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Wiz Khalifa’s Rolling Papers 2 just dropped a few days ago so you know that Wiz was going to go hard in support of his latest baby.

Linking up with Problem for the clip to “Gin & Drugs,” Wiz sets up in front of a green screen which allows all kinds of crazy CGI action without ever leaving the soundstage.

Speaking of crazy CGI, Macklemore follows suit for his trippy visuals to the King Draino assisted clip to “How To Play The Flute” (pause) where he goes from a deity on a heavenly throne to Bob Ross with the paint brush.

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The Kids Can Now Play Unlimited Games at Chuck E. Cheese


Being a parent is expensive. And exhausting.

You’d think taking the little ones to a pizza and games place like Chuck E. Cheese would bring some distraction-induced reprieve. But alas, they’re coming at you every five minutes for more tokens.

Not today, children.

Behold the new All You Can Play game option (aka the savior of parental sanity), now at participating Chuck E. Cheese locations nationwide.

How Chuck E. Cheese All You Can Play Works

For one flat fee, kiddos can play unlimited games without exception for a selected amount of time.  

Currently, unlimited game time comes in 30-minute increments starting at $ 9 with any Chuck E. Cheese deals purchase and is good any day of the week.

Watch that ticket pile grow as your kids’ hearts swell, because there’s no game too big or small for their young ambitions.

They can play the same game over and over, or try every single one and rack up enough tickets to trade in for their dream prize.

Need a potty or pizza break? No problem. You get the option to pause play twice during the unlimited window. Once the time is up, you can purchase additional 30-minute windows of time as needed.

They might just wear themselves out for less than $ 20. Might.

Check that All You Can Play is available at your Chuck E. Cheese location before you go.

Since you’re already there, stretch those savings with a free pizza, because why should the kids have all the fun?

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To some in the black community, there is no card game like “Spades.” Spades can break up happy homes, reunite families and end friendships. At a barbeque or function, if someone breaks out the cards it’s time for you to find a partner and destroy the whole house or risk embarrassment.

Now we shouldn’t assume that everyone knows how to play the Black American pastime but you risk shame if you don’t. So Twitter user @rxmsxy took to Twitter to break down the game. Not all heroes wear capes. Here’s your lesson.

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Miles Teller Set to Play Goose’s Son Opposite Tom Cruise in the Top Gun Sequel

Miles Teller is taking to the sky.

The actor is set to play Tom Cruise’s protégé in the Top Gun sequel, Top Gun: Maverick, Variety reports. Teller, 31, will portray the son of Goose, originally played by Anthony Edwards in the 1986 classic.

In the original film, Goose dies in an accident and Maverick (Cruise) blames himself for the death.

Prior to Goose’s tragic death, the pilot and Maverick were the ultimate dynamic duo known for their catchphrase, “I feel the need… the need for speed.”

Other actors considered for the role were Hidden Figures’ Glen Powell and X-Men’s Nicholas Hoult, according to Variety.

Powell hilariously shared his reaction to the news on Twitter, writing, “I’m taking down all the Tom Cruise posters in my bedroom. Maybe, I’ll leave one. Two for symmetry. Okay, the posters are staying.”

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Val Kilmer is expected to return for his role as Tom “Iceman” Kazansky, Maverick’s rival, the outlet reports.

Filming for the movie is already underway, with a release date of July 12, 2019, according to Deadline.

In May, Cruise, 56, shared the first photo from the set of Top Gun: Maverick. In the teaser image — posted to Cruise’s social media on “#Day1” of production for the 2019 release — the action star posed as his United States Naval Aviator Lieutenant character, aviators and all. Decked in his aviation gear and holding his helmet, Cruise gazed across the tarmac at a F-18 Tomcat (Maverick’s plane of choice in the original film).

Cruise labeled the picture “FEEL THE NEED,” referencing Maverick and Goose’s iconic quote.

Top Gun: Maverick is being helmed by filmmaker Joseph Kosinski, Cruise’s director on the 2013 sci-fi drama Oblivion. He has experience making sequels decades after their original release, having directed 2010’s Tron: Legacy. 

Not much is known about the plot for the sequel, written by Eric Warren Singer (Only the Brave), Peter Craig (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) and Justin Marks (The Jungle Book).

According to Variety, Cruise’s character will now be an instructor, with the film exploring “a world of drone technology, fifth-generation fighters and the end of the era of dog-fighting.”


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5 ‘Minecraft’-Like Games You Can Play Right Now

Minecraft may look simple, but beneath its plain exterior lies an interesting game with endless creative options. However, Minecraft isn’t just a building game. Players can explore intricate mines and battle against spiders, skeletons, zombies, or all three — which can be strangely exhilarating. But nothing lasts forever, especially games. So, once you’ve become a Minecraft god, what’s the next game you should conquer? Well, we have some suggestions for you. Here are five Minecraft-like games you can play right now.

Roblox


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The creative alternative everyone wanted.

Roblox not only looks and feels like Minecraft, it also allows you to build an entire world from the ground up. The popular MMO game boasts an in-depth and intricate design system that allows players to immerse themselves in someone else’s creation or vice versa.

The kinds of worlds players can create range from wild pirate islands to bustling cities. And with endless items to place in each environment, the only thing limiting players is their own imagination. Building your own kingdom, beach, or city in Roblox is sure to scratch that creative itch that Minecraft left behind.

