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Camilla body language: Duchess ‘wary’ as she ‘watches Prince Charles in the spotlight’

Judi said: “With her dedication to providing a complimentary body language state for her husband when they attend royal visits together, Camilla will tend to use the kind of poses and behaviours that we can see in these shots of them together.

“She will mirror Charles’s posture so that they are slightly hunched together as they are here, or she will often stand to attention to one side, looking slightly awkward and a little wary as she watches Charles take the spotlight while she waits for her cues.”

Camilla looked more relaxed in pictures when she and Charles were apart, Judi claimed.

The analyst added: “It is also clear from this set of photos though that she is not averse to relaxing a little more and even sharing a joke or laugh when she is not being half of a royal double act.”

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Camilla body language ‘incredibly tactful’ as she lets Prince Charles ‘take spotlight’

Judi said: “Charles and Camilla’s body language defines such a complimentary double act that it just has to be responsible for the Prince’s signals of relaxed fun, confidence and good-humour recently when they are out together on royal visits.”

The Duchess is “tactful” when it comes to putting her husband, the future king, first, Judi claimed.

She added: “Camilla is incredibly tactful in terms of her non-verbal signals with him, standing either alongside or just behind her husband with her hands clasped in front of her torso in a gesture that deflects all the attention and spotlight onto Charles.”

Camilla’s body language exudes approval for her husband’s work, Judi explained.

Author: Frederica Miller
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Rock Band Releases Classic Rock DLC, Spotlight Hero Update, and Rivals Season 22

Memorial Day weekend is the perfect time for sunshine, barbeque, and classic rock! Break out your Rock Band gear for some crowd-pleasing hits from George Thorogood and the Destroyers as well as The Troggs. Coming June 3 is the start of Rock Band Rivals Season 22 with loads brand new rewards as part of the Spotlight Hero Update.

Kicking Summer Off with Some Classic Rock Hits

George Thorogood’s 1978 hit “Who Do You Love” and the Troggs 1966 “Wild Thing” are available now in the Rock Band Music Store. Rock out to these legendary tracks and get ready for the new season of Rock Band Rivals!

Rock Band 4 Rivals Bundle

Rock Band Rivals Season 22: Lunar New Year

Starting June 3, the newest season of Rivals will be exploring the entire Rock Band back catalog through the years of the Chinese Zodiac and, as always, we’ll be dropping some great weekly DLC along the way. Unlock the first piece of the Year of the Ox outfit by competing in the weekly Rivals Challenges get climb the ranks with your Crew.

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Spotlight Hero Update

The free Spotlight Hero content update just dropped on May 19. With it came loads of new Rivals content like the Year of the Ox outfit rewards, new placement and tier badges, new menu music, loading tips and some minor bugs fixes.

We hope you enjoy all of the new Rivals rewards and we look forward to seeing you climb the leaderboards for Season 22!

Keep on rocking!

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Rock Band™ 4 Rivals Bundle

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The full Rock Band™ 4 experience; this bundle includes Rock Band 4 and the Rivals Expansion, giving you access to the full feature set of the best, most fully featured music game on the market today. The Rivals Bundle includes over 100 songs and a ton of features, including the following and more: -Online play: move the party online with matchmaking, public or private sessions, tools to maximize your DLC overlap and more! -Rivals mode: Band together with friends across the globe to compete in this online multiplayer stats battle. Join Crews to prove your skill and crush your rivals. -Rockudrama: An all new campaign mode telling the story of YOUR band’s triumph over adversity in the world’s first playable music documentary. -Character creator with hundreds of customization options to perfect your look -Access to future updates and songs exclusive to the Rivals community -Pick up and play with a wide variety of supported USB mics or use compatible guitar and drum controllers for the full Rock Band experience. Note: If you have Xbox 360 wireless music gaming controllers then you MUST purchase the “Rock Band 4 – Legacy Game Controller Adapter for Xbox One” (sold separately, while supplies last). This offer does NOT include music gaming controllers or a USB microphone. Use of Rock Band 4 is subject to our Privacy Policy located at www.harmonixmusic.com/privacy .

