Zelda? Pokémon? Spyro? Gamestruck players tweet their defining games

Under the trending Twitter hashtag #GameStruck4, video game fans have spent the day listing the four titles that defined their love of gaming. Some are predictable, others not so much

It’s a question video game fans often discuss: which games have defined your life? Now that question has become a trending Twitter hashtag, and some familiar classics are emerging as the most widely inspiring experiences.

It all started yesterday when streaming service Filmstruck took to Twitter asking people to list their four life-changing movies under a hashtag, #FilmStruck4. In response, Twitch streamer Marcus “EpicNameBro” Sanders tweeted: “I don’t watch movies, so I can’t do the whole ‘What 4 films define you’ thing. But I can do games.” He listed four titles – Final Fantasy Tactics, Demon’s Souls, Cave Story and World of Warcraft – and added the hashtag #GameStruck4.

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Berlin’s famous Berghain nightclub should lose licence, says AfD

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian German rightwing populist party says club’s continuous opening hours ‘provoke’ drug use Berlin’s most famous nightclub, Berghain, should be stripped of its trading licence, according to a formal request submitted to a district office in the German capital on behalf Läs mer…

Gone too Tsar: the erotic period drama that has enraged Russia

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian A state-funded film about tsar Nicholas II’s affair with a ballerina, Matilda was expected to be a celebration of Russian culture – but it has outraged the Orthodox church In the midst of the frostiest relations between Russia and the Läs mer…

Basel in the spotlight: the city that learned to love LSD

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian ‘Bicycle Day’ on 19 April is the 75th anniversary of the day Albert Hofmann accidentally discovered LSD, changing his perceptions – and the city’s future Seventy-five years ago, the Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann experienced the world’s first full-blown LSD trip Läs mer…

Rampaging wage slaves and Marie Antoinette – the pick of avant-garde festival games

An edible board game and a trickster goose were among offerings at London’s Now Play This experimental games showcase

Now Play This is an exhibition of experimental game design and a regular feature of the annual London games festival. For this year’s Now Play This, at Somerset House earlier this month, exhibition director Holly Gramazio and digital curator George Buckenham spread a wide range of games – digital, physical, edible, musical – across the site’s indoor and outdoor spaces. Here are some of our favourites.

Lost Wage Rampage (Jane Friedhoff, Marlowe Dobbe, and Andy Wallace)

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Italian director Fausto Brizzi investigated over sexual abuse claims

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian Film-maker denies accusations of misconduct during auditions, claiming he has never had ‘non-consensual relations’ Film director Fausto Brizzi is being investigated by magistrates on three counts of sexual violence, it has been reported. Corriere della Sera reports that the Rome Läs mer…

The last town in Sovietland – in pictures

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian Up above the Arctic Circle, 40 hours by train from Moscow, sits the Russian city of Vorkuta. It was built by gulag inmates but was given purpose by the coal industry that used to be the region’s lifeblood. Now mining Läs mer…

New Zealand band spread ashes of dead bandmate at award ceremony

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian Headless Chickens shock the audience and MC at Taite music awards where they are honoured for Stunt Clown album The ashes of a dead New Zealand musician were scattered on stage during an awards ceremony on Tuesday night, a move Läs mer…

Choi Eun-hee, actor once abducted by North Korea, dies

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian Celebrated South Korean actor spent several years being forced to make movies for Kim Jong-il Choi Eun-hee, one of South Korea’s most famous actors, who was abducted and made to make films in North Korea during the 1970s and 80s, Läs mer…

Kendrick Lamar wins Pulitzer prize as Weinstein reporting also honoured

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian New York Times and New Yorker share public service prize Rapper becomes first non-classical or jazz musician to win award The most famous names of American journalism were honoured on Monday with Pulitzer prizes for investigating Donald Trump and exposing Läs mer…

Ant McPartlin fined £86,000 for drink-driving

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian Saturday Night Takeaway host loses licence for 20 months after entering guilty plea The TV presenter Ant McPartlin has been fined £86,000 and disqualified from driving for 20 months after pleading guilty to drink-driving. The 42-year-old entertainer was charged last Läs mer…

The Vespas of Pakistan – in pictures

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian Piaggio’s two-wheeled Vespa scooter was the ultimate status symbol for Pakistani bike aficionados in the 1960s and 70s, when only a handful of people could afford to import luxury items from Europe. These days dedicated fans are restoring the vintage Läs mer…

Eurovision winner Conchita reveals HIV diagnosis

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian The Austrian singer has been in treatment for ‘several years’, but has now made a statement after an ex-boyfriend ‘threatened to go public’ Eurovision winner Conchita has told fans that she is HIV-positive, and has been in regular treatment for Läs mer…

Seville springs into life with Feria de Abril celebrations – in pictures

Detta inlägg post publicerades ursprungligen på denna sida this site ; News from, The guardian The festival takes over the Andalusian capital from 15 April to 21 April attracting thousands of visitors each year. Sevilla society parades around the town in mantillas, in carriages and on horseback Continue reading…

The People vs Tech by Jamie Bartlett review – once more into the digital apocalypse

The latest treatise on technology taking over our lives suggests democratic systems are incompatible with the digital age, but the theory lacks coherence

There is a clear, algorithmic formula for writing books about technology and society in 2018. Authors are generally required to be male, their documented personal journey must have been from that of techno-optimist to techno-sceptic to techno-panicker. There must be an urgent existential threat to either democracy or humanity lurking in the code base of Silicon Valley companies. The intractable crisis is not so profound, however, that it cannot be solved by a hail of partially thought-through remedies tacked on in the appendix.

This recipe is producing a growing body of what might be termed “techlash” literature: the backlash against Silicon Valley and its seemingly unstoppable accretion of wealth, data and cultural and political capital. Where once we might have read expansive works of science fiction creating vivid and ambiguous alternative realities to help us navigate the future, now we have worrisome documentaries of threats so present they have often played out by the time the galley hits the review pile. In the last year several notable techlash titles have appeared, including Franklin Foer’s World Without Mind, Tim Wu’s The Attention Merchants and Jonathan Taplin’s Move Fast and Break Things.

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