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Brain Games: How Well Do You Know Cars? – Car and Driver

Being stuck at home can drive a person into the dark corners of the brain. Did I just hear my hair growing? Was that the toaster-oven chime telling me the pizza rolls are done, or did I forget to even do that, and the sound I just imagined was a reminder to do something with my life? Bro, don't burn your brainor your mouthduring idle times. Break up the boredom with a game that dates back to the dawn of the Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor: What car do these headlights belong to?

Two Doors Four Seats

Sports Saloon

Bavarian Bakery

American Luxury

Not Bagheera

Isolation making you twitchy? Maybe a little afraid of the dark? Sorry about that. Lights on, zoom in. Farther. Farther. Stop! Don't scratch the paint. Can you guess what cars these photos are of? Some might be easier than others. Click through to see if you chose correctly.

Electro Stu

Muddy Kart

503 and 505

G-Unit

Air Freshener

Super Dirty

All Gelnde

Hot Hatch

Not A Monster Truck

Under 3000

Some See A Letter

Vape Naysh Ya'll

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CogniFit Offers 300 Million Students Free Access to Its Premium Brain Training Program to Help Students Stimulate Their Mind While Schools Are Closed…

SAN FRANCISCO, March 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --As schools close due to the spread of coronavirus, there is an unprecedented need for supporting children with brain-challenging activities. CogniFit's brain training programs are free for families through its CogniFit Stay At Home program. This initiative helps families manage their time at home and encourages them to make the most of this time to stimulate their minds with fun games.

To learn more and to access CogniFit Stay At Home, visit:

https://www.cognifit.com/stayathome

"As most K-12 students around the world have had school canceled for several weeks because of the coronavirus, parents worry about their children's education and want to keep them mentally challenged," says CogniFit CEO, Tommy Sagroun. "We at CogniFit want to address this concern because we understand how important it is for children to have continuity in their cognitive development and for adults to not be cognitively affected by lack of stimulation or anxiety and cope better with these isolated circumstances. To that end, we are making all of our brain training programs free for students for one month."

CogniFit Stay At Home seeks to help parents provide their children with fun and engaging challenging activities. This family-friendly platform is designed to help students and family members spend their time at home exercising their brain with more than 60 brain games.

CogniFit's cognitive training programs are designed for all ages from seven years old and above, to teenagers, to adults, to seniors. Using advanced algorithms, CogniFit's patented technology automatically adapts and adjusts the training regimen to each user's needs.

CogniFit's platform trains key cognitive skills, such as attention, memory, reasoning, which are critical when studying. This scientific platform exercises more than 20 cognitive skills that we use in our daily lives. CogniFit's advanced technology has been developed to measure user's performance consistently and adjusts the level and type of brain games to be performed automatically.

With this one-month free initiative, CogniFit seeks to help families and students manage their time at home and have an activity that is not only beneficial to the mind but also entertaining.

For further inquiries and media interviews, please contact Thomas Mann at [emailprotected].

About CogniFit

CogniFit is a global leader in developing online programs to assess and train core cognitive areas such as attention, memory, coordination, perception, and reasoning. As a digital health company, CogniFit specializes in scientifically validated cognitive tests and brain training programs.

As a major vendor in the cognitive assessment and training market, CogniFit offers its programs to individuals and companies in various verticals, such as healthcare, education, research, health and wellness, driving and human resources.

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North Suburban YMCA Partners with Covenant Living to Reduce Isolation for Seniors – Chicago Daily Herald

The North Suburban YMCA has joined forces with long time community partner Covenant Living to launch the "Brighten Someone's Day" outreach program, designed to bring joy to senior residents struggling with isolation. During the shelter-in-place order, residents have been unable to visit with their families as well as other residents, and are now restricted to their apartments.

The "Brighten Someone's Day" program is open to anyone in the community who would like to share an uplifting picture, card, story, or video with Covenant Living residents. The Y has worked to make sure these messages will be delivered virtually to Covenant Living. For residents ordering groceries through Sunset Foods, delivery staff will place a "Brighten Someone's Day" note, drawing, or message directly inside the resident's grocery bag.

"We feel very fortunate that we have had a long partnership with the North Suburban YMCA," commented Hilde Sager, Executive Director of Covenant Living. "Knowing we have support from them and the community is a great source of connection during these challenging times for our residents."

Both Meadowbrook Elementary School in Northbrook and the Field School in Wheeling are actively participating in the program by asking children, their parents, and anyone interested to contribute to "Brighten Someone's Day" program.

To ensure the process is completely contact-free, all artwork and messages will be uploaded to the Y's website. To participate in this Community Outreach program, visit nsymca.org and click on the "Brighten Someone's Day" link. Participants will be linked to a form where they can upload their messages or artwork.

