You're stuck in lockdown but that doesn't mean you can't visit a tropical island, a space station or have games night with your friends -- certain video games have filled the need of the world's confined for a bit of distraction, adventure and socialising and achieved unexpected success during the pandemic. Animal Crossing No adversaries or competition in "Animal Crossing: New Horizons" which came out in March for Nintendo's Switch console. Instead players explore an island, collecting fruit and making tools and furniture, trading with others, as the seasons slowly change. This version of the game certainly hit the spot with players hungry for a bit of light-hearted diversion. It powered to the top of the sales charts in the United States in March 2020, and was among top sellers in other countries as well. It was the number two title in Europe for 2020 overall, according to GfK. "The smashing success of Animal Crossing is explained by two factors: one is an underlying trend … [Read more...] about COVID-19 pandemic boosts variety of video games
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Sandeep GoyalI was privileged to be one amongst the first foreign visitors to be welcomed at the new Dentsu building at 1-8-1, Higashi-shimbashi, Minato-ku in Tokyo, when it first opened in 2002. What an awesome building it was, and still is, 20 years later. All glass. Shaped almost like a powerful boomerang piercing the blue sky. The exterior façade had an impressive gloss with the sky and clouds reflecting off its mirror like surface. The building concurrently had a gentle sophistication which was imparted by the ceramic printed glass that covered the vertical and horizontal gradations of the giant edifice. The first thing that caught your eye as you entered the majestic lobby (so sprawling, they used to say you could land a Cessna there) of the building was a unique all-white chessboard with two U-shaped all-white chairs – masterpieces created by Yoko Ono – the wife of the legendary John Lennon. The Dentsu building, 48 floors high, rising to 213.34 m (700 ft), was … [Read more...] about Dentsu’s Shiodome building symbolises its market dominance & towering stature: Must they really sell it?
By Shivendra NigamAfter nearly a year of despair caused by the pandemic, the Indian Retail sector, as one of the worst-hits is finally getting its head out of the darkness. The Union Budget is right around the corner, and the sector is betting every last ounce of optimism on it.A slow yet gradual progress in the industry on a monthly basis have been recorded. However, the apparel and clothing segment still seem to be struggling at the end of the year. Moving on to the new year, retailers are anticipating a miraculous revival of the sector, with businesses springing up to achieve about 85 per cent of pre-COVID sales in the first half of 2021.The retail industry of India that stands at around $854 billion, contributes over 10 per cent of the country’s GDP. Being one of the largest industries that employs estimated 46 million people, it is key to the revival of the country’s declining economy, as well as to achieve the ultimate goal of creating a $5 trillion economy by … [Read more...] about Budget 2021: Govt should give some tax relaxation to consumers