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The 10 Best 3DS Games on Nintendo Switch, Plus 5 We’d Like to See – SwitchArcade Special – TouchArcade

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Hello again, friends. I’ve been having fun with this little series where I try to find games from other consoles that have been ported to the Switch, and with the port of Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon right around the corner I’ve decided to focus on Nintendo 3DS titles this time. Yes, Wii U is sitting right there. Maybe next time. Despite the inherent challenges in bringing 3DS games to a console without two screens, a relatively large number made the hop. We’ve got ten of our favorites here in no particular order, and for fun we’ve also added five more we’d like to see. To the games!

Monster Hunter Stories ($29.99)

You’re going to see a lot of Capcom on this list, and I suspect it’s because the way it built its 3DS games made them easier to port than most. Monster Hunter Stories is the latest, and it’s a charming and enjoyable RPG based on the publisher’s extremely famous series of action games. While the game certainly has better performance on other platforms, this Switch version at least looks and runs a lot better than the very ambitious 3DS original. The price is nice, too!

Apollo Justice – Ace Attorney Trilogy ($49.99)

Okay, one of the games in this set was a Nintendo DS game rather than a 3DS game. But the other two are 3DS games, so I’m rounding up. The second Ace Attorney Trilogy is perhaps less agreeable than the first, and it’s clearly struggling with trying to respond to fan reactions on the fly, but there’s still a lot of good lawyering to be had here. Follow new protagonists along with original hero Phoenix Wright as they try to navigate the dark age of the law. A solid collection that does these games… justice. NO APOLOGIES!

Snack World: The Dungeon Crawl – Gold ($49.99)

It’s a little hard for me to separate this game from what it was here in Japan. This was supposed to be the next major multimedia hit from the company behind Inazuma Eleven and Yokai Watch, with games, NFC toys, an animated series, and more planned. And it belly-flopped hard. The toys were rotting bins here for ages. This was all the distant past by the time the game made its way to the West via the Switch, of course. There was no such push accompanying it. No, it was just a game, and you know what? It’s not too shabby at all. A bit mindless, but it’s an enjoyable grind.

Resident Evil Revelations ($19.99)

One of the higher-profile early third-party releases for the Nintendo 3DS, Resident Evil Revelations was also one of the more impressive-looking games on the system. Capcom seemed to be dissatisfied with the sales of the game on 3DS however, and it soon made its way to other platforms and found the success it deserved. That improved version is what we have here on Switch, and it’s still quite the game. Its sequel is also very good, but since that was never on the 3DS it is not allowed on this list. At any rate, despite Revelations being very much a spin-off, it plays and feels like a proper Resident Evil game. It goes on sale often, too.

Miitopia ($49.99)

There were a lot of Nintendo 3DS games that perhaps arrived a bit too late to land as well as they might have. Miitopia could be said to be one of those, arriving in Japan scant months before the Switch launch and a similar number of months after the launch in the West. This is basically Tomodachi Life made into a fantasy RPG, and it has that usual Mii charm fused with a decent casual RPG. As usual, half the fun is putting your friends, family, and anyone else you can make a Mii of into ridiculous situations. I feel like this slipped under the radar on the Switch too, so maybe that’s just its lot in life.

The Alliance Alive HD Remastered ($49.99)

A successor to The Legend of Legacy (also available on Nintendo Switch these days), The Alliance Alive sheds some of the quirkier aspects of that game in favor of making a more straightforward turn-based RPG. It still keeps some fragments of the SaGa inspiration driving the previous game, but it’s a lot gentler on the whole. A pleasant RPG to play through on the whole, particularly for those looking for something that doesn’t take a lot of fiddling or fussing.

Rune Factory 4 Special ($29.99)

Sure, the Story of Season games are a lot of fun, but you know what makes them even more interesting? Bolting them on to an action-RPG. That’s the idea behind the Rune Factory series, and this fourth installment proved to be one of the best of the bunch. You can find a few Rune Factory games on the Switch, and I think they’re all fun. Rune Factory 4 was my entry point to the series, however, and as such it has some special meaning to me. Share my nostalgia!

