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  1. There was a time when shopping online seemed ridiculous, even dangerous. People were afraid to enter their credit card numbers in a browser window, hidden fees were the norm, and scams and fraud issues were paramount. These days, of course, online shopping is a way of life, thanks in large part to one internet behemoth: Amazon. Love it or hate it, the Seattle-based company has made online shopping mainstream. Amazon sells almost everything, delivers your goods fast (especially if you're a member of Amazon Prime), offers services like streaming video and music, and makes an entire line of tablets, e-book readers, and smart speakers and displays. Its web and app options make it possible to shop on any platform, while AWS powers at least a third of the web. It also owns plenty of brick-and-mortar stores now, including Whole Foods. We're closing in on Amazon's version of Black Friday; Prime Day runs from June 21-22, so check out the tips below to help you get the most out of your shopping experience. Get Amazon Prime for Free (or Cheaper) Amazon Prime comes with a free 30-day trial. Use it during the holidays, or on Prime Day, to get free shipping, then cancel before you're charged. Note that you only get one free trial per Amazon account, so you can't do this over and over again. Amazon is pretty sure you'll be so dazzled by all the extras a Prime membership offers that you won't want to let it go, but that really depends on how much you shop. You don't have to shell out $119, though. With Prime Student, you get Prime for free for six months, and half price thereafter ($59 per year or $6.49 per month if you plan to cancel early). Adult Prime members who become parents can sign up for Amazon Family (previously called Amazon Mom). There are no specific major savings on the price of Prime this way, but parents get exclusives, such as 20% off diapers and baby food subscriptions. Those on government assistance, meanwhile, can get Prime for $5.99 a month. It applies to programs like WIC and SNAP (here's the full list); you just need to re-up every 12 months. Smile for Charity Give back when you shop with AmazonSmile. Once activated, 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products you buy will go to the charity of your choice. (AmazonSmile supports over a million 501(c)(3) public organizations.) You get zero tax benefit, but you still get what you purchased, and your favorite charity benefits. Change your charity anytime. When you shop, navigate to smile.amazon.com instead of Amazon.com, on desktop and mobile browsers. On the desktop, the AmazonAssistant extension for Chrome or Firefox can also remind/force you to use Smile when you surf to Amazon. On the mobile app, tap the hamburger menu on the bottom right, select AmazonSmile and follow the setup instructions. (The downside on mobile is you need to activate notifications for AmazonSmile for some reason, but maybe you're already getting alerts about shipments anyway.) As of February 2021, charities worldwide have received over $266 million from the program. Prime With a Partner If you're paying for Amazon Prime, the cost can be shared with one other adult member of your household, plus up to four kids under the same roof. The kids don't even need Amazon accounts. This is a smart way to shop for holiday presents while keeping them secret from your partner or kids while still saving on free shipping. To set it up, go to the Amazon Household website and click Add Adult/Teen/Child. You'll need their email address as used on Amazon, and it will require the adults to share credit or debit card information. Keep it organized at Manage Your Content and Devices > Preferences tab > Households and Family Library > Manage Your Household. Amazon Prime sharing includes Amazon Video with all the linked members, not to mention Prime Early Access (which offers 30-minute early access to time-limited Lightning Deals), and the Kindle Owners' Lending Library. All adults get access to the $2.99 per month (to start) Amazon Kids+ parental controls to make sure kids don't get into anything they shouldn't. Amazon Teen, a part of Amazon Household, gives kids aged 13-17 a little more freedom to shop, but allows parents or guardians to approve their purchases before it's charged to their card. You've Got to Filter Laptop search filters on Amazon.com Amazon has hundreds of thousands of products. Searching with a barebones term will get you quickly lost in the weeds, with far too many options to choose from. Turn to the left on your desktop and start clicking the boxes to filter the choices. Start, of course, with Prime so you know that you'll get the unit with (hopefully) the best shipping options and definitely the best return options (like making a quick trip to Kohl's—they'll even pack it and ship it for you). Then keep narrowing things down, looking for daily deals, but also by rating (if you trust them), by brand, and even more specific depending on the product category. Searching "laptops," I was able to narrow down the RAM capacity, graphics processor, type of display, weight, and even new versus used (you can get some good deals with a refurb). Also this helps you skip the "featured" listings, which are really just ads. Prime-ary Gift If your most beloved family-member-turned-Amazon-addict isn't part of the immediate household, give Prime as a gift in one-year ($119) or three-month ($39) increments to anyone with an email address. The gift membership comes with all the benefits—two-day shipping, streaming video and music, borrowing books on Kindle, etc. If the person is already a Prime member, they can exchange what you paid for an Amazon gift card. Where's the Warehouse? What happens to all those products that inevitably get returned to Amazon? Those gems that are no longer "new," but good enough? They are typically found on the Amazon Warehouse Deals site, which offers "deep discounts on open-box, like-new, and pre-owned products"—aka refurbished. Best of all, they are typically still eligible for Amazon Prime shipping and returns. Similarly, you can find deals at the almost-hidden Amazon Outlet store. Today's Deals on Amazon Amazon's best deals for new products are found in the Today's Deals link on the top of any Amazon page. The section offers several Deals of the Day, and time-limited Lightning Deals (where you only get hours or just minutes to snag a product on sale). There isn't always a lot of notice, but if you use the Amazon mobile apps, tap the hamburger menu and select Today's Deals to see discounts on the go. Clip Some Coupons Amazon has an ongoing set of coupon offers on its Coupons page. Clip any and all you might want to use; they're mostly household goods and electronics, but you can search under categories like Toys and Jewelry for other things. The savings of around 5-15% will automatically be applied when you make the purchase. If you don't make the purchase, the coupon doesn't get used, and eventually, it'll expire. Track Amazon Prices Image: Shutterstock Amazon's not going to go out of its way to inform you when a product you love is super cheap (though if you check your Wish List a lot, it does indicate how much the price has dropped since you added it). Luckily, there are plenty of third-party options to track prices, usually via a browser extension. For example, CamelCamelCamel tracks tons of products and provides info via email and Twitter. Set it up in your browser with the Camelizer add-on tool for Chrome, Edge, Opera, Safari, and Firefox. Honey, CapitalOne Shopping, and RetailMeNot's Deal Finder all offer browser add-ons that display deals on Amazon before you buy—right in the Amazon window. They also surface deals on most other online stores. (Editors' Note: RetailMeNot is owned by Ziff Davis, the publisher of PCMag.) Same-Day Delivery = Joy In certain cities, you can get same-day delivery of select items. Prime members in those areas receive free same-day delivery on qualifying orders over $35. Order by noon and your package will be delivered by 10 p.m., seven days a week. Order in the afternoon or evening, and it turns into free one-day delivery. Amazon also offers one-hour pickup or two-hour grocery delivery via Amazon Fresh or Whole Foods. Whole Foods Discounts Whole Foods in Houston, Texas (Image: Whole Foods) Love shopping at Whole Foods, but hate the prices? The chain, owned by Amazon, comes with a Prime perk: you can get 10% off sale items, plus other weekly discounts. Use the Whole Foods Market app at checkout to get the deals; the app will also show what's on sale. If you have the Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card, get 5% back on Whole Foods Market purchases. The Card(s) That Pay You Back Image: Getty Amazon has a lot of cards that make it worth your while to shop. The aforementioned Prime Rewards Visa Card will give you a $150 Amazon gift card upon approval, after which Prime members get 5% back on Amazon and Whole Foods purchases, 2% at restaurants, drugstores, and gas stations; and 1% on all other purchases. (If you're not a Prime member, you can still get the card, but get only 3% back for purchases on Amazon or at Whole Foods.) Traveling overseas? There are no foreign transaction fees. There's no annual fee either. The latest cards are contactless, so if you see the symbol on a point-of-sale terminal at checkout that looks like a Wi-Fi antenna symbol turned on its side, simply tap the card; no swiping or inserting or even using your phone is required. Because a "purchase" on Amazon made with the money you've earned doesn't earn you more money, the best practice is to redeem them for gift cards or as cashback via Chase so you don't lose out on even a measly percentage. You can also link other credit cards—like American Express, Discover, CapitalOne, Citi, and more—to your Amazon account and Shop With Points.