Author: Kyle Wynn, Community Manager, Harmonix Music Systems
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire

Xbox Spotlight: Mental Health Awareness Month

In recognition of Mental Health Awareness Month, Xbox is amplifying voices of empathy, honesty, and mental health awareness. Now more than ever, people are experiencing new challenges which impact their mental health. With the ongoing pandemic, physical isolation has elevated the importance of virtual connections to stay in contact with friends and loved ones. Through gaming, we can both explore mental health, its impacts, and provide community. More and more studies* have shown that gaming has real benefits on players mental wellbeing. Through a virtual world, people have been able to do everything from ease their symptoms of PTSD to build social connections that are so crucial right now, to finding moments of joy, building connections, fostering empathy and helping to reduce anxiety.

For me personally, gaming is a key part of my mental health routine. When I need to step away from the world and limit my exposure to things that could trigger a PTSD episode, gaming is my escape. It gives me something to focus on and an outlet to funnel any potentially destructive energy I may have. It’s even a place where I can explore complex topics in an environment and know that everything is going to be okay, no matter what is happening in the real world. And you don’t have to trust me, plenty of other gamers talk about the positive effects of gaming they experience.

An Xbox study within the Xbox Research Accessibility Community Feedback Program, a group made up of players with disabilities, showed 84% of respondents agreeing that gaming had a largely positive effect on their mental health during the pandemic. Other community members shared that gaming provided a great distraction from stress (82.9%), emotional stress (63.5%), physical pain (38.6%), and that playing games has offered them more control than their real life (54.1%), demonstrating that people participating in this study use gaming to benefit their lives in a variety of ways.

Especially relevant with the pandemic, 71.7% of respondents in the study agreed that gaming helped them feel less isolated, showcasing how gaming helped them -maintain connections with family and friends during challenging times. The study also showed that 71.7% of participants felt that playing video games during the pandemic was an important part of their daily routine.

We know that video games can provide connection and joy for so many. Over 11 billion multiplayer game sessions were played globally in January through March this year, with over 3 billion game invites being sent in the same period.

Xbox aims to provide captivating gaming experiences ideal for stepping into different worlds beyond our everyday lives. We know that during the pandemic, issues of mental health have been exacerbated and that people need to build connection more than ever. We invite our community to safely engage in play and communicate with others who may share in their same challenges.

Mental Health Awareness Month

Ninja Theory/Hellblade and Psychonauts 2

In a world where mental health is more at the forefront of society, team Xbox strives to create and bring the most immersive and entertaining gaming experiences available, inviting all gamers to explore exciting new worlds and embody incredible characters. Two of our Xbox Game Studios teams, Double Fine Productions and Ninja Theory are exploring the theme of mental health through unique gameplay.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice launched to critical acclaim in 2017, with great praise for how it represented mental health conditions and psychosis in particular. Hellblade is both a dark fantasy title telling the story of a Celtic warrior’s journey to Hel and an exploration of the psychosis experienced by the protagonist, Senua. Dominic Matthews, Studio Head at Ninja Theory, tells us “It was critical that our exploration of this subject was grounded in research, and as such our development team collaborated closely with those in both the science and lived-experience communities. This became a creative partnership that saw our designers, artists and audio team work closely with neuroscientists and people who live with experiences of voice hearing, seeing visions and holding unique beliefs. We’re incredibly proud of the reception Hellblade received and to hear from fans about how it’s made a genuine impact on their lives – both enlightening them on the experiences of severe mental health issues and providing a platform to talk about their own experiences. The exploration of the true potential of games to help people manage their mental health has become a part of our mission at Ninja Theory, manifesting in The Insight Project. Our ambition here is to create a powerful tool to help people understand and support their mental wellbeing.”

