Two Hundred Ways Is Coming To Steam On September 3rd – Bleeding Cool News

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Indie developer and publisher Sunlight Games revealed this week that their upcoming sequel Two Hundred Ways will be released on Steam on September 3rd. Those of you who love marble puzzle games will get a kick out of this one as they improve on the original by providing you 200 different puzzles to challenge the brain and give you options of puzzle-solving that you probably didn't think of. All you have to do is the simple task of guiding anything from one to multiple marbles out of a maze that can have up to three levels. It sounds simple until you see some of the complex oddities they throw in your path where anything and everything can go wrong. You can check out the latest trailer for the game, which gives you a preview of the mayhem to come, down at the bottom.

Two Hundred Ways, the sequel of the successful brain teaser One Hundred Ways, gives puzzle fans twice as many mental challenges to overcome. The mission of each of its 200 levels sounds easy: guide one or more balls to the exit. But levels with up to three different layers and numerous ball traps don't make this task a walk in the park. Luckily, players can use dozens of tools to help them reach their goal but using more tools means that their level score will go down

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I Expect You To Die 2 review: the most fun Ive had solving puzzles this year – The Verge

Youre not really a secret agent until you put on a funny hat and fake mustache while youre trying to stop an evil conglomerate from filling a theater with poison gas. At least, thats what I Expect You To Die 2 posits, and I think its about right.

I Expect You To Die 2: The Spy and The Liar is a sequel to one of the first hit virtual reality titles, which was released by Schell Games in 2016 for first-gen VR headsets. The series riffs on James Bond and other classic super spy franchises. Using motion controls and a headset, you play a field agent whose missions invariably turn into convoluted deathtraps, and you have to escape using whatever objects happen to be nearby. Behind its tongue-in-cheek tone and colorful retro stylings, its a master class in translating an often frustrating genre for an often frustrating piece of hardware and its the most fun Ive had solving puzzles this year.

I Expect You To Die 2 descends from the kinds of classic adventure games that punish tiny slip-ups with a horrible demise. Like the original, it pits you against the evil organization Zoraxis, which has a mysterious plan for (obviously) world domination. Where the original game featured almost totally standalone scenarios, the six new missions are an extended cat-and-mouse game involving an actor named John Juniper. Juniper, voiced by Wil Wheaton, gets a genuinely Bond-worthy character conceit: he prepares for roles by commissioning an elaborate mask of the person hes embodying, then wears it continuously until his premiere.

Larger narrative aside, each mission is a puzzle box full of secret compartments and props for you to throw around with your virtual hands. You do this all without leaving your chair; when something is too far away, you can grab it telekinetically with a button on your motion controller. If you know exactly how to solve each puzzle, an I Expect You To Die level might take a few minutes to complete. But as the name suggests, half the experience is watching things go wrong.

Poison gas was my worst enemy in I Expect You To Die 2, although Ive also been sliced up by a sharpened pendulum, killed by a grenade in a dumbwaiter, and offed by an exploding cigar. Each failure just leaves you staring into a briefcase with a little slip of virtual paper explaining your cause of death, plus an instant restart button so its not really a big deal. (You see essentially the same thing when you win a scenario, except that you get cake instead of death.)

I tend to find adventure games, especially VR ones, deeply maddening. When youre already stumped trying to guess how developers want you to solve a puzzle, being stuck in a headset while youre thinking through it is even worse than staring at a screen, and thats hampered my enjoyment of other titles like The Room VR. Additionally, in the I Expect You To Die series, physics and motion controls add a layer of uncertainty to all your problem-solving. I got hung up on the sequel a couple of times when I was convinced Id found the right solution but couldnt quite maneuver it into place, before realizing that I was missing an obvious step or two.

But these hangups highlight how well Schells overall trial-and-error setup works. I Expect You To Die 2 is built around quick little loops of gameplay complemented by a bunch of random silly fun, and restarting is a chance to explore more pieces of a level. Your long-suffering mission control (voiced by Jared Mason) can offer some gentle hints over the radio, but rather than spelling out solutions when you repeat a level, he cuts down his lines so you can focus. Conversely, because you spend each level in one place, every prop offers a Chekhovs gun-like hint at a later challenge that you can feel extra clever by averting.

