London – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine The Dorchester, the iconic London flagship of the Dorchester Collection, located in the heart of London, continues to whet guests’ appetites with a new calendar of culinary master classes at The Krug Room and an exclusive new cocktail at the legendary Bar at The Dorchester. And, like a cherry on top, three star Michelin restaurant Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester celebrates its newest accolade – “Best Hotel Dining” from Virtuoso Life’s annual “Best of the Best” awards for 2010. The hotel is certainly heating up delicious culinary experiences for the season ahead: • The Krug Room at The Dorchester unveils a new calendar of culinary master classes in which guests will have a rare opportunity to learn hands-on technique and dine with Executive Chef Henry Brosi for the latest series of informative, but relaxed lunches. All master class dishes will be created from the finest ingredients and paired with wines and Krug Champagnes. Set in the newly refurbished Krug Room, this intimate and glamorous setting is nestled in the heart of the hotel’s award-winning kitchen with the chef’s table separated by a state-of-the-art liquid crystal glass revealing a clear view of behind-the-scenes kitchen activity. Themes include: o British Game Birds, Grouse and Roe Deer (October 16, 2010) o Black Perigord Truffle (February 19, 2011) o Spring Lamb and Wild Salmon (April 16, 2011) o Continental White Asparagus (May 21, 2011) o English and Wild Strawberries with Raspberries and Pimm’s Cocktails (July 16, 2011) o British Game and Bird (October 15, 2011) • Bombay Sapphire recently selected The Bar at The Dorchester as the exclusive destination for its newest cocktail creation, the “Bombay Londres” which launches in September. The cocktail made of Bombay Sapphire Gin, Darjeeling tea, mango, lime and ginger is available through December 31, 2010. The cocktail fits right in at The Bar, where legendary Bar Manager Giuliano Morandin offers renowned creativity by the glass, from timeless and forgotten classics to spirited originals like the popular Champagne Shimmer “lip gloss” cocktail. For true cocktail enthusiasts, Giuliano and his team offer private cocktail ‘master classes’ which can be booked for private parties of up to five guests subject to availability. • Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, athe strikingly modern, contemporary French restaurant was recently named “Best Hotel Dining” experience by the Virtuoso travel network in Virtuoso Life’s annual “Best of the Best” awards for 2010. The honor puts the three-year-old signature restaurant at the top of 800 world-class properties considered by Virtuoso travel advisors and knowledgeable travel professionals. www.thedorchester.com
Mortal Kombat 11 is out in the wild, and early copy holders say it’s an immensely grindy, frustrating experience that requires frequently online syncing. Reports say Mortal Kombat 11 is more of the same live service-style grind found in Injustice 2 and Mortal Kombat X, complete with microtransaction time savers and an intensely complex, layered system of unlocks. The grinding is facilitated through Mortal Kombat 11’s tower system, which is designed to do one thing: keep gamers playing for as long as possible. Mortal Kombat 11’s Towers of Time mechanic, which sees players tackling repeatable fights and challenges to unlock randomized rewards, is much more expansive this time around. From where I sit, MK11 is a dizzying array of RPG-style augments, unlockables, and other content put in to pad out the drops so gamers play more to get the stuff they actually want. RNG is the tool used to frustrate players and keep them actively in the online-driven mode so they eventually spend cash on microtransactions. We recently predicted MK11 would have cosmetic microtransactions, but the game’s premium currency, Time Crystals, may have many uses. Gamers may be able to buy unlockables like brutalities, intros/outros, augments, and other cosmetic gear that can be unlocked in the tower mode. In pure live game form, gamers will likely be able to spend extra cash to unlock things directly–or pay for the chance to unlock them. Reports say WB Games and Netherealm have put barriers in place to heavily incentivize online play. Netherealm has confirmed Tower of Time can’t be played offline, nor can gamers unlock content in the Krypt without being connected to the internet. Offline modes include things like story mode, but anything you unlock offline apparently won’t be saved to your account unless you log in online and sync your gear. Bear in mind that only some of this has been confirmed and Netherealm could fix some of the issues with patches. But the core framework, that is the grind-based monetization system, will likely remain the same. It took considerable controversy to change Shadow of War’s lootbox system, and we don’t see WB Games straying too far from the most lucrative money-making strategy in the industry. Mortal Kombat 11 rolls out on April 23, 2019 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.