Double Fine’s Psychonauts 2 tells the story of Razputin “Raz” Aquato, trained acrobat, powerful young psychic, and new member of the international psychic espionage organization known as the Psychonauts. Using his psychic abilities, Raz is able to dive inside people’s minds, where he experiences things from their perspectives, and goes to battle with their inner demons. While it’s primarily a fun and lighthearted game, there are some deeper aspects of it, and Raz explores the minds of people who experience addiction and depression.  “One thing about mental health is that many people have experienced it themselves or with someone in their lives, it’s familiar to many of us.” says Tim Schafer, Founder of Double Fine. “We wanted to approach the topic with care and concern, with our goal to make sure the game is fun while speaking to those who may have gone through some of the things we talk about. ”Double Fine worked with outside experts and consultants to help ensure the representation in Psychonauts 2 was grounded and well represented.

This story on the Microsoft Blog reveals more from both Dominic Matthews and Tim Schafer and explores real life stories from our Xbox Ambassadors and wider community on their personal experiences of how gaming has had a positive impact on their mental health. Read it here.

Online Safety: Xbox connects gamers with help through Crisis Text Line
By Athima Chansanchai, Microsoft Stories

Every day, people come to Xbox to play, have fun, relax and for self-care to reduce stress. Sometimes, they need someone to take them from a “hot” moment to a calmer state. Thanks to Xbox’s partnership with Crisis Text Line, they can reach out to a mental health resource, if they need it. Every month, Xbox refers people to this nonprofit organization, which provides free, text-based 24/7 support, connecting those in need to a network that includes 27,000 trained, volunteer crisis counselors throughout the U.S. The New York-based organization helps create individually tailored safety plans and de-escalates situations through a platform – texting – that makes it easier for people of all ages to reach out safely. See the full story and resources here.

During the month of May, here are ways in which Xbox will champion and support mental health awareness:

Gaming and Impact with Microsoft Rewards

Microsoft Rewards Members in the United States can earn and donate points to organizations supporting mental health awareness through Xbox. All Microsoft Rewards donations made to the organizations listed below will be matched by Microsoft through the month of May.

  • Take This​: – Take This’ Mission is to decrease the stigma, and increase the support for, mental health in the game enthusiast community and inside the game industry.
  • CheckPoint: CheckPoint provides mental health resources for gamers and the gaming community. Their missions are to raise awareness for mental health issues, reduce stigma, and improve wellbeing in our community. Checkpoint is passionate about using video games for positive wellbeing and resilience.

Xbox gamers in the United States can earn Microsoft Rewards points in various ways, such as playing or purchasing games after downloading the Microsoft Rewards app on Xbox. Earn points and redeem them for real rewards. Join today and donate through Xbox.

Xbox Game Pass: Spotlight on Mental Health Awareness

During the month of May, Xbox Game Pass is highlighting a selection of games chosen by the Gaming and Disability community at Microsoft that raise awareness surrounding the issues of mental health and accessibility.

Featured Games chosen by our Gaming and Disability Community:

  • Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice Set in the Viking age, a broken Celtic warrior embarks on a haunting vision quest into Viking Hell to fight for the soul of her dead lover. Created in collaboration with neuroscientists and people who experience psychosis, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice will pull you deep into Senua’s mind.
  • Sea of Solitude (Electronic Arts / Jo-Mei GmbH) A When humans get too lonely, they turn into monsters… Sea of Solitude takes you on a personal journey of a young woman’s loneliness. Set sail across a beautiful and evolving world, where nothing is quite what it seems. Meet fantastical creatures and monsters, learn their stories, and solve challenges. Explore a flooded city, either by boat, on foot, or by swimming through the water itself. Dare to look what lies beneath the surface, in a haunting struggle of darkness and light, and discover what it truly means to be human. Members can play Sea of Solitude now with EA Play, included as part of their Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Game Pass for PC benefits.
  • Celeste (Matt Makes Games) Help Madeline survive her inner demons on her journey to the top of Celeste Mountain, in this super-tight, hand-crafted platformer from the creators of multiplayer classic TowerFall.

