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Move over Minecraft, Fortnight players, Apex Legends, Counter-Strike, and even Candy Crush. Mad scientists have been experimenting with growing brain cells to do all sorts of tasks, including playing a video games.

Calling them “Mini-Brains,” they say they can play now play video games- sort of. They have experimented with playing a 1970s classic game, “Pong.” I remember my first time playing Pong at a bowling alley in Fraser, Michigan. My mom bowled on a league on a Wednesday night. I have to tell you, it was more fun than having a babysitter at the time. The game was incredible at that point in time in 1972. It wasn’t too much longer in 1975 we got a home version of the game. It had crude graphics and basic black & white fun.

Scientists say the new home-grown brain cells are not that great at “Pong” but show progress. Some others in the Science community say they are going too far with experiments. Really? Too far? What are they afraid of? Homegrown brain cells mastering Ms. Pacman? I Look forward to what is next for the “mini-brains.” If the scientists really want to impress me, let them master beer pong.

Lab-grown brain cells play video game Pong

Researchers have grown brain cells in a lab that have learned to play the 1970s tennis-like video game, Pong. They say their "mini-brain" can sense and respond to its environment. Writing in the journal Neuron, Dr Brett Kagan, of the company Cortical Labs, claims to have created the first ''sentient'' lab-grown brain in a dish.

Most Popular Steam Games - Anne Erickson

I am super late to the party, because I just got on Steam. I’ve been loving Jackbox games, and some of my friends said I should get Steam to play them, so I downloaded the gaming app and made myself Steam official.

If you want to add me on Steam, please do, because I need the Steam cred. I only have a few friends, including the WRIF’s Chuck Bean of NerdRadio, Motor City Riffs and Midnight Metal. You can find me at https://steamcommunity.com/id/anneashley/. If you have any gaming advice, please send it my way, too. I don’t even know what device to use for some of these more complex games, but I’m guessing a PC will be fine.

If you’re wondering some fun facts about Steam, the video game digital distribution service and storefront was funded back in 2003. As I said, I’m super late to the party. It’s actually the largest digital distribution platform for PC gaming, according to IHS Screen Digest. Steam also has more than 34,000 games and more than 132 million monthly active users, according to recent data from the service. Oh, and in 2020 alone, Steam added more than 10,000 games. It seems to be a platform that is only growing every year.

Now that I’m a Steam-er (is that even a term?), I decided to look up the most popular games on the app, to see what I should try. I already know I’m going to play Jackbox games, but I might as well switch it up and try something new. Statista.com has put together a list of the most popular Steam games based on peak concurrent players. I’ve heard of some of these, but not all. Check out the full list below, as well as a link to some information on each game. What’s your favorite Steam game? Add me on the platform and shoot me a message.

  • 1. Counter Strike: Global Offensive

    Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

    2022.09.13 - While we gear up for an incredible Major in Rio, we're also looking ahead to next year's events. Hosted by BLAST, CS:GO's first Major of 2023 will take place in Paris, France. Buckle up, and blast off to the BLAST.TV Major!

  • 2. Lost Arc

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    Updates The Rage with the Machinist Update recently released a ton of new content in Arkesia with the Machinist Advanced Class, Kakul-Saydon Legion Raid, and new progression events- but we know players are eager to learn what's arriving in the coming months, so let's dive in.

  • 3. Dota 2

    Dota 2

    Every day, millions of players worldwide enter battle as one of over a hundred Dota heroes. And no matter if it's their 10th hour of play or 1,000th, there's always something new to discover. With regular updates that ensure a constant evolution of gameplay, features, and heroes, Dota 2 has taken on a life of its own.



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  • 5. Apex Legends

    Apex Legends - The Next Evolution of Hero Shooter - Free to Play

    Apex Legends is a free-to-play hero shooter game where legendary competitors battle for glory, fame, and fortune on the fringes of the Frontier.

  • 6. Elden Ring


    The Golden Order has been broken. Rise, Tarnished, and be guided by grace to brandish the power of the Elden Ring and become an Elden Lord in the Lands Between. In the Lands Between ruled by Queen Marika the Eternal, the Elden Ring, the source of the Erdtree, has been shattered.

  • 7. Grand Theft Auto V

    Grand Theft Auto V - Rockstar Games

    Grand Theft Auto V and GTA Online - now upgraded for PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S with stunning visuals, faster loading, and more - delivering the action-packed, blockbuster Story Mode adventure and the dynamic, ever-evolving online world of GTA...

  • 8. Rust


    The official Rust companion app - stay connected to the game so you never miss an important moment again. Coordinate with your team, receive alerts when you're being raided, remotely set off traps, and more!

  • 9. Team Fortress 2

    Team Fortress 2

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  • 10. Destiny 2


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Born in Mt Clemens, Screamin has been rockin' the Riff airwaves for 25 years. When he's not out rockin' the streets, you can find him in his rock room, where he collects jukeboxes and classic pinball machines. Screamin also has his very own Rock cover band called " Chit" playing all over the Metro Detroit Music scene