Use the bug!

The gaming world is a competitive and even hateful one, but it has also found a community of users that know how to deal with errors in the product and is able to formulate constructive criticism and take any opportunity that pops up during a game with a pinch of salt and a lot of humour. As a matter of fact, these mistakes have brought life to the gameplay channels that arrived years ago to stay. This makes it convenient to present every type of error that players can find during their games, being bugs the top-notch.

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FOOTBALL HISTORY (5): The consolidation of today’s football

Today we are going to continue with our serial that traces the history of football through the evolution of its rules. In the first 4 chapters we learned that football as we know it was born on 26 October 1863 when The Football Association was founded in the United Kingdom. From that moment on, year after year, different rules and regulations were introduced, which led the four British football federations to create the International Football Association Board, better known by its acronym IFAB, on 2 June 1886. Since that day, the IFAB has been the organisation in charge of modifying and preserving a group of common rules for the practice of football all over the world.

The last chapter ended with FIFA becoming the fifth member of the IFAB. In this way, the two most important football associations in the world joined forces.

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Maradona lives

Two men sitting on a small sofa are watching a television. The one on the left, an old man. The sparse gray hair reveals a prominent forehead of a wrinkled face with an exacerbated nose. Tired eyes in a sometimes expressionless gaze stare at the screen. The companion, located at the right of the old man, seems not to be so focused on what is happening on the television, but being more aware of the reactions of his partner.

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Mateu Lahoz’s big international bag

International refereeing has many names on its list and, nowadays, Spanish referees keep arriving stronger than ever and fighting for a place in the officiating Olympus. However, for this to happen, others have been working for years to open the path for them based on hard work, perseverance and good decisions on the field. Without a doubt, one of these predecessors is Valencian referee Mateu Lahoz, a Spanish classic in Europe who will be in charge of the next Champions League match.

Before this big date in European football that awaits him this May 29th in Estadio do Dragão in Oporto, in Laboratorio Hypermedia we wanted to look at his extensive career. Without a doubt, in his long and professional curriculum we find more than enough reasons to justify his election as the referee to officiate the Champions League final.

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Yolanda Parga Rodríguez: “If I were born again, I would be a referee again”

We continue with #UnaSemanaUnaFederacion (One Week, One Federation), a Laboratorio Hipermedia campaign in which each month we talk during a whole week about the main projects of an Spanish local federation, also interviewing to a relevant person in the world of refereeing in the region.

The previous month we could talk with Marta Huerta de Aza, referee affiliated to the Referees’  Committee of Tenerife, and in May the leading role is Yolanda Parga, former national and international assistant referee and now Responsible of Female Refereeing in Madrid Referees’ Committee, among other posts. The Galician, although settled in Madrid 14 years ago, speak with our colleagues Lara Llanos and Carlos Chelle through video call.

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Evolution of augmented reality: videogames and events in pandemic times

At first sight, the term augmented reality may be conceived as innovative and new, but we can actually trace it back to the past century, even though it wasn’t known with the same name and the spotlight laid more on the milestone itself. The history of augmented reality points straight to one name: Tom Claudel, researcher, as the first one to introduce this concept through a gadget design to repair planes where an image with information (such as indications and cables) was displayed from a camera from the operator’s view. With this, conscience about this technology started to shape up as we know it today.

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Russia World Cup 2018: the establishment of VAR

June 16, 2018. Roll the ball in the Kazan Arena. France faces Australia on the first day of their group in the 2018 World Cup. The Gauls arrive as one of the great favorites to win the trophy, while the Australians defend themselves as best they can against the French onslaught.

60th minute of the match. Griezmann falls in the area. The game stops. The referee goes to the VAR (Video Assistant Referee). After the review on the screen, he signals a penalty for France. The Atletico de Madrid player at the time scores. The match ends with a 2 to 1 in favor of ‘Les Bleus’. The play, in the end, goes down in history for being the first in football history where the technology known as VAR was used.

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De Burgos Bengoetxea, LaLiga’s Basque whistle

Almost six years under the critic magnifying glass of fans, players and media have made De Burgos Bengoetxea one of Spanish LaLiga’s steel referees. The Basque official is one of the most popular faces of Spanish’s refereeing, making himself a place in the First Division of the country and in international competitions based on hard work and effort. Besides, he has become with the appearance of VAR in one of the referees most linked to this new system. A cocktail of attributes that made him worthy of an important place in Spanish’s football panorama.

Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea was born in Bilbao, Basque Country, on March 29, 1986. His life has always been linked to refereeing, as he is the son of the also referee Ernesto Burgos Nuñez, who refereed in Spanish’s First Division between 1976 and 1982 a total of 69 matches. Having such an example like his father, no wonder that soon he would share his passion and decide to dedicate to refereeing.

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Football in times of war: Terezin league

It is Sunday at noon in the Terezin ghetto. Everyone in the Dresden barracks is excited: from children to the elderly. The noise is palpable in the environment and comes from the patio. A beep accelerates the incessant tingling in the barracks. The beep is that of a whistle. The whistle is that of a referee. The match of the day has started in the Terezin ghetto League.

Between the Elba and Ohre rivers, just 60 kilometers from Prague, emerges imposing Terezin. Founded in the 18th century, its streets and its walled shape are witnesses of well-known episodes in contemporary history. With an area of ​​less than 15 km², it has played a leading role in the two world wars of the last century. In 1914, Gavrilo Princip was jailed there after perpetrating the well-known murder of Francisco Fernando, inherited from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and his wife. Assassination that ultimately was the trigger for the World War I. During World War II (1939-45), Terezin was used by the Nazis as a passing ghetto for the Jews.

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