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I Fall Asleep To Puzzle Games And For Some Reason I Am Not Better At Puzzles – Kotaku

One of the poorer habits I have is playing handheld games in bed before I fall asleep. Its not the best moveeven with the brightness set all the way down, light has a way of messing with your sleep cyclebut sometimes it feels like the best way to slow my brain down after a long day of writing. (Something I do a lot of in my free time outside of work. Im a delinquent and dont recommend this.)

Usually I would play a JRPG Im neutral on, something pleasant and low-stakes that I dont unabashedly love or loathe, like Octopath Traveler. But this led to problems over time. Id fall asleep and forget dialogue or story bits or how I ended up in one town or another, and if I wanted to play earnestly during the daytime, Id spend a solid 20 minutes reorienting myself. So lately, Ive been playing puzzle games at night.

Inspired by Mike Faheys return to Puzzle Quest when the remastered version came to Switch, I started playing Puzzle Quest whenever I felt like a 20-minute game session was what I needed to wind down for the night. Puzzle games, it turns out, are superior games to fall asleep to.

In Puzzle Quest, you have one-on-one battles against enemies via match-3 puzzles. Matching gems of different types lets you accrue power, experience, gold. At higher difficulties, a battle can be a cerebral contest of wills thats tense and engaging. At lower levels, its low-stakes and just forgiving enough that, while I love playing Puzzle Quest, I dont care that much?

Thats not a bad thing. I love having a low-investment game thats as deep as this. Its nice to dial back, disengage, and spot patterns on a match-3 board while also doing some light strategizing. And if I lose? So what. Every battle is essentially the same, just harder or easier, with a few variable rules based on enemy skill sets.

To me, the ease with which you can walk away is an underrated aspect of a good video game. Like a lot of people, I want most of my games to be engrossing, to hold my attention and linger in my mind when Im not playing them. But sometimes I just want something to fall asleep to. Sometimes I want to just screw around in Puzzle Quest, or stare at a Baba Is You puzzle until I fall asleep, so I can wake up and wonder why Im no closer to a solution.

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Felix The Reaper Is A Tender Puzzle Game About Gruesome Deaths – Kotaku

Felix the Reaper is a puzzle game described by developer Kong Orange as a romantic comedy about the life of Death. Thats a pretty apt description, but heres my crack: Final Destination meets Crypt of the Necrodancer (minus the rhythm element). The game, coming to consoles and PC October 17, bursts with wit and care in its puzzling, presentation, and even its tongue-in-cheek loading screens. Felix the Reapers story and simple showmanship elevate a decent puzzle game to something worth picking up.

Felix is a newbie reaper with the Ministry of Death tasked with creating contrived, deadly accidents using objects and creatures around the map. The gameplay takes place on grids that Felix can dance across. Felix must complete his tasks without getting burned by the light of the sun, using the shadows cast by static elements like trees and movable items like rocks to shield him. Felix also has the ability to use a sundial, which shifts the source of the light 90 degrees to change the way the shadows are cast. Elements like switches add to the complexity of the puzzles. The gameplay requires the player to think in perpendiculars and to creatively using objects around the field to manipulate space.

The puzzles are clever, and there are optional objectives like clearing levels in a certain number of moves to spice things up, but the real heart of Felix the Reaper is its presentation. Felix is a dancing fiend; in his idle animations, he bops around gleefully while listening to headphones. As you move around the maps, hell cartwheel and jump and click his heels and do the twist. It is absolutely adorable, and its complemented well by the variety of music you can cycle through in each level.

The story is written with the warm, dark slice-of-life comedy of a Grim Fandango. Felix is utterly smitten with Betty the Maiden, who works at the Ministry of Life. This is communicated via charming illustrations of an earnest, infatuated Felix thinking of the voluptuous Betty with his face flushed like a 1930s cartoon character. He may be working at the Ministry of Death only for the chance to bump into her, which his supervisor warns him against. Felixs comically earnest demeanor in the face of all the dark and occasionally adult themes in the game is deeply endearing.

Theres a lot of story color in gameplay as well. In addition to menu-screen background information about the history of topics like religion and the Grim Reaper, there are intro scenes at the beginning of each level. In them, mute characters wackily go about their lives in a mixture of slapstick and worldbuilding. The tutorial has you kill your first victim, only for your helpful supervisor to receive an error message that youve killed the wrong person, which he brushes under the rug with the level of flustered embarrassment someone might experience committing a faux pas at a fancy dinner party.

The silliness continues into the idea of death itself. Theres one early level in which you must rig a barrel to roll down a ramp, smash into a house, and knock a hanging deer head onto an unsuspecting person below. He tries to get the head off in panic, attracting the attention of a nearby hunter. You can imagine what happens next.

Felix the Reaper brims with humorous representations of the macabre as a complex choreography of elements far beyond our control. Paired with the sweet romance of a simple reaper dancing through the afterlife while pining over his bombshell would-be sweetheart, the game uses its tone masterfully. As a puzzle game, its pretty good, and as a love story, its a little messed up, but thats the appeal.

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Holder of the Contents – The New York Times

Todays Theme

Ms. Brub offers us a set of five theme entries that contain pairs of multiple shaded squares (if you are solving in Across Lite, these squares will be circled). The shaded squares in each theme phrase spell out the name of an animal, and those animals come in pairs: At 18A, for example, the phrase MAN TO MAN TALK contains a pair of ANTs.

The revealer at 13D lets us know where the animals are going: They are marching up the gangplank onto the ARK.

There are a few loose singletons roaming around Ms. Brubs puzzle. I see a SHEEP, a BISON, a COW, an AHI tuna, a CAMEL, a KOALA and, if we are feeling generous, some YETIS. I hope they each found a mate and made it onto the boat.

