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People are gobsmacked over secret number on everyday playing cards ‘Can’t unsee it!’

The discovery is the latest viral sensation to take the internet by storm. Twitter account @NoContextBrits revealed that there is a secret eight in the middle of the eight of diamonds and people have lost it.

To astonished tweeters a post was captioned: “What age were you when you first saw the eight in the middle of the eight of diamonds?”

One user said: “I was today years old! And I consider myself to be good at spotting patterns!”

Another replied: “It has taken me five minutes, but I see it now. Incredible, I have never seen that before.”

A third shocked user simply said: “Holy sh**.” And a fourth added: “Wtf? Everyday is a school day.”

In short, what you know influences what you see.

The revelation about the eight of diamonds has also become an opportunity for people to share other hidden images in well-known logos.

For example, one Twitter user shared a picture of the Toblerone logo, which is a mountain. But on closer inspection, the outline of a bear can be seen in the peaks.

Another pointed out the arrow from A to Z in the Amazon logo and the hidden arrow in the FedEx logo.

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This post originally posted here Daily Express :: Weird Feed

Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? (July 10th)

Mario Golf Super Rush

Another week, another addition to the Nintendo Switch family. Yes, we all got a little post-E3 surprise drop (surprise might be a bit generous, to be honest) in the form of the Switch OLED announcement. It elicited a variety reactions from existing Switch owners and Nintendo fans, although none so passionate as the response to PokéGymDad who plays his Switch in the hallway, it seems. Oh, and Donkey Kong turned 40, too. Good week.

It’s now time to unwind a little and discuss our weekend gaming plans. A few members of the Nintendo Life team have done just that below, so feel free to give our entries a read and then join in with your own via our comment section. Enjoy!

Ryan Craddock, news editor

After a super-busy couple of weeks moving house, I hope to finally get back to enjoying a game or two this weekend (albeit surrounded by boxes, bags, and all sorts of rubbish littering the floor), and for me, that means it’s finally time to check out Mario Golf: Super Rush.

I picked it up at launch but just haven’t had the chance to get stuck in; I booted it up for the first time last night to discover that epic opening cutscene, and I’ve played through some of the practice tasks in the adventure mode. Hopefully, once the weekend’s all wrapped up, I’ll have mastered some of the early holes and helped good ol’ Yoshi to a well-earned victory or two. Speed Golf’s certainly on the agenda!

Thomas Whitehead, deputy editor

This weekend I’m planning to jump back into Sky: Children of the Light, as I’m interested to see what the game as done in its tie-in with The Little Prince. Beyond that I should really get back into Monster Hunter Rise to access some of the newer content, I’ve been too busy to play it!

Outside of Switch I’ll be playing the enhanced edition of A Plague Tale: Innocence; it’s a game I beat before but I’m a huge fan of it and have enjoyed the first few chapters of this playthrough.

Gonçalo Lopes, reviewer

Adulting and JRPGs do not play well together, so it’s a bit overwhelming to have both Monster Hunter Stories 2 and Ys IX: Monstrum Nox releasing on the very same day but I will surely make due. Being a Suda51 fan I am happy at last to give The Silver Case 2425 a go. Add a few eShop wonders to the mix like Song For A Hero: Definitive Edition plus Treachery in Beatdown City and Summer 2021 is certainly shaping up nicely.

Game of the week is Out of Line and not just because it was made in my country. It is a game that just gets everything so perfectly balanced, I look forward to completing it. Go check it out!

Kate Gray, staff writer

This weekend, I’ll be chugging my way through the big pile of visual novels I have to review! I’m having a lot of fun, so don’t feel too sorry for me. Also, I just bought No Man’s Sky to play with my chums, so I’m getting in on a trend five years too late…

Jon Cartwright, video producer

Since Dread was announced I’ve made it my goal to play through every single Metroid game again. I’ve already finished the original, 2, Super, Fusion and the remakes and now it’s time for Prime! Going to play the entire Trilogy on Wii and I’m pretty eager to get to Prime 2, I’ve only ever played through it once.

