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How to Improve Pokemon Go Fest August 29, 2017

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Earlier this summer, Niantic celebrated the one year anniversary of the release of Pokémon Go. They invited players from all over the world to join them in Chicago, IL for Pokémon Go Fest, a one-day event where trainers could get together in real life to complete exclusive challenges for epic prizes.

It may sound great on paper but by all intents and purposes, the event was a failure.  Players couldn’t reliably connect to cellular or WiFi sources at the event, rendering the game unplayable for most of them.  In the end, refunds were issued to everyone who went, and most players ended up having fun creating social connections outside of the official events.

Why did the event fall apart?  Poor planning.  In the US, its become inevitable that when you host a major convention anywhere, the cell service in that area is going to fail.  One would assume with the massive profits the cell phone companies are making all of them could provide all of their customers a reliable service that works consistently, but they can’t.  Creating a major event that entirely relies on cellular service working is a recipe for disaster.  They also weren’t equipped to handle the massive influx of people who signed up, even though they knew in advance how many people were going.  Players with tickets to the event still waited two to three hours just to get into the park.  This caused headaches for attendees who missed out on early events due to the fact ticket lines were moving so slowly.  It wasn’t a great first impression for paying ticket holders.  Surely, there had to be a better way.

Here’s a better solution for the next time Niantic decides to do a Pokémon Go Fest.  The planet is a big place and seven billion people live on it, why don’t they host multiple events across the world?  That way, players all over the planet could have the opportunity to participate regardless of their location or financial status.  The concept of hosting a major event to celebrate fandom is hardly new, that’s what events like ComicCon and PAX are for, and there’s always room for more events like it.

I know it’s expensive to run designated events all over the planet but there are solutions to that problem. The host could choose to build official facilities with decorations at each location, but there’s no need to if they don’t want to.  Perhaps local businesses in each designated play location could choose to sponsor the event and pay for decorations.  This would boost their profile, and companies like Sprint and Starbucks were already on board to sponsor Pokémon Go.  From what I heard, Sprint ended up getting a lot of positive publicity from sponsoring the Pokémon Go Fest, as they were one of the only cellular providers that actually functioned during the event.

By spreading out the event worldwide, it solves nearly all of the problems Pokémon Go Fest suffered from. With fewer trainers in a single place, the cellular networks would be less likely to buckle under the strain of people trying to use it at the same time.  It would also mean shorter lines and briefer wait times for things like ticket redemption while still allowing local trainers to communicate in real life.  All in all, it’s a win win.

So would this have been a better option than the Pokémon Go Fest we got?  Post a comment below with your thoughts about how you would improve the event for next time!

Pokémon Go is out now for Android and iOS devices.

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Final Fantasy XV Assassin’s Festival Announced August 24, 2017

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Square Enix has just announced their next limited-time Final Fantasy XV event, in a partnership with Ubisoft they are bringing the Assassin’s Festival to the world of Eos!

All current FFXV players will get the chance to check it out free of charge while the event is happening between August 31st and January 31st!  You can participate by downloading the free Assasin’s Festival DLC from your console’s online marketplace. The players who captured the Dream Egg during the Final Fantasy XV Moogle Chocobo Carnival will discover it will turn into a familiar assassin’s cloak.

Final Fantasy XV is out now for PS4 and Xbox One.

.hack//G.U. Last Recode Release Date August 23, 2017

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I have no idea how the heck this flew under my radar.  Back in the early part of the 2000s, a series of episodic games were released on the PlayStation 2. Called .hack, their gameplay, art style and story fascinated me.  However, I didn’t have a PS2 at the time they were released, and by the time I did, the game was fetching steep prices on the secondary market, so I was never able to play them.

Today, I’m happy to announce that the .hack series is back with a full HD remaster and here’s the trailer!

According to the game’s official website .hack/G.U. Last Recode is an HD Remaster of the first three PS2 .hack games, and includes an all new fourth chapter.  From what I’ve been told, this is not a full remake  of every episode of the .hack franchise, but it is possible those later games could get rereleased in the future and I can’t wait for that!