How many crossword grids has The New York Times published that are not square (not counting acrostic puzzles)? I have to admit I have not solved enough New York Times crosswords to even make a guess

My first version of this puzzle was 15 x 15. The editors liked the basic idea of the theme, but thought some of the theme entries werent lively enough (and, whats more, objected to paper tape as a lexical phrase; having done some house painting recently, I have quite a supply of the item).

So, back to work. The next set of entries was better, but obviously still had too many dings for the editors, as they suggested fitting the theme into a 16 x 15 (or 15 x 16, in matrix-speak, i.e. rows by columns) grid. I had not known that a nonsquare grid was even allowed, but I was happy to comply. With the new format, the fill breathed better and, as a bonus, I could make a few more fill entries complement the theme.

So! My next submission will be a 1 x 225 (or 225 x 1?).

Almost finished solving but need a bit more help? Weve got you covered.

Warning: There be spoilers ahead, but subscribers can take a peek at the answer key.

Trying to get back to the puzzle page? Right here.

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Experience The Unique Puzzle VR Game The Stars Between Us – VR And Fun

Invrse Reality has decided to bless the VR community with a unique VR puzzle game called The Stars Between Us, which allows us to visit a unqiue experience in the virtual reality space.

In The Stars Between Us you will be taking part in a love story that is virtually out of this world. The vastness of space separates our two heroes, and your goal is to bring them together.

Players will be able to experience intuitive and immersive gameplay as you travel between planets and stars, solving 3D puzzles at your own pace. The puzzles are made around the planets of the heroes and by solving these puzzles you bring them closer together.

There will be around 30 fun-filled levels with plans for additional levels in the future. The catchy thing about The Stars Between Us is that its very casual and takes you into a peaceful state of mind in outer space.

For those that are looking for a casual puzzle game, this might be the go-to choice. You can get your hands on the new experience today. It is available for the Valve Index, HTC Vive, and the Oculus Rift.

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Klose is convinced City will survive in the Premier League – PinkUn

Timm Klose should start at Liverpool, in the absence of the injued Christoph Zimmermann Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

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The Switzerland international's long-term knee problem is one of the many injury issues that head coach Daniel Farke is having to contend with, after six defeats in eight games left the Canaries in the Premier League relegation zone.

Klose feels Saturday's 5-1 home defeat to Aston Villa will prompt a response though, saying: "Let's say we won that Aston Villa game, everyone would have talked about how good it is and how positive.

"But we lost to Burnley and to Crystal Palace, which let's be honest, are direct rivals for us. But sometimes you need those periods and we all said it was going to happen this season, because it is normal for a squad who are fighting to survive to have those up and down moments.

"Now it's a good time to sit together again and talk about what are the basics, what do we have to do better. It's good for the manager as well to look back on it all, reflect and then not lose his idea. But he's very good in that, he won't lose his idea, he will try to fix different parts of the idea but he will stick to the main thing: possession-based football.

"Of course we need to improve on certain things but I am certain that we are going to have a wonderful season this year."

MORE: Klose reveals knee injury progress and how he dealt with disappointment of long-term absence for City

City are hoping their injury crisis will have eased significantly ahead of their trip to Bournemouth next Saturday.

"I don't know yet but maybe we will have Onel (Hernandez) back, Tom (Trybull) back, (Alex) Tettey back, Tim Krul could be back I think - that's going to lift the mood again," Klose said, speaking to BBC Radio Norfolk.

"Then some time in November or December, Zimbo (Christoph Zimmermann) comes back and then maybe I'm back in March, I don't know, maybe I can play the last five games, maybe not, you never know."

He concluded: "I'm certain, I know, that the boys have enough quality to stay in this division. It's just to find all of those little pieces, like a puzzle. It's eight games of the season. I know 'we need more points' and whatever but there are 30 more games.

"It's a puzzle. We will stick every little piece together and in the end we are going to celebrate again because we stayed in the league."

- Click here to listen to this week's episode of The Scrimmage on BBC Radio Norfolk, which featured Klose as a special guest

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Night of the Indigenous Devs – Two Row Times

TORONTO Six projects by indigenous designers to be played live on the big screen, all to take place on Friday, October 25 in the TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 3 for the Night of the Indigenous Devs. But what is a dev? Dev is the abbreviated term for video game developer. A dev is a

TORONTO Six projects by indigenous designers to be played live on the big screen, all to take place on Friday, October 25 in the TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 3 for the Night of the Indigenous Devs.

But what is a dev?

Dev is the abbreviated term for video game developer. A dev is a software developer that specializes in video game development with of course, is the process and related disciplines of creating video games. Self-funded developers are known as independent or indie devs and usually make indie games.

Thus, the unique theatrical experience will allow visitors to hear first-hand from Indigenous game designers and artists and the opportunity to listen to a handful of iNDigital Space creators talk while their game is played live.

Think the iNDigital space looks really cool? Not sure what you think of Indigenous video games? Come and experience a taste of the iNDigital Space at Night of the Indigenous Devs listen to the creators talk while you watch their game played live all in the comfort of a TIFF Theatre, wrote the ImagineNATIVE website.

On the play light for the evening include:

When Rivers Were Trails, which allows players to make the journey west while helping resistances and facing Indian Agents as an Anishinaabe who has been displaced from their territory in 1890.

Dont Wake the Night, by Brujera @ Werk, brings players to a world and a story about community and accountability. Mystery unfolds, as you, the ghost a community of witches has summoned, must act as their impartial judge. But for what purpose?

Terra Nove, which allows players to experience first contact in the future! Play as both Terra, an Elder landkeeper, and Nova, a youthful inventor, as they are guided through events that will inevitably change their worlds forever by Slip Cycle.