I Expect You To Die 2s puzzles generally have one solution, and a few parts focus a little too heavily on hitting control panel buttons in a given order. But the developers evoke the feeling that theyve anticipated all kinds of little sequence-breaking tricks and virtual interactions, rewarding you with a visual flourish or some dialog. (The outfit mentioned above, for instance, will earn you a snarky comment from one character.) One of the sequels rare new features is a simple achievement system, which offers cryptic clues about its Easter eggs.

Even if youre stuck, youll always have something to do in a level. And some actions overlap with the anti-frustration features. Without spoiling the encounter too much, one of my favorite moments in I Expect You To Die 2 involved realizing that I did not, in fact, have to indulge a villains monologuing.

I Expect You To Die 2 is only a couple of hours long, although if it follows the first games pattern, Schell will add a few bonus missions after release. But even at that length, it shows how solid the series formula is. I Expect You To Die wants you to fail, but it makes failure fun and lets players feel like theyre in on the joke.

I Expect You To Die 2 was released on August 24th for the Oculus Quest, PlayStation VR, the Oculus Store, and SteamVR on PC.

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10 PS1 Games that Need to Be Remastered for Modern Consoles – Paste Magazine

Over the last year or so, theres been a keen uptick in interest in videogame preservation. Nintendo has begun mass takedowns of fanmade content. and game music while offering a scant selection of games on Nintendo Switch Online or manufacturing scarcity with time-limited releases. Elsewhere, some games lost in the annals of the first PlayStation like Legend of Mana, Grandia, and Saga Frontier received the remaster treatment, with Frontier even including completed scenarios made up from scrapped material. Moon: Remix RPG Adventure, a seminal work thats inspired many games since its release, received its first Western release last August. What a translation it was, toothe script came courtesy of (former Paste contributor) Tim Rogers, who rendered the text with passion and humor, proudly showcasing why the game is so well-regarded and a great example of just how many of the greatest games for the PS1 never made it outside of Japan.

Many of the big publishers struggle with providing worthwhile ports and remasters of older games. Some, like the remaster of Shin Megami Tensei: Nocturne, are disproportionately priced (with the full game coming in at around $70) for the amount of effort put in to preserving the experience, framerate, and original intentions of the visual design. Still, these remasters are often the only reliable way to play these games legally in the modern day, with copies of out-of-print games becoming collectors items only available for exorbitant prices. The lack of regard for preservation as well as the gatekeeping of emulation and fan efforts is one of the biggest gates in maintaining an actual historical record of games as a medium. Its a shame how fractured its left the community.

As a major fan of the PlayStation and its vast library, Ive thought long and hard about the games Id love to see be made available for wider audiences on modern consoles. My choices arent necessarily the most notable games on the PlayStation, or even the best; theyre just games that would deepen our understanding of many of the games made today, and personal favorites that deserve their moment to shine. Believe me, Id love it if the full PS1 library were made available today.

Baroque is a first-person dungeon crawler inspired by Chunsofts Mystery Dungeon series, and among the first of many to do something interesting and innovative with the format. In Baroque, you play a nameless amnesiac whose only impetus is to explore a labyrinth in a desolate wasteland calle the Neuro Tower. Decades before Hades, Baroque told its story through a series of successes and failures, unlocking new cutscenes and dialogue from the denizens of a nearby village after exploring and eventually dying in the Neuro Tower. In classic roguelike fashion, your level is reset and you lose all equipment each time you die, starting you with a fresh slate on each successive run. The only surefire equipment youll be going into Neuro Tower with is a rifle called Angelic, which can be used to one-shot a highly limited number of enemies.

Theres a remake of Baroque out there for PlayStation 2 and Wii that was localized outside of Japan, but no Western release of the original game exists. Its a deeply unique and essential game, especially for fans of things like FromSoftwares Kings Field series or fans of the apocalyptic mood of the older Shin Megami Tensei games.

Front Mission 3 is the shining gem of Squares excellent mech-based strategy RPG series. The game takes place amid an arms race between two powerful political forces in a near-future Southeast Asia. At the games start, you pick between playing as a pilot allied with the United States of the New Continent (a supernation of the North and South Americas, hilariously said to have been formed in 2020) or one with the Peoples Republic of Da Han Zhong, formed from the merging of China and Taiwan. Both scenarios place you on opposite sides of a rebellion, giving the game a ton of replayability and depth. The game has gorgeous visual design thanks in part to character designer and art director Akihiro Yamada. Every map in the game seems washed with sepia and grey, giving it a nostalgic yet industrial look, which blends beautifully with some of the most intriguing UI design to be found in SRPGs.