  2. In the cinematic for each expansion pack in Final Fantasy 14, players have watched the iconic Warrior of Light go through many challenges, and his appearance has changed to grow more rugged and intense. In Endwalker, players will finally be able to give their characters the stubble he has grown over the last seven years. Back in 2019, during the release of the final patch before Final Fantasy 14's critically-acclaimed Shadowbringers expansion, players noticed the hero in the trailer seemed to have stubble that was currently unavailable in game. Gamer Escape asked Naoki Yoshida, director and producer of Final Fantasy 14, in an interview if he had any plans to add it or other new character customization options in the future. I see… honestly I wasn’t even aware of this! (laughs) In our trailers, we depict the Warrior of Light as a sort of symbol to represent the Warriors of Light around the world. If he has stubble, it’s only natural that everyone else could grow some too… I will definitely keep this in mind! RELATED:Final Fantasy 14: Endwalker Shows Off New Areas In More Detail Content creators who participated in the Media Tour discovered many exciting details of what's coming in Endwalker, not the least among them being the new face option for male hyur midlanders, and with it, the ability to have the five o’clock shadow that was promised to them. Beyond the inclusion of new playable races and hairstyles, this is the first instance of Final Fantasy 14 adding a new character customization option to existing races in the game’s history. As anyone who pays attention to MMORPGs can attest, character customization options are incredibly important to players. Last year, World of Warcraft included many new customization options that allowed them to provide more inclusive options for characters, and though incomplete in its execution, the additions were universally considered to be positive. Fans of Final Fantasy 14 have mixed opinions on the character customizations available in the game as of right now, so an expanded and improved system could only benefit the game. Final Fantasy 14 fans are excited for what this new customization could mean for the future of character customization in the game. If the addition of this new face and stubble is indicative of Final Fantasy 14’s intention to add more options for characters in the game, players could eventually see new faces or even more drastic customizations, like separate horn and face options for the scaled au ra or new subrace options that would allow for half-elezen or garlean characters. Many players hope this could eventually lead to more inclusive options for Final Fantasy 14 characters. Still, many players are disappointed in how limited the option Final Fantasy 14 has included so far is. Right now, it is only available to a single face for male midlander hyurs–not even the burly highlander hyurs can access it. Players hope to see the option expanded to the other playable races in the game, and possibly even to female characters as well. While Final Fantasy 14 has a great reputation of listening to players, like with the surprise inclusion of male viera in Endwalker and the promise of female hrothgar in the future, fans of the game will have to wait and see when and if other options will be added to the game. Final Fantasy 14 is available now on PC, PS4, and PS5. Endwalker launches on November 23.
  3. The God of War franchise could be considered a classic in the hack-and-slash genre, with its tormented and heavily tattooed demigod protagonist Kratos being an iconic antihero. Historically, Kratos is known for his unstoppable rage and furious screams as he battles to tear the Olympian gods down from the heavens, but the recent series reboot that began with 2018's God of War and continues in God of War Ragnarok shows fans a calmer, wiser Kratos. The difference is so striking that one fan decided to compare Kratos' past and present in the form of the annoyed bird meme. In the unedited version of the meme, a small grey bird is shown chirping on a branch before a huge crow begins cawing loudly, overshadowing its song. The final panel shows the annoyed grey bird staring at the viewer while an enormous speech bubble reading "CAW!" takes up almost the entire background. Reddit user KingFahad360 appears to have found the comic inspiring and made a voiced parody version focusing on both versions of Kratos, with Kratos' young son Atreus also featuring. RELATED:God Of War Ragnarok Fan Shares Amazing Concept For Odin KingFahad360's video places the older and wiser Kratos in the role of the grey bird, with him calmly calling Atreus' name--and scolding the boy--instead of singing. This focus on Kratos' new voice provided by voice actor Christopher Judge, highlights the contrast with his previous voice when the original, rage-fuelled Kratos appears in the role of the noisy crow. The decision to have the original Kratos begin talking right after the new Kratos snarls at Atreus is an excellent showcase of the differences between Judge and Terrence Connor Carson's takes on the character. Carson's Greek Kratos is shown to be physically larger than Judge's Norse Kratos, and his bellowing announcement that he is the God of War may easily eclipse the more subdued scolding Judge's Kratos was delivering. He appears in front of the tree Norse Kratos and Atreus are perched in with a flash of green light. The following shot reveals that Greek Kratos is standing on top of an enormous, avian rendition of Gaia, whose wrathful facial expression reflects his. As of writing, other fans appear to be very entertained by KingFahad360's meme edit. Several users expressed delight at the sight of a bird version of Gaia. Others discussed their fondness for both the Greek and Norse versions of Kratos. A conversation sprang up discussing how suitable Carson and Judge's voices were for the versions of Kratos they portrayed, with one fan hoping that God of War Ragnarok would have the present Kratos facing down his rage-driven past self. God of War Ragnarok releases in 2022 for PS4 and PS5.