Hold My Hand, which is a cooperative puzzle game about two people holding hands and overcoming obstacles together. Embark on a journey of companionship, attachment, and letting go by Nathan Powless-Lynes.

Wao Kanaka, which is a Hawaiian-language, first-person, exploration and puzzle game featuring Knaka Maoli (Hawaiian) characters and traditions. The player explores different Hawaiian ecosystems to understand and uphold the concept of aloha aina (love of the land) by the Ka Lei Milikaa Collective.

Full of Birds, which is an interactive Indigenous art gallery that seeks to complicate the traditional understandings of a gallery, as well as provoke thoughtful engagement about the spaces from which Indigenous art stems and the spaces in which it is displayed by Ashlee Bird and Sarah Biscarra Dilley.

You can get your tickets at imaginenative.org/box-office.

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OpenAIs AI-powered robot learned how to solve a Rubiks cube one-handed – The Verge

Artificial intelligence research organization OpenAI has achieved a new milestone in its quest to build general purpose, self-learning robots. The groups robotics division says Dactyl, its humanoid robotic hand first developed last year, has learned to solve a Rubiks cube one-handed. OpenAI sees the feat as a leap forward both for the dexterity of robotic appendages and its own AI software, which allows Dactyl to learn new tasks using virtual simulations before it is presented with a real, physical challenge to overcome.

In a demonstration video showcasing Dactyls new talent, we can see the robotic hand fumble its way toward a complete cube solve with clumsy yet accurate maneuvers. It takes many minutes, but Dactyl is eventually able to solve the puzzle. Its somewhat unsettling to see in action, if only because the movements look noticeably less fluid than human ones and especially disjointed when compared to the blinding speed and raw dexterity on display when a human speedcuber solves the cube in a matter of seconds.

But for OpenAI, Dactyls achievement brings it one step closer to a much sought-after goal for the broader AI and robotics industries: a robot that can learn to perform a variety of real-world tasks, without having to train for months to years of real-world time and without needing to be specifically programmed.

Plenty of robots can solve Rubiks cubes very fast. The important difference between what they did there and what were doing here is that those robots are very purpose-built, says Peter Welinder, a research scientist and robotics lead at OpenAI. Obviously theres no way you can use the same robot or same approach to perform another task. The robotics team at OpenAI have very different ambitions. Were trying to build a general purpose robot. Similar to how humans and how our human hands can do a lot of things, not just a specific task, were trying to build something that is much more general in its scope.

Welinder is referencing a series of robots over the last few years that have pushed Rubiks cube solving far beyond the limitations of human hands and minds. In 2016, semiconductor maker Infineon developed a robot specifically to solve a Rubiks cube at superhuman speeds, and the bot managed to do so in under one second. That crushed the sub-five-second human world record at the time. Two years later, a machine developed by MIT solved a cube in less than 0.4 seconds. In late 2018, a Japanese YouTube channel called Human Controller even developed its own self-solving Rubiks cube using a 3D-printed core attached to programmable servo motors.

In other words, a robot built for one specific task and programmed to perform that task as efficiently as possible can typically best a human, and Rubiks cube solving is something software has long ago mastered. So developing a robot to solve the cube, even a humanoid one, is not all that remarkable on its own, and less so at the sluggish speed Dactyl operates.

But OpenAIs Dactyl robot and the software that powers it are much different in design and purpose than a dedicated cube-solving machine. As Welinder says, OpenAIs ongoing robotics work is not aimed at achieving superior results in narrow tasks, as that only requires you develop a better robot and program it accordingly. That can be done without modern artificial intelligence.

Instead, Dactyl is developed from the ground up as a self-learning robotic hand that approaches new tasks much like a human would. Its trained using software that tries, in a rudimentary way at the moment, to replicate the millions of years of evolution that help us learn to use our hands instinctively as children. That could one day, OpenAI hopes, help humanity develop the kinds of humanoid robots we know only from science fiction, robots that can safely operate in society without endangering us and perform a wide variety of tasks in environments as chaotic as city streets and factory floors.

To learn how to solve a Rubiks cube one-handed, OpenAI did not explicitly program Dactyl to solve the toy; free software on the internet can do that for you. It also chose not to program individual motions for the hand to perform, as it wanted it to discern those movements on its own. Instead, the robotics team gave the hands underlying software the end goal of solving a scrambled cube and used modern AI specifically a brand of incentive-based deep learning called reinforcement learning to help it along the path toward figuring it out on its own. The same approach to training AI agents is how OpenAI developed its world-class Dota 2 bot.

But until recently, its been much easier to train an AI agent to do something virtually playing a computer game, for example than to train it to perform a real-world task. Thats because training software to do something in a virtual world can be sped up, so that the AI can spend the equivalent of tens of thousands of years training in just months of real-world time, thanks to thousands of high-end CPUs and ultra-powerful GPUs working in parallel.

Doing that same level of training performing a physical task with a physical robot isnt feasible. Thats why OpenAI is trying to pioneer new methods of robotic training using simulated environments in place of the real world, something the robotics industry has only barely experimented with. That way, the software can practice extensively at an accelerated pace across many different computers simultaneously, with the hope that it retains that knowledge when it begins controlling a real robot.

Because of the training limitation and obvious safety concerns, robots used commercially today do not utilize AI and instead are programmed with very specific instructions. The way its been approached in the past is that you use very specialized algorithms to solve tasks, where you have an accurate model of both the robot and the environment in which youre operating, Welinder says. For a factory robot, you have very accurate models of those and you know exactly the environment youre working on. You know exactly how it will be picking up the particular part.

This is also why current robots are far less versatile than humans. It requires large amounts of time, effort, and money to reprogram a robot that assembles, say, one specific part of an automobile or a computer component to do something else. Present a robot that hasnt been properly trained with even a simple task that involves any level of human dexterity or visual processing and it would fail miserably. With modern AI techniques, however, robots could be modeled like humans, so that they can use the same intuitive understanding of the world to do everything from opening doors to frying an egg. At least, thats the dream.