The battles in Front Mission 3 are wonderfully streamlined, with fight scenarios happening on a zoomed-in version of the map to limit load times. In battle, the player can choose between focusing on attacking individual parts of an opposing mech or directly attacking the pilot in hopes of forcefully ejecting them. Empty mechs can then be hijacked by pilots on the players force.

The game was originally packaged with both Front Mission and Front Mission 2, which would be a welcome collection to any SRPG fans library.

Jade Cocoon is something of an unsung gem; featuring character designs from Studio Ghiblis Katsuya Kondou, sophisticated and unique pet-raising mechanics, sumptuous visuals, and a plot centered around coexisting with nature. The player takes on the role of a Cocoon Master, who is tasked with reviving villagers stricken with a curse of eternal sleep. He travels in search of an herb said to be able to lift the curse and must use the power of Minions, bug-like creatures that can be captured and purified, to traverse the deadly forest. Minions function as both battle companions and currency, and can be fused and customized to obtain new and stronger Minions.

Jade Cocoon is also notable for being almost fully voice-acted, a rarity for PS1 games (and the voice acting is actually pretty good, too!). Jade Cocoon is a brief and enchanting experience, and followed-up excellently with Jade Cocoon 2. After completing Jade Cocoon, a new and almost endless area is unlocked which contains randomly generated dungeons and new Minions to collect. These can be used in the games multiplayer, which loads the save files of two memory cards to allow for one-on-one battles. Jade Cocoon would be a great addition to modern consoles for any fans of monster collecting RPGs, especially if theyre seeking ones with a mythic feel.

Mega Man Legends has long been lost in the lurch of the remaster rumor mill and has yet to surface with any substantial news. The duology is beloved for its deft blend of play styles as well as its whimsical art direction and Saturday morning cartoon tone. Both games involve Mega Man, a treasure hunter known as a Digger, spelunking through ruins in search of ancient artifacts used to power machinery. Mega Man, along with many other Diggers, is ultimately in search of the Mother Lode, an item that could effectively wipe out the worlds presiding energy crisis.

The games both have a lot of heart and great emotional beats balanced with hilarious dialogue and wacky hijinks. It would be an incredible loss if they werent both packaged with The Misadventures of Tron Bonne as well, which follows one of the main villains of the series through an almost experimental genre-mixed experience.

Mega Man Legends 3 may (or may not) be a pipe dream, but its never too late to revitalize the already excellent entries in Capcoms most heartfelt spin-off.

Moonlight Syndrome is part of the Twilight Syndrome series developed by Human Entertainment, who are best known for the Clock Tower franchise and (thanks to recent curiosity) Mizzurna Falls. In Japan, however, the Twilight Syndrome franchise is pretty recognizable, so much so that references to the games can be found in The Silver Case and Danganronpa 2, and Moonlight Syndrome specifically is cited as inspiration for the PlayStation 2 horror game Siren.

While the series mostly revolves around young high school age girls investigating ghosts and paranormal activity, Moonlight Syndrome, helmed by Goichi Suda, is a much more human kind of horror that takes place in an alternate reality. Moonlight Syndrome is Sudas directorial debut, and after the games completion he would leave Human Entertainment to form his own studio Grasshopper Manufacture. Its a shame that none of the Twilight Syndrome games have been released stateside, and even more tragic that a vital work in Sudas career is missinghe still refers to Moonlight Syndrome as an influence on his later works, and even follows up on it in some of the games in his Kill the Past collection.

Its a bit of a joke these days that the Persona series begins with Persona 3, given how few fans of the series have played the franchises pre-PS2 fare, but its hard to blame them given the lack of availability afforded to these three seminal RPGs. Persona 2 in particular is perhaps the best the series has to offerits quite a bit more psychological than Atluss later works, borrowing more heavily from the Jungian archetypes and motifs that inspired the spin-off series to begin with. The game follows a group of students that attend Seven Sisters High School as well as two journalists that work for a teen magazine as they investigate a mysterious wish-granting entity known as Joker (no relation to Persona 5s protagonist).

Disgruntled Persona fans might be shocked to find that many of the complaints they have with the modern games are fully absent here. Persona 2 comes before the introduction of Social Links and the daily life simulation aspects the series is known for, resulting in a much more streamlined and focused story. The female characters arent nearly as objectified because of the absence of dating sim mechanics. There are, however, some more minor romantic dialogue options the player can choose from that allow the protagonist to pursue one of the three romanceable party members in the game. One of these is Jun Kurosu, who is the series only same-sex love interest to date.