Shantae & the Pirate’s Curse ($19.99)

Yes, this was indeed a Nintendo 3DS game first. This is my favorite Shantae game, as it turns out. I think it hits the right balance between exploration and guiding the player, and it’s a change of pace from collecting genie powers. The story is also a lot of fun as basically any reason to put Shantae and Risky together more often is a good one. The whole Shantae series is basically available everywhere now, but if you’re only grabbing one this is the one you want.

Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate ($39.99)

Another Monster Hunter game for good measure. This turned out to be a good opportunity for Capcom, as the 3DS was a bit too long in the tooth by the time the Ultimate version of Monster Hunter Generations would have been ready for Western release. Instead, this is how we got the improved version of one of the quirkier entries in the series. I would recommend Rise over this game, but there’s a certain flavor to Generations I cannot deny that makes it feel distinct from its peers. And hey, for a 3DS port it looks really good.

Azure Striker Gunvolt: Striker Pack ($39.99)

In some ways the successor to Inti Creates’ Mega Man Zero games, the Azure Striker Gunvolt series is fast, challenging, and stylish. The Striker Pack includes both of the games that originally hit the Nintendo 3DS, and it’s a great way to get your feet wet before you dive into the newer entries in the series. The sprites look really good on the Switch, too. Just make sure you get a controller with a decent dpad, because you’ll be giving it a real workout.

And… 5 Nintendo 3DS Games We’d Like to See on Switch

Kid Icarus: Uprising

Look, I don’t know if Kid Icarus: Uprising would find more success on the Switch or not, but I do know the game would almost certainly play a lot better than it did on the 3DS. This game screams for dual-stick controls, and pretty much everything else about the it is so well-done that it’s a shame that the core gameplay had to fight against the very controls of the system that hosted it. I think it would make a great choice for the Nintendo Switch or whatever its successor ends up being.

Bravely Default

I’ve enjoyed all three Bravely Default games, but for my money there is only one truly great game in the series, and that is this first one. Both traditional and fresh at the same time, it was the exact tonic many RPG fans needed in the wake of the, er, creative choices of the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy. There are one or two gimmicks to the game that might be difficult to translate without all of the 3DS’s special features, but I think the game could more or less make the trip intact. It would be nice to have this landmark title available more widely, and the Switch would be a good host for it.

Super Mario 3D Land

If you’ve been reading all of these articles I’ve been doing, you are probably noticing a theme. I want all the 3D Mario games on Switch, and we’re so close that I can practically smell it. Super Mario 3D Land isn’t the best 3D Mario, but the post-game content in particular has that spicy flavor that I appreciate. I’m not sure if it would be best served as a stand-alone release or with some other Mario games in a new All-Stars package, but either way I’d love to see it.

Metroid – Samus Returns

This was one of those games that hit in the Nintendo 3DS’s endgame period, and as such I don’t think it quite got the attention it deserved. Sure, it has a few issues with its over-reliance on counters and some overly-long boss battles, but if you enjoyed Metroid Dread then you’ll probably like this audition for it. I think it would scale up really nicely, and a port might give the team a chance to make some little changes to address some of the criticism.

Shin Megami Tensei IV

We have Shin Megami Tensei III and Shin Megami Tensei V on the Nintendo Switch, and if you’re willing to deal with the Japanese Nintendo Switch Online apps and can read Japanese, we have the first two games as well. The one we don’t have is Shin Megami Tensei IV, and if Atlus put it out on the Switch I’d be more than happy to add it to my collection. If Atlus is feeling extra generous, Apocalypse could be packed in with it for the ultimate Shin Megami Tensei IV release. Both are very cool games that deserve wider exposure.

And that’s the list, friends. Are there any Nintendo 3DS games you enjoy on the Switch? Any you would like to see? Feel free to sound off down in the comments and let us know what you’re thinking! It’s always interesting to hear the opinions of others on this kind of thing. As always, thanks for reading!



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‘Naked and Afraid’ Injuries Over the Years

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Naked and Afraid gives its viewers exactly what it says on the tin.

