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5 Hidden Object Games You Should Play Right Now

Many video games today take a lot of time and effort to get to the end. Luckily, there are casual games that don’t need much demand on time or skill in contrast to ones like Call of Duty or Red Dead Redemption. With hidden object games, you just have to find items on a list that are within a larger picture. Sometimes, you also need to solve intricate puzzles that require a bit of logical thinking.

Thanks to publishers like Big Fish Games and Elephant Games, hidden object games have become increasingly popular. There are countless games to choose from, whether you want to unwind after an exhausting day or to boost your problem-solving skills. So, here are five hidden objects game that you should start playing today.

Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst


best hidden objects games Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst Series

Starting off our list is the third installment of the popular hidden object series — Mystery Case Files: Ravenhearst. In the game, the Queen of England asks you to investigate a mysterious mansion in Blackpool, the Ravenhearst Manor. In her letter to you, her Majesty explains that those who have entered the estate have witnessed strange things happen and that many of the doors have bizarre looking locks.

It’s up to you, the Master Detective to solve this mystery and inform her Majesty what is really going on in Ravenhearst Manor. Luckily, you have the journal of a young woman named Emma Ravenhearst, who will guide you every step of the way.

With each clue, you solve you get a piece of the journal detailing the events that happened in Ravenhearst. In the end, you will answer a 100-year-old case, but that doesn’t mean that the story is over. The rest of the games chronicles the events that take place after you solve the first mystery. With things getting a lot more grimmer and covering more extensively topics such as murder, ghosts, and black magic.

Urban Legends: The Maze


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The Maze is an incredibly popular reality TV show that garners countless viewers. However, during the show’s finale, the transmission mysteriously stops, and the contestants seem to have disappeared.

Now it’s up to you to solve this mystery and find the participants. But exploring the bizarre sets and traps that make up The Maze will prove to be a challenge of itself. To make matters worse you’re not alone — there’s a strange man who’s ready to stop you. What really happened during the taping?

It was inevitable that there would be a hidden objects game about a reality TV show. Unscripted series have become a common phenomenon. Elephant Games uses this and combines it with the supernatural to deliver a unique take on the hidden objects game genre. The graphic design also brings all the magic of TV to life with exotic animals ready to pounce and, of course, a mysterious man in a terrifying mask. To top it all off, Urban Legends: The Maze is fast-paced and lasts longer than the average hidden object game.

Criminal Case


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First released for Facebook in 2012, Criminal Case has grown in popularity and is now available in both iOS and Android. You start out as a rookie detective who works in Grimsborough, a town where every day there’s a murder. It’s up to you and your partner — although you will be doing all the work — to solve these crimes.

By locating relevant clues and rapidly clicking the items on the list, you’ll get a high score and earn stars. You can trade in these starts to interrogate suspects, examine evidence or buy power-ups. When you’ve finally caught the murderer, a speedy trial takes place. But that isn’t all — to unlock the next one, you’ll need to complete the case’s post-indictment chapter. This will give you clues to the larger mystery plaguing Grimsborough.

With each passing crime scene, the game’s dark and gritty story will keep you hooked until you finally click away the murderer. And, of course, Criminal Case’s crude humor will also make you giggle at the bickering your partner and the CSI crew take part. If you like dark plots and have quick reflexes, then give Criminal Case a try.

Nancy Drew Dossier: Lights, Camera, Curses


best hidden objects games Nancy Drew Dossier: Lights, Camera, Curses

Edward Stratemeyer’s Nancy Drew couldn’t miss out in solving a mystery. The first installment of the series, Nancy Drew Dossier: Lights, Camera, Curses! follows the fictional amateur sleuth Nancy Drew, who’s on the set of the controversial remake of the film “Pharaoh!” However, strange accidents have been plaguing the crew and actors. Is someone behind these mysterious accidents or is Lois Manson, the original film’s star, back to finish the movie, no matter the cost?

Published by Her Interactive, Lights, Camera, Curses! can be enjoyed by anyone, especially fans of the fictional sleuth. The music and Nancy’s many catchphrases complement the challenging and creative puzzles and mini-games.