"Even though the Y is physically closed, we feel it is important to continue to spread joy and connections, one inspirational message at a time," stated Kim Nyren, Director of Community Investment at the NSYMCA. "We also hope these efforts will encourage other people in the community to get involved so we can reach even more seniors and other isolated residents in our community."

The NSYMCA recommends four unique ways the community can participate in the "Brighten Someone's Day" program.

Write a letter or a poem of encouragement or joy.

Paint or draw a colorful uplifting picture

Record a 30-45 second video to say hello, tell a joke, or show off a particular talent.

Paint or draw a colorful picture on poster board. They will be mounted, staked, and placed in front of the residence windows.

The NSYMCA is also is bringing the community together through a variety of virtual programming for Covenant Living and the community at large. These initiative include:

NSYMCA VIRTUAL FITNESS -- The Y has local instructors as well as national YMCA videos to keep the members healthy. Facebook live classes are also offered for an interactive experience. The classes currently available are - Cardio & HIIT, Cardio & Strength, Strength, Barre, Bootcamp, Mind & Body (Yoga), Adult, Tai Chi & Youth. Members are encouraged to check the website for daily updates.

NSYMCA Community Boards --Community members can interact, get ideas, ask for help, have virtual fun or ask a question: Current Boards are:

oBrighten Someone's Day -- A forum to ask for help, and a place to share ideas to stay connected

oNSYMCA Community -- Membership or specific Y questions

oAdult Programming --Includes Brain games, the NSYMCA social club, Caregivers support group and other senior programming

oHealth & Wellness -- Tips, workouts, questions answered

oPerforming Arts -- Keeps the kids dancing

oVisual Arts -- Check in for art plans, virtual classes and artist ideas for everyone

oSpecial Olympics -- Stay in touch with the Special Olympics team

oYouth Development -- Offers activities, questions, websites and fun for kids

oSmartlab -- S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maintenance) programming

oCamp -- Summer Camp updates

oCEO- YMCA updates from the CEO

Senior Activities

oBrain games -- Tuesdays at 1pm & Fridays at 9:15am

oNSYMCA Social Club -- The Community can join for camaraderie and a meal if participants want to eat along with the meeting;Lunch Thursday 3/19 at 11:45am; Dinner Monday 3/30 at 5:30pm

oCaregivers Support Group -- Fridays at 10:30am

oAdult Education Seminars

Community Check-In form -- Residents can sign up to receive a call or make a call to someone who is feeling isolated.

Sunset Foods Delivery Messages- The Y is working with Sunset Foods to include inspirational notes & art made by Y families and local schools to include in their deliveries.

NSYMCA - Community Fitness Challenges -- Encourages members to work out to reach 30,000 minutes of exercise. People can track through the Y app, Facebook, email or the Wellness Community boards.

To be a part of Brighten Someone's Day. For more information visit nsymca.org or contact Kim Nyren at knyren@nsymca.org.

About the North Suburban YMCA

The North Suburban YMCA services Northbrook and 14 surrounding communities with programs and tools that help its residents become healthier, more connected, and confident, ensuring that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive. The NSYMCA focuses on Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility and is a charitable organization, inclusive and welcoming to all in our community. Learn more at NSYMCA.org.

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The Room VR: A Dark Matter is the best VR escape room game – CNET

VR and escape rooms go together like peanut butter and the chocolate I've run out of.

VR gaming is getting a needed boost, just when we could use it most. First, Valve released the stunning Half-Life: Alyx. Now, there's The Room: A Dark Matter, too.

I've spent years playingThe Room series, which is available on iOS, Android, Steam and consoles. These brilliant and creepy puzzle games combine everything I love about minimalist, touch-based mobile games. But they also remind me of real-life escape rooms where I used to enjoy getting lost before the coronavirus pandemic locked everything down.

The new VR-based version of The Room just arrived ($29.99/29.99), and my first dive in has already been as good as I'd dreamed. It's playable on just about all existing VR headsets.

Set in 1908, the game's haunting puzzle mystery with Lovecraft overtones draws you into the story of a lost archaeologist who may have found a doorway into another dimension. I'll say no more. But what I love about The Room in VR is that... well, I actually feel like I'm in a room.

On the Oculus Quest, where I played a prerelease version of the game, a detailed world unfolded: I found myself in a detective's office where I could teleport to certain spots to look at clues and reach out my hands to solve puzzles. Like previous games in the series, you have to touch things to see what happens. This time, I can see my floating hands and use the Oculus Touch controllers to grab, point and put items in storage. The game is slow-paced and perfect for quiet contemplation. It's particularly nice to use the wireless Quest for and not worry about cables tangling your freedom of movement.