  4. Genshin Impact’s upcoming 5 star Geo claymore character – the first of his kind – has awakened something in its fanbase. The official Twitter unveiling of “The First and Greatest Head of the Arataki Gang” garnered almost 200,000 likes, twice as many as the splash art debut of the gacha game’s highest seller, Raiden Shogun. Arataki Itto’s mere image has players’ wallets in a chokehold – inevitably, dataminers have dedicated themselves to digging up every golden nugget of Itto info available to Version 2.3 Beta testers. The subreddit r/Genshin_Impact_Leaks is currently flush with Itto content. Only a few days ago, Genshin Impact fans were piecing together blurry, overlayed screengrabs of the back of Itto’s character model: now plenty of footage is running across the internet of his presumably official model running across Inazuma. Physically, some players hoping for more diversity in Genshin Impact’s body model types were disappointed that Itto still utilizes the “Tall Male” design, though given the illusion of newness with extra shoe height and visible muscular chest. A popular fan render of Itto shows off how he may appear in-game: RELATED:Genshin Impact: What The Leaks Tell Us About Gorou Arataki Itto’s idle animations fit his boisterous, confident personality: the first is a stretch and battle-ready stomp, and the second a bit of preening with a hair comb. The Beta version of Itto wields a red, black, and gold claymore speculated to be his signature 5 star weapon. Itto’s Elemental Skill involves a Geo-tinged punch to the air that, unexpectedly, summons a small ox-like creature. His Elemental Burst activates with a stylized depiction of his oni ancestry (mischievous demons in Japanese folklore) and transforms his equipped weapon into an enormous, rocky club, alight with the golden glow of Geo energy. The oni iconography appears again in his leaked namecard, titled “Oni Face” with the tagline: “A real man puts sorrow and anger behind him and smiles brightly for the world to see!” Itto’s Elemental Skill has a taunt feature similar to Mona and Amber: the little bull he calls forth is supposedly “Ushi,” the Arataki Gang’s mascot, with its own HP determined by a percentage of Itto’s Max HP. Ushi deals Geo DMG to opponents and gives Itto a power stack. Itto’s Elemental Burst converts Normal/Charged/Plunging attacks into Geo DMG, buffs his ATK proportionate to his DEF, and imbues him with 20% Elemental and Physical Resistance. His Passive Talent notably increases his “Arataki Kesatagi” DMG by 35% of his DEF. Genshin Impact players who prefer to farm ahead for their favorites are in luck with some of Itto’s Ascension and Talent materials, predicted to be Onikabuto, Slime Condensate, Teachings of Elegance, Signora’s Ashen Heart, and Privitha Topaz. However, Itto’s rumored to require drops from a Rift Hound boss that debuts with him in the next update, along with a new DEF-based artifact set likely tailored to his kit (keep in mind all Beta content is subject to change). Curating the perfect Itto artifact set may have to wait, but with the recent 2.2 Tsurumi Island available to explore, Genshin fans will be plenty busy in the meantime. Genshin Impact is available on mobile devices, PC, PS4, and PS5.
  5. After Super Smash Bros. Ultimate creator Masahiro Sakurai announced Kingdom Hearts' Sora as the game's final DLC character, he took to Twitter to post images of Kirby with Sora's abilities copied — as is tradition whenever a new fighter releases. However, while these images show Kirby making use of Sora's wide range of magical abilities, they cleverly don't show the pink puffball using Sora's Keyblade, which confused those who've never played Kingdom Hearts. In a recent tweet with images showing Sora and Sora-Kirby practicing magic together, Sakurai clarified why Kirby doesn't use Sora's Keyblade whenever he uses his abilities. The simple answer is that he can't. While Kirby's copy abilities are stronger than their original owners, he can't force Sora's Keyblade, or any others for that matter, to come to him, and anyone that's played Kingdom Hearts likely already knows the reason why. RELATED:Why Sora Was Likely So Difficult To Get Into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate "Only a chosen Keyblade wielder can wield a Keyblade" is more or less the translation of Sakurai's tweet, and it falls in line with Kingdom Hearts lore. Keyblades have minds of their own and will refuse to work for anyone other than their chosen wielder or wielders with close ties to their chosen. In other words, before Kirby can run around with his new friend's Keyblade, he'd have to be capable of wielding one without a copy ability, and to do that, he would have to have a "strong heart." Kingdom Hearts has tackled this "copy" concept in its own canon as well. Kingdom Hearts 3 Re:Mind's final boss, Yozora, can temporarily take Sora's Keyblade away from him and copy its magic-producing abilities. However, because he isn't a chosen Keyblade wielder, Yozora can't physically use the Keyblade or keep it away from Sora for very long as the weapon will always return to its chosen wielder even if the wielder themselves doesn't want it. It's important to note that while Kirby has a "pure heart," that is not synonymous with a "strong heart," as individuals like Master Xehanort can freely wield hundreds of Keyblades while being as evil as can be. Now, if it were only up to Square Enix, Kingdom Hearts' director, Tetsuya Nomura, might have designed a Keyblade for Kirby to use, but as it stands, Disney might make such a thing complicated as they have a controlling interest over the Kingdom Hearts property. Some speculate the company was why it was so hard to get Sora into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate in the first place. Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available on Nintendo Switch.
  6. New World has become a hot topic among some of its players, which can only be expected from the newest MMORPG on the block. Players are learning what makes the game tick and what hidden secrets New World has to offer. Unfortunately, while there is a lot of land and resource to be gained in New World, it lacks some of the amenities that players have come to expect from a game so massive. One of these resources that players are keenly feeling the lack of is a mini-map, so a few enterprising pioneers have decided to do something about it. RELATED:New World Players Are Getting Robbed By Their Own Guilds One player posted a video to Reddit explaining that, fed up with not knowing where things are in town, they created their very own mini-map. Nestled mostly comfortably above the equipment shown in the bottom left of the screen, it sticks out a bit but does its job. The video shows the mini-map displaying immediate surroundings accurately, with icons indicating different locations standing out on the landscape as well as clearly defined roads. It even features a zoom function, handy for finding specific things in town. It's not exactly one of New World's hidden features, but it sure is a useful one. The second part of the short video shows that the mini-map works outside of town as well. While somewhat obtrusive on the screen, it certainly seems more convenient than not having one at all. Replies to the post mention the fact that other players have been implementing their own mini-maps as well, suggesting many approaches. The mini-map displayed in the video is available for others to use, although it requires an addon. One player bemoaned the fact that this could lead to a ban, adding to the complaints of players, which also include bemoaning New World's maintenance times. This is another addition to the growing list of things settled in New World by player ingenuity against the game's system or other player-created problems. Also on that list is dying to fast travel, bizarre fighting styles, and using boars to kill fishing bots. As cool as all of that is, it also highlights the number of problems that players have to deal with on a regular basis in New World and the number of requests to Amazon for more features. Among those requests is the power to rebel against one's own faction due to bad practices already being put in place by controlling Companies. New World is available now on PC.