Besides that, no ending is the same. Depending on the number of points you collect throughout the game, you will have a different conclusion — a good reason to play the game more than once.

Surface: Alone in the Mist


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In the seventh installment of the Surface series, you’re a sixteen-year-old girl named Carol. You wake up full of joy ready to celebrate your birthday. However, what’s supposed to be a joyous day quickly turns to horror, as all of the adults in town including your parents have disappeared. Children run rampant, but the only thing on your mind is to find out what happened to the adults. It will take a lot of strength and courage to solve this mystery.

You’ll have to travel to creepy buildings and meet mysterious characters who will help you on your search. To keep things even scarier, Elephant Games also added a horrifying soundtrack to build up the suspense.

Besides that, the game offers both simple and complex point-and-click puzzles, like matching objects you find to silhouetted shapes. To increase the difficulty level, you can go out of your way to collect unique flowers to unlock special items and more puzzles.

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5 Incredible Games You Cannot Play Anymore

The video game industry constantly propels the medium to new heights through innovative designs and technological advancements. However, the industry also fails at preserving the older games that created the foundation needed for this advancement. Sure, you can’t expect to play every game ever made on a single piece of hardware. But a lot of terrific games are now completely unplayable to the vast majority of the public because of common business practices and a general disinterest in keeping these titles available. Previously, many of these games were kept alive through fan and hobbyist websites, but that pseudo-preservation may come to an end in the near future.

Recently, Nintendo filed a lawsuit against several ROM and emulation websites that ultimately resulted in them shutting down. While Nintendo is entirely within their legal right to file these suits, it also means that it is now much harder to play many fantastic games — officially or otherwise. Hopefully, some of these titles will return in one form or another. But until then, here are five amazing games you cannot play anymore under normal circumstances.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game


Scott Pilgrim vs The World battle
Perhaps one of the best licensed games ever made.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game is a side scrolling beat-em-up in the vein of Streets of Rage and River City Rampage. It also happens to be one of the best licensed games ever made, offering a fun experience for newcomers and fans of the comic and movie. Sadly, this game was only available digitally on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 from 2010 to 2014. If you didn’t purchase and download this title during that time, there is no legal way for you to play this game.

The sale of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World: The Game likely came to an end due to its license expiring, meaning that the developers of the game, Ubisoft Montreal, could no longer legally make money off of the Scott Pilgrim property. Sadly this is the fate for most games based on an existing property — although most aren’t as substantial of a loss as this title. It’s too bad this title will likely never see the light of day again.

Dragon Ball Online


Dragon Ball Online characters
A fantastic MMO that explores Dragon World.

The world of Dragon Ball is more compelling and full of creativity than perhaps nearly any other long-running fictional universe. For decades, fans wanted a game that allowed them to explore this exceptional world as their own character — and battle androids and dinosaurs alike. Dragon Ball Online was supposed to be that glorious adventure, but the servers shut down after only three years and never even made it to Western territories.

While this MMO did shut down before it had the chance to reach its prime, elements of these games still influence other Dragon Ball titles. The antagonists of Dragon Ball Online, Towa and Mira, as well as the create-a-character system of Dragon Ball Xenoverse, come directly from DBO. Also, several characters and factions in this MMO would go on to appear in Dragon Ball Heroes. There are several attempts to emulate Dragon Ball Online for English-speaking regions. However,  it’s doubtful they will ever reach the same level of adoption as an official release of the game would have.

Final Fantasy XIV


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Reborn, but still gone.

If you enjoyed the original version of the MMO Final Fantasy XIV before it became Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, there aren’t many people who agree with you. While the world and story of Final Fantasy XIV had plenty of potential, the game wasn’t actually much fun to play. Due to this shortcoming, and the relatively small sales numbers, the team behind the game decided to incite a cataclysmic event within Final Fantasy XIV, which allowed them to reshape the game into Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn.

There aren’t really many instances of a game becoming unplayable, it’s best features preserved, and it’s most glaring flaws fixed before relaunching as a rebranded version of itself. Usually, these issues disappear over the course of months or years through patches and updates. While this re-creation did allow a better version of the game to reach players more quickly, it also rendered the original game unplayable. Even as storylines and characters are getting reintroduced in A Realm Reborn, it’s still a shame that so much of the original had to disappear to usher in this new game.