The Forest

Minecraft‘s survival mode can get very scary and intense, especially when your character is starving. Now, imagine an entire game built around this concept that has players fight and build shelter, tools, and fire to survive. That’s where The Forest, the Minecraft-like horror game that no one asked for but everyone loved, comes in.

With its realistic, Gothic aesthetic, The Forest pushes Minecraft‘s survival mode even further, resulting in a more bone-chilling experience. In Minecraft, enemies just kill you. However, in The Forest, enemies will knock you out and drag you into their dark underground lair where countless creature lie in wait, ready to pounce. Adrenaline junkies should definitely give The Forest a try. Just make a point to keep close to the fire and have a crafted weapon ready.

Terasology


The same look and feel — but with minions.

Terasology‘s design is near identical to Minecraft‘s. It also similarly allows players to craft, build, and mine. But Terasology has a lot to offer players that Minecraft doesn’t, such as a more realistically rendered landscape, an environment that can change over time, and even the ability to create loyal minions.

The villager NPCs in Minecraft are interesting and good for trading, but not much help in a fight. They just run around grunting or get turned into zombies. This isn’t the case in Terasology, where NPCs can be spawned from your toolbar. These NPCs can take inventory, mine blocks, build their own societies, and trade with you. This is definitely the game for those who love control but want their creations to lighten their workload.

Stardew Valley

Mining and farming are some of the most important and interesting parts of playing Minecraft. Mining helps you improve your tools, while farming allows you to live on the land. While smaller in scope, Stardew Valley also allows you to care for your own farm and mine to upgrade your tools.

Unlike Minecraft, where you can only trade with villager NPCs, the RPG-style Stardew Valley allows you to cultivate and deepen relationships with characters in the town, which can lead to friendships and even a romantic relationship. Being able to take an interest in the in-game community, creates a more immersive experience for players than what’s found in Minecraft. Everyone has wanted to knock off the grunting villagers in Minecraft at some point in time, but in Stardew Valley, you won’t be able to get enough of the game’s interesting and engaging little community.

Starbound


Who doesn’t want to give ‘Minecraft’ in space a go?

The beginning of Starbound sees you fleeing from your home. Eventually, you find yourself stuck on a planet where you are forced to explore, construct, and collect resources to escape. The game aesthetically resembles Stardew, boasting the same RPG gaming style. But Minecraft fans will love the game’s creative crafting mechanic and intense survival mode.

A more story-driven game than Minecraft, Starbound doesn’t limit what players can achieve or create. Players can shape their own future — whether that be as a farmer or an intergalactic estate agent. There are also plenty of opportunities for players to become battle-tested through boss fights and fun and challenging dungeon runs. There’s nothing more satisfying than throwing yourself in the dark depths of a jungle in an attempt to claim the treasures within.

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‘The Band’s Visit’ sweeps Tony Awards as “Harry Potter” wins best play

NEW YORK (Reuters) – “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” won the Tony for best play on Sunday while “The Band’s Visit” swept the musical categories with 10 wins, including the top award best musical at Broadway’s annual honors for the best in theater.


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Playstation’s Days of Plays 2018 kicks off today and runs through June 18. For only 11 days, you’ll find the best discounts all on hardware, games, peripherals, and subscriptions. There is also limited edition blue and gold themed Playstation 4 Slim console that makes its debut, and will lost likely discontinue shortly after the event. Check out all the deals below.

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The Black Tux Play at Nordstrom Sets Up Showroom Concept for Growth

The Black Tux chief executive officer and cofounder Andrew Blackmon is busy to say the least. The men’s brand is set to have 15 showroom concepts open total at Nordstrom by June following March’s raise of a $ 30 million series C.
The growth will bring the business, which began as a digital direct-to-consumer brand aimed at the new generation of grooms and groomsmen, to markets such as Austin, Baltimore and Philadelphia after the business’ most recent additions in Southern California in Nordstrom’s Glendale and Topanga stores.
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Twinkie Clark Shares ‘Hallelujah’ The Stage Play On The Clark Sisters

Wendy Williams didn’t know what she nests she knocked on when she came for the Clark Sisters on her show. Fans were not pleased and handled it quickly. Twinkie Clark of the gospel group says Williams is welcomed to come to her stage play Hallelujah.

“It would be nice if she came out,” explained Twinkie. “It would certainly clear the air.” There’s a new stage play called Hallelujah that chronicles the life and career of the Clark Sisters.

“They call us the legendary Clark Sisters and I think that all that comes from the years that we’ve got into the music,” explained Twinkie. “How we started out with our father being the pastor of the church and my mother the director of the choir and the Lord had opened many doors to where we are now.”

Larry Clark, Twinkie’s nephew wrote the play and likens it to a Broadway show.

“It’s 7 decades and 2 hours long. From 1957 to 2018,” expressed Larry. “It’s a lot to cover…it’s sort of like Broadway, we move really quickly.”

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(LONDON) — Taking in the London landmarks, Hal Steinbrenner turned his eyes from statues to more familiar sights.

“I walked through Trafalgar Square yesterday and saw a lot of Yankees hats,” the team owner told The Associated Press. “I don’t think it had anything to do with today.”

Tuesday was launch day for Major League Baseball’s foray into Europe, with two games between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox set for June 2019 at London’s Olympic Stadium.

The Yankees caps spotted by Steinbrenner as he wandered by Nelson’s Column was a reminder that in so many parts of the world his team is more of a fashion brand than a 27-time champion.

