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I started acting when I was fifteen. It was the freedom that attracted me; years of shyness and frustration shunted cleanly out of the way with scripts and imaginary characters to hide behind. A few decades of training, performing, directing, then teaching eventually lead to two years of standing on movie sets on the other side of the world. I came to understand that the key to growing as an actor was being flexible and open; in dramatic terms, being able to improvise.

Improvisation is a terrifying word to most acting students. They can't really be blamed; it's perceived by many as being instantly funny in front of other people, a skill I certainly don't have. However, to improvise is to actively leap away from the safety net of a script, throwing yourself down a creative mountain and hoping the skis hold. The trick, like all acting, is to give the illusion of freedom. Far from being the unrestricted playhouse that exists in many school drama classes, improvisation is actually a series of constructs inside which the actor can poke around and explore. To the audience, it looks like pure freedom of creative expression. The actor, in control, enjoys this sham. It can make them look very good.

In fact, there's a constant set of rules that the actor must follow to make the growing scene work: audience sightlines; listening to the words around you; watching body language to spot clues and cues. And always, a million moments,...

A note from the editor: Jelly Deals is a deals site launched by our parent company, Gamer Network, with a mission to find the best bargains out there. Look out for the Jelly Deals roundup of reduced-price games and kit every Saturday on Eurogamer.

Those of you looking to upgrade your PC gaming rigs without taking out one or more loans to do it should check out today's offer on a GeForce 1080 graphics card.

At the moment, you can pick up a Gigabyte 'Windforce' branded GeForce 1080 8GB card for its discounted price of £492.94, with free delivery, and get a digital copy of Destiny 2 thrown into the mix for free.

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The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been updated with its new Xenoblade quest and support for the Champions amiibo.

The Xenoblade armour is unlocked through a quest available as soon as you download Zelda's update 1.3.3. We got playing just now:

Like other DLC armour, the quest involves you visiting three locations within Hyrule. But there's a twist - you'll need to visit each place at night and look for a special shooting star.

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A note from the editor: Jelly Deals is a deals site launched by our parent company, Gamer Network, with a mission to find the best bargains out there. Look out for the Jelly Deals roundup of reduced-price games and kit every Saturday on Eurogamer.

Humble is celebrating all things from the realm of automobile racing with an entire week's worth of a sale on PC-based racing games.

Specifically, that means games like Dirt Rally, BeamNG.drive, Spintires, The Crew, Carmageddon: Max Damage and even Valentino Rossi: The Game (which is a thing that exists) are all up for grabs with up to 85 per cent off right now.

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Editor's note: Once a month we invite the wonderful Gareth Damian Martin, editor of Heterotopias, to show us what proper writing about games looks like before we shoo him away for making the rest of us look bad. If you want to read more in-depth critical writing, you can find the third issue of Heterotopias here.

When we talk about history we are, more often than not, talking about architecture. From the cities in which we live and work, to those we travel to as a form of escape, we constantly encounter history through its architectural presence. The ruins or restored structures of cathedrals, castles, temples, tombs-they are preserved as interfaces with history, ways of accessing the inaccessible and long distant past. Even meagre structures, such as the steel teeth and concrete bunkers of the Normandy beaches, take on an incredible architectural power and worth through their proximity to culturally significant events. As individuals we constantly seek these places out, and stare from crowded streets at their unrelenting stones in hope of some form of contact. We might even touch them, idly running our hands, as thousands upon thousands have, along their walls. For many of us, these encounters will be the most powerful architectural memories we form in our lives.

When discussing Assassin's Creed Origins and its architecture, you'll have to forgive me for going back to the series' own origins. From the very beginning, architecture has been a...

Nintendo has announced the theme of its next Splatoon 2 Splatfest in Europe and it's... well... let's just say that if you thought the whole toilet roll thing was a bit of damp squib, you're probably not going to like this one very much either.

When Splatfest next arrives on November 4th, European participants will be battling it out to decide which is superior: cold breakfasts or...um...warm breakfasts.

That's right! This month's battle lines place soggy cereal and faintly clammy pastries on one side, and tepid sausages and lukewarm scrambled egg on the other. What a time to be alive! Presumably hot breakfasts were deemed as too much of a scolding risk. That Nintendo, always thinking of the children.

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As soon as you complete Far Cry 5's tutorial, you can play the open-world shooter co-op online with a friend, Ubisoft has said.

You can play through the entire campaign in co-op. Your Friend for Hire appears as a custom player character and can fight alongside you throughout the game, dropping in and out with full voice-chat support.

You can share ammo and health packs, and can even turn on friendly fire if you fancy living dangerously.

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Sony's Shadow of the Colossus remake for PlayStation 4 launches on February 6th next year.

To celebrate the newly announced release date, Sony has unveiled a brand-new trailer showing off the remake in all of its hi-fidelity, foliage-quivering glory.

Well, "new" might be overstating the case slightly - it's actually Shadow of the Colossus' classic opening sequence, in which our maudlin hero arrives at the gates of a long-forgotten land in search of...something that shall remain nameless in case you've not played the game before. The video does offer a solid means of comparing the original game's visuals with those of the remake, however.

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