You can look through lenses for clues. It's even more effective in VR.

I love the feeling of solving puzzles in haunted spaces: You definitely should put on headphones. Fireproof Games, besides making a number of other Room games, has visited VR before (Omega Agent, a jetpack game that was an early standout back on the Samsung Gear VR). I visited the game in quiet night hours when everyone else was asleep, or in the afternoon between moments of work.

The Room: A Dark Matter works if you're standing. You can walk around a bit in real life, which maps into steps in VR. I had to be careful with seated mode: some puzzles need some arm space, and when I played it at my desk I ended up hitting the real wall (and my desk) a few times.

I've always wanted VR to be more like immersive theater and escape rooms. Now that I can't go to either anymore, experiences like the new VR version of The Room are a pretty good stand-in, even if it's a solitary experience. Between The Room and Half-Life Alyx, I know where I'll be over the next bunch of days.

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Banana Panda games and puzzles are fun, educational toys for toddlers that encourage cognitive development my 19-month-old loves them – INSIDER

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Banana Panda puzzles and games are designed to help kids learn in fun and creative ways. Alicia Betz

When I find a brand I love, I tend to stick with it, and that's especially true for products I use with my 19-month-old daughter. Like every parent, I want only the best for my child, especially when it comes to educational toys and games.

Now I've found engaging, high-quality games and puzzles from Banana Panda, a company that offers educational puzzles, toys, and games for ages new newborn through 6 years old. Banana Panda sent us six of their puzzles and games for toddlers to try out. Now my daughter can often be found running back to her bedroom to pick out a Banana Panda game to play.

One of the reasons I think she enjoys them so much is because the recommended ages are spot-on to meet her in her zone of proximal development. This means they're challenging enough that she's learning, but not so much that she gets frustrated. The ones that aren't quite on her level are easily modified. Banana Panda even offers ideas to modify many of the products.

All of the puzzles and games are made of thick, high-quality materials similar to a nice, sturdy board book and are bend- and tear-resistant. My 6-month-old nephew even got his mouth on a few. Though I wouldn't recommend them for teething, they passed the baby "everything goes in the mouth" test.

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The 26 best Nintendo Switch games to play through the quarantine – For The Win

If youre staying at home and practicing social distancing to guard against coronavirus, there are plenty of excellent games to play to pass the time if youve got a Nintendo Switch.

The Switch eShop can be difficult to navigate, with massive amounts of new games released each month, but were here to help. We picked the best Switch games available, and theres something in this list for fans of every genre. If youre more of a PS4 and Xbox type of person, check out our overall list of the 34 best games you can play.

Games are listed in no particular order.

1. Animal Crossing: New HorizonsThere's no better way to spend time inside than with Animal Crossing, where you can create your own deserted island utopia with the help of a few adorable animal friends. This game launched at the perfect time.

2. Picross S / S2 / S3The Switch is a perfect picross machine, and the Picross S series of games are extremely affordable and all offer hours and hours of great puzzles.

3. Luigi's Mansion 3Luigi brings Mario and Peach to a hotel for a getaway, only to find the place infested with ghosts. It's an excellent entry in one of Nintendo's best franchises.

4. Super Mario OdysseyIf you loved Super Mario 64 or Super Mario Sunshine, you're going to love Odyssey. If you're more of a 2D-Mario player, stick around for one of our later suggestions.

5. CelesteAn inventive and slick platformer with great music that can be seriously challenging.

6. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildMany people will contend that Breath of the Wild is the best Legend of Zelda game ever. I am not one of those people, but this is still an epic open-world adventure and a must-have for Switch owners.

7. Mario Kart 8 DeluxeThe best Mario Kart yet, with excellent online play.

8. Super Mario Maker 2Mario Maker 2 gives you the tools to make your own Mario stages but if you're not feeling too creative, you can also just play the never-ending stream of brilliant community creations.

9. Stardew ValleyIf you're into Animal Crossing but want something a bit more involved, or if you're a farmer, Stardew Valley is the perfect game.

10. The Legend of Zelda: Link's AwakeningA remake of a Game Boy title released in 1993, Link's Awakening has all the classic top-down Zelda action you could want, and it looks gorgeous.

11. Donkey Kong Country: Tropical FreezeArguably the best platformer on the Switch but can be tough.

12. Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White WitchA meaty RPG that looks like you're playing through a Studio Ghibli film.

13. Dragon Quest XI S: Echoes of an Elusive AgeA classic turn-based JRPG, the Switch version allows you to transform the game with a 16-bit mode, which visually transports the game to 1995.

14. Hollow KnightYou might be seeing a trend here. The Switch has a lot of solid platformers, and Hollow Knight is a must for people who like retro games but want a modern feel.

