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DIY Tiny Houses You can Buy on Amazon

Even though they might seem like they are modern inventions, DIY houses have been trending even in the 1940’s, but because there was no internet, these ingenious home kits didn’t quite take off as expected. As we all know, history has the habit of repeating itself, so nowadays we can order directly from Amazon a nice assortment of do-it-yourself cottages and cabins, that are not only easy to set up but also look pretty cool. So, if you’re a building enthusiast, in what follows you’re going to be introduced to ten of the most popular DIY tiny houses that you can actually buy online.

Harwyn

A cube shaped little house, the Harwyn Mono is nicely designed and takes up only 2 square meters of space, making for the smallest building you could ever order online. Built and created in Australia, this frugal habitat is simply ideal for people who like to live by themselves in a confined and ergonomic space where every household appliance needs to find its specific spot. Harwyn can be bought off their website and the costs start from $39,500.

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Evolutionary Leftovers Humans No Longer Need

Maybe you aren’t that familiar with the fact that the human body is full of evolutionary leftovers that no longer serve a purpose to the overall functioning of our organism. These are called vestigial structures and many people have become fascinated with studying their origin and with seeing just how many modern people still inherit them nowadays. Prepare to be awed by our selection with eight of the most unexpected evolutionary leftovers that we are still proudly carrying with us nowadays.

Palmaris Longus

Palmaris Longus: this pretentious Latin name doesn’t refer to a fancy or complicated organ inside your body, it actually has to do with a raised band that appears on your wrist when you touch your pinky with your thumb. This muscle was very useful back in the day when we were using it to swing from tree to tree. This was millions of years ago; nowadays it doesn’t serve any major purpose anymore. In fact, the Palmaris Longus is so outdated that 14% of us don’t even have it anymore.

Darwin’s Tubercle

If you touch your ear right now, you might discover that there is a small bump on the upper part of the pavilion and even though you probably didn’t think much about this insignificant part of your body until now, it is actually called Darwin’s Tubercle and it is also considered a vestigial structure. It is a reminiscence of the fact that, in the past, people used to have pointy ears, or so Mr. Darwin devised while studying this particular feature than not many people still have in the present day.

The Tailbone

This is perhaps the most mystical evolutionary leftover that the human body has to offer, this ghostly reminder of our lost tails being known as the coccyx or more popular as “the tailbone”. Used for balance and movement while climbing cliffs and trees, this cute tail still exists in our embryo state but later on we attack and destroy it while still in the womb, in what can be characterized as the most inefficient evolutionary mechanism, ever.

Plica Semilunaris

The pink membrane that can be observed inside the corner of your eye while looking in the mirror is beautifully named the Plica Semilunaris and it used to be a third eyelid that would help us blink horizontally. While human beings don’t have a use for this vestigial structure anymore, it can still be seen in action in the eyes of many other animals, such as crocodiles or birds of prey. Plica Semilunaris is definitely one of the most fascinating evolutionary leftovers that humans have.

Goosebumps

Goosebumps are a natural reaction to extremely cold or scary situations, and while we don’t spend our days thinking about this bodily function that we as humans have, the truth is that this vestigial structure used to raise the body hair in order to make us appear bigger or trap an extra layer of heat for warmth during the winter. But because today we don’t have the same hairy bodies this function seems to have become truly obsolete.

Palmar Grasp Reflex

Yet another super cool reflex is the “palmar grasp reflex” and it can be observed if you place your finger on a baby’s palm or foot sole, the primary instinct of the infant being to grab your thumb and hold on to it with quite some strength. Ancestral primate babies had this reflex to grasp to their parents for transport and, as we now have evolved into modern monkeys, we inherited and preserved the Palmar Grasp Reflex as a main function of our bodies.

Wisdom Teeth

Our ancestors had much wider jaws because they had to devour raw meat and fibrous roots so the wisdom teeth were of real help to them, but with the discovery of fire our diets changed and so did our dentition, in conclusion the wisdom teeth became redundant over time. These evolutionary leftovers don’t appear in all individuals and those who do have them often complain about serious pain and choose to have them removed.

The Appendix

The Appendix is yet another vestigial structure that doesn’t serve its initial purpose, this organ being considered a reminiscent feature that is no longer of use to the human body. Because we can function properly after having it removed, the general conclusion was that this vermiform body part is an evolutionary leftover that was no longer needed to ensure the survival of the modern man. However, this idea is not unanimously accepted.

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10 Best Wearable Sleep Trackers

According to Sleep Expert and Neuroscientist Dr. Matthew Walker, “Sleep is the greatest legal performance enhancing drug that most people are probably neglecting” and you need 7-9 hours per night, once you start falling below 7 there are significant measurable impairments in brain function. If you get below 6 hours, you reach physical exhaustion 30% faster. Various environmental factors can have a massive impact on sleep, diet, drug and alcohol use, screens, stress, and many other things.