But if I get Metroid fatigue there’s something very different to play; Doki Doki Literature Club… I know absolutely nothing about this game other than there being some kind of twist. Maybe it was all a dream like Doki Doki Panic, I dunno.

Mitch Vogel, reviewer

I recently picked up a New 2DS XL, and this weekend I intend on spending some time with the new hardware. Believe it or not, this is the first time I’ve bought an additional 3DS; I’ve been using the Aqua unit I bought at midnight on launch day for the last ten years.

I’ll be working on my playthroughs of Bravely Default and Fire Emblem Echoes, and maybe some Shin Megami Tensei IV if I feel like it. Aside from that, I may well boot up Ys IX on my Switch, though I want to hold off on playing that one until the promised performance patch comes through.

Zion Grassl, video producer

I’ve played plenty of Metroid games, but up until a few weeks ago, I had never actually finished any! So with Metroid Dread on the horizon, I’ve been making an effort to right the wrongs of my past self and see some of them through from the beginning. I completed Zero Mission last month and am now at what I’m assuming is the tail end of Samus Returns on 3DS. I have 4 Metroid left on my scanner and hopefully I can find a few hours to knock them down this weekend.

I also played through and adapted Kate’s review of Doki Doki Literature Club Plus! for our YouTube channel and haven’t stopped thinking about the game since. There are a few moments that had me in complete disbelief, and I won’t spoil those parts for anyone unaware. I’ve yet to play the side stories that are included with the Plus! version though. I’ve heard they’re short and sweet, so it should make for a nice breath of fresh air, hopefully.

As always, thanks for reading! Make sure to leave us a comment below with your gaming choices over the next few days…

Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? (July 3rd)

Doki Doki Literature Club Plus Art© Serenity Forge

Another week in the world of video games has come and gone. This week we saw Nintendo acknowledge an evergreen meme, we learned that a ‘realistic’ F-Zero was on the cards at one point, and Nintendo dodged a bunch of questions at a shareholder Q&A (the respondees also revealed their favourite games).

It’s now time to unwind a little and discuss our weekend gaming plans. A few members of the Nintendo Life team have done just that below, so feel free to give our entries a read and then join in with your own via our comment section. Enjoy!

Thomas Whitehead, deputy editor

I don’t think I’ll have loads of time this weekend, but definitely have a couple of games in mind. First up I need to get back to Metroid: Zero Mission on the good ol’ Wii U Virtual Console; if I get through it (a big if admittedly) I’ll move on to Metroid: Samus Returns, as I’m playing through the ‘best versions’ as I see it of the four mainline games.

I’m also tempted to jump into a bit of Ace Attorney on my 3DS, too. I’m very much looking forward to The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles later this month, so perhaps a little warm-up and reminder of the other games is called for. Besides, I still love my little 3DS, so it deserves a bit of playtime.

Gonçalo Lopes, reviewer

Where did the first half of 2021 go? Fells like it was New Year’s Eve just yesterday. It came home alright, but not the EURO 2020 cup, just the Portuguese national team. At least I am once again scary good at GameCube’s Virtua Striker 3 v.2002. On more current generation of hardware this weekend will be spread between Alex Kidd in Miracle World DX, Destroy All Humans!, Disgaea 6: Defiance of Destiny (Dood!) and the beautiful landscapes of Sky: Children of the Light.

Game of the week is Arcade Archives Raiden. Despite already being 31(!) years old, Seibu Kaihatsu first game in the series showcases so much hidden depth and secrets that it remains a timeless masterpiece within the genre, one I am more than pleased to welcome back into my weekend indulgences.

Gavin Lane, editor

Having recently got my hands on a copy of Excitebots: Trick Racing (which never released in PAL regions, for shame), I hope to sit back and relax with that this weekend. Excite Truck remains one of my favourite Wii games ever — something about the chilled motion-controlled experience and the satisfaction you get from nailing a landing and getting a speed boost really struck a chord with me in the months after the Wii launched, so I’m itching to recapture some of that feeling.

You might not be able to add your own soundtrack via SD card, but I’ve got headphones for that. Time to put on some Gwen Stefani and hit the track like it’s 2007.