The games direct sequel, Eternal Punishment, follows Maya Amano from the previous game with a much more ghost story-esque plot. Eternal Punishments PSP remake never made it outside of Japan despite being the only of the two to originally be released in the States on PlayStation (thanks to Innocent Sins depiction of a certain Fhrer). A collection of the two would be a great opportunity to package the duology more neatly to introduce the games to a whole new generation.

Its hard to believe before Soulcalibur the cast of Namcos iconic Renaissance age fighting series were chasing after not one but two swords. Soul Edge is generally overshadowed by its successor, which is often considered one of the best fighting games ever made, but is a perfectly fun game in its own right and in desperate need of a revival. Many of the franchises most iconic characters like Mitsurugi and Sophitia found their start here.

Soul Edge includes many interesting mechanics that were later scrapped for Soulcalibur. Most notably is a sort of rock-paper-scissors mechanic when combatants weapons meet, allowing the player who presses the correct button first an advantage. Jumps have a much more significant verticality to them, allowing players to fully jump behind their opponents. Soul Edge is, in many ways, the meeting ground for Tekken and Soulcaliburs mechanics, which give battles a fast-paced, high risk feel. The games soundtrack is also one of the best youll find in any fighting game.

Soul Edge touts itself as a tale of souls and swords, eternally retoldits eternally replayable for sure, we just need a port to fulfill the prophecy!

Fans of studio Love-de-Lic and the later projects of former Love-de-Lic staffers like Chulip and Chibi-Robo have long wanted a Western release of UFO: A Day in the Life, with interest only skyrocketing since last years incredible port of Moon: Remix RPG Adventure. Like Moon, UFO is a rather surreal and psychedelic adventure game that involves rescuing bizarre creatures from the world. Instead of Dragon Quest-esque monsters, though, the protagonist is tasked with rescuing aliens who crash landed on Earth and are now stranded. The aliens in question are completely invisible, and have to be discovered with a camera-like device which prints out negatives. You can then beam back up to your UFO to get the negatives developed, rescuing the aliens and unlocking more areas to explore.

UFO is a lot less mercurial than Moonthe experience is closer to a puzzle game than than anything, and its far less protracted thanks to the time and picture limit allotted on each trip to Earthso its a perfect follow-up to that sprawling saga. We can only hope UFO can ride out on the intensely positive reception received from Moons debut in the West (and hopefully L.O.L: Lack of Love will follow suit to complete the Love-de-Lic trilogy!).

Vagrant Story is a Final Fantasy game in everything but name only, but perhaps benefited from its slight dissociation from the larger series. The game takes place within the world of Ivalice, the shared setting of Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy XII, and is unique in its hyper-focused, personal storyline which lies in direct contrast from the more sweeping epics usual for Ivalice. The game is a solo action RPG that takes place entirely within a desolate city; Ashley Riot, the protagonist, is sent on a mission by his band of knights to retrieve a cult leader who kidnapped a Dukes son.

Theres a hefty amount of puzzle and platforming elements present in the game, and the combat exudes style with a pausable real-time system in which individual body parts can be targeted and combos can be seamlessly chained together. Vagrant Story is one of the most well-regarded RPGs on the PS1 because of its singular combat and rich storyline, so its a bit of a mystery why this classic hasnt received the remaster treatment from Square Enix yet.

The Xeno franchise only seems to get more ubiquitous with each entry, so its a shame that the game that started it all has been left behind in the dust. Xenogears has maintained quite the cult following since its release thanks in part to its story, which uses psychotherapy and Lacanianism as an aesthetic in much the same way Evangelion does with Christian imagery. Xenogears is also infamous for its second disc, which drops gameplay almost completely and resembles something closer to a sound novel. Director Tetsuya Takahashi has since gone on record saying the team simply didnt have the staff or deadline to complete their vision, so Takahashi made the executive decision to finish the story how they could rather than leaving it unfinished.

Thank God he decided to do this, too. Xenogears wouldnt be what it was if it was presented in any other way, and the final product is one thats left fans mystified and curious ever since. Beyond all the legends surrounding Xenogears production, its a fun game with great mech combat and a beautiful soundtrack. Its a massive hole in the currently available PS1 catalogue; hopefully it and Monolith Softs later project Xenosaga will see the light of day again soon.

