Theatre games – Theatre UAF http://theatreuaf.org/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 19:33:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://theatreuaf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-18-120x120.png Theatre games – Theatre UAF http://theatreuaf.org/ 32 32 5 slots I have for Jackbox games https://theatreuaf.org/5-slots-i-have-for-jackbox-games/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 13:05:00 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/5-slots-i-have-for-jackbox-games/ I remember when I found out Jack Box Games. It was the summer of 2019 and I was cast for the set of Disney’s Beauty & The Beast at a regional theater located at a Catholic college in Pennsylvania. After a long day of rehearsal, one of our teammates pulled out his PS4 and lit […]]]>

I remember when I found out Jack Box Games. It was the summer of 2019 and I was cast for the set of Disney’s Beauty & The Beast at a regional theater located at a Catholic college in Pennsylvania. After a long day of rehearsal, one of our teammates pulled out his PS4 and lit up a Jackbox Party Pack in the dorm room.



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After playing a trick, I was in love. The games were hilarious and the smartphone controls were so accessible. I loved the idea that anyone could enter a four letter code and join the party anywhere. I bought all the party packs soon after and always took them out for game night. So, I thought it would be fun to imagine games I’d like to see Jackbox tackle in the future!

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5 Quiplash: wordless editing

Of all the Jackbox games that grace our TV screens and eat up our phone battery, quiplash is arguably a fan favorite. After all, the game combines simple rules with wacky prompts and answers bound by the limits of the imagination. It turns out that “saying the funniest thing” is an ageless pastime.

Yet, after three iterations, we will need new ideas to revitalize the Quiplash series. Like other board games that rely on humor, Quiplash is sometimes defined by its laziest answers. (For example, we all know the friend who upvotes any answer that contains a rude word that would get me fired if typed in total.)

Jackbox has already tried new formats of the popular one-line board game. For example, Earwax asks players to respond to prompts using only sound effects. Still, he didn’t have the same stamina for some reason.

As I reimagined the Quiplash brand, I wondered what would change the game most radically. First, I thought, “what if the jokes were silent?” Pantomime jokes came to mind but made the game too close to charades. Then I discovered a simpler option: funny faces.

I opted for two methods of gameplay for this new version of Quiplash. The first method would ask players to choose emojis in response to the prompt. However, the second method would require players to take selfies with funny faces. Of course, anonymity would be lost in the second method, so voting would have to be handled by an honor code. Still, the wacky possibilities would be endless!

Plus, the facial expressions are reactionary! So you won’t have to worry about creating the perfect joke before the time runs out. Isn’t that a huge relief?

Be careful not to get hit in the back of the head making a funny face. It will remain so.

4 Drawful: Dance Edition

Typing on your phone is all well and good, but the Jackbox Gaming experience can get mixed up after a while. I think the solution to this board game monotony syndrome (BMS, for short) is more engagement and movement. It’s time for game night to get physical without becoming Twister. (Seriously, why do I want to stretch for a red dot and end up with my cousin’s ass in my face? Bleh!)

Attractive is one of the most popular offerings from Jackbox Games. Players draw pictures based on other players’ captions. Then everyone tries to trick themselves into having them vote for their own captions rather than the correct one. Think of it like Balderdash for drawing.

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This version of Drawful that I concocted deviates considerably from the series. In the first phase, everyone would submit designs which would be combined into a dance routine. These designs can be literal, like stick figure movements, or metaphorical, like a single rose.

In the second phase, each player performs their own dance incorporating three random designs from the sketches created in the first phase. Everyone takes turns applauding or booing each dancer. The dancer with the most applause wins the round.

I sincerely believe in the potential of this artistic groove festival! The laughs that these dances will bring will be many. Plus, creating improvised dances adds a layer of creativity never seen before in a Jackbox title.

3 LyricSwap

One of my favorite new board games is the recently launched, RiffTrax: the game, which has player redub dialogue from old B and C movies. Players vote for their favorite dubs, and the player with the most votes wins. This game made me and my friends laugh with joy on game night resulting in hours of play.

One of the cool things about Rifftrax is the combination of seeing your own written dialogue played over a video clip. It hits very differently from reading a quip on Quiplash. Plus, these dubs get even funnier when the movements of the redub and the mouth line up perfectly!

Therefore, when brainstorming new Jackbox games, my mind immediately went to this title. Still, how could I add the original Jackbox spin to it? Then it hit me: the music videos! The music videos are filled with crazy metaphors that are taken out of context. Plus, the parody lyrics are hilarious when done right.

I thought that the exchanges of words could be revealed in two ways. First, an automated voice could recite the new lyrics for those who are nervous. Or, for an added fun twist, players would sing each other’s new lyrics. In this case, players can earn points for how well they perform other players’ rewrites and points for their own rewrites!

Karaoke, step aside! There’s an embarrassing new music event in town!

Trivia Rom-Com Party is my spin-off proposal from another fan-favorite trivia game, murder party. Trivia Murder Party is hugely popular, having launched a sequel in Jackbox Party Pack 7. Both iterations combine tricky trivia with hilarious send-ups of horror movie tropes. Unfortunately, only one player manages to make it out of the game alive after a barrage of tough questions and suspenseful elimination challenges!