Were still decades away from that level of sophistication, and the leaps the AI community has made on the software side like self-driving cars, machine translation, and image recognition has not exactly translated to next-generation robots. Right now, OpenAI is just trying to mimic the complexity of one human body part and to get that robotic analog to operate more naturally.

Thats why Dactyl is a 24-joint robotic hand modeled after a human hand, instead of the claw or pincer style robotic grippers you see in factories. And for the software that powers Dactyl to learn how to utilize all of those joints in a way a human would, OpenAI put it through thousands of years of training in simulation before trying the physical cube solve.

If youre training things on the real world robot, obviously whatever youre learning is working on what you actually want to deploy your algorithm on. In that way, its much simpler. But algorithms today need a lot of data. To train a real world robot, to do anything complex, you need many years of experience, Welinder says. Even for a human, it takes a couple of years, and humans have millions of years of evolution to have the learning capabilities to operate a hand.

In a simulation, however, Welinder says training can be accelerated, just like with game-playing and other tasks popular as AI benchmarks. This takes on the order of thousands of years to train the algorithm. But this only takes a few days because we can parallelize the training. You also dont have to worry about the robots breaking or hurting someone as youre training these algorithms, he adds. Yet researchers have in the past has run into considerable trouble trying to get virtual training to work on physical robots. OpenAI says it is among the first organizations to really see progress in this regard.

When it was given a real cube, Dactyl put its training to use and solved it on its own, and it did so under a variety of conditions it had never been explicitly trained for. That includes solving the cube one-handed with a glove on, with two of its fingers taped together, and while OpenAI members continuously interfered with it by poking it with other objects and showering it with bubbles and pieces of confetti-like paper.

We found that in all of those perturbations, the robot was still able to successfully turn the Rubiks cube. But it did not go through that in training, says Matthias Plappert, Welinders fellow OpenAIs robotic team lead. The robustness that we found when we tried this on the physical robot was surprising to us.

Thats why OpenAI sees Dactyls newly acquired skill as equally important for both the advancement of robotic hardware and AI training. Even the most advanced robots in the world right, like the humanoid and dog-like bots developed by industry leader Boston Dynamics, cannot operate autonomously, and they require extensive task-specific programming and frequent human intervention to carry out even basic actions.

OpenAI says Dactyl is a small but vital step toward the kind of robots that might one day perform manual labor or household tasks and even work alongside humans, instead of in closed-off environments, without any explicit programming governing their actions.

In that vision for the future, the ability for robots to learn new tasks and adapt to changing environments will be as much about the flexibility of the AI as it is about the robustness of the physical machine. These methods are really starting to demonstrate that these are the solutions to handling all the inherent complication and the messiness of the physical world we live in, Plappert says.

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Religion and the Brain – Psychology Today

If there are two concepts that seem like parallel lines that will never meet, they would have to be religion and neuroscience. One relies on unquestioning faith while the other is a scientific endeavor that attempts to understand how the brain works. What could these two possibly have to do with each other, and can they ever be reconciled? Behavioral neuroscientists have begun exploring these very questions, and are coming up with some very interesting insights.

People are often said to "lose themselves" in prayer. Scientists have found that the inferior parietal lobule (IPL) of the brain, responsible for generating a sense of self vs others, produces less activity than usual when people pray. If this sounds like science fiction, I don't blame you: How could a scientist possibly know what's going on inside a person's brain? The answer lies in a technique called functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI, that measures changes in blood flow associated with brain activity. In addition to the "quietening" of the IPL, fMRI studies have also shown increased activity, when people pray, in areas of the frontal lobe of the brain that are responsible for traits like attention. Similar regions would also show increased activity when people do other activities that involve paying attention, or being in focus.

Ive always had an on-again, off-again relationship with God. Like most people, I remember about his/her existence only when things go wrong, or if I need anything that I cannot achieve by myself. As soon as said task is accomplished, I promptly forget about him (or her) again, until next time.

Studies have found that people who feel they lack control over their lives are more susceptible to finding patterns where patterns don't exist. In one episode of the excellent National Geographic series Brain Games, the scientist who authored this study conducted an experiment: She asked two sets of people what they saw in images of static. The first set was in a relaxed state of mind, having successfully performed a puzzle task earlier. The second group was put under anxiety-inducing conditions by introducing an unreasonable time limit for the puzzle. The second set of people tended to be much more willing to "see" patterns in static images that had no pattern to be discerned whatsoever. This could possibly explain why I, for instance, tend to look for solace in a higher power only when I'm in distress.

It is essential to note, however, that simplistic inferences from studies such as this and the fMRI scans have to be taken with a generous pinch of salt. First, how does one even begin to define as complex a construct as prayer? Prayer means different things to different people, and all the various types of prayer chanting, meditating, surrender, praise would presumably have varied effects on the brain. In addition, most of the "prayer studies" are done on people who are already of a religious bent. How would prayer manifest itself neurologically in a person who does not believe as fervently, or not at all?

Meditation studies, on the other hand, are a little more streamlined, and are also helped by the fact that meditation is a simpler and more 'experimentable' construct than prayer. Studies on people practising transcendental meditation (TM) every day have shown that they have lower levels of hormones associated with stress, such as cortisol. Similar to simple relaxation, practicing TM led to lower respiration rates and heart rates, and better blood flow to the brain. Interestingly, you don't have to be a long-term meditator to reap its effects. People who have been through a five-week meditation course have shown improved attention and self-regulation, and similar reductions in stress hormones and improvements in heart rate. However, spending 20 minutes a day closing your eyes and meditating is not as straightforward as popping a pill, and just might not be everyone's cup of tea. Perhaps anything that relaxes you and takes your mind off your worries, be it a game of chess or a walk in the park with your toddler, would have similar effects.

