This Elementary School’s Extreme Game of Rock-Paper-Scissors Is Taking the Internet By Storm

Rock-paper-scissors is a time-honored schoolyard tradition. But thanks to one elementary school, the revered hand sign game may never be the same.

A video of fourth graders at Indianapolis’s Lowell Elementary School playing an extreme version of rock-paper-scissors involving two teams, hula hoops and the high stakes of all worthy P.E. games has quickly taken the Internet by storm over the past week.

Dubbed “Hoop Hop Showdown” by gym teacher Eric Branch, the minute-long clip shows the kids going crazy over the fresh new take on the competition. “I love the reaction that it’s gotten,” Branch told WISH-TV. “I think what’s most powerful about it is not the game itself, but the kids and the energy that they have in the video.”

The epic clip has been watched over 10 million times since Branch shared it on Facebook on Aug. 9.

Watch the full video below.

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David Wright, who continues to battle back from his back and shoulder issues, went 0 for 3 while playing third base for Class A St. Lucie and is hitless in three rehab games.

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‘Game of Thrones’ creator says Gandalf’s death is why he constantly kills off his characters

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Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin got asked for his vote as part of PBS’ The Great American Read, which features celebrities weighing in with what they think is the most beloved book in the country.

Turns out, he thinks the honor should go not to his own books about Westeros but to another epic fantasy series. About Middle Earth.

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A video game can change the brain, may improve empathy in middle schoolers

A fantastical scenario involving a space-exploring robot crashing on a distant planet is the premise of a video game developed for middle schoolers by researchers to study whether video games can boost kids’ empathy, and to understand how learning such skills can change neural connections in the brain.
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3 Miami Dolphins Players Protest During National Anthem at First NFL Game of the Season

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) —Kenny Stills kneeled in protest during the national anthem Thursday, and said he offered a prayer of thanks that he had a teammate’s support.Stills and two other Miami Dolphins renewed their protests before an exhibition game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, triggering yet another round of debate about the divisive NFL issue.

Receivers Stills and Albert Wilson kneeled behind teammates lined up standing along the sideline. Defensive end Robert Quinn stood and raised his right fist, as he did during the anthem last season with the Los Angeles Rams.

Stills said he didn’t coordinate with Wilson, who joined the Dolphins this season.

“It just happened that way,” Stills said. “When I’m on a knee, most of the time I’m praying, and thank God for having Albert next to me. Being a part of this protest hasn’t been easy. I thought I was going to be by myself out there. Today I had an angel with me with Albert being out there. I’m grateful he sees what’s happening, and he wants to do something about it as well.”

Stills kneeled during the anthem in the 2016-17 seasons and has been vocal discussing social injustice issues that inspired the protests by NFL players.

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, a leader of the movement, tweeted support for Stills and Wilson.

“My brother @kstills continued his protest of systemic oppression tonight by taking a knee,” the tweet said. “Albert Wilson joined him in protest. Stay strong brothers!”

Kaepernick and his former teammate Eric Reid, another protest leader, remain out of the NFL. Stills said both players were blackballed, and he talks with Kaepernick every week.

“I appreciate his loyalty and support,” Stills said. “I don’t see any reason he and Eric Reid shouldn’t be in the league.”

Wilson said he kneeled mindful of the death of an unarmed black motorist who was shot by police in 2016 near his hometown of Fort Pierce, Florida. Two officers were cleared by a grand jury in the case.

“Getting shot down and being murdered — the biggest thing in my city,” Wilson said. “For me to have so much love for my city and not do anything about it, I would be a coward. I’m with it every Sunday.”

Quinn said it’s slander to say he and kneeling players are protesting the flag.

“As a black man in this world, I’ve got an obligation to raise awareness,” he said. “If no one wants to live in unity, that’s why we’re in the situation we’re in.”

The league and the players’ union have yet to announce a policy for this season regarding demonstrations during the anthem after the league initially ordered everyone to stand on the sideline when “The Star-Spangled Banner” is played, or remain in the locker room. The Dolphins issued a statement before training camp saying all options regarding the team’s policy remain open.

“The NFL has been engaged in constructive discussions with the NFL Players Association regarding the anthem and issues of equality and social justice that are of concern to many Americans,” league spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email. “While those discussions continue, the NFL has agreed to delay implementing or enforcing any club work rules that could result in players being disciplined for their conduct during the performance of the anthem.

“Meanwhile, there has been no change in the NFL’s policy regarding the national anthem. The anthem will continue to be played before every game, and all player and non-player personnel on the field at that time are expected to stand during the presentation of the flag and performance of the anthem. Personnel who do not wish to do so can choose to remain in the locker room.

“We remain committed to working with the players to identify solutions and to continue making progress on important social issues affecting our communities.”

There were no apparent demonstrations by the Buccaneers.

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A New Lottery Type of Game Emerges on Blockchain. Can It Make You Rich? [Opinion]

If you could open up a savings account where you lost 10% upon opening it but earned 1% a day, would you do it? That’s the tantalizing proposition behind P3D, a disruptive new economic experiment cloaked in the sheep’s clothing of a controversial lottery type of game on the Ethereum blockchain.

How It Works 

Created by an anonymous group of developers under the name Team JUST, P3D (or, PoWH3D, which stands for Proof of Weak Hands 3D) is a cryptocurrency trading platform. Using a browser extension like Metamask or Trustwallet, you exchange Ethereum (ETH) from your own digital wallet into an open-sourced, fully-automated smart contract (smart contracts are digital contracts that “help you exchange money, property, shares, or anything of value in a transparent, conflict-free way while avoiding the services of a middleman,” according to blockgeeks.com) for P3D tokens.

[Read ‘Digital Gold’ for an overview on cryptocurrency]

But there’s a catch: Every transaction is taxed 10%, whether you’re buying, selling, or re-investing your P3D tokens back into the contract. That 10% fee is then distributed among all P3D token holders by the proportion of their holdings in the platform. As the amount of ETH in the contract rises, so does the value of the tokens to buy and sell.

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Although there are negative articles out there about this practice, it’s really more the case that both new and old investors are rewarded—and punished—alike for participation. Those with “weak hands,” meaning those who sell before earning enough dividends to recoup their combined 20% entrance-exit fees are really the only ones to lose at this game.

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First P3D, Then, FOMO3D

These days, selling at a loss is getting hard to do. Launched only this March, P3D exploded on the scene, running up as much as 20,000 ETH (~$ 9.6M today) by the beginning of April. Promising its players future interconnected games that will reward those with “strong hands,” Team JUST created an addictive addition, Fomo3D.

Designed as a type of lottery-style game that pays dividends, FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) 3D offers a jackpot fueled by ETH token buys called “keys.”

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Greed Is the Key to These Blockchain Games 

With the current pot scaling well over 21,000 ETH (~$ 10M) at the time of writing this article and no end to the timer in sight, why would anyone ever play this game? Why does anyone ever buy a lottery ticket?

At its heart, the P3D-Fomo3D ecosystem is an audacious socioeconomic experiment fueled by the bottomless pit of human greed. Through compounding my dividends alone, I quadrupled my ETH in a single weekend. As the F3D contract took off July 20–21, clocking an impressive 15,000+ users and 80,000+ ETH (yes, that is more than $ 38 million dollars), P3D also skyrocketed from less than 8,000 ETH in the contract to over 49,000 ETH in the same time period. Fearing it to be a Ponzi scheme or potential victim of Ethereum miner manipulation, critics of P3D have tried to dismiss it as yet another crypto-based exit scam.

However, what Team JUST has created is truly remarkable: a financial ecosystem where saving and re-investing is rewarded, powered by a feedback loop of aspirational avarice. The global desire for passive income is on full display here. With the contracts currently at 60,000 ETH for P3D and over 21,000 ETH in the pot for F3D (at the time of writing), almost .1% of the 100M Ethereum token supply is out of circulation—in less than three weeks.

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Granted, in the five more rounds that have played since then by the time of this post, the volume of ETH has slowed dramatically. Nonetheless, seeing how there are less than 17,000 and 20,000 user addresses in P3D and F3D respectively, Fomo3D offers a tsunami of opportunity for those invested in the P3D platform. Team JUST has created a relentless dividend machine, set to run in perpetuity, so long as there is an Ethereum blockchain.

The Implications of This Blockchain Technology 

The implications of this game have already tantalized the online pseudo-economists out there. P3D has been called a potential application for UBI (universal basic income). The trustless nature of peer-reviewed, open source, automated smart contracts inspires confidence in potential welfare reform. Can you imagine a credit union where every time someone makes a transaction, your savings account gets a piece of the action?

Obviously, this is an opinion piece. I have HODLed (held) P3D since April. Having seen so much “journalism” around the breakout debut of Fomo3D, I felt it was worth putting something together from an insider’s point of view, someone who actually has skin in the game. The self-righteous and snarky ignorance of outsiders pathologically spreading misinformation (which really could have been avoided by just reading the F3D and P3D wikis) through normally reputable crypto journalistic outlets needed to be tempered with a dose of inside baseball.

Eventually, with the continued popularity of Fomo3D games, significant portions of ETH will be sucked out the system, pumping its price – and your P3D bags. Team JUST has already promised more games and content to come, with future games to feed into the P3D system (the developers have even released a SDK (software development kit)!). Stay more than 20 minutes in the P3D Discord, and you will see the full creativity of potential new games

Learn more about P3D and F3D, as well as on BlacksinBitcoin.com.  Disclaimer: Edwardo Jackson is invested in POWH3D and Fomo3D. This is not financial advice. He is not a financial adviser.

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Netflix’s ‘Disenchantment’ Is ‘The Simpsons’ Meets ‘Game of Thrones’

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The Simpsons is one of television’s greatest comedies (as well as its longest-running), and Futurama remains a beloved cult series with a following dedicated enough to get it revived from cancellation. Yet neither of Matt Groening’s animated triumphs were deemed a classic from the start. In both cases, the key to developing their signature humor was time—to cultivate characters’ personalities and relationships; to establish and expand their unique milieus; and to identify and nurture a distinctive atmosphere and attitude. Only after that creative baseline was in place, replete with fully-formed protagonists and a panoply of peripheral players, did those shows truly thrive, since such groundwork allowed them to then have unbridled absurdist fun playing to—or against—their strengths.

All of which is to say that anyone expecting Disenchantment to be phenomenal right out of the gate is probably suppressing memories of the maiden seasons of The Simpsons and Futurama, when laughs were less consistent simply because those series were still finding their voice and constructing their expansive worlds. Nonetheless, as far as early efforts go, Groening’s third small-screen endeavor, whose debut ten-episode run arrives on Netflix August 17, is routinely entertaining. A saga set in a swords-and-sorcery universe based on the likes of The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones, it boasts the hallmarks of its creator’s prior work while traversing familiar—and fertile—fantasy terrain.

And fortunately, it gets funnier as it goes along.