15. Super Smash Bros. UltimateIt's Smash Bros., and thankfully has plenty to offer even if you don't plan on fighting online.

16. Divinity Original Sin II - Definitive EditionA massive RPG with a terrific story, Divinity is best played on a PC, but is certainly playable on Switch. The game offers cross-save with Steam, allowing you to switch off if you're on the go.

17. Ori and the Blind Forest: Definitive EditionThe visually stunning Xbox platformer is also on Switch.

18. Diablo III: Eternal CollectionI played plenty of Diablo on PC and PS4, and the Switch version isn't a downgrade. The portability factor just makes D3 all the more addictive.

19. Mario PartyA fantastic party game that could benefit from a few additional levels, but there's still plenty to enjoy.

20. The Witcher 3: Wild HuntA mind-blowing port of one of the biggest and best open-world games of the generation. I'm not sure how they got this running on Switch, but it all works surprisingly well.

21. Final Fantasy X / X-2 HD RemasterTwo classic PS2-era JRPGs that have still held up remarkably well, and feel great on Switch.

22. Pokemon Sword and ShieldThe latest entries in the Pokemon series are just as good as you'd expect.

23. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom BattleAn XCOM-style Mario x Rabbids game is certainly not something I ever expected, but it's great - and can also be found fairly cheap nowadays.

24. The Elder Scrolls V: SkyrimIs Skyrim still worth playing in 2020? Of course! There are still few games that can deliver the type of atmosphere Skyrim has, and it works well as a pick-up-and-play before bed type of game.

25. Baba Is YouIf you like puzzle games, you need to get Baba Is You.

26. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney TrilogyA mix of a visual novel, point-and-click adventure and courtroom simulator, Phoenix Wright is an experience unlike any you've likely had before.

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Blockade Games Adds Puzzle and Game Development Services to Its Offerings – SludgeFeed

Blockade Games, the developer behind the upcoming blockchain-based cyberpunk RPGNeon District, revealed this week that it plans to supplement its game development and developer platform with third-party development services.

According to the announcement, Blockade Games is taking precautions due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak to ensure continued growth. To help bring in additional revenue during this uncertain period, the company is now accepting contract work for crypto puzzle, game development and marketing services.

The addition of these contract services is a part of a larger restructuring effort to attract new sources of revenue and decrease expenses in an unstable fundraising environment while continuing to build our highly anticipated game titles, including Neon District, said Blockade CEO Marguerite deCourcelle. An important part of this plan includes the reallocation of internal resources and continued vendor partnerships.

Blockade Games will be keeping a 5-person team on the Neon Districtproject while continuing its efforts to launch Metaboss, a recently announced strategy MMO that provides a unique twist on non-fungible tokenutility, with a team of 2.

Those interested in leveraging Blockade Games abilities can contact the team at founders@neondistrict.io.

Disclaimer: This articles author has cryptocurrency holdings that can be tracked here. SludgeFeed has apartnership with Blockade Games to help drive forward the adoption of blockchain gaming. Craig Russo is aninvestorin Blockade Games through Polyient Games. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as investment advice. Always conduct your own due diligence before making investments.

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New Nintendo Direct Mini Highlights a Wide Variety of Games Coming to Nintendo Switch This Year – Yahoo Finance

Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition, BRAVELY DEFAULT II, BioShock: The Collection and More Launching This Year

During the latest Nintendo Direct Mini video presentation, Nintendo shined the spotlight on a breadth of different types of games launching for the Nintendo Switch system in 2020 some of which are available today! Games featured in the video include sprawling role-playing adventures like Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition and BRAVELY DEFAULT II; classic franchises like Borderlands, XCOM 2 and BioShock coming to a Nintendo system for the first time; remakes of fan favorites like Burnout Paradise Remastered and Panzer Dragoon: Remake; and titles perfect for both casual and longtime gamers like Good Job!, Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics and Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

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The original Xenoblade Chronicles game, which marked the debut of fan-favorite character Shulk, comes to Nintendo Switch with a new epilogue story, Xenoblade Chronicles: Future Connected. This definitive edition of the RPG also looks better and plays smoother than ever before. Experience the majesty of the Xenoblade Chronicles Definitive Edition game when it launches for Nintendo Switch on May 29. (Photo: Business Wire)

The Nintendo Direct Mini also revealed upcoming content for currently available Nintendo Switch games like a free update for Ring Fit Adventure, more details about the upcoming paid DLC for Pokmon Sword and Pokmon Shield, as well as news that the first fighter in the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Fighters Pass Vol. 2 is arriving from the ARMS game.

"No matter what type of experience you are looking for, Nintendo Switch has you covered," said Nick Chavez, Nintendo of Americas Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "In addition to Nintendo franchises, 2020 will see the Nintendo Switch library grow even more with strong support from a diverse field of publishing partners like 2K, Electronic Arts and SQUARE ENIX."