A killer trivia game is great fun! Still, I think a reimagining should bridge the gap between Trivia Murder Party 2 and a possible TMP3. What other movie genres would work well with trivia? Maybe a romantic comedy would be a breath of fresh air.

Related: Jackbox Party Pack 8: All Game Modes, Ranked

A romantic comedy would be a huge twist on the encyclopedic hack and slashing question-solving that Jackbox players have grown accustomed to. Plus, the mockery that could be made of classic rom-com tropes is plentiful. Yet this game needs one defining feature that makes it more than a trivia game with a Bridget Jones Diary coat of paint.

After considering the possibilities, I asked myself, “what if the goal isn’t to get the right answer?” That’s when I had the idea of ​​creating a game where players try to match answers without consulting each other. Whether the corresponding answer is right or wrong does not matter. However, if two or more players match the correct answer, bonus points could be awarded. The player with the most matching points wins!

I like this idea for a reason: you have to ask yourself if your friends are smart enough to choose the right answer. Also, if not, which answer would your friends choose? And in addition to these factors, what if your friend underestimates you and picks another wrong answer? In short, Trivia Rom-Com Party is a mind game about measuring the potential of other players. And it looks even more diabolical than a serial killer asking me about geometry!

1 You don’t know Jack 2022

As for Jackbox Games, we wouldn’t have any of our favorite titles without the signature quiz series, You don’t know Jack. This Q&A series combined terrific Q&As with hilarious antics to create one of the most unique board game experiences of the 90s. Plus, YDKJ’s persistence has helped it thrive for ages. decades.

Still, it’s been a hot minute since the last YDKJ headline. The last entry in the series, YDKJ: full stream, launched in 2018. Since then, pop culture has changed enormously! I mean, think about it, 2020 has arrived. This year alone has given us plenty of new zingers for Cookie Masterson to throw at us! That’s why I’m using my last roster entry as an opportunity to beg Jackbox Games to bring back the GOAT!

Come on, Jackbox, it’s time for You Don’t Know Jack: Unmasked Edition!

Next: TheGamer’s Favorite Jackbox Games

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Arcade games at BART? Pong and Galaga are returning to Powell Station this fall https://theatreuaf.org/arcade-games-at-bart-pong-and-galaga-are-returning-to-powell-station-this-fall/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 11:03:26 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/arcade-games-at-bart-pong-and-galaga-are-returning-to-powell-station-this-fall/ Bay Area Rapid Transit is bringing back one of its short-lived but historic promotions: retro arcade games in the Powell Street station. They weren’t throwbacks when BART first rolled out video games in 1976. With ridership dwindling and hopes to connect with younger people, the transit agency s is partnering with Atari to bring a […]]]>

Bay Area Rapid Transit is bringing back one of its short-lived but historic promotions: retro arcade games in the Powell Street station.

They weren’t throwbacks when BART first rolled out video games in 1976. With ridership dwindling and hopes to connect with younger people, the transit agency s is partnering with Atari to bring a bank of six games to the platform, including Pong, LeMans and Space Race.

This year, BART will bring back four games for one week starting September 3, 2022, as part of a celebration of the system’s 50th anniversary.

“This 1970s event is something that pops up on social media all the time as a throwback,” said BART communications director Alicia Trost. “We’re trying to re-engage our runners to show we’re not always so square and we can have a little fun and here’s an example.”

The Atari Arcade Theater Kiosk was set up in December 1976, when the transit agency was four years old and struggling with money and public relations issues.

“We believe the machines, here at this station on an experimental basis, will provide enjoyment to our passengers between trains,” an unnamed BART spokesperson told The Chronicle at the time. “And the information and income won’t hurt either.”

December 7, 1976: BART patrons play Atari games, including Tank and Pong, at Powell Street station.

Gary Fong / The Chronicle

BART was no stranger to offbeat ideas during its first two decades, from selling ashtrays to hiring Catskills comedian Henny Youngman for a self-deprecating advertising campaign in 1987. (“Take my BART… please!”)

Trost said BART’s marketing and community relations teams scoured their own records to prepare for an event at the Lake Merritt station on Sept. 10, 2022, a day before the 50th anniversary of the first passenger-carrying BART cars.

“We stumble over things and go, ‘Is this real? Did we really do this?'” Trost said.

Dreams of BART games returning to Powell Street were fueled in 2015, when photos of the Atari arcade were discovered in The Chronicle archives and released.

Games later this year will be retro, featuring Pong, Asteroids, Pac-Man and Galaga. They will be placed outside the pay gates near the entrance to 4th and Market streets.

“You don’t have to be a BART pilot,” Trost said. “Muni runners can have fun too.”