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The scene Maisie Williams wasn’t even allowed to watch in ‘Game of Thrones’

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Game of Thrones stars — they’re just like us! Especially when it comes to being mortified at having to watch those graphic sex scenes with their parents.

Maisie Williams gave an interview to The Australian recently and described just how weird it was to work around the nearly NC-17 levels of raciness when she first joined the show at 14-year-old. 

Her family did their best to protect her underage eyes, especially with one particular scene in Season 1:

Williams went on to say that, “Most of the gory stuff I was part of, and it’s not scary when you’re there shooting it. No one’s really getting their face ripped off. So it’s quite exciting really.” Read more…

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Trouble’s brewing in Westeros: “Game of Thrones” might not get several spinoff shows after all. On Wednesday, HBO programming president Casey Bloys told reporters in LA that while HBO is shooting the pilot for one potential “Game of Thrones” spinoff, there are currently no plans to move forward on the four other previously announced ideas. “There…
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9 Tips to Up Your Appointment Game for a More Likely Sale

Finding new leads as a contractor can be a tricky business. There are many ways you can up your marketing game during the search process, but the best way to secure a sale is by making a great first impression. The first appointment you have with potential leads will set the stage for your business relationship, so making sure to wow new clients during this meeting is a must. Here are 9 of our top tips to help you up your appointment game for a more likely sale.

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Get your ethos straight

The number one rule of marketing is knowing your business inside out. If you can pinpoint and communicate the key aspects of your company to potential clients, your confidence will rub off on them and they will be more likely to strike a deal with you.

Create a memorable brand

Quality branding is essential for any business, regardless of industry or specialty, because a memorable brand will stick in the minds of potential clients. Before reaching out to new clients, make sure you are happy with your logo and tagline – and make sure they are memorable for the right reasons.

Come prepared

Once you have decided on an impactful and quality logo, invest a bit of time and money into business cards, stationery, and pamphlets that clearly showcase your brand in the best possible light. Don’t forget to bring along these materials to an initial appointment with new clients – they will be impressed by your preparedness and the quality of your brand.

Keep it clear

When quoting prices and filling out information for flyers, make sure that your information is correct and current. In particular, check that your marketing materials all have an updated pricing structure and current contact information, list your most recent qualifications and projects. Don’t forget to include links to any website or social media accounts for your business – these are a fantastic marketing and communication tool for any 21st century business.

Stay organized

When the date for your first appointment with a client finally rolls around, make sure you come to the meeting prepared. Having all your materials sorted, collated, and ready to go will help create that fantastic first impression you should be striving for. Remembering the little things like a calculator, scrap paper, and extra pens and pencils will help with your organization and save you from getting flustered during your appointment.

Stick to a schedule

As any business owner knows, client meetings can easily get off track and run on – wasting both your time and the time of your clients. By staying focused and keeping to a predetermined schedule, you can avoid too many off-topic discussions and tangents. Wear a watch or discreetly check your phone to keep things moving along, but try not to appear aloof or uninterested in your clients’ questions and concerns. After all, the customer is always right!

Be a professional

While this point is certainly true for initial appointments with potential leads, we always recommend keeping a positive and professional relationship with your clients. This means never badmouthing other companies, even if a client initiates the conversation or asks your personal opinion about a particular professional or business. You can politely deflect these kinds of interactions by referring back to your own skills and avoid any ill-will with other pros in the future.

Be positive

Perhaps one of the most important points to remember during your first meeting with potential clients is to stay positive. Of course, this is often easier said than done for passionate business owners who are the first to point out their own faults. By highlighting your best traits and trying not to self-deprecate, you will come across as confident and self-assured.

Above all, be honest

Positivity goes a long way towards securing a sale, but honesty is even more valuable to many clients. If you have made mistakes in the past that get brought up in your appointments, don’t lie about them. Instead, think of them as learning experiences: how have you grown since then? What aspects of your business have you changed to prevent these mistakes from happening again? If you can answer these kinds of questions, you will be prepared for just about anything with any future sales you make.

 

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MLB Pitcher Apologizes After Racist and Homophobic Tweets Surface During All-Star Game

A pitcher’s Major League Baseball All-Star debut was tainted Tuesday night as years-old racist, homophobic and sexist tweets from his account surfaced and started to trend on Twitter during the game.

Immediately afterwards, Josh Hader, a 24-year-old Milwaukee Brewers pitcher, apologized and told reporters he was “young, immature and stupid” when he posted the tweets.

“There’s no excuse for what was said, and, you know, I’m deeply sorry for what I’ve said and what’s been going on,” he said. “It doesn’t reflect any of my beliefs going on now.”

The tweets, many of them from seven years ago when Hader was 17, spurred controversy and uproar from MLB fans and viewers during the All-Star game.

Hader’s Twitter account did not appear to be active Wednesday morning. According to screenshots shared by numerous Twitter users, Hader posted tweets in 2011 that included racist, sexist and homophobic slurs – including one that read “white power.”

Months after posting the tweets, Hader was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2012 MLB draft. He joined the Brewers in 2015.

“I assume when you’re a kid you just tweet what’s on your mind,” Hader said Tuesday night.

Hader gave up a 3-run home run during his appearance in the All-Star game, which helped the American League defeat Hader’s National League team 8-6.

The MLB has not yet released a statement regarding the situation, but Dan Halem, the league’s chief legal officer, said baseball officials may consider commenting later this week, according to the Los Angeles Times. Hader told reporters after the MLB All-Star game he is willing to accept any punishment that comes as a result of the tweets.

As the controversy unraveled during the game, fans wearing shirts with Hader’s name reportedly turned them inside out and officials gave members of his family wearing his jersey generic ones, according to Yahoo Sports.

Hader’s racist tweets are just the latest to raise questions about whether young athletes should be held responsible for their behavior on social media in the past. With the internet, the racist, homophobic, sexist or offensive thoughts of a teenager can be resurfaced years later. Earlier this year, a number of tweets with racist language from top NFL draft pic Josh Allen emerged, according to Yahoo Sports.

Allen, who drafted to the Buffalo Bills, had a similar excuse for the tweets. The 22-year-old told ESPN he was “young and dumb” when he posted the tweets several years ago in high school.

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‘I HATE GAY PEOPLE’: Brewers pitcher Josh Hader’s offensive tweets resurface during All-Star Game

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Netflix topples HBO in Emmy nominations, but ‘Game of Thrones’ still rules

HBO’s medieval fantasy series “Game of Thrones” led nominations for the Emmy Awards on Thursday that spanned satire to the supernatural, but streaming service Netflix knocked HBO off its 17-year pedestal as the network with the most nods.


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Our Audience Offers 21 Ways the WNBA Could Up Game Attendance

A’ja Wilson, a WNBA player for the Las Vegas Aces, recently took to social media to complain about the pay gap between NBA players and those in the WNBA.

Wilson’s comments stirred a vigorous conversation on social media and the sports world about the wage discrepancy between male and female basketball players. Wilson made the comments after LeBron James signed a four-year, $ 154 million contract with the Lakers.

Even the most skilled WNBA players make just a fraction of what an NBA player who is benched for a majority of the season can earn. Reigning WNBA MVP Sylvia Fowles, for instance, earned $ 109,000 last year. In comparison, NBA 2017 MVP Russell Westbrook made a whopping $ 28.5 million. Meanwhile, Leandro Barbosa earned $ 500,000 in the 2017-18 NBA season despite being waived by the Phoenix Suns in July, reports Forbes. As a result, Barbosa will earn nearly five times Fowles’ earnings even though he is no longer playing for the Suns.

Many make the claim that the WNBA players are paid less because they do not draw the same attention and attendance as the NBA. While attendance has been improving over the years since the league’s inception in 1996, getting fans into seats still remains an issue. The Washington Post reported:

WNBA games averaged 7,716 fans per game in 2017, the highest number in six years but far from a significant improvement. WNBA games haven’t averaged 8,000 fans per game since 2009, and the 2017 figure was down 28.9% from the league’s all-time high attendance in 1998, which was the WNBA’s second season.

We solicited our audience to offer ideas to increase attendance at WNBA games. Here are some suggestions (these are posted verbatim from Instagram with some light editing for clarity):

– Team with NBA on promotions, social media, shout-outs, community events, and other involvements.

– Live streaming, community activations, and global initiatives.

– Unique and more involved half-time shows.

– Figure out a way to involve hip hop or the black culture. For example, give Beyonce and Jay-Z side seats.

– Play before the men’s (NBA) games.

– Lower the rims to 8.5 feet, so more players could play above the rim.

– Play satellite games in other cities where multiple games occur, lots of prizes and guest interaction.

– Open to foreign countries.

– Look at smaller venues.

– Sell tickets via Instagram.

– Have partnerships with Girl Scouts or Girls Inc. to spread the word.

– [Have] a fan night for aspiring WNBA players in each city where they play.

– Buil[d] a pipeline of young female athletes and provide free tickets to WNBA games.

– [Develop] integrated summer leagues/all-star games so they can develop a stronger fan base that will support them independently.

– Give the ladies real extra financial incentives to ball.

– They need to be featured on networks other than just ESPN.

– Engage older players who have retire[d] to remain involved outside of coaching.

– Half-time entertainment with local celebrity entertainers.

– Go to markets with no sports teams and let them sell the arenas out.

– [Create a] reality show following five of the most interesting/outrageous/intelligent/socially active, etc., players.

– Every WNBA team should have their own touring bus. During some off days and during the off season, drive this bus into neighborhoods in your respective city, where the players will get out and meet the fans, offer giveaways, and shoot arounds.

 

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Stephen Colbert played a little bingo game for Trump’s Supreme Court pick

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Stephen Colbert played a little game or two watching Trump’s nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court.

During Tuesday night’s monologue on The Late Show, Colbert revealed his winning “Trump nomination bingo” card, after the president named Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Anthony Kennedy.

Pulling the card from of his pocket, Colbert said, “You see, all the squares say ‘white guy’.”

After calling Kavanaugh a “cover model for Generic Dads Monthly,” Colbert said he also played a drinking game during the nomination event. 

“I had a little drinking game, I would pour myself a drink every time my glass was empty.”  Read more…

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Trump Creates a Supreme Court Guessing Game That Would ‘Make P. T. Barnum Proud’

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If the lead-up to President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nomination announcement feels like reality-TV drama, it’s because that’s exactly how it was designed.

But instead of a one-year contract as Trump’s errand boy, the “winner” on Monday night will likely nab a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land and a chance to reshape American law and jurisprudence for generations.

The high stakes of the announcement were nevertheless preceded by a day of wild speculation and tea leaf-reading, designed, some conservatives briefed on the nomination process believe, to prevent a leak of Trump’s decision by flooding the zone with contradictory information. It’s characteristic of a president who revels in the political press spinning its wheels, and is naturally inclined to the sort of primetime TV drama that he helmed as host of NBC’s The Apprentice.

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Maisie Williams Said Goodbye to Game of Thrones in a Very Game of Thrones Way

Maisie Williams gave a Game of Thrones farewell that was straight out of Westeros.