Ollie Reynolds, reviewer

Hello everyone! Hope you’re all well. I’ve got a busy weekend ahead of me, so gaming might be taking a bit of a backseat unfortunately, but I definitely want to plug away at the Adventure mode in Mario Golf: Super Rush. So far, I’ve just been playing standard matches and unlocking the new courses as I go, so it’ll be good to see what the main campaign offers up. I’ve been a bit torn on the game so far, though… Like, it’s good, but not good, y’know? I’m not sure, it just feels like it’s missing something at the moment. Anyway, hope you all have a cracking weekend!

Kate Gray, staff writer

This week, I’ve been playing Doki Doki Literature Club Plus for review, The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles for a preview, The House In Fata Morgana for my ongoing diary series, and… between three visual novels, I’ve barely had time to eat. I haven’t been outside in days. I don’t remember my own name. All I know is “press A to advance text”.

Liam Doolan, news writer

My weekend gaming plans are all of a sudden looking a little more exciting following Nintendo’s surprise update for Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit. As you might have already seen, it adds a new cup, 3 new environments and a Yoshi kart – so it’s time to sweep those floors and move some furniture about. The other Switch game I intend on spending quite a bit of my spare time with is Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Instead of playing as Tekken’s Kazuya, I think I might spend the next few days versing him after hearing about his Level 9 CPU version.

Alex Olney, senior video producer

I’m diving back into garden renovation for all of Saturday, so that’s a gaming write-off. Sunday is another game entirely though; I’ve recently been drawn back to Ghost of Tsushima (before the recent announcement in try hipster fashion) so I’ll no doubt be dumping a whole mess of hours into that, but I’ll also probably fire up the Xbox if it doesn’t turn itself on to play some Halo: The Master Chief Collection. A whole weekend of no Nintendo games? It’s more likely than you’d think…

As always, thanks for reading! Make sure to leave us a comment below with your gaming choices over the next few days…

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KISS Paul Stanley: 'Ace's erratic playing and Peter's poor quality is why they had to go'

Stanley said: “I’m the first to say that the band wouldn’t exist today without having had Ace and Peter in the beginning.

“And I can also say the band wouldn’t exist today if Ace and Peter were still there.

“So, things move on, and certainly Ace, his playing is part of the foundation of what we do.”

Confusingly, Criss was replaced by two different Erics over the decades.

Eric Carr took over when Criss left the band in 1980 – accounts differ with Stanley and Simmons saying he was fired and Criss insisting he quit. He was followed in 1982 by Frehley.

Carr died of cancer in 1991 and was replaced by Eric Singer.

But then the mid 1990s saw the revival of the band’s original line-up.

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Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? (June 19th)

MZM© Nintendo

E3 2021 is finally over, and we’re still digesting the ins-and-outs of all the announcements. Nintendo’s Direct presentation offered a little something for everyone, from the return of smaller-scale fan favourites to fresh peeks at Breath of the Wild 2 (no proper title yet, though), not to mention A NEW 2D METROID COMPLETELY OUT OF THE BLUE! Good times.

It’s now time to unwind a little and discuss our weekend gaming plans. A few members of the Nintendo Life team have done just that below, so feel free to give our entries a read and then join in with your own via our comment section. Enjoy!

Editor’s note: Don’t like Metroid? Bit of a washout for you this week, I’m afraid. Sorry!…

Ryan Craddock, news editor

With all the Metroid Dread hype going around – especially within the Nintendo Life team’s online chats – a few of us have realised we’d like nothing more than to revisit Metroid 1 through 4 to get ready for the big release later this year.

As such, I’m hoping to get some time with the original Metroid this weekend and will be cracking out the trusty NES Classic to do just that. I’ve never played it before and fear that it’ll crush me, so part of me wishes I had a copy of its GBA remake, Zero Mission, to give me a more gentle experience. Still, I’m looking forward to finally giving the series a fair shake!

Thomas Whitehead, deputy editor

I barely played any games over the past week, for obvious reasons, so I plan to return to Golf Story again. It’s charming, funny and extremely chilled out to play. I’m also going to pick up FAR: Lone Sails in the sale; I’ve been meaning to play it and the excellent E3 reveal of its upcoming sequel was a timely reminder.