Peter Hartlaub (he/him) is the cultural critic of the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: phartlaub@sfchronicle.comTwitter: @PeterHartlaub

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The 36th Annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games make their highly anticipated return to Aye-Tasca in June | 06/17/2022 https://theatreuaf.org/the-36th-annual-scottish-festival-and-highland-games-make-their-highly-anticipated-return-to-aye-tasca-in-june-06-17-2022/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/the-36th-annual-scottish-festival-and-highland-games-make-their-highly-anticipated-return-to-aye-tasca-in-june-06-17-2022/ Scotland returns to Aye-Tasca!After more than two years of virtual events, the Chicago Scotsman are delighted to officially bring back the biggest Scottish event in the Midwest, the 36e Annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games. This two-day outdoor festival is set to arrive at Hamilton Lakes, 1 Pierce Place, Itasca, IL, on Friday June 17 […]]]>

Scotland returns to Aye-Tasca!After more than two years of virtual events, the Chicago Scotsman are delighted to officially bring back the biggest Scottish event in the Midwest, the 36e Annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games. This two-day outdoor festival is set to arrive at Hamilton Lakes, 1 Pierce Place, Itasca, IL, on Friday June 17 and Saturday June 18. The treasured summer kick-off celebration will bring back all the crowd favourites, from the iconic caber toss to Highland dancers, from bagpipe competitions to the Dogs of Scotland and the British Car Show, and everything in between. Whether Scottish by birth, heritage or strictly by inclination, this family festival is not to be missed. Plus, kids under 12 are free this year! All proceeds will go to the Chicago Scots, one of the largest Scottish cultural organizations in the world and the oldest 501(c)3 charity in Illinois, and their primary charity, Caledonia Senior Living & Memory Care in North Riverside. Tickets are now available and can be purchased by clickinghere.

For the past 36 years, this festival has attracted up to 15,000 attendees each year to experience Scotland’s rich culture and unique heritage. This annual gathering has featured all levels of pipe and drum competitions and has in recent years been the largest pipe band competition in North America. and much more. The festival kicks off Friday, June 17 at 1 p.m. and features national and international heavyweight athletics champions, as well as dance competitions, whiskey tastings, children’s activities, Celtic music and more.

The festivities continue Saturday June 18 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Guests will be able to take part in the various popular games and the entertainment on the Celtic Rock stage this year will be full of energy. After the official closing ceremony of the competitions and the performances of the traditional bands, guests can stay and enjoy music, beer, whiskey and other refreshments into the night.

Ticket prices for the 36e Annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games are the following:

Friday: Early Bird (ends March 20) – Children 12 and under are FREE; Adults are $16.00; Seniors (60+) and active military cost $12.00

Saturday: Early Bird (ends March 20) – Children 12 and under are FREE; Adults are $24.00; Seniors (60+) and active military cost $20.00

Two-Day Pass: Early Bird (until March 20) – Children 12 and under are FREE; Adults are $36.00; Seniors (60+) and active military are $28.00

Friday- Children 12 and under are FREE; Adults are $20.00; Seniors (60+) and active military are $15.00

Saturday– Children 12 and under are FREE; Adults are $30.00; Seniors (60+) and active military are $25.00

Two day pass – Children 12 and under are FREE; Adults are $45.00; Seniors (60+) and active military are $35.00

Patron Weekend Pass (21+)– $160 includes admission to the festival on both days, premium parking, complimentary food and beverage service at the patron’s tent, special whiskey tastings and a meet and greet with the athletes.

Customer weekend pass (family pack of four)– $360 includes admission for two adults and two children (12 and under) for both days, prime parking, complimentary meals and drinks at the patron’s tent, special whiskey tastings and meet and greet with the athletes.

The festival takes place in Hamilton Lakes, Itasca, Illinois, located at I-290 and Thorndale Avenue. Parking will cost $5 per vehicle for parking on Friday, June 17 and Saturday, June 18 or guests can purchase a two-day parking pass for $8.Please note, parking passes are not available online and will need to be purchased with cash on site.For more information, event schedules, competition entry forms, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.chicagoscots.org or call (708) 442-7268.

The CHICAGO SCOTS would like to thank the following corporate sponsors and in-kind donors.

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Inside Manolo Blahnik’s Cocktails and Lawn Games Summer Party https://theatreuaf.org/inside-manolo-blahniks-cocktails-and-lawn-games-summer-party/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 19:46:38 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/inside-manolo-blahniks-cocktails-and-lawn-games-summer-party/ Although the invitation called for lawn games and cocktails, Manolo Blahnik’s summer soiree held a few surprises. Being a Blahnik event, the “lawn” in Lawn Games was a scenic garden on a Rockefeller Center rooftop at 620 Loft & Garden, which overlooks St. Patrick’s Cathedral and offers sweeping views of 5th Avenue. And those “games” […]]]>

Although the invitation called for lawn games and cocktails, Manolo Blahnik’s summer soiree held a few surprises. Being a Blahnik event, the “lawn” in Lawn Games was a scenic garden on a Rockefeller Center rooftop at 620 Loft & Garden, which overlooks St. Patrick’s Cathedral and offers sweeping views of 5th Avenue. And those “games” were as photogenic as they come: croquet rackets bearing Manolo Blahnik’s logos, an oversized chess set, and playing cards with Blahnik’s whimsical shoe sketches.