With the show’s eighth and final season looming, fans and stars alike are preparing to say goodbye. On Saturday, Williams decided to commemorate her time as Arya Stark with a little bloodshed — this is Game of Thrones, after allby posting an image of her red-spattered white sneakers on Instagram.

“Goodbye Belfast. Goodbye Arya. Goodbye Game of Thrones,” she wrote in the caption. “What a joy I’ve had. Here’s to the adventures to come.”

The 21-year-old star also got fans buzzing about spoilers by tagging herself “#lastwomanstanding.” Some speculated that the hashtag meant she’s the only character to survive, while others pointed out Williams might have been one of the last Game of Thrones actors to film scenes.

She also joked that “#immasleepforthenextfouryears,” before adding “#justkiddingidontsleep.”

Williams’ co-star Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys Targaryen, posted a similar — albeit less gory — goodbye last month, paying tribute to Ireland, the show’s most prominent filming location.

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North and South Korea Meet in Pyongyang for Goodwill Basketball Game

(SEOUL, South Korea) — The rival Koreas on Wednesday began two days of friendly basketball games in Pyongyang in their latest goodwill gesture amid a diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff with North Korea.
Players from North and South Korea were mixed into two teams that competed against each other at the North Korean capital’s Ryugyong Jong Ju Yong Gymnasium.A capacity crowd of 12,000 at the arena applauded as the two women’s teams — dressed in white jerseys that read “Peace” and green jerseys that read “Prosperity” — marched onto the court holding hands. Team Prosperity defeated Team Peace 103-102, with North Korea’s Ro Suk Yong scoring 18 points, according to pool reports. The game between the men’s mixed teams that followed ended in a 102-102 tie.

The South Koreans will play against the North Korean men’s and women’s teams on Thursday before returning home on Friday.

The games precede a visit to North Korea by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for meetings over the future of the North’s nuclear program.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a noted basketball fan, didn’t appear at the gymnasium on Wednesday. It wasn’t clear whether he would attend on Thursday.

“Once they started playing, the players showed quick chemistry and I was proud of them,” said Lee Moon-kyu, the head coach of South Korea’s women’s team, who will also lead a combined Koreas team at the Asian Games next month in Indonesia. Lee, who plans to bring two or three North Korean players to the Asian Games, said he was impressed with “No. 9 and No. 7 on Team Peace,” referring to North Korea’s Ri Jong Ok and Jang Mi Kyong.

North Korea’s sports minister, Kim Il Guk, said in a speech that the games reflect the “revered determination of the leaders of the North and South to bring forward the future of a self-reliant unification.”

The South Korean delegation, including 50 players and government officials, arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday on two military aircraft.

“It feels like the first time I came here all over again,” said Hur Jae, head coach of South Korea’s men’s national team, who previously visited Pyongyang for a joint game in 2003. Hur, a former guard whose two sons are among the players who traveled to the North, talked about his friendship with retired North Korean player Ri Myong Hun, a 7-foot-9 (2.35-meter) center who anchored the country’s national team during the 1990s and early 2000s.

“There was a buzz when I shared a glass of soju and talked with Ri Myong Hun in 2003,” Hur said. Ri did not attend a dinner reception for South Korean players on Tuesday, and it wasn’t immediately clear whether he was at the games on Wednesday.

The exchanges are the latest result of a diplomatic outreach to the South that Kim announced during his annual New Year’s speech. That led to the North’s participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February and two summits between Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Kim has also met with China’s President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Donald Trump.

The inter-Korean summits have facilitated a slew of goodwill gestures between the Koreas, which have also agreed to field combined teams at the Asian Games.

Basketball diplomacy has something of a history in North Korea.

Former NBA player Dennis Rodman arranged a game in Pyongyang in 2014 for Kim’s birthday.

South Korea’s Hyundai business group built a basketball stadium in Pyongyang during a previous era of rapprochement between North and South Korea, and a joint game was played there in 2003. Two rounds of inter-Korean basketball games were also played in 1999.

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Basketball Game Devolves Into a Massive On-Court Brawl

The soccer World Cup isn’t the only international sport tournament out there: there’s also the 2019 basketball World Cup coming up. And while there’s plenty of drama going down in Russia’s stadiums right now, there’s also lots of drama heating up the basketball courts elsewhere.

The teams from Australia and the Philippines were duking it out in a qualifying match on Tuesday when the two sides ended up devolving from play into a full-on fight on the court involving 13 players.

The game, taking place in a Philippine arena north of Manila, ended with Australia winning by default 89 to 53. But the incident may just overshadow performances from both teams. A statement from the chief executive of Basketball Australia noted that they “deeply regret” the “incident.”

We are extremely disappointed with what happened and our role in it,” the statement continued. “This is not the spirit in which sport should be played and certainly not in the spirit in which we aim to play basketball.

The fight appears to have gotten underway after Aussie player Chris Goulding was pushed to the ground, quickly followed by other players knocking each other over and joining the violent fray. Ultimately, 13 players were ejected from the game, and CNN reports that the basketball governing body FIBA has opened disciplinary proceedings against both sides.

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Baseball Player Shaves Mustache Off During the Game Because Grooming Decisions Wait For No One

Houston Astros baseball player Alex Bregman showed off his excellent multitasking skills on Sunday night when he made a game time decision to shave his mustache during a game against the Kansas City Royals.

During the game, it appeared that the third baseman decided to make a major grooming change between the 2nd inning, where he appeared with a mustache and the 4th inning, where he was clean-shaven.

In an interview with the Houston Chronicle, Bregman was fairly laconic when it came to talking about his surprise facial hair switch-up during the game, merely stating that “I just shaved it.”

See Bregman’s before and after photos below.

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The Ms. Q&A: Amanda Palmer is Changing the Game

It was through pure happenstance that I found my way to Amanda Palmer. While chatting with a friend at my former publishing job, I came across her book, The Art of Asking. My friend had several copies of it on his desk, and—in the theme of the book’s message—I asked if I could have one. He happily handed me the paperback, and I devoured its pages shortly thereafter.

The book soon became my go-to gift for friends: “You’ve got to read this!” I became a fan of her music, her message and the way she moves through life—authentically, vulnerably and embracing of her uniqueness.

Palmer spoke with Ms. this spring at the Ace Hotel in New York about conquering fear, learning her own power and the many ways in which motherhood hasn’t changed her.

Where does your bravery come from?

I think that we have big misconceptions about bravery, and I think that our general problem, especially as women, is that we thing being “brave” and “fearless” and “fierce” is all about this impossible state of mind where you’re afraid of nothing. And that is just complete bullshit. And we’re afraid of things for a reason….we’re wired to survive.

Fear is real for a reason. Fear is our friend. Fear is useful. Fear tells us not to walk down a dark alley late at night where we could get raped and murdered. Fear is our friend; but we have to have a befriending relationship with our fear—when it’s useful, and when it’s actually just being a bitch that’s trying to usurp the narrative of our day. I feel like when people throw around words like “brave” and “fearless,” is that what they’re actually talking about is being in a good relationship with your fears.

A lot of my artistic process is about putting myself in positions where I’m afraid. I like it. I do it on purpose. It’s like doing the artistic equivalent of solo rock climbing or sky diving. Putting myself in positions where it might not work and I might fail, because that’s what keeps like exciting. If we didn’t have any fear, life would be super fucking boring.

How do you decide what you’re going to do next, artistically?

I love being impulsive. It’s one of the things that keeps me interested in doing this artist job as a job. And I’ve really seen the pro’s and con’s of being impulsive in this job. Sometimes it might exhaust my audience [if I’m] doing too many random, creative things. One of the things I’ve been doing lately is looking at the balance between making super-fast, super-impulsive, super-improvisational art, and then also having the part of my career and the part of my life that’s “the plan.”

Right now, I’m doing a little bit of both. I’m going to be putting out weird, spontaneous projects on my Patreon; on the other hand, I’m also working on a record that is the culmination of 7 or 8 years of song-writing and winnowing it down to one, really well-produced record that’s going to come out next spring, followed by a tour.

You’re good at connecting with your fans. Is that something that came naturally?

Yeah, no, I didn’t really have to work at that [laughs]. It came very easily because it’s why I wanted to get into this gig in the first place. Meeting people after shows, hanging out, staying in fans’ houses, constantly chatting on the internet…that didn’t feel like work. That felt like the bounty, the privilege, and the honor of being a musician. It didn’t feel like distraction; it felt like….the point.

How has motherhood changed you?

One of the things I find notable about motherhood—because people keep asking me this question—is that no one asks me how motherhood hasn’t changed me.

Let’s do that question then. How hasn’t it changed you?

What I actually find most surprising is how having a baby didn’t change me. Because so many parents turned to me when I was contemplating whether or not to have a kid, and when I was pregnant, and gave me that “giant talk,” that “profound throw-down” of: “Get ready, your life is going to be completely different. You’re going to be a completely different person.”

I braced myself for some shocking ego takeover that didn’t really happen. And I think that I have to spread that gospel, because one of the things that scared the shit out of me about having a child was that I liked myself, I liked my life. I didn’t want some earth-shattering, gargantuan change to happen to me. A subtle one? Great, of course! I wasn’t stupid enough to think that I was going to have a child and not be affected by it. I think if I had had a child when I was 25, it would’ve monumentally bitch-slapped by life into a different direction. But I didn’t feel that way. I felt like the kid just got added to the mix, and I was like, oh shit, okay, one more giant factor to take into account with these other nine factors. Got it. No problem. Just stick the baby in the accordion case, we’ll find a crib tomorrow, it’s cool.

I chalk that up to becoming a mother later. There are pros and cons to having a kid later in life, and with a dad who’s older; it has its disadvantages. There’s no right way to do it, there’s no wrong way to do it; there’s no saying that you have to do it. I had a child after having three abortions, and then had a miscarriage—and I’m totally on Team “Whatever Works for You,” and please don’t believe anyone who tells you there’s a right decision or a right time to do it. That’s all bullshit.

What kind of things do you expect to teach your son that you might not teach him if he were a girl? Or would you parent more or less the same, regardless of gender?

Oh, man. You’ve brought up one of my current marriage issues.  We’re just starting to get into that moment of parenting where gender norms are just starting to creep in. And I was just talking to Neil about this a few days ago. He was suggesting that we give our son a haircut; not because he really needs a haircut but because people are starting to say: “Oh what a beautiful child. How old is she?”

And I was like: Right, yeah this is the moment where we don’t give a fuck. That’s our job. Our job is to give no fucks, and if that person is made uncomfortable by us saying: “Oh, yeah. It’s a he. And he’s two.” That discomfort is the starting point of the slippery slope of all the gender fucked-up-ness. So, no! We are not cutting his hair because it makes other people uncomfortable to not know what gender our child is!.