Each episode follows the journey of two people meeting for the first time, completely naked, and their attempt to survive in the wilderness for 21 days. Upon meeting at their designated location — whether it’s India or Mozambique— the partners must work together to construct a shelter and secure water and food.

Dani Beau, who starred in season 6 of the hit Discovery Channel series, described her experience to Nikki Swift in 2021 as “nerve-wracking,” adding, “The crew is filming you. And you see them decked out with big snake boots and mosquito nets, and you can smell their bug spray and everything.”

She continued: “And just seeing the thickness of the location that we’re put into for the first time, you’re just like, ‘Wow, what am I doing?’ You feel very vulnerable.”

The Discovery Channel series has shown audiences some insane scenes since it first aired in June 2013 — and producers no doubt make their contestants sign plenty of liability forms. Although no deaths have occurred on the show, injuries are bound to happen in the extreme conditions the show creates.

Keep reading to see the most outrageous Naked and Afraid injuries over the years:

2013: Dengue Fever

During season 2, Manu Toigo was bitten by a mosquito that was carrying the dengue virus. As time went on, Toigo developed dengue hemorrhagic fever. This life-threatening medical condition can cause shock, organ failure and death. The worst of the symptoms didn’t surface until she arrived back in L.A. after filming and began to experience headaches. Manu was then admitted to the hospital where doctors treated her.

“Every day I’m getting stronger,” Manu told fans in a video update weeks after contracting the virus. “And having physical therapy two, three times a week — basically just to get all my body strength back because I had such muscle atrophy — and I’m also dealing with nerve damage throughout the body.”

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She added that her symptoms of dengue fever are “debilitating” and hoped to work through “the difficult part” of getting back on her feet.

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2015: Flesh-eating Bacteria

When a bug bit Matt Wright’s foot in season 3 of Naked and Afraid XL, doctors initially treated it with antibiotics. Unbeknownst to doctors at the time, the bite was infected with a  flesh-eating bacteria. It quickly spread to the point that Wright faced the risk of losing his foot — or even death. Consequently, he withdrew from that season but returned for future episodes.

2017: Stage 2 Hypothermia

While sleeping in the Velebit mountains of Croatia during a rainstorm, Samantha Ohl refused to cuddle up with her partner for warmth. Once she started shivering and experiencing delusions, medics rushed her to the hospital. Local doctors were able to prevent any long-term consequences and despite the scare, the contestant expressed pride in her time on the show following her hospital stay.

After a few days of receiving treatment, Samantha said in the hospital “My kids will see, you know, Mom did it,” adding, “My body couldn’t handle the last part. I was really looking forward to high-fiving Adam and saying, ‘We did it.’ I thank you for being there and watching out for me.”

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2023: Hypothermia

During season 1 of Last One Standing, Amber Hargrove experienced hypothermia after her body temperature dropped on a freezing night in South Africa.

“Three nights of being freezing cold was so difficult,” Amber said through tears during the episode. “I noticed my muscles started to tighten up and when I couldn’t stand in the shelter and I couldn’t talk straight, I realized something was wrong with me.”

2023: Burned Genitals

During the season 15 premiere, a hot coal popped from a nearby fire and burned the tip of Sam Mouzer’s penis. The show’s medical team successfully treated the injury and averted the onset of infection.

“We’ve been peppered by hot coals,” Sam said on the show, describing the injured part of his body as his “little soldier’s helmet.”

A medic tending to Mouzer said the injury “shouldn’t be too traumatizing” while dabbing the wound with a Q-tip. Sam quickly recovered and proceeded with the rest of the show.



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Taylor Swift Snaps Royal Selfies With Prince William, Kids, and Travis Kelce at London Eras Stop

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British and American royalty unite! Taylor Swift had three very special guests attend her London Eras Tour stop on Friday. 

Prince William and his two oldest children, Prince George, 10, and Princess Charlotte, 9, were spotted at Wembley Stadium enjoying the massive show. 

The Prince of Wales was spotted busting a move to Swift’s hit “Shake It Off” in the stands on his 42nd birthday. 