To view the Nintendo Direct video in its entirety, visit https://www.nintendo.com/nintendo-direct. Some of the highlights revealed in the video include:

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Even more games are coming to Nintendo Switch in the coming months, including Saints Row IV: Re-Elected (March 27), Trials of Mana (April 24), The Elder Scrolls: Blades (Spring 2020), Minecraft Dungeons (Spring 2020), Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus (May), MR. DRILLER DrillLand (June 25), The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III (June 30) and Vigor (fall).

Remember that Nintendo Switch features parental controls that let adults manage the content their children can access. For more information about other features, visit https://www.nintendo.com/switch/.

*Additional games, systems and/or accessories may be required for multiplayer mode. Games, systems and some accessories sold separately.

**Full version of game required to use DLC for that game. Sold separately.

***Free software will be available to download from Nintendo eShop on Nintendo Switch, which will allow up to three players to enjoy a selection of games in local multiplayer with a player who owns the full version of the game. Additional accessories may be required for multiplayer mode. Full version of the game, systems and some accessories sold separately.

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About Nintendo: The worldwide pioneer in the creation of interactive entertainment, Nintendo Co., Ltd., of Kyoto, Japan, manufactures and markets hardware and software for its Nintendo Switch system and the Nintendo 3DS family of portable systems. Since 1983, when it launched the Nintendo Entertainment System, Nintendo has sold more than 4.7 billion video games and more than 750 million hardware units globally, including Nintendo Switch and the Nintendo 3DS family of systems, as well as the Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS family of systems, Super NES, Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube, Wii and Wii U systems. It has also created industry icons that have become well-known, household names, such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Metroid, Zelda and Pokmon. A wholly owned subsidiary, Nintendo of America Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., serves as headquarters for Nintendos operations in the Americas. For more information about Nintendo, please visit the companys website at https://www.nintendo.com/.

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20 best games to play if you are self-isolating during the coronavirus outbreak | London Evening Standard – Evening Standard

As the world slips further into what feels like a sci-fi dystopian novel, complete with lockdowns and numbered trips outdoors, people need an escape from the harsh realities of life more than ever.

This is where video games are having a chance to shine the brightest.

The coronavirus has essentially shut London down and many other cities across the world are looking at a full-on quarantine as they bravely try to combat the spread of the virus.

Whether you're self-isolating, working from home or have unfortunately been let go by your work, video games are proving to be a safe haven to a lot of people. They not only kill time expertly but they can also be a form of socialising for people who might not be able to see their friends and families in these unprecedented times.

If you're an Xbox, PlayStation, Nintendo, PC or mobile player, we've got you covered here with the best games for each console that you can sink countless hours into, in an effort to distract yourselves or keep in touch with other like-minded people.

In the gallery below, we've compiled 20 games that you simply must try out if you're staring down the barrel of self-isolation.

So, without further ado, here are the best games to play across all platforms.

Of course, Animal Crossing: New Horizons might well be the ultimate game to beat the quarantine blues. From its gorgeously wholesome gameplay to it's relaxing aesthetic and endearing characters, escaping to your own island paradise with Tom Nook is the game we all need right now.

Nintendo

Dance your way out of the coronavirus with this sublime rhythm game made by the same genius studio behind Crypt of the Necrodancer, just set in the colourful world of Zelda. Not only is Cadence of Hyrule pleasing to look at, but you can also grab a friend and dance through the entire game co-op to maximise your fun. Bop and weave your way through multiple dungeons in true Zelda fashion!

Brace Yourself Games

Along a similar vein to Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley offers typically playful and friendly gameplay, with a wholly cathartic gameplay cycle of crafting, gathering, growing your own farm and settling down with one of the villagers there. It's a perfect anodyne to the uncertainty we all currently face.

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Breath of the Wild is a perfect escape from reality, offering you an epic adventure full of content and an extremely large map to explore. You'll never be lost with things to do as you're compelled by unknown urges to just see what's over the next hill. Combining typical Legend of Zelda gameplay and stunning graphics, the story will sweep you up and you'll never want to leave Hyrule.

Nintendo

While this technically is a PSP Vita game, it deserves to be on this because it offers some of the most impactful gameplay in any JRPG. P4 Golden is perhaps the happiest game about murder ever made, and as you work with your new best friends for life, you'll maintain social links to grow stronger in the turn-based battle system and dungeon crawling. You're also trying to solve a string of murders in the small and charming Japanese town of Inaba. The characters in-game will feel like real people and once it's all said and done, the emotional depth and weight in P4 makes it akin to missing your real-life friends. The game is, simply, a masterpiece that will change your life.