As they say in business, what gets measured gets managed. That’s why investing in a sleep tracking device is probably the best thing you can do for your health, to help you nail down good habits and fine tune your sleep hygiene.

My personal choice is the Oura ring. Take a look at what happens on a sunday after catching up on a weekend of partying and no sleep!

Screenshot from the oura ring app.

Oura Ring

Oura ring is present as the “most accurate, comfortable and beautiful” wearable sleep tracker on the market and this description is definitely not far from the truth. With a design that makes it the most fashionable device that was ever created, this elegant ring will register your body temperature, pulse and body movement intensity in order to compile the most comprehensive insight into your daily habits and, ultimately, help you improve your sleeping pattern.

Motiv Ring

A fitness, sleep and heart tracker that is inconspicuous when worn and easy to use, Motiv is very much alike Oura, the elegant build and multiple functions available being its main strongpoints. By wearing it you’ll be able to find out everything about your body: from how many steps you take within a full day to the number of hours you sleep at night. Motiv is a truly affordable option if you want to invest in an unobtrusive sleep tracking device.

Fitbit Charge 3

FitBit is by far the most popular brand when it comes to fitness bands and their Charge 3 model is also a best seller, making for an excellent sleep monitor and covering all the important details about the user’s activity pattern. This gadget automatically records the time spent being active as well as the duration of the Deep and REM sleep stages and the overall schedule that you’ve been following during a certain day, all of these results being used to put together the best possible personalized guidance for your sleeping habits.

Garmin Vivosmart 3

Garmin Vivosmart 3 might not look like the most elegant activity tracking device on the market but it sure packs in a lot of useful and highly responsive functions that cover the most important aspects of everyday life. Being waterproof you can shower or take a swim without needing to take it off and because of this, the health report will completely reflect your daily life style in a very comprehensive way. Vivosmart 3 is highly comfortable so using it as a sleep tracker each and every night will become a real pleasure.

Xiaomi Mi Band 3

Xiaomi does not only make super affordable and fine quality smartphones, it also dipped its toes into the saturated market of sleep tracking devices, the Mi Band 3 being their most popular model and costing only $50. This gadget is simply ideal for the people who are buying their first activity monitor and aren’t ready to spend hundreds of dollars right from the start, its user friendly interface and low cost being the decisive arguments in its favor.

Polar M430

Polar is not only a fitness tracker than can tell you how many hours you spent training or how many kilometers you have been running, but it is also a perfectly capable sleep analysis device that can deliver quite accurate readings of your day-night cycle. So it pretty much brings you the best of both worlds for all your daily activities. M430 has a simple design and its silicone frame turns it into an immensely comfortable piece of technology that can be successfully worn while you are asleep.

Withings Steel HR Sport

Withings is a sleep monitor that not only tracks and registers all your sleeping phases but it also can be used as an alarm clock, the gentle vibration that it features being a very interesting method of waking up in the morning. This fitness band has a classic look, being simply ideal for the more conservative of users but the top notch characteristics that it features place it amongst the best activity tracking devices on the market.

Sleep Shepherd Blue

Even though they are not as popular as watches, sleeping headbands are said to be extraordinarily accurate and immensely helpful especially for people who are suffering from insomnia. By monitoring the brainwaves, Sleep Shepherd Blue is able to play some specific sounds that help users fall asleep faster and wake up more refreshed, this headband being proven to be much more than just a simple sleep tracker.

FitBit Versa

FitBit Versa is a deeply customizable smartwatch with a long lasting 4-day battery life and a nice assortment of bands that you can choose from. Thanks to its gyroscope and optical heart rate sensor, this fashionable device works perfectly as a sleep tracker, recording with high accuracy each and every heartbeat. FitBit Versa is quite similar to the Charge 3 model, however it is able to offer more both in terms of design and performance.

LETSCOM Fitness Tracker

Costing only $25, Letscom is the absolute best budget option you could ever find, this fitness band also including a sleep monitor that is able to track the duration and consistency of your night’s rest. Keeping you always active and healthy, Letscom will improve your sleeping pattern and will also help you wake up faster and easier thanks to its embedded silent alarm that is less invasive than the classic and annoying ringing that comes from clocks.

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10 Worst Games of 2019

Hard to believe it, but almost half of 2019 has already passed by and during these few months we’ve had our fair share of video game premieres. While some of these titles were true delights and lived up to the hype, others were not so amazing and left a bitter taste in many gamers’ mouth, so in what follows we’re going to count down ten of the worst video games that have seen the light of day in 2019 so far.

Spike Volleyball

This game was made with all the right intentions, a volleyball simulator being truly something new in the dry and dreary scene of sports-based video games. Unfortunately, good intentions don’t count as success and Spike Volleyball has proven to be quite a bad title, packed with a great deal of glitches, unsynchronized mechanics and an overall messy and unfinished gameplay that made gamers scream in despair while trying to play this game.

