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St. Louis animation company debuts horror video game



St. Louis animation company debuts horror video game

ST. LOUIS – Evil toys, an abandoned factory, and puzzles, oh my!

An animation company located in St. Louis recently released chapter one of a new online horror game.

For the past six years, Enchanted Mob has been producing videos and content based on other video game characters on YouTube. Now, the company has developed the first chapter of its new online game called “Poppy Playtime.” 

The setting takes place in an abandoned toy factory called Playtime Co., where you the player were once an employee. You have come back 10 years later, and you must navigate through chapter one by solving puzzles.

“Poppy Playtime” is an introduction to horror and the game is suitable for ages 8 and up, according to Zach Belanger, chief executive officer of Enchanted Mob.

“There’s just these big, evil, scary toys. It’s not gruesome, it’s not gory, it’s not nightmare fuel,” he said.

The size of toys has a lot to do with the scare factor in the game.

“If a toy is one foot tall, and you’re five feet tall, you’re not going to be scared by a tiny, little toy,” Belanger said. “What sounds scarier, you being one foot tall and a toy being one foot tall, or you being the same size you are now with a 10 foot (tall) toy walking in behind you?” 

At the start of the game, there is a cinematic video that resembles a toy commercial advertising a Poppy Playtime doll inspired by the 1950s.

“It’s very akin to the 1950s doll commercials that if you were to watch them, you would be surprised, at least we were surprised, at how freaky and creepy they really were unintentionally,” Belanger said.   

A favorite part of the game among the developers so far is a very intense sequence that takes place at the end of chapter one. 

“The whole chapter is a very slow, not super scary buildup. But then at the very end, it just hits the fan,” game director Isaac Christopherson said. “It’s a very fast-paced, very, very heart-pounding, panicky-inducing sequence.”   

Belanger added that they received a lot of feedback from players about the ending sequence saying, “it was the scariest experience they’ve had in a game in a very long, long time.”

Each chapter of the game will have a different objective for players to accomplish. The objective in chapter one is to find a poppy flower.

As the development of future chapters is underway, Belanger said he is looking forward to the creation of new characters, harder puzzles, and fine-tuning the game’s art style. 

Christopherson said he is looking forward to continuing with the game’s storyline and reading theories from players on where they think the story may lead.

“The game is doing really well on STEAM at the moment – selling a lot of copies, and reaching a pretty wide audience, so we’re excited to continue,” he said.   

Also in the works is a mobile version of the game, as well as merchandise.

To play “Poppy Playtime,” visit STEAM. For information about Enchanted Mob, visit the company’s website.


Heat may need to keep Victor Oladipo caffeinated with jolt required vs. Celtics in East finals



Ravens kicker Justin Tucker’s record-breaking kick honored as NFL’s Best Moment of the Year

Considering Jimmy Butler is a walking coffee shop, one would not think the Miami Heat would have an issue getting caffeinated.

But a bench set on domination in the Eastern Conference finals has come up short, making the strained left groin that took Sixth Man of the Year Tyler Herro out of Monday night’s loss to the Boston Celtics all the more significant.

With all eyes on the Heat injury report, it has become apparent that depth might be the only answer for the Heat to regain control of the best-of-seven series that is tied 2-2 going into Wednesday’s 8:30 p.m. Game 5 at FTX Arena.

Hope was added in Game 4, with Victor Oladipo closing with 23 points.

“Just being aggressive,” Oladipo said.

At 11.8 points per game in this series, Oladipo is not far behind Herro’s 12.3. The difference is Oladipo also is 6 of 15 on 3-pointers, compared to Herro’s 1 of 14, as well as 17 of 23 from the line, as opposed to Herro’s 4 of 4.

So an aggressive Oladipo plus a revived Herro could be worth more than any double shot being served up by Butler’s Big Face Coffee grinders, with the Heat’s starting forward with his own series concerns.

“He’s just being successful in his role,” Heat center Bam Adebayo said of Oladipo. “He’s been doing that night in, night out. We can’t take anything from him. He’s definitely a spark that was keeping us in the game.”

Oladipo’s effort in Game 4, in fact, was so unique that, according to ESPN, he became the first reserve to outscore his team’s starting lineup in a playoff game since starters first were tracked by the NBA in 1970-71.

“Just got to continue to keep improving, continue to keep playing hard and figure out ways to win,” said Oladipo, as he continues to work back from May 2021 quadriceps surgery. “It’s a seven-game series, so on to the next one. Got to get ready for Game 5.”

Better looks

Among the Heat’s priorities is creating a better shot menu than Game 4, when they had only three shots at the rim in Monday night’s first half.