As for whizz-bang 4K gaming I’ll try again to go back to Resident Evil: Village. It’s also possible I’ll get out the Wii U for some Metroid: Zero Mission; yes, like many others I’m planning a ‘lore run’ through the games, albeit the best version of each game.

Jon Cartwright, video producer

Nintendo released a brand new Tetris 99 theme on Friday based around Miitopia so I’ll of course have to spend a few rounds unlocking that — I’m not allowed to miss Tetris events otherwise the Tetris police come knocking.

I’m sure like others on the Nintendo Life team I’ve spent the entire week thinking about Metroid and I’m planning to replay the entire series. I actually finished the Famicom Disk System version of Metroid a few weeks ago so that’s one crossed off, suppose it’s time for Metroid II! I’ve played Samus Returns numerous times since it came out so this time I’ll give some love to the Game Boy original.

Gonçalo Lopes, reviewer

E3 2021 came and went, with no news of the New Nintendo Switch in sight or everyone’s favourite Umbra Witch. Yet what was on display already saved the second half of this year for yours truly. Quite a few gems out on the eShop this week, especially if you’re a shmup fan: MushihimeSama is the first of several quality Cave shooters finally on the way to the Switch, Seicross remains a personal Nichibutsu favourite and Rangerdog is the best Parodius Konami never made. Dunk Lords wonderful Switch conversion puts NBA Playgrounds to shame from the get go. Hope to jump back into Hyrule Warriors: Age of Calamity for the new DLC content while continuing The Legend of Zelda: A Link To the Past live streaming sessions.

Game of the week is Wrestling Empire. Again. Unprecedented and commendable free post-game support from the legendary Mat Dickie ensure there is never a dull moment in or outside the ring.

Gavin Lane, editor

This week I would mostly like to read the copy of Ask Iwata that’s been sitting on my desk for weeks now, and another book unrelated to video games. That would be nice.

Also, catching up on the essential pre-Dread Metroid titles, of course:

Metroid Prime Federation Force© Nintendo Life

Ollie Reynolds, reviewer

Hello folks! Hope you’re all well. So, own up… Who else is playing a bunch of Metroid games this weekend? Well, this guy definitely is! [‘Metroid’, you say? Is that some sort of Igavanialike? – Ed]

After the announcement of Metroid Dread, I’ve gone back to the GBA to play through both Metroid: Zero Mission and Metroid Fusion. Once I’m done, I’ll move onto Metroid: Samus Returns before finishing with Super Metroid. Yes, I know it’s completely out of order… I know, okay?!

Other than that, my journey through the Halo campaigns is almost at its end. I’m at the start of the divisive Halo 5: Guardians (a good game, in my opinion, just not a good Halo game), so I reckon I can polish it off this weekend. Have a good one, all!

PJ O’Reilly, reviewer

Hello. This weekend I’m gonna be blasting through a few different bits and pieces for review on Switch, including THQ’s revamped Destroy All Humans, but, if I manage to crowbar in a little chill time somewhere, I’ll be pulling out and dusting off all the old consoles and getting my emulators up and running for some retro Metroid action. I’m sure I’m not the only person planning to play through the series in chronological order in the wake of Metroid Dread’s surprise E3 reveal (and I may have got a little overexcited during that amazing trailer), I just wish the whole lot were more readily accessible on the current crop of Nintendo consoles to save me digging around in my absolute shambles of an attic.

Have a good weekend whatever you’re up to or playing!

Kate Gray, staff writer

This week I have been playing A TON of The House In Fata Morgana, and here’s a sneak preview: I just got one of the eight endings. I think it’s one of the “you messed up” endings, though, so there’s a lot more game to get through.

I’ve also been playing Subnautica for the first time, after getting scared away when it first launched because all the fish tried to eat me, and it’s pretty bloody great. Also, Chicory! I really hope Chicory comes to Switch some day!