  7. Neither Blizzard nor players have had an easy time since the launch of Diablo 2: Resurrected on September 23. The game has been riddled with game crashes, server connection issues, character deletions, lost progress, and a few game-breaking bugs. The problem has been so incessant that some Diablo 2: Resurrected players have begun to request refunds, which Blizzard has not honored. The latest major issue plaguing the game has been the inability for many players to log into it. The problem was believed to have been fixed on Saturday, October 9, which proved to be untrue, and players on Sunday continued to report the same issue. Though Blizzard has kept gamers somewhat updated through its customer service Twitter account, many players feel that they are not being sufficiently informed about what the exact problem is and why they can’t play a game they paid at least 40 dollars for. RELATED:Diablo 2: Resurrected Is Being Review Bombed In a blog post on Thursday, the development team finally spelled out the reasons for the Diablo 2: Resurrected connectivity problems and what is being done to fix them, beginning with explaining how the game’s servers work. There is one global database that holds character information and progress for all players, as well as smaller databases for each region that store the same data. Information like in-game actions is first sent to a player’s local database and periodically written to the global database. To prevent errors or redundancy, characters are locked to the local database, and the global database serves mainly as a master copy and backup. The Diablo 2: Resurrected login issues that began on Saturday, October 9, were due to the local servers being inundated with unprecedented traffic, which surpassed even that experienced during the game's launch. Combined with a Friday update intended to improve game creation performance, the global database became overloaded and timed out. Emergency maintenance was conducted to roll back the Friday update, and the development team believed the problem to be fixed and made an announcement on Twitter. This proved to be untrue, unfortunately. Announcing that the login issues had been fixed caused an additional surge in traffic, which caused the central database to enter a kind of disconnect/reconnect loop. In other words, it spazzed out trying to keep up with the influx of information. Fixing this new problem caused a further surge in login attempts, which resulted in yet another lengthy server connectivity issue. This cycle of fixes, traffic surges, and database failure continued throughout the week, and the development team of Diablo 2: Resurrected has reached out to third-party partners for assistance. In sum, despite the ongoing problems, Diablo 2: Resurrected continues to experience unexpected player counts in the hundreds of thousands, reaching all-time highs. There are a few reasons that the database and servers are unable to keep up with the high traffic experienced over the past week. The blog post goes into detail about each of these things. For example, one problem is that a lot of legacy code remained in the game in an attempt to change as little of the original Diablo 2 as possible. One particular legacy service handles things like game creation/joining and verifying game server health, and it is not handling modern player behavior well. Diablo 2: Resurrected is available on PC, PS4, PS5, Switch, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
  8. Banjo-Kazooie was a Nintendo 64 game developed by Rare. A platformer with gameplay centered around the titular characters Banjo and Kazooie, the game amassed a large and nostalgic fanbase. One of the exciting features of the game was its 9 worlds full of collectibles for players to explore. While the original game is still playable on various platforms such as Xbox Game Pass, players have been hoping for a way to see these classic worlds with HD textures and improved lighting. For a while now, a dedicated Banjo-Kazooie fan has been working to bring back some of these classic worlds from the Nintendo 64 game in better detail. Known as Project Dream (a codename related to the development of Banjo-Kazooie) on YouTube, the creator has been releasing a series of videos showcasing remastered worlds from the game in cinematic trailers. Some of the locations included in the remaster project are Rusty Bucket Bay, Clanker’s Cavern, and Gobi’s Valley. The creator has been working on remastering worlds from the sequel Banjo-Tooie as well. Recently, Project Dream announced their newest remaster, the memorable Spiral Mountain. RELATED:Nintendo 64 Switch Online Games Will Have Big Improvement In a video posted to YouTube earlier today, Project Dream revealed a look at a remastered Spiral Mountain. The starting world from Banjo-Kazooie, this fan remaster showed off many impressive features, including a new and improved design for Banjo’s house, complete with a high-res model of Banjo inside. In addition, the video showed the iconic Spiral Mountain and the outside of Gruntilda’s Lair. Some other impressive highlights of the remaster included realistic grass swaying in the wind, along with improved lighting. There was also a new music track created for the cinematic trailer composed by Dark-Grunt. This remastered version of Spiral Mountain created by Project Dream has piqued the interest of many Banjo-Kazooie players. Fans were impressed with the level of detail on display in the recreation of the world with some noting the quality of the out-of-bounds scenery. In addition to Spiral Mountain, many wanted the creator to make the inside of Gruntilda’s Lair. Others wished that Microsoft would release a remaster of the game, allowing players to jump into these visually enhanced worlds. Besides this new cinematic trailer for a remastered Spiral Mountain, fans recently learned that the original Banjo-Kazooie is coming to the Switch. During a Nintendo Direct from September, Nintendo revealed that many classic Nintendo 64 games were arriving on the hybrid console in the coming days. As part of a more expensive subscription for the Nintendo Switch Online service, Nintendo fans will receive access to many of these games for the first time on the console.
  9. Nintendo is one of the oldest and prestigious video game publishers in the gaming industry. With numerous franchises under its belt and AAA quality games releasing year after year, Nintendo has managed to maintain its success for several decades. Now, after the release of a highly anticipated title, many Nintendo fans are calling for the release of a 2D collection from one of the studio's most popular series. Following the recent release of Metroid Dread, the success of the Metroid series has become newly revitalized. With both old and new fans experiencing the first original, 2D Metroid game released since Metroid Fusion, many players have begun to feel a rekindled sense of appreciation for the series. One fan has even gone on to suggest an efficient way for new players to experience the earlier games in the series. RELATED:Incredible Fanart Combines Metroid Dread And Red Dead Redemption A Reddit user named schuey_08 wrote a post explaining just how much demand there currently is for Metroid as a result of Metroid Dread. Citing information from Twitter user Shinesparkers, not only does Metroid Dread top the Nintendo Switch e-Shop, but every Metroid game featured on both the Wii U e-Shop and 3DS eShop have shown up within the top ten highest selling games. This led schuey_08 to suggest the release of a 2D Metroid collection. The sales figures certainly indicate a significant increase in Metroid's popularity. Thus, the demand for more Metroid content definitely exists. The true matter is whether or not Nintendo will release a 2D Metroid collection and if so, would there be any visual upgrades. It would be impressive to play a classic game like Super Metroid with the enhanced graphical capabilities of a game like Metroid Dread. Although, truth be told, a collection of re-released 2D Metroid games isn't too far out of the realm of possibility. Considering that Nintendo recently released Super Mario 3D All-Stars, a collection of fan-favorite 3D Mario games, it seems somewhat likely that a similar collection could be released for Metroid. Plus, 2021 also marks the 35th anniversary of Metroid, so something like that could potentially occur. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Metroid going forward. While many fans have thoroughly enjoyed Metroid Dread, many are also wondering when Metroid Prime 4 is expected to release. After being announced at E3 2017, there has been little to no news regarding the development of the newest 3D Metroid game. With any luck, Nintendo will release new information regarding the game's development in the months to come