“I think that’s on us,” Butler said. “We settled for too many mid-range jump shots, myself included. A lot of shots behind the three that weren’t even good ones, at that.

“Ain’t nothing more than that. We need to move the ball around, get it to the open guy and let that guy make the play and live with what we get out of it. I think we’ve just got to be better.”

It starts, Butler said, with better ball movement.

“Move the ball, get it from one side to the other, keep the game extremely simple,” he said. Whenever we tend to do that, we tend to play well. When anybody tries to hit a home run and do it by themselves, we kind of get in trouble. Ball sticks. We turn the ball over. We take a bad shot.

“We just need to do everything together like we’ve been doing all year long. It will be on myself, on Kyle [Lowry], on Bam to make sure that we make that happen.”

Higher calling

Having missed the Celtics’ Game 2 victory at FTX Arena for the birth of his son, Celtics guard Derrick White said he felt twice blessed after playing a major role in Monday night’s victory, closing with 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists while playing in the injury absence of Marcus Smart.

But, he said, it mostly was about the after party, getting back to see his son.

“He’s been a super blessing to myself and my family,” White said. “I can’t wait to go home and see him and just hold him. It’s cool just to watch him. I’m excited to see how he grows.”


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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins was drunk, had ketamine in his system when he was fatally hit by dump truck



Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins was drunk, had ketamine in his system when he was fatally hit by dump truck

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dwayne Haskins had a blood alcohol level more than twice the legal limit when he tried to cross a Florida interstate in April and was hit and killed by a dump truck.

Haskins, 24, had blood alcohol levels of 0.20 and 0.24 in two separate samples, according to a toxicology report released Monday by the Broward County Medical Examiner’s Office; the legal limit is 0.08.

A urine sample also tested positive for ketamine and norketamine, drugs that can be used both as anesthetics and recreationally.

Haskins, who had been training in South Florida with his teammates, went out to dinner on April 9, then went to a club with a relative, where they “drank heavily” and separated after a fight, according to the report.

Around 6:15 a.m., the quarterback ran out of gas and pulled over onto the shoulder on the westbound side of I-95, where he tried to flag down passing drivers for help. Witnesses, including the driver of the dump truck, said Haskins wandered out into the middle of the road, where the truck driver had no way to avoid him.

Haskins was then hit by a Subaru that unsuccessfully tried to swerve to avoid him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His official cause of death was ruled an accident from multiple blunt force injuries.

The medical examiner’s report also noted that a “female companion” was in Haskins’ car when he pulled over, but did not identify her.

Haskins’ wife, Kalabrya Haskins, asked for privacy in a statement through her lawyer Monday.

Haskins, a New Jersey native, was drafted by the Washington football team in 2019 out of Ohio State University, then picked up by the Steelers in 2021 after being released. He had resigned with Pittsburgh barely three weeks before he was killed.


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Anand Mahindra Responds To A Man Who Made His Portrait Using Ancient Tamil Letters




An artist named Ganesh from Tamil Nadu’s Kanchipuram drew a portrait of industrialist Anand Mahindra by using ancient Tamil letters. The artist’s intricate and creative work has garnered praise on the Internet. The video of his drawing on the artist’s Twitter handle even got a reaction from the industrialist Mr. Mahindra himself.

Ganesh took to Twitter and posted a video of him drawing the portrait of Anand Mahindra. His 24-second clip was tweeted on May 19, which went viral with has more than 1.75 lakh views. The video shows the artist using ancient Tamil letters (741) to create a mindblowing portrait of Anand Mahindra. Ganesh tagged the business tycoon in his Tweet and wrote:

“Hey, @anandmahindra. This is Ganesh, from Kanchipuram, I have drawn a pic of you with 741 Ancient Tamil letters. It’s one of the first drawings of this kind. Would love to hear your opinion on this” 

Take a look at the video:

In response, Anand Mahindra was all praise for the artist and also expressed his desire to place the portrait in his house. He wrote the entire message in Tamil. When translated the tweet says, “For the sake of the grandeur of the Tamil language, I would like to place a portrait in my house in appreciation of the creator”

The video received tons of reactions and was viewed over 142k times and people were stunned by the skills of the artist and the creativeness of the artwork. A few netizens also requested Ganesh to make more of such commissioned artworks.

After receiving the note of appreciation from the Anand Mahindra himself, Ganesh thanked him in Tamil. He said,

“Hello sir. Thank you, sir … I am so glad you set aside time for me in the midst of your workload and complimented me. It was the most memorable day of my life. I look forward to giving you this sketch” 

Netizens responded and praised the work of the artist wholeheartedly and the response of Anand Mahindra. Take a look at their reactions:

Check out the talented artist, Ganesh’s Instagram account:

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