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Nintendo’s First Smart Device App, Miitomo Launches On March 31

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Don’t miss out on being a part of a Nintendo first! On March 31, Miitomo, the company’s first-ever smart device application, is launching in the United States and several other countries. Miitomo is a free-to-start social experience that lets users spark one-of-a-kind conversations with friends in a whole new way using Mii characters. The app recently launched in Japan and was downloaded more than 1 million times in its first three days of availability, while achieving the #1 most downloaded free app status in both the App Store and Google Play storefronts.

Getting started with Miitomo and being a part of this Nintendo milestone is easy: After downloading the application for free on the App Store for iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, along with Android devices, users create a Mii character and customize facial features like eyes and hair, as well as voice and personality. Users can also use the camera on their smart devices to snap a photo of themselves, which can be used to create a Mii, or they can simply import their Mii from their Wii U or Nintendo 3DS systems using a QR Code.

Once their Mii is ready, users can add friends who already have the app in person, or by linking the app with their existing Facebook or Twitter accounts. After that step is complete, it’s time to answer some questions! Miitomo creates conversations and turns discussions into a form of play by prompting users to answer all kinds of fun questions. How would you define your fashion style? What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten? If you were given ten grand to spend in one day, what would you do? The answers get shared among friends, sparking interesting conversations – part of the fun is discovering unexpected facts about your friends. When users hear how their friends responded to questions, they can give answers a “heart” or a written or picture comment.

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots

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Mattel has released a Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice edition of the classic two-player Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots game. The action-packed game is currently available to purchase from Amazon and Entertainment Earth.

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You know Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots, but now Batman and Superman are duking it out! Players try to move the two legendary superheroes into position and hammer the other until one goes “flying!” Skillfully placed hits will send the other hero right off the platform! Battle it out in the ultimate showdown with realistic sounds and jaw-jolting action. Land a superhero-worthy punch to be declared the winner and hear the victorious K.O. sound. Designed for two players, this exciting game lets each opponent control his superhero by operating the corresponding mechanism with his or her thumbs. Push the right button to deliver a right hook, or push the left to punch with your hero’s left arm. You can also shift your superhero’s position in the ring by moving the controls left and right. Kids control the intensity of the battle with their thumb speed and expert battling skills.

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Fireproof Games Releases The Room Three

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Fireproof Games has released The Room Three ($5), the third installment in its popular puzzle game series, following up on last year’s The Room Two.

The physical puzzle game puts you on a remote island where you must use your puzzle-solving ability to navigate the trials devices by a mysterious figure known only as “The Craftsman.”

The Room Three continues the extremely detailed tactile world design of its previous chapters, with an easy pick-up-and-play design while expanding locations into new environments and multiple areas. A new eyepiece ability has also been added that allows you to explore the world in an even more miniature view, and an enhanced system helps you progress through the game more easily when you get really stuck.

The Room Three also features alternate endings so that you can play through the game several times with different outcomes, along with a haunting soundtrack and dynamic sound effects, and iCloud and Game Center support for playing on multiple devices and tracking achievements.

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X-Men: Apocalypse Marks End of Trilogy, New Trailer to Come

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Ever since the first glimpse at the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past, fans have been clamoring for more details on the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. Simon Kinberg, writer of the movie, had a few things to say about the in-the-works epic while promoting the new film he produced, The Martian, at the Toronto Film Festival.

Kinberg hinted that this may be the last we see of the cast of merry mutants we’ve come to know and love since the reboot of the franchise with X-Men: First Class. “…It’s a bigger movie in both physical scale and I would say emotional stakes too because it is the culmination of this mini trilogy of stories,” Kinberg told Collider.

According to Heroic Hollywood, fans may finally be getting a closer look at the upcoming movie sooner than they expected. Rumor has it that the first official trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse will be attached the upcoming Matt Damon feature, The Martian, which hits theaters Oct. 2. There’s also a good chance that the trailer will appear online before then.

Days of Future Past was the best reviewed X-film released to date. It was also the most recent to receive its own video game, Uncanny X-Men: Days of Future Past, for iOS and Android. With the exception of the smartphone game, the last official X-game was the atrocious X-Men: Destiny for the PS3 and XBox 360 in 2011. The new film trilogy has given the team more cultural cachet than they’ve seen in years.