Taylor Swift performs onstage during Taylor Swift | The Eras Tour at Wembley Stadium on June 21, 2024 in London, England.Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TAS Rights Management

As a special treat, Swift and her boyfriend, Travis Kelce, who also attended the show, had a private meet and greet with the royals backstage. 

The “Fortnight” singer snapped several selfies with the crew, giving William a birthday shoutout, writing, “Happy Bday M8! London shows are off to a splendid start 🇬🇧🇺🇸🤝” 

The image also marked the first photo of Kelce that Swift has shared on her Instagram grid. 

William also shared a photo of himself with Swift, George, and Charlotte, on the official Prince and Princess of Wales Instagram account, writing, “Thank you @taylorswift for a great evening! #LondonTSTheErastour.” 

The royals were far from the only celebrities in attendance. From Travis, Jason and Kylie Kelce to Bridgerton‘s Nicola Coughlan and Queer Eye‘s Jonathan Van Ness (who was in Swift’s “You Need to Calm Down” music video), there was no shortage of celebrities among the 80,000 in attendance.

Not in attendance at the show was William’s wife, Kate Middleton, or the couple’s youngest son, Prince Louis, 6. Kate is currently in treatment for cancer as she has remained mostly out of the spotlight. 

Prince William, Kate Middleton, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis at the Trooping the Colour in London, England.Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images

The Princess of Wales made her first public appearance earlier this month at the Trooping the Colour annual birthday parade for her father-in-law, King Charles III

William has been a Swiftie for some time. The Prince of Wales and Swift took the stage alongside Jon Bon Jovi back in November 2013 at the Centrepoint Gala Dinner at Kensington Palace in London where they belted out “Livin’ on a Prayer.”

Prince William, sings with Taylor Swift and Jon Bon Jovi at the Centrepoint Gala Dinner at Kensington Palace in London, on Nov. 26, 2013.Dominic Lipinski/AFP via Getty Images

Earlier in the day on Friday, the royal guard played Swift’s “Shake It Off” during the Changing of the Guard in honor of the Eras tour stop. 

Swift is performing at Wembley Stadium from June 21 to June 23 and then again on Aug. 15-17 and Aug. 19-20. It’s not the first time Swift’s Eras Tour concert was graced with royal presence. Last August, Prince Harry’s wife, Meghan Marklemade an appearance at Swift’s stop in Los Angeles at SoFi Stadium.

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2023 Nebula Award Winners! | Worlds Without End Blog

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Nebula Awards The Saint of Bright Doors

The 2023 Nebula Awards have been announced. The best novel winner is:

The Saint of Bright Doors by Vajra Chandrasekera (Tordotcom)

Our congrats to Vajra Chandrasekera and all the nominees.

  • The Water Outlaws by S. L. Huang (Tordotcom; Solaris UK)
  • Translation State by Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • The Terraformers by Annalee Newitz (Tor; Orbit UK)
  • Shigidi and the Brass Head of Obalufon by Wole Talabi (DAW; Gollancz)
  • Witch King by Martha Wells (Tordotcom)

Locus has the full list of winners in all categories.

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In Case You Think Someone Has the Answer To New York’s Looming Energy Disaster – Watts Up With That?

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From the MANHATTAN CONTRARIAN

Francis Menton

In this post last week, I took note that New York’s electric grid system operator, NYISO, has recently issued some clear, if muted, warnings of the impossibility of the energy transition mandated by the state’s 2019 Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA). In a November 2023 Report, NYISO stated (deeply buried at page 52) that “DEFRs are needed to balance intermittent supply with demand,” and those DEFRs must be “significant in capacity.” DEFRs are the elusive and not-yet-invented “dispatchable emissions-free resources.” At a conference the following month, NYISO’s VP for System Integration Planning, Zachary Smith, reiterated the need for these DEFRs in large amounts. Smith presented charts quantifying the capacity of DEFRs needed for New York to “balance” its prospective intermittent wind/solar supply as something in the range of 30+ GW. 30 GW is close to the peak electricity demand for the entire state, and is approximately equivalent to the existing capacity of New York’s fleet of natural gas plants, all of which are mandated to be closed by 2040.

