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Shape Your Legend in UFC 4 Today with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and EA Play

Enter the octagon as UFC 4 comes to EA Play today. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate members, you get EA Play at no additional cost so you can shape your own UFC legacy based on your fight style, your achievements, and your personality.

No matter how or where you play, UFC 4 puts “you” at the center of every fight. Bang it out in the backyard or surround yourself in the storied tradition of the Kumite with all new, immersive environments. Then take on round-based, rapid-fire tournaments against other fighters online in Blitz Battles. And experience Real Player Motion Technology (RPM Tech) that creates a fluid experience driven by positioning and physical context. Utilizing this technology, the clinch is integrated as part of the striking system, with clinches triggered by moving towards or away from the opposing fighter and striking, allowing for more fluid and frequent clinch and break moments.

Or check out career mode where your fighter will grow and improve based on the decisions you make in the gym and in the octagon. Interact with fans, fighters and promoters to shape your reputation and career. Train with UFC champions to pick up their habits, styles, and techniques on your way to the top.

You always get more from your game with EA Play – like member-only rewards and content, play early trials of select new titles, and instant access to a collection of our best-loved series and top games, plus savings on purchases of EA digital content with a 10% discount.

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This post originally posted here Xbox Wire

Influence a Cast of Gods and the Shape of a New World in Mythic Ocean

Summary

  • Mythic Ocean Character Artist/Animator Robyn Haley & Writer/Composer Darren Malley describe how their underwater adventure game is about empathy and creation.
  • Players freely explore a vibrant ocean and lend their advice to a pantheon of gods. Their choices lead to thousands of possible endings.
  • Mythic Ocean is now available on Xbox One. A free Demo called Mythic Ocean: Prologue is also available.

What would you do if you could talk with the gods, and your influence on them could change the cosmos? Mythic Ocean is an atmospheric adventure where players befriend a pantheon of gods under the sea, help solve their problems, and make choices that shape the birth of a new world. 

Mythic Ocean

This title combines free open-world exploration with the dialog-focused gameplay of a visual novel. As you discover new areas and meet new creatures, you will also encounter different gods with their own unique personalities and situations. They will share their motivations and problems and ask for your opinion. The advice you lend constantly alters the tale being told, and most importantly, determines which of these gods will rise above to create a new word, and what kind of world they will create. 

Mythic Ocean takes place in an ocean world in-between time. There’s a mystery to what came before and what will come after, with thousands of unique possible endings. Mythic Ocean is meant to be a cycle. Any particular ending is not really the end. Not happy with the world your choices created? Try approaching the various gods in the game differently. We’re excited about the replay value offered to the players.

Mythic Ocean

In this game, there is no death, no combat, no failure. Here, it’s all about dialogue and influence. What do you think others should do and how do you present it to them? Who do you want them to become (keeping in mind that you can’t force them)? Mythic Ocean encourages empathy and players will likely have to answer questions about themselves while they decide upon their replies to various characters. Conversations can be amusing and relaxing but also dive deeper into meaningful and philosophical themes. We believe that gamers of all ages can find their own food for thought.

Our players are storytellers too – we made a narrative they can explore and shape, creating an experience unique to them. Mythic Ocean is both a love letter to the beauty and power of the sea, and a game about how any individual has more influence than they realize. We invite you to come as you are and play a big role in the creation of a new universe.

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A free Demo called Mythic Ocean: Prologue is also available if you want to try it first.

Freely explore a vibrant ocean. Have relaxing, deep, and amusing conversations with six different gods and a cast of sea creatures.

The advice you give continuously alters your story and leads to thousands of possible endings, ranging between harmony and pandemonium.

Which god will rise above? What kind of universe will they create? Discover the outcomes of your choices.