Everyone – Bambi Northwood-Blyth, Emily DiDonato, Violetta Komyshan, Amy Fine Collins, Angelica Hicks and many more – had come together for no particular reason, but there were several things worth toasting. The beginning of summer and perhaps the first of Elvis (for which the cobbler outfitted Austin Butler’s Elvis with smooth shoes). Plus, guests were still abuzz over the big year the brand had with a new Madison Avenue flagship and a permanent store in East Hampton.

As for those surprises, midway through the event, model icon Pat Cleveland weaved her way through the crowd in a satin dress and a pair of crystal-embellished Manolo pumps. She stopped in front of the garden pool to sing a few songs and serenade the crowd. On his set list was “It’s Possible” by Perry Cosmo.

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The 5 Most Underrated Racing Games https://theatreuaf.org/the-5-most-underrated-racing-games/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 15:31:42 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/the-5-most-underrated-racing-games/ When you think of a racing game, chances are you think of the big three: Gran Turismo, Forza, and Need for Speed. But some would argue that these franchises are running out of fuel and running out of new ideas. There are many unique racing IPs that defy gender conventions. And yet, these games often […]]]>

When you think of a racing game, chances are you think of the big three: Gran Turismo, Forza, and Need for Speed. But some would argue that these franchises are running out of fuel and running out of new ideas.

There are many unique racing IPs that defy gender conventions. And yet, these games often sell poorly, whether due to poor release timing, lack of marketing, or overly negative reviews.

We’ve already revealed the most overrated racing games, so it’s time to look at the most underrated racing games that deserve more recognition.

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GRID Legends

GRID Legends is an excellent game released at the wrong time. For some reason, Codemasters and EA decided to release GRID Legends just a week before the juggernaut that is Gran Turismo 7, one of the most anticipated racing games in years. GRID Legends was always going to lose this race.

While GRID Legends received mostly positive reviews, player numbers were concerning upon release, leaving the future of the franchise in doubt. It’s a shame because GRID Legends does a lot of things right.

GRID Legends is an excellent game released at the wrong time.

The Nemesis AI allows for exciting racing, there’s a wonderful variety of racing disciplines to try, the career mode is comprehensive, and the hop-in multiplayer eliminates waiting times in online lobbies. Even the Driven to Glory story mode is enjoyable if you don’t take it too seriously.

A solid arcade racer and a massive improvement over the disappointing GRID 2019 reboot, GRID Legends is criminally underrated.

Split/Second: Velocity

No other racing game makes you feel like you’re in a Michael Bay movie like Split/Second: Velocity. In Split/Second, you race for a reality TV show with a twist: environments are equipped with explosive traps called Power Plays, which you can unleash to eliminate your opponents.

These range from crash landing jumbo jets on the runway to smashing opponents with collapsing buildings. Not only are these explosive sets spectacular and still impressive today, but the fall of the buildings changes the layout of the circuit. Each round is therefore different.

Split/Second’s destruction sets are still as spectacular as ever.

Like GRID Legends, sales suffered due to poor timing. Split/Second was released just a week before Blur and ModNation Racers, two other arcade racers with bold ideas. It also probably didn’t help that Gran Turismo 5 and Need for Speed ​​Hot Pursuit were released in the same year. That is

While well received by critics, Split/Second was a commercial failure, selling only 86,000 copies in its first ten days in the United States.

This meant that Split/Second sadly never got a sequel after developer Black Rock Studios was shut down by Disney Interactive Studios in 2011, despite the first game ending on a cliffhanger hinting at a prequel set in the 1980s.

We hope the IP will be revived one day – just imagine the scale of destruction a Split/Second sequel could bring to the most powerful current-gen consoles.

fall out

Activision had high hopes for Blur. Prior to its release, the publisher boldly claimed that Blur would “do for racing games what Call of Duty did for shooters”, with Blur set to continue Bizarre Creations’ success with the Project Gotham Racing series.

Mixing real licensed cars with Mario Kart-style powerups, Blur was a unique concept. It was essentially Mario Kart for adults – something that has never been replicated in the racing genre.

Racing in Blur was gloriously chaotic, with players attacking each other with bombs and mines in BMW M3s and Ford Broncos. The tracks were equally unique, we can’t think of any other racing game that lets you race around Brighton Pier.

Blur has mixed real cars with Mario Kart-style bonuses.

The neon-soaked visuals also gave Blur a unique, bright visual style and the audio design was superb, with a thundering engine and power-up sound effects that need to be heard on the loudest home theater system possible.

Ultimately, Blur failed to find an audience. Creative director Gareth Edwards later admitted the concept was too confusing for audiences, likening Blur’s mix of real cars and over-the-top bonuses to eating bacon with cornflakes. A Blur sequel was planned but scrapped after Bizarre Creations shut down for good in 2011. Since then, leaked video footage has surfaced online showing what Blur’s sequel might have been.

Redoubt

With Sony seemingly reluctant to bring back WipEout, Redout is one of the best underrated anti-gravity racing games of recent years. Developed by indie Italian studio 34BigThings, Redout landed on PC and consoles in 2016 but isn’t getting the recognition it deserves.