The aim is to change that with regular-season games in London, moving baseball closer to its European fans and a new audience.

“It’s about introducing the sport by bringing the players,” Steinbrenner said, “by bringing the greatest rivalry in baseball here.”

It won’t be a one-off excursion into London for MLB. The intention is to emulate the NFL and NBA and send fixtures every year to the British capital.

After the trial run next year — the Red Sox and Yankees will play on June 29 and 30 — MLB is also committed to playing in London in 2020 as part of a long-term strategy to establish a footprint in the city.

“We hope this series will be the beginning of a relationship with London that persists and a continuation of increasing exposure for Major League Baseball in Europe,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday.

The NFL is so entrenched in London now that Shahid Khan has lodged a bid with the English Football Association to buy Wembley Stadium, where his Jacksonville Jaguars have been playing annually since 2013.

MLB is heading to a stadium that has been a drain on the British taxpayer since it was built for the 2012 Olympics and then reconstructed to accommodate English Premier League club West Ham as a tenant. The running track around the field that makes the venue seem ill-suited for soccer allows MLB to configure it for baseball.

Alastair Grant—APJohn Henry owner of the Boston Red Sox, left Robert D Manfred Commissioner of the MBL, Sadiq Khan the Mayor of London, Jennifer Steinbrenner Swindal and Hal Steinbrenner left with joint owners of the New York Yankees, in London, May 8, 2018.

“It’s very important when it’s not the football season we try to generate revenues that will balance the books,” London Mayor Sadiq Khan said.

The stadium will have a capacity of 55,000 for baseball.

“It’s going to be a different crowd,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said before the teams played each other Tuesday night in New York. “It should be fun. The family is going to go and we’re going to have a blast and the players, they’re going to experience something different.

“Everybody knows about the rivalry and how much it means over here, so they’re going to have a taste of the rivalry over there in London.”

England is already a second home to John Henry, the owner of the Red Sox and Liverpool of the Premier League. Talks between Henry and Steinbrenner began more than two years ago about taking the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry across the Atlantic.

“All of us here today look forward to hearing the cry ‘Play Ball’ in London,” Henry said at the MLB launch at a London cinema off Regent Street. Boston will be the home team for both games.

By playing in London in June during the Premier League offseason, baseball is muscling into cricket territory.

“We think there is an affinity with cricket,” Manfred said. “There’s a lot of carry-over of that fan base into baseball.”

After all, the 2014 MLB season began at the Sydney Cricket Ground in front of Australian fans.

“I think particularly they liked the fact that our foul balls get to stay in the stands and hopefully that will be popular here as well,” Manfred said. “Usurping cricket is a real challenge, but we would like to think of it as a complimentary effort. The same sort of fans might be attracted.”

The bane of the British summer, as cricket fans experience too often, is rain wiping out play. And rain would certainly spell trouble for the MLB games in London.

“We will pray we actually get the games in,” Manfred said. “Because of the scheduling, rain will be difficult for us in the event we get bad weather. … If we lose a game it would have to be made up in the United States.”

Still, Manfred sees London as a “permanent home” for a franchise one day.

“When you play 162 times in 187 days, travel is an issue,” he said. “The world continues to get smaller. As travel gets better, we hope it’s a possibility.”

The NFL appears no closer to basing a team in Britain despite so much chatter since regular-season games were brought to London in 2007. There have been 18 games at Wembley and three at Twickenham. Three more NFL games are scheduled for this year, including one at the new stadium of Premier League club Tottenham.

The NBA and NHL have also held regular-season games in London, and now MLB is getting in on the act.

“I’ve never been to London, so I think it’s pretty cool that we’re going across the pond. I like that,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “A chance to spread our game. I think that’s awesome.”

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What was Verne Troyer’s cause of death, when did the actor play Mini-Me in Austin Powers and was he in Harry Potter?

VERNE Troyer was one of Hollywood’s most recognisable faces in Hollywood in the 90s and 00s with a slew of hit roles to his name.

The star made famous in the Austin Powers movies, who tragically passed away, will go down in history as one of the acting community’s brightest stars. Here is what we know about him.

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Who was Verne Troyer?

Verne Troyer was an American actor who was notable for his height which was caused by achondroplasia dwarfism.

This never stopped him achieving great heights – he was best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers series and he also starred in British film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as Griphook the Goblin.

The Michigan-born actor, unfortunately, had a sex tape leaked in 2008 by his then-girlfriend Ranae Shrider.

And then in 2009, he appeared on Celebrity Big Brother UK.

Although his film output declined over the years, he never stopped doing what he loved – he starred in the Keith Lemon film in 2012 and starred as The Gnome in Gnome Alone in 2018.

Verne and his girlfriend Brittney Powell appeared on Celebrity Wife Swap in 2015.

When did Verne Troyer die?

Verne passed away on April 21, 2018.

The star’s family confirmed the news with a statement on his Instagram page.

“It is with great sadness and incredibly heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today.

“Verne was an extremely caring individual. He wanted to make everyone smile, be happy, and laugh. Anybody in need, he would help to any extent possible.

“Verne hoped he made a positive change with the platform he had and worked towards spreading that message every day.

He was most famous for playing Mini Me in the Austin Powers movies
He was most famous for playing Mini Me in the Austin Powers movies
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What was the cause of his death?

At the time of writing it is not clear what his cause of death was.

His family, however, have issued a statement that says: “Depression and Suicide are very serious issues.

