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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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Amazon’s great Fallout TV show is nominated for 16 Emmys

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Critics and fans alike went crazy for Amazon’s take on the famous role-playing game series Fallout. There were a lot of nominations for 16 Emmy awards, including Best Actor and Outstanding Drama Series. The show was able to reach audiences outside of gamers and got a lot of attention from the industry.

Eurogamer has been keeping track, and now that all the votes are in, Fallout is tied for fifth place with 23 nominations for the 76th Emmy Awards, which are put on by the US Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. With 25, The Bear has the most nominations, followed by True Detective: Night Country with 23, and Shogun with 19.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that Walton Goggins is up for Best Actor for his performance as The Ghoul. Although games will always be our first choice, it’s great that adaptations of games don’t have to be awful, and we can’t wait for the next season of the shows.

Are you surprised by how well Amazon’s version of Fallout has done in the mainstream? Is the curse of movies based on video games finally over? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Sets Dates for the Next Multiplayer Beta

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is getting closer and closer, and Activision has announced when players will be able to get their hands on the next game. This means that there will be several chances to try it out before it comes out. If you paid a lot, you might be able to play for more than a week at the end of August and beginning of September.

Call of Duty Early Access will run from Friday, August 30th, to Wednesday, September 4th, as announced on its blog. This is two days after the Call of Duty Next showcase, which is set for August 28th. To play, you must have already bought Black Ops 6.

The open beta is the following weekend, and anyone who wants to can join. The fun will start on Friday, September 6th, and end on Monday, September 9th. The full release is set for October 25th of next month on PS5 and PS4.

How excited are you for the next Call of Duty game? Are you going to play Black Ops 6 in either the Early Access or Open Beta versions? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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Ten million people play The First Descendant in its first week

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The free-to-play shooter The First Descendant has gotten a lot of attention in its first week. The game’s publisher, Nexon, says that 10 million people have already tried it out.

Insider Gaming pointed out that since there is no cost up front, it’s still too early to tell how many of those players will stick around, but it’s still a big number for a new IP. On Steam alone, it peaked at 264,860 concurrents right after launch and has still managed to break 200,000 in the last 24 hours, so it looks like a lot of people are still really into the game.

It was a “mindless and repetitive grind,” and we gave The First Descendant a 3/10 in our review. Of course, that’s just one opinion; other experts have had different ones. Most people, though, say that the game’s annoying free-to-play model is the worst thing about it.

Are you one of the millions of people who played The First Descendant last week? Are you going to come back for more? Leave a comment below and let us know.

 

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