.hack/G.U. Last Recode is coming November 3rd, 2017 to the PS4 and PC.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy Unboxing August 22, 2017

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We’re bringing back our unboxing series to take a look at a game that was never originally planned to receive a retail release, Uncharted: The Lost Legacy.  The game stars Chloe Frazier and Nadine Ross, two well-known Uncharted characters you would think were least likely to team up.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy was originally planned to be a single-player DLC expansion pack for Uncharted 4, and was offered with the Uncharted 4 Season Pass for a brief time.  Now, it has been expanded to a full standalone game and has gotten a retail and digital release.  Today, we are going to crack this new game open and see just what is in the box.

Uncharted: The Lost Legacy is out now exclusively for PS4.

Final Fantasy XV Announced for PC August 21, 2017

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We’ve been playing Final Fantasy XV nearly non stop for the past month, and now at Gamescom 2017, Square Enix and Nvidia announced the game is coming to the PC. Is it worth the upgrade?  Take a look at the official trailer below, it’s in native 4K.

The game supports a native 4K resolution and will feature HDR 10 on PCs that support it.

Final Fantasy XV is coming to PC in early 2018.  It is out now on Xbox One and PS4.

Pokemon World Championships 2017 Starts Today August 18, 2017

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The biggest competitive Pokémon event of the year starts today in Anaheim, California.  Over the course of the next three days, Trainers from all over the world will do battle in competitive video games and trading card competitions, and you’ll be able to watch every second of it online.

You’ll be able to watch all three days of Pokémon World Championships 2017 at Pokemon.com/live as soon as it starts!

Pokemon Sun and Moon are out now for Nintendo 3DS systems.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Release Date August 18, 2017

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Yesterday, Square Enix announced the release date of their highly-anticipated upcoming Final Fantasy fighting game, Dissidia Final Fantasy NT.  We had a blast playing this game at E3 2017 and have been looking forward to playing the finished version since then. The framerate was solid and the controls for the most part felt familiar to Dissidia players who previously played the earlier PSP games.

If you want to learn more about the game, here’s a preview of the game’s controls for those of you looking forward to the upcoming closed beta test.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT is coming January 30th, 2018 exclusively for the PlayStation 4.

Pokemon Ultra Sun and Moon Preview Trailer August 18, 2017

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The Pokémon Company has just released this new trailer for the upcoming games Pokémon Ultra Sun and Moon.  Since they were first announced we really haven’t heard too much about them, so get ready to learn a few new tidbits about these games!

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon are coming November 17th, 2017 exclusively to Nintendo 3DS handhelds.

Pokemon Sun and Moon Slazzle Giveaway at GameStop August 16, 2017

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The Pokemon Company has announced they are teaming up with gaming retailer GameStop to give away the Pokémon Slazzle free to anyone who wants it in their copy of Pokémon Sun of Pokémon Moon.  Take a look!

Instructions for how to obtain the Slazzle will be included on the free card.  You will need to connect your 3DS handheld system to the internet and make sure you have the latest version of the game installed.  If you’re not sure if you have the most recent version of your game, check out the Update menu in the 3DS Nintendo eShop.

Pokémon Sun and Pokémon Moon are out now exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS platform.

Final Fantasy Brave Exvius Fan Fiesta Announced for New York City August 15, 2017

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Square Enix has just announced the date for their Final Fantasy Brave Exivus Fan Fiesta in New York City.

The Fan Fiesta will be held October 6th, 2017 at Capitale.  Just visit this website and sign into your Square Enix account (if you play Final Fantasy XIV or use the Final Fantasy Portal App you can use that sign-in information) and give it your unique Player ID Number.  Players who attend will be given some exclusive goodies and have access to exclusive panels!  The best part is the event is totally free!

Final Fantasy Brave Exivus is out now on iOS and Android devices.