So what is the answer to the great DEFR conundrum? New York’s Public Service Commission, operating from its usual playbook, has initiated a proceeding, under the name Proceeding 15-E-0302, to uncover the answer. My New York co-blogger Roger Caiazza calls this the “DEFR Proceeding,” although I don’t find the PSC using that name. Everybody gets to submit their brilliant thoughts and ideas. So far there seem to be well over 22,000 items entered in the docket — more than any human being can ever read.

In just the past few days, some big comments from important players have floated in. On Monday (June 17), a comment appeared on this DEFR docket co-signed by two environmental NGOs, Earth Justice and the Sierra Club. These are two of the very biggest, best funded, and most vociferous advocates of the urgent necessity of an immediate energy transition away from fossil fuels. With their hundreds of millions of dollars of annual revenue and scores of staffers, surely these guys must have found the answer to the DEFR conundrum.

In fact, incredibly, they have no clue. The basic approach in their Comment is to pooh-pooh the entire idea that large amounts of DEFRs may be needed, on the sole ground that there may be some (unspecified) flaws in the modeling used by NYISO. Their preferred solution is to turn off everybody’s electricity via a central switch when generation drops. Back to the Stone Age!

Here is their topic sentence:

Commenters are concerned that NYISO’s presentation at the December technical conference overstates the need for dispatchable, emissions-free resources (“DEFRs”) and downplays the value of taking steps in the near term to minimize this gap.

OK then, if perhaps NYISO has “overstated” the need for these DEFRs, then what is your alternative calculation of the amount of such resources that will be needed, and what are the assumptions that go into that calculation? They don’t provide any of that, not even a rough estimate or guess of any kind. Instead, they seek to discourage and stop any development whatsoever of these DEFRs:

Rushing to deploy expensive and untested DEFRs risks committing New York to flawed technologies, as it is unclear at the present time which technologies will emerge as commercially scalable and cost effective, much less which ones of the often talked about DEFRs would actually be emissions free.

So if there is to be no development or deployment of DEFRs in the next several years — during which New York is scheduled to close its natural gas plants and electrify both building heat and large numbers of automobiles — then what do you propose as the way to provide the electricity? Basically, all they would allow is “storage, wind and solar.”:

Rather than picking DEFR technologies to subsidize that may end up being sub-optimal, the DPS should focus on accelerating the build out of storage, solar, and wind, along with other existing methods to minimize the DEFR gap.

If “storage” is to be the back-up of intermittent wind and solar, how much will you need, and how much will that cost, and will the storage technology be capable of holding charge as long as will be needed? The only answer provided to these questions is a touching hope for some magical results from a tiny and barely-initiated federal program:

Deployment of new long duration storage to fill any gap may also become a viable avenue for filling whatever gap remains. In fact, just this April the US Department of Energy disbursed $15 million to advance projects seeking to “enable a long-duration capable (10+ hours) energy storage technology. . . .

As readers here know, 10 hours of storage is not enough to get through even one long calm winter night. The real storage need to back up wind and solar for an entire year is more like 1000 hours.

So it looks like we’ll be resorting to those “other existing methods” for balancing supply and demand to potentially fill the DEFR “gap.” What are those? It turns out that that phrase refers to some combination of hoping for imports from neighboring states (don’t they use coal?) and doing away with the idea that you can have electricity when you want it:

Some of these existing methods include but are not limited to improving inter-regional coordination, expanding import capability with inter-regional transmission, expanding intra-regional transmission, increasing energy efficiency and mandatory demand response, and incorporating flexibility of large loads if possible.

“Mandatory demand response” is Maoist-speak for turning off your electricity from central headquarters when the wind isn’t blowing.