“You never know what kind of battle someone is going through inside. Be kind to one another.

“And always know, it’s never too late to reach out to someone for help.”

The star was rushed to hospital with alcohol poisoning and had suicidal thoughts weeks before his death.

He was held for 72 hours after friends of the actor called emergency services to check up on him after becoming concerned he was “upset, drunk and suicidal.”

On April 24, 2018 it was reported he had a “very high” amount of alcohol inside his system when he died, his coroner has revealed, and that his death was being considered as a “possible suicide”.


When did he play Mini-Me in Austin Powers?

Verne starred as Mini-Me in the second and third Austin Powers movies – The Spy Who Shagged Me and Goldmember.

The character was a clone of Dr Evil and was identical to the maniacal villain in every way – except he was “1/8th the size”.

Mini-Me has very little dialogue in the films except for the occasional screen and he preferred to communicate with written language.

Austin Powers had been thwarted by Mini-Me on many occasions and proved himself to be even stronger than his original counterpart.


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People Play ‘Minecraft’ Differently When Bitcoin Is on the Line

Funny things happen when you start attaching real-world value to in-game play. It’s a concept being explored by MEGO Games, a Chilean outfit specialising in integrating Bitcoin directly into games.

Earning cryptocurrency while you play is a relatively new concept. But very quickly, multiple versions of this idea have been realised. We covered cryptos in gaming and esports a while back in this guide:

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While your computer is playing basic games like Minecraft, it’s not using its hardware to its full capacity. In fact, games rarely do these days. Workstation tasks like video editing and transcoding are needed to really push hardware.

So while it’s not doing much, it may as well be mining Bitcoin, right?

That’s the philosophy behind many of these systems. With Minecraft, the similarities are obvious. You mine in-game, and you’re effectively mining in the real world.

MEGO takes a bit of a different approach, however. Its server is funded through a combination of donations, sponsorships, and in-house mining. The results on player behaviour are surprising.

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Cristian Gonzalez is the CEO of MEGO Games. Since 2014, he’s been running a public Minecraft server called BitQuest, and observing the results of letting players mine real-world value in the game.

To create an in-game economy, he valued one bit (the equivalent of one millionth of a Bitcoin) to equal one of Minecraft‘s emeralds. Crucial to creating an even playing field, deposits of Bitcoin weren’t allowed — but withdrawals were.

MEGO is now onto its new project, Hammercoin, which is an RPG built from the ground up with Bitcoin as its currency. But not before learning a few lessons from the BitQuest project.

According to Gonzalez, venturing into the Nether zone on his Minecraft server became quite rare. Dying in the Nether leaves all of your items there for a while. All of a sudden, people had something to lose. The materials in this dangerous area became exceedingly valuable.

“Demand was created from people afraid to go into the Nether zone,” he said.

Not only did the economy change due to the new rarity of materials, some players were acting like it wasn’t a game at all. With a solid connection between in-game labour and real-world value, people started refusing to help others unless they were paid.

“If someone wanted to build a tower, they would pay other people to help build it,” said Gonzalez. “Whereas before, they might have just done it.”

Because that’s kind of what people are there to do anyway. That’s Minecraft.

It’s a Gamble

Of course, it was only a matter of time for gambling to come into play.

“You can ride horses in the game, so people would collect money together into a big prize pool, and race the horses,” according to Gonzalez. “The winner of the race would get the pool.”

Though the players seemed to stop short of gambling amongst the spectators on who would win.

Unsurprisingly, Gonzalez sees the whole experiment as a fundamental shift in how games will be played. But as the head of a gaming cryptocurrency, he’s paid to think that way.


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“I see it as this situation in which Pay to Win has become Win to Pay,” he told us.

Certainly it’s an interesting time, when you can actually gain value for playing a game — like one of those ridiculous “Earn money while playing!” spam ads. Undoubtedly the majority of these platforms will be faring a lot better than you, as they use your graphics card’s cycles to mine away. But BitQuest, which has recently released its 2.0, seems to be more experiment than cash cow.

Either way, it doesn’t make the change in player behaviours any less interesting. And it’s surely just the beginning.

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Why I Still Play Chrono Trigger Today

There have been some absolutely brilliant video games released over the last few years. I’ve battled on the streets of Numbani, I’ve scoured the ruins of Libertalia, and I’ve explored far and wide across Hyrule. And yet, as memorable as those experiences are, I still find myself going back to a title that’s over two decades old: Chrono Trigger. To some, it is an old game that was recently given a sub-par release on Steam; to me though, it is a deeply nostalgic experience and the most important video game ever.

Chrono Trigger is a reminder of my adolescence, and a game in which I see countless little parallels to the life I once lived in a rural Australian town. The very beginning, for instance, in which Crono is woken by his mother so he wouldn’t miss the Millennial Fair, takes me back to how excited I would be when my mum told me that the annual amusement park show was finally in town.

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AUSTIN, Texas — When the cast of Will & Grace reunited for a new batch of episodes late last year, Nick Offerman got to see up close and personal what it feels like to get the band back together, so to speak, on a beloved sitcom. Not only is his wife, Megan Mullally, one of the four stars of that show, but he also made a guest appearance as Jackson Boudreaux, the “Bad Boy of Bread.”

Offerman sat down with The Daily Beast in Austin, Texas, this week to talk about his new film, Hearts Beat Loud, which had just screened the night before at SXSW. We asked him whether that Will & Grace experience made him think any differently about the possibility of a Parks and Recreation reunion.