[Our son] has pretty strong role models in his father and in his mother, as two progressive, non-judgmental—I wouldn’t call us gender-free, because we’re not—but I’d like to think that we’ve opened our minds as wide as possible to let in whatever is gonna come. Neil carries with him a built-in British [attitude of] “no-one-can-be-embarrassed, the-worst-thing-in-the-world-happening-to-anyone-anywhere-is-that-someone-might-be-embarrassed”; and a lot of what drives these insidious engines of misogyny is just: Oh, but someone might be uncomfortable. So I’m just trying to teach my kid to be really comfortable around everyone, with everyone, in any and every situation; to be trusting and not suspicious—but not dumb, [to be] street-smart. I have no idea what kind of choices he’s going to face; I just feel like I can arm him with good, empathetic, emotional tools, then he’s gonna have to figure it out.

What is your definition of feminism and what is it important to you to identify as a feminist?

It’s important for me to identify as a feminist because until we achieve gender parity, we all need to be on Team Parity. To me, feminism is just a tidy way of saying that we all need equal rights. I would hope that if I were a “front-tail”—as my friend and I have started calling the male species—I would hopefully feel the same way. Because clearly it’s going to be a win-win when we achieve gender parity globally.

I’m also really grateful that my husband is a fantastic feminist. And I push him; I try not to poke him. I try to gently remind him when he’s being hurtful in a way he’s not really noticing, because he said something slightly sexist. As far as I’m concerned, he’s the best of the lot. And like any good progressive, creative artist, he thinks way beyond the boxes and limitations culture has prescribed us. So, I’m very lucky that I found him.  And he’s a good dad and he changes diapers at night.

Who are some of your female heroes?

Patti Smith is one of my favorite artists heroes. I tend to select for authenticity, and Patti strikes me as one of the most authentic women on the planet. She’s unapologetically herself.

My favorite song of yours is “The Bed Song.” Do you have a favorite song of yours?

Oh, “The Bed Song” is a good one. My songs keep surprising me. The songs I write that I don’t think are gonna have any legs are often the ones that run away and become the most beloved, requested songs. And this song that I wrote two years ago that I didn’t think would have any legs, and then I started playing it at shows, and people really responded to it. It’s called “A Mother’s Confession.” I love this part of being songwriter; I love that I’m wrong a lot about what is and isn’t gonna resonate with people, and what is and isn’t gonna stick.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

I wouldn’t listen to me as my younger self. It would be totally fruitless. I would probably remind myself that most people don’t know what they’re doing.

I didn’t know my own power. But also no one ever showed up at my doorstep [when I was] 16 years old and said: “You know you have a lot of power, don’t you?” Which is why it’s so inspiring right now to see all these teenagers claiming their space, and claiming their voices and their power, and refusing to be patronized. I would remind me that I’m a lot smarter and more powerful than I thought.

Anne McCarthy is a contributing writer to The Telegraph, Second City Network, Bonjour Paris, France Today and more. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Westminster in London and is a graduate of the Writing Program at Second City and the Soho Theatre Writers Lab. She lives in New York City, where she is writing a memoir about life in London.

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‘Game of Thrones’ stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie wed at Scottish castle

LONDON — Former “Game of Thrones” co-stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie married Saturday with a church service and a celebration at the bride’s ancestral castle in Scotland.

The couple and guests arrived for the afternoon service at Rayne Church, close to the 900-year-old Wardhill Castle in northeast…

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World Cup Fans Are Losing It Over Pepe’s Ridiculous Flop in the Portugal-Morocco Game

As Morocco desperately searched for a stoppage time equalizer to Cristiano Ronaldo’s fourth-minute header during their Wednesday match against Portugal, one player’s actions earned him some ire from World Cup fans.

With time running out, Portugal defender Pepe staged a particularly egregious flop following a tap on the back from Morocco’s Medhi Benatia. The dive quickly sent soccer Twitter into a frenzy as footage of the stunt began making the online rounds.

“Please keep Pepe in your prayers after this assault from Benatia,” the World Cup Goals account jokingly captioned the video.

“Aaaaand the Oscar for best actor goes to Pepe!!” added another user.

Morocco went on to lose the game 1-0, becoming the first team to be eliminated from the international tournament.

See some more reactions to Pepe’s dive below.

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Old Is Gold: What Game Developers Could Learn From Retro RPGs

With the crowdfunding-driven resurgence of retro-style computer RPGs (CRPGs) in recent years, it’s a fantastic time to be a classic CRPG buff. The legends of this medium have captivated players over the decades and shaped the history of an entire game genre.

But the old greats are not just there to be admired and emulated — they’re there to be surpassed. They, and their modern torchbearers, offer game developers much to chew on as we forge toward the next wave of gaming greatness.

Writing Can’t Be an Afterthought


The Myrkul encounter in Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer.

Ever tried editing a document that’s gone through a few runs of Google Translate? No matter how skilled the editor might be, something’s already been lost in translation. That’s how it is with game writers. All too often they’re called in only after the rest of the game has already been nailed down and told to write sense into it all.

In the spring of 2006, something different went down at Obsidian Entertainment. Work on Neverwinter Nights 2’s first expansion had kicked off, and thanks to time and budget constraints, it was to be a simple hack-and-slash adventure. And that’s what fans would have gotten if writer George Ziets hadn’t pushed for bigger and better.

It took some trust and convincing, as Ziets tells it, but Obsidian approved his far grander vision of individuals challenging the gods and the very order of the universe, accented by deep-dives into faith, love, and mortality. Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer far outgrew its original, humble concept to win runner-up on GameBanshee’s 2007 RPG of the Year feature. It remains one of the finest CRPG experiences of the 2000s.

Ziets’s story is a standout case for giving game writers a seat at the development table from the get-go and a free hand to shape a game’s journey. Even if the game isn’t a story-centric one, game developers still shouldn’t de-prioritize the writing. Just look at how titles that led with gameplay and visuals, like Destiny and Mass Effect: Andromeda. They sank into mediocrity on the weakness of their writing. Writers of old CRPGs didn’t just lay mortar between the bricks, they helped plan the wall.

Mind the Barrier to Entry


The final boss encounter from Icewind Dale: Heart of Winter.

CRPGs used to be hardcore, designed for savvy players who knew their spellbooks and bestiaries — and relished a challenge (like in the Icewind Dale games). With their hack-and-slash focus, esoteric Dungeons & Dragons-derived rulesets, and high difficulty curve, Icewind Dale and its sequels were prime examples of older CRPGs’ unforgiving nature. But while challenges can be fun, we can’t all afford the time and energy they demand.

Obsidian understood this when they added a minimal-difficulty option to Pillars of Eternity. According to game director Josh Sawyer, this “dad mode,” as it was nicknamed, was aimed at longtime fans who no longer had as much gaming time. But it’s not just dads — or mums — who benefit from such accommodation.

Gamers have wildly different skill levels and reasons for picking up a game. Some don’t mind, and even enjoy, studying arcane rulesets and retrying tough battles. Others just want — or need — a quicker, less stressful experience. Game devs shouldn’t exclude this chunk of every player base.

It’s about options. No one’s saying devs should “dumb down” a game to make it easy for all. But that sweet spot between substance and accessibility can be pretty elusive. As Pillars demonstrated, the best way to hit that bullseye is for devs to make a game’s barrier to entry more flexible.

Keep What Worked and Make it Better


The battle with the famous Scorpitron in Wasteland 2.

In the real world, nasty behavior has repercussions. Not so in CRPGs, where for a long time, you could sass everyone you met and carry on like a boss — until Pillars of Eternity came along. As the game kept track of your conduct and had characters react to it accordingly, suddenly watching your mouth was the smart thing to do.

Things like this do a lot to enhance CRPG worlds — and they’re not all modern inventions. 1988’s Wasteland went down in gaming history for its multiple-solution approach to obstacles and a story big on choice and consequence. As the director of its 2014 sequel tells it, preserving these elements was a top priority in Wasteland 2’s development. That, along with jazzing up of other elements such as combat, enabled inXile Entertainment to deliver a Game of the Year winner that is lauded as a leading success of the retro RPG renaissance.

This is how we make progress, by carrying forward what worked and building on it. Even retro-style games that sell on nostalgia need some innovation to make them relevant. And that doesn’t just mean innovating on the visual front — that’s a black hole where gamer appetites are concerned. Innovations must carry over to the things that shaped the old greats like gameplay, design, characterization, and more. Game devs need to study and surpass these elements to forge new greats.

It’s only practical to appreciate the great games of past generations. They were great for many reasons. Each title presents a learning opportunity for devs who know what to look for. After all, old may be gold, but even gold needs polishing every once in a while!

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Game of Thrones’ Kit Harington and Rose Leslie tie the knot in stunning wedding at actress’ Aberdeenshire castle

THIS is the moment Game of Thrones stars Kit Harington and Rose Leslie ran through the confetti after marrying in Scotland.

The couple, who played on-screen lovers Jon Snow and Ygritte in the epic TV drama, tied the knot today at Leslie’s 12th Century family castle in Scotland.

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Rose wowed in her stunning dress as an equally beautiful smile beamed across her face in excitement.

She waved along to the fans and said hello to everyone as she was greeted with huge cheers.

Kit also looked delighted as he waved to guests who cheered as he left the castle with his new wife.

The happy couple ran through the church yard as their friends and family showered them with confetti.

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Kit Harington looked dapper as he arrived at an Aberdeenshire castle today to marry Rose Leslie[/caption]

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Marcus Mumford and Nick Etwell were in town to see the couple’s big day[/caption]

We told you how fellow co-stars Peter Dinklage and Emilia Clarke also recently arrived in Aberdeen for their pals’ big day.

Dinklage, who plays Tyrion Lannister in the acclaimed HBO series, was spotted wearing headphones, a black beanie and a stylish leather jacket.

Rose waved to well wishers after climbing out of her car in the traditional bridal gown
Kit hopped out of a taxi beside a war monument
The actor waves to a delighted crowd who have gathered
Co-star Peter Dinklage greeted fans

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Grateful Peter even blew a kiss[/caption]

He arrived from Belfast along with producer D.B Weiss shortly after 1pm.

Meanwhile stunning Emilia, who wowed fans as Qi’ra in the latest Star Wars blockbuster Solo, kept things chic wearing white jeans, shades and an elegant scarf.

She touched down shortly after Peter from Heathrow.

Emilia Clarke was all smiles as she arrived for the wedding

Sophie Turner also made her way to the venue and was snapped FaceTiming her fiance Joe Jonas at Aberdeen Airport ahead of the show’s real-life wedding of the year.

We also told you how the happy couple will wed in the castle that was Rose’s childhood home.

Set in the remote Aberdeenshire hills, Wardhill Castle has been in Rose’s family for 900 years.

It belongs to the Leslie Clan, whose Clan Chief is Leslie’s father, Honourable Alexander Leslie.