Atlus

Something of a creative mecca, where you can create, share and collaborate on anything from games to gadgets, music to movies, puzzles to paintings and more - all from your sofa. Some people have recreated their favourite games in Dreams, which is a staggering production and holds major implications for the future of game development. The world is your oyster, so it's time to get imaginative.

PlayStation

Boundlessly charming, Child of Light is a veritable gem of a game. The side-scrolling platformer / RPG is stunning to look at and filled with endearing characters and awe-inspiring animations and level design. If that's not enough to distract you from the outside world, then the charming dialogue, which is all (that's right, every word) written in excellent rhyme, and it is wondrous to behold.

Ubisoft

Want to be a supreme monster slayer? Fine. Want to spend all your time gathering, mining or fishing? Even better! Final Fantasy's massively successful online game A Realm Reborn is the perfect way to whittle away any sort of existential dread you might feel. Since it's an MMO, you can build whole communities and relationships (you can even get married in the game!) as you level up and adventure through the story. Close the world out and take a trip to Eorzea, you won't regret it.

Square Enix

Simple graphics, beautiful characters, catchy music and some pitch-perfect writing combine to make Undertale an absolute joy to play. Perhaps one of the funniest games ever made, you won't be able to step out of Undertale and you'll no doubt be thinking about it long after the credits roll. You can even go through the entire game without killing anything!

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Minecraft is the gift that keeps on giving. You're free to create absolutely anything you want and express yourself in every which way possible. It's perfect with friends to create your own private server to live out your best virtual lives and stay social together, or just to scratch an itch to be creative - Minecraft provides a potent escape from reality.

Mojang

If you've played Human: Fall Flat, you'll know why it's on this list. If not, well, you're in for a treat. This is one of the funniest games ever made. It's a quirky, open-ended physics-based puzzle and exploration game set in floating dreamscapes. Your goal is to escape these surreal dreams by solving puzzles with nothing but your wits and physics. It's all executed to devastating effect, especially when you bring along seven other people to join your adventure.

505 Games

In this reporter's humble opinion, The Sims 3 is far and beyond the greatest Sims game ever made. It's old now, but it offered you untold freedom in your characters, homes and spending time with your fellow neighbours. You're not confined to one lot or one neighbourhood (silly, Sims 4) and you're able to step outside into a sprawling city. With all the DLC, you've got so much to look forward here, offering the definitive Sims experience.

EA

Embark on an all-new adventure in a vast and exotic world where youll encounter towering enemies and challenging puzzles on your quest to unravel Oris true destiny. Boasting some downright pleasing animations and graphics, this adventure is one you'll never want to leave.

Microsoft

Instead of sailing around on a lonely boat by yourself, this game is infinitely better with friends. It offers you a wonderful co-op dynamic where everyone has a role, all for the noble cause of finding buried treasure. With it's cartoonish and endearing characters, you can set sail for adventure for days on end.

Microsoft

Kingdom Hearts 3 offers what everyone wants and needs deep down during the coronavirus pandemic: being able to visit the ebullient and myriad worlds of Disney. From Tangled to Frozen, you can pretend the world isn't on fire outside and relax in the safe, comforting arms of Disney. While you can also play this on PS4, playing on the Xbox feels like a neat novelty.

Square Enix

Cuphead is a classic run and gun action game, inspired by cartoons of the 1930s. The pleasingly childish visuals and audio have been painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era, i.e. traditional hand-drawn cel animation, watercolour backgrounds, and original jazz recordings. It's the perfect storm to keep you and a friend entertained for hours.

Studio MDHR

Reacting to the spreading of the virus, Niantic has made multiple changes to how Pokmon GO works, allowing it to be played comfortably indoors. You'll be able to bring the Pokmon to you, and not risk yourself getting sick or brazenly flouting the rules and go gallivanting outside.

The Pokmon Company

Travel through gorgeously stunning areas in Summer Catchers. It's an epic road trip adventure of a lifetime, and you'll set out with your trusty wooden car to embark on a quest from the frozen north to distant lands full of mystery and strange creatures. All in an effort to finally see summer. The visuals, story and enjoyable characters will make this a trip you'll never forget.

FaceIT

This OG puzzle game needs no introduction. Why not whittle away some stray hours with a relaxing game of Tetris.

Tetris

Hit the slopes in this endless, serene snowboarding adventure. Join Alto on a journey across the beautiful alpine hills of their native wilderness, through neighbouring villages, ancient woodlands, and long-abandoned ruins. Along the way, you'll rescue runaway llamas, grind rooftops, leap over terrifying chasms and outwit the mountain elders.