Austin Jones is a writer with eclectic media interests. You can chat with him about horror games, electronic music, Joanna Newsom and 80s-90s anime on Twitter @belfryfire

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Arcade Games Machine Market Latest Trend and Business Attractiveness 2021 to 2027 UNLV The Rebel Yell – UNLV The Rebel Yell

The report begins with an overview of the Arcade Games Machine Market and offers throughout development. It presents a comprehensive analysis of all the regional and major player segments that gives closer insights upon present market conditions and future market opportunities along with drivers, trending segments, consumer behaviour, pricing factors and market performance and estimation. The forecast market information, SWOT analysis, Arcade Games Machine market scenario, and feasibility study are the vital aspects analysed in this report.

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The report presents the market competitive landscape and a corresponding detailed analysis of the major vendor/key players in the market. Top Companies in the Global Arcade Games Machine Market: HBANDAI NAMCO Holdings Inc., Raw Thrills, Inc., UNIS Technology Co.Ltd., Taito Corporation (Square Enix Holdings Co., Ltd.), Dream Arcades, Bespoke Arcades, Rec Room Masters LLC

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Amusement arcades is the most common application of arcade game machine, which takes up near 60% of the clients in 2018.

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Cloud save storage is causing issues with some Oculus Quest 2 games – Android Central

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Oculus revealed it is building a new version of its cloud storage feature for Oculus Quest 2 and other headsets after a few developers noticed it was causing issues with its games.

Earlier this week, developers behind virtual reality puzzle game Cubism and multiplayer cooking game Cook-Out: A Sandwich Tale noted on Twitter that its players were experiencing issues caused by cloud syncing. The Cubism studio said it had disabled cloud storage in its game, while Cook-Out: A Sandwich Tale studio told players not to delete the game or risk lost progression until the issue is resolved.

Oculus released a statement on its forums saying that it is "currently building a new version of the Cloud Storage feature." The company recommended that all developers should not use the current platform's Cloud Storage (v2) service since it is "causing some applications to not launch" and gave instructions to developers on how to disable the feature from the Developer Dashboard.

The company did not give any details on when the replacement of the cloud storage feature will be released. In the meantime, check out the differences between the Oculus Quest 2 128GB and 256GB versions if you need more local storage.

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Gaming Time? Top 3 VR Games Available on Linux – Linux Journal

Its possible to deep dive into the virtual reality gaming world on your Linux system. Want to explore VR games on Linux? This article takes you through the top 3 VR games available on Linux.

Ready to get amazed? Lets start.

VR games are the new-gen computer games enabled with virtual reality, in short, VR technology. It gives players a first-person perspective of all the gaming actions. As a participant, you can enjoy the gaming environment through your VR gaming devices, such as hand controllers, VR headsets, sensor-equipped gloves, and others.

VR games are played on gaming consoles, standalone systems, powerful laptops, and PCs compatible with VR headsets including HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, HP Reverb G2, Valve Index, and others.

Now, a little brief about VR technology. By now, you know that VR is an abbreviation of Virtual Reality. This is, basically, a computer-generated simulation where the player controls its generated objects through the limb and facial movements in a three-dimensional environment. This environment is interacted with through special equipment, like clothing having touch simulating pressure nodes and enclosed glasses with screens in front, instead of lenses.

A lot of VR objects are usable as they are in reality and the gaming developers are making the VR universe more and more immersive with each passing day.

The Steam store seems to be the best way to get VR games on your system. Good news: you dont need to worry about installing all the modules and software to run the game smoothly. Steam client is ready to take all the worries. So, get a Steam account by downloading the client from Steams site.

Back in 2019, it was reported that VR Linux desktops are around the corner. What about now? Xrdesktop is here for you. Xrdesktop is free to use. It lets you work with the common desktop environments, like GNOME and KDE.

The SimulaVR is a similar open-source project to check out.

Now the fun part: In this section, well share the best 5 VR games to play on Linux in your gaming time.

DOTA 2 by Valve is a multiplayer online battleground and one of the most favorites of video game lovers. Its ruled this generations hearts for the past 8 years. DOTA 2 is a successor of Defence of the Ancients, in short, DOTA. DOTA was a mod created by the gaming community for Warcraft III of Blizzard Entertainment.

A fact about DOTA 2: its the very first video game to offer 1 million USD as a prize pool. Thats huge, isnt it? It was about 9 years ago. Now DOTA 2 offers a whopping 31+ million USD to the winners. And thats not a joke. The VR component of this gaming arena is an environment worth discovering. So, get ready with your VR headset for playing DOTA 2 on Linux.