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Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie will be getting married at Wardhill Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on Saturday
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The castle has been in the family for 900 years and they now make money by hiring it out as a wedding venue and retreat for the uber rich
The castle has been in the family for 900 years and they now make money by hiring it out as a wedding venue and retreat for the wealthy
The marquee will host the wedding reception, speeches and wedding breakfast
The marquee will host the wedding reception, speeches and wedding breakfast
Kit recently said he can't wait to marry his fiancee Rose Leslie
Kit recently said he can’t wait to marry his fiancee Rose Leslie
Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie met when they played Jon Snow and Ygritte in the hit fantasy series and will now marry in a fairy tale castle
Wardhill Castle has been in Rose’s family for 900 years

Stroppy Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage tells fan ‘don’t touch me’ after fancy car didn’t arrive at Aberdeen Airport

 

Kit Harrington is set to marry Rose Leslie in the remote Wardhill Castle in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, where a marquee has been set up
A large marquee has been erected in the grounds for the bash
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The actors met when they played Jon Snow and Ygritte in the hit fantasy series and will now marry in a fairy tale castle
The actors met when they played Jon Snow and Ygritte in the hit fantasy series and will now marry in a fairy tale castle
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The family moved out and now wealthy couples can hire the stunning abode to hold their own weddings.

Over 80 members of the couple’s family and close friends will assemble to witness them marry.

Leslie’s dad Sebastian told of his delight at the nuptials, saying: “We are absolutely thrilled for Kit and Rose to be marrying today.”


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The E3 Game Announcements That Made Us Giddy With Excitement

The annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, a.k.a. E3, has come and gone. From eagerly awaited sequels to brand new IPs, publishers announced their upcoming video games.

Here are the ones we’re most excited for.

EA

First out of the gate was EA. Though to be fair, EA wasn’t really “at” E3; the studio ran its own EA Play event.

It was a quiet press conference, all things considered. Announcements included Unraveled 2 and Sea of Solitude.

Most importantly, fans learned there’s a Star Wars game being developed by Respawn — the studio that brought us the Titanfall games. It’s called Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and it takes place between Episode III and IV. Players will play a Jedi who survived the Order 66 massacre and is hunted by Imperial forces. We have some ideas on the game’s antagonists and settings, which you can read about here.

While there was no gameplay from Fallen Order, we got a look at Battlefield V‘s Grand Operations mode. There will also be a Battle Royale mode coming to the game. Surprise?

We also got the chance to see Anthem in action. It won’t have any romance options, so we rounded up a few of BioWare’s best romances over the years.

Finally, Command & Conquer is heading to mobile with Rivals. That sentence alone is probably enough to break your heart.

Read more about the E3 EA press conference here.

Microsoft

The usual suspects made an appearance for Microsoft. We’re getting a new Gears of War (and two spin-offs), a new Forza Horizon, and a new Halo.

But the publisher and manufacturer surprised everyone by announcing the acquisition of five new studios. They aren’t lightweights, either — we’re talking big players like Ninja Theory. Clearly, Microsoft was out to show it’s dedicated to solving its first-party title crisis.

Truth be told, the best parts of this hype-filled conference were the third-party games. Leading the way was Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, one of several Asian-themed action games.

Speaking of Asian-themes, a huge roar came when footage from Jump Force — a kinetically charged Dragon Ball ZNaruto-One Piece fighting game — was shown. The anime style is brought to life in fleshed-out 3-D models.

We saw trailers for Kingdom Hearts 3 (featuring the Frozen characters), and the highly anticipated Cyberpunk 2077 — all of which look absolutely fantastic. Oh, a little NES game called Battletoads was announced, too.

Yep, the fighting frogs are back.

Read more about the E3 Microsoft Xbox press conference here.

Bethesda

Also known as Pause for Applause: The Press Conference, this at times awkward show dilly-dallied a bit before getting to the Fallout 76 section we all wanted to see.

Then we had the huge announcement that each other person from your vault in 76 will be a real person, in a 100% online experience. Fallout Shelter was also announced to be on new platforms on the same night.

Gameplay from another post-apocalyptic first-person shooter, Rage 2, was shown including some wild vehicles and weapons.

On the fantasy front, an Elder Scrolls: Blades game was revealed: a procedurally generated dungeon crawler. An Elder Scrolls Legends relaunch is coming with all new visuals, and lastly, we were shown a beautiful logo for The Elder Scrolls VI with some rolling hills in the background, leaving us to speculate on where it could be set.

Read more about the E3 Bethesda press conference here.

Square Enix

Square Enix had perhaps the most disappointing presentation of the convention. Their pre-recorded announcement included looks at the previously announced Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Kingdom Hearts III, and Dragon Quest XI, but nothing that was particularly enticing.

Another prestige RPG, Final Fantasy XIV: Stormblood will have a crossover with Capcom’s Monster Hunter World.

There was a sneak peak of Babylon’s Fall, the new game from Platinum Games, maker of Bayonetta and Nier: Automata. Not much was revealed, but due to the quality Platinum is known for, all eyes are on that one.

We also got quick looks into Just Cause 4 and The Quiet Man, the latter of which features a deaf protagonist who seems up for a bit of a scuffle.

Read more about the E3 Square Enix press conference here.

Ubisoft

The majority of what Ubisoft showed off was Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, The Division 2, and Skull & Bones. All three titles were playable at E3, and all of them were received very positively. Stay tuned for our impressions.

There’s also a new Trials game in the works: Trials Rising. It looks to increase the number of players in a multiplayer match and hopefully will have just as much in the way of level building and sharing.

A good deal of time was spent on previously released titles, and in this case, we see that as a good thing. The amount of post-release love Ubisoft has given Rainbow Six Siege has seen it become one of the most popular FPS games today, offering a different kind of information war that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 will be doing its best to emulate this year.

For Honor boasts a similar story. After a disastrous launch and a year of fixing, Ubisoft made it into a playable, fun experience worthy of competitive play, and it had more content to show off at E3.

The Crew 2 was also on display, as was a new IP from Ubisoft in Starlink: Battle for Atlas.

Read more about the E3 Ubisoft press conference here.

PC Games

Not to be forgotten, there was the PC Gaming Show at E3. We got to see some progress on Star Citizen, which won’t be out anytime soon, and some more quirky indie titles that look promising on PC.

Maneater is one of those titles, in which you play a shark preying on humans who stray too far from the beach. Stormland is an open world VR game in which you play a robot who can continually upgrade itself.

We also got a look at Mavericks, a battle royale game aiming for a ridiculous 1,000 players in one game. We got the chance to play a smaller scale demo of the game and speak to the developers, so stay tuned for more info on FANDOM.

Read more about the E3 PC press conference here.

PlayStation

It might not have had the 50 games shown in Microsoft’s presser, but the PlayStation conference was all about quality. Trailer after trailer was shown of some seriously sweet looking games, starting with a long gameplay demo of The Last of Us Part 2.

We were also treated to a stretch of gameplay from Ghost of Tsushima, a brilliant open-world samurai simulator from Sucker Punch, the studio behind the Infamous games.

Nioh 2 was announced, and the brief trailer made it seem like the protagonist will have some kind of demon transformation available.

Another long stretch of Death Stranding was shown, and still nobody has any idea what the game will be like other than the protagonist is a Norman Reedus-lookalike carrying a big backpack. Oh, there’s also a mysteriously de-aged Lindsay Wagner (our article image).

Marvel’s Spider-Man featured the Arkham-brand of choreography combat seems made for Spidey, but we were a little worried about its quick-time events. The web-slinger has his hands full with a slew of foes.

A remake for Resident Evil 2 is in the works, and the Remedy game we were all expecting to be Alan Wake 2 is instead Control, which is looking very interesting indeed. Control features a female protagonist who has telekinetic abilities.

Read more about the E3 Playstation press conference here.

Nintendo

Nintendo had the last press conference of the event. There were many things we would’ve loved to see — a new Star Fox, a new Advance Wars, the new Metroid, to name a few — but the main announcement came in the form of a new Smash Bros game: Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. The changes to gameplay look great, and fans were delighted. Every character from the previous games will be playable.

Fortnite will be Fortnite, and the battle royale phenomenon stole many of the headlines with the announcement that it was coming to Switch.

We also saw Pokémon Let’s Go, and Fire Emblem: Three Houses, which look great, but we really do wonder when Nintendo will give the Fire Emblem treadmill a break in favor of an Advance Wars game.

We’re big fans of Killer Queen here at FANDOM, and Killer Queen Black looks great as well.

Read more about the E3 Nintendo press conference here.

Let it never be said that 2018 was a quiet year for E3 game announcements. There’s a lot there to feast your eyes upon, and a lot to get excited about. The second half of this year just got a lot more crowded, and the early months of 2019 are looking to be almost as packed.

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Sophie Turner has drawn parallels between Game of Thrones and the #MeToo movement

‘[My storyline] is kind of mirroring what’s happening in real life, in every industry right now.’

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The women of Game of Thrones battle no end of horror in the fantasy epic, fighting sexual harassment, sexism and political machinations to find their place in Westeros. Sound familiar? Well, you’re not the only one who’s noticed as cast member Sophie Turner has drawn parallels between Game of Thrones and the #MeToo movement.

In an interview with Screen Daily, the actress delved into her character Sansa Stark’s harrowing and sometimes difficult-to-watch storyline which includes her rape at the hands of Ramsay Bolton, frequent imprisonment and political relationships. While she started as one of the show’s weakest characters, she’s now become a fully fledged avenging angel ready to take her place on the world’s stage.

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‘It’s funny the way [my storyline] is kind of mirroring what’s happening in real life, in every industry right now,’ Sophie said. ‘It’s really interesting how all of these women who were subjected to a lot of horror and oppression are taking a stand against the people who have done this to them. I think that’s why I connected with the #MeToo movement so much. Not just because of being a woman and obviously being a feminist, but also that character.’

Sophie Turner is a staunch supporter of the TIMES UP and #MeToo movement, as she previously helped fundraise for TIMES UP’s legal defense fund on Instagram and posted a message ahead of the all-black Golden Globes to show her solidarity with those affected. (She wasn’t actually in attendance, however.)

Sophie reflected on her character’s arc, saying, ‘It’s a really powerful message, the fact that she went through all of those things and she’s come out the other side. She’s used everything she’s learnt up until now to her benefit. She endured so much horror and really was a prisoner season-by-season. She took all of that, and now she has become stronger for it.’

The #MeToo movement has fiercely raged on, with this year’s recent Cannes festival led by Cate Blanchett becoming one of the most political yet and actors like Frances McDormand and Brie Larson calling for greater diversity in the industry. As women and their allies shine a light on the dark parts of Hollywood, Sophie also feels that entertainment needs to both respond to and also be a getaway from reality.

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She said, ‘Our role as filmmakers is to hold a mirror up to society. At the same time, I think it’s very important to have that escapism. That’s why Game Of Thrones is such a wonderful show. It provides both of those things.’

The next series of Game of Thrones will be its final run, with just six episodes to wrap up the mammoth story. While a release date hasn’t been formally been announced, the series has finished filming and will be screened at some point next year.

