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Zelda Characters Brought to Life: AI’s Astonishing Real-Life Makeovers

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The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom is already being hailed as the best Nintendo Switch game ever. The sequel to the popular Breath of the Wild game has been highly anticipated by longtime and brand-new fans around the world since its announcement at E3 2019.

The game was released on May 12th, and the reviews describe it as “a new kind of magic” and “a masterful adventure.”

To celebrate this momentous release, UK tech retailer Currys has harnessed the power of AI to re-imagine the much-loved (and hated) characters of the franchise in real life, with some stunning, and disturbing, results.

 

1.    Link: Champion and Knight of Hyrule

Link, with his trademark pointy ears and blonde hair, translates well into real life. In ‘Breath of the Wild’ he sports many different outfits, but his most notable colours are definitely his Breath of the Wild champion tunic blue and his ‘Ocarina of Time’ green.

2.    Princess Zelda

Princess Zelda is seen mainly in memories during ‘Breath of the Wild’, due to being trapped in the castle holding back Calamity Ganon for 100 years. Although Zelda can be seen wearing a variety of outfits in the game her official art, her amiibo, and many of the memories/cut scenes in which she is present show her in a blue adventuring outfit.

3.    Ganondorf

For the duration of ‘Breath of the Wild’ the boss is Calamity Ganon (or simply Ganon), a primal evil that has appeared throughout Hyrule’s history. Ten thousand years before the events of ‘Breath of the Wild’, he appeared to ravage the world. However, the main and consistent antagonist of the franchise in human form is Ganondorf and he has been presented as everything from a simple monster to a powerful warlock across the games.

4.    Beedle

From his enthusiastic “Wow!” when you sell him items to the ability to knock him off his feet by bumping into him and his huge backpack, Beedle is a staple of ‘Breath of the Wild’ and is rumoured to be returning for ‘Tears of the Kingdom’ too. He is a merchant who has featured across many of the Zelda games.

5.    Lady Riju, Chief of the Gerudo

Lady Riju is the young chief of the Gerudo, based in Gerudo Town. This place is full of Amazonian-esque women, who do not allow Voes (also known as men) into their town, forcing Link to disguise himself as a Vai (woman). This is likely due to the fact the last male Gerudo leader was Ganon himself. Lady Riju is a young leader, taking her mother’s place after her untimely death.

6.    Sidon, Prince of the Zora

Sidon, the Prince of the Zora, makes his first Zelda franchise appearance in ‘Breath of the Wild’. He helps Link take back the Divine Beast Vah Ruta, and he is also rumoured to appear in ‘Tears of the Kingdom’. The Zora are aquatic folk who possess fish and amphibian-like traits, including fins, webbed feet, and gills, which allow them to swim and thrive underwater.

7.    A Bokoblin

Bokoblins are a standard enemy in the Zelda franchise and can be seen in various colours across the ‘Breath of the Wild’ map. They have instantly recognisable big ears and a pig snout.

8.    ChuChu

ChuChu is a gelatinous enemy which has many forms. The normal guise is blue but there are also ice, fire, and electric ChuChu which emerge from the ground in the relevant regions of ‘Breath of the Wild’.

George Miller (Gyorgy Molnar) started his career in content marketing and has started working as an Editor/Content Manager for our company in 2016. George has acquired many experiences when it comes to interviews and newsworthy content becoming Head of Content in 2017. He is responsible for the news being shared on multiple websites that are part of the European Gaming Media Network.

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BLAST Premier Spring Final 2024 analytical insights from GG.BET & Esports Charts

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The esports analytics service Esports Charts, in collaboration with betting brand GG.BET, widely known for its promotion of esports, has published extensive game and betting data for BLAST Premier: Spring Final 2024. The stats reveal how the players and teams performed, and provide insights into who viewers bet on the most.

The final stage of the BLAST Premier Spring Final 2024 Counter-Strike 2 tournament took place from 12 to 16 June. Over 18,000 spectators gathered at the OVO Arena Wembley in London for the tournament playoffs. It was the first time the UK had hosted a Counter-Strike event on such a scale for six years.

Esports Charts analyzed the event and published a series of reports with reviews of the teams’ and individual players’ greatest achievements in the tournament. Before it started, the analytics service published a retrospective review of the viewership of BLAST Premier Spring tournaments over previous years, statistics on the popularity of different team members among Twitch stream audiences, and exclusive data on which teams GG.BET users bet on to win in the tournament.

After the tournament ended, Esports Charts shared its results. The collection of infographics included data on teams’ performances, such as the most spectacular comebacks and wins in rounds with the lowest budget for purchases. They also show betting statistics, such as which teams’ wins produced the most winnings. The final set of information shows how players performed and contains exclusive betting data on individual performances like total deaths and total kills.