P.T.


The scariest thing about this game is that you can’t play it anymore.

You know a title would have been good when it reinvigorates an entire genre of games without ever actually releasing. Hideo Kojima’s P.T. — short for Playable Teaser — had players try to escape from a haunted home while pursued by a ghost. It contained puzzles related to the everyday items within the decaying home. Adding to the horror, players were unable to fight any of the supernatural phenomena that the mysterious protagonist encountered. The game was supposed to be a new entry in the iconic Silent Hill franchise. But sadly, Konami canceled the project and removed P.T. from the PlayStation store and library.

P.T.’s erasure from digital spaces and the cancelation of a new Silent Hill game was a major disappointment to fans of horror games and the industry as a whole. A horror game directed by Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro starring Norman Reedus as the protagonist had the potential to be one of the greatest in the genre. On top of the talent behind the project, the game’s first-person, non-combative design garnered so much acclaim that it’s become the go-to style for many upcoming horror games. It’s disappointing that there is no way to play such an influential game — unless you downloaded P.T. back in 2014 and never uninstalled the title.

The Simpsons (1991 Game)


An arcade take on America’s favorite dysfunctional family.

The Simpsons arcade game is a brilliant and bizarre side-scrolling beat-em-up that set a high bar for subsequent licensed games. While the characters and setting of the game are immediately recognizable as a part of the massively popular The Simpsons television show, none of the events of the show affect this game. In fact, the actions of many characters go completely against their established personalities. For instance, Marge and Lisa are perfectly fine with beating up numerous henchman and other acts of violence, and the conniving billionaire Mr. Burns orders his assistant Smithers to steal a measly diamond as the inciting incident of the game.

Despite diverging so far from its source material, The Simpsons arcade game was a blast to play and one of the best multiplayer beat-em-ups of its time. While the game did appear briefly on digital storefronts in 2012, it’s no longer available online. Today, the most reliable way to play this title is to happen upon a working arcade cabinet. Until then, we’ll continue to dream of the day we’ll once again be able to fight Mr. Burns in his Mecha-Hitler-like mech suit while playing as a vacuum-wielding Marge Simpson.

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One of Dwayne Johnson's dream roles is finally becoming a reality. The actor has wished to play the legendary Hawaiian ruler King Kamehameha ever since he began his Hollywood career. Now, according to Deadline, he will lead the historical action movie The King, which will take him back to his Polynesian and Hawaiian roots, for Warner Bros. and New Line. 

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12 Board Games to Play With Your Kindergartner

Clearly, the classic board games we grew up playing (hi, Monopoly!) are here to stay. But which are the games that even little kids will love? 

If you’re planning on a family game night, you want to land on an option that all ages will enjoy — and finding something to play with both a 5-year-old and a 15-year-old can be quite a challenge. But don’t fret: We scoured Amazon for the most popular board games for kindergarteners and beyond. 

The verdict? We were pleasantly surprised to see that many of the top-rated options are the tried-and-true games we (or even our parents, yikes) grew up with — plus a few newbs to round out the ratio. Read on for your best bets for boredom-beating board games any kindergartener can’t resist.

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Connect 4

Connect 4

You can’t go wrong with a classic. Connect 4 allows kids to use their critical-thinking skills by trying to get one step ahead of the other player. 

Ages: 6 and up
Review: 4.6 stars with over 2,300 reviews

Connect 4, $ 8.79 at Amazon

Let’s Go Fishin’

Let's Go Fishin'

This board spins as the fish open and close their mouths. Up to four players use fishing poles (and hand-eye coordination) as they try to catch the most fish.

Ages: 3 – 15 years
Review: 4 stars with over 2,000 reviews

Let’s Go Fishin’, $ 6.69 at Amazon

Candy Land

Candy Land

Kids will have a blast using their imaginations as they race to the finish line (aka the castle), encountering sweet surprises along the way.

Ages: 3 – 6
Review: 4.4 stars with nearly 1,000 reviews

Candy Land, $ 12.99 at Amazon

Hungry Hungry Hippos

Hungry Hungry Hippos

In this fun (but warning: oh-so-loud) game, up to four players try to chomp down on the marbles scattered across the board, and the player with the most marbles wins.