Next up we have The Talos Principle VR. Are you into puzzle games? Then this virtual reality game by Croteam is the perfect one for you. The Talos Principle, actually, is the VR form of a critically acclaimed first-person puzzle based on philosophical science fiction brought by Croteam earlier.

Its a real brainstormer as the game makes you think through all its levels in an unconventional way. Its the difficulty of the game that gets you hooked. The narrator brings elements of philosophy that spike more interest. The VR port works well by presenting us, the player, as an unknown element to its world.

If you like crafting and building new designs, Locomancer is to try on your Linux system. This is a toy-box-style simulator created for touch-enabled VR headsets. In this VR video game, you build train models and tracks. You can also test your creation by getting on a train ride. Lots of fun mechanics and some playing are only needed to get familiar with Locomancer. Once experienced enough with the playing, youre good to build your own.

This game is somehow relatable to Noddys Toyland cartoon show of the 90s. Anyway, Locomancer is definitely a wise buy for video gamers and is always recommended by the gaming community.

Apart from the above video games, if you want to experience something interesting, do check out Google Earth VR. You enter the place you want to reach out and youre immediately placed there. And from there you can walk to all other places nearby and experience being in numerous cities that exist today. This piece of wander is sure to give your desired relief in your time off.

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Netflix gaming has arrived but these are the games I really want to see – T3

Today Netflix unveiled its first two games to users in Poland on the Android app. As Netflix's Twitter feed says, its early days and weve got a lot of work to do in the months ahead, but this is the first step.

The two games are Stranger Things: 1984 and Stranger Things 3, based on seasons two and three of the popular Netflix show.

According to what is readable on the game info, you can play as one of 12 characters from the series (which is pretty much all the big names) and explore both the town of Hawkins and the Upside Down. The game appears to be in a pixelated 80s style and is playable both in single and multiplayer.

Though we knew gaming is coming to Netflix, it will be interesting to see how the multiplayer works whether you can link up with a friends Netflix account to play together, or if its just on one screen.

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Launching the games in this way, with only a select audience, will allow Netflix to try out the features and get feedback before rolling it out globally. But once it does go global, what other games can we expect? Ive put together the five games based on Netflix shows that Id love to see.

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With its chess themed narrative, it would be easy to pull this into a game format. Intersperse some actual chess puzzles with the chance to earn more of those happy pills that Beth loves, and youve got a winner.

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Who wouldnt want the chance to play as members of the Chicago Bulls 1990s team, including Scottie Pippin, Steve Kerr, Dennis Rodman and Michael Jordan? This is an easy three-pointer for Netflix, even if it was originally an ESPN show.

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The Ozark premise lends itself perfectly to a game. Marty Birds task of buying property to launder money for a Mexican drug boss around the watery world of the Ozarks sounds like an adventure game waiting to happen.

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The racy period drama that follows everyones favorite British aristocratic families in early 19th century London could lend itself to an equally steamy RPG. Play as any of the Bridgerton or Featherington family members, Marina or the Duke to find suitable marriages and avoid scandal or cause it.

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Perhaps the biggest show to launch during last years lockdowns, Tiger King was a car crash that you just couldnt look away from. But could it make a smash as a game? You could play as Joe Exotic, buying up tigers and selling them, while wearing increasingly bizarre outfits. Or as nemesis Carole Baskin, rescuing the tigers before Joe sells them. It writes itself.

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Elevate Your Brain’s Performance With This $20 Training – IFLScience

The brain is a wonderful organ; it starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office. Robert Frost

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Opening in Midst of Pandemic, Belmont Village Senior Living Fort Lauderdale Celebrates One Year Anniversary of Bringing Connectivity, Care, and…

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Despite the challenges of opening its doors during the pandemic, residents and family of Belmont Village Fort Lauderdale will be celebrating the one-year anniversary since the community officially opened. Over the last year, Belmont Village has enriched the residents daily lives with jazz concerts, synchronized swimming, art class, happy hour, and much more with friends, 24-7 care and highly engaging, intellectually rich programming with a loving staff.

Many of our residents who were alone in their homes during the first half of the pandemic experienced isolation, stress, and loneliness. Conversely, once they moved into Belmont Village last August, residents found comfort and care in community living. Surrounded by their peers and knowing that they were supported by around-the-clock care allowed them to enjoy rich and fulfilling lives. The full support also gave our residents' loved ones peace of mind until they could be reunited after the community reached 100% vaccination rates this past spring, says Patricia Will, Founder and CEO of Belmont Village Senior Living.

