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In gaming, sometimes it's the play that drives the experience, and other times it's the story, but for narrative-driven interactive tales, it's all about the story. Tell My Why doesn't just meet the standard for storytelling, it sets a high bar for future games of this type. What begins as the twins' quest to come to terms with their childhood traumas quickly evolves into an even greater message of understanding, perception, and finding the strength to move forward. The story and its mystery are built on some pretty heavy topics such as mental health, cultural and religious beliefs, and gender identity. And yet, even though these are used in a gaming environment, these issues are never trivialized. They're treated with real respect and shown from multiple points of view without trying to pass any sort of judgment. By giving players the power of choice, and the ability to see how certain decisions can completely alter the lives of themselves and others, it not only gives the players an opportunity to reflect on their own views, but also opens the door for further dialogue.
It never lasts. Because Tell Me Why also wants to tell a dark and mysterious story about the twins' past, with a dangerous hooded figure chasing them and covering up a conspiracy all while the threat of the supernatural looms over everything. The whiplash felt as the game swerves between these two tones borders on lethal. I frequently found myself needing to take a minute just to get on board with the sudden unexpected shifts, like the opening with its heart-warming montage set to indie music that comes right after watching a kid confessing to murder. Both these sides of Tell Me Why's story undermine each other. Its thriller storyline is undone by the desire to be kind and respectful to its characters, never facing them with a serious or troubling threat. The game's gentle coming of age story is equally undone by the hard yank back into its darker overarching story, with its disturbing and occasionally absurd twists.
As the twins explore their memories of key events, you'll be able to choose which version you want to believe, like a video game version of Rashomon. Though Tyler and Alyson represent two halves of a whole, Tyler brings a new level of representation as a transgender man.
6. When Dualstar Entertainment Group launched in 1993, it made the then 6-year-old twins producers and owners of the production company that would release all of their 47 direct-to-DVD movies and music video series (including The Adventures Of...and You're Invited to...franchises).
The films, while successful, weren't exactly challenging, with Mary-Kate later telling W Magazine, "We didn't have to dig too deep. We were playing cutesy little twins who solved mysteries. There was no depth to any of the characters. It was somebody else's idea of ourselves. It was very much people-pleasing as opposed to actually, I guess, working for it."
For researchers, twins provide a unique insight into the complex interplay between our genetics and the environments we live in. Identical twins who grow up apart in different families share only their genes, not their environment. Any commonalities discovered can therefore be largely attributed to their genes, although in recent years the relationship between nature and nurture has been found to be a great deal more complicated than this. Traits like intelligence, height and weight, for instance, have all been found to have important genetic influences. Findings like these come from years of data collected from retrospective studies of twins raised apart.
The twins were given numerous tests, looking at a range of traits related to intelligence and personality. They were also filmed and photographed. Seckler recalls how she felt self-conscious when the researchers came to the house. "My mother, she agreed because she was a psyche major and knew the importance of child development studies," she says. "But the fact that it was a twin study, they weren't told the truth."
Seckler and her sister had been adopted by families living in similar social circles. In fact, their parents had known about the other twins' existence for over a decade before they met, but were asked to keep the news a secret for the good of the girls. Viola Bernard specifically advised both sets of parents not to tell their daughters, suggesting it might be "too damaging", but offered little else by way of explanation. Other twins who were split up also met by chance, often through mutual acquaintances, as was the case for the identical triplets who met aged 19.
An example of results from two twin studies is shown in Figure 1. In one study, Australian twins (both identical and non-identical) had intelligence measured using an IQ (intellectual quotient) test. In the other study, twins were asked how many hours per night they typically sleep. Both studies aimed to find out how much genes contribute to the traits of interest (IQ and sleep time). To get an idea of how genetic a trait is, they compared how similar the pairs of identical twins were and how similar the pairs of non-identical twins were. Because identical twins share all of their genes, their measurements of IQ and sleep time will be more similar the bigger role genes play in it (i.e., differences between two identical twins must be caused by the environment because their genes are the same). On the other hand, we expect non-identical twins to be less similar than identical twins, but we still expect them to be somewhat similar because some of their genes are shared. Keep in mind that what is being compared is not the trait measurements, but rather how similar the twins are (both with high IQ, or both sleeping the same amount of time). In Figure 1, similarity can be observed by how close the dots (twin pairs) are to the green line in the middle (the perfect similarity line). These studies showed that IQ is very heritable (although the environment still plays a role in determining your IQ). We can tell this because the IQ of identical twins are almost always the same and non-identical twins are only sometimes the same. On the other hand, the graph for sleep of identical twins shows a big spread from the middle green line. This means that identical twins show big differences between them, and because they have the same genes this big differences are caused by the environment. This means that sleep length has a low heritability.
Studies like this have identified that personality, intelligence, poor eyesight, and even mental diseases, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia have a medium to high heritability (i.e., they are strongly influenced by genes). There is almost no limit to what kind of trait or disease can be studied. If it can be measured or classified, we can estimate its heritability! We study twins to understand how much of the difference in a trait between people is caused by genes and how much is caused by the environment. These studies are important because they help scientists quantify genetic and modifiable environmental factors that increase the risk of certain diseases. Scientists have done many studies like these. Around 18,000 human traits, including height, body weight, and several diseases, have been studied so far . So, when you see a pair of twins, remember how genetically special and valuable they are for science and health research.
Segal: Yes, he did. The flight travel that Scott Kelly took, had him up at the International Space Station for almost a year, while his twin brother Mark remained on earth. And prior to the trip, they both had completed a very comprehensive set of tests, intellectual, physical, genetic, things of that sort. And they found that contrary to expectation, it seemed that Scott Kelly's chromosomes actually reflected greater longevity. One would expect that they should have not shown that, but most of his epigenetic changes have reverted back to what they were normally. But that is a fascinating study, because we will never again get two identical twins who are both astronauts and one willing to take the trip.
Segal: It's inaccurate because it does not appreciate the interplay between nature and nurture. So we prefer to say nature-nurture, or nature via nurture or something of that sort. We try to disentangle these effects in populations. So when we say that intelligence has a 75% genetic effect, or height is 95%, we're not talking about a single individual, we're talking about the variation in a population. In a single person, you cannot separate out the two, because genes and environments are inextricably intertwined.
Have you ever met someone and it just felt...meant to be? Perhaps your friend sets you up on a blind date, and when you meet that person for the first time outside of the bar, you are hit with a surge of déjà vu. Or, you're at a party, making new friends, and the person next to you starts telling a childhood story so similar to your own experiences, it literally gives you goosebumps. You know, instantaneously, that this person is about to be an essential person in your life. All of these could be twin flame relationships. Either way, you can tell that your energy types are similar and that this meeting is fated. You might even feel that you have psychic abilities and knew this meeting was meant to be.
"There's a sense of homecoming," explains Vallejos. "There's a sense of merging energy where you can't really tell where you start and they end." Additionally, she says that often your twin flame will have experienced similar childhood trauma. This doesn't mean that your stories are precisely the same; you may have both experienced abandonment, violence, or neglect, but in very different ways. In fact, the differences in your trauma will help you both grow, understand, and process your own by learning from one another. While a twin flame isn't a soul split in two, as we are whole on our own, twin flames (and the synchronicity you experience as a pair) can act as a reflection. 781b155fdc