All these effects on the brain are not surprising when you look at it in terms of practice, or exercise. When you train certain regions of the brain, they've been found to get "stronger." The most famous example of this effect is probably the London taxi driver study, which compared taxi drivers, who need to navigate different routes each day, with bus drivers, whose routes are more fixed. MRI scans revealed a greater volume in parts of the hippocampus of the brain that are involved in complex spatial navigation in the taxi drivers compared to the bus drivers. Interestingly, the more experienced a taxi driver was, the more pronounced the effect. Why should training our brains to be calmer be any different?

As a young child, I used to pray with utmost devotion. I almost miss that innocence now. Conversely, when I was slightly older, I remember being a little afraid of being alone in the room where all the idols were kept. Fear of the unknown, perhaps? One of the most common fears that children seem to have is that of the dark. The fear of the unknown is something that children carry into adulthood, albeit to a lesser degree.

Of course, only the more fortunate among us even have the luxury of philosophizing about God. As someone said, when a man is too busy thinking about where his next meal is going to come from, the last thing on his mind would be about the existence of God, or other such lofty matters."

Speaking of lofty matters, I became the parent to a baby girl two years ago. We pray together each day, more because I love seeing her face light up at the sight of the colorful idols than anything else. Someday, she will grow up and have her own ideas about these things. Until then, though, Im going to hold her tiny hand each day, and pray with her, and look on in awe at the sheer joy on her face.

At the end of the day, if our daughter chooses acceptance over judgement, inclusion over exclusion, and compassion and empathy over everything else, none of the other things faith included would matter.

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Literally Everything Coming to Disney+ at Launch – Nerdist

Its less than a month until Disney+ bursts on to our screens and we cannot wait. In a Twitter thread today the Mouse House showcased what they later called basically everything coming to Disney+Because we love you, dear readers, we spent the day going through the thread and creating a comprehensive list of all the films included split up into six sections: Animated Movies, Live-Action Movies, Animated Series, Live-Action Series, Disney Channel Original Movies, Disney+ Originals,and Documentaries.

Its an impressive lineup that includes a whole bunch of hard to find gems like Return to Ozand Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends.It also encompasses hundreds of live-action and flicks including some vaulted classics. There are some surprising exclusions including the fact that only 7 MCU movies have currently announced, but we will likely get more movies and shows when the streamer goes live in the U.S. on November 12th. For now, you can watch the official video below, or if you dont have three plus hours check out our comprehensive list below! Make sure to bookmark this page as well be updating this piece as more additions are made to the already impressive line-up.

101 Dalmatians (1961)101 Dalmatians II: Patchs London Adventure (2003)A Bugs Life (1998)A Goofy Movie (1995)An Extremely Goofy Movie (2000)Aladdin (1992)Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996)Alice in Wonderland (1951)Almost Angels (1962)Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)Atlantis: Milos Return (2003)Bambi (1942)Bambi II (2006)Beauty and the Beast (1991)Beauty and the Beast: The Enchanted Christmas (1997)Belles Magical World (1998)Big Hero 6 (2014)Bolt (2008)Brave (2012)Brother Bear (2003)Brother Bear 2 (2006)Cars (2006)Cars 2 (2011)Cars 3 (2017)Cheetah (1989)Chicken Little (2005)Cinderella (1950)Cinderella II: Dreams Come True (2002)Cinderella III: A Twist in Time (2007)Dinosaur (2000)Dougs 1st Movie (1999)Ducktales: The Movie, Treasure of the Lost Lamp (1990)Dumbo (1941)Fantasia (1940)Fantasia 2000 (2000)Finding Nemo (2003)Finding Dory (2016)Frozen (2013)Fun and Fancy Free (1947)Hercules (1997)Hocus Pocus (1993)Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade (2016)Inside Out (2015)James and the Giant Peach (1996)Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama (2005)Kronks New Groove (2005)Lady and the Tramp (1955)Lady and the Tramp II: Scamps Adventure (2001)Legend of the Three Caballeros (2018)Lego Star Wars All-Stars (2018)Leroy & Stitch (2006)Life With Mikey (1993)Lilo & Stitch (2002)Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch (2005)The Lion King 1 (2004)Meet the Robinsons (2007)Melody Time (1948)Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers (2004)Mickeys Once Upon a Christmas (1999)Mickeys Twice Upon a Christmas (2004)Moana (2016)Monsters, Inc. (2001)Monsters University (2013)Mulan (1998)Mulan II (2005)Old Yeller (1957)Oliver & Company (1988)Peter Pan (1953)Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension (2011)Piglets Big Movie (2003)Pinocchio (1940)Pocahontas (1995)Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World (1998)Poohs Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin (1997)Poohs Heffalump Movie (2005)Ratatouille (2007)Recess: All Growed Down (2003)Recess: Schools Out (2001)Recess: Taking the 5th Grade (2003)Return to Never Land (2002)Robin Hood (1973)Rookie of the Year (1993)Saludos Amigos (1943)Sammy, the Way-Out Seal (1962)Secret of the Wings (2012)Sleeping Beauty (1959)Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)Stitch! The Movie (2003)Tangled (2010)Tarzan & Jane (2002)Teachers Pet (2004)The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967)The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)The Black Cauldron (1985)The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue (1997)The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars (1998)The Emperors New Groove (2000)The Fox and the Hound (1981)The Fox and the Hound 2 (2006)The Good Dinosaur (2015)The Great Mouse Detective (1986)The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)The Hunchback of Notre Dame II (2002)The Incredibles (2004)The Incredible Journey (1963)The Jungle Book (1967)The Jungle Book 2 (2003)The Little Mermaid (1989)The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea (2000)The Little Mermaid: Ariels Beginning (2008)The Lion King (1994)The Lion King II: Simbas Pride (1998)The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)The Princess and the Frog (2009)The Proud Family Movie (2005)The Reluctant Dragon (1941)The Rescuers (1977)The Rescuers Down Under (1990)The Return of Jafar (1994)The Sandlot (1993)The Sign of Zorro (1958)The Sword in the Stone (1963)The Tigger Movie (2000)The Three Caballeros (1945)The Ugly Dachshund (1966)Thumbelina (1994)Tinker Bell (2008)Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (2010)Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (2009)The Wild (2006)Toy Story (1995)Toy Story 2 (1999)Toy Story 3 (2010)Treasure Planet (2002)Tuck Everlasting (2002)Valiant (2005)WALLE (2008)Winnie the Pooh (2011)Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year (2002)Winnie the Pooh: Springtime With Roo (2004)Wreck-It Ralph (2012)Zootopia (2016)