“They’re bringing every show back now, maybe they’ll want to bring our show back,” he says. “If that were ever to occur, it would be thanks to brains much larger than mine. Brains that I trust with my life. And so, if Mike Schur and Amy Poehler want to bring the show back and they think it’s a good idea, I will certainly sign on.”

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Steph Houghton MBE: ‘It is our duty to inspire girls to play a sport’

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Next in our #WomenWhoWin series is Steph Houghton MBE, captain of Manchester City Women’s Football Club and England’s top scorer at the 2012 Olympics.

It’s a big year for Steph, leading the Lionesses’ qualification campaign for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, and all on top of juggling daily family life and coming back from a devastating injury.

But Steph has made it clear that nothing is going to hold her back, telling us ‘Ever since I’ve been able to walk, I’ve always had a ball at my feet’ – and that’s not about to change.

In the current climate of #MeToo and #TimesUp, Steph is determined to continue inspiring the next generation of women’s football stars, making sure that they don’t just have male role models to look up to.

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We spoke to Steph about the discrimination she has faced in her career path and how to get to the top in women’s sport…

What decision changed your life?
Making football my career. I’d always loved football, whether it was playing it or watching it, and I just kind of became besotted with it. I’m quite competitive anyway and I always want to win – trying to be better than the boys was a little bit of a factor as well. When I was about 19 or 20. I was in the England senior squad and they introduced central contracts and offered me one, which meant I would get paid to play in the team. I thought, ‘Right okay, I can actually be quite secure’ and I saw how the women’s game was really changing and how it was going to be part of my life for the next ten or fifteen years.

Have you been discriminated against?
The women’s game has grown, but when I was playing at Arsenal, I don’t think people realised how good we actually were. I think there’s just a perception that we just play football but we’re not very good, and it was a challenge for us to try and prove those type of people wrong. But in the last few tournaments with England, we’ve really proved how far the women’s game has come – not just in terms of being on TV but in terms of actual technical ability, fitness levels and the fact that we give up a lot to be the athletes that we are.

How do you keep yourself going?
Every day I turn up at Manchester City or when I’m away with England, it’s all about doing it for my family, repaying my mum and dad for when they took me to training when I was younger and sacrificed so much to come and watch me play football. I really, really owe them for all the stuff they did for me when I was younger. It’s also the love of the game: I love the sport and I’m lucky enough to call it my job.

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What is the hardest challenge you’ve had to overcome?
I’ve had two big injuries. When I was 19, I broke my leg just before I was going to the World Cup and then I got another injury in 2009, just before we were going to go to the Euro. I ended up rupturing my cruciate, and I was out for year with that. Obviously it was devastating, but I think that period kind of helped me be the player I am today and I’ll be always forever grateful for the people around me who helped me get back. I think I changed my mentality in that time, in terms of making sure that I do everything at a hundred per cent. You have to really make sure that you’re the best that you can be every single day.

What do you struggle with?
Probably balancing everything! I always knew I wanted an educational background and my mum and dad were quite big on that. They knew that I needed some qualifications, just in case something happened or I got injured. Sixth form was quite a challenging time because I was playing first team football as well as playing for the England U19s and the Seniors. I was away from college quite a bit because of it and I missed a lot of work – that really affected my education.

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When were you proudest?
Internationally, being made captain of England was a massive highlight, it was a dream come true and something that you never really think about when you’re younger. For the club, obviously winning the Treble with Man City because we tried so hard to make sure we won trophies and so it was such an unbelievable feeling to win it with that group of people. Scoring a winning goal at Wembley in front of 70,000 at the 2012 Olympics with Team GB was also an unbelievable night, and I will never ever forget that one. Definitely my MBE too – even if the letter did get lost in the post!

What should women always do?
I think women should inspire. It is our duty to inspire young girls to play a sport, whether it’s just for enjoyment and keeping fit, or to actually go on and try and make a career out of it.

Additional reporting by Victoria Fell

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‘Florence’ Is the Love Story You Play

Florence is falling in love through game mechanics.

From the designer of Monument Valley, this charming love story sees protagonist Florence is navigating young adult life as romance finds her when she least expects it.

Parts of this tale as you scroll past comic strips, but in truth it’s the polar opposite to a visual novel. Nor is it anything like the usual gaming fare of story tidbits punctuating stretches of gameplay.

Florence tells its story through the actual interactive dimension. Flirty finger flicks capture those exciting early stages of a relationship, while simple swipes can puzzle out how to talk to your partner meaningfully.

These are mundane to begin with — by design — to represent the mundanity of a lonely nine-to-five. That’s before you become a little to distracted by a cute Cello player while riding your bike. Physics triumphs over chemistry, crushing leads to crashing, and Florence falls quite literally head over heels.

After actually meeting your new bae, named Krish, talking to him is a minor puzzle. Chat bubbles need to be filled with jigsaw pieces. These become easier and easier puzzles to complete, as conversation starts to flow without effort.


Florence and Krish with chat bubbles

Were these words to become more pointed, so too would the puzzle pieces. In more heated exchanges, taking turns to speak is abandoned. Krish will put together his puzzle pieces at a calculated, beatable speed. It creates the desire to put your own speech bubbles out first, brilliantly representing the desire to talk over one’s partner.

Fitting both Florence’s and Krish’s personal items onto a shelf is, of course, impossible without compromise. This and other microgames, from flirting to faithful feeling, take us through the full gamut of love.