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HBO’s fantasy drama Game of Thrones is a massive hit with fans. It has become one of the most watched TV shows in history, and is the most pirated TV show ever. The drama is intense, and many of the scenes are incredibly violent. That all makes for great TV, but it is all set to some amazing real-life backdrops that help to set the scene and transport the characters and viewers to the fictional world of Westeros and beyond. If you want to get closer to the show check out some of the real-life Game of Thrones locations you can actually visit.

Dubrovnik, Croatia – King’s Landing

King’s Landing is an incredibly important location in Game of Thrones. It is where the ruling monarch will sit on the Iron Throne, and it is the closest thing Westeros has to a sprawling metropolis. Filming for King’s Landing was done in the Croatian city of Dubrovnik. King’s Landing is where Cersei had to do her walk of shame, as well as the fighting arena where Prince Oberyn Martell met his demise fighting The Mountain in the most bloody of fights. As well as being the location for King’s Landing, fans of Daenerys Targaryen will be familiar with the city as it is where The House of the Undying was shot.

Northern Ireland – Various

Northern Ireland has been the location for many of the scenes in the seven seasons so far of the show. Ballintoy Harbor is where Theon Greyjoy returned to his birthplace of The Iron Islands. The Dark Hedges is the iconic setting of the Kingsroad where many of the cast are spotted entering or exiting King’s Landing. The home of the Stark family, Winterfell, was shot primarily at Castle Ward and fans can head to the historic site and utter the famous words “Winter is coming” if they really want to feel like a Stark.

Iceland – Beyond The Wall

Many of the scenes shot beyond The Wall were actually filmed in Iceland. Fans of snow (both the weather and Jon) can head to this Nordic country to take in some of the most beautiful scenery found in the world. Famous locations from the show include Jon and Ygritte’s love cave, the wilding camps, as well as the location where Brienne bests the Hound in hand-to-hand combat. Fans should head to Lake Myvatn for scenes beyond the wall. Tours are available from the capital city of Reykjavik that will take you to where Drogon attacks a herd of goats and many of the scenes used as backdrops for the white walkers.

Spain – Dragonstone

In season seven few could hardly believe that the location used for Dragonstone was real. The perfect sand and the crazy rock formations looked almost too unnatural to be real, but they are and can be found beside the small town of Zumaia. That long winding pathway Jon Snow meets Daenerys Targaryen on is also very real and is a short trip to the west of Zumaia at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe.

Those were some of the most incredible filming locations Game of Thrones used that people can go and visit. While other locations may have used a large amount of green screen and special effects, these places are true to their depiction on the hit fantasy series.

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Sophie Turner’s Interesting New Game of Thrones Tattoo May Hint at Sansa’s Ultimate Fate

Sophie Turner has a new Game of Thrones tattoo that may just reveal Sansa Stark’s fate in the eighth and final season of the HBO drama.

Tattoo artist Lauren Winzer of Hunter and Fox Tattoo Studio shared the first photo of Turner’s ink on Saturday, debuting the 22-year-old actor’s new House Stark direwolf sigil above the words, “The pack survives.”

The design seems to be a direct reference to the quote, “When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies but the pack survives,” a maxim that Ned Stark shared with his children. However, it may also have a more explicit meaning in regard to Sansa’s chances for survival.

After Turner and co-star Maisie Williams got matching Thrones tattoos last year, Turner revealed that the onscreen sisters were hoping to double down on their brands.

“We got them together just the other day,” she told E! on the 2017 Emmys red carpet. “With Thrones, we were like, if we make it all the way through, hopefully we could all get a matching wolf but we don’t know if we’re going to make it, so Maisie and I were like, ‘Let’s get this before anyone kills us.’”

Interesting, very interesting indeed.


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Elder Scrolls 6 Location Guide – Where Could Bethesda’s Next Game be Set?

If there’s one game that’s probably on most gamers’ wishlist, it’s Elder Scrolls 6. Bethesda is keeping incredibly tight-lipped on the topic however, especially regarding the game’s existence and where the Elder Scrolls 6 location would be.

Whether it’s Valenwood or Argonia, there’s been plenty of speculation as to what the Elder Scrolls 6 setting will be.

Here we take a look at the possibilities and top fan favourites for the Elder Scrolls 6 locations.

A brief history of Elder Scrolls

Of course, the location for the game is more than just a setting, it also gives us an idea of what the game’s called.

For example, Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall was set across the High Rock and Hammerfell provinces, while Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind took you to the island of Vvardenfell.

Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion was set in Cyrodil and finally Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim took us to… well, Skyrim.

All these locations were featured in the original game, Elder Scrolls Arena. It’s the only Elder Scrolls game to date to allow you to explore the full empire of Tamriel, but sadly because it was 1994 it was very basic and repetitive.

The original map from Elder Scrolls Arena looks something like this:


Elder Scrolls Arena map
From left to right: Summerset Isle, High Rock, Hammerfell, Valenwood, Skyrim, Imperial Province, Elsweyr, Black Marsh and Morrowind

In fact, this awesome map from a Reddit user sums up where the events of all the Elder Scrolls events have taken place so far:


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All the events of every Elder Scrolls game since have taken place within Tamriel, so it’s safe to believe that it’ll be the same for Elder Scrolls 6.

With that in mind, here are all the potential Elder Scrolls 6 locations currently up for games within Tamriel.

Elder Scrolls 6: Valenwood


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The Valenwood province of Tamriel

Location: Valenwood is a south-western province of Tamriel, west of Elsweyr, south-west of Cyrodiil and east of the Abecean Sea.

Home to the Wood Elves or Bosmer, this is a largely uninhabited forest wilderness. The coastlines are dominated by mangrove swamps and rain forests.

Likelihood: Strong

Valenwood is one of the spots in Tamriel that Bethesda hasn’t yet explored in the Elder Scrolls series beyond Arena.

However, there’s also a purportedly leaked memo from within Bethesda back in 2014 that supports a Valenwood location.

The memo allegedly prohibited Bethesda employees from “using or referencing” a number of terms. These included Fallout: Nuka World, which ended up being part of a Fallout 4 DLC release, Elder Scrolls 6 or something known as Project Greenheart.

Many believe that Project Greenheart is the codename for Elder Scrolls 6 because Greenheart is a city found in the Valenwood region.

Coincidence? Probably not.

Elder Scrolls 6: Elsweyr


The Elsyweyr province of Tamriel

Location: Elsweyr is a region of Tamriel bordered by Valenwood on the west, Cyrodiil to the north and east and Argonia to the east.

The province is separated into two nations: Anequina to the north and Pelletine to the South. Anequina is a desert-like badlands similar to Hammerfell. Pelletine, on the other hand, is a mixture of dense jungles and woodlands like Valenwood.

It’s the home of the feline race of Elder Scrolls, the Khajiit.

Likelihood: Possible.

Bethesda has regularly said that the setting of Elder Scrolls games tends to be based on which province has the most lore.

There’s plenty of information about Elsweyr in the previous games, so could be a great base to build Elder Scrolls 6. 

Elder Scrolls 6: Hammerfell


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The Hammerfell province of Tamriel

Location: Hammerfell is a vast province to the west of Tamriel. The region is bordered by High Rock to the north, Skyrim to the north-east and Cyrodiil to the east and south-east.

It’s a massive region that’s covered by mountain ranges, grasslands and even deserts – just for that real mix of terrains.

The Redguards call Hammerfell their home, who are a race of men known for their cunning and skilled swordsmanship.

Likelihood: Strong.

The only issue with Hammerfell being a potential location for Elder Scrolls 6 is that it was partially featured in Elder Scrolls 2: Daggerfall. 

However, at E3 2018, Bethesda released the first teaser trailer for the game, revealing few details beyond a sweeping view of a mountainous region. This could indicate that Hammerfell will be the location for the upcoming sequel.

Hammerfell is an absolutely massive region so there’s plenty more that Elder Scrolls 6 could explore.

Elder Scrolls 6: Argonia


Elder Scrolls Argonia, or Black Marsh
The Black Marsh or Argonia region of Tamriel

Location: The Black Marsh, known also as Argonia, is a region in the south-east of Tamriel. It’s bordered by Morrowind to the north, Cyrodiil to the west and protected by both the Topal Sea and the Padomaic Ocean.

It’s here that the reptilian Argonians call home, some of which you will encounter in other Elder Scrolls games.

The province is filled with great rivers and impenetrable swamps. It seems to be ruled by the King of Argonia and an Argonian Royal court.

Likelihood: Strong

Online rumours have speculated that Argonia or the Black Marsh will be the setting for Elder Scrolls 6 for years.

Although there don’t seem to be any verified leaks as yet, it is one location that the Elder Scrolls series hasn’t yet explored.

Plus, there’s plenty of knowledge of the Argonian race in previous games to support the next game exploring their homeland region.

Elder Scrolls 6: Akavir


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There are currently only fan-made maps of Akavir, but it could look something like this

Location: Akavir or the “Dragon Land” is one of the only areas in this list that’s outside of Tamriel.

It’s actually a totally different continent that lies to the east of Tamriel and is the homeland of the Akaviri.

These people are made up of unrelated races, the Snow Demons of Jamal, the serpent men of Tsaesci, the Monkey People of Tang Mo and the Tiger Dragons of Ka’Po’Tun.

Little is known about the continent but it is referenced multiple times throughout the series.

Likelihood: Possible.

If Bethesda thinks the Elder Scrolls series is just retreading old ground in Tamriel, moving to the nearby yet historically connected continent of Akavir definitely has potential.

Elder Scrolls 6: Atmora


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Again, there are no real images for Atmora from the game, so this is a fan-created outline of the continent

Location: Atmora, also known as Elder Wood, is a frozen continent way to the north of Tamriel, across the Sea of Ghosts.

It’s described in the Elder Scrolls series as a place of permanent winter, with little life and no sign of habitation.

Likelihood: Very unlikely.

Nothing lives in this land of ice, so what reason would Bethesda have to set Elder Scrolls 6 there?

Elder Scrolls 6: Alinor


Elder Scrolls Summerset Isles

Location: The Summerset Isles, also known as Alinor, is an archipelago consisting of three major islands: Summerset, Auridon and Artaeum.

The archipelago is located to the south-west of Tamriel and west of Valenwood in the Abecean Sea.

It’s home to the Altmer or High Elves/Western Elves. They’re one of the ten default playable races in Elder Scrolls games and are primarily known for their enhanced magic abilities.

Likelihood: Possible.

The High Elves are one of the most popular races in Elder Scrolls, and any player would love to see a game set in their homeland.

There’s plenty of history when it comes to the Summerset Isles too, which could give a major AAA release plenty of source material.

Plus, there’s a couple in Fallout 4 called the Summersets. Is that a little hint from Bethesda?