Generation Zero

Set in Sweden 1989 that was invaded by killer robots, Generation Zero is an open world shooter created by Just Cause developer Avalanche, but unlike its more famous sibling, this title isn’t able to offer a complete and immersive experience. The lush open world and the stealth oriented gameplay are two of the elements that raise the value of this game but the unfortunate repetitiveness of the reused assets is such a big drawback.

Left Alive

Critics and gamers alike were let down by Left Alive, a survival title published by Square Enix and sold for the whooping price of $60. Deemed a total rip-off, this video game has amazing visuals but when it comes to actual gameplay mechanics and fluidity, it simply falls apart, offering a frustrating experience that doesn’t even include much of the stealth elements that were advertised in the first place. Such a big letdown!

At the Gates

An Indie strategy game from the creator of Civilization V, At the Gates puts you into the shoes of a dark age lord whose goal is to build a powerful empire and replace the fallen Roman one. This gaming title offers a good number of gameplay hours where the enthusiasts of the genre will be able to grind and create convoluted plans to grow their influence and ultimately become the absolute victor, but it also lacks in depth, has limited replayability value and quite a lot of bugs.

The Occupation

A highly innovative and complex single-player puzzle game that takes on subjects such as politics and oppression, The Occupation could have been an excellent gaming title if not for the really annoying glitches and poor development choices. The fact that this game doesn’t flow as it should remains one of the biggest problems that stopped it from becoming an unforgettable staple of the gaming scene.

God Eater 3

Very much in the same vein as Monster Hunter, God Eater 3 has the player smashing the same buttons on the controller over and over again until the enemy is dead, but as much fun as all this craziness might look like at first glance, after several such sessions, it will start to feel stale and tedious. And these are also the main complaints of this, otherwise interesting, gaming title: it is way too similar to other games from the same genre.

Crackdown 3

An interesting sandbox where you can bring mayhem and destruction to a futuristic city, Crackdown 3 is good enough to offer a few tens of hours of entertainment but as a AAA title it simply does not stand up to the player’s expectations. As is the case with many premium titles, it lacks important features and while it does have its personal charm, this has proven to not be enough in the end. Crackdown 3 could have been a great game but it missed this chance by a few inches.

Jump Force

Jump Force brings together an alliance of the most powerful Manga heroes from Dragon Ball, One Piece, Naruto and much more, but sadly this is all we can say that’s interesting about this game, its mechanics being quite dull and substandard. Even the crossover lacks that special spark this kind of games usually have, so the end result is nothing more than a lukewarm fighting game where all you get to do is beat up some Manga characters for several hours in a row.

Anthem

Anthem is one of those gaming titles that turned famous as soon as it was released but this doesn’t necessarily mean that it is an excellent game, on the contrary, it has a lack of context, monotonous loot and a nearly non-existent endgame, all in all being nothing more than a pretty game where players can shoot things and feel heroic. For a title that has been so anticipated, Anthem might be considered quite a massive letdown by some people.

Dead or Alive 6

The Dead or Alive series is known for the huge amount of bouncy female body parts that happen to appear during the gameplay, and while this sixth installment is a little tamer than its predecessors in terms of nudity, the gameplay might feel a little bit too similar for the loyal fans of the franchise. Dead or Alive 6 is not a game that you need to directly throw into the trash, but it doesn’t bring anything new to the table and you might as well be playing the previous installment.

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10 Gamers Who Explored ONE GAME For Years and Discovered Something New

“Perseverance is the key to success”. This motto seems like it was made for the gaming world where every achievement is awarded after working hard and trying even harder to surpass your drawbacks. Some players are so dedicated they even spend their whole life perfecting themselves by playing and replaying a certain title a million times, and these ten people who explored one game for years and discovered something new every time are the perfect example of how perseverance looks like.

World of Warcraft Players Discovered a Hidden World Boss

Redditor “drfievel” and his friends discovered a hidden world boss in World of Warcraft after playing the popular mmorpg for several years in a row. This fearsome enemy was named Kosumoth and was found in a certain obscure cave on the Broken Isles, the entire process of seeking him out being kind of convoluted so it’s no wonder that it stood hidden for such a long period of time. Patience and tenacity definitely repay the players of WoW!

GTA V Player Solved Mt. Chilliad’s Mystery after 4 Years

The meaning of the mural found on Mount Chilliad has been a mystery for the first three years after the game’s release, so when this extremely dedicated gamer managed to solve it after playing a million times and thinking of all the possible connotations the drawing might have, the entire community remained in awe. Sir Galehaut did thorough research and put together the ultimate analysis of the mural and we cannot be but impressed by his dedication.

Gamer Plays Skyrim for Years to Discover that Dragons Change the Terrain

A Reddit user named hyrte0010 made a post about how he has been playing Skyrim for several years only to discover one fortunate day that dragons can actually make a dent into the terrain, damaging the ground they fall upon. It seems that this only happens if you hit a dragon while in flight and make it weak enough so that it may crash on the ground, or so the original poster has explained on the Skyrim subreddit.