This is the loftiest of game design goals; to capture an idea through pure interactivity. It’s doing over watching. Play, don’t tell.

Of course, there will always be some sort of aesthetics. Even The Marriage, Rod Humble’s famous experiment in trying to tell a story, create emotion, and get across a concept through pure interactivity, had to have some shapes and colours to communicate the mechanics.


Florence and Krish at dinner

Mind you, Florence doesn’t commit to this idea as wholeheartedly as The Marriage. It uses lovely original music to set the mood, and there is the occasional scene with some actual dialogue. But its stretches of silence say more than most love stories ever manage.

Similar to how it’d be wrong to spoil any major plot points, it’d be wrong here to disclose every interplay between gameplay and feeling. This is the crux of the game, inseparable from its story.

It’s certainly not unusual for story and gameplay to compliment one another in a game, but rarely are they one and the same.

Florence is short and sweet — with emphasis on “sweet.” Its playtime may be short, but it’ll stay with you long afterwards. Love in less than an hour. You can grab it on iOS.

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Tessa Thompson To Play Jewel Thief Doris Payne In New Movie

Tessa Thompson will step into the role of real life African American jewel thief Doris Payne, who gained notoriety for her luxury jewelry heists from stores around the world.

Thompson, whose credits include Thor: Ragnarok, Creed, and  Westworld will also produce the currently untitled film with Codeblack Films’ Jeff Clanagan. Codeblack is launching the project after having obtained Payne’s life rights, reports Variety.

Payne, now 87, has been in the heist business for six decades. Her method would usually involve her entering high-end stores and posing as a wealthy woman looking for a diamond ring. She would ask to see a tray of items, and through the gift of gab, cause the clerk to forget how many pieces were outside the cases, allowing her to leave with one or two.

The film is conceived as a high-concept action-drama in the vein of Catch Me if You Can and The Thomas Crown Affair, according to Variety. Codeblack Films’ Candice Wilson will oversee the project.

Payne has been arrested multiple times and has admitted to having used 20 aliases, 10 Social Security numbers, and nine dates of birth.

She was the subject of a 2013 documentary, “The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne,” where she described in detail many of her crimes, from the earliest thefts in her youth, up to her arrest in 2011 for stealing a diamond ring from a Macy’s department store. The trial for this crime was chronicled in the documentary, and her last interview in the film took place in prison.

Codeblack Films, which is part of Lionsgate, also has an Angela Davis biopic in active development. Its drama Traffik — starring Paula Patton, Omar Epps, Roselyn Sanchez, and Laz Alonso — opens April 27.

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Martin McDonagh’s ‘Hangmen’ Is the Best New Play in New York City

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What a coup for the Atlantic Theater Company to currently house the best new play in New York by a playwright and director nominated for two Oscars.

The mystery is why Martin McDonagh’s brilliant, electrifyingly satisfying Hangmen isn’t on Broadway right from the get-go; caution perhaps—it will likely follow the path of its London trajectory where it began its five-star, rave-reviewed life at the Royal Court Theatre in 2015 before transferring to the West End.

Hangmen is already a sell-out success, which is hardly surprising given the buzz around McDonagh generally, but especially given his Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Original Screenplay for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri—nominations that have proved controversial, given the film’s portrayal of race and racism.

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Kate Beckinsale to play widow whose husband dies in a plane crash in new ITV drama

HOLLYWOOD star Kate Beckinsale has signed up to star in a new drama series for ITV and Amazon.

The Aviator actress, 44, has been cast in The Widow, penned by Harry and Jack Williams, the screenwriting siblings behind The Missing and Liar.

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The London-born star will play Georgia Wells, a woman whose life is turned upside-down when her husband of more than 10 years is reported dead following a plane crash in the Congolese jungle.

But three years later, Georgia makes a shocking discovery which “takes her to Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo…to uncover the truth about his disappearance.”

ITV head of drama Polly Hill said: “I’m delighted to announce Kate Beckinsale’s casting in The Widow.

“She is perfect for the role of Georgia in what is, as always, brilliant, compelling and surprising storytelling from Harry and Jack Williams.”

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The Williams brothers said that they “couldn’t imagine anyone more perfect for the role.”

The series goes into production this month in South Africa, Wales and Rotterdam.

It will premiere on ITV before coming to Amazon Prime Video.

Kate’s previously worked with Amazon Studio on the 2016 comedy Love & Friendship, which she won the Evening Standard Award, the London Film Critic Circle Award and was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award.

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The A-lister has opened up in the past about her enviable physique, and the punishing diet and fitness regime she follows to stay trim.

Opening up to Shape Magazine, Kate, 44, spoke about her attitude to exercise.

She said: “I start out absolutely dreading it, do an incredibly punishing workout, bitch about it the whole time, and end up feeling 100 per cent better when I leave.


She continued that her and daughter Lily, 18, her only child with ex-partner Michael Sheen, follow a simple food plan.

She says: “Lily and I eat clean – we have a lot of sauteed vegetables like brussels sprouts and broccoli and chicken and fish.

“Also I don’t drink alcohol. I feel [its effects] very quickly, so I’ve never actually had an entire glass of anything alcoholic.”