“…a world full of life, color, music, and meaning that is sure to stay with you for years to come.” – 10/10 GameSpace

“…a lovely, daft, interesting, deep and complex game, with no combat, no death, just choices and consequences.” – 8/10 Buried Treasure

“…traversing the ocean depths is serene and relaxing, and encountering the game’s myriad of weird and wonderful creatures is continually delightful.” – 8/10 GameSpew

DEVELOPED BY Paralune
“Our players are storytellers too – we make narratives they can explore and shape, creating an experience unique to them. Mythic Ocean is both a love letter to the beauty and power of the sea, and a game about how you, as a person, have more influence than you realize.” – Robyn Haley, Darren Malley and Matt Smudz

PUBLISHED BY Nakana.io
“We publish games that aim to offer a new experience. Diving into Mythic Ocean almost feels like entering a state of meditation where deep thoughts and bonds can be forged.” – Mikaël Bourget, founder of the publishing label

USA looks in good shape for 7th straight Olympic women’s basketball gold

The U.S. has dominated the world in women’s basketball at the Olympics over the last quarter-century, winning every game by double digits since 2004.

Diana Taurasi and Sue Bird will try to become the first players ever to win five Olympic gold medals in basketball when the United States women’s team begins play at the Tokyo Games.

The pair has been an integral part of the U.S. run of six consecutive golds at the Olympics.

“As far as being named to a fifth Olympics, especially with Sue, you know, it’s just a great honor. It just makes you really appreciate all the people that have helped you,” Taurasi said. “You know, everyone, USA Basketball, that, you know, after being around for 20 years now, you know, it’s like a big family.”

Taurasi and Bird both played with Dawn Staley on the 2004 Olympic team. Staley helped start this unprecedented run with the 1996 squad and now is the first Black head coach of the women’s national team after being an assistant for the last two Olympics.

“Any time that you represent USA Basketball, you’ve got the biggest target on your on your back, on your chest,” Staley said. “And everybody seems to play their best basketball.”

It’s been 25 years of dominance for the Americans in the Olympics. They’ve won 49 consecutive games on the biggest international stage. No team has come within single digits of the U.S. since Russia lost in the semifinals of the 2004 Athens Games — the first Olympics that Taurasi and Bird played in — 66-62.

The Americans haven’t dropped an Olympic contest since 1992 when they were beaten in the semis by the Unified Team. Only host Japan has beaten the U.S. in an Olympics, topping the Americans in 1976, the inaugural appearance of women’s basketball.

If the women can capture another gold medal in Tokyo, they would match the U.S. men’s team that won seven consecutive golds from 1936-68.

While there are no guarantees, it would take a monumental upset for the team not to come home with gold.

The competition for the other two medals is wide open with Australia, Belgium, France, Canada, Serbia and Spain all having a shot at reaching the podium. Serbia just beat France to win the Eurobasket championship.

The Olympics switched to three pools of four teams for the Tokyo Games. South Korea, Serbia, Canada and Spain are in Group A. Joining the U.S. in Group B are France, Nigeria and Japan. Australia, Puerto Rico, China and Belgium are in Group C.

Games begin on July 26 with the bronze medal game on Aug. 7 and the gold medal contest the next day to close out the Olympics.

Some other things to watch for at the Olympics in women’s basketball:

WNBA FLAVOR

Besides the U.S. team, many of the other countries are led by WNBA stars. Half of the Australian roster, led by Liz Cambage, is currently in the WNBA. The Opals are led by Phoenix Mercury coach Sandy Brondello. Some of the other WNBA players in the Olympics include Emma Meesseman (Belgium), Kia Nurse (Canada), Marine Johannès (France), Astou Ndour (Spain), The WNBA will be on an Olympic break from July 15-Aug. 11.

AFRICAN DREAMS

Nigeria will try and end a winless drought for African teams at the Olympics since the 2004 Athens Games. The African nation went 1-5 that year and no team from that continent has won a game since. There are hopes for that to potentially change: Nigeria went 3-4 at the World Champions in 2018, falling to the U.S. in the quarterfinals.

FEWER GAMES

With the addition of 3×3 as a basketball discipline, teams are now only playing potentially six games at most in the tournament instead of eight. The last time the medalists played fewer than eight games was 1992. The 12 teams were put into three pools instead of two. The quarterfinalists will be the top two teams in each pool and two others based on a FIBA ranking system.