Be among the first to play the latest titles from Xbox Game Studios and [email protected], available to Xbox Game Pass members the same day as their global release. Join Xbox Game Pass.

Xbox Plays

Xbox will be featuring livestreaming content on mental health and gaming the week of May 17th. Join us as we learn from game developers and nonprofits who have explored gaming and mental health.

Play. Connect. Impact: Learn more about what Xbox is doing to raise awareness and support issues related to mental health at the Xbox Community Hub.

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Author: Tara Voelker, Gaming & Disability Co-Lead
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire

Menendez brothers case back in spotlight thanks to TikTok teens: Reporter's notebook

There are a few basic rules of working in news. First – tell the truth and tell it well. Second – always keep your eyes and ears peeled for new stories. Lastly, but certainly not least – keep a pulse on old stories for new developments. I think my team at ABC does a great job of all three – especially keeping up with the stories that we’ve taken pride in telling over the years.That’s why it was pretty surprising when an article called “The New Menendez Defenders” showed up in the New York Times in February.
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There were no new developments in this case – not in years. But this news wasn’t about the infamous Menendez brothers themselves, or their parents, or the trial that created a media frenzy decades ago. This story was about the army of internet defenders the convicted murderers had garnered on — wait for it — TikTok.In order to understand where we’ve arrived now, you have to understand the basic facts of the Menendez Brothers’ case. Lyle and Erik Menendez grew up in Southern California as sons of a wealthy couple, Kitty and Jose Menendez. In 1996, a jury found the brothers – who were in their early 20s – guilty of first-degree murder of their parents.

Watch the full story on “20/20,” streaming now on Hulu.

Both Erik and Lyle say they committed the murders after years of insufferable sexual abuse at the hands of their father. Meanwhile, many newspaper headlines at the time and documentary programs in the years following capitalized on the concept of greedy rich kids killing their parents for money.

The brothers have now served 31 years in prison, most of that time spent apart from each other – only being reunited recently at a prison in San Diego. They’ve exhausted most appeals processes and their prospects of a new trial have dwindled. For them, life inside prison walls hasn’t changed all too much. But out in the real world, where social media sites like TikTok appear to have garnered the power to create actual change in the social justice system, a lot has changed.

The New York Times article detailed the mass following and attention the Menendez Brothers had gained on TikTok. As a millennial who only uses TikTok to watch videos of cute dogs and easy recipes, I was caught off guard. Why the Menendez Brothers? Why now? What is there even to post about?

I took to the primary source — TikTok itself. I typed “Menendez Brothers” into the search bar, and my screen flooded with hundreds of videos. But the ones that I first saw didn’t have anything to do with the Menendez Brothers’ case at all. Instead, a young-looking girl was on my screen, fawning over images of the young, attractive brothers at their murder trial.

Sultry music played behind slowed-down footage as she joked about them being the “hottest criminals ever.” Most of the videos I clicked on followed this theme, and I began to wonder if this whole “New Age Menendez Defender” movement was nothing more than teenage girls with an extreme attraction to bad boys. But then — the TikTok algorithm kicked in.As you interact with TikTok videos, the app will show you more videos related to that topic. Slowly but surely, the tone of the videos showing up completely changed. Sad music played behind clips of the brothers testifying about the abuse they claim to have endured; their faces contorted in anguish.

Captions begged viewers to listen to their “heart-wrenching testimony”. Comment sections were flooded with outrage over their conviction and links to learn more information about the case. There were 173 million views on these videos. Right before my eyes, the army behind the Menendez Brothers grew stronger and louder with each passing second. But who were these people?

Frankly, they appear to overwhelmingly be kids. In researching this story, I reached out to dozens of TikTok users about the videos they were posting – and I could hardly find anyone over the age of eighteen. Could this be, in part, simply due to the audience that TikTok usually attracts? Of course, yes.

