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From Street Fighter to Sonic the Hedgehog: 10 of the best retro games | Games – Blog – Emails

Pac-Man In difficult times, nostalgia can be a balm, and sometimes you want your games to be totally uncomplicated. Currently celebrating its 40th anniversary, the original iteration of Pac-Man still rules. It is a simple game – gobble the dots, avoid the ghosts – but the genius is in the details: did you know that […]

In video game stories, it’s often side quests that are most meaningful | Games – Blog – Emails

It is a narrative standard in role-playing adventure games: the hero is pitted against a Big Evil, who has a strategic or chaotic hunger to destroy the world we know. From Shinra’s greedy harvesting of the planet’s resources in Final Fantasy VII Remake to Ganondorf’s quest for power and destruction across more than 30 years […]

Move over, Fortnite: how Valorant became the next big competitive game | Games – Blog – Emails

On a Tuesday in early April, viewers around the globe watched streamers on Twitch play one particular game for a combined 34m hours, smashing established live-streaming viewership records. The game in question, Valorant by Riot Games, has been averaging hundreds of thousands of daily spectators ever since, quickly displacing Twitch stalwarts such as League of […]

‘You lot can’t rattle me’: John Boyega defends explicit anti-racism posts in wake of George Floyd death | Film- Tempemail – Blog – Emails

John Boyega has been praised for a series of uncompromising social media posts speaking out about racism in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers. Boyega’s initial Tweet, “I really fucking hate racists”, currently has 1.3m likes, but came in for criticism for Boyega’s hard-hitting tone and use of an […]

Screened Out review – screentime doc knows how to press your buttons | Film – Blog – Emails

With this enthusiastic, info-taining documentary Jon Hyatt runs the risk of stating the bleeding obvious by elaborating on facts everyone is already aware of: staring at your phone for too long is bad for your mental health, evidence is growing of the harmful impact of screens on children’s brains, tech companies design apps to exploit […]

Minecraft Dungeons review – hours of fun for locked-down families | Games – Blog – Emails

When the idea to make a Minecraft spinoff was first batted around at Mojang Studios, a dungeon crawler game must have been one of the first suggestions. From Gauntlet to Diablo, this genre has always featured dank subterranean lairs, treasure chests and warrior skeletons – all beloved Minecraft components. The signature blocky visuals also work […]

Elon Musk and Grimes change baby’s name: ‘Roman numerals look better’ | Technology – Blog – Emails

The tech entrepreneur Elon Musk and the musician Grimes have changed the unusual and largely unpronounceable name of their firstborn child. But anyone hoping that X Æ A-12 might be replaced by something a little more conventional is going to be disappointed. In an Instagram post on Sunday, Grimes confirmed that the baby formerly known […]

‘Transcendentally boring’: the joy of job simulation games | Games – Blog – Emails

There is no escape for me this time. The rear axle of my pick-up truck is wedged on a boulder protruding from the mud in the middle of a deserted backwater road in Michigan. I’ve tried to attach a winch to a nearby tree to pull myself out, but it’s not working. I will have […]

Sam Neill and Helena Bonham Carter star in short film Das Fone Hell from ‘Cinema Quarantino Productions’- Tempemail – Blog – Emails

Sam Neill and Helena Bonham Carter have collaborated to produce Das Fone Hell, a “Cinema Quarantino Production” that fans are going wild for. Neill shared the short film from his Twitter account, explaining its “vast expense” and production across two continents. “HELENA BONHAM CARTER stars in this groundbreaking Cinema Quarantino Production DAS FONE HELL,” he […]

Hilary Duff hits out at ‘disgusting’ child trafficking conspiracy theory on social media- Tempemail – Blog – Emails

Hilary Duff has responded to a “disgusting” conspiracy trend on social media that claimed she was involved in child trafficking. The accusation against the film and TV star originated from a string of now-deleted tweets, which were shared or discussed by other people on Twitter despite their seemingly baseless nature. In March, Oprah was the […]