Interestingly, about half of this Comment is then devoted to the issue of potentially developing hydrogen infrastructure as the means to back up a wind/solar system. Given that these guys are against investigating any other DEFRs, you might think they would be fans of hydrogen. But you would be wrong. In fact, from this Comment you will learn that they echo the Manhattan Contrarian on the many problems of hydrogen:

[P]ipelines constructed specifically to transport hydrogen do not exist in New York. [E]xisting gas pipelines in New York cannot safely transport more than de minimis concentrations of hydrogen, and creating a new pipeline distribution system for hydrogen would incur enormous costs. Leakage of hydrogen is a serious concern. Due to its small molecular size, hydrogen is prone to leakage rates on the order of 1.3-2.8 times greater than methane. . . . Increasing the mileage of pipelines in New York capable of transporting hydrogen also presents significant cost challenges. . . . [H]ydrogen embrittles steel and cast iron pipelines, necessitating a costly replacement of existing pipeline infrastructure to accommodate hydrogen. . . . [E]ven if existing natural gas pipelines could be easily repurposed to transport higher percentages of hydrogen, the amount of energy flowing through the pipelines would be drastically reduced. . . . [S]toring hydrogen presents both cost and feasibility hurdles.

And on and on from there. No known means of generating reliable electricity meets their standards of environmental purity. Although they will only say it in the Orwellian terminology of “demand response,” these guys are clearly advocating for the end to the idea of electricity whenever you want it.

Mr. Caiazza has many more detailed thoughts on this Comment at his website here.

Bottom line: nobody has the answer to how to keep the lights on after the natural gas plants are closed. For now, we continue to careen toward the disaster.



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Caribbean Recipes for the Modern Kitchen” – Repeating Islands

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Chef Marie Mitchell’s Kin: Caribbean Recipes for the Modern Kitchen (Penguin Books, 2024) was published earlier this month. [Many thanks to Peter Jordens for sharing all related links. Also see previous post London’s Best Caribbean Restaurants: Chef Marie Mitchell.]

Description: As the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, Marie Mitchell’s cooking is motivated by a powerful desire to understand and celebrate those recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. In Kin, her hotly anticipated debut cookbook, she shares dishes from the Caribbean and its diaspora, exploring the connection food can foster between different times and different places, and between friends, families and strangers.

Accompanied by gorgeous photographs, many of them shot on location in the Caribbean, the book’s eighty recipes – which include crispy saltfish fritters, rich and tempting aubergine curry, slow cooked jerk pork, zingy lime and ginger cheesecake and sweet Guinness punch – confound the widespread misconceptions about Caribbean food that abound in the West, which draw on stereotypes of intense heat, pungent smoke and a handful of familiar dishes. But while chili is certainly a key ingredient and cooking over fire has a long and storied history, Caribbean cookery is also subtle and playful, layering different notes and spices carefully to create delicate, rewarding flavours.

Crackling with energy and heart, Kin is a love letter to Marie’s Caribbean identity, a journey through the region’s myriad food cultures and a tribute to this most resourceful, resilient and joyous of cuisines. Here, Caribbean food emerges as one of the first truly global cuisines, borne out of the violent convergence of African, American, European and South Asian cultures in the long, troubling history of empire and emancipation, its legacy preserved – and, ultimately, transformed – by the kinship of those who share food.

Kin: Caribbean Recipes for the Modern Kitchen, Marie Mitchell
Penguin, June 2024
256 pages
ISBN: 978-0241541982

For more information, see https://www.penguin.co.uk/books/445747/kin-by-mitchell-marie/9780241541982



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Minecraft player brings stunning real world creations to game using actual map data

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A Minecraft player turned OpenStreetMap data into this sandbox title with realistic buildings and streets.

This isn’t the first time something like this happened in this open-world title. Minecraft players have created the whole known universe inside the game with absolute perfection and detail. Reddit user AtmosphericBeats described the process of using this map and perfecting the complete city, building by building.

Many players on Reddit were impressed by the fidelity of this creation and the creator’s ability to integrate OpenStreetMap information into the game. The details of the maps this site uses are all from public sources, which means they are pretty accurate.

The post led to players discussing how else they could use Python or APIs to make other maps. Synthetic_dreams_ said they used QGIS to create a resolution-accurate map of Cities Skylines.