Zion Grassl, video producer

After about 35 hours with the Paper Mario-esque Bug Fables, I finally finished off its final chapter earlier this week. So I was pretty pumped to flip through my backlog this weekend and pick something new to play, but with the way E3 swayed my heart, I’m pretty sure I just added more games to the pile. With the announcement and all of the hype surrounding Metroid Dread, I figured it’s finally time to give this series a shot!

Thankfully I already have Metroid: Samus Returns on my stack of shame, and I really haven’t played many of the other 2D Metroid games (I know, right?), so obviously I have to start with Zero Mission. I booted it up the other day and am making decent progress. However, I found out the hard way that the save battery in my cartridge is dead, so I’m keeping my GBA SP plugged in until Mother Brain bites the bullet!

As always, thanks for reading! Make sure to leave us a comment below with your gaming choices over the next few days…

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Unlevel Playing Field: New Transplant Policy Doesn't Benefit All States

The introduction of the new kidney allocation policy in the US initiated by the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) may not benefit all states equally when the regional burden of end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) is taken into account, a new cross-sectional, population-based economic evaluation suggests.

The analysis shows that the probability of a patient with ESKD receiving a deceased donor kidney transplant varied threefold across the United States in 2017 — the lowest probability being in West Virginia, at 6.3%, and the highest likelihood being in the District of Columbia, at 18.6%.

“The rationale for the [OPTN] allocation changes was that the calculated waiting time for a deceased donor kidney transplant differed by more than 5 years, depending on the geographic location of the transplant center for a patient on the waitlist,” lead author Derek DuBay, MD, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, and colleagues observe.

“Our analysis demonstrates that states with the lowest transplant rates normalized for ESKD burden will not benefit from the changes by the OPTN, and several are projected to experience significant decreases in kidney organ allocation volume,” they add.

The study was published online May 26 in JAMA Surgery.

The new OPTN policy was approved in late 2019 and became effective March 15, 2021. The updated policy, on matching kidney and pancreas transplant candidates with organs from deceased donors, replaces distribution based on donation service area (DSA) and OPTN region. The new policy means that kidneys and pancreases will be first offered to candidates listed at transplant hospitals within 250 nautical miles of the donor hospital. Offers not accepted for any of these candidates will then be made for candidates beyond the 250 nautical mile distance.

Merged Dataset

For their study, DuBay and colleagues used a merged dataset from the United States Renal Disease System (USRDS) plus data from the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR).

The population included both patients with ESKD as well as those who had undergone kidney transplantation during 2017. A total of 122,659 new patients with ESKD were included in the analysis, some 35,447 of whom were added to the kidney transplant waitlist during that year.

“Marked differences were found in ESKD incidence across the US; the highest rates are in the District of Columbia, the Southeast, West Virginia, and New Jersey,” DuBay and colleagues point out. The lowest incidence rates of ESKD were found in the Mountain West states, Minnesota, and some New England states.

Similarly, the likelihood of a new patient with ESKD being added to the transplant waitlist varied significantly across the United States. Patients most likely to be waitlisted were in Wyoming, Colorado, Minnesota, and several New England states.

In contrast, the lowest probabilities of a new patient with ESKD being waitlisted were in Hawaii, Oregon, Nevada, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Ohio.

Most importantly, there were “stark differences” in the probability of a new ESKD patient actually receiving a living or deceased donor transplant across the United States, with again a greater than threefold difference in the probability of patients receiving any type of donor transplant, with those in Hawaii, at 9.1%, being the least likely, and those in Utah being the most likely, at over 31%.

Not a Level Playing Field

As the authors explain, the modeling method used by the OPTN to determine deceased donor allocation is based on DSAs, the nonprofit agencies that coordinate deceased donation.

“Based on kidney transplant frequency…one might expect with the new OPTN allocation system that Hawaii, West Virginia, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Nevada should receive the largest increase in deceased donor kidneys,” they note.

This turns out not to be the case, however, because DSAs from New York, Georgia, and Illinois are more likely to have the biggest increase in deceased donor allocation, they observe.

With the exception of Georgia, “these states with increased kidney allocation have transplant rates above the mean (of 50 states plus the District of Columbia).”