Belmont Village Fort Lauderdale is the companys first foray into bringing their renowned independent living and assisted living, along with its award-winning memory care to the Sunshine State. The twelve-story building takes full advantage of its incredible location with expansive ocean and Intracoastal views, right by premier dining, shopping, and entertainment at The Galleria. Also, unique to its South Florida location, Belmont Village prioritized hurricane preparedness and safety precautions, carefully designing the building to withstand hurricane force winds and flooding.

Our residents are an active group of individuals who have already created an incredibly close, inclusive, and adventurous atmosphere. We have residents who enjoy being creative, making custom gingerbread houses, Valentines Day cards, and Mardi Gras masks. They also relish in our purposeful programming like brain games and educational lectures by Nova Southeastern University along with trying new physical activities like hosting their own Olympic games and participating in karate, water aerobics and yoga classes. Our residents flourish from social engagement and bonding through collaborative activities like fundraising for the Alzheimers Association or celebrating LGBTQIA+ Pride month, says Rene Buck, Executive Director of Belmont Village Fort Lauderdale.

The building earned the 2020 Argentum Senior Living by Design award and is the only senior living facility to ever make the finals of the South Florida Business Journals Structures Award in the Best Architecture & Design category. The luxury senior living community features chef-prepared dining on 12th floor with ocean views, professionally supervised programs in the fitness center, premier amenities and hospitality services like a salon, theater, concierge, and incredible outdoor spaces like the fifth-floor pool terrace and dining patios.

Belmont Village Fort Lauderdale thoughtfully caters to the safety and needs of residents while also providing a full spectrum of support with licensed nurses and well-trained staff on-site 24/7. All aspects of daily life are influenced by Belmont Village's Whole Brain Fitness Lifestyle approach to programming, health, and wellness. Residents benefit from on-site physical, speech and occupational therapy services, short-term respite and transitional stays, a robust calendar of physical, mental and social activities, our proprietary and award-winning Circle of Friends for mild to moderate memory loss, a dedicated, secured Memory Care Neighborhood and the Diabetes Center of Excellence.

What separates us from typical senior living communities in Florida is our range of enrichment programs, high operating standards, award-winning memory care, premier hospitality and our focus on helping residents live engaging, purposeful lives, adds Will. Our mission is more important than ever as Covid-19 variants continue to keep many seniors aging at home alone. Since the pandemic began, we have put rigorous safety measures in place to not only safeguard our Belmont Village communities, but keep our residents engaged and connected mentally, physically, and socially.

When my friend and I found Belmont Village, I knew it was the perfect place for me. I needed help with care but I also wanted a place where I can continue to be social. I love the upscale feel. The dcor is beautiful and the staff is great. Ive been very happy since moving in and I feel lucky to be living in a community that welcomed me and made me feel at home since day one, adds Toni Hadi, resident of Belmont Village Fort Lauderdale.

About Belmont Village Senior Living

Founded in Houston in 1997, Belmont Village is an integrated developer, owner, and operator of 31 highest quality independent, assisted living and award-winning memory care communities for older adults across eight states in the U.S. and Mexico. With more than 4,000 employees, Belmont Village communities are renowned for distinctive design; high standards of life safety; quality of care; and leading edge, award-winning programs. Belmont Village is certified as a Great Place to Work and has been ranked since 2018 as one of FORTUNE Magazines 50 Best Workplaces for Aging Services. Learn more about Belmont Village at http://www.belmontvillage.com and on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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20 Cat Breeds That Are Very Independent – Newsweek

Cats have a reputation for being independent, and some breeds require relatively little human attention.

Vicki Jo Harrison, president of the International Cat Association (TICA), suggests that while all cats occasionally need some TLC, some breeds can cope better with spending time alone.

"Cats are known for their independent nature, however, there are some breeds that cope better being alone in the house than others," she tells Newsweek.

"For those who work full-time or have kids with busy after-school schedules, you need a cat that's comfortable staying home alone for several hours at a time.

"Although felines love quality time with their humans, independent cat breeds are more capable of entertaining themselves while you're away.

"If you're looking for a cat that can be left alone while you work, you're going to need to know which breeds are the most independent.

"In fact, The International Cat Association (TICA) highly recommends that you consider some of these breeds before others if you are an active, busy person."

The TICA president adds that despite their independent reputation, cat owners should consider the following to make any prolonged absence less stressful for their felines.