What sets Redout apart is its unique control system. In Redout, dual-stick controls let you independently control steering, pitch, and strafing, giving you precise control of your ship. Combine that with twisty tracks, a variety of game modes including boss runs that connect circuits into one giant track, and a blistering sense of speed, and Redout is a challenging yet rewarding game to master.

Redout fills the void with a new WipEout game.

It’s also gorgeous, with stylized visuals giving the environments a distinctive art style, while the racing is accompanied by a great electronic soundtrack that suits the fast-paced game perfectly. If you feel like it, you can play Redout in VR on PC.

Unfortunately, Redout flew under most gamers’ radars, but has since gained a cult following. Let’s hope the series gets the recognition it deserves when Redout 2 hits PC and consoles this month.

Driver: San Francisco

It’s easy to forget that Driver was one of the first open-world driving games. Before Grand Theft Auto III revolutionized open-world gaming, Driver let you freely roam 3D recreations of Miami, San Francisco, LA, and New York in 1999. The sequel even let you get out of the car, explore the city on foot and stealing cars a year before the release of GTA III, pushing the original PlayStation to its limits.

With the bug-ridden Driv3r slammed by critics and Parallel Lines considered a GTA clone, the series suffered a steep decline in the 2000s. Fans feared Driver was dead until the series made a triumphant return. with the release of Driver San Francisco in 2011. It took the series in a bold new direction, and there’s no other driving game quite like it.

Open worlds were nothing new in 2011, but Driver: San Francisco shook things up with its unique Shift mechanic. Once again, you played undercover cop John Tanner, who finds himself in a coma after an accident while chasing crime lord Jericho. While in a coma, Tanner gains the ability to “move around” other people’s bodies and take control of their cars.

It’s a bizarre concept but one that worked, allowing players to instantly teleport into cars. This gave rise to some funny scenarios. Having trouble catching up to the car you’re chasing? Teleport onto a bus and smash it head-on. Thanks to Shift, the chaos never stops in online multiplayer matches.

Technically, Driver San Francisco shone, running at 60fps on PS3 and Xbox 360 – something few games achieved at that time.

Unfortunately, Driver has lain dormant since releasing San Francisco over a decade ago with lukewarm sales. Since then, fans have been clamoring for a sequel or even a remaster of San Francisco on the current-gen console. With the launch of a live-action TV show this year, we hope Driver will one day get the sequel he deserves.

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REVIEW: Bristol’s new Roxy Lanes games bar with bowling and beer pong – Aaliyah Miller https://theatreuaf.org/review-bristols-new-roxy-lanes-games-bar-with-bowling-and-beer-pong-aaliyah-miller/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 04:00:00 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/review-bristols-new-roxy-lanes-games-bar-with-bowling-and-beer-pong-aaliyah-miller/ Last year plans were announced for a Union Street gymnasium to get a whole new lease of life. Roxy Lanes, an amusement arcade with locations across the country, has decided to head to Bristol. It promised to be the “new all-day, all-night destination in Bristol” with a capacity of 350 people. The new Bristol site […]]]>

Last year plans were announced for a Union Street gymnasium to get a whole new lease of life. Roxy Lanes, an amusement arcade with locations across the country, has decided to head to Bristol.

It promised to be the “new all-day, all-night destination in Bristol” with a capacity of 350 people. The new Bristol site joined others in Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Liverpool and Leeds.

The venue merges drinking with “competitive gaming,” with activities like no-ice curling, shuffleboard, basketball, and “batting cages” available by reservation. Ten-pin bowling starts at £8 each, while karaoke rooms cost from £24 for up to 20 people for one hour.

READ MORE: First look at Roxy Lanes in Bristol

The opening certainly created a buzz across Bristol, so I took a tour to try it out. Although I’m not the biggest bowling fan, all the other items on offer piqued my interest.

The first activity I tried was the “batting cages”. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was literally greeted by a cage where balls are thrown at you; I promise it was more fun than it sounds.

You enter your details, choosing whether you want to play with a baseball bat or a tennis racket – as well as your level of difficulty. I chose the hardest level first, on the recommendation of the staff member, but didn’t last a single round.

I then admitted to degreasing and I changed to an easier level, where I Actually managed to hit the ball. Hitting different sections of the cage meant different points and it was definitely the perfect game of competitive fun.




The staff were very helpful and attentive and while we were playing we were brought two of their ‘ping-star martinis’ which were absolutely delicious and great fuel for the fun we were having.

Next on the agenda was ‘curling without ice’, another game I had never tried but was now convinced I could perform at the Olympic level. The object is to slide your puck over the target, with the winner being the one closest to the center – and after adjusting my technique, I became the star player!

The bowling alleys are the star of the show at Roxy Lanes and it has to be said that I’m not a fan of the sport, mainly because I absolutely suck. But, it was decent fun nonetheless – despite the fact that I managed to rack up a total of 11 points by the end of the ten rounds; something I blame on my long gel manicure hampering my skills.