Noodlecake Studios Inc

Of course, Animal Crossing: New Horizons might well be the ultimate game to beat the quarantine blues. From its gorgeously wholesome gameplay to it's relaxing aesthetic and endearing characters, escaping to your own island paradise with Tom Nook is the game we all need right now.

Nintendo

Dance your way out of the coronavirus with this sublime rhythm game made by the same genius studio behind Crypt of the Necrodancer, just set in the colourful world of Zelda. Not only is Cadence of Hyrule pleasing to look at, but you can also grab a friend and dance through the entire game co-op to maximise your fun. Bop and weave your way through multiple dungeons in true Zelda fashion!

Brace Yourself Games

Along a similar vein to Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley offers typically playful and friendly gameplay, with a wholly cathartic gameplay cycle of crafting, gathering, growing your own farm and settling down with one of the villagers there. It's a perfect anodyne to the uncertainty we all currently face.

ConcernedApe

Breath of the Wild is a perfect escape from reality, offering you an epic adventure full of content and an extremely large map to explore. You'll never be lost with things to do as you're compelled by unknown urges to just see what's over the next hill. Combining typical Legend of Zelda gameplay and stunning graphics, the story will sweep you up and you'll never want to leave Hyrule.

Nintendo

While this technically is a PSP Vita game, it deserves to be on this because it offers some of the most impactful gameplay in any JRPG. P4 Golden is perhaps the happiest game about murder ever made, and as you work with your new best friends for life, you'll maintain social links to grow stronger in the turn-based battle system and dungeon crawling. You're also trying to solve a string of murders in the small and charming Japanese town of Inaba. The characters in-game will feel like real people and once it's all said and done, the emotional depth and weight in P4 makes it akin to missing your real-life friends. The game is, simply, a masterpiece that will change your life.

Atlus

Something of a creative mecca, where you can create, share and collaborate on anything from games to gadgets, music to movies, puzzles to paintings and more - all from your sofa. Some people have recreated their favourite games in Dreams, which is a staggering production and holds major implications for the future of game development. The world is your oyster, so it's time to get imaginative.

PlayStation

Boundlessly charming, Child of Light is a veritable gem of a game. The side-scrolling platformer / RPG is stunning to look at and filled with endearing characters and awe-inspiring animations and level design. If that's not enough to distract you from the outside world, then the charming dialogue, which is all (that's right, every word) written in excellent rhyme, and it is wondrous to behold.

Ubisoft

Want to be a supreme monster slayer? Fine. Want to spend all your time gathering, mining or fishing? Even better! Final Fantasy's massively successful online game A Realm Reborn is the perfect way to whittle away any sort of existential dread you might feel. Since it's an MMO, you can build whole communities and relationships (you can even get married in the game!) as you level up and adventure through the story. Close the world out and take a trip to Eorzea, you won't regret it.

Square Enix

Simple graphics, beautiful characters, catchy music and some pitch-perfect writing combine to make Undertale an absolute joy to play. Perhaps one of the funniest games ever made, you won't be able to step out of Undertale and you'll no doubt be thinking about it long after the credits roll. You can even go through the entire game without killing anything!

Toby Fox

Minecraft is the gift that keeps on giving. You're free to create absolutely anything you want and express yourself in every which way possible. It's perfect with friends to create your own private server to live out your best virtual lives and stay social together, or just to scratch an itch to be creative - Minecraft provides a potent escape from reality.

Mojang

If you've played Human: Fall Flat, you'll know why it's on this list. If not, well, you're in for a treat. This is one of the funniest games ever made. It's a quirky, open-ended physics-based puzzle and exploration game set in floating dreamscapes. Your goal is to escape these surreal dreams by solving puzzles with nothing but your wits and physics. It's all executed to devastating effect, especially when you bring along seven other people to join your adventure.

505 Games

In this reporter's humble opinion, The Sims 3 is far and beyond the greatest Sims game ever made. It's old now, but it offered you untold freedom in your characters, homes and spending time with your fellow neighbours. You're not confined to one lot or one neighbourhood (silly, Sims 4) and you're able to step outside into a sprawling city. With all the DLC, you've got so much to look forward here, offering the definitive Sims experience.

EA

Embark on an all-new adventure in a vast and exotic world where youll encounter towering enemies and challenging puzzles on your quest to unravel Oris true destiny. Boasting some downright pleasing animations and graphics, this adventure is one you'll never want to leave.

Microsoft

Instead of sailing around on a lonely boat by yourself, this game is infinitely better with friends. It offers you a wonderful co-op dynamic where everyone has a role, all for the noble cause of finding buried treasure. With it's cartoonish and endearing characters, you can set sail for adventure for days on end.