Halo: Reach Players Spent Seven Years Trying To Enter A Cutscene Room

There are some Easter eggs in video games that you know are hard to reach and then there are the really impossible things that you have to do and you’ll quickly give up even trying to achieve them. For example, the idea of getting into a particular cutscene room in Halo: Reach sounds so crazy that you wouldn’t even attempt to carry on with this insane task. But not these players, who spent no less than seven years trying to enter the cutscene! They gave it their all to see it done!

Battlefield 1 Players Struggled for A Year To Open This Door

Nicknamed the Zombie Door, this secret entrance was so well locked that it took gamers a full year of trial and error to actually be able to open it and discover the secrets that stood hidden behind it. Because there was a succession of specific steps that had to be followed and completed in order to open this door, this task turned into a highly difficult one so it’s no wonder that it took one full year of playing Battlefield 1 to actually discover it.

Secret World Found hidden in ‘Legend of Zelda’ 30 years after its Release

The Minus World stood in the shadows for 30 years, ever since the original Legend of Zelda title was released, this secret section being purposely hidden by developers inside the depths of the game, but, as is the case with many other incredible discoveries, a player named Skelux put all his skills to work and found it. Identifying himself as someone who “dissects classic video games”, this expert player managed to uncover this secret world after three whole decades.

Guy Discovered A Never Before Seen Mario 64 Coin

It seems that when you keep on playing the same video game for months and even years in a row, unexpected details start to surface, like this never before seen Mario 64 coin that was found by Scott Buchanan, a video games expert that managed to uncover the rare 2,093rd coin of the game. The entire finding process is an overly complicated one so we’re not going to go into details right now, but instead we’re going to celebrate the sheer dedication of this gamer.

Minecraft Player Plays for Five Years, Loses Game

There’s nothing more frustrating than losing your progress in a video game after you’ve been playing for hours, but how about losing a game of Minecraft that you’ve been struggling on for FIVE years?! This simply sounds like torture and Phil Watson can tell you how painful it is to lose all of your achievements in a matter of seconds. Sadly, this story doesn’t have a happy ending like the others in our list, because, sometimes, the only discovery you can make after playing a game for years is how deep frustration really feels like.

This Gamer Made a Forever-Marathon of Every Metal Gear Solid Game

You know you are the ultimate fan of a franchise when you have been playing and replaying their games a thousand times, and this gamer who has been making a forever-marathon of all the Metal Gear Solid titles is the living proof of this idea. George Salonikh said that he wanted to make a living out of playing video games but didn’t want to compete in eSports, so he made his own niche where he has been playing the same games for years in a row discovering that one could actually put food on the table by streaming their favorite video game over and over again.

Street Fighter II Combos Discovered After 28 years

When a game has been out for 28 years, you can imagine that any secrets that it might hold were discovered a long time ago, but believe it or not “the world’s greatest fighting game combo technician” named Desk dug out a series of incredible unseen combos in Street Fighter II after playing the game for a million times, probably. The truly incredible thing is that these moves are really-really hard to put together so the gamer who discovered them is a real skilled hero.

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DIY Tiny Houses You can Actually Buy Online

Even though they might seem like they are modern inventions, DIY houses have been trending even in the 1940’s, but because there was no internet, these ingenious home kits didn’t quite take off as expected. As we all know, history has the habit of repeating itself, so nowadays we can order directly from Amazon a nice assortment of do-it-yourself cottages and cabins, that are not only easy to set up but also look pretty cool. So, if you’re a building enthusiast, in what follows you’re going to be introduced to ten of the most popular DIY tiny houses that you can actually buy online.

Harwyn

A cube shaped little house, the Harwyn Mono is nicely designed and takes up only 2 square meters of space, making for the smallest building you could ever order online. Built and created in Australia, this frugal habitat is simply ideal for people who like to live by themselves in a confined and ergonomic space where every household appliance needs to find its specific spot. Harwyn can be bought off their website and the costs start from $39,500.

Allwood Arlanda

Sporting a minimalist and geometrical look, Arlanda is one of the most popular house models made by Allwood, a company that sells a wide assortment of ready-to-assemble homes on Amazon. Ideal to be used as a home office or a single room guest house, this prototype has immense windows in order to let in as much natural light as possible, and because it is so easy to assemble you can put it in pretty much any corner of your garden with very little effort.

ECOHOUSEMART | Laminated Log House Kit

This house is a bit more costly, falling in the $65,000 category, but you really get your money’s worth because it looks like a million bucks while also having multiple rooms and, to top it all off, is spacious enough to accommodate a whole family. Ecohousemart created this laminated log house with a great deal of attention to detail, the elegant and timeless design perfectly complementing the overall usability of this amazing home.

