The most awesome indies of E3 2017

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E3 showcased a ton of big video games made by big studios with budgets in the millions — like Super Mario Odyssey and Assassin’s Creed Origins — but those weren’t the only titles worthy of our attention. There were a handful of breathtaking indie games that deserve the spotlight, too.

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This E3’s stock of indies had some undeniably charming, thought-provoking, and intensely action-packed selections spanning all sorts of genres. These are the ones that stood out as some of the best of E3 2017.

The Swords of Ditto

You are the hero in the adorable, procedurally generated land of Ditto. In a nod to The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening, you wake up on the beach and dive right into your adventure in The Swords of Ditto, tackling dungeons, gaining new items, and battling enemies until you’re ready to take on the evil Mormo. If you die, though, you’re gone for good, and you’ll have to try again as a new hero.  Read more…

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Television Critic Association Award acting nominees are all women and people of color — for the first time

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We all know that Hollywood sucks when it comes to the inclusion of women and minorities on screen and behind the scenes — UCLA’s 2017 Hollywood Diversity Report confirmed that “racial minorities and women remain severely underrepresented in film and television hiring.” (What else is new?)

That’s why today’s Television Critics Association Awards nominations are a landmark of sorts — there isn’t a single white cis-male actor nominated in either of the categories for individual achievement in a TV drama or comedy — a first for the organization, which is comprised of more than 200 TV critics and journalists across the US and Canada, who are tasked with watching more TV than any one human should be exposed to on a daily basis. Read more…

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Mike Pence’s new puppy and kitten have no idea what they just got into

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Vice President Mike Pence keeps filling Trump’s pet-less White House with his own collection of animals. 

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Over Father’s Day weekend, Pence was back in Indiana where he was surprised with a new puppy, Harley.

And… for Father’s Day, we surprised @VP with an Indiana puppy! Introducing: Harley! pic.twitter.com/ZlvNasOw9b

— Karen Pence (@SecondLady) June 18, 2017

Harley already took a flight on Air Force Two and is getting the lay of Veep-land in Washington, D.C. 

New Second Dog – Harley – got his first ride on Air Force Two with @VP. Next exploring the grounds & house at Vice President’s Residencepic.twitter.com/opmERCsii2

— Marc Lotter (@VPPressSec) June 19, 2017 Read more…

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Costa Rica’s president swallowed a wasp during an interview which was totally cool, no big deal whatsoever

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Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera was giving a live television interview when something unexpected happened. You know, the kind of thing no one prepares for when they’re going over talking points and political messaging and where to get dinner after said interview. 

He swallowed a bug. 

It wasn’t just any bug. It was a wasp. Yes, a wasp — an insect that has the ability to sting more than once.

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The president played it off rather gracefully. After saying, “I ate it, I ate a wasp,” he joked about how it tasted like “pure protein,” and even suggested a video of the ordeal be sent to CNN. His response video went viral over the weekend, amassing more than 233,000 views.  Read more…

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Admire the beauty that is Instagram’s art gallery at Cannes

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All your favorite — and least favorite — tech giants are in Cannes this week, trying to impress the world’s wealthiest advertisers with good conversation, great wine, and outlandish displays at Cannes Lions, an international festival of creativity for the creative communications industry.

Instagram, the Facebook-owned app known for supporting photographers and models, is at Cannes this year and to celebrate, the platform built an art gallery, titled #WanderandWonder.

SEE ALSO: I can’t be basic on Instagram anymore and it’s all because of Stories

The exhibit has inspired social sharing across Twitter, Facebook, and, of course, Instagram.  Read more…

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Sneaky cat pretends to be human to avoid being seen by dog

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The best thing to do when in close contact with someone you don’t want to talk to is to blend in with your surroundings. Laugh along with a group of strangers, hide behind a fake plant, do literally anything to make yourself invisible. 

In this video uploaded to Youtube by user Binshattan145, one cat wants absolutely nothing to do with a passing dog. After the cat notices the dog from the peripherals of its nervous side-eye, it acts fast. The only thing this stealth feline can think to do to avoid the dog and blend in with its environment is casually clap along to a song sung by a nearby group of humans.  Read more…

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100 people confess the weirdest places they’ve had sex and there are some gems

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Think you’ve had sex in some weird places?

In WatchCut’s latest video, 100 people spill the tea on the weirdest places they’ve gotten it on. Answers ranged from “front row of a movie theater,” to “an antique shop,” to just simply “Uh, I’m a virgin.”

What can we conclude from such a questionnaire? For most people, any sex that’s not in a bed is going to be considered a weird place. So don’t fret if you’ve never done the deed in the Natural History Museum behind the elephants display. Any answer to that question is a good one.  Read more…

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How the internet helped two friends to confess their love for each other

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Falling in love can be scary, but having a little reassurance that your crush feels the same is the biggest relief. 

That’s exactly what happened for one couple-to-be on Sunday. Twitter user @KINGsham shared a heartwarming screenshot of two texts she’d received around the same time. The messages came from her friends Ari and Jay, and it turned out they were both confessing their love for one another. What are the odds? 

they’re talking about each other im gonna melt pic.twitter.com/xkeSXZP12X

— sham (@KlNGsham) June 18, 2017

After their supportive friend, posted about the happy coincidence, the reaction has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic. People just love love.  Read more…

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Autopsy shows Carrie Fisher battled drug addiction until her death

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Carrie Fisher continued to struggle with drug use in the days before her death, one of many details to emerge from an autopsy report released Monday that was full of new information but still frustratingly short on conclusions.

The official cause of Fisher’s death on Dec. 27 was ruled “cardiac arrest … accompanied by vomiting and with a history of sleep apnea.” The autopsy report also noted that she had cocaine, heroin and MDMA in her system, but states clearly that investigators could not determine what, if any, impact those substances may have had on her death.

“I would tell you, from my perspective that there’s certainly no news that Carrie did drugs,” her brother, Todd Fisher, told The Associated Press on Monday. He noted that some substances were prescriptions for the mental health issues she had spoken openly about for years, adding that cigarettes had probably worsened her heart condition. Read more…

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