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Can Pokemon Go Fest spark new interest in the game?

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July 22nd in Grant park, Chicago

July 22nd in Grant park, Chicago

It seems like yesterday, Pokemon Go was released and everyone rushed out to “Catch em all.” The game by Niantic was released July of last year quickly becoming one of the hottest mobile games. People of all ages were heading out to take walks with friends and family. To hatch that 10km egg, or evolving that special Pokemon. Pokemon Go gave people a new motivation to get out and explore the world.

Though things began to change. People started taking advantage of the game. Using a location hack with their PC’s to cheat the game. Streamers on Twitch were proudly abusing the system. The game started becoming toxic and not as interesting as it was originally intended. People then started getting frustrated with the Gym systems. Winter hit. Now it seems like Pokemon Go’s popularity was dying off. I have to admit, I’ve even slowed down playing the game. Living in Michigan, the winters can get pretty rough, and there just isn’t enough motivation for me to get out in the snow to go find more Pokemon.

When first releasing Pokemon Go, Niantic released a trailer that showed many more features than what we currently have. Trading, Battles, and Legendary Pokemon. Seems quite a bit like the No Man’s Sky of mobile apps. Pretty disappointing.

But now, Niantic is trying to rope those players back into the game. Recently, they’ve revamped the gym battles, added gen two, added a new raid system, and they’ve announced the first Pokemon Go Fest. The first official collective event to be featured in Chicago’s, Grant Park. With the event promising to have things like an exclusive in-app medal, increased Pokemon encounters, new challenges and rewards, special pokestops, and team lounges. Could this be just what Niantic needs? The event is also rumored to have a possible collective encounter to catch one of the games legendary Pokemon. Could this be the event we finally get that big Mewtwo battle?

Will we see Mewtwo at Pokemon Go Fest?

Will we see Mewtwo at Pokemon Go Fest?

The event is predicted to have 15,000 to 20,000 attendees. Tickets have sold out but are literally going for hundreds of dollars on resale sites. Thanks to the permit application, we have some insight of what the event could look like.  Each lounge is said to have multiple tvs, and feature their own gyms. With what looks to be an “Ultimate Gym” at the event’s main stage. The event will also have inflatable Pokemon and photo ops. Wi-fi hotspots will also be scattered throughout the event to help with constant internet access.

I’d love to see Pokemon Go make a comeback. I absolutely love the concept and how it forced people to get out and talk with each other. In a digital world, Pokemon Go gave new life to exploring the landmarks around you. It helped motivate people to go outside and walk. So hopefully, this is exactly what this game needs to bring users back. Pokemon Go Fest is scheduled for July 22nd in Grant Park, Chicago, IL. Do you want to see Pokemon Go make a comeback? Or would you rather it die off and we all move on? Pokemon Go is currently available on Ios and Android. You can also keep up with any updates with Niantic’s official website for the event http://pokemongo.nianticlabs.com/fest/

 

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Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth’s Retry Wording Has Been Updated in a Subtle Manner

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Despite the numerous praises players have showered upon Final Fantasy 7 Rebirth, there is one particular aspect of the game that has garnered nothing but criticism: the perplexing wording of its retry screen, which players encounter when facing a Game Over. Fortunately, the developers have discreetly resolved this issue in the game’s latest patch. They have fixed the Platinum Trophy progression, resulting in a slightly less confusing experience for players.

If you don’t possess exceptional combat abilities, chances are you’ve come across the game’s notorious four options: “Retry from Current Battle, Retry from This Battle, Retry from Before Battle, or Resume.”. As an avid gamer, I must admit that I’ve experienced the frustration of losing precious time due to my own foolish mistake. In this particular instance, I found myself engrossed in fine-tuning my matrix and equipping my party, only to have it all go to waste when I encountered a formidable enemy. To compound my error, I made the ill-advised decision to retry the battle, resulting in an hour of agonizing repetition. Lesson learned!