The discussion continued, and other players said this is vector data that’s easy to translate into Minecraft blocks. Between the recommendations, one player added that GeoCraft is similar to this creation but with more accurate buildings.

These passion projects make Minecraft one of the most adaptable sandboxes. Only titles like Fortnite or graphics engines can achieve this level of accuracy with different structures. Gamers continue to create amazing artwork for this title, demonstrating that video games are also forms of art.


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Fresh Free Graphic Design Resources: Fuel Your Creativity

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How to grow sweet peppers

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Sweet peppers are relatively easy to grow from seed and you don’t necessarily need a greenhouse to produce a successful crop. In fact you can grow them in a container on a sunny patio or in a warm conservatory. We asked experienced allotment grower Lee Senior for his advice on growing sweet peppers at home. Here are his top tips.

Browse our full range of sweet pepper seeds for inspiration.

How to choose the best sweet pepper variety to grow 

Whether you have a small veg patch, a couple of patio containers, or an allotment like me, there are lots of sweet pepper varieties from which to choose. Here are a few of my favourites:

  • Sweet Pepper ‘Sweetonia Mix’: For smaller, mini-peppers this is the one to go for! An early spring sowing will yield a good crop with a deliciously, crunchy, lightly spicy sweet pepper taste. I’ve found that ‘Sweetonia’ is also ideal as it can be consumed in one meal while it is still at its freshest.
  • Sweet Pepper ‘Thor’ F1: This is a large-sized, deliciously crisp and sweet tasting long-shaped variety which develops into an attractive vibrant glossy red colour. As an added bonus, it comes as a grafted plug plant which will ensure a larger, more disease resistant plant. 
  • Sweet Pepper ‘Californian Wonder’: This is a reliable, long-standing variety which has green fruits that gradually mature to red. It is the first sweet pepper that I ever grew and it remains popular in the UK today.
  • Sweet Pepper ‘Blockie Mix’ F1: This produces a mix of orange, red and yellow peppers of a slightly ‘blocky’ shape. The flavour is mild and sweet. This is quite an early variety if grown in good conditions and is ideal for sowing during late winter. 

How to sow sweet pepper seeds

Sweet peppers require a long growing season. The seed can be sown in late winter or early spring, up to early April. 

Sweet peppers are one of the first sowings I make in the New Year, as long as I can guarantee enough warmth for germination. This can be done using a heated propagator or a warm windowsill near a radiator. 

  • Prepare a tray of good quality compost.
  • Sprinkle a few seeds on top, and lightly cover them with 6mm of sieved or fine compost. 
  • Germination takes between 10-21 days at a temperature of not less than 18C.
  • Grow your seedlings on during early-to-mid spring in temperatures of 16C-20C and ensure that night time temperatures don’t drop below 14C.
  • Take care not to overwater the compost before germination and also at the seedling stage.

How to plant sweet peppers

Gently pot the seedlings on when they have at least two seed leaves, and then again to incrementally larger pots as the plant develops. The final pots should have a diameter of at least 12 inches (30 cms), but if possible, choose containers slightly larger than that.

Sweet peppers can also be planted directly into grow bags, but this option does require very careful and more frequent watering.

Ideally, your compost mix should be free-draining. Good quality home-made garden compost mixed with proprietary compost works very well, with added perlite if necessary.

Where to grow your sweet peppers

Sweet peppers need a warm and sunny location to thrive. They dislike cold conditions and are usually grown in the greenhouse or polytunnel in the UK. Attractive plants that reach a height of about 60cm tall, they can also be grown in a sunny conservatory. 

If you live in a milder part of the UK and have a sheltered, sunny courtyard, balcony or patio, your sweet peppers could be grown outside in containers. If you’re growing your sweet peppers outdoors, choose a variety with smaller fruits that will ripen quicker than their larger counterparts. However, for many of us the most realistic option is to grow the plants under cover.

How to care for sweet peppers

It’s fair to say that while sweet peppers aren’t difficult to grow, they are a little more fussy than tomatoes. Slower growing, they need a longer season to produce a ripe crop. 