The last X-Men game that was well received was X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse, which was released ten years ago. It’s no coincidence that two of the top four best X-Men games center on battling the god-like villain, Apocalypse.

Both Marvel and Fox would be amiss to sleep on the opportunity to give fans what they want. In the meantime, however, die-hard X-fans can whet their appetites for the new film with one of the X-Men games available at Betfair’s gaming platform. Featuring the full cast marvelous mutants, it’s an interesting take on what we’ve come to expect from games featuring Professor X’s cast of superheroes. For those unfamiliar with the site, it uses the mutants’ likenesses to outfit what is an otherwise straightforward slot machine-like game. If nothing else, it’s simply intriguing to see how the characters have been translated to this medium.

As far as the story goes, we predict a healthy mix of classic comic book story arcs and new twists, not unlike the team did with Days of Future Past. If Fox can continue to learn from its successes, fans might be able to realistically expect the X-Men to compete at the box office with Marvel juggernauts such as The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy.

In the previous film, we were introduced to Bishop and fans of the comics may recall the pivotal role the time-traveling mutant had in the classic 1995 storyline, Age of Apocalypse. Without getting too much into spoiler territory, the ensemble cast and characters who have been revealed perfectly set things up with hints that Angel may in fact be one of Apocalypse’s horsemen; newcomer Psylocke has also spent time as the horseman of Death in the comics.

We expect much more to be revealed when the official trailer drops which we expect any time the next few weeks. X-Men: Apocalypse is scheduled to open May 27, 2016.

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Using Games To Improve Your Brain Power

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In this fast-paced world filled with stress, worry and monotonous routines we often overlook one of the most important aspects of our health and well-being, our minds. Recent research has claimed that giving our brains a sufficient daily workout can stave off diseases like dementia and depression so we’ve been inspired to look at some of the best and most popular brain training resources available on and off the web to help you keep your mind in top shape.

Sudoku

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If you enjoy a daily puzzle or mathematical problem then brain-training can become far from a daunting task. The popular Japanese puzzle Sudoku requires you to place numbers from 1 to 9 on a grid where some of the numbers are partially given leaving it up to you to fill in the gaps but you aren’t allowed to use a number twice in a column, row, or 3×3 sub-grid. This fun and often challenging little game is a great way to get your mind engaged and improve your focus. If numerical reasoning appeals to you, but you’re put off by the difficulty of Sudoku then even simpler number matching games like bingo UK can also sharpen the mind.

Lumosity

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This highly popular little brain training app, available on all major mobile platforms, tests all areas of your mind including speed, problem solving, memory, attention, focus and it can even gage your cognitive flexibility. You can track your progress each day and there are plenty of refreshing activities and games to keep you coming back for more.

Keeping fit and healthy

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It does seem like a given that you need to take care of your physical health, fitness and overall well-being in order to keep your mind sharp. However, during the hustle and bustle of daily life many people often overlook the influence of exercise on their brains. Just 15 minutes of exercise a day and sticking to a healthy diet can make all the difference. Sugar and other such fatty foods are known to induce sluggish tendencies that can lead to negative thinking so a daily jog will help you de-stress and even sleep better.

Learn Something New

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Whilst repetition of new tasks can be a great way to start building new neural pathways in your mind the opportunity to learn something new is always beneficial for the mind. If you’ve always wanted to learn a new language, or brush up on some DIY skills, then all these activities will go some way to keeping your mind sharp and agile. Not only is acquiring new skills and knowledge beneficial for your brain but it’s a great way to break out of any potential monotonous routines you may find yourself in.

Happify

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Having a positive outlook and cheery disposition can make all the difference in many aspects of your waking life. And thanks to the Happify app you can now help put aside those negative thoughts and train your brain to be more receptive to enjoyment. The Happify app uses various soothing games and activities that will assist in curbing your levels of stress whilst building skills to help you become mentally stronger all round.

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Experience The Perfect Gaming Night With These Table Top Classics

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As the gaming industry continues to thrive, with more and more of us turning to next generation consoles as well as mobile based video gaming experiences, it can be difficult to remember that there are much simpler and equally fun ways to enjoy ourselves without the need for modern technology. Online gaming is marketed as a fun and sociable way in which to interact not only with friends but with other gaming enthusiasts from around the world but of course we often forget the importance of spending actual time with our companions. Thankfully, there are still heaps of traditional board games out there to enjoy, so next time you’ve got a few of your friends over, revert back to the good old days and try out these classic titles.