Harrison added: "Make sure your house is a comfortable temperature and that your cat has plenty of food, fresh water, and a clean litter box to last them throughout the day.

"Keep your cat active by providing toys like a cat tree, brain games such as interactive puzzles with treats or feather toys and plenty of space to roam around.

"To make them feel less alone, leaving the TV or radio on for background noise can help your cat feel less alone."

Here are some of the cat breeds most suited to independent living.

The beautiful Russian Blue cat breed is loving but independent and does well spending ample time alone.

These gentle and loving cats are perfectly adapted to living in apartments and can be relatively shy with strangers.

British Shorthairs are easygoing cats considered to be more than content in their own company, making them excellent pets for active families and people who are frequently out of the house.

However, despite their independent streak, these cats also enjoy spending time in their owners' laps when they are at home.

This undemanding cat breed developed naturally in Scandinavia is well known for its gentle and friendly demeanor.

Because of their semi-domestic nature, the Norwegian Forest Cats can cope well if their owners are often away.

Scottish Folds are sensitive, expressive, and active cats perhaps best known for their uniquely shaped ears.

And while these playful cats enjoy both human and feline company, this breed is also self-contained enough to be content with owners who require to be away for long periods.

This plus-sized cat breed does need regular grooming because of its long coat but does well with less attention than other kitties usually require.

This breed, likely one of the oldest cat breed native to America, is affectionate but still perfectly happy to lounge around at home alone without becoming depressed.

The Persian is an ancient and popular cat breed that copes more than adequately with little attention during the day.

Although very affectionate with their owners, they tend to be slightly shy towards strangers and do well when left to their own devices.

This sweet-natured and fun breed of feline is also ultra-low maintenance and easy to care for.

These large and gentle cats do not require much grooming, and this breed's independent disposition means these cats are great for busy families, people with kids and those who might be away from home for much of the day.

The American Wirehair is a sweet cat with an outgoing personality but is not necessarily a breed that needs or requires its owners' attention.

These kitties are very content to be on their own and their humans can be reassured they will not land in trouble when left alone.

The sophisticated Siamese cat is a breed one that can cope well on its own if it has a playmate.

Having another cat or a dog at home will allow this breed to feel more independent, giving peace of mind to owners who are away from the house for long periods.

The Manx is an affectionate, even-tempered and playful cat that has a lot to offer when it is in the mood.,

While this breed is happy to spend time on its own, the Manx cat is also sociable enough to enjoy spending some quality time in its owners' company.

The American Shorthairs is a cat breed boasting a long lifespan meaning these kitties are a fantastic choice for families wishing to give their kids a pet to grow up with.

This breed is also notably pretty low maintenance, while their independent nature means they are happy in their own company.

These pretty kitties are a highly popular breed primarily due to their astonishing intelligence.

And while they tolerate human companionship, these cats have a distinctively strong independent streak, displayed by their occasionally aloof behavior.

Birmans are a particularly sweet and quiet cat breed capable of getting along well with almost anyone.

These cats distinguished by the gloriously silky coat are independently-minded as well as being very low-maintenance.

The medium-sized Exotics Shorthair is a cat breed notable for being as playful as it is pretty.

As they age their independent nature can slowly reveal itself, and these cute kitties will settle into their relaxed personalities.

Bengal cats are an independent-minded breed that is remarkably unfazed by fellow pets, young children, or generally hectic homes.

However, potentially owners of these excellent pets should take care to first introduce these cats to new things gently.

The Himalayan is a laid-back cat breed that will periodically indulge in short, intensive play.

The rest of the time, this independent breed will spend time indulging in napping and grooming its majestic fur.

The Devon Rex is a breed of cat compared to dogs for their inclination to be part of the family.

But despite their sociable nature, these cats do not need a huge amount of attention and do not mind spending some time alone.

With their distinctively hued fur, these medium-build cats are as well known for their athleticism as they are for their intelligence.

And while they enjoy being lavished with attention, these kitties are can be content with amusing themselves.

The Japanese Bobtail is a particularly active and independent cat that sometimes appears to be too busy to spend significant amounts of time with its owners.

While this breed is excellent company for children, Japanese Bobtails are more than happy to spend time alone provided they have plenty of things to keep them occupied.

This medium to large cat was bred to resemble wildcats with spectacular spotting and coloration.

Although this breed has been described as dog-like for its proclivity to play, the Ocicat is also both independent and undemanding for its owners' time and attention.

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