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The Best Games You (Probably) Didn’t Play in 2017

2017 is almost over – and what a year it’s been for gamers. With the medium giving us everything from mind-blowing AAA epics like The Legend Of Zelda: The Breath Of The Wild, to heart-wrenching indie masterpieces like What Remains Of Edith Finch, interactive entertainment has had one of its finest 12 months in recent memory. Yet, despite us being being able to whittle that lofty list down to the ten best games of the year, there were also a lot of brilliant releases that we feel didn’t get the love they deserved. Here are 2017’s best kept gaming secrets:

10. Xenoblade Chronicles 2



OK, OK, we know that in the great scheme of things, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 isn’t exactly a hidden gem. Yet, with this beautifully crafted RPG launching right at the end of the year, its bound to looked over by the vast majority.

Serving as a numbered sequel to the Wii’s critically acclaimed Xenoblade Chronicles, this standalone adventure helps Switch owners scratch that open world itch. While its characters my be grating for everyone but the biggest JRPG fan, the game’s rich and expansive world is one that is definitely worth exploring. Boasting over a hundred hours of gameplay and some of the best (docked) visuals on Nintendo’s new console, this is a highly ambitious game that largely lives up to its potential.

It may not be getting the attention of Nintendo’s other first party releases, but make no mistake, Xenoblade Chronicles 2 is a Switch game that’s definitely worth your time and money.

  9. ODE



The poor old rhythm game genre hasn’t exactly had the best run of it recently. With both 2016’s Guitar Hero and Rock Band 4 failing to find an audience, its once again fallen to Indies to keep the pulse-pounding, rythmic action alive.  Or in Ode‘s case … Indie-ish. Developed by Ubisoft Reflections, (the team that brought gamers the brilliantly bizarre platformer Grow Home)  the studio’s latest project has once again successfully flipped a well-worn genre on its head.

Doing away with flashing icons, rhythm meters and any other user interface you’d rightly expect from a video game, Ode takes the musical platformer back to basics. Playing as an adorable marshmallow-esque creature trapped in a ball, Ode sees you joyously bouncing into everything around you. As you bombard your surroundings, a pleasing little rhythm section beings. Yet its when you collect items that the real fun beings. As you roll into glowing orange orbs or fallen stars, you turn the game world into your very own interactive orchestra.

It’s a game that can’t help but put a grin on your face, leaving the player in charge of amassing more orbs and conducting their very own masterpiece. If you own a PC, this little gem is definitely worth a download. Once again, Ubisoft Reflections has proudly proved that less really is more.

  8. Ruiner



2017 has once again been a good year for indie darlings Devolver Digital. Making its name with indie breakout hits like Hotline Miami, the last twelve months saw the sassy and subversive company release the unique 3D fighter Absolver as well as a mind-bending VR remake of The Talos Principle. Yet, for our money its best game this year went completely overlooked — Ruiner.

Ditching the 2D side scrolling of Hotline Miami, this neon-soaked nightmare takes the top down shooter and drags it kicking and screaming into 3D. Set in a predictably nasty post apocalyptic city called Regnkok, this unforgiving action game takes its visual cues from Akira and Blade Runner.

Thanks to some unique teleport mechanics and its wonderfully seedy sense of atmosphere, Ruiner takes a well-worn formula and pummels it into an experience that’s entirely its own. If you’re not afraid of a game that challenges you, Devolver’s latest perfectly blend frantic gameplay with a compelling dystopian setting. Mindless violence doesn’t get much cooler than this.

7. Golf Story



There are some age old combinations that just work. Chocolate and peanut butter, whiskey and coke … and now it seems you can add the blend of golf and old school RPG to that list. Golf Story is a Switch exclusive indie game that relives the glory days of the 90s with Camelot’s Mario Golf series.

These beloved handheld golf games saw players attempting to rise up through the ranks and become the greatest golfer in the mushroom kingdom. Yet, with recent entries sadly lacking the RPG elements that made the series so well-loved, developer Sidebar Games has decided to pick up the putter and put the genre back on course.

With some brilliant writing, suitably charming retro visuals and more angst-fuelled gold than you can shake a wedge iron at, Golf Story is a brilliantly nostalgic game. If you’re looking for an indie game to play in bed while you watch crap TV, you could do far worse than this wonderfully endearing adventure.

6. ECHO



Imagine a game where the AI not only watches you, but learns from your every move too. That’s the premise behind ECHO, a tense sci-fi stealth-em-up from Danish indie studio — Ultra Ultra. Created by ex Hitman developers who branched away from IO interactive, this developer’s debut title took the stealth genre into new and surprising territory.

In this sci-fi adventure, players are tasked with exploring a mysterious AI-controlled palace that watches their every move. As the game takes you deeper into its eerily abandoned passages and elaborately decorated hallways, you soon discover an almost infinite number of AI apparitions waiting for you.

The twist? These disturbing robots look identical to the player’s avatar. If that wasn’t bad enough, thanks to the ever watchful eye of the palace, these replicas slowly begin to mimic your actions too, learning from your every move.



While this may sound like little more than a gimmick, ECHO’s core gameplay loop is actually as alluring as it is terrifying. Every time you enter a new area, your disturbing doppelgängers are initially fairly harmless as you scout out the room before you. While they can grab you if you get too close, they can only walk very slowly, lacking any kind of ranged weaponry or an understanding of how doors work. You’d almost feel sorry for the dopey bots, if they weren’t watching intently, waiting for you to slip up.

This 2017 gem is one of the most original and intriguing releases we had the pleasure of playing this year. In a time where graphics are looking their best but AI hasn’t made that next-gen leap, avoid this ambitious gem at your own peril.