Our visit was during the day and there were groups of families and friends all enjoying the various activities. Roxy Lanes doubles as a day and night venue, which means that while it’s a great place for family fun, later in the day it’s perfect for a night out with friends and drinks.

After we were done with our activities, we ordered two pizzas to enjoy, the meat feast and the spicy meatball. And while it wasn’t the best pizza I’ve had in my life, it did the trick, and Roxy Lanes advertises itself as a place of business and not a restaurant after all.

I think Roxy Lanes is a great addition to Bristol and they have done well to make it fun for an adults only night out as well as a family spot.

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Queen’s Baton Commonwealth Games course in Prescot unveiled https://theatreuaf.org/queens-baton-commonwealth-games-course-in-prescot-unveiled/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 11:16:30 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/queens-baton-commonwealth-games-course-in-prescot-unveiled/ The route for the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay has been unveiled and will pass through Knowsley Safari Park and the new Shakespeare North Theatre. Knowsley Council has announced the route the Birmingham 2022 Relay will take when visiting the region this summer. After embarking on an epic journey through all 72 Commonwealth countries, the […]]]>

The route for the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton Relay has been unveiled and will pass through Knowsley Safari Park and the new Shakespeare North Theatre.

Knowsley Council has announced the route the Birmingham 2022 Relay will take when visiting the region this summer.

After embarking on an epic journey through all 72 Commonwealth countries, the Queen’s Baton Relay is set to travel across England before culminating in the Opening Ceremony of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games on July 28, 2022.

The Queen’s Baton will use parts of Prescot on its route

What route will the relay take locally?

On Sunday July 17, the Queen’s Baton will begin the Knowsley leg of its journey at Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park, Huyton, where it will be hosted by a number of local sports groups who will be holding displays and demonstrations.

The Baton will then travel in convoy to Knowsley Safari Park, where it will be ferried through the Foot Safari before heading into Prescot town centre.

Once in Prescot, The Baton will travel through the town centre, down Eccleston Street to the newly opened Shakespeare North Playhouse.

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After a short journey through the Theater and Garden of Shows, the Queen’s Baton Relay will end its journey in Knowsley on Prospero Place with a special end-of-day celebration.

The Queen’s Baton – which contains a message from the Queen to the Commonwealth – will be carried by a team of Batonbearers, each with inspiring backgrounds and stories, including those named in recognition of their contributions to their local community, whether in the sport, education, arts, culture or charity.

“Such a remarkable honor”

Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council said: “It is such a remarkable honor that Knowsley will host the Queen’s Baton Relay this summer. It is bound to bring a real sense of excitement and community spirit and we hope to see fantastic turnout from local people along the route to celebrate this special time in our year as Liverpool City Region Borough of Culture”

More information about the Queen’s Baton Relay in Knowsley can be found at: cultureknowsley.co.uk/the-birmingham-2022-queens-baton-relay/ and more information on times will be shared soon.

About the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay

Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay – a journey that brings together and celebrates communities from all corners of the Commonwealth ahead of Birmingham 2022.

Le Baton has already begun his epic journey across the Commonwealth, where he will have visited Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean and the Americas, he will return to England in July 2022 for the account at Commonwealth Games final countdown.

The Queen’s Baton will travel across England for 25 days, before the relay officially ends at the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on July 28, 2022. The Queen’s Baton Relay is a Games tradition that celebrates, connects and excites communities across the Commonwealth during the build up to the Games.

This collective journey will spark hope, solidarity and collaboration for the next generation, these stories leaving us all inspired to tackle the challenges that matter most to us. For more information visit birmingham2022.com/qbr

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Shane Warne and the mentalist who mixes mind games and magic https://theatreuaf.org/shane-warne-and-the-mentalist-who-mixes-mind-games-and-magic/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 03:24:13 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/shane-warne-and-the-mentalist-who-mixes-mind-games-and-magic/ How is it? Did he really smell the name from a scholarly reading of my micro-reactions? Is there telepathy involved? Could there be a more prosaic explanation? To me, it’s mind-boggling and oddly moving, but it’s that kind of seeming miracle that Silven has built his career around. It puts a warm, optimistic spin on […]]]>

How is it? Did he really smell the name from a scholarly reading of my micro-reactions? Is there telepathy involved? Could there be a more prosaic explanation?

To me, it’s mind-boggling and oddly moving, but it’s that kind of seeming miracle that Silven has built his career around. It puts a warm, optimistic spin on mentalism, a kind of performing art adjacent to magic whose practitioners perform apparent feats of telepathy, hypnosis, and prediction.

He does not claim to be psychic or able to predict the future. Instead, he says his work draws on his training in psychology, acting and traditional magic.

On stage, he is calm and composed, usually dressed in minimalist black. He approaches his work with a sense of wonder rather than any theatricality. In person, he is talkative and amiable. At the heart of what he does is connection, seeking to take an audience with him rather than stun them into submission.

“For me, it’s the closest connection between the performer and the audience,” he says of mentalism.

“Traditional magicians may have props or people in boxes; a mentalist connects with memories, emotions.