  10. Destiny 2’s annual Festival of the Lost event begins this week. The 2021 festivities bring new dinosaur-themed armor and weapons, plus a variety of Halloween activities and cosmetics. However, that’s not the only thing going down in Bungie’s FPS MMO. Bungie is adding a new difficulty mode to Destiny 2’s Astral Alignment activity. In addition, Astral Alignment is gaining new modifiers, introducing new risks and rewards to the six-player co-op activity. RELATED:Destiny 2 Players Can Cheese Activities To Gain Festival Of The Lost Pages And Candy Insanely Fast Bungie announced the new features in the developer’s This Week at Bungie blog. As the blog post explains, the new difficulty will have a recommended Power of 1320. That means the new difficulty mode is specifically for max-level Destiny 2 players looking for an extra challenge. In addition, Bungie is adding six new modifiers that Destiny 2 will cycle through every day to spice things up even further. There are three rotating modifiers, and six constant modifiers giving the following effects: Weekly Taken rotating modifiers Denial: Taken Vandals summon their shields significantly more often. Epitaph: Taken combatants generate blight geysers when defeated. Empath: Enhanced radar, take increased damage from melee. Constant modifiers Champions: Overload and Unstoppable Equipment Locked: Players cannot change equipment during the activity. Match Game: Shields are harder to break when using a weapon of a different element. Players will need to pick the right weapons to coordinate effectively if they want to complete the four-part Astral Alignment. Tension is ratcheted up even further by the prospect of restarting from the beginning if the team wipes or otherwise fails to finish. However, those who manage to pull it off will get more than just bragging rights. Victorious teams will find a new third bonus chest waiting for them at the end of the activity. All three bonus chests will all have a higher chance of dropping the Catalyst for Destiny 2’s Ager’s Scepter rifle. Any high-level Destiny 2 players who don’t want to wait can also try out the new difficulty option for Shattered Realm missions. The new difficulty mode greatly boots the Power requirements and throws players against stronger enemies in exchange for high-stat gear. It’s a difficult challenge and a Destiny 2 Experience that's best not undertaken solo. Still, Bungie insists that the rewards are more than worth the effort. Players can also jump into Destiny 2’s Haunted Sectors by putting on their festival masks and starting the Gone but Not Forgotten Quest. Summon and defeat the Headless Ones to collect rewards and unlock the new Headless Hues Shader, the Beheaded Home Emblem, and the Headless Horsepower Exotic Sparrow. Altogether, Destiny 2 has a lot to keep fans occupied this October. Destiny 2 is available on PC, PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
  11. A new Pacific map is coming to Call of Duty: Warzone to match Vanguard's World War 2 setting, but it won't be available until a while after Vanguard launches. New images show off the Warzone Pacific map, giving Call of Duty fans an idea of what to expect next. Call of Duty: Warzone has evolved several times since its inception along with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in 2020. The map saw a few changes with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, but it's set to receive even more changes in the near future with the World War 2-inspired Pacific map. Call of Duty fans that have been disappointed with the lack of changes to the Warzone Verdansk map may be blown away by the changes coming to Warzone in the near future. RELATED:Call Of Duty Releases Statement Against Cheating, Reveals Big News Is Coming Call of Duty news outlet Charlie Intel recently revealed two screenshots of the upcoming Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific map. The most noticeable detail from the screenshots is the lack of large buildings which currently cover the Verdansk landscape. In place of the buildings, the Pacific map is covered in tropical foliage that will allow players to more easily hide from each other. A couple new screenshots of the Warzone Pacific Map on the Call of Duty site. pic.twitter.com/Pk0Ii3HvqR — CharlieIntel (@charlieINTEL) October 14, 2021 Call of Duty: Warzone's Pacific map is even more colorful than the Verdansk '84 map that fans have gotten used to throughout Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. The trees provide various green tones, while the ground is brownish-red. The majority of the new Warzone buildings are small houses with grey roofs, but there are also larger warehouses that take up more space on the Pacific map. Another clear difference between Call of Duty: Warzone's Verdansk and the upcoming Pacific map is the verticality. Although several buildings in Verdansk and Verdansk '84 helped Warzone fans gain height over their opponents, the Pacific map has a mountain and multiple hills to climb. In addition to the high points of the map, there are also caves to explore closer to sea level. One of the screenshots taken from a cave shows how many bushes there are for Call of Duty: Warzone fans to hide in as they scout their position. Call of Duty: Warzone fans who are used to shooting players with their pistol from the air may be disappointed by the tree line of the Pacific map. A large portion of the Pacific map's land is visually obscured from above due to the massive palms extending from the palm trees. In addition to the tree cover, there are also clouds floating around. The Pacific map may be ushered into Call of Duty: Warzone with an event after the launch of Call of Duty: Vanguard. An official event hasn't been confirmed by Activision Blizzard or Sledgehammer Games yet, but it may be announced closer to the release of Warzone's Pacific map. It's currently unclear what date the Pacific map will be added to Call of Duty: Warzone. Call of Duty: Warzone is available right now for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
  12. Olivia Rodrigo is already feeling the pressure to make a successful sophomore album. The 18-year-old singer achieved overnight success earlier this year with her debut single Drivers License and followed it up with the chart-topping record-breaking debut album Sour. Sitting down for a chat with Alanis Morissette - who experienced similar success with her 1995 album Jagged Little Pill - for Rolling Stone magazine, Rodrigo admitted she was already thinking about the pressure of delivering a worthy follow-up. "Pressure of a sophomore album is something that I've been thinking about a lot, too. I don't know if you felt that pressure," she said, to which Morissette replied, "After Jagged Little Pill, everywhere I went, every grocery store ever was, 'When's your next record? I hate men, too!' I didn't want to write it right away. There's a lot of pressure to rise to some odd occasion or bar." Elsewhere in the interview, Rodrigo admitted she was unsure if her songs would be relatable because she worked as a child actress and didn't go to school but she soon realised heartbreak is a universal theme everyone can connect with. "When I put out Drivers License, about this really hard time in my life, I watched it just affect so many people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender or age," she recalled. "There would be 40-year-old guys that would come up to me and be like, 'Wow, that really struck me.'" She added that her songs have proved so popular she sometimes feels like "they're not mine anymore". "The, 'I'm writing songs in my bedroom,' to 'Oh, my gosh, lots of people know this song,' was really quick for me. I feel obviously so lucky, but sometimes it just feels like it doesn't have to do with me," she confessed.
