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Man Stacks 518 Jenga Blocks Onto One Vertical Jenga Block Breaking World Record

Steady handed lamlei of Team Captain Noodles amazingly stacked 518 Jenga blocks onto a sculpture that he perched upon a single vertical block. 

He broke the record set by Kelvin the Menga Man who had earlier stacked 517 pieces. Both men, however, broke Tai Star Valianti’s Guinness World Record of 485 pieces.

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Has The New Community Aspect of Video Gaming Borrowed From The World of Bingo?

According to figures published in 2015, around two billion people across the world play video games. Not only is this an incredible statistic in itself, but estimates suggest it will be closer to three billion by 2023.

An obvious takeaway from these numbers is that video gaming is hugely popular, but it’s not to everyone’s tastes. Those who are put off from playing often claim to find it isolating, noting that while it can be a good diversion, it involves spending an awful lot of time alone.

But is this really the case, or are video games becoming an ever more social entertainment?

Traditional gaming

Until the advent of video games, the majority of gaming involved playing with or against other people. Two prime examples of this are card and dice games, where an individual typically competes against others.

More sociable still are games like bingo, traditionally played in a hall full of people. Even when one chooses its virtual alternative, through sites like bingo online Betfair, there’s still this inbuilt sense of community: of joining a room rather than playing alone.

What this does, especially in our increasingly isolated society, is create an arguably social pastime, where the aim is to be the eventual winner, but players do not only view each other as rivals for a prize pot.

How bingo and other social games are influencing video gaming

Video gaming is immersive, engaging, and exciting, but if there’s one thing it arguably lacks, it’s this sense of community. Yet many players claim this is changing, and there are now several behavioral trends that seem to have been borrowed straight from the world of bingo.

As well as interaction being increasingly encouraged inside the game itself, via both text and voice-based chat features, there are also a number of highly popular gaming chat apps available to download. These have grown in popularity by an astonishing 115 percent since the start of the year, with a record number of downloads.

It’s not only the fact that players are being encouraged to talk that’s drawing comparisons with bingo and other social games. It’s the way they’re talking too, with very specific slang terminology evolving among gamer communities. This is not dissimilar to the vast array of words and phrases that make sense only in the context of a bingo hall.

A sense of community

So why are video gamers increasingly moving towards a more social gaming experience? The answer may lie in pervasive feelings of isolation and loneliness, with studies suggesting that social media and increased internet usage are making us feel less connected and more cut off.

One way to remedy this is arguably to forge new communities made up of those with the same or similar interests, and this is what bingo, and now video gaming chat apps, have long helped us to achieve.

Does this mean we can expect to see the trend continuing? The most likely answer is ‘yes’, and we personally believe that this is very much a force for good.

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How Bingo And Pop Culture Are Intertwined

As online bingo continues to grow across the globe, players everywhere are heading to the internet in search of fun.

Whether you prefer high stakes bingo or simply playing for fun, the variety available to players in 2020 is truly unparalleled. This can make deciding where to play tough and bingo lovers should find out more about the best bingo sites to enjoy at bingosites.com which does a great job of reviewing and comparison bingo websites.

Yet the fact is that bingo has always had a special place in our hearts. Indeed, the game has figured in many elements of popular culture throughout the years. From music to film, bingo is as much a part of our culture as is football or Halloween!

In this article, we will take a look at how bingo and pop culture are intertwined. From bingo popping up in our favourite movies to bingo’s role in popular music, we will cover it all!

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at how bingo and pop culture are intertwined with a look at bingo’s relationship with the movies. Grab some popcorn!

How bingo and the movies are intertwined

Both exceptionally popular forms of entertainment, the game of bingo and heading to the movies have more in common than most might imagine. First, both represent a fun escape from daily life, allowing for an hour or two away from reality. Another way in which bingo and movies are similar is that they are always better when enjoyed with somebody else!

Naturally, bingo and the movies have been intertwined at various points down the years. For many, the most memorable moment that bingo collided with film was in Big Momma’s House 2. In the hit franchise, Martin Lawrence plays an undercover FBI agent posing as a boisterous, larger-than-life elderly woman. One of the most famous scenes of all in the second installment comes when Big Momma has to prevent the local die-hard bingo lovers down at the hall from attacking their companions. This great scene shows just how serious bingo can be whilst also gently poking fun at those for whom the game is akin to a religion!

Other famous moments when bingo and the movies collided included the time that, in Hotel Transylvania, the characters get very serious indeed about who has won a round of bingo! With skulls rather than balls and a creepy castle setting, this is one unique game indeed.