However, speaking to the teenagers I reached didn’t feel like speaking to a teenager. They’d greet me with a bubbly introduction and tell me how old they were, before getting into an evidence-based narrative about why they believed the Menendez Brothers’ sentencing was unjust. The demeanor these teenagers spoke with and the sheer amount of knowledge they had accumulated about a legally complex case was astounding.

Their youth only peeked through in their giddiness and excitement to help with my reporting. One TikTok user, eager to point me in the right direction, put me in a group chat with about ten other TikTok users who primarily used the social media site to create videos about the Menendez brothers or to connect with other supporters. I was soon flooded with messages from teens aged 13-19, complete with paragraphs-long sentiments about their beliefs. Most of it included complex legal jargon.

One of those very eloquent teenagers was an 18-year-old girl named Janne from Germany. She told me she first came across the case from a recommended video on YouTube that piqued her interest.

Janne discovered that the entire trial was available to watch online and spent a great deal of time watching testimonies and forming her opinions about the Menendez Brothers. Through her research, she says she has become an educated and passionate supporter of Erik and Lyle Menendez — taking to TikTok to share her opinions.Janne’s TikTok account has garnered nearly 45,000 followers. Her most popular video, which has more than a million likes, shows the brothers testifying about sexual abuse while a sad song plays in the background. Janne does not credit the success of her account to advanced video editing skills or social media strategy – but rather to the sheer shocking and upsetting nature of Erik and Lyle’s testimony.

“Watching someone describe these types of experiences is always very sad and very compelling,” she told me.

That has been one of the most interesting parts about this reporting. None of these teenagers deny that this horrific crime of their parents being murdered happened or that it was Erik and Lyle who committed it. Rather – they take an empathetic approach supported guided by the benefits of hindsight.

As New York Times reporter Ezra Marcus told me — these young adults weren’t around to experience the sensationalism that takes place when a crime initially happened. They didn’t live through the shock of the crime itself, or even the news reports in the days and weeks to follow. They’re now looking at the murders through the lens of the values of 2021 — especially with regard to the claims of sexual abuse.

All of the TikTokers I spoke with emphasized that they have grown up in an era where #MeToo reigns and where people can speak more openly about what were previously deemed to be uncomfortable issues.

These realities, combined with the abundant amount of available courtroom footage and unique style of TikTok have laid the groundwork for Gen Z TikTok users to generate an entirely new category of content.

Gone are the days where a news station was the only place to get information. Now, these TikTok users are thriving on the ability to tell a brand new story from a new perspective using old footage.

In a matter of months, the Menendez Brothers went from being an old tale of true crime to a viral social media sensation. Today’s TikTok activists may be teenagers, but they believe they know what they’re talking about…and a few million likes may prove it.

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References

  1. ^ The New Menendez Defenders (www.nytimes.com)

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‘I’m a dog’: Conor McGregor shows he can’t stand other UFC stars earning spotlight as ex-champ grabs for attention with title brag

Despite being out of the immediate UFC title picture following his knockout defeat to Dustin Poirier, ex-champ Conor McGregor has bafflingly argued that other fighters are “chasing” him for belts, bragging the day after UFC 260.

Picturing himself during his spell as featherweight and lightweight champion before his loss to Russian great Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2018, McGregor made a canine claim while telling his 8.5 million followers on Twitter that he still believes he leads the UFC pack.

“I’m a dog,” he wrote, inviting howls of derision from fight fans. “You run, I’m chasing.”

The somewhat fanciful post may have been a response to the news this week that former Bellator MMA champion Michael Chandler will face Charles Oliveira at UFC 262 in May, competing for the lightweight title vacated by the unbeaten Nurmagomedov following his shock retirement in October.

Poirier had been expected to fight for the belt after avenging his previous defeat to McGregor by knocking him out at UFC 257 in January, but Dana White has praised the American for agreeing to a lucrative third meeting with the Irishman which is expected to take place this summer.