Coup

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This brilliantly strategic card game is another result of a successful Kickstarter campaign and is something that gamers across the globe will soon find addictive. The main aim of Coup is to outwit or bluff your way through the rounds as you attempt to influence your rivals to parting with their money and, more importantly, their cards.

Monopoly

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This 1930’s classic is always high on the list of every households must have selection of board games. Great fun for everyone, Monopoly sees players competing for properties around the board, all decided by the roll of a dice. Build up your portfolio of houses, hotels, stations and more to monopolise the game and win your rivals hard earned cash.

Cluedo (Clue)

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Another true classic on our list is murder mystery board games Cluedo (AKA Clue). Each player takes on the role of one of six potential murderers with the aim of the game to uncover the murderer, the weapon that was used in the crime, and the room in the mansion where the murder itself took place.

Roulette

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Even though many enthusiasts of this time-less staple now take advantage of roulette no deposit offers online, it may be a good idea to bring the game in to your living room if you wish to experience something a little more immersive. Cheap tables are often available on sites like eBay, so plan a Saturday night in advance, stock up the mini bar and don some lavish attire before you invite your mates over for a night of enthralling entertainment.

Dungeons and Dragons

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Fantasy table top game Dungeons and Dragons has always had the unfortunate stigma of being a little geeky for some player’s tastes however this hugely successful role-playing game continues to flourish, attracting newer generations of enthusiasts with each release. Set out on your mystery quest and enjoy all the fantastical storytelling from the elected Dungeon Master himself as he guides you through your adventure.

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Back To The Future Monopoly

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Want to travel from 2015 to 1985 to 1955 to 1885 in the comfort of your own home? Well, now you can! This fully licensed Back to the Future Monopoly board game provides hours of fun as you collect locations and time-hop through the world of the BTTF trilogy!

The game board features all-new properties taken straight from the films, including Cafe ’80s and Doc’s Mansion, plus you get new “Chance” and Community Chest” cards, and new die-cast metal game pieces of the time machine, Einstein the dog, the cowboy hat, the futuristic sneaker, the hoverboard and the famous Hill Valley clock!

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The game comes packaged in a full-color box resembling a case of plutonium.

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You can pre-orders the Back To The Future Monopoly set for $39.99 HERE.

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Disney Announces Playmation, The Next Step In The Evolution of Play

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Disney Consumer Products introduced the world to Playmation – the next step in the evolution of play, where digital gets physical and imagination becomes real. The groundbreaking system of toys and wearables uses smart technology to inspire kids to run around and use their imaginations, as they become the hero or heroine of stories from across The Walt Disney Company.

Dreamed up by a team of technologists, Imagineers and storytellers from across The Walt Disney Company, Playmation is the culmination of extensive research into the world of play. A new third party study commissioned by Disney reveals that parents feel nostalgia for the way they used to play growing up and that they also have a desire to keep their kids active. The study also found that children enjoy being active—yet at the same time, they have a growing appetite for technology-infused products.

The online study of 2,000 families across the country shows that while almost all parents believe in the power of active and creative play, they believe technology is also an important part of growing up today. In fact, 9 out of 10 parents are open to new technology that could play a role in keeping their child active.

Playmation also marks a new chapter in Disney Consumer Products’ long-term partnership with Hasbro. DCP and Hasbro collaborated on physical product design and manufacturing of Playmation. Hasbro’s record of innovation and consumer insights make them the perfect partner to ensure that Playmation is a truly ground-breaking play experience.

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Playmation Marvel’s Avengers is the first in a series of systems in development around Walt Disney Company franchises, and will hit shelves this October. At launch, the Playmation Marvel’s Avengers Starter Pack will include five connected toys: one piece of Avenger Gear (Repulsor), two Power Activators and two Smart Figures – a Super Hero (Captain America) and a Super Villain (Iron Skull). Getting started is easy, strap the high-tech Repulsor Gear onto your arm (it fits adults, too!) and listen closely to JARVIS as he takes you through the tutorial on how to control your new Gear, inspired by Iron Man technology. Other Playmation Marvel’s Avengers connected toys that work with the Starter Pack will also be available separately for purchase at launch, with more on the way.