OPTN modeling also suggests that DSAs from Nevada, Ohio, and North Carolina are at most risk of experiencing the largest decrease in deceased donor allocations, yet these same states have transplant rates below the mean of 50 states plus the District of Columbia.  

In fact, New York City is expected to have the largest increase in deceased donor kidneys, at 124%, versus the state of Nevada, which is expected to see a 74% decrease in deceased donor kidneys based on the new OPTN modeling changes. 

“We strongly believe the best method to assess for organ allocation equity and geographic disparities is to estimate the proportion of patients with ESKD who receive a transplant,” the authors argue.

“Regrettably, ESKD burden is completely ignored in the changes approved by the OPTN to the kidney allocation system in late 2019, [and] until the playing field is level, it is important for the OPTN to not create policies that potentially worsen disparities in access to transplant,” they emphasize.

Pandemic Offered Opportunity for a Real-Life, Successful Experiment

Commenting on the findings, Kenneth Andreoni, MD, University of Florida, Gainesville, pointed out that the “real goal” of any national organ allocation policy should be to increase the availability of deceased donor transplants for all eligible candidates.

Paradoxically, this might be one of the few “silver linings” to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“After the declaration of a national public health emergency on March 13, 2020, the SRTR stated that they would not follow up recipient outcome after this date,” Andreoni explained.  

Freedom from this standard “punitive” regulation through program-specific reports was likely responsible for 2020 being a record year for transplant volume, he pointed out — despite having fewer living donor transplants, the pandemic burden on transplantation hospitals, and the risk of potential transplant recipients becoming infected with COVID-19. “The COVID-19 pandemic has allowed the real-life experiment to take place,” Andreoni observed.

“Removal of the threat of the program-specific reports has allowed the transplantation community to offer more lifesaving transplants to US recipients, despite the unprecedented healthcare stresses in 2020,” he underscored.

DuBay and Andreoni have reported no relevant financial relationships.

JAMA Surg. Published online May 26, 2021. Abstract

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Talking Point: What Are You Playing This Weekend? (May 8th)

Sin And Punishment 2© Nintendo / Treasure

Well, it’s been another week in the Nintendo Life. We had Star Wars Day and some nice discounts, all sorts of juicy gossip from the Epic Vs. Apple court case, the announcement of Game Builder Garage, and we learnt that Nintendo had a spectacular financial year. Phew, and those are just a few highlights!

It’s time to unwind a little and discuss our weekend gaming plans. Members of the Nintendo Life team have done just that below, so feel free to give our entries a read and then join in with your own via our comment section. Enjoy!

Thomas Whitehead, deputy editor

I’ll spend a lot of time playing MLB The Show 21 while I have the live Cubs game running via MLB TV on a tablet next to me. Hello, my name is Thomas and I’m a Baseball addict.

Apart from baseball I’ll be hunting high level monsters in Monster Hunter Rise, I failed spectacularly last weekend as various real-life things got in the way and I didn’t play it at all. I also have an urge to revisit Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy on 3DS, partly because The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles is on the wishlist and because I’m looking forward to Famicom Detective Club next week. Besides, the 3DS deserves a bit of playtime occasionally.

Kate Gray, staff writer

Here is what I’m not playing: New Pokémon Snap. Gasp! I have a couple of reviews on the go, so I’ve been playing those (and I can’t tell you what they are yet). I sort of stopped playing FEZ after getting to a particularly difficult chase platforming level, because that’s one of my least favourite types of level in games.

I picked up Professor Layton and the Curious Village on iOS because my partner’s never played them (and, since he’s playing through the Ace Attorney games, I need to prepare him for Layton v Wright!) and that’s been quite fun. It’s nice to go back to some of these puzzles as a proper adult!

Liam Doolan, staff writer

This weekend I’ll be spending some quality time with Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance (wait, perhaps not). I have incredibly fond memories of hiring this one out again, again, and again back during the GameCube generation (yes, I played it on the GameCube), so I’m very much looking forward to returning to the western coast of the Forgotten Realms. If you’re into games like Diablo, but are perhaps looking for an ARPG that’s a little more console friendly – this is definitely the one to go with.