Lillevilla Allwood Cabin Kit Getaway

Lillevilla by Allwood has the classic cottage look but with a twist, more precisely it also has a loft where you can spend late summer nights reading and watching the nature as it goes silent. This house is the perfect getaway cabin in the woods that also includes all the comforts of a modern home, but unlike a conventional house it costs way less and can be ordered online and built on the spot by following a few simple steps.

Allwood Ranger Cabin

Another DIY tiny house from Allwood that has a nicely polished look and a smart interior design, the Ranger Cabin is stylish and timeless. With a nice little porch where you can sip your morning coffee, this do it yourself home can be simply ordered off the internet and immediately built by your crafty hands. Allwood has all kinds of house kits that are catered towards a great deal of customers and that includes all sorts of models and price ranges.

BZBCabins.com Lakeview Log Cabin

The Lakeview Log Cabin is a highly compact vacation home that actually measures 209 square feet even though it might look as small as a matchbox. It features only one main space that can be used in a multitude of ways according to the specific needs of the owner who decides to buy this house kit from Amazon. Having such a simplistic design, this cottage also has some truly straightforward assembly instructions so building it will be a piece of cake.

Eagle Point is a luxurious DIY house that sports a futuristic design, two floors and a great deal of useful space where you can arrange the furniture and other house décor pieces in every imaginable way you might want. This model does not shy away from showing the user that an easy-to-assemble building can also be as perfectly functional and fashionable as a brick and mortar one, which is truly great for the arts and crafts enthusiasts who would like to build their own home one day.

Timber Frame Cabin Kit

Rustic would be the closest term that could perfectly describe the Timber Frame Cabin, a small do-it-yourself hut that looks exactly like the gingerbread house from Hansel and Gretel. Very chic and cozy, this cabin doesn’t just extend on a single level, it also offers a nice bedroom space in a penthouse, which is a very welcomed and nice addition to the entire house design. The timber Frame Cabin Kit is perhaps one of the most good looking and ergonomic DIY tiny houses you can order online.

MODS 40 Foot Tiny Home

Okay, this house hasn’t quite captured the romantic feel of the other cottages we already showed you and, if we were to be totally honest, it is more like a container than a proper home but for those of you who are into the industrial look, it is simply a perfect match. Mods 40 Foot tiny house is, exactly as its name suggests, a small construction fit for a couple who likes to live sustainably and consume as few resources as possible.

Called “Tiny Home”, this RV style house is everything but tiny, in fact it is so spacious that it creates the impression that you are living in a generous mansion. Because it is decorated in a smart way, it has enough room for a couch, a kitchen supplied with a cooking stove, a bathroom and a nice bedroom, all of these being perfectly fitted in a space of 399 square feet. Tiny Home is the epitome of small yet comfortable living spaces.

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Hidden Details from Games People Didn’t Notice

Every time you find an easter egg in a video game you feel like a fully-fledged Sherlock Holmes, but no matter how mighty you might feel, you have to accept that there are still some hidden secrets that you probably didn’t know about. And because we like to dive deep into anything and everything video game related, we’ve put together an amazing list with 10 hidden details that people didn’t notice in the video games that they were playing.

Cucco Lady – A Link To The Past

The pesky Cuccos were first introduced in The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and since then they have been chasing players with their insatiable appetite for destruction once they were pestered by the unknowing gamers. In Kakariko village you’ll get the chance to turn one of these fowls into a lady and maybe in this humanized form you’ll get some more info on the topic of why they are such an endless nuisance and what they truly want from life.

Saving The Animals – Super Metroid

Not every hidden game secret feels the need to include something drastic, like a destructive force, in fact, this example from Super Metroid allows for a super happy ending where a bunch of helpful alien animals get to live happily ever after. Huddled together in a secret room, this motley crew can be saved by Samus if you blow a hole in one of the walls and let them escape the planet before it goes kaboom. A tiny ship will be seen tagging along with Samus’ during the ending.

Warp Whistle 1 – Super Mario Bros 3

It’s no wonder that this trick stayed hidden for such a long time, it’s so unexpected that nobody would have thought of doing it. In Super Mario Bros 3 you can drop down behind a specific white brick that appears to be part of the background and walk behind the end of the level right into the zone where the first secret warp whistle is hidden. How and why? We don’t know that! In fact, nobody knows, this is why this is called an easter egg.

Fight Reptile – Mortal Kombat

The recipe for success is usually a very convoluted one and, in this case, we are really dealing with some sort of sorcery. Reptile is an elusive Mortal Kombat opponent that can only be “summoned” if a succession of specific steps is followed: you need to do a double flawless fatality on The Pit during a one-in-six chance when some shapes are passing in front of the moon. How does this sound? Complicated, right? This is actually how it was intended to be!

The other Half of the Game – Castlevania: Symphony of the Night

Bravo, you just finished Symphony of the Night, you’re a real hero, but what about the second castle? Wait, what, there’s a second castle? Bet you didn’t know that, and this is how most players missed half of the game! It appears that you have to wear a pair of holly glasses while battling the final boss in order to see the real enemy that hovers above Richter’s head. What, wasn’t that blatantly obvious? How on Earth could people miss it so many times? Noobs.