  13. Coldplay will stop making records after their 12th album. The band are releasing their ninth studio album, 'Music of the Spheres', this week, and frontman Chris Martin admitted the 'Yellow' hitmakers will only make another three records afterwards before quitting the recording studio for good. He said: "I think that in a few albums time we will finish making albums. "This is not a joke, this is true, I think after 12 that will be the end of our catalogue." However, frontman Chris wouldn't want Coldplay to retire completely, as the 44-year-old singer is keen for the band - also made up of Jonny Buckland, Guy Berryman, and Will Champion - to play live shows into their 70s. He said: "But I think we will always want to play live together. "So, I think in the way that the Stones do, it will be so cool if we can still be touring in our late 70s. "That will be wonderful, if anybody wants to come." Chris also admitted it was a "real joy" to team up with K-pop sensation BTS recently on track 'My Universe'. Speaking to Absolute Radio’s Andy Bush, he added: "It's just been a real joy to do that song with them from start to finish. "It was such a weird idea, and it was so wrong on paper in a way, but it allowed us to bring out our inner boyband and them to bring out their inner old man band and collaborate in a middle-aged band." The group shot to fame following their debut album 'Parachutes', which was released in July 2000. Coldplay’s full interview with Andy Bush is on Absolute Radio on Friday (15.10.21) at 6:30pm. Absolute Radio is also broadcasting Coldplay's London O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire concert, which is in celebration of their incredible new album ‘Music of the Spheres’. Broadcast on album release day this Friday, you can listen to extended highlights from 7pm.
  14. Red Hot Chili Peppers have "almost" finished working on their next album. The 'Give It Away' hitmakers - who have been recording their follow-up to 2016's 'The Getaway' - have given an update on what will be their first LP to feature guitarist John Frusciante since 2006's 'Stadium Arcadium'. Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine, drummer Chad Smith revealed the band are "almost done" recording the new collection, while he said the group are "getting along great" and "really listening to each other in a new way". Josh rejoined the band in 2019 after a 10-year absence, and Chad admitted things have felt "completely natural" after he stepped back in with Josh Klinghoffer making way. The drummer said: "John’s been back for a while now, so it feels completely natural. He’s so into it. He’s working so hard. "We’re all working hard, but he’s in there with all the overdubs and the magic that he brings.” Before he left in 2009, John had appeared on six of the band's most beloved records between 1989 and 2006 - 'Mother's Milk', 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik', 'One Hot Minute', 'Californication', 'By The Way' and 'Stadium Arcadium'. Chad was keen to point out that RHCP - completed by frontman Anthony Kiedis and bassist Flea - aren't trying to necessarily live up to any of those releases. He explained: "All of our records are just real good snapshots of where we’re at [at] that time. You can’t really go, ‘Oh, gee, I hope it’s as good as…’ Then you’re starting to have preconceived notions about what you want to write. “Look, John hasn’t been in our group in ten years. That’s a long time. So of course it’s going to sound different, but it’s gonna sound like the four of us because we do have this special chemistry together. "It sounds like Red Hot Chili Peppers, but it’s different and new, and to me that’s great… We really like it and we’re proud of it and it has to start there.”
  15. Paul Simon celebrated his 80th birthday on Wednesday by announcing the release of a new audiobook. Miracle and Wonder: Conversations with Paul Simon, a reference to the music legend's song The Boy In the Bubble, follows his life from his beginnings in Queens, New York to his rise to fame. The project, a collaboration between the legendary songwriter, author Malcolm Gladwell and journalist Bruce Headlam, includes new music and unreleased studio versions of Simon & Garfunkel classics, such as The Sound of Silence and The Boxer. Variety reports that the trio recorded over 30 hours of audio over nine interview sessions. The final cut runs at five hours and has a star-studded cast of cameos, including Sting, Jeff Tweedy, Herbie Hancock, and Rosanne Cash. "Over my career, I must have given hundreds of interviews on various projects, but speaking and collaborating with Malcolm on this was especially enjoyable," Simon said in a statement. Gladwell praised Simon's approachability throughout the project, saying, "He's the most un-rock-star rock star. Paul is surprisingly down to earth and approachable. Even if he wasn't the most successful musician of his generation he'd be the same person." Miracle and Wonder: Conversations with Paul Simon is set to be released on 16 November.
  16. Johnny Marr has hailed Isaac Brock as "the greatest lyricist" he's ever worked with. The Smiths legend has heaped praise on the Modest Mouse frontman - whom he worked with in the band between 2006 and 2008 - and he has opened up on their work together on 2007's 'We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank'. He told Stereogum: "Me and the guys then just became really tight. To have bailed would’ve just been really weird. I stayed in [Modest Mouse], and I loved being in the band. "There was a brotherhood that is there to this day. Probably the best time of my life. Some supernaturally good shows. I liked my role. “It’s just a thing that happened in my life that I’m eternally grateful for. And Isaac Brock is the greatest lyricist I’ve ever worked with. "I’ve seen him write an amazing song, and then make it better, and then make it better again.” The 57-year-old musician also opened up on the bond he shares with anyone he works with in that way, and described it as being "in the trenches". He added: "If I get involved with people, I’m loyal. A brotherhood happens. "You go in the trenches with people, and you have these intensive days where it means a lot and there’s a lot at stake.” Meanwhile, there could be another chapter for Johnny as part of Modest Mouse after he previously suggested their work together is "yet to be finished". Isaac responded in June, and said: "The option’s available to him! I hope [it’s an unfinished chapter]. I love being in a band with Johnny; it’s f*****’ fun…" And the guitarist replied on Twitter: "Food for thought. Modest Mouse was the best time of my life. Still a great record, great shows."
  17. Tom Meighan has revealed his first solo track since leaving Kasabian. The band's former frontman - who asked to leave the group after he assaulted his now-wife Vikki last year - has described music as his "therapy" and unveiled a teaser of his upcoming song 'Would You Mind'. He wrote on Instagram: "It’s no secret that I’ve been struggling for the last few years. Music is my therapy and I have have been recording some songs that I now feel ready to share. “This is taken from ‘Would You Mind’, that I wrote about asking for help when you need it the most but can’t find the courage to ask. “Your support has kept me going and I can’t wait to get more music to you.” Tom - who pleaded guilty to assaulting his now-wife Vikki Ager and was sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid work - had previously admitted while he wants to get his new material out there, he'd be "terrified" of getting back on stage. Last month, he said: "Music is like a form of therapy for me now. For the first time, I’m writing songs. They’re about my life, and they’re songs I want to sing. I’ll probably be terrified if I ever go back to performing - but my head is back in the place it was when I started out in music. Music feels fresh again, and now I know how to focus my energy on the right things." And in an open and honest blog post, titled 'Check Your Soul: Why it’s never too late', he noted he understands why losing his career has been a "consequence" of his actions while admitting he's "conflicted" about cancel culture. He added: "If someone feels cancelled, sometimes all you end up doing is pushing their problem into the shadows. It’s just another form of bullying, because you’re not helping them or showing them how to change. I agree with consequence culture. It’s important to suffer consequences because of your actions. "To be given the chance to look deep within yourself and learn how to make changes and to become a better person for yourself and your family has to be a good thing. "If the consequence of what I did is that I lose my career, I accept that. My career is superficial and it has a shelf life. Breaking the stigma of domestic abuse will not happen if it continues to be treated lightly."
