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Vote On New Monopoly Community Chest Cards

Hasbro, Inc. announced that for the first time in its 85+ years, Monopoly will be changing all 16 of its Community Chest Cards. True to its longstanding history of inviting its fans to help make changes to the game, and during a time when community means more than ever before, Monopoly is asking consumers worldwide to determine the new cards by voting at MonopolyCommunityChest.com.

Covering topics like beauty contests, holiday funds, and life insurance, there is no denying the Monopoly game’s Community Chest Cards are long overdue for a refresh. And, coming out of the tumultuous year of 2020, the term “community” has taken on a whole new meaning. Hasbro is counting on their fans to help reflect what community means in their real lives, into the Monopoly game, by voting for new cards like “Shop Local”, “Rescue A Puppy” or “Help Your Neighbors.”

To further show the Monopoly brand’s commitment to community, they will be hosting the first ever Monopoly Charity Classic with a $350,000 Community Chest fund up for grabs. Fans can tune in to this celebrity-filled game of Monopoly, being played in the spirit of helping communities, this Spring on YouTube. Four celebrities will play to win a portion of the Community Chest to be donated to the charity of their choice, empowering them to make a positive impact within their own community. During the game, players and viewers will be among the first to see some of the new Community Chest Cards voted into the game by fans.

“The world has changed a lot since Monopoly became a household name more than 85 years ago, and clearly today community is more important than ever,” said Eric Nyman, Chief Consumer Officer at Hasbro. “We felt like 2021 was the perfect time to give fans the opportunity to show the world what community means to them through voting on new Community Chest Cards. We’re really excited to see what new cards get voted in!”

The updated Monopoly game with new, fan-voted Community Chest Cards will be available this Fall. Head to MonopolyCommunityChest.com to cast your vote on the new Community Chest Cards that best represents you and your community! 

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns – The Game

Frank Miller’s iconic story Batman: The Dark Knight Returns comes to life in a single-player strategy board game experience crafted by acclaimed game designers Morgan Dontanville (Asgard’s Chosen) and Daryl Andrews (Sagrada). 

Your skills will be tested across four scenarios, or Books, that each feature unique rules, allies, abilities, and epic boss battles! You’ll have a limited amount of resources and turns to complete each of these four Books, and if Batman’s Grit, Sanity, or Health ever drops to zero, it’s game over…

Pre-order the game via Kickstarter HERE (Pledge $60 for the Base Game and $99 for the Deluxe Edition)

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Watch The First Mortal Kombat Trailer

Warner Bros. and HBO Max have unveiled the first full red band Mortal Kombat trailer for Simon McQuoid’s reimagining.

In Mortal Kombat, MMA fighter Cole Young, accustomed to taking a beating for money, is unaware of his heritage—or why Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt Cole down. Fearing for his family’s safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade at the direction of Jax, a Special Forces Major who bears the same strange dragon marking Cole was born with. Soon, he finds himself at the temple of Lord Raiden, an Elder God and the protector of Earthrealm, who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao and rogue mercenary Kano, as he prepares to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe. But will Cole be pushed hard enough to unlock his arcana—the immense power from within his soul—in time to save not only his family, but to stop Outworld once and for all?

The diverse international cast reflects the global nature of the brand, with talent spanning the worlds of film, television and martial arts. The ensemble includes Joe Taslim as Sub Zero; Ludi Lin as Liu Kang; Jessica McNamee as Sonya Blade; Josh Lawson as Kano; Tadanobu Asano as Raiden; Mehcad Brooks as Jackson “Jax” Bridges; Chin Han as Shang Tsung; Hiroyuki Sanada as Scorpion; Max Huang as Kung Lao; Sisi Stringer as Mileena; and Lewis Tan.

James Wan (The Conjuring universe, Aquaman) and Todd Garner (Into the Storm, Tag) are producing. Larry Kasanoff, E. Bennett Walsh, Michael Clear and Jeremy Stein are serving as executive producers.

Bringing the hugely popular property to the big screen, director Simon McQuoid lead a team of Australian and U.S. filmmakers, including director of photography Germain McMicking (True Detective, Top of the Lake: China Girl), production designer Naaman Marshall (Underwater, Servant), editor Scott Gray (Top of the Lake, Daffodils), and costume designer Cappi Ireland (Lion, The Rover).

The first video game in the series was developed by Midway Games and released in 1992. The storyline sees a diverse range of fighters hailing from eighteen different realms become pitted against one another in an epic tournament. Quite a few sequels followed the original game with the most recent, Mortal Kombat 11, being released earlier this year.

Two Mortal Kombat movies were previously made. The first, simply titled Mortal Kombat, was directed by Paul W.S. Anderson and was released in 1995. It was followed two years later with a sequel, Annihilation, which also paved the way for two television series: the animated Defenders of the Realm and the live-action Konquest. Two web series have been released based on the property as well from director Kevin Tancharoen.

Mortal Kombat is set to hit theaters and HBO Max simultaneously on April 16!

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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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