Great Mini-Games from Video Gaming History

Throughout the history of video games, developers have been fascinated with the idea of giving players a little bit more. Back in 1979, gaming saw its first Easter egg in the form of a hidden credits room in Atari 2600 title “Adventure.” In the proceeding decades, studios have continued to take pride in adding bonus material to their titles, with mini-games and side content becoming more conspicuous and outlandish as time has gone on. The Spider Tank in “Watch Dogs,” a hallucinogenic “digital trip,” serves to illustrate just how fond software developers are of mini-games.

Today, we’re taking a look at two of the most celebrated mini-games in video games history.

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Leave It at Work: Effective Ways to Reduce Stress After Work

Work takes up a substantial part of your life, so if you are continually bringing work stress home with you, you need to find healthful ways to de-stress and unwind. Chronic stress has been medically proven to lead to health problems, so it’s important to discover how to reduce work stress to safeguard your health and enhance your well-being. With the following tried-and-true tips, you can ward off work stress and enjoy your life once you’re off the clock.

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Drink of the Week: The Rose

The Rose.Perhaps the rarest of all experiences in my cocktailian explorations is discovering a new base spirit to build mixed drinks around. After all, most of us who drink to any extent have made at least a passing acquaintance with vodka, whiskey, rum, tequila, gin and brandy, and usually in about that order. With cocktails, you basically start out with at least some knowledge of most of the basic building blocks, so it’s definitely a kick to find a strong liquor that isn’t one of these.

This week’s drink is built around kirschwasser, also called kirsch. I first learned of its existence at a pretty advanced age the first time I saw Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger’s masterpiece of English cinema, “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp.” If you’ve seen it — and you probably haven’t, so go use your Amazon Prime membership to correct that error now! — you’ll remember that career soldiers Clive “Sugar” Candy (Roger Livesey) of Great Britain and Theo Kretschmar-Schuldorff (Anton Walbrook) of Germany bond over kirshwasser during a series of increasingly cordial social meetings in the company of their respective ladyfriends.

Given the genteel setting, I always assumed that kirsch was a sweet but complex cherry brandy that was more like a cherry liqueur. In fact, it’s a species of what’s called eau de vie, unaged fruit brandies. It’s no sweeter than whiskey or cognac and pretty strong stuff — one of the brands I used for this was 90 proof — but the cherry notes are definitely there. The Rose is a classic cocktail featuring kirsch that’s appeared in a number of early cocktail texts, including “The Savoy Cocktail Book” and the revivalist booze bible, “Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails.” Having now tried it many times, I honestly can’t tell you why this drink is less popular than a martini or a Manhattan except for the fact that most of us have never even heard of its most important ingredient.

Let’s start changing that now.

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Car Tech Smarts: Understanding Bluetooth Hands-Free Calling Connectivity

The odds are high that there are plenty of people around who have heard about Bluetooth technology but don’t really understand all of its capabilities.

If you have Bluetooth connectivity in your car, you probably know that you can connect your phone for hands-free calling, but there are actually a lot more things you can do besides making calls.

Here is the lowdown on what Bluetooth offers and how to make the most of the technology, including an overview of how the technology has evolved, gaining access to your smartphone apps and a look at some of the key features that you should be able to access when you pair your device.

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The Best Ways to Save Money for College

There is no doubt that college is a worthwhile expense. A degree can often lead to highly paid jobs in great industries, as well as having a chance to learn new skills and meet new people. However, it’s also a large expense. Students today are graduating with more debt than ever before. If you don’t want to spend the first few decades of your career paying off your student debts, it’s best to start saving and avoid as much debt as possible in the first place. Here are some great tips to help you avoid huge student debts.

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