Microsoft

Kingdom Hearts 3 offers what everyone wants and needs deep down during the coronavirus pandemic: being able to visit the ebullient and myriad worlds of Disney. From Tangled to Frozen, you can pretend the world isn't on fire outside and relax in the safe, comforting arms of Disney. While you can also play this on PS4, playing on the Xbox feels like a neat novelty.

Square Enix

Cuphead is a classic run and gun action game, inspired by cartoons of the 1930s. The pleasingly childish visuals and audio have been painstakingly created with the same techniques of the era, i.e. traditional hand-drawn cel animation, watercolour backgrounds, and original jazz recordings. It's the perfect storm to keep you and a friend entertained for hours.

Studio MDHR

Reacting to the spreading of the virus, Niantic has made multiple changes to how Pokmon GO works, allowing it to be played comfortably indoors. You'll be able to bring the Pokmon to you, and not risk yourself getting sick or brazenly flouting the rules and go gallivanting outside.

The Pokmon Company

Travel through gorgeously stunning areas in Summer Catchers. It's an epic road trip adventure of a lifetime, and you'll set out with your trusty wooden car to embark on a quest from the frozen north to distant lands full of mystery and strange creatures. All in an effort to finally see summer. The visuals, story and enjoyable characters will make this a trip you'll never forget.

FaceIT

This OG puzzle game needs no introduction. Why not whittle away some stray hours with a relaxing game of Tetris.

Tetris

Hit the slopes in this endless, serene snowboarding adventure. Join Alto on a journey across the beautiful alpine hills of their native wilderness, through neighbouring villages, ancient woodlands, and long-abandoned ruins. Along the way, you'll rescue runaway llamas, grind rooftops, leap over terrifying chasms and outwit the mountain elders.

Noodlecake Studios Inc

Animal Crossing: New Horizons

Of course, Animal Crossing: New Horizons might well be the ultimate game to beat the quarantine blues. From its gorgeously wholesome gameplay to it's relaxing aesthetic and endearing characters, escaping to your own island paradise with Tom Nook is the game we all need right now.

Buy it here.

Cadence of Hyrule

Dance your way out of the coronavirus with this sublime rhythm game made by the same genius studio behind Crypt of the Necrodancer, just set in the colourful world of Zelda. Not only is Cadence of Hyrule pleasing to look at, but you can also grab a friend and dance through the entire game co-op to maximise your fun. Bop and weave your way through multiple dungeons in true Zelda fashion!

Buy it here.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons review - a soothing balm for the soul

Stardew Valley

Along a similar vein to Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley offers typically playful and friendly gameplay, with a wholly cathartic gameplay cycle of crafting, gathering, growing your own farm and settling down with one of the villagers there. It's a perfect anodyne to the uncertainty we all currently face.

Buy it here.

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Breath of the Wild is a perfect escape from reality, offering you an epic adventure full of content and an extremely large map to explore. You'll never be lost with things to do as you're compelled by unknown urges to just see what's over the next hill. Combining typical Legend of Zelda gameplay and stunning graphics, the story will sweep you up and you'll never want to leave Hyrule.

Buy it here.

Link:
20 best games to play if you are self-isolating during the coronavirus outbreak | London Evening Standard - Evening Standard

Galway have all the pieces to solve All-Ireland puzzle – Farrell – Independent.ie

Galway have "all the pieces of the jigsaw" to land the 2020 All-Ireland SHC title "if they can put them together", according to former manager Cyril Farrell.

arrell famously led the Tribesmen to three All-Ireland crowns in the 1980s and he believes they have all the attributes needed to climb the summit once again having ended a 29-year wait for Liam MacCarthy in 2017.

"Galway are capable of winning the All-Ireland, I'm not saying they're playing brilliantly but they have the pieces of the jigsaw, it's up to the boys over them to put them together," Farrell said.

"If they can put them together, they are going to be there or thereabouts, even before they won the last two league games. They have the pieces if they put them together, it's just a matter of getting the best blend together but they're not far off.

Dangerous

"They have the hurlers and if they can get the right blend and get a run of games, they'll be hard beaten. They'll be dangerous if they can get a run at all and they were horribly unlucky last year."

There was plenty of movement out west in the off-season with Michel Donoghue parting ways as boss having led them to the promised land three years ago and Limerick native Shane O'Neill taking charge.

Farrell has been impressed with newcomers Darren Morrissey, Brian Concannon and anna Murphy under O'Neill's watch and while no return date is set amid the coronavirus pandemic, he feels qualification from the Leinster SHC is their only goal for 2020 having missed out last season.

"If I was on the management team, I'd privately be saying to them, 'Listen, if we finish number three, I'm quite happy'. All you want to do is get out. You'll be happy to get out and just live to fight another day," he said.

Irish Independent

See the article here:
Galway have all the pieces to solve All-Ireland puzzle - Farrell - Independent.ie


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