Apart from this, I’m looking forward to spending some more time with New Pokémon Snap. It’s been an enjoyable ride so far, but one I seem to only be able to play in short bursts. Another one I’ll be going back to is Minecraft Dungeons, as it now supports cloud saves – so you can play the same character save file on your Switch and other platforms. Enjoy your weekend, everyone!

Ollie Reynolds, reviewer

Hey folks! Hope everyone’s doing well. This weekend, I’m afraid the Switch will be taking a bit of a backseat, as I’ll be playing through Resident Evil Village on the Series X.

However, if I find the time, I will be continuing through my run of Resident Evil 4, and also engaging in a bit of Mercenaries action. I’m looking forward to seeing how RE4 has directly influenced Village, and playing the two in tandem is certainly going to be an interesting experience!

I do plan on getting New Pokémon Snap once I’m done with Village. Confession time: I’ve never played the original, but judging from what I’ve seen, it looks like it should be a blast!

Gonçalo Lopes, reviewer

Perpetual racing bliss of Speed Racer: The Videogame carries over from last week while adding big explosions and meaty punches with Sin & Punishment: Successor of the Skies and Batman: The Brave and the Bold respectively on the Wii front. I shall check out the latest Wrestling Empire update for the pyrotechnics and blackout entrances along with the re-release of Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance, a personal GameCube favourite that makes a welcome return on the Switch. Snowblind Studios sure made some excellent dungeon crawlers that truly excelled with friends to tag along with. If you missed this back in 2002 make sure to not miss out the show at the Elf Song Tavern.

Game of the week is surprisingly Total Arcade Racing. The simple joys of single screen tabletop multiplayer antics and leaderboards made this a surprisingly good fit on Nintendo’s hybrid system.

PJ O’Reilly, reviewer

Hello. This weekend I’m gonna be spending the vast majority of my Switch time continuing to play through New Pokémon Snap with my kids. It’s not exactly my cup of tea – you’d need to throw in some shotguns, molotovs and the opportunity to fire off a few throwing knives in order to please me – but my six and four year old are having a great time taking pics of all the colourful residents of Lental Island, so I guess I can forgive it not letting me slaughter Duckletts wholesale.

I’ll also be working my way through the upcoming endless runner Aerial_Knight’s Never Yield for review purposes, trying and failing to best my friends on the R-Type Final 2 leaderboards and, if there’s any time left over, wrapping up The Darkside Detective: A Fumble in the Dark (which I highly recommend, it’s excellent fun). Have a good one, folks!

Mitch Vogel, Reviewer

This weekend, I’m going to attempt (and probably fail…) to get better at One Step From Eden.For those of you unaware, it’s a deckbuilding roguelite game that takes the battle system of Mega Man Battle Network and cranks the difficulty up to eleven. I was a massive fan of that sub-series of Mega Man games, and I’ve so far been deeply enjoying my time exploring all the different build types One Step From Eden offers.

Aside from that, I recently picked up Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor Overclocked and will continue grinding away through that. True to the SMT franchise, it’s absolutely savage with its difficulty, but I really like this SRPG take on the series’ gameplay. I’m sure it’ll never happen, but I’d happily welcome an entry of this on Switch if Atlus decided to do so. Maybe if we all fill out enough surveys they’ll think about thinking about it.

As always, thanks for reading! Make sure to leave us a comment below with your gaming choices over the next few days…

This post originally appeared on Nintendo Life | Latest News

Travellers force two schools to close after camp set up on playing field

A number of caravans reportedly arrived on Sunday evening at Alun School, which shares grounds with Ysgol Maes Garmon, in Mold, North Wales. Pupils at both schools are using remote learning today as a result.
Police say they are “actively utilising legal powers,” reports North Wales Live. However, parents online have expressed their anger at their children having to miss their education.

“Surely the law needs to change. If we took a caravan on holiday and parked anywhere we felt like we would be paying massive fines,” wrote one man on Facebook.

“People think it’s ok to protest about Kill the Bill when it gives more power to the police to deal with situations like this and stop costing local councils thousands of pounds,” another social media user wrote.