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Author: DOUG FEINBERG AP Basketball Writer
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Bowel cancer symptoms: The shape of your poo is a warning sign – when to see your GP

Processed meat is any meat that has been treated to preserve it and/or add flavour – for example, bacon, salami, sausages, canned meat, or chicken nuggets.

“It is estimated that around 13 out of 100 bowel cancer cases (around 13 percent) in the UK are linked to eating these meats,” reports Cancer Research UK.

Processed meat can also raise your risk of heart disease – a major killer worldwide.

The government recommends that people eating more than 90g of red and processed meat a day should reduce it to 70g or less.

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This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Health Feed
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Kusama (KSM) price hits new highs as parachain auctions begin to take shape

Major protocol upgrades are one of the most potent sources of price movement for cryptocurrency projects as community members and investors get excited about new features and traders rush in to “buy the rumor and sell the news”. 

One protocol that has seen its price rise to new rights this week despite the overall bearish conditions affecting the market is Kusama (KSM), an experimental blockchain platform and a sister chain to the Polkadot’s platform. Kusama is designed to provide an interoperable and scalable framework for developers.

Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView shows that after dropping to a low of $ 378 on May 10, the price of Kusama rallied 55% to a new all-time high at $ 591.55 today thanks to a record $ 1.568 billion in 24-hour trading volume.

KSM/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

Three reasons for the recent price appreciation for KSM include the upcoming launch of parachain auctions, recent integrations that helped enhance the interoperability of Kusama with other networks and increased opportunities to stake or lock up KSM to earn a yield.

Parachains are on the verge of launching

The most significant development for Kusama of late came on May 12 when the project announced that the most recent upgrade proposal was approved by the council and is now a public referendum.

This development provided token holders a three-day window between May 12 and May 14 to vote for the different parachains, crowd loans and auctions that they want to see on the Kusama network.

Since KSM tokens are required to be able to participate in voting, demand for the token immediately increased following the announcement and it continues to rise on May 14 despite an overall downturn in the cryptocurrency market.

VORTECS™ data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro began to detect a bullish outlook for KSM on May 11, prior to the recent price rise and before the announced passing of upgrade v0.9.1.

The VORTECS™ Score, exclusive to Cointelegraph, is an algorithmic comparison of historic and current market conditions derived from a combination of data points including market sentiment, trading volume, recent price movements and Twitter activity.

VORTECS™ Score (green) vs. KSM price. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro

As seen in the chart above, the VORTECS™ Score fluctuated in and out of the green zone over the previous week before climbing to a high of 70 on May 11 at roughly the same time that the price of KSM began to break out to a new all-time high over the next 32 hours.

Interoperability integration provides a spark

A second source for KSM’s price growth over the past month was the April 23 announcement that Chainlink awarded a grant to ChainSafe Systems to help expand support for Kusama on the Chainlink Oracle Pallet.

As seen in the tweet, the expanded support enables developers to build hybrid smart contracts on DOT and KSM parachains along with other substrate chains, significantly enhancing their interoperability capability.

With one of the originally stated goals of the Polkadot network being increased interoperability across all blockchain networks, this development helped reassure community members that meaningful steps were being taken in regards to this goal by enlisting the most trusted and widespread oracle platform in the crypto ecosystem.

New staking and yield opportunities

A third motivating force behind demand for KSM is the attractive yield opportunities offered to token holders willing to stake their KSM tokens on the network or with new parachains.

Data from staking rewards shows that the average rate of return for staking and delegating KSM on the network is 13.72% while running a validator node earns 14.72%.

As part of the parachain auction process, projects like Karura have elected to conduct a crowd loan which involves community supporters bonding their KSM with that protocol for the duration of the parachain lease in return for the native token of the parachain.

The crowd loan allows the project to meet the requirements to obtain a parachain lease for a specified period of time and all KSM tokens are returned to the contributors after the lease is up.

In return for locking their tokens for an extended period of time, community members are rewarded with the native token of the parachain in question but lose the ability to earn KSM staking rewards.

The crowd loan model is an innovative new fundraising design for crypto projects that has excited community members who are eager to obtain their favorite KSM-based tokens while also being able to retain ownership of their KSM.

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