Finally, the final moment of bingo colliding with film came in Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. This 2013 movie is a real cringe-fest and the bingo hall scene is perhaps the wildest of them all! With that said, the film does a great job of showing the social side of the hall as well as its undeniable beauty!

How bingo and popular music are intertwined

Perhaps the most popular folk song around, B-I-N-G-O may tell the story of a farmer and his dog, yet the fact is that everybody remembers it best for the catchy use of the name of our favourite game. 

Kids especially love this song as it often incorporates various clapping and patting movements that get them fully invested in this infectious tune. 

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Horror Ultimate Edition Trivial Pursuit Game

There’s no turning back from Horror Ultimate Edition Trivial Pursuit Game! 

Explore the darkest corners of pop culture in this fact-based challenge where survival skills are a must! 1,800 blood-curdling questions from across all horror genres will test your mastery of the macabre. Rely on your skill and luck to make it out alive through six comprehensive categories: Gore & Disturbing, Psychological, Killer, Monster, Paranormal, and Comedy. 

For 2 or more players. Ages 17 and up.

Pre-order HERE for $49.99.

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Ravensburger Announces The Princess Bride Adventure Book Game

The Princess Bride Adventure Book Game differs from traditional board games in that players interact with different game boards within the “book.” Players will become immersed in the story as they complete each chapter and navigate their way through locations found in the 1987 film, The Princess Bride. In this chapter-based board game, players need to work together to keep the plot of the story on course and tell all six chapters despite constant interruptions from a sick Grandson and interference from Vizzini, Count Rugen and Prince Humperdink. Players cooperate to complete challenges by moving the seven paintable character miniatures and discarding Story cards from their hand. Once all chapters are completed, the players win the game and true “wuv” prevails.

The game is 1-4 players for ages 10+ and will cost $25 at Target and on Ravensburger’s official website. The game will be released on October 4th, 2020.

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Funko Games: A Christmas Story – A Major Card Game

Help Ralphie Parker get the BB gun and decoder ring he covets at Christmastime! Peek at present cards, “triple-dog-dare” other players to make risky trades, and beware of the bullies who are lurking in the deck. If you have the infamous “leg lamp” you can swipe another player’s card, but act fast because you may not have the prized possession long. It’s a lively game of “take that” and family laughs just in time for the holidays!

Game contents: Leg Lamp, 15 cards, 90 tokens, and instructions.

Funko Games: A Christmas Story – A Major Card Game will be released on September 30, 2020 and you can pre-order it HERE.

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Pokémon Card, One of Only Seven Made, Could Be Worth $100K+

A pristine copy of arguably the most sought-after Pokémon card in the world could bring $100,000 or more in Heritage Auctions’ Comics & Comic Art Auction July 9-12 in Dallas, Texas.

Pokémon Super Secret Battle “No. 1 Trainer” Trainer Promo Hologram Trading Card (1999) is one of just seven copies known to exist, and of those, six carry a PSA Gem Mint 10 grade.

“This unique card can easily be the centerpiece of any serious Pokémon card collection,” said Jesus Garcia, Assistant Comics & Comic Art Operations Supervisor at Heritage Auctions. “These cards were given to the winners of regional Pokémon tournaments, of which there were only seven, making this an exceedingly rare prize among collectors. The perfect grade is important, of course, but the sheer rarity of the card is the main reason why it is an inarguable must-have for serious Pokémon collectors.”

The card reads “The Pokémon Card Game Official Tournament’s champion is recognized here, and this honor is praised. By presenting this card, you may gain preferential entry into the Secret Super Battle.”

So secretive was the tournament that the competitors only found out the location of the final round after winning a regional tournament. The finals took place Aug. 22, 1999, in Tokyo.

The Pikachu Illustrator is widely regarded as the most expensive Pokémon card; according to psacard.com, there are 19 Pikachu Illustrator cards certified. But the Super Secret Battle No. 1 Trainer card is even more rare, with just seven copies known to exist.

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You’ll Be On Cloud Nine With Kingdoms Rise’s Newest Instalment

Playtech, the world’s leading gambling technology company, released the revolutionary Kingdoms Rise franchise last year. The Slots series, which is similar to the companies ever-popular Age of the Gods series, is based around a fantasy world made up of many different lands. 

Playtech have already released six games in the series – the newest of which is; Kingdoms Rise: Scorching Clouds – and it is undoubtedly one of the best latest betting games.  Players are able to explore the whole universe via the creative in-game map, which also gives you the option to jump directly between the half-a-dozen games, without having to go back to the site’s Slots page. Playtech also like to build excitement for the new instalments by leaving hints on the map! 