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“It’s almost like watching a movie. You know that everything you see may not be real, but that doesn’t matter; it’s about what you’re going through, what you’re feeling.

Cinema has had a decisive influence on Silven’s profession: his favorite directors have shaped his act more than traditional stage magicians. He learned the power of non-linear storytelling from watching David Lynch films and took notes from Alfred Hitchcock on how to create and release tension in the viewer.

Yet his approach is much easier than either cinematic icon. He has previously done “sweet dinner” performances where he dines with two dozen guests who participate in mind-reading illusions that take them back to childhood memories and see them connect with fellow audience members.

His new show, wonderswill play to much larger crowds at the Sydney Opera House, but it hopes to invoke the same intimate, communal atmosphere as tableside performances.

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His act relies heavily on audience participation, but making those involved feel comfortable is vital to Silven.

“When people see this kind of spectacle, they sometimes fear that the mentalists will see their deepest and darkest secrets and use harmful techniques; that couldn’t be further from the truth. I take the audience to a place where they are open and receptive to the experience.

While the mysteries of many classic magic tricks can now be unraveled via a quick Google search, high-end mentalism techniques are transmitted through tightly controlled feedback channels. “It’s still very clandestine,” says Silven. wonders is an invitation into this secret society, if only for a fleeting moment. “It’s an adventure that we all do together.”

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Lil Gator Game Debuts “Lil Friends Wholesome Games” Trailer at Wholesome Games Direct 2022 https://theatreuaf.org/lil-gator-game-debuts-lil-friends-wholesome-games-trailer-at-wholesome-games-direct-2022/ Sat, 11 Jun 2022 22:34:24 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/lil-gator-game-debuts-lil-friends-wholesome-games-trailer-at-wholesome-games-direct-2022/ In conjunction with Wholesome Games Direct 2022, publisher Playtonic Friends and developer MegaWobble have released the latest trailer for their upcoming game, Lil Gator Gamecoming to PC (via Steam) and Nintendo Switch later this year. Lil Gator is so excited too that they’ve created a dev diary themselves to introduce you to an island of […]]]>

In conjunction with Wholesome Games Direct 2022, publisher Playtonic Friends and developer MegaWobble have released the latest trailer for their upcoming game, Lil Gator Gamecoming to PC (via Steam) and Nintendo Switch later this year.

Lil Gator is so excited too that they’ve created a dev diary themselves to introduce you to an island of friends who are excited to meet you!

About Lil Gator Game

Embark on an adorable adventure, make new friends and experience all the island has to offer. Climb, swim, slide, and glide through the hearts of the many different characters you meet on your travels! Complete quests and recruit new friends to join you in your very own adventure game!

Explore a lovingly crafted island chock-full of areas to discover, friends to make, and joy to have. Each area of ​​the island brings unique quests and characters to encounter. Glide through mountain peaks and meet the children of the theater troupe, swing your sword through the forest with the preschoolers or find the “Cool Kids” in the Creaklands. With many other areas to discover, it’s impossible to know who you might encounter!

WOW, there are so many friends to meet, and even more waiting to be discovered when Lil Gator Game hits Steam and Nintendo Switch later this year.

Source: press release

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Video games and mental health https://theatreuaf.org/video-games-and-mental-health/ Wed, 08 Jun 2022 10:37:10 +0000 https://theatreuaf.org/video-games-and-mental-health/ A 16 year old boy in Uttar Pradesh allegedly shot his mother after preventing him from playing a mobile game. The teenager fired a licensed revolver belonging to his military father. According to Qasim Abidi, ACDP, East Lucknow, the “underage boy shot and killed his mother after she stopped him from playing PUBG game”. Police […]]]>

A 16 year old boy in Uttar Pradesh allegedly shot his mother after preventing him from playing a mobile game. The teenager fired a licensed revolver belonging to his military father. According to Qasim Abidi, ACDP, East Lucknow, the “underage boy shot and killed his mother after she stopped him from playing PUBG game”.

Police also noted that the boy initially tried to mislead authorities by “telling a false story about an electrician”. According to a NDTV report, the boy had also threatened his sister not to reveal that he had killed his mother.

Video games and violence

The alleged crime has again raised questions about the link between video games and mental health issues, particularly the dangers of addiction.

PUBG, the game the minor in question allegedly played, has already received its share of bad publicity in India, with former Union Minister Prakash Javedkar once calling the mobile game an example of a “violent game” when the banning the game was up for debate last year.

Obviously, political discussions about so-called “violent games” and their effects on society are not exclusive to India.

In the United States, violent video games are a favorite scapegoat for conservative politicians unwilling to discuss gun laws in the wake of mass school shootings.

In the wake of the recent elementary school shooting in Texas, Republican Senator Ted Cruz, a pro-gun politician, once again accused video games of desensitizing acts of violence and affecting the psyches of young Americans. .

This association is not new. The infamous 1999 Columbine High School shooting also received a violent video game angle when it was revealed that the young shooters were avid fans of sci-fi horror shooter Doom.