Another posted: “What about the GCSE assessments? It’s ridiculous that they can do just what they want.”

One comment reads: “Here we go again! This needs to be stopped.”

In a joint statement, both schools say they are working closely with the police and council to resolve the matter.

It reads: “Due to unauthorised visitors on the Mold Alun and Ysgol Maes Garmon shared campus, both schools will be closed to pupils and staff on Tuesday 4 May.

“Remote learning will be in place and pupils should follow their usual timetable.

“The school understands the disruption that this will cause for pupils and families.

“We are working closely with the council and North Wales Police to resolve the issues on site as soon as possible.

“Further information will follow regarding arrangements for later in the week and provision for families entitled to Free School Meals.”

North Wales Police used Facebook to reassure the community in Mold.

Its post says: “We would like to reassure the local community that we are aware of the Travellers which are currently at Alun School in Mold and the matter is in hand.  

“The group have been served notice to leave and we are actively utilising legal powers and are working closely with our colleagues at Flintshire County Council.”

The authority, led by the Labour Party, has apologised for the disruption.

Claire Homard, Flintshire Council’s Chief Officer, Education and Youth, said: “Due to an unauthorised encampment at the Mold Alun and Ysgol Maes Garmon shared campus we have had to make the decision to temporarily close both schools – to pupils and staff – on Tuesday 4th May.

“We apologise for the disruption and are working to resolve the situation. Parents and carers are asked to check their emails for an update from the schools.”

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Moyes claims Premier League schedule has West Ham playing catch-up with Chelsea

David Moyes reckons West Ham are getting the rawest deal of all the Champions League chasers from the Premier League ’s fixture schedulers – and referees.

Moyes and his men face Burnley at 8:15pm on Monday with Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham all in action at least 24 or 48 hours earlier.

Next week, the Hammers again play a day later than Chelsea and, as a result of the Blues’ involvement in the FA Cup final on May 15, their game against Arsenal will now take place three days before West Ham ’s trip to Brighton.

All that means Moyes and Co are having to play catch-up all the time without ever getting the chance to lay down the marker for their London rivals to chase.

Asked if it was just unlucky, Moyes said: “No, it’s probably as unlucky as having five of the last eight sendings-off rescinded.

“So if you think of that as well, West Ham are quite often one of the least to be thought about.

“Why do I say that when I’m a pretty neutral football person and I don’t look at things too badly?

“I look at this and I certainly see, from when I first came into the club, things that are not right.

“8.15pm at Burnley, as you can imagine, the lateness of returning from the north on a Monday…”

Six of West Ham’s last seven red card appeals have been successful, including: “Fabian Balbuena’s against Chelsea last weekend.

Moyes added: “The stats regarding sending-offs makes me think, ‘Hang on a minute here, there’s something not quite right’.

“I’ll stand corrected if you turn around and say all the other clubs in the Premier League have had the same stat.

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“We can only keep fighting, keep pushing on and try to challenge at the top of the league.

“They can’t surely be right, the numbers that we’ve had are so poor.

“Maybe all the teams in the Premier League have had similar stats and if they have then I take it back and apologise, but it sounds like a very big stat, for any club.”

The West Ham boss, who hopes to have Declan Rice available tomorrow, already has an eye on the summer transfer window, although he isn’t expecting to spend big money on a single player.

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He said: “The biggest thing is that there will be a lack of funds, not just at West Ham but a lot of clubs this summer.

“We’ve gone through 18 months of a pandemic, no crowds, no corporate, cuts in most things, so I would think it will be a lesser summer of transfer activity.

“But ideally I want to strengthen, I want to add to it and if I can get the right players I’ll be happy to do so.”

Forward Jarrod Bowen, meanwhile, is revelling in the run-in this season, which is at odds with where West Ham were last season.

He said: “This is where we want to be season upon season.

“We want to be going into the last five games talking about European football of some description.

“It’s a great place to us to be, especially compared to last year when every game was even more of a dogfight just to pick up one point.

“We’ve been really consistent all this season and we’re not here by coincidence.”

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