5. ARMS


Arms Nintendo Switch

In a year that’s arguably been dominated by flagship Nintendo franchises its easy to forget that 2017 also saw the Big N launch its first new hardcore gaming IP in two years. Just like it did with its squid-based shooter, Splatoon, this time the Japanese giant has decided to take apart the fighting genre and reassemble it into something equally fresh.

Created by the team behind Mario Kart 8, ARMS is (unsurprisingly) another game that’s almost overwhelmingly colourful.  Thankfully though, this game is more than just a looker. Bringing back motion controls with a vengeance, Nintendo proves that the Switch’s Joycon are a far cry from the inaccurate waggling that plagued the Wiimote.

Initially, you’d expect motion controls to reduce this unique-feeling brawler to little more than a basic flail fest. Yet, surprisingly, ARMS intuitive control scheme actually offers players a fairly extensive amount of tactical options. With the Switch’s joy-con able to accurately read precisely how you choose to curve your fighter’s stretchy limbs, playing locally or online makes each battle a delightfully tense reading of player tells.


Arms Nintendo Switch

Unfortunately though, it lacks the meaty single-player component of a game such as Splatoon, which combined with its dubious looking motion controls led to many Switch owners giving this fighting gem a mess.

In short, ARMS lives and dies on local and online multiplayer, but with Nintendo churning out more free DLC content than you can shape a floppy arm at, there’s a hell of a lot of multiplayer fun to be had here.

 

4. RIME


Rime by Tequila Works

While most games delight in immersing us in fictitious worlds, when it came to RIME’s fantastical setting, developer Tequila Works decided instead to take inspiration from its own backyard – The Mediterranean. Boasting a gorgeous cel-shaded art style, RIME’s sun-soaked vistas feel immediately evocative of Spanish beaches, with the game’s massive island oozing colour from every pixel.

Waking up on this strange but alluring island, RIME sees players exploring its beautiful and mysterious locales. Taking cues from games like Journey and The Witness, this puzzle-heavy exploration game drops dialogue and combat in favour of immersing players inside an atmospheric adventure. If you’re looking for a calming game to play after a long day, this is the perfect interactive stress buster.

To reveal more about what makes this touching tale so special, however, would be spoiling the experience. If you’re after a more laid-back, Team Ico style gaming experience, this indie gem is just the ticket. The less said about the terrible Switch port, however, the better.

3.  Little Nightmares


Little Nightmares

At first glance, Little Nightmares looks like a nice side-scrolling adventure from the team that brought you Little Big Planet Vita. Look a little closer and you’ll discover that things aren’t quite as sickly sweet in this terrifying world of Tim Burton-like horror.

Putting players in the shoes of a nameless protagonist, you awaken to find yourself trapped in an unfamiliar and giant world. It doesn’t take long to realize how dangerous and twisted these bleak new surroundings really are.

Feeling like Coraline, the video game, gorgeous visuals, spine tingling sound effects and brilliantly implemented puzzles make Little Nightmares a wonderfully atmospheric and unique experience. With an intriguing new DLC released for the game a few months back, and the main game currently on sale on STEAM, now’s the perfect time to dive into this captivating little horror title.

2.  Hellblade



It’s not every day that a game developer manages to combine atmospheric action with a poignant look at mental health. Yet, somehow, that’s exactly what DMC creators Ninja Theory have pulled off.

Inspired by Norse mythology, Hellblade puts players in the shoes of Senua, a warrior who is determined to rescue the soul of her dead partner from the goddess of Hela. Yet, while her journey to Helheim would be difficult enough with just the dangerous foes that stand before her, at the same time she faces another equally deadly enemy – psychosis.

Made in combination with British mental health charity, The Welcome Trust, Hellblade effectively and respectfully tackles mental illness in a harrowingly effective way. With each of your in game actions scrutinised by a cacophony of arguing voices, and your brain often warping the environment around you, Hellblade leaves players in a constant state of stress. Are the demons Senua is facing real?  Can you trust any of the voices that are guiding her?

Hellblade is a game that’s brave, beautiful and utterly unforgettable. If you’re looking for a game that feels great to play and simultaneously gives you insight into a difficult topic, then there are few better examples than Hellblade.

1. Night in the Woods



Following in the footsteps of our favourite college-dorm adventure, Life Is Strange, Night In The Woods is another cleverly written narrative-driven experience that swaps arcade thrills for real-life struggles. Put in the shoes of struggling 20-year-old Mae, players find themselves suddenly returning to her quiet home town after a mysterious incident sees her dropping out of college.

What starts off as a quirky adventure slowly unfolds into a surprisingly moving tale that tackles everything from depression to existentialism … all while letting you eat pizza with your pals and slap some mean bass lines along the way.

Thanks to a beautiful hand-drawn art style and its (at times) heart-wrenchingly relatable dialogue, you’ll soon find yourself invested in Possum Springs’ loveable cast of animal characters. We’re still not sure why this story about the hardships of being human is full of animals, but it looks great, so who cares?

If you’re after an easy-to-play and moving adventure, this well-written and charming little indie is one of the most intriguing things you can play this year.

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Smart wireless speakers, like those from Sonos or Bose, have totally changed how I listen to music. Forget sacrificing your phone to the 3.5mm jack, or *shiver* putting a CD into the stereo — just fire up Spotify, find your Wi-Fi connected device, and hit play.

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