Disney

Star Wars

Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999)Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002)Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (2005)Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

Disney

Marvel

Ant-Man (2015)Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)Captain Marvel (2019)Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)Iron Man (2008)Iron Man 3 (2013)Thor: The Dark World (2013)

Disney

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)12 Dates of Christmas (2011)101 Dalmatians (1996)102 Dalmatians (2000)20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)Alice in Wonderland (2010)A Kid in King Arthurs Court (1995)Amy (1981)Babes in Toyland (1961)Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)Benji the Hunted (1987)Blackbeards Ghost (1968)Blank Check (1994)Camp Nowhere (1994)Candleshoe (1977)Casebusters (1986)Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen (2004)Dan in Real Life (2007)Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier (1955)Davy Crockett and the River Pirates (1956)Darby OGill and the Little People (1959)Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)Dumbo (2019)Eight Below (2006)Emil and the Detectives (1964)Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)First Kid (1996)Flicka (2006)Flight of the Navigator (1986)Flubber (1997)Freaky Friday (1977)Freaky Friday (2003)Fuzzbucket (1986)Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties (2006)Greyfriars Bobby (1961)Gus (1976)Hannah Montana: The Movie (2009)Heavyweights (1995)Herbie Rides Again (1974)Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977)Herbie Goes Bananas (1980)Herbie: Fully Loaded (2005)Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (1992)Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves (1997)Ill Be Home for Christmas (1998)Inspector Gadget (1999)Inspector Gadget 2 (2003)Invincible (2006)Iron Will (1994)Jack (1996)Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)Jungle 2 Jungle (1997)Justin Morgan Had a Horse (1972)Kazaam (1996)Mary Poppins (1964)Mighty Joe Young (1998)Millions (2005)Miracle (2004)Miracle at Midnight (1998)Miracle on 34th Street (1947)Mr. Boogedy (1986)Muppets Most Wanted (2014)Muppet Treasure Island (1996)My Favorite Martian (1999)National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)Newsies (1992)Newsies: The Broadway Musical (2017)Once Upon a Mattress (2005)One Magic Christmas (1985)Operation Dumbo Drop (1995)Petes Dragon (1977)Petes Dragon (2016)Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Mans Chest (2006)Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007)Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)Pollyanna (1960)Queen of Katwe (2016)Remember the Titans (2000)Return From Witch Mountain (1978)Return to Oz (1985)Richie Richs Christmas Wish (1998)Ruby Bridges (1998)Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups (2012)Saving Mr. Banks (2013)Secretariat (2010)Shipwrecked (1991)Sister Act (1992)Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993)Snow Dogs (2002)Snowball Express (1972)Sultan and the Rock Star (1980)Swiss Family Robinson (1940)Swiss Family Robinson (1960)Super Buddies (2013)Tall Tale (1995)That Darn Cat! (1965)That Darn Cat (1997)The Absent-Minded Professor (1961)The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975)The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979)The Aristocats (1970)The Barefoot Executive (1971)The Bears and I (1974)The BFG (2016)The Biscuit Eater (1972)The Black Hole (1979)The Castaway Cowboy (1974)The Cat From Outer Space (1978)The Christmas Star (1986)The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes (1969)The Country Bears (2002)The Even Stevens Movie (2003)The Finest Hours (2016)The Game Plan (2007)The Ghosts of Buxley Hall (1980)The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)The Great Muppet Caper (1981)The Haunted Mansion (2003)The Jennie Project (2001)The Journey of Natty Gann (1985)The Jungle Book: Mowglis Story (1998)The Kid (2000)The Lizzie McGuire Movie (2003)The Love Bug (1969)The Million Dollar Duck (1971)The Muppets (2011)The Muppet Movie (1979)The Pacifier (2005)The Parent Trap (1961)The Parent Trap (1998)The Prince and the Pauper (1962)The Princess Diaries (2001)The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement (2004)The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)Three Days (2001)Three Men and a Baby (1987)Three Men and a Little Lady (1990)The Rocketeer (1991)The Rookie (2002)The Santa Clause (1994)The Santa Clause 2 (2002)The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause (2006)The Secret of the Magic Gourd (2007)The Shaggy D.A. (1976)The Shaggy Dog (1959)The Shaggy Dog (2006)The Sound of Music (1965)The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men (1952)The Strongest Man in the World (1975)Treasure of Matecumbe (1976)The Three Musketeers (1993)The Young Black Stallion (2003)Those Calloways (1965)Tom and Huck (1995)Treasure Island (1950)TRON (1982)TRON: Legacy (2010)Turner & Hooch (1989)Unidentified Flying Oddball (1979)While You Were Sleeping (1995)White Fang (1991)Whispers: An Elephants Tale (2000)Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)Willow (1988)

