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Man, Niantic can’t catch a break with Pokemon GO, can it? Every time the company tries to fix a problem or improve a system, it seems to create a new issue, and the latest update has created a giant problem in the most literal sense: giant Pokemon.

Earlier today, I logged into the game and checked my Pokenon. Everything seemed normal, but then I logged on a few minutes ago, and I found this strange image:

Giant Rhydon

My Rhydon, whom I named Rhinox because Beast Wars is awesome, is so big he almost completely obscures his CP number. And he isn’t the only one suffering from gigantism. My Snorlax, Homer, seems to have packed on a few extra pounds, and unlike Rhinox, he completely obscures his CP number:

Giant Snorlax

Almost every single one of my Pokemon is larger than normal, as if they ransacked the Mushroom Kingdom and stole every single Mushroom they could find. Many Pokemon, such as Ursaring, either partially or completely block the CP numbers. Others, such as Kingdra, partially obscure their names.  As for Dragonite, well, I’m putting mine on a diet until his posterior is at a more manageable size:

Giant Dragonite

The majority of smaller Pokemon make it out of this colossal conundrum mostly unscathed. Many unevolved Pokemon, including Mareep and Houndour, are small enough for me to see their names and CP numbers, as are naturally small, fully-evolved Pokemon such as Omastar:

Giant Omastar

However, this glitch has not supersized all Pokemon. Gyrados, for instance, is roughly the same size as before, but he seems to have developed a shy streak. Not only is he too embarrassed to let me see his name, but he’s hiding most of himself below the invisible border of the stats page:

Shy Gyrados

And Steelix, well:

Tiny Steelix

That might be the smallest Steelix I’ve ever seen. What makes this glitch even stranger is that Steelix’s pre-evolution Onix is larger than usual.

This bug is probably nothing more than a camera issue in the stats page, as the shape, position, and animation of the Pokemon determines what, if anything, is blocked. Just look at Skarmory. She’s almost completely horizontal, so she doesn’t block her name or CP number, but she is lower on the screen than usual:

Skarmory

I would not be surprised if something in the new gym update is causing this glitch. However, I can’t find any information on the official Pokemon GO site, so this is nothing more than a theory. Though, what I do know is that I’m not the only one with this problem, at least according to the Pokemon GO Pro fan forum. With luck, this issue will be ironed out before the gyms reopen for conquering.

Update

Niantic has confirmed via Twitter that this issue has ben resolved in the update. I just checked and my Pokemon have returned to their original sizes.

All you have to do to get my attention is talk about video games, technology, anime, and/or Dungeons & Dragons - also people in spandex fighting rubber suited monsters.

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Over 2,900 PS5 and PS4 games are now on sale at the Epic PS Store

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It’s that time again when Sony unleashes a flood of discounts, offering nearly 3,000 games and add-on packs to tempt your wallet. There is a wide variety of standout options available, such as Monster Hunter World, priced at just £7.99, and the Deluxe Edition of Lies of P, now at a reduced price of £44.99.

These are a few of the impressive deals we came across while exploring the PS Store:

  • Goat Simulator 3: £12.49
  • Insurgency Sandstorm Gold Edition: £35.99
  • Lost Judgment: £12.49
  • My Hero One’s Justice 2 Ultimate Edition: £13.19
  • Persona 5 Royal: £24.99
  • Resident Evil Village: £13.99
  • Riders Republic Skate Edition: £14.99
  • Watch Dogs Legion Gold Edition: £12.74

Several of these deals are at all-time low prices, and as you may have observed, many of these packages come with extra DLC packs and content. Kindly be advised that the article will be updated with US pricing once it is available.

Meanwhile, has anything piqued your interest? Check out the PS Store for any current discounts, and share your findings in the comments below.

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SMT 5: Vengeance Reveals Extended Trailer, Physical Pre-Orders Available for PS5

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The newly announced Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance will be available on PS5 and PS4 this June, offering PlayStation players the opportunity to delve into the demonic RPG that was previously only on Nintendo Switch. Atlus has unveiled the physical editions available for pre-order for PS5 (PS4 pre-orders will be digital only), along with an extended cut trailer.

The physical standard edition, priced at $59.99, will be offered in a SteelBook variant. Additionally, all pre-orders include two in-game items: a Gleam Grenade for dealing a small amount of damage and the Haraedo Bead for restoring a small amount of HP to all allies. Both have unlimited uses in combat.

Moreover, there will be a $69.99 Digital Deluxe Edition offered, featuring DLC aimed at providing a smoother start for players in this challenging game, along with a couple of Demon Subquests.

  • Shin Megami Tensei V: Vengeance base game
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Wealth
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of EXP
  • Downloadable Content: Mitama Dance of Miracles
  • Demon Subquest: Sakura Cinders of the East
  • Demon Subquest: Holy Will and Profane Dissent

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What are your thoughts on SMT 5: Vengeance? Do you intend to purchase a copy? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Tekken 8’s upcoming Tekken Shop will offer a variety of paid and free content exclusively on PS5

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Bandai Namco has confirmed that the Tekken Shop in the upcoming Tekken 8 will offer a mix of paid and free content. Premium items will be purchasable using a currency known as Tekken Coins. The Tekken Shop will undergo monthly updates, with the developer emphasizing that the intention is to enhance the competitive fighter with new customization items rather than solely for financial gain. However, there is no reason why it cannot be both.

Revealed in a recent Tekken Talk Live stream, chief producer Yasuda Esports shared some of the upcoming features for the Tekken Shop, seemingly aiming to address any potential criticism proactively. “It has been reported that certain individuals may experience an adverse response upon encountering the term’shop”; however, the focus remains on enhancing the game by introducing new customization options to maintain its appeal.”

According to Mr. Esports, the format will be similar to Tekken 7, and the focus is on improving the game experience rather than just making a profit.

Do you think Bandai Namco is establishing the Tekken Shop to maintain the game’s appeal, generate revenue from microtransactions, or perhaps a combination of both? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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