But aside from television pundits and political theater, what is the expert opinion on the correlation between video games and actual acts of violence such as the alleged shooting in Uttar Pradesh?

Well, after decades of research and academic papers, in 2020 the American Psychological Association concluded that the connection between the two was not entirely clear and obvious.

To quote the APA Resolution on Violent Video Games: “Violence is a complex social problem that likely arises from many factors that deserve the attention of researchers, policy makers, and the public. Attributing violence to violent video games n is not scientifically based and distracts from other factors.”

A 2020 study analyzing 28 previous studies examining the correlation between violent video games and acts of aggression found minimal evidence to support such a link.

The study, published in the journal Royal Societies Open Science, found that when taken together, the 28 studies showed a statistically significant but tiny positive correlation between gambling and aggression.

Aside from actual acts of violence, studies have shown that violent video games have wider psychological effects on individuals.

A 2018 study from the University of South Wales found that people who frequently play violent video games are less affected by violent or distressing images than people who don’t play games with such themes.

The study, however, pointed out that the research used indicates no significant change in the perception of violence among those who play games with such themes.

In conclusion, decades of studies have failed to prove a conclusive link between video games and violence beyond the circumstantial co-relationship in some cases.

As noted by the APA, violence is a complex social problem with many causal factors. Video games provide a tempting target for explaining acts of violence because they allow societal leaders and politicians alike to dodge harder and more inconvenient questions about the underlying political and cultural issues that contribute to violence.

Societal biases also play a role in these lines of thought.

A 2019 study published by the APA found that people are more likely to blame video games as the cause of school shootings when white perpetrators are involved, as opposed to African American shooters.

Patrick Markey, a psychology professor at Villanova University who was involved in the study, reportedly said, “When a violent act is committed by someone who doesn’t fit the racial stereotype of what a violent person looks like , people tend to look for an external explanation for violent behavior.”

Video games and addiction

Compared to the rather vague co-relation between violence and video games, addiction to video games is better understood.

In 2018, the World Health Organization officially added video game addiction to the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases.

Called ‘gaming disorder’, the WHO defines it as a ‘pattern of gaming behavior (‘digital gaming’ or ‘video gaming’) characterized by impaired control over gaming, an increasing priority given to gaming over other activities to the extent that gambling takes precedence over other interests and daily activities, and the continuation or escalation of gambling despite the occurrence of negative consequences.”

Like any other behavioral addiction, gambling addiction is more difficult to define and diagnose with much controversy over whether it should even be considered a true disorder.

Unlike drug addiction, it is not as simple to point the finger at someone who plays games daily, or even “a lot of video games” and say that the individual has a gaming addiction.

Either way, there is no denying that games, and especially mobile games, are designed to get their players hooked in a way that can eventually lead to what can be called gaming addiction.

Talk to NBCDr Jospeh F Chandler of Birmingham Southern College commented on the escapist element in games saying: “Any gamification platform is explicitly designed to make you want to not let go and is designed to [stimulate the] reward pathway in your brain that can suppress your perception of time.”

Video game design typically uses feedback loops to maintain player engagement. A player who “does well” in a game is rewarded in-game in several ways, which encourages them to keep playing and earn more rewards and bragging rights.

Besides providing regular dopamine kicks, video games also distort the perception of time with an individual noting the passage of time through in-game events and features.

As Dr. Chandler explained to NBC“Your brain stops tracking time and instead measures pleasure units in the game. The next level becomes the marker of passing time. That’s why you waste an hour or three without feeling it.”

Video games and especially mobile games these days also include a social aspect that belies perceptions that video games are a single-player affair played in isolation.

In such games, not only can you chat with people from all over the world, but more importantly, play games with them, which becomes another addictive aspect of this entertainment.

There are also other tips for engagement. Things like login rewards and daily quests encourage players to make gaming a regular, almost regulated part of their lives, much like a job with its own effort systems leading to rewards.

Then there’s the tried-and-true trick of making video games flashier and more visually appealing, something casinos have long used for their games of chance.

There is also the latest trend of “freemium games”, essentially free games but with in-game monetization that the player is constantly being pushed towards.

Making games free and bringing them to mobile platforms makes them easy to access and access before players are forced to spend money on in-game items and bonuses.

The list of tricks and techniques used to make games addictive goes on and on and it can be argued that video game companies targeting higher profits through their products do so ignoring the societal effects of these games.

But it can also be argued that video game companies, like any other capitalist enterprise, aim to maximize profits and that these companies simply become easy targets for parents, educators and politicians.

Either way, the fact remains that unless constrained by rigidly defined government policies, video game companies are unlikely to reduce the aspects of their products that make video games the most profitable form of entertainment in human history.

The responsibility for maintaining addiction to video games then rests with the parents and the individuals themselves.

So far, the most popular expert advice is to simply track your own screen time to get out of the distorted perception of when video games push you.

There are apps for this and phones these days usually come with the Screen Time feature built-in. Failing all that, a simple alarm can also be useful to provide a real reference for the weather.

Finally, for adults and children alike, seeking help from licensed addiction therapists can also be helpful.

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