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Detroit: Become Human – KARA Demo Commentary November 28, 2017

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Back before the announcement of Detroit: Become Human, before the release of Quantic Dream’s previous title BEYOND: Two Souls, Quantic Dream released the real-time CGI demo KARA and it brought us all to tears. Many hailed it as one of the best trailers of GDC12 and others hoped a full game would be made around it.

Now, we are in an all-new gaming generation and Quantic Dream is making the concept behind the KARA demo into a full fledged gaming title, Detroit: Become Human. Watch director David Cage’s commentary on his original real-time PS3 demo during Paris Games Week.

Detroit: Become Human is coming in 2018 exclusively to the PS4.

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Pokemon Go Review – Part 2 November 27, 2017

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Over a year has passed since Niantic and The Pokemon Company released the smartphone phenomenon Pokémon Go and while we did a fine job reviewing the game when it initially launched, Niantic has added so much more to the game in the past year we decided to write an addendum to our initial review and give our thoughts about the newest features of Pokémon Go. Let’s get started shall we?

Gyms

Our initial review of Pokémon Go didn’t include any review of the game’s Gym battles. While this may seem like a huge oversight now, Gym battles were not a huge priory at the time due to the game’s initial instability and the lack of proper in-game documentation about the feature.

Gyms can be found throughout predetermined locations throughout the real world, and players can interact with a Gym location after reaching level 5 when they select their team. With recent updates, all players can now use a Gym like a PokéStop to earn some in-game supplies, but higher level trainers can do battle there.

Since players can’t weaken Pokémon found in the wild before attempting to capture them, and two Pokémon Go players can’t battle each other directly, Pokémon Go‘s Gym Battles are the only way to actually actively have a traditional Pokémon battle in the game. However, other than the fact that a Pokémon’s typing comes into play, Pokémon Go‘s battles work nothing like their Nintendo game counterparts since Pokémon Go battles happen in real-time. During the battle, a player taps the screen to do a primary attack, swipes to dodge, and if the status bar is filled, holds down on the screen for a secondary attack.

Depending on which team is currently controlling that Gym, you can battle the Pokémon being stored in an opposing team’s Gym if the Gym you’re near is controlled by another team. If the gym is already controlled by the team you’re on, players can drop off one of their Pokémon in the gym to assist your team in controlling it.

Controlling Gyms is important because is currently the ONLY way for players to generate in-game currency without paying for it. Over the past year Niantic has done a lot of work to tweak the Gym experience, and have a strict limit as to how much in-game currency can be generated per day.

Pokémon Go Plus

Pokémon Go Plus was announced alongside Pokémon Go but its initial release was delayed by several months. Now that the accessory is out in large enough quantities, I would like to talk a little about it. First off, setup is a breeze, and you’re welcome to watch this video of us setting up the accessory below.

Once its connected, Pokémon Go Plus becomes an incredible assistant to players. Players using Pokémon Go Plus can do tasks like hatch eggs, catch Pokémon and activate PokéStops while their smart device is in standby mode. It runs on a non-rechargeable coin cell battery, and can last for quite a while before it has to be replaced. In my opinion, Pokemon Go Plus is a must-own accessory for any serious Pokémon Go player that doesn’t own an Apple Watch.

Raids

Occasionally, a Pokémon Gym will be taken over by a legendary Pokémon for a limited time. When this happens, trainers from all over the area can band together to take down this special Pokémon with the hope of catching it. This is currently the only way to obtain the legendary roaming Pokémon from GEN2, and it isn’t easy.

Raid battles are real-time and play exactly like Gym Battles. However, unlike a Gym battle, a trainer involved in a raid can be joined by twenty other local players, and if the raid is successful, all of the participating trainers will earn the opportunity to catch whichever Pokémon was being offered in the raid event.

I have a few problems with raids. I don’t like the fact that Niantic chose to host these events at areas already designated as Pokémon Gyms. When a raid begins, all progress at the Gym is essentially paused for an hour as the Raid event happens. It is also very difficult to catch a Pokémon after winning a raid, since raid players can only throw premiere balls at the defeated Pokémon. In my experience, berries have little to no effect to improve a capture’s chances. Raid passes are only offered once per day, but that is pretty moot since if a player fails to capture a raid boss, they are locked out of attempting the raid again after completing it.

Events

Special limited-time events are occasionally hosted within Pokémon Go. After the disastrous Pokémon Go Fest earlier in the year, I believe the most successful in-game events have been the ones that didn’t require players to be in one geographic spot to participate. As of the time of this article being published, the most recent special events in Pokémon Go have included the Halloween event where several Generation 3 ghost types were in the wild, and the successful Global Catch Challenge.

It’s clear to me that as long as Niantic doesn’t keep an event to one geographic location and allows players all over a region to participate, it can become an incredible event for new and long time players. It’s always fun to see new Pokémon in the wild, and events like the Global Catch Challenge prompted players from all over the world to team up to unlock a rare Pokémon in the wild for a limited time.

Technical Issues

I’d like to say that over a year after the release of Pokémon Go the game is perfectly stable but that would be a lie. The release of iOS 11 on iPhone brought a lot of technical issues with the game that Niantic still hasn’t fully ironed out. Since the release of iOS 11, there have been widespread reports of poor connectivity with Pokémon Go Plus ranging from random disconnects during standby to lagged response times across the board.

That all said, each new update brings more fixes to the game, and while it is taking a while, Niantic is still ironing out the game while providing players new in-game features. I can safely cancel my previous request not to spend money on the game, and if you choose to do so.