Anyway, whilst we wait in anticipating for the next game, let’s pass the time by taking an in-depth look at the newest release! 

Kingdoms Rise: Scorching Clouds

The five-reel slot, which is set on a roof top over-looking a floating fantasy city amongst the clouds, can be played from as little as 10p per spin – or if you’re a high-roller you can punt 2000 per spin – and is jam-packed with features – including spreading wilds and dragon respins. 

There are also two free spin bonus features, which give you the option of choosing the Empress or the Knight. As always, you’ll be awarded with coins to spend in the Kingdoms Rise shop – where you can buy free games, bonuses and even respins!

Purple, green, blue and red gems are the lowest paying symbols – offering between 2x and 9x your bet for clusters of 10. Green wrenches, blue hammers and red telescopes will enhance your bankroll by multiplying winnings between 30x and 40x your initial wager, when found in clusters of 10. However, the highest paying symbols are the Chief Engineer Torredd Danerick – who is ever-present, and working away on the right-hand side of the reels. The Royal Knight Sir Jacob Deven and the Sky Empress Eilana Touloune are both worth 60x wins if you land 10 or more on a payline. Furthermore, a ship wheel acts as the wild symbol, whilst a silver-coated dragon head is the free games scatter. 

Features

As always with the awesome Kingdoms Rise franchise, you could potentially land yourself one of three progressive jackpots as you spin the reels – with the biggest jackpot often amounting to six-figures! Cascading wins could help increase your bankroll, as every time you land a winning payline on the reels, the symbols are replaced with new icons – meaning the possibility of more wins! 

As mentioned before, if the free games feature is triggered by the scatter symbol, you’ll have the option of playing with the Empress or the Knight. However, choose wisely as the man in shining armour will award you with free spins, whilst the stunning Empress will tempt you with even more noble prizes. 

The respin bonus feature is triggered by collecting the illustrious dragon eggs. The eggs will fill the six empty slots at the top of the reels, and once you have all six in your procession, the sought-after bonus will be rewarded. If that’s not enough, when the wild symbol drops into a highlighted position, it’ll become a spreading wild – taking your winnings up a notch. 

But, what are your chances of landing a pretty penny whilst floating gloriously above the clouds, I head you ask? Well, Kingdoms Rise: Scorching Clouds boasts a 93.07% RTP – which included a 0.99% jackpot contribution. 

So, what are you waiting for? Get going on up to the spirit in the sky! 

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Star Wars Monopoly Game – The Complete Saga Edition

Monopoly: Star Wars The Complete Saga Edition is a galactic celebration of all three Star Wars trilogies combined into one game! With gameplay inspired by the Star Wars universe and iconic Star Wars artwork, it’s a must for fans. 

Properties include Planets and Droids, and instead of houses and hotels, this edition features TIE fighters and X-Wings. The last player left with credits when all other players go bankrupt is the winner. ncludes custom game board, nine character bust tokens, 24 title deed cards, 16 Jedi training cards, 16 Holocron cards, 32 TIE Fighters, 12 X-Wings, two dice, 82 cardboard credits, and game guide.

For two to six players.

Order HERE for $34.99.

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Funko Reveals Marvel Battleworld: Mystery of The Thanostones

Funko has announced Marvel Battleworld: Mystery of the Thanostones, a micro collectible, tabletop gaming system.

The new adventure game, based on the Marvel Universe, combines micro collectible characters, cards and gaming, allowing kids to battle against Thanos in gameplay unleashed through a Battle Ball. Each Battle Ball contains a surprise of two Marvel collectable characters, Hero Cards, Battle Cards and pair of dice, all for a highly accessible price point. Players can collect Marvel micro heroes ranging from icons like Iron Man, Captain Marvel and Groot, as well as characters like Valkyrie Gamora and Throg.

“We are thrilled that Marvel has chosen to expand the Funko collaboration to engage their younger fans with a new category of products and animation collaboration,” said Brian Mariotti, Chief Executive Officer of Funko. “Funko enters the toy aisle for the first time with a product offering of tremendous value. In addition to two micro-collectible characters inside the Battle Ball, the child can battle independently or team up with friends to defeat Thanos through game play. This kind of product assortment is both what kids want and what retailers are keen to offer parents.”

New Marvel Battleworld short-form animated content will be available across multiple platforms, including Disney XD, Marvel HQ, YouTube and more. Created by Funko Animation Studios, in collaboration with Marvel, this series will introduce children to a new plan by villain Thanos to trap Marvel heroes in Battleworld.

The line will be first to market at Target stores nationwide this June.

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