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Kevin Durant’s Off-Court Contributions Matches His On-Court Game

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Kevin Durant has become something of an antihero of sorts, this after the former Oklahoma City Thunder forward bolted for the greener pastures of the Golden State Warriors en route to his first NBA championship. As evidenced in last night’s (June 6) dagger three-pointer against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the third game of the 2018 NBA Finals, Durant’s ice-cold nature on the court serves his team well but it’s his work off the court that really stands out.

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Between his commitments to the University of Texas, the “Build It and They Will Ball” program, Colin Kaepernick’s “10 for 10” campaign, the Oakland Elizabeth House/Larkin Street Youth Services and the College Track program in his hometown of Prince George’s County, Md., Durant has committed more than $ 13 million to community causes this year.

Durant, who’s given out 1,600 Warriors tickets to kids, is a shining example of a Golden State team that is among the most generous and socially conscious in all of sports.

“I’m incredibly proud of all of our guys,” head coach Steve Kerr said. “So many of them do so much good in our communities. And, ultimately, that’s the biggest measure of the impact that we make as an organization and as players.”

Durant is building an empire on and off the floor. He runs the Durant Company with Rich Kleiman, his manager and business partner. Best compared to a private equity fund, rather than a venture capital firm, the Durant Company boasts a diverse portfolio, investing in approximately 30 tech companies like Postmates and Acorns.

Durant and Kleiman recently launched Thirty Five Media, which helps athletes create their own programming on YouTube. Durant’s personal channel has racked up more than 22.3 million views in a years’ time.

Nothing is more important than the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation, which serves at-risk youth from low-income backgrounds, providing them with educational, athletic and social programs.

The piece actually zeroes in on Durant’s off-court charitable work but also his propensity to get tossed at games and his acerbic wit online. The fact remains that it’s possible to be a little bit of an ass and a truly giving person without it truly defining the full person.

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LeBron James did not want to relive Game 1 of the NBA Finals, when Cleveland lost to Golden State in overtime after a blunder by JR Smith cost the Cavaliers a chance at winning the game in regulation.

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The 2018 NBA Finals Game 2 is scheduled for Sunday, June 3, with tipoff just after 8 p.m. ET. After the Golden State Warriors beat the Cleveland Cavaliers in overtime in a thrilling Game 1, fans are expecting more excitement in this historic series: It’s the first time ever that two teams in any major sport have faced each other for the championship in four consecutive years.

It’s easy—and free-to watch the NBA Finals on TV, and there are also plenty of options to listen to radio broadcasts or live stream the Cavaliers-Warriors series on a laptop, smartphone, or any other device. Here’s how to watch the 2018 NBA Finals Game 2, as well as the rest of the series.

What channel is the 2018 NBA Finals on?

ABC is broadcasting all of the 2018 NBA Finals games. Just find your local ABC channel on TV to tune in. If you don’t have a pay TV package with free, over-the-air channels like ABC, you can get access to these networks in most of the country for free with a digital antenna.

What time is Game 2 of the 2018 NBA Finals?

The ABC broadcast of Game 2 of the NBA Finals starts at 8 p.m. ET, on Sunday, June 3, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Game 3 of the 2018 NBA Finals gets underway at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, June 6, in Cleveland. Here’s the full 2018 NBA Finals schedule.

How to live stream the 2018 NBA Finals

You can live stream all 2018 NBA Finals games on the ABC app, but ABC will require you to log in with a participating pay TV provider account.

You can also stream the NBA Finals by using a live-streaming TV service such as Hulu Live, DirecTV Now, Playstation Vue, Sling TV, or YouTube TV. In many markets around the country, streaming packages from these services include free broadcast channels like ABC.

The prices of these streaming services start at $ 20 to $ 40 per month, but all come with free trial periods for new subscribers. In other words, you can live stream the 2018 NBA Finals for free on one or more of these services while testing them out. Just remember to cancel before the free trial period ends if you don’t want to become a paying subscriber.

How to listen to the 2018 NBA Finals on radio or online

There are many ways to listen to the 2018 NBA Finals audio broadcasts. ESPN Radio is broadcasting the game on local ESPN stations around the country. You can listen to play-by-plays of the NBA Finals games on a variety of AM and FM channels based in the greater Ohio region, for Cavaliers broadcasts, and throughout northern California and the West Coast, for Warriors broadcasts. SiriusXM also has 2018 NBA Finals audio broadcasts, if you’re a subscriber to the satellite radio service or are trying it out during a free trial period. All of the above options have broadcasts available in English or Spanish

As for listening to the 2018 NBA Finals radio broadcasts online, you’ve got a choice of options there as well. You can listen to ESPN Radio and other channels live in your browser, and there are apps available for most radio stations, including ESPN Radio. Fans in the San Francisco Bay area can download the free Warriors mobile app if they want to listen to Golden State’s home announcers call the game.

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Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals was approximately even in the ratings with the comparable game in 2017. Thursday night’s game, which again saw the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Golden State Warriors, drew an 11.9 rating in Nielsen’s metered market households. That is down a scant 5% from the 12.4 drawn by 2017’s […]

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The 2018 NBA Finals tip off Thursday night, with the Golden State Warriors facing the Cleveland Cavaliers in the championship for the fourth year in a row.

It’s the first time ever in NBA Finals history that two teams square off for the league championship in four consecutive years. For that matter, the 2018 NBA Finals marks the first time in any major sport that the same two teams are facing each other for the championship title four times in a row. (In the NHL, the Detroit Red Wings played the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Finals three years in a row, and in Major League Baseball the New York Yankees and New York Giants met up in the World Series in three consecutive seasons.)

As for 2018 NBA Finals predictions, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and the rest of the Golden State Warriors are strong favorites to beat LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. As many observers have noted, this year probably represents LeBron James’s toughest test yet, seeing as he must face the heavily favored Warriors without All-Star guard Kyrie Irving (who was traded to the Boston Celtics) and without a fully healthy Kevin Love (who was injured in the previous series and may miss at least Game 1 of the NBA Finals).

Here’s everything you need to know about watching Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals, including what time the game starts, what channel it’s on and how to live stream it — no matter if you’re watching on TV or want to live stream the Cavaliers-Warriors.

What channel is Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals on?

The 2018 NBA Finals are being broadcast on ABC. If you have a TV and access to free, over-the-air channels, all you have to do is find your local ABC channel and tune in. If you don’t have a cable TV package with networks like ABC, you most likely can still watch the NBA Finals for free with a digital antenna designed to get reception of free broadcast channels.

What time Is Game 1 of the 2018 NBA Finals tonight?

The ABC broadcast of Game 1 of the NBA Finals will start at 9 p.m. E.T., on Thursday, May 31. The NBA Finals Game 2—which like the rest of the series is also on ABC—is set to air at 8 p.m. E.T. on Sunday, June 3. Game 1 and Game 2 are both being played at Golden State’s home venue, Oracle Arena in Oakland, California. Here’s the full 2018 NBA Finals schedule.

How to live stream the 2018 NBA Finals

If you prefer to live stream the 2018 NBA Finals online for free on a laptop, smartphone, or other device, you can watch the games via the ABC app. Bear in mind, however, that ABC will require you to log in online with a participating pay TV provider account.

If you don’t have such an account, you can still stream the 2018 NBA Finals by using a live-streaming TV service such as Hulu Live, DirecTV Now, Playstation Vue, Sling TV, or YouTube TV. All of these services have free trial periods of around one week for new subscribers, and in many markets the packages include free broadcast channels like ABC.

Live-streaming TV packages generally range from $ 20 to $ 40 per month, after the free trial period is over. Remember to cancel the service if you don’t want to pay after the trial period ends.

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‘FAR: Lone Sails’: Is This the Best Apocalypse Game Since ‘Fallout’?

We don’t often know what caused the apocalypse, but it’s obvious that happens. The skeletal remains of a dead civilization dot the landscape. Half-buried by the swirling sands that stampede around the globe swallowing oceans, these ruins mournfully watch survivors scavenge for resources in their shadows. Freak storms flashing across the sky: their rain spiked with acid.

It’s bleak. So bleak.

The reason why it all ended up like this is rarely relevant. It’s the stories of those who remain we have a seemingly unquenchable thirst for. Fascinating examinations of what it means to be human. The good, the bad, the frequently ugly. After all these years and all this media, you know the apocalypse well. We’re sure.

Which is why FAR: Lone Sails by developer Okomotive makes such an impact. Out now on PC and heading to Xbox One and PS4 in the future, FAR: Lone Sails is unlike anything we’ve played before. This unique take on the apocalypse is, in its barest form, a sidescrolling platformer. But such labels criminally undersell it.

This is a game that carefully wraps you around its finger and tugs at your heart in bizarre ways, despite the lack of context and dialogue.


Your vehicle in FAR: Lone Sails
Your vehicle in FAR: Lone Sails

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Don’t expect much preamble. It clearly time for our little hero to move on; that’s all you need to know. A small, near-shapeless bright red in a landscape drained of nearly all its colour, our hero has spent their post-apocalyptic time closeted away from the wasteland building a road train. A vehicle capable of carrying them from here to there.

Like something out of Mad Max, via Machinarium, this heaving beast is a fascinating piece of engineering. As soon as you lay eyes on it you’re intrigued and it quickly becomes evident that your first task is to work out how to get it moving.

It’s not much of a brain bender: your natural curiosity will lead you in the right direction. You need to collect rubbish from the world and place it into the train’s furnace to create the fuel needed to move forward. As this fuel burns, steam builds up, which you must release rhythmically to keep your engine from exploding.


How to get your vehicle pas this obstacle and across the bridge?
How to get your vehicle pas this obstacle and across the bridge?

With this simple gameplay mechanic mastered, you bust out the doors of your ramshackle home and begin motoring across the landscape towards… well, towards whatever lies at the other side.

It’s not safe out there. The harsh reality of the apocalypse beats at the side of your new, mobile home relentlessly, right from the off. Inside it’s cosy and warm, and as you’re forced to venture outside to collect more bits to burn or equipment to hang throughout the vehicle, the connection you form with your vehicle grows. It becomes a love affair.

Customising Your Ride

In the belly of the beast you may feel safe, but it’s far from capable of making the long journey across the sands when you begin. Things must have gotten desperate for you to risk all and leave.

At first you’ll fear running out of fuel and having to leg-it across open expanses in search of more. And as you push through the landscape, you will frequently come up against impassable structures. These require you to leave the safety of your mobile home and platform, then puzzle, to a solution.

There’s no timer or immediate threat to these moments, leaving you free to relax, explore, and think. But the solutions to each puzzle always open up the game to more surprises and possibilities. This includes upgrades to your vehicle. Before long your four-story ride is packed with various gadgets, mechanisms, and buttons that each act to help you push on against the odds.

While there are some thrills to be found here in much the same way a Metroidvania game unravels itself alongside ability upgrades, it’s not what makes FAR: Lone Sails sing its merry tune. Instead it’s the way they all combine to meet your single goal: to keep moving.


