold to begin to grow in as short 48 hours.



Exposure to elevated levels of airborne spores and mold fragments can cause allergies or trigger an asthma attack in sensitive individuals. Some types of mold could even lead to infections in some people with a weakened immune system. Even low levels of mold can cause respiratory issues for people who are particularly sensitive to its presence.



“It’s not just water in a liquid state that can cause a mold problem, elevated humidity levels in an attic, basement or crawlspace can also allow for the growth of mold indoors,” said Jason Dobranic, Ph.D., Vice President of Microbiology and Life Sciences at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “This is why it is so important to regularly check for moisture and humidity issues that could be conducive for the growth of mold to prevent a small problem from becoming a major concern.”



EMSL Analytical, with laboratories across the United States and Canada, offers laboratory testing services, sampling supplies, easy-to-use test kits, air monitoring instruments and building inspection tools to identify mold, moisture and humidity issues.



To learn more about mold and other indoor environmental quality (IEQ) testing services and supplies, please visit www.EMSL.com, call (800) 220-3675 or email  info@EMSL.com . For access to IEQ test kits, visit www.EMSLTestKits.com. 

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EMSL Analytical is one of the leading testing laboratories throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP 797, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products, and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA-LAP, LLC (AIHA-LAP, LLC EMLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC IHLAP, AIHA-LAP, LLC ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP, and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com for a complete listing of accreditations. In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.

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Marili ‘t Hooft-Bolle and Gemma Postlethwaite appointed as Supervisory Board Members of TomTom

Amsterdam, Netherlands – WEBWIRE – Monday, June 27, 2022 TomTom (TOM2), the geolocation technology specialist, announced the appointment of Marili ’t Hooft-Bolle and Gemma Postlethwaite as new members of its Supervisory Board at today’s Extraordinary General Meeting. Marili was appointed for a term effective as of today until the Annual General Meeting in 2027. As…

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TomTom (TOM2), the geolocation technology specialist, announced the appointment of Marili ’t Hooft-Bolle and Gemma Postlethwaite as new members of its Supervisory Board at today’s Extraordinary General Meeting.

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Marili was appointed for a term effective as of today until the Annual General Meeting in 2027. As of today, Marili serves as the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Selection & Appointment Committee.


Gemma was appointed for a term effective as of 1 October 2022 until the Annual General Meeting in 2027. As per the same date, Gemma will become a member of the Audit Committee.


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The shareholders voted in favor of the two appointments, both with 99.7% of the votes cast. The adopted resolutions with detailed voting results can be found on our corporate website.


The Supervisory Board now consists of four members: Derk Haank (Chairman), Jack de Kreij (Deputy Chairman), Michael Rhodin, Marili ’t Hooft-Bolle and as of 1 October 2022, with Gemma Postlethwaite, of five members.


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At TomTom we are mapmakers, providing geolocation technology for drivers, carmakers, enterprises and developers. Our highly accurate maps, navigation software, real-time traffic information and APIs enable smart mobility on a global scale, making the roads safer, the drive easier and the air cleaner. Headquartered in Amsterdam with offices worldwide, TomTom’s technologies are trusted by hundreds of millions of drivers, businesses and governments every day. www.tomtom.com

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