Getting the temperature just right can be tricky too. Although sweet peppers insist on warmth, they don’t like it too hot either! Problems can arise when temperatures consistently go above 30C (86F), especially if the air is too dry. Try to create a moderately humid environment in your greenhouse or polytunnel, similar to that for cucumbers.

I tend to pinch out the top of my young plants to encourage side shoots to form. This will ultimately result in a heavier, better balanced crop. If your plant has a set a heavy crop or has grown a little bit too leggy, staking it for extra support is a good idea. And once the flowers appear, apply a high potassium fertiliser such as tomato food, once a week.

Harvest the peppers when they are at the colour you prefer depending on the variety chosen. Many will go from green to red, but some varieties can be yellow or orange. It’s worth noting that red peppers are a lot sweeter than green ones. 

Common problems with sweet peppers

  • One of the most common problems with sweet peppers is the flowers dropping off, rather than setting. This is usually due to erratic watering, in particular a shortage of water, which causes dryness at the roots. An automated watering system can help with this. 
  • Another potential problem is blossom end rot on the fruits. This is also due to inconsistent watering (in the same way as tomatoes).
  • Aphid attacks can be an issue, especially on plants that are under stress for any reason. Strong and healthy plants are far less susceptible to attack. 
  • Botrytis (grey mould) can also strike if the plants are too crowded or growing conditions are too much on the humid side. Space your plants well apart and ensure there is good airflow around your greenhouse or polytunnel. 

We hope we’ve inspired you to grow your own sweet peppers, even if you don’t have a greenhouse. Find more of Lee’s practical, hands-on, vegetable growing advice over at his monthly allotment pages

Lead Image: Pepper F1 ‘Cardinal (Purple)’ from Suttons



Toxic Moonshine Leaves at Least 53 Dead in India’s South

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The death toll from tainted liquor in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu has reached 53, officials say, and is likely to rise, with many others in critical condition. The victims were sickened by drinking a bootleg brew with a high content of methanol.

Rajat Chaturvedi, the police superintendent in the Kallakurichi District, where the past week’s deaths have occurred, said that 98 people had been hospitalized. “The dead and hospitalized people are mostly daily wage laborers,” he said.

The first death, from drinking local brew sold in small pouches for about 50 cents, Mr. Chaturvedi said, was reported on Wednesday. The village of Karunapuram was the worst hit, with more than a dozen victims receiving last rites in a mass cremation on Thursday.

Consumption of tainted alcohol has caused several mass-casualty events across India in recent years. In some states that prohibit alcohol, people turn to smuggled or unregulated liquor. Elsewhere, villagers choose the bootleg product because of its lower price.

  • In 2019, at least 150 people died in two districts of the northeastern state of Assam from drinking bootleg alcohol. Weeks earlier, 100 people had died in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

  • In August 2020, at least 120 people died in Punjab from drinking toxic local brew, with 92 of the deaths in just one district.

  • In December 2022, at least 70 people died from drinking tainted alcohol in the eastern state of Bihar. Bihar has banned the sale and consumption of alcohol since 2016, but people consume illegal smuggled alcohol or cross the border into Nepal for cheap local brew.

Last year, at least 22 people died from consuming similar toxic local brew in two other districts of Tamil Nadu. The latest mass casualty has put the state’s government under pressure from opposition leaders as well as from the state’s high court. Opposition lawmakers, who arrived at the assembly dressed in black, called for the resignation of Tamil Nadu’s chief minister, M.K. Stalin.

Mr. Stalin announced an investigation headed by a retired judge and ordered the police across the state to crack down on the homemade liquor trade.

The man accused of making this week’s batch of poisonous alcohol has been arrested, along with his wife and at least one other person, according to police officials. The Kallakurichi District’s top civilian official has been transferred, while several police officers have been suspended.

Local residents have said that the police were complicit, taking a cut from the bootlegger’s peddlers who brought the brew to the villages, according to the Indian news outlet The News Minute.

“We cannot say direct involvement of local police, but due to their lack of action, police people were suspended, right from constable to deputy superintendent of police,” said Mr. Chaturvedi, who took charge of the district’s police force after the tragedy.



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