Also available at launch, is the AvengersNet app where you can register your Avenger Gear to see progress, explore additional locations and characters, and get access to new missions. New recruits to the Avengers can fight Marvel Super Villains including Ultron, Iron Skull, Loki, or join fellow Avengers Super Heroes like Black Widow, Falcon and more as they battle to save the Earth by running, jumping, ducking and dodging – whatever each challenge requires.

Playmation Marvel’s Avengers uses familiar technologies including smart toys, wearables, wireless technology, motion sensors and more, but applies them in ways that are completely new to create an experience that’s never been possible before. The Repulsor Gear connects with the Power Activators and Smart Figures to take you on a variety of adventures through locations around the Marvel Universe, from the Avengers Lab in New York to the jungles of Wakanda. Playmation is purposely not tethered to an Internet connection so players can run around and explore each adventure from anywhere they want – a bedroom, living room or yard. With multiplayer modes, recruits can sync their Avenger Gear to tackle missions and combat arenas together, or face off in competitive play.

The Playmation Marvel’s Avengers Starter Pack will have a suggested retail price of $119.99 and will launch in October 2015 in the United States and Canada at mass and specialty retailers, select Disney Store locations and DisneyStore.com, and will be available for pre-order starting July 7.

Star Wars and Disney Frozen systems are currently in development for 2016 and 2017, respectively. Each will use a range of technologies to create a system based on the different ways that kids play and experience their favorite stories and characters from that franchise.

For more information, visit www.playmation.com.

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Gallery 1998 Announces Clue Art Show Opening On June 26, 2015

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Gallery 1998 has announced a Clue Art Show opening on June 26, 2015. The show will feature art inspired by your favorite murder mystery.

The opening reception will be held from 7-10 PM and the show will run until July 11, 2015 at G1988 West.

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The Many Different Ways To Play Roulette

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Today, anyone who’s asked to think of a casino game will invariably name roulette. It’s one of the most iconic casino games, and these days, it’s played by millions on online casino sites such as 32red and Roxy Palace as well as being a perennial favourite in the land-based casinos.

There’s something about the image of roulette that draws people to play it. It’s a game that’s simple to play and it’s purely down to chance whether you win or lose (or, in the case of online roulette, it’s only down to the simulation of chance provided by the random number generator software that’s part of the online game). But although it’s easy to play, there’s something hypnotic about watching the wheel, willing the ball to land on the numbered pocket that you’ve bet on, or to land on black or red, whichever you’ve chosen to back. With online casinos today, the 3-D imagery that you get with online roulette games gives the impression that you’ve got a real roulette wheel in your living room – or wherever you happen to be playing.

The game of roulette has ancient origins. It’s thought that a similar game used to be played in ancient China and in Roman times, the centurions would play a game of chance using the divisions of an upturned chariot wheel.

Today, there are lots of variations on roulette played away from the casino setting. Let’s take a look at some of the alternatives to classic roulette.

Salt and sugar roulette

This is a great game to play when waiting for your food in a restaurant. Take the salt and sugar packets from the table, and rip off the tops of one sugar pack each. Replace the sugar in one pack with salt, then shuffle all the ‘sugar’ packets under the table and hand them round. On three, everyone has to down the contents of their packet. One unlucky person will draw the short straw and be left with a mouthful of salt.

Chat roulette

Chat roulette is another variety on the roulette game. Users sign up to the website chatroulette.com and whenever they login they are paired with another user at random to start talking to one another. So, again, it’s a question of ‘you never know what you’re going to get’. As well as being able to type messages to each other, the chatters are connected via webcam and audio. Users can leave a chat at any time, by initiating another random connection.

Spin the bottle             

This is a party game that’s so easy to set up – all you need is a group of people and an empty bottle. The classic version of this game is when the players sit in a circle around the bottle. One player sets the bottle spinning and has to kiss the person that the bottle points to when it stops spinning – so it’s always been a popular feature of teen parties over the years. There are many other variants of this game. One example is to have a tray of mixed hardboiled and raw eggs. When the bottle stops spinning, whoever it is pointing at has to pick an egg and crack it on their forehead – obviously hoping that they will get a hardboiled egg, not a raw one.

And then of course, there’s the ultimate game of chance – Russian roulette – although, thankfully, few people, apart from NFL running back Herschel Walker, actually play this potentially deadly game!

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