GG.BET press office:

“The publication of insights into major CS2 tournaments is becoming a tradition. In March of this year, we shared insights into the first CS2 Major in history. Specialists from both GG.BET and Esports Charts dive deep into the tournaments, analyze a huge quantity of data, and therefore have the chance to monitor exciting esports community trends. We’ll also continue to share the insights we find in the future.

Analytics service Esports Charts is famous for its extensive analysis of esports streams. GG.BET is an international betting brand with a wealth of expertise in esports. Thanks to their joint collaboration, both companies have been able to provide information that the esports community wouldn’t normally consider.

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GGPoker Launches Second Year Of microFestival Online Poker Series with $10 Million Guaranteed Prize Pool

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GGPoker is thrilled to announce the return of its microFestival, the world’s largest micro stakes poker festival, running from June 23 through July 7, 2024. With an impressive $10 million in guaranteed tournament prizes, this year’s series promises to be even more exhilarating for poker enthusiasts of all levels.

GGPoker’s microFestival stands out as the premier online poker event for players with modest bankrolls, featuring No-Limit Holdem, Progressive Knockout (PKO) and Pot Limit Omaha tournaments with buy-ins from just $1. The highlight of the series is the $10.80 Mystery Bounty Main Event, which boasts a staggering $1 million guarantee and a top mystery bounty of $100,000.

Adding to the excitement, GGPoker has introduced a unique freeroll promotion to ensure every participant feels like a winner. Players who fail to cash in any microFestival event will receive a free ticket to one of three $5K freeroll tournaments held the following day. This “Second Chance” offer gives all players another opportunity to win cash prizes, reinforcing GGPoker’s commitment to providing exceptional value and entertainment. In total, 50 freerolls will be held, awarding $250,000 in prizes.

Sarne Lightman, Managing Director of GGPoker, expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming series: “We are incredibly excited to bring back microFestival for a second year, with bigger and better tournaments and prizes. GGPoker’s goal has always been to make poker accessible and enjoyable for everyone, and with events starting at just $1, microFestival offers incredible value and excitement. Adding Second Chance freeroll tournaments is our way of thanking our players and ensuring everyone has multiple opportunities to win big.”

GGPoker’s microFestival 2024 is set to attract a diverse and dynamic field of players, from newcomers looking to dip their toes into online poker to seasoned veterans seeking to showcase their skills in a low-stakes environment. With a packed schedule of events and millions of dollars on the line, the series promises unforgettable moments and life-changing wins.

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Week 25/2024 slot games releases

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Here are this weeks latest slots releases compiled by European Gaming

Spinomenal has expanded its otherworldly Demi Gods Series with the addition of Atlas Unleashed. This epic slots saga unfolds in ancient Greece where the gods rule the reels. The 5×4 design is brought to life with sharp graphics and a momentous soundtrack that lures players into the action. Three Free Spins symbols will instantly launch the feature and will award players with 10 Free Spins. Four Free Spins symbols will award 25 Free Spins and five will gift 50 Free Spins.

Forget the dusty saloons of Deadwood R.I.P, the TV dreams of Loner and the spicy dungeons of Kenneth Must Die. This time, you’ll find yourself stranded on a lush island paradise, but paradise takes a dark turn when you discover a Tiki collector with a taste for shrunken heads! Hunted with no food or water, players must face the base game, which features a Progression Bar, where each fallen head is collected. Filling it up will unlock Soul Wilds that progressively increase in size and power. Wild Symbols add 3 points, High Paying Symbols add 2 points and Medium Paying Symbols add 1 point to the bar.

 

A blistering experience awaits in Blueprint Gaming’s latest offering Cash Strike Hotstepper, as a host of thrilling mechanics take centre stage, including the eye-catching Hotstepper feature offering lavish cash rewards. Stepping into a retro 3×3 grid, a feast of fruit symbols is accompanied by flaming gold coins with the title’s five pathways offering a mammoth 50,000x the original bet. All cash symbols or fixed jackpots on reels one or three are awarded when they land alongside the sizzling Cash Strike Collect symbol on reel two.

Inspired Entertainment and Paddy Power, the retail division of Flutter Entertainment plc, proudly announce the launch of Paddy Power Gold Cash Freespins, a custom game that combines the distinctive branding of Paddy Power with Inspired’s renowned Gold Cash Freespins theme. Set against the iconic green backdrop of Paddy Power’s signature colour scheme, Paddy Power Gold Cash Freespins is a 5-reel, 4-row, 40-winline slot game packed with branded Wilds and symbols, as well as other player-favorite features.

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