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The Pokemon Company Reveals Tricks and Treats for Pokemon Fans

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October has only just begun, but The Pokemon Company already has a lot of plans for this, the creepiest and spook-tacular of all months. So grab your Silph Scope and stock up on Pokeballs, because this month will be filled with more Ghost-types than you shake a Max Repel-doused stick at.

The announcement started off strong with some important Pokemon GO news. No, the announcement didn’t say much, but it included some extremely important words: “Plenty of good stuff is coming to the game late this October, and we can’t wait to get out and about to see what sort of excitement we can scare up while catching new Pokemon to fill out our Pokedex.” Judging by this sentence, trainers should expect another Halloween event that increases the spawn rates of Ghost-types, but everyone has probably already caught a Gastly, Haunter, Gengar, and Misdreavus by now, so what would count as new? Well, last month, I wrote an article covering a rumor that Pokemon GO‘s upcoming Halloween event might feature Gen III Ghost (and Dark) types such as Banette, Dusclops, and Sableye. Since the announcement basically admitted new Pokemon will be released during the event, this rumor is all but confirmed.

Pokemon GO isn’t the only game set to receive a spooky update this month, as the legendary Marshadow will also be available for any gamer who owns Pokemon Sun or Moon. Starting October 9th, trainers can visit a local GameStop store to obtain a code for this unique level 50 Fighting/Ghost-type, complete with a balanced moveset of Fighting attacks and Ghost attacks, the Technician ability, and a special Marshadium Z Z-Crystal. Trainers who want this paranormal pugilist will have to hurry, though, as it will only be available until October 23rd.

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Not all of the Halloween festivities will take place in the games, however. Trainers looking for a scare can head over to The Pokemon Channel and watch a collection of horror-themed anime episodes, including Ash’s first encounter with Ghost-types all the way back in Season 1. Trainers can also buy various plushes of Pokemon dressed up in spooky costumes at The Pokemon Center, and the site has also updated its collection of jack-o’-lantern stencils with some new faces.

While Halloween might be several weeks away, I’m already excited for this year’s All Hallows’ Eve. Maybe this year I’ll make a Mimikyu jack-o’-lantern instead of a Gengar one.

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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On May 23, Miasma Chronicles oozes onto the PS5

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We have been keeping an eye on the game Miasma Chronicles from the creators of Mutant Year Zero for a while now. We now know when it will be released, and it will be on May 23, 2023, on the PS5.

Being outnumbered all the time, mastering the art of the ambush will be crucial to surviving, and whatever advantage you can get will be needed. You can view a different, more condensed glimpse of gaming above and below.

How do you feel about the Miasma Chronicles? You played Mutant Year Zero, right?

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Fans of Final Fantasy 16 disagree as new debate over the squeeze gap begins

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Fans of Final Fantasy have been disputing for decades over a variety of topics, such as whether game VIII is the finest or which one contains the best minigames. But something fresh has the community in a tizzy, and this time it’s a 19-second trailer for the upcoming Final Fantasy XVI that’s energizing fans along with the reappearance of certain well-worn and recognizable talking points.

If it weren’t for the fissure that protagonist Clive skillfully navigates in the video, this narrative might have been about Torgal, a great canine companion. That’s right, we have returned to the discussion of the Squeeze Gap, the most heinous error in game design (in the eyes of some fans).

Others pointed out that you can see through the gap that this is an intentional design choice and does not, in fact, hide a loading screen. In the colorful comments section of the aforementioned Tweet, some people complained about the inclusion of yet another Squeeze Gap on current-gen PCs.If you have nothing better to do, follow us down the rabbit hole of quote-retweets.

Sincerity be damned, we don’t really care either way, but it is odd for Square Enix to release an official promo for a highly anticipated game that shows half of a character squirming through a small space.As always, the music is spot on; praise where praise is due. On June 22, Final Fantasy XVI will debut for PlayStation 5.

What do you think of the squeeze gaps generally and the squeezegate incident specifically?

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Sony was named the top video game publisher of 2022 by Metacritic

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In order to decide which publisher published the best games, Metacritic calculates ratings for all the games that were released in the previous calendar year. The website that collects review ratings for all popular media has done the math, and Sony Interactive Entertainment came out on top for 2022.

Yes, Sony’s first-party initiatives from the previous year allowed it to “no issue” claim the top spot on Metacritic’s list.  The 2022 release schedule for the platform holder averaged 85.6 points overall, with all of its PC ports scoring in the website’s “green score” range.

The business did indeed have a successful year in 2017. We had a fantastic trio of original games: God of War Ragnarok, Gran Turismo 7, and Horizon Forbidden West, all of which were of very high caliber. But in addition to that, the firm also launched The Last of Us: Part I and a number of PC ports, including God of War, Marvel’s Spider-Man, and Uncharted: The Legacy of Thieves Collection, all of which received positive reviews from critics. MLB The Show 22 had the lowest metascore of any Sony game last year, according to Metacritic, but it still earned a respectable 77.

According to Metacritic, these are the top 10 publishers for 2022:

  1. Sony Interactive Entertainment
  2. Paradox Interactive
  3. Activision Blizzard
  4. Focus Entertainment
  5. Take-Two Interactive
  6. Capcom
  7. SEGA
  8. Annapurna Interactive
  9. Humble Games
  10. Devolver Digital

If you’re interested, you can view the complete summary at this link. How do you feel?

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