Disney

Adventures of the Gummi Bears (1985)Amphibia (2019)Avengers Assemble (2013)Big City Greens (2018)Big Hero 6: The Series (2017)Bonkers (1993)Chip n Dale: Rescue Rangers (1989)Darkwing Duck (1991)DuckTales (1987)Elena of Avalor (2016)Fantastic Four (1994)Fantastic Four: Worlds Greatest Heroes (2006)Gargoyles (1994)Goof Troop (1992)Gravity Falls (2012)Guardians of the Galaxy Series (2015)Handy Manny (2006)Hercules Series (1998)Home on the Range (2004)Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. (2013)Iron Man Series (1994)Iron Man: Armored Adventures (2008)Jake and the Never Land Pirates (2011)Kim Possible (2002)LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales (2015)LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles (2014)LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures (2016)Lilo & Stitch: The Series (2003)Little Einsteins (2005)Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors (2018)Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (2006)Mickey and the Roadster Racers (2017)Milo Murphys Law (2016)Mighty Ducks Series (1996)Muppet Babies (2018)My Friends Tigger & Pooh (2007)Phineas and Ferb (2007)PJ Masks (2015)Puppy Dog Pals (2017)Quack Pack (1996)Recess (1997)Silver Surfer (1998)Spider-Man Series (1981)Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981)Spider-Man Series (1994)Spider-Man Series (2017)Spider-Man Unlimited Series (1999)Spider-Woman (1979)Star Wars Rebels (2014)Star Wars Resistance (2018)Star Wars: The Clone Wars Series (2008)TaleSpin (1990)Tangled: Before Ever After (2017)Tangled: The Series (2017)Timon & Pumbaa (1995)TRON: Uprising (2012)The Avengers: Earths Mightiest Heroes (2010)The Avengers: United They Stand (1999)The Emperors New School (2006)The Incredible Hulk Series (1996)The Lion Guard (2015)The Little Mermaid Series (1992)The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1988)The Replacements (2006)The Simpsons (1989)Ultimate Spider-Man (2012)Vampirina (2017)Wolverine and the X-Men (2009)X-Men Series (1992)X-Men: Evolution Series (2000)

Disney

Adventures in Babysitting (2016)Alley Cats Strike (2000)A Ring of Endless Light (2002)Annie (1999)Bad Hair Day (2015)Brink! (1998)Buffalo Dreams (2005)Cadet Kelly (2002)Camp Rock (2008)Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam (2010)Can of Worms (1999)Cloud 9 (2014)College Road Trip (2008)Cow Belles (2006)Dadnapped (2009)Den Brother (2010)Descendants (2015)Descendants 2 (2017)Dont Look Under the Bed (1999)Double Teamed (2002)Eddies Million Dollar Cook-Off (2003)Freaky Friday (2018)Frenemies (2012)Full-Court Miracle (2003)Geek Charming (2011)Genius (1999)Get a Clue (2002)Girl vs. Monster (2012)Go Figure (2005)Going to the Mat (2004)Good Luck Charlie, Its Christmas! (2011)Gotta Kick It Up! (2002)Hatching Pete (2009)Halloweentown (1998)Halloweentown High (2004)Halloweentown II: Kalabars Revenge (2001)High School Musical (2006)High School Musical 2 (2007)High School Musical 3: Senior Year (2008)Hounded (2001)Horse Sense (1999)How to Build a Better Boy (2014)Ice Princess (2005)Invisible Sister (2015)Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board (2007)Johnny Tsunami (1999)Jump In! (2007)Jumping Ship (2001)Kim Possible (2019)Lemonade Mouth (2011)Let It Shine (2012)Life Is Ruff (2005)Life Size 2 (2018)Meet the Deedles (1998)Minutemen (2008)Miracle in Lane 2 (2000)Motocross (2001)Moms Got a Date With a Vampire (2000)Now You See It (2005)Phantom of the Megaplex (2000)Pixel Perfect (2004)Princess Protection Program (2009)Quints (2000)Ready to Run (2000)Read It and Weep (2006)Return to Halloweentown (2006)Right on Track (2003)Rip Girls (2000)Sharpays Fabulous Adventure (2011)Skyrunners (2009)Smart House (1999)Snowglobe (2007)Starstruck (2010)Stepsister From Planet Weird (2000)Stuck in the Suburbs (2004)Teen Beach Movie (2013)Teen Beach Movie 2 (2015)Teen Spirit (2011)The Book of Pooh (2001)The Cheetah Girls (2003)The Cheetah Girls 2 (2006)The Cheetah Girls: One World (2008)The Color of Friendship (2000)The Luck of the Irish (2001)The Mistle-Tones (2012)The Other Me (2000)The Poof Point (2001)The Scream Team (2002)The Swap (2016)The Suite Life Movie (2011)The Thirteenth Year (1999)The Ultimate Christmas Present (2000)The Wizards Return: Alex vs. Alex (2013)Tiger Cruise (2004)Tru Confessions (2002)Twas the Night (2001)Twitches (2005)Twitches Too (2007)Up, Up and Away (2000)Under the Sea: A Descendants Story (2019)Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior (2006)Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie (2009)You Lucky Dog (1998)You Wish! (2003)Zapped (2014)Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century (1999)Zenon: The Zequel (2001)Zenon: Z3 (2004)Zombies (2018)