Secret Stars – Braid

The secret empty constellation that can be seen in the first area of Braid can pass as a simple decorative item, nothing being hinted about its easter egg-ish nature throughout the game, but through a series of intricate steps you’re able to collect all of the stars and unveil some extra plot details that will make this already awesome game even more mesmerizing. Without giving too many spoilers, we can tell you that solving this secret involves using the moving platforms.

Wesker’s Desk – Resident Evil 2

Wesker’s desk in Resident Evil 2 is a total mess, you can search it all you want for more clues but it has been ransacked and there’s nothing you can do about it, or can you? If you’re patient enough and start to dig through rubble for no less than 48 times, you’ll find a roll of film that will reveal Wesker has a thing for Rebecca Chambers wearing a small basketball uniform. Since the film was undeveloped, we already know who took the pictures… Yes, Wesker, we’re looking at you!

Secret of the Statues – God of War

Do you remember the two massive and apparently indestructible statues that you happen to pass by just when you’re about to take your seat on Ares’ throne? The truth is that they are actually destructible environment, but you’ll have to hit them a few hundred times to eventually shatter them to pieces. The reward? A free in-game telephone number that when dialed you’ll get to hear David Jaffe talking with Kratos. Not the reward we were hoping for, but definitely a damn well-hidden detail!

Chief’s Name on Bullet – Halo

You know how Master Chief is considered the absolute poster boy when it comes to the Halo franchise? Well, they took this idea so seriously that they even branded the bullets in Halo 3 with the Chief’s name, but as you can imagine this secret is virtually impossible to discover without a little help. The only way to actually be able to read what’s written on the bullet casings is if you play the game in Theater Mode and manipulate the camera angle in order to see the underside of the ammo that has just been fired.

Creepy Robbie – Silent Hill 4: The Room

As if the Silent Hill franchise wasn’t already terrifying enough with all the jump scares it throws at us, some disturbing secret details needed to be mixed in just to shake things a little bit more. One such instance involves the infamous Robbie the Rabbit, who sits in Eileen Galvin’s room in Silent Hill 4 and although it seems to be as inanimate as a stuffed toy could be, it will make your heart stop once you see how he points at you after Eileen is taken to the hospital later in the story. He knows what you’ve done and he is now judging you.

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8 Best Friends Made Through Gaming

Gaming has always been regarded with a great deal of skepticism, people deeming it an unhealthy medium where players learn how to be violent, become addicted to sitting all day at their computer and live a lazy life. But these inspiring stories that display incredible friendships blooming thanks to online games will totally tip the balance towards the positive aspects of playing online games and getting in touch with people form all over the world. 

Best Friends from GTA Meet In their Favorite Game Location

For the general public, Grand Theft Auto is just an overly violent video game where players gang up in order to rob banks, shoot people and run over pedestrians, but when played online with other likeminded gamers, it can turn into the perfect place to meet people that can become your best friends. Nikkievercetti and King Duncan made a statement about the connective power online games have when they met for the first time IRL after playing GTA online together for about one year. Of course, they chose to meet in their favorite spot that inspired the pier from Los Santos.

Couple Gets Engaged in Game and Then in The Real Life

Getting married in a video game is not unheard of, in fact, many players were doing this kind of thing in popular games like World of Warcraft, for example. Marie and Jay Coulbeck crafted some killer avatars for themselves in the 3D chat room IMVU and after interacting almost daily, they decided to get engaged, virtually. Even though their real-life personas didn’t physically match the perfection of their online ones, these two lovebirds ended up getting married IRL, in one of the most heart melting love stories online gaming has ever seen.

Online Friends Meet IRL after One Gets Terminal Cancer Diagnosis

A group of six online players have been getting together in games for about five years without meeting in person until one of them started receiving treatment for cancer. Even though they only interacted with each other online, once they met in the real world, they immediately bonded as if they knew each other since forever. Such a moving story finally sheds some positive light on the video game industry that is usually blamed for perpetuating violence, addiction and an anti-social behavior.

Halo 3 Sessions Start a Life Long Friendship

Yet another exceptional story about the powerful social component video games have is that of two complete strangers who became best friends in the real world after playing Halo 3 for several years. As the protagonists of this story describe it, they would have never met if it wasn’t for online gaming, one of them living in California, and the other one in Washington. What’s even more amazing is that they became such good pals, they met several times over the years and even got together to go on a trip to the Bahamas.

Group of Friends Finally Meets to Play D&D IRL

A Reddit post where a user tells his inspiring story of how he and six other friends finally got to see each other in real life after their only interaction was through online gaming sessions got upvoted about 4 thousand times. A Dungeons & Dragons game that started at 9 p.m and ended at 3 a.m is what brought them together for the first time in real life, the entire experience being described as immensely entertaining and meaningful, as you would expect.

