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Can a VR game make you a better footballer?

If excessive hours spent playing football games made you a better footballer, my five-a-side career would have ended with a packed trophy cabinet, rather than a series of double-figure losing margins. While Sensible Soccer, PES, FIFA and the long forgotten Soccer acts gave me an encyclopaedic knowledge of ’90s footballers (or their misspelt, unlicensed cousins) …

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Bastille talk their “surreal, otherworldly” ‘Give Me The Future’ digital experience

“We’ve always been a band who want to do things differently, ”says Bastille’s Dan Smith. For their second album ‘Wild World’, they used an AI chat bot to communicate with fans, while their ‘ReOrchestrated’ project saw them collaborate with classical musicians to celebrate live music and the people who create it. Since then, the band …

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Liam Gallagher live in Knebworth: rock’n’roll star takes a leap of faith – and somehow pulls it off

When Liam Gallagher first announced his return to Knebworth, he described the gigs as “history – part two”. It was a bold step even by his bullish standards. Going toe-to-toe with his former band’s legendary 1996 super-gigs could have easily resulted in career suicide, with the astronomical expectation placed on the younger Gallagher’s shoulders – …

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Karl Urban and Jensen Ackles on ‘The Boys’: “The possibilities are endless”

Jensen Ackles only got into town a couple of hours before NME sits down with him and Karl Urban at a London hotel on a rainy Friday morning, but you wouldn’t know it. The pair’s easy, relaxed camaraderie is on full display, exchanging fun banter and occasionally finishing each other’s sentences as they discuss their …

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Returning to ‘Operation Flashpoint”s island of Everon in’ Arma Reforger ‘

Unfinished Business is NME’s weekly column about the weird and wonderful world of Early Access games. This week, Rick Lane joins the Army for sightseeing in Arma Reforger. Let me start off by saying that I’m not going to tell you if you should buy Weapon Reforger. The latest entry in the Weapon series is …

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“If there is light, there’s got to be a shadow”

A hyphen is a bridge between words. It doesn’t let them clash against their will, forming entirely new compositions like “football”, “rainbow”, “passport;” or allow for daunting spaces, as in “high school”, “ice cream”, “full moon.” Rather, a hyphen gracefully links, assuring that meaning can flow from one side to another, and yet maintain individuality: …

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