Conclusions

So those are my thoughts about Pokémon Go over a year after it was released. I think it’s a great application well worth your time and I encourage everyone to check it out!

Pokemon Go is out now for Android and iOS devices.

Uncharted: 10 Year Anniversary Pack Released For One Day Only November 20, 2017

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Big news for PS4 owners today. It’s the tenth anniversary of the release of Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune on Sony’s PlayStation 3, and Sony and Naughty Dog are celebrating by offering all PS4 owners a free download of some exclusive themes and avatar items off the PlayStation Store and you can get it right now!

The Uncharted 10th Anniversary Bundle will only be up for 24 hours. It includes six exclusive themes and an avatar pack that players who preordered Uncharted 4 may already own. Drop whatever you’re doing, fire up your PS4 and download it now.

Mega Construx PokeBall Build November 18, 2017

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This past weekend, Toys R Us hosted another one of their incredible in-store Pokémon events. Unlike previous events which would typically give attendees promotional cards for the Pokémon Trading Card Game, Toys R Us had a bunch of great stuff to give aspiring Pokémon Trainers, including a promotional card for the Pokémon TCG, a figurine, a custom binder, and a Mega Construx PokéBall.

Maniac assembled LEGO sets when he was a child, so seeing Mega Construx blocks appeared very familiar to him. Let’s take a closer look at the Mega Construx PokéBall, as Maniac assembles one for all of you.

Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon are out now exclusively on Nintendo 3DS platforms.

Special Rockruff Pokemon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon November 17, 2017

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Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon launched for the Nintendo 3DS earlier today. Here’s the official launch trailer!

I just wanted to tell everyone who picks up a copy of either Ultra Sun or Ultra Moon that Nintendo is offering a free Rockruff to all early players. You can obtain it for free using the game’s Mystery Gift feature. Just select the option to receive a gift from the internet. If you can’t connect your 3DS system to your home WiFi hotspot, you can get your 3DS online by visiting a participating Nintendo Zone location. This Rockruff is pretty unique and you can read all the details about this special Pokémon here.

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

Tales from IT – Diagnosing and Replacing a Broken MacBook Pro Hard Drive November 14, 2017

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We’ve got an all-new Tales From IT video today, where Maniac talks about some of his most difficult or most interesting experiences fixing computers and other electronic equipment.

Maniac’s girlfriend is a graphic artist and because of that, uses a Mac for her computing needs. One day, while working in Photoshop, she received an odd error message Maniac hadn’t seen in nearly a decade. Will he be able to discover the problem with her computer and fix it? Watch and find out!

New Alola Inspired Clothes Added To Pokemon Go November 14, 2017

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We are less than a week away from the release of Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon on the Nintendo 3DS and because of that Niantic is celebrating the release by adding new avatar clothing in Pokémon Go inspired by the Alola region. The best part is…all the new items are completely free.

Yes you read that right, you can get new clothes for your Pokémon Go trainer right now completely free. The new threads include a new backpack, hat, shoes, top and bottoms. Make sure to log into Pokémon Go as soon as possible to get them while you can!

Pokémon Go is out now on Android and iOS devices. Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon are coming Friday exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS systems.

iOS 11.1.1 Released, I Issues Fixed November 11, 2017

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Many iPhone users reported a major issue after installing the last version of iOS 11. Certain phones were unable to replicate the I key when input into the phone’s keyboard, and would replace the I character with an A joined with a weird symbol and question mark (?). Apple has recently released a new software update, version 11.1.1, which is expected to fix that issue.

If you have an iPhone running iOS 11.1 you should install the update as soon as possible. You can install it through iTunes or your phone’s software update menu in the Settings App. If you’re already using iOS 11.1, the update should only require a download of about 45MB.

We can’t completely confirm the I issue is fixed since none of the iPhones we use here were giving us the problem, but several testers in the media have confirmed the issue was fixed and it is included in Apple’s iOS 11.1.1 patch notes.

FAIL: How Disney Got Back Oswald November 8, 2017

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Welcome back to the highly-anticipated return of FAIL, where we look at Hollywood’s epic business management failures. Today, we’re going to be talking about a FAIL that ended up working out very well for one major company and for an all-new generation.

Before Mickey Mouse was a twinkle in Walt Disney’s eye, Walt created Oswald The Lucky Rabbit for Universal Studios. After Walt decided to leave Universal to start his own company, he was told he could not take Oswald with him, and Walt went on to create Mickey Mouse. Since they both were created by Walt Disney, Oswald The Lucky Rabbit was considered by many Disney historians to be Mickey Mouse’s brother. Sadly, Universal had kept the legal rights to Oswald in one of their vaults for decades, despite the fact they had done nothing with him for nearly a century.

Who would have thought that a contract renewal for famous sportscaster Al Michaels would trigger a series of events to bring Oswald The Lucky Rabbit back to his true owners?

Date Nite – Pokemon: I Choose You Review November 7, 2017

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Over the last two nights, Fathom Events hosted a special event at movie theaters. An all-new feature-length animated Pokémon film was shown at cinemas across the United States. It was a very limited release, but the event intended to celebrate twenty amazing years of Pokémon movies, and participants who bought tickets were given an exclusive Promotional card for the Pokémon TCG and a digital code for the upcoming Pokémon games Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon!

Date Nite is an all-new video series for this website where Maniac and his girlfriend Princess Angel review a film they saw together. Today, they’ll be taking about the Fathom Events premiere of Pokémon: I Choose You, and give their spoiler-free and spoiler-filled thoughts about the special event and the film.

Hope you enjoyed our review, please post a comment below with what you think of this new series!