Andi Mack (2017)Avalon High (2010)Best Friends Whenever (2015)Bizaardvark (2016)Boy Meets World (1993)Bug Juice: My Adventures at Camp (2018)Crash & Bernstein (2012)Coop & Cami Ask the World (2018)Even Stevens (2000)Girl Meets World (2014)Good Luck Charlie (2010)Fast Layne (2019)Hannah Montana (2006)Inhumans (2017)Jessie (2011)JONAS (2009)Kickin It (2011)Lab Rats (2012)Lab Rats: Elite Force (2016)Lizzie McGuire (2001)Out of the Box (1998)Phil of the Future (2004)Ravens Home (2017)Shake It Up (2010)Smart Guy (1997)So Weird (1999)Stuck in the Middle (2016)Sydney to the Max (2019)Thats So Raven (2003)The Evermoor Chronicles (2014)The Muppets Series (2015)The Suite Life of Zack & Cody (2005)The Suite Life on Deck (2008)Violetta (2012)

Disney

Encore (2019)Lady and the Tramp (2019)High School Musical: The Series (2019)One Day at Disney (2019)Marvels Hero Project (2019)Noelle (2019)The Mandalorian (2019)The World According to Jeff Goldblum (2019)

African Cats (2011)Aliens of the Deep (2005)Apollo Missions to the Moon (2019)Americas Heart and Soul (2004)Atlantis Rising (2017)Bears (2014)Before the Flood (2016)Bizarre Dinosaurs (2009)Brain Games (2011)Born in China (2017)Breaking2 (2017)Chimpanzee (2012)Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic (2017)Deep Blue (2003)Diana: In Her Own Words (2017)Disneys Fairy Tale Weddings (2017)Dog Whisperer With Cesar Millan (2007)Drain the Oceans (2018)Dr. Ks Exotic Animal ER (2014)Dr. Oakley, Yukon Vet (2014)Earth Live (2017)Easter Island Unsolved (2009)Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy (2004)Expedition Mars: Spirit & Opportunity (2016)Frank and Ollie (1995)Free Solo (2018)Giants of the Deep Blue (2018)Gordon Ramsey Uncharted (2019)Great Migrations (2010)Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert (2008)Hostile Planet (2019)How Dogs Got Their Shapes (2005)Into the Grand Canyon (2018)Into the Okavango (2018)Jane (2017)Journey to Shark Eden (2010)Jungle Cat (1959)Kingdom of the Apes: Battle Lines (2017)Kingdom of the Blue Whale (2009)Kingdom of the White Wolf (2019)Life Below Zero (2013)Lost Treasures of the Maya (2019)Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience (2009)Man Among Cheetahs (2017)Mars Inside Space X (2018)Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe (2014)Miracle Landing on the Hudson (2014)Mission to the Sun (2018)Monkey Kingdom (2015)Origins: The Journey of Humankind (2017)Paris to Pittsburgh (2018)Perri (1957)Planet of the Birds (2018)Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue (2018)Roving Mars (2006)Sacred Planet (2004)Science Fair (2018)Sea of Hope: Americas Underwater Treasures (2017)Secrets of Christs Tomb: Explorer Special (2017)Secrets of the King Cobra (2012)Secrets of Life (1956)Sharks of Lost Island (2013)Stonehenge Decoded: Secrets Revealed (2008)Titanic: 20 Years Later With James Cameron (2017)The African Lion (1955)The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos (2008)The Flood (2018)The Incredible Dr. Pol (2011)The Living Desert (1953)The Lost Tomb of Alexander the Great (2019)The Vanishing Prairie (1954)Trail of the Panda (2009)Tree Climbing Lions (2018)Waking Sleeping Beauty (2010)White Wilderness (1958)Wild Yellowstone (2015)Winged Seduction: Birds of Paradise (2012)Wings of Life (Feature) (2011)Worlds Greatest Dogs (2016)

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Literally Everything Coming to Disney+ at Launch - Nerdist

How to Win Tic-Tac-Toe Every Time – Reader’s Digest

A few simple strategies can make you a master at tic tac toe.

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Tic tac toe is a classic game. It can be played virtually anywhere and on anything, from a bar napkin to a computer screen to a chic wooden set.

However, while the game may appear simple, that is deceptive. How to win tic tac toe requires strategic thinking and planning to win the game or force a draw. To do this, however, there are certain strategies you need to master. Another deceptive game? Rock, paper, scissorheres how to win every time.

When youre the first one up, there is a simple strategy on how to win tic tac toe: put your X in any corner. This move will pretty much send you to the winners circle every time, so long as your opponent doesnt put their first O in the center box. This can make it harder to win, but it can happen.

If youre the second to go, it may be harder to win the game. If your opponent takes the center space, counteract that by placing your letter in a corner. If your opponent takes a corner space, take the middle space. This will force a draw in both cases. Winning is almost impossible unless a major mistake is made by your opponent.

But, if your opponent starts on an edge that is not a corner, you can win. There is an exact science on how to win tic tac toe if this is the case: Put your first letter in the center. You can only claim victory if your opponent puts their letter on the other edge. If not, you will have to settle for a draw.

Its actually difficult to win at tic tac toe every time. While the board is small, there are many variables that depend on the opponents placement. Playing the more advanced game of Scrabble? These 30 words can help you win every time.

Whether youre first up or the second one to go, how to win tic tac toe doesnt depend on your sequence. So, no, it doesnt matter if youre the X or the O, but it does matter where you play your letters.

There is still a possibility of winning the game if the center box has been taken. One way is to simply wait for your opponent to make a mistake and capitalize on that. However, if possible, occupy two opposing corners. This can allow you to win if your opponent places their letter in another corner.

If youre not sure what the next move is, experts point out that symmetry is always the best bet, so when contemplating a move, look for the one that will make the board as symmetrical as possible. Not only will it make your board look nice, but it will also block your opponent from being able to run away with a victory.

While a straight-up win may feel more satisfying, being able to force a draw requires skill and strategy. If your opponent takes the middle square with an X or O, the next move to ensure a tie is to place your letter in any of the corners. This way, there is no move that will allow them to win.

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How to Win Tic-Tac-Toe Every Time - Reader's Digest


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