  18. Kacey Musgraves has blasted the Grammy Awards for ruling her new album ineligible for the Best Country Album prize. The 33-year-old singer's latest record 'star-crossed' won't be on the shortlist in the country category for next year's ceremony, and she has hit out at the decision. She wrote on social media: "You can take the girl out of the country (genre) but you can't take the country out of the girl." She also shared a photo of herself as a child in a pink cowboy hat, as well as snaps with country legends like Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, George Strait and more. She captioned one: "Ain't that right, Loretta Lynn?" And alongside picture with the 'Jolene' hitmaker, she added: "What about you, Dolly?" Kacey's 2018 record 'Golden Hour' won both the all-genre and country album of the year Grammys, while the LP's tracks 'Butterflies' and 'Space Cowboy' were honoured in country categories. She also won best country album in 2014 for 'Same Trailer' Different Park', and collaborated with 'Golden Hour' co-writers and co-producers Daniel Tashian on 'star-crossed'. This week, Cindy Mabe - president of UMG Nashville - also hit out at the Recording Academy over the country genre screening committee's decision. In a letter published by Billboard, she said: "Sonically, it’s got more country instrumentation than Golden Hour which won Country Album of the Year in 2019. "To compare 'Golden Hour' to 'star-crossed', both albums were produced by Ian Fitchuk, Daniel Tashian and Kacey Musgraves. Both albums were mixed by Shawn Everett." She added: "Both albums complete each other with 'Golden Hour' telling the story of falling in love and 'star-crossed' telling the conclusion of the breakup. There is no departure in sound from these two projects. "This album was consistently classified as country throughout it’s metadata and overall labeling across the DSP accounts and partners. star-crossed appeared on every major country playlist of every DSP. (sic)"
  19. Billie Eilish has called out Jimmy Kimmel for making her look "a little stupid" in a past interview. Back in 2019, the TV host asked the Happier Than Ever singer during a chat if she could name any member of the rock band Van Halen, and she responded, "Who?" The conversation later trended online, but during a follow-up conversation on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Wednesday, Billie insisted she was familiar with the Jump hitmakers. "Wait, really quick. Do you remember last time I was here? And you made me look a little stupid," she asked, to which Jimmy replied: "Well, yeah, accidentally. I didn't do it on purpose." Billie then explained that she had been "playing along" the whole time. "I thought it was funny because I was playing along, and everybody thought I was actually serious and didn't know anything," the 19-year-old continued. "Yes, there was a lot things you asked, and I was like, 'I don't know.' Jimmy recalled: "Everyone jumped down your throat, like, 'Oh, you should know who Van Halen is,'" to which the star concluded, "It was funny - I didn't really care." To round out the segment, Jimmy offered Billie the chance for her to "punch him" as means of crossing off an item on her bucket list.
  20. Sir Elton John has set a new UK chart record with his single 'Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)'. The iconic musician's latest track - which features Dua Lipa and is taken from his upcoming album 'The Lockdown Sessions' - has hit number two in the rankings and means he's landed a top 10 song in "six different decades". The Official Charts Company said: "Cold Heart's entry into the UK top 10 singles chart last month – where it currently sits at number two – means that John has now scored a top 10 song in the UK in six different decades." This means Elton - whose first top 10 single was 'Your Song' in 1971 - has overtaken Cher, Sir Cliff Richard, David Bowie, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson, who had at least one top 10 track in five different decades. Meanwhile, the 'Rocket Man' legend is continuing to recover after suffering a hip injury, which in turn forced him to postpone the European and UK leg of his 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road' tour until 2023. His husband David Furnish recently gave fans an update on his health and revealed he's "in pain" but "soldiering on". He said: "He's good. He's in pain. His hip is quite sore. He's been soldiering on for a long time, and he really was devastated to have to reschedule the next three months of shows. "But your health has to come first and I don't think he would have been able to finish the tour if he wasn't going to go in and have the hip surgery done so I'm actually really relieved and excited. "Then he'll be able to go back on the road and be pain-free and then everybody will get a better show and he'll be happier." Elton, 74, revealed on September 16 he was having to delay his planned tour dates due to his nasty fall. In a statement issued to his social media pages, he said: "It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I am forced to reschedule the 2021 dates of my Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour in Europe and the UK to 2023."
  21. Megan Thee Stallion started therapy sessions to help her cope with the deaths of her parents. On the season premiere of Taraji P. Henson's series Peace of Mind with Taraji, the 26-year-old rapper explained that her emotional wellbeing is more important than ever. "I feel like right now mental health is more important to me, more than ever, because I have more pressure on me than I feel like I used to have...when I was Megan and I wasn't as criticised and under such a magnifying glass as I am now," she said. In April, the Houston native released a promo clip announcing she was taking a break from social media to "recharge". During the interview, Megan also revealed the loss of both of her parents - her father when she was in high school and her mother in 2019 - pushed her to prioritise her mental health. "It was never a conversation that was on the table," the Savage hitmaker recalled. "Now in this space, I've lost both of my parents. So now I'm like, 'Oh, my gosh, who do I talk to? What do I do?' And I just started learning that it's O.K. to ask for help. And it's O.K. to want to go get therapy. "As a Black person and when you think of therapy, you think, 'Oh my gosh, I'm weak.' Like you think of medication and you just think the worst," she continued, noting that stigma associated with mental health prevented her from getting help in the past. Elsewhere, Megan asserted that that representation of therapy in the media has been largely negative. "Now, it's becoming safe to say, 'All right now, it's a little too much going on, somebody help me,'" she commented. "When people start to see me a lot or when my schedule gets really full, I'm probably going through something because I want to keep my mind busy."