Young Rapper Meets 86-Year-Old Grandma He’s Been Words-with-Friends With

Spencer and Roz have, perhaps, the most unusual of friendships, the 64-year age gap that separates them being seen as a major impediment that would have never been broken if they would have first met in real life. What brought them together though, was the Scrabble-like game Words with Friends and after playing more than 300 games together, Spencer finally went to Florida to meet his new best friend in the flesh.

Dad Becomes Best Friends with Xbox Buddy

After seven years of intense gaming on the Xbox, these two buddies finally got to meet each other in real life too and their encounter was a true celebration that was documented in the most genuine of ways by one of the gamers’ daughter. The photos of the pair immediately went viral on Twitter, people being encouraged to talk about their own new age gaming friendship tales. This story became so popular, that even Xbox got on the bandwagon and created a Gif of the BFFs.

Guy Makes Xbox Friend Who He Never Met IRL His Best Man

There isn’t a stronger piece of evidence that online friends are exactly like real life ones than this story about an in-game friendship that lasted for 15 years and reached its peak when one of the guys decided to make the other one the best man at his wedding even though they have never seen each other outside of the virtual world. This immense amount of trust they shared shows that establishing strong bonds doesn’t necessarily require a physical contact.

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The Most Beautiful Open World Games of All Time

Open world games have the unique advantage of offering players complete liberty when it comes to exploring each and every corner of the universe that surrounds them. And because, over time, this gaming genre has acquired quite some appreciation, in what follows we will be capitalizing on this admiration and reveal our very own list that includes ten of the most beautiful open world games that were ever released on the market.

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

Set in Ancient Greece, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is the necessary breath of fresh air that the popular franchise needed. With stunning visuals and a highly engaging storyline, this open world gaming title will definitely mesmerize you with its luxuriant sceneries and life-like animations with the help of it’s over 100 hours of gameplay. Odyssey has a truly exquisite look about it and will definitely enter history as one of the best-looking video games out there.

Horizon: Zero Dawn

Ever since Horizon: Zero Dawn was launched, the story of Aloy has been taking us through the unique world of a video game that does not only offer an immensely authentic gameplay experience, but it also gives us aesthetic gratification. Every little detail that was put into the making of this RPG brings something new and different to the story, the final result being an utterly unique visual journey that we get to enjoy every time we play this game.

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild

Legend of Zelda is one of the most iconic gaming series in the entire world, its emotional plotline, significant characters and well-rounded gameplay being appreciated even by the most pretentious of gamers. Garnering such a solid legacy, Breath of the Wild is simply astonishing, the otherworldly graphics it features and the refreshed mechanics making fans fall in love over and over again every time they are immersing themselves in the beauty of this game.

Red Dead Redemption 2

The second instalment of the Red Dead Redemption franchise was definitely one of the most anticipated video games of the past few years, and the good thing is that it did not disappoint. On the contrary, this western adventure not only brought back the heated gun fights of its forefather but it also filled our eyes with glowing red sunsets, rich prairie décors and well-polished characters that looked and felt as if they were real. 

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

The Witcher 3 is such a successful gaming title that Netflix took it upon themselves to create a TV series that will revolve around the popular heartthrob known as Geralt of Rivia. This role playing title is not only appreciated for its engaging gameplay but it also has a lot to offer in terms of graphics, its visuals passing the test of time even after four years since the game was first released on the market. Wild Hunt is undeniably one of the masterpieces that shaped the gaming scene.

Batman: Arkham Knight

Beauty can come in many forms and Batman: Arkham Knight is the perfect epitome that showcases this idea, its dark and moody atmosphere being so attentively designed that it’s impossible not to appreciate the artistic value of the game. In total contrast with the more vivid imagery found in other gaming titles, the bleak scenery of Gotham has its own perks, the strong contrast between the night sky and the piercing red lights of the city being an iconic visual trademark of the Batman universe.

Kingdom Come: Deliverance

Apart from its brutal and bloody world that, to be honest, shows the authentic reality of the Middle Ages, Kingdom Come: Deliverance is a truly good-looking game, the amount of sheer details that it features in each of its frames being, at times, overwhelming. This title not only challenges the player when it comes to combat mechanics, but it also offers the visually calibrated context necessary to tell a convincing story.

Middle-earth: Shadow of War

Shadow of War is a beautifully intense gaming title, both in terms of gameplay and when it comes to aesthetic value, the saturated colors and vibrant nuances of the environment perfectly complimenting the powerful storyline. For the hardcore fans of the Lord of the Rings universe, this action role-playing title is the ultimate experience when it comes to having a taste of the intricate and intriguing world created by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Final Fantasy XV

There is no gamer on the face of the Earth who hasn’t heard about Final Fantasy, the cultural importance of this series having a great impact on people. The latest title of the franchise is not only packed with fast paced action and challenging fights but it also manages to immerse the player into its universe through the perfectly gorgeous graphics it features. Final Fantasy XV is a true feast for your eyes and it will definitely retain its value for many years to come.