The “Retry from This Battle” option has become a source of frustration for players who are struggling with the game’s final boss encounter, leading to a significant number of rage-quits. Without giving away any surprises, opting for that choice after being defeated would result in players being sent back to the beginning of the final boss encounter, needlessly forcing them to forfeit approximately an hour’s worth of hard-earned progress in battle.

After the update, players now have the option to select “Retry from the Current Phase” instead of “Retry from Before the Current Battle.”. It’s worth noting that this change is only slightly improved. It’s rather disappointing that the screen is overly convoluted, which may lead to players feeling frustrated. While it’s better late than never, we can’t help but wonder if this issue will persist in the future.

 

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Baldur’s Gate 3 has received an impressive haul of 5 BAFTA Awards, with the prestigious title of Best Game among them

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Baldur’s Gate 3 continues to solidify its position as a standout title, garnering five prestigious BAFTA awards, including the highly coveted Best Game accolade. In addition to the top accolade of the evening, the RPG created by the talented team at Larian Studios also emerged victorious in the categories of narrative, music, players’ choice, and performer in a supporting role.

Several games for the PS5 and PS4 received BAFTA awards. Alan Wake 2 won for Audio Achievement, Cyberpunk 2077 was recognized as an Evolving Game, Viewfinder was named the Best British Game, and Nadji Jeter received the Performer in a Leading Role award for his portrayal of Miles Morales in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2.

Standing on the stage that night, Swen Vincke, the founder of Larian Studios, expressed his disbelief: “It’s truly incredible to be here.” The effort and dedication poured into creating Baldur’s Gate 3 is truly commendable. It’s truly remarkable, and I extend my gratitude to Bafta and everyone involved.

Here are the winners of the BAFTA awards for 2024:

  • Debut game: Venba
  • Audio achievement: Alan Wake 2
  • Multiplayer: Super Mario Bros. Wonder
  • Evolving game: Cyberpunk 2077
  • Game design: Dave the Diver
  • British game: Viewfinder
  • Artistic achievement: Alan Wake 2
  • New intellectual property — Viewfinder
  • Narrative: Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Performer in a supporting role: Andrew Wincott, Raphael in Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Family — Super Mario Bros. Wonder
  • EE Players’ Choice — Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Animation — Hi-Fi Rush
  • Music — Baldur’s Gate 3
  • Game Beyond Entertainment — Tchia
  • Technical achievement: The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom
  • Performer in a leading role — Nadji Jeter, Miles Morales in Marvel’s Spider-Man 2
  • Best game: Baldur’s Gate 3

 

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V Rising embraces its theme by introducing a Legacy of Castlevania crossover DLC

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V Rising, a vampiric RPG, made its debut on PC in 2022 and is set to grace the PS5 in 2024. The game clearly showcased a strong influence from Castlevania. Now, Stunlock Studios is fully embracing the opportunity, officially teaming up with Konami for a captivating DLC with a gothic twist.

Featured in The Triple-i Initiative’s recent digital indie showcase, Legacy of Castlevania offers players the opportunity to immerse themselves in the timeless visuals of hair, cloth, and character design from one of the most beloved vampire franchises in gaming history. The pack is set to be released in May, and it’s possible that we’ll gain further insights into the PS5 port at that time. In the upcoming game, players will have the chance to encounter the renowned vampire hunter Simon Belmont, who will serve as a formidable adversary. Additionally, fans will be delighted to know that they can dress up as the enigmatic Vampire Prince, Alucard, with a special cosplay set.

There will be three distinct shapeshifting variants for players to fully embrace the darkness. Among the options available are the Wolf Form Variant, Soul of the Wolf; the Human Form Variant, Glamour of Maria Renard; and the Toad Form Variant, Guise of The Flea Man. In addition, you’ll have access to luxurious furniture and decorations to adorn your sanctuary, creating an atmosphere reminiscent of a gothic masterpiece.

Did V Rising catch your attention? What are your thoughts on the Legacy of Castlevania collaboration? We eagerly await your thoughts in the comments section below.

 

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