Ages: 4 and up
Review: 3.7 stars with over 1,500 reviews 

Hungry Hungry Hippos, $ 13.49 at Amazon

Yeti in My Spaghetti

Yeti in My Spaghetti

The object of this game? Don’t let the yeti fall! 

Each round, players remove a single noodle strand from the bowl, trying not to let the yeti touch the bottom. This game is so popular it won TOTY Game of the Year in 2017.

Ages: 4 – 15 years
Review: 4.5 stars with over 900 reviews

Yeti in My Spaghetti, $ 9.99 at Amazon

Zingo!

Zingo!

Kids develop critical skills, including language and matching, while playing this fast-paced game of image and word recognition.

Ages: 4 and up
Review: 4.8 stars with over 250 reviews

Zingo!, $ 19.99 at Amazon

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Monopoly Junior

Monopoly Junior

You’ve likely already played the OG Monopoly board game, but now, the even younger kids can join in on the fun. This Monopoly version includes adorable junior tokens (like a cat and dog) and single dollar bills for simpler transactions as kids work to obtain fun new properties like a pet store, a candy store and a video game arcade.

Ages: 5 and up
Review: 4.6 stars with over 900 reviews

Monopoly Junior, $ 14.99 at Amazon

Chutes and Ladders

Chutes and Ladders

Two to four players scramble to the top of the game board without sliding down, and the first player to reach 100 squares wins.

Ages: 3 – 7
Review: 4.4 stars with 370 reviews

Chutes and Ladders, $ 14.99 at Amazon

Guess Who?

Guess Who?

Simple concept, really: Kids guess which of the 24 characters their opponent picked. If you want to get creative, you can guess based on hypothetical subjective questions about the character rather than just their objective characteristics (i.e., “Does this person look like an art teacher?”) 

Ages: 6 and up
Review: 4 stars with nearly 650 reviews

Guess Who?, $ 16 at Amazon

Sequence for Kids

Sequence for Kids

Kids will develop logical-thinking skills as they play this strategy game, aiming to be the first player with four chips in a row to win.

Ages: 3 – 6
Review: 4.8 stars with nearly 750 reviews

Sequence for Kids, $ 14.99 at Amazon

Marvel Matching Game

Marvel Matching Game

As kids take turns trying to match cards displaying their favorite Marvel characters, they will develop their matching and memory skills.

Ages: 4 and up
Review: 4.5 stars with over 160 reviews

Marvel Matching Game, $ 9.50 at Amazon

Scrabble Junior

Scrabble Junior

The classic word-creating board game now has a kid-friendly version. On one side, little ones match letters to form words, and on the other side, they can form new words of their own.

Ages: 5 and up
Review: 4.5 stars with over 300 reviews

Scrabble Junior, $ 12.99 at Amazon

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Snoop Dogg is starring in a new play titled Redemption of a Dogg. The show, written, produced and directed by Je’Caryous Johnson, is about the life and career of the Long Beach rapper. Snoop will tour the United States throughout October and November and the play will also feature R&B singer Tamar Braxton.

Redemption of a Dogg examines the internal battle one man has between preserving his life-long legacy and losing the love of his life when he is faced with choosing fame and fortune over faith and family,” reads the show’s press release.

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Wiz Khalifa ft. Problem “Gin & Drugs,” Macklemore ft. King Draino “How To Play The Flute” & More | Daily Visuals 7.19.18

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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.

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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


roblox
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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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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Jake Gyllenhaal to Play Mysterio in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Sequel; Here’s Everything We Know

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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.”

If you’re in Detroit, check out the show on May 12-13.

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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.

Verne Troyer was an extremely positive person and brought light to every set he worked on
Verne Troyer was an extremely positive person and brought light to every set he worked on
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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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Another Harry Potter Landmark: At $68 Million, the Most Expensive Broadway Nonmusical Play Ever

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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.

Emeralds for Nothin’, Bits for Free

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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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’

We spoke to footballer Steph Houghton about the pressures of being the England Women’s captain and what it takes to dominate as a female athlete…

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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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