  22. Britain's Cameron Norrie hailed the "biggest win of my career" after he beat Argentina's Diego Schwartzman in straight sets to reach the semi-finals of the Indian Wells Masters. World number 26 Norrie will replace Dan Evans as British number one after his 6-0 6-2 win in California. The 26-year-old left-hander had never previously reached the last eight of a Masters 1000 tournament. Norrie will face Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in the last four. The world number 28 beat Poland's Hubert Hurkacz 3-6 6-4 7-6 (6-2) to reach his first Masters 1000 semi-final in two years. Norrie dismantled the world number 15 in 73 minutes for his 45th win on the ATP Tour this season. Speaking after the win, Norrie said: "It was such a big moment for me playing my first Masters 1000 quarter-final, especially against Diego. "I thought I was in for an absolute battle. It's probably the biggest win of my career. I'm really happy with the way I handled everything. Victory over Schwartzman, who Norrie also beat in the first round of the 2020 US Open, should give the Briton enough ranking points to break into the world's top 20 for the first time in his career. "With Diego you have to be careful. He snuck through a couple of matches already this tournament. I had to keep my foot down and was able to get that second break and relax and play some great tennis," added Norrie. Speaking on Amazon Prime, former British number one Greg Rusedski said: "It's been an incredible performance from Norrie. The best tennis I've ever seen him play to dismantle Schwartzman. He's now got a great chance to reach his first final. In my opinion it was probably his best performance on a tennis court." Elsewhere in the men's quarter-finals, Greek second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas will face unseeded Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili and Germany's world number four Alexander Zverev takes on American Taylor Fritz. 'Norrie showed no tension' - analysis Russell Fuller, BBC tennis correspondent Schwartzman was unrecognisable from the player good enough to qualify for last year's ATP Finals in London, but Norrie showed no signs of tension in a first Masters quarter-final. He broke the Argentine's serve six times out of seven. I lost count of the number of times Schwartzman dejectedly put his hands on his hips as another point went against him. Norrie now has 45 wins this year, which is one more than Novak Djokovic, although he has played significantly more tournaments. He may have done enough to make his top 20 debut next week, and will definitely replace Dan Evans as the new British number 1 on Monday. Norrie says that means little to him, and it is perhaps a position which could change hands with more regularity in the months ahead. NFL This Week: Watch all the highlights including NFL's return to London Oasis at Knebworth: Was this the crowning moment in Britpop history?
  23. Deontay Wilder said he proved he is a "true warrior and a true king" and congratulated Tyson Fury after his knockout defeat by the British boxer in Saturday's trilogy fight in Las Vegas. The 35-year-old was stopped by Fury in the 11th round after twice knocking down the Briton himself in a thrilling third meeting between the pair. "I would be lying if I said that I wasn't disappointed," said Wilder. "I've learned that sometimes you have to lose to win." In a post on Instagram, the American added: "Hopefully, I proved that I am a true Warrior and a true King in this sport. Hopefully, WE proved that no matter how hard you get hit with trials and tribulations you can always pick yourself up to live and fight again for what you believe in." Wilder also congratulated Fury for the first time since Saturday's fight. He said: "Last but not least I would like to congratulate @gypsyking101 for his victory and thank you for the great historical memories that will last forever." After a heated build-up during fight week, where both fighters viciously goaded one another, the immediate aftermath of the fight was unsavoury. Fury, who retained his WBC world heavyweight title, said: "I thought we fought it all out there and all the allegations that they made towards me throughout the build-up of this fight, and we fought like two warriors in there. "I went over to shake his hand and say well done and he was like 'No, I don't respect you'. How can you say I've cheated when you know in your own heart and your full team knows that you just got beat fair and square. "He's a sore loser, I'm sure he's not the first one and he won't be the last one."
  24. round 100 female footballers were evacuated from Afghanistan to Doha on Thursday. Qatar's government worked with Fifa, football's world governing body, to co-ordinate the rescue effort, according to a source close to the operation. The group is understood to have included 20 national players. Fifa is trying to secure the evacuation of more footballers and their families from the country, which fell under Taliban rule in August. After the fall of Kabul, players were warned by the national team's former captain, Khalida Popal, to delete pictures of themselves playing on social media and to burn their kits to protect themselves from potential reprisals from the new regime. Many of the country's female footballers have gone into hiding since the Taliban's takeover. Fifa and players' union Fifpro wrote to a number of governments to request help. Last month, female players from Afghanistan's junior national team crossed the border into Pakistan. The girls had spent weeks in hiding amid fears of a crackdown on women's rights by the Taliban. Women were barred from participating in sports during the Taliban's last spell in power from 1996-2001.
  25. Chennai Super Kings will face Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2021 Indian Premier League final in Dubai on Friday. MS Dhoni's CSK are hoping to win their fourth IPL title, while Eoin Morgan's KKR are bidding for their third. The two sides have faced each other in one previous final in 2012, when KKR won by five wickets. Here is who and what to watch out for in this year's final of the world's most lucrative Twenty20 league. Ones to watch CSK - MS Dhoni, Moeen Ali and Ruturaj Gaikwad CSK captain Dhoni has had a quiet tournament with the bat, but in the first qualifier he made an unbeaten 18 off six balls, hitting the 13 needed off the final over to beat Delhi Capitals. Regardless of what happens in the final, a lot of attention will be on the 40-year-old former India skipper - will this be his last IPL game or will he be back in 2022? England all-rounder Moeen has not been as strong with the bat since the IPL resumed last month, averaging 14.25 in eight innings in the United Arab Emirates, with two ducks, compared to 34.33 in six knocks in India. But his bowling remains tough for batters to hit, with Moeen having one of the best economy rates in the tournament at 6.35 runs per over. Gaikwad has formed a fine opening partnership with former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, scoring 603 runs so far and needing just 24 more to surpass Punjab Kings' KL Rahul as the top runscorer in the 2021 IPL. The 24-year-old, who made his India T20 debut in July but missed out on their World Cup squad, is one of only four batters in this year's tournament to hit a century, along with Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson and Devdutt Padikkal. KKR - Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan and Venkatesh Iyer With Andre Russell having missed KKR's last six matches and a doubt for the final because of a hamstring injury, fellow West Indies all-rounder Narine has been key, offering aggressive hitting and tricky off-spin. After not being selected for the T20 World Cup because of fitness concerns, Narine showed why West Indies could rue that decision with a star performance in victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the eliminator. England captain Morgan has struggled with the bat in this year's IPL and particularly since the resumption, scoring two ducks and only passing double figures once in his last eight innings. But his calm leadership has been crucial and the tactical battle against Dhoni will be fascinating. Where many batters have stumbled on slower pitches in the UAE, KKR opener Iyer has flourished, scoring 320 runs at an average of 40. The 26-year-old made his IPL debut last month and has since hit three half-centuries - more than any other KKR batter in the whole tournament - including a vital 55 off 41 balls in the second qualifier win. Routes to the final Both finalists are managed by former New Zealand captains and team-mates Stephen Fleming (left, CSK) and Brendon McCullum (right, KKR) The 14th edition of the IPL was suspended in May, a month after it had started, because of a rise in coronavirus cases among players in India. The tournament resumed in September in the UAE. CSK were second in the table when the competition was suspended and held on to that spot despite losing their last three group games. They then beat table-toppers Delhi by seven wickets in the first qualifier. KKR were second bottom with only two wins from seven matches in India. However, they won five of their last seven group games in the UAE to finish fourth in the table, before beating third-place finishers RCB in the eliminator on Tuesday. KKR then survived a mighty collapse in the second qualifier to beat Delhi on Wednesday.
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