Forza Horizon 4

The world of Forza Horizon 4 is so genuine and authentic that even watching a gameplay video can make you feel like you were sitting right in the very car that’s racing through rain, snow, sun or something in between, all of the above being rendered in such a realistic way that you can almost feel the drops of water on your skin. The beauty of this racing open world title is uncontestable and every minute spent playing it simply fills your soul with great satisfaction.

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Things Fortnite Players Dislike The Most

It’s no secret that Fortnite is an immensely popular and highly beloved video game but as is the case with many other competitive titles on the market, there are situations when players get annoyed by various elements or happenings that disturb them throughout the gameplay. And because we want to show you that you’re not alone in this ordeal, we’ve put together a video that highlights ten of the worst things that Fortnite players hate.

Bush Campers

Campers are definitely the most hated player typology in the entire history of video gaming but the bush campers from Fortnite are a totally different kind of annoyance, because they can stay hidden in the vegetation until there are only two players left in the game and then jump out and kill them, ultimately winning the match. In conclusion, bush campers are the supreme nightmare when it comes to things that players hate in Fortnite. 

Defaults

There’s an entire cult of hatred built around the so called “defaults”, which means players who don’t have a special skin. These ostracized entities are said to be either noobs who are dead weight for the team, or veteran gamers who are simply “smurfing” the game, or, in other words, are hiding behind a mask of incompetence just to annoy other teammates. Be it as it may, “defaults” are amongst the most hated things that come to mind when asking a Fortnite player what really pushes his or her buttons in this game.

When your Killer Starts Dancing

Dancing and Fortnite go like peanut butter and jelly but there’s a time and place for celebration, and that is definitely not after you get killed by an enemy. No matter how cruel those impromptu dancing sessions seem, they start right after you’ve kicked the proverbial bucket and no matter how annoyed you are by them, the triumphant players will continue to perform these dances, gloating at your dismay and contorting their bodies in the most victorious of ways.

Drinking a Big Shield Potion Mid Fight

Because they are slower than the small shield potions, big or standard ones seem to be dreaded by the majority of players. It’s not that they aren’t efficient, on the contrary, but when you drink one of those due to certain circumstances and then right after that you find the mini version that would have worked way faster, you just know that you are not lucky today. So, drinking a big shield potion and immediately finding a small one is one of those things that probably keep Fortnite players awake at night.

Shotguns that Don’t Do Enough Damage

It seems that shotguns are the source of many frustrations in the popular game of Fortnite, countless players cursing the inefficiency of these weapons and swearing that they are losing matches because of them. Back when the battle royale title was first released, shotguns were a little too overkill so developers nerfed them in such a way that nowadays they are practically useless, turning into real memes inside the community.

The Rocket Kills You but Not the Enemy

In a twisted play of Karma, the beautifully destructive rocket that you just launched kills all life forms around it, including you, except it doesn’t kill the targeted enemy… you know… the person you were actually trying to kill. This horror scenario is not just a hypothetical one, the reality being that such unfair things happen in Fortnite with a pretty annoying regularity. Evidently, players are terrorized by these instances and as much as they’d love to see the blazing flames of the rocket launcher burn bright, they always feel like everything could turn against them in mere seconds.

A Chest with Terrible Items

Finding chests and looting them is a common fun activity present in many video games, but Fortnite desperately relies on you finding important and good items inside these boxes because it’s the only way of upgrading your gear, especially at the beginning of a match. With this in mind, you can only imagine how exasperating it is to run across the map and stumble upon the worst chest there is – filled only with garbage items and deep frustration.

Die when in Top 3

Reaching Top 3 in Fortnite is one of the most fulfilling feelings in the world but all this joy can rapidly turn into sorrow if you happen to die exactly when you almost reach the end. An avalanche of intense anger is the usual result of this happening, biting the dust right when you managed to finally qualify among the best players being the worst feeling ever. Game after game, the possibility to blow it when you are so close to the end really gets on a player’s nerves.

You Win a Fight But still Get Killed

Getting killed right after winning a tough fight is by far one of the most irritating feelings ever and in Fortnite this thing can happen quite often taking into consideration the ultra-competitive nature of this battle royale gaming title. Players are especially annoyed by the “defaults” that get to claim their head right after getting out victorious from an impossible fight, so it’s only natural that they lose their wits after such a terrible thing happens.

Cancelling a Potion

Using a potion or an item that has a timer and being forced to move just to cancel its effect when it only had a few seconds until completion awakens the fiercest of rages in any player. The worst is when you are in the middle of a heated fight and you have to stand still for the healing potion to take effect but you also have to avoid getting killed and these two actions simply do not seem to go together nicely, so you end up actually cancelling the potion and regretting this stupid action for the rest of your life.