Setting sail to conserve fuel
Setting sail to conserve fuel

Before long you’re rhythmically dashing about the vehicle, loading fuel into the furnace, pushing the button that drives you forward, releasing steam at the perfect time to get a little nitro boost on a steep hill, and repeating. Then you begin getting mechanical failures or fires. You’ll have to hose down the flames or weld a part. Maybe the wind might turn favourable, allowing you to hoist a sail to try and conserve fuel.

It’s all terribly mundane work, but it’s balanced so well and with such simple and concise controls, that it’s addictive. There’s an instant proof-of-work system here where the analogue nature of every action produces a measurable result. It feels good to keep moving, even though you don’t know where you’re going.

A Stunning Piece of Art

The final and most vital piece to FAR: Lone Sails’ puzzle is its world design. It’s a truly beautiful game, both aurally and visually. In smaller spaces there is such intricate detail in the backdrop, that when you find yourself trundling through vast, barren landscapes, the contrast is just as impactful.

Watching the ruins of civilization come into view and then drift behind you creates an intense sense of isolation and sadness. At night, when the stars come out and darkness grips the play space, it manages to evoke a sense of fear and loss. Especially when electrical storms then ravage your only safe zone: your vehicle.


Inside a broken factory
Inside a broken factory

Special mention has to go to the audio, which does a tonne of the leg work in keeping the game’s pace and emotional resonance on point. The sound of rain hitting the steel body of your vessel is harsh and lonely. The hard, metal-on-metal clunk of your vehicle soldiering through the wasteland feels raw and desperate. Even the subtle change in the wind volume as you step in and out of the vehicle is just right.

Add the sparse, but perfect score that drifts in and out and it all comes together into something that can only be called, “art.”

Vitally, it’s this attention to detail and love in the design that makes you care about pushing on. With no story and no destination driving you forward, it’s the cathartic nature of keeping your vehicle running and the “what’s up ahead” mystery generated by the world design that plays the role of antagonist.

What are you doing here after all? Are you trying to find an end to the apocalypse? Or do you just have to keep moving? Either way, Okomotive’s subtle yet sublime take on post-apocalyptic adventuring is an experience you won’t forget.

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7 Most Frustrating Video Game Enemies in History

Like any form of entertainment, video games have characters we identify with, characters we love, and characters we hate. Those last two categories can often become blurred because while we all support the hero, there’s nothing more exciting than a good villain.

Some of those enemies earn a place in our lives not by being good or memorable, but because they are so annoying that we cringe every time we encounter them. Fill your bag with repels, infrared scopes, and swords and let’s embark on this quest to find the most annoying enemies in video game history.

Regeneradors (Resident Evil 4)


The Regeneradores are ugly, terrifying and can easily kill you if you are not prepared.
The Regeneradores are ugly, terrifying and can easily kill you if you are not prepared.

In a game plagued with disgusting and terrifying enemies, you may think that genetically engineered monsters could be just one more of the same. But these gray nightmares in Resident Evil 4 pack a dark secret. Well, 2-5 dark secrets to be more precise.


The parasites inside the Regeneradores seen using the Infrared Scope.
The parasites inside the Regeneradores seen using the Infrared Scope.

Turns out that to kill the Regeneradors you have to use an infrared scope and locate 2-5 really small parasites inside their bodies and shoot them. Every other damage inflicted can be easily regenerated, including shooting their limbs off.

Besides, you always encounter them in small spaces and you have to kill them super fast. All while protecting Ashley and dodging their attacks. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Skeleton Wheel/Wheel Skeletons (Dark Souls)


If hell actually exists, it is plagued with these things.
If hell exists, it is plagued with these things.

Skeleton Wheels are a great example of annoying enemies that are necessary. I assume that the idea behind them was to teach you to be a hunter: silent, deadly, and fast. Because if you’re not, then you are just in for some constant disappointment.

Dark Souls is a punishing game, but come on, fast enemies that attack in packs and break your guard (no matter what you do) causing you to be staggered, even if you are equipped to prevent this? These are just plain unfair, even by Dark Souls standards.

These nasties, who first appeared in the first Dark Souls game, are ready to group up and run down anyone foolhardy enough to drop off the cliffs in the Catacombs. By rolling into you, their rapid attacks would deplete your stamina and effectively stunlock you. We enjoyed a brief respite before they snuck into a side area in Dark Souls III.

Pole Vaulting Zombie (Plants vs. Zombies)


These guys are a nightmare in the early levels of PVZ.
These guys are a nightmare in the early levels of ‘PvZ.’

For gamers like me who place all of our plants symmetrically, the pole vaulting zombie in Plants vs Zombies was a nightmare. He usually jumped over your first line of defense, leaving whatever was behind completely helpless.

This is where most of us started to freak out because you had to hurriedly put some plant there. And if you already used all of your last resource plants like the Cherry Bomb, it meant some poor sunflower had to suffer a slow and agonizing death, or worse, you got a game over screen. Definitely an annoying and frustrating nightmare.

Malboro (Final Fantasy)


You eventually learn to dread those two words.
You eventually learn to dread those two words.

Malboros are dreaded by almost every Final Fantasy fan, and not just because of them being strange and ugly-looking creatures, but rather because of their signature attack — Bad Breath. These two simple words mean that one of your party members is going to be afflicted with most, if not all, possible status ailments in the game.

If you weren’t properly prepared to deal with status ailments, you can easily see how a single Malboro wipes out your entire party. Because these creatures don’t only inflict status ailments, after they’ve done so, they proceed to relentlessly attack your party.

To add insult to the injury, Malboros often have a decent amount of HP and are also kind of heavy-hitters. A round of applause for the FF character creators.

Creepers (Minecraft)


These things are silent, deadly, and destructive.
These things are silent, deadly, and destructive.

Minecraft was a phenomenon that most gamers didn’t understand at first. But once you got the hang of it and started to enjoy the freedom of its open world, everyone did the same: build a house.

So you spent hours farming for the materials needed to create your dream house and when you finally stepped back to admire your polygonal architectural prowess, you suddenly hear that hissing sound. And voilà! Just like that, hours of your life are lost because one of those green hell-spawns decided to spawn close to you. Thank you so much, Markus.

Monks/Missionaries (Age of Empires II)


Their praying fx was one of the most dreaded sounds in AOEII.
Their praying fx was one of the most dreaded sounds in ‘AOEII.’

The Monks and Missionaries were very interesting units in Age of Empires II because they introduced a very cool mechanic: converting enemy units so they instantly became part of your army. A bit overkill, but so far so good, right? No! The thing is, developers also added a healing function transforming the Monks into one of the most powerful (and overpowered) support units in the entire game.

Monks are sneaky, cheap to create, hard to counter, and, in great numbers, capable of converting entire villages. You knew you were screwed when your precious (and very expensive) Trebuchets, Elephants, and War Wagons suddenly faced an army of monks because when they started to pray, there was no turning back.

Zubats (Pokémon)


Your final Pok&amp;eacute;mon is about to faint? It would be a shame if you couldn't scape...
Your final Pokémon is about to faint? It would be a shame if you couldn’t escape…

Caves in Pokémon games are often really dark and full of wild Pokémon. Literally, every step you take has a 50/50 chance of triggering an encounter. That could be great if you got to meet lots of different Pokémon. However, caves feature mostly one Pokémon: the Zubat.

These non-menacing looking bats have one prominent ability: Supersonic. This is a non-elemental attack that confuses your Pokémon leaving them with a 50% chance of causing themselves damage instead of attacking the other Pokémon.

Pair that with the fact that escaping isn’t guaranteed and you are in for a frustrating encounter where if your luck runs out, a single Zubat can whip your entire party.

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YOU JOIN US TODAY TO DISCUSS A SURVEY ABOUT COLLEGE SAVINGS. WHAT DOES IT TELL US?

According to Sallie Mae’s 2018 report, How America Saves for College, parents are making progress when it comes to saving for their children’s college education. The report was based on a survey of more than 2,000 parents of children under 18 and found that the average amount saved is $ 18,135. That is 10% more than the $ 16,380 average in 2016 and is the highest level of savings the survey has found since 2013.

THIS IS GREAT NEWS! WHAT ELSE DID THE SURVEY FIND?

There were two additional positive findings in the survey. First, parents are getting more realistic about paying for college. Specifically, many parents are coming to believe that the cost of college shouldn’t fall only on them, especially as the costs rise. Respondents said they expect to cover about one-third of the total cost of their child’s college costs.

Additionally, close to 60 percent of parents said they expected their child to pay for part of their education, up from around 50 percent in 2016. As parents become more realistic about the costs of college and what they can contribute, I believe we can expect to see more of them planning and focusing on other resources, so that is good news.

On top of this, there was another excellent finding in the survey: Parents are shying away from mortgaging their future to pay for their child’s education. Just 10% of parents said they plan to tap their retirement savings for their child’s education, down from 20 percent in 2016. Let’s hope this the start of a trend, Tom. As I have said many times, there are loans for college, but not for retirement.

WERE THERE ANY AREAS OF CONCERN?

Absolutely. First, the cost of college continues to move higher. According to the College Board, the average private nonprofit college charged $ 46,950 for tuition, fees and room and board in the 2017-2018 academic year, it is expected to continue to climb. This means that even as parents are saving more, they are not necessarily making a dent in the overall shortfall.

On top of that, just 39% of respondents reported that they were planning and saving for their child’s college expenses while, 17% said they were saving but not planning, and 44% said they were not saving at all.

Finally, and of particular importance for our community, there continues to be a significant gap between Black and Hispanic parents and white parents when it comes to college savings. The survey found the average college savings for Black respondents was $ 10,702 this year, compared to $ 23,460 for white families. This is another way the persistent wealth gap between Black and white Americans impacts our children’s future.

IF WE ARE ALREADY SAVING FOR COLLEGE, OR WE WANT TO START, WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND?

 The most important thing to do is keep saving, or if you haven’t already, to start saving. Once you do, then you want to concentrate on growing that money. The two most common vehicles to do this are 529 plans and Coverdell Education Savings Accounts. 529 plans are offered in various states and can be used for undergraduate or graduate studies.

In these plans, you’re typically given a menu of investment options to choose from. Keep in mind, 529 plans do come with some restrictions. Funds can be withdrawn tax-free only for qualified education expenses such as tuition, books, and room and board.

Coverdell Education Savings Accounts also allow your investments to grow tax-free, as long as they are used for qualified education expenses. But, money from Coverdell accounts can also be used for K-12 expenses, and you can choose your own investment options.

Coverdell accounts are limited to a maximum of $ 2,000 per year, while 529 plans generally have higher contribution limits. Remember, if funds from 529 plans or Coverdell accounts are not used for qualified education expenses, there can be both taxes and penalties.

Remember, you want to be clear on the goals and objectives for these accounts. Consult your financial advisor to determine which type of account makes the most sense for your situation.

Mellody Hobson is President of Ariel Investments, a Chicago-based money management firm that serves individual investors and retirement plans through its no-load mutual funds and separate accounts. Additionally, she is a regular financial contributor and analyst for CBS News.

 

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