McGregor could also have watched with a measure of frustration as Francis Ngannou produced the kind of concussive performance he was once known for at UFC 260 on Saturday, becoming heavyweight champion for the first time by brutally knocking out adversary Stipe Miocic.

Readers boggled at McGregor’s seemingly misplaced confidence, predictably responding with a deluge of highlights from his defeat to one-time bitter rival Nurmagomedov while accusing him of being entitled.

“I see you are trying to stay relevant,” retorted one who labeled him “Conor McChicken”, while another dismissed him as a worse MMA fighter than boxer and potential future opponent Jake Paul.

McGregor had seemed more interested in alcohol hours beforehand, posting a photo of himself standing behind a bar in a pub holding a bottle of his liquor brand aloft to mark International Whiskey Day.

The 32-year-old reportedly made around $ 154 million when he sold his controlling stake in the company behind the drink earlier this month.
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PlayStation VR Spotlight event: Doom 3, I Expect You to Die 2, After the Fall and MORE

It’s been a great couple of weeks for virtual reality fans, as Sony announces a brand new PSVR device, as well as half a dozen brand new games.

Just weeks after confirming that a second PlayStation VR is in the works for next-gen consoles, Sony has held another PSVR Spotlight event.

As part of the latest virtual reality showcase, Sony announced plans to bring classic shooter Doom 3 to PlayStation VR.

Doom 3 VR – which has been given a March 29 release date – features the base game and post-release expansions.

“Uncover the secrets of the UAC’s unholy experiments, encounter uncanny monstrosities in claustrophobic environments, and wield an arsenal of iconic (and even otherworldly) weaponry with new textures, shaders and sound effects as you survive against the forces of Hell across over 15 hours of heart-stopping action,” reads the official description.

“Feel even closer to the terror with all-new VR enhancements that allow you to peer around corners, angling your shots with flashlight-mounted weapons using motion controls, 180-degree quick-turn functionality to catch demons sneaking up from behind and an immersive wrist-mounted display to track your health, armor and ammo.

“Combined with the original Doom 3’s critically acclaimed blend of action and horror gameplay, virtual reality fans are in for one Hell of an experience with Doom 3: VR Edition.”

The Doom 3 reveal was followed by the announcement of fellow new VR releases such as I Expect You to Die 2, survival game Song in the Smoke, and massively multiplayer role-playing game Zenith.

“Zenith is a VR MMO that marries a colorful open world with adrenaline pumping action adventure gameplay.

“Our game has beautiful, hand-crafted environments that you’ll spend hours getting lost in.

“From lush canopies in the Amarite Forest, to turquoise blue waters at the Radiant Coast, to the hyper futuristic city of Zenith itself, we’ve built a stylized fantasy world dripping with detail.

“Of course beautiful scenery is only one part of making Zenith feel like a living world, we’ve also invested lots of time on lore, infusing the setting with intricate details that bring it to life.”

One game I’m particularly excited about is Fracked, which is from the makers of the excellent Phantom Covert Ops.

“Grab your PS VR and Move controllers! A true, trailblazing made-for-VR action adventure is coming this summer!

“Fracked seamlessly combines fast paced, 1:1 run and cover gunplay with exhilarating free running, skiing and climbing that has never been seen before on VR.”

Finally, from the creators of Arizona Sunshine, After the Fall is described as a fast-paced VR shooter with co-op support.

“Armed with full VR motion controls on dual PS Move controllers or the PS VR Aim controller, After the Fall will make you feel like your favorite, slightly overpowered 1980s action hero as you engage in the game’s high-paced combat with real-life movements.

“Aside from the more conventional weapon types, you’ll be able to gear up with weaponry and tools that are heavily inspired and rooted in 1980s culture.

“Unlocked that iconic cassette player-turned-missile launcher to keep the hordes at bay? Don’t rest on your laurels just yet, because no mission will play the same twice. We’ll keep you on your toes whether it’s your first playthrough or 50th.”