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A sneak peek at Japan’s sponsored Poke Stops in Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go Sponsored Poke Stops
Now that Pokemon Go has finally launched in Japan, trainers are finally getting their first look at sponsored locations. In case you haven't heard, developer Niantic Labs is partnering up with some big-name sponsors to convert certain locations into Poke Stops and gyms inside the game, starting with McDonald's. The image you see above from Toru Hanai at Reuters is our first look at a sponsored Poke Stop, which unsurprisingly looks a great deal like a normal Poke Stop.

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Jacob Siegal

July 23rd

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Shiny and chrome! Rendering sparkly surfaces in CG just got massively better

snail1 As the graphics in games and movies edge closer and closer to photorealism, even the subtlest tricks of the light must be simulated. For years an especially tough one has been recreating the sparkling, uneven surfaces of water, metals and other materials — but these glints can now be rendered 100 times faster than before thanks to a new technique from computer scientists at UC San Diego. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

July 21st

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Was Microsoft’s biggest E3 2016 announcement a huge mistake?

Xbox One vs Project Scorpio
Having struggled to keep up with the PlayStation 4 for nearly three years, Microsoft knew it was going to have to bring the big guns to E3 2016. Rather than just announcing new games and peripherals, the company actually announced not one, but two (2!) new versions of the Xbox One console last month. On paper, this sounds like a surefire way to reinvigorate a fan base. In reality, it might have unintentionally stalled Xbox One sales.

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Jacob Siegal

July 21st

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Watch Nintendo’s awesome retro trailer for the mini NES

Nintendo Mini NES Trailer
Although we're all dying to see what Nintendo has in store for the next generation, the gaming company made waves earlier this month will some decidedly less timely news: the Nintendo Entertainment System is coming back. On July 14th, Nintendo announced the NES Classic Edition — a miniature version of the original NES with 30 classic games built in. A week later, Nintendo shared a radical, tubular, totally retro trailer to hype up the console.

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Jacob Siegal

July 21st

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If you want to be the best at Pokemon Go, you have to pay

Pokemon Go Paywall
Pokemon Go is a free-to-play game. In the world of mobile gaming, this really means that it's free for anyone to start playing, but increasingly difficult for those players to make progress in the later stages of the game without spending money. That said, Pokemon Go generally falls on the friendlier side of the spectrum, allowing players to wander the world without forcing them to wait for a countdown timer to refresh or forcing them to unlock new abilities to progress. Where players really begin running into trouble is when they make it above a certain level, at which point they either have to spend a significant amount of money or an unthinkable amount of time to continue to level up.

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Jacob Siegal

July 21st

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Nintendo NX could bring “lots more casual players back” according to Ubisoft CEO

Nintendo block question The Nintendo NX is one of the most long-teased console releases I can ever remember, especially as an officially acknowledged thing. Speaking on his company’s quarterly earnings conference call yesterday (via IGN), Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot shared some tantalizing impressions about the NX: It’s “really great,” and it should “help the industry continue to… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

July 20th

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When will it end? Video catches Pokemon Go player driving his SUV into a parked police car

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In a few years, or even in a few months, we'll probably see Psychologists examine and study the unprecedented level of gaming addiction we've seen from Pokemon Go players over the past few weeks. If you thought Candy Crush was bad, well, Pokemon Go takes things to an entirely new level. In recent weeks, we've seen stories of Pokemon Go players crashing cars, getting shot at, falling off cliffs, aimlessly wandering into traffic and even creating Walking Dead-style stampedes in cities across the globe. Apparently the search for virtual monsters is so strong that players can't help but throw all of their common sense out the window once they fire up the game.

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Yoni Heisler

July 20th

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Watch the first trailer for Telltale’s Batman game, coming August 2nd

Batman Telltale Series Trailer Release Date
There are few developers that know how to handle an important property quite as well as Telltale Games. They did it with Back to the Future in 2012, The Walking Dead in 2012 plus Game of Thrones, Minecraft and Borderlands in 2015. In 2016, the studio has its biggest challenge yet with Batman: The Telltale Series.

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Jacob Siegal

July 19th

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Pokemon Go player arrested after wandering onto secure military base

Pokemon Go Player Arrested
Just a few weeks after its release, the Pokemon Go phenomenon is still operating at full throttle. In turn, we’re still seeing an endless stream of reports involving oblivious players wandering into places they shouldn’t. The most recent example comes to us from Indonesia where a Pokemon Go-obsessed Frenchman was caught inadvertently wandering into an area housing a secure military facility in Indonesia.

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Yoni Heisler

July 19th

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Xbox One S hits stores on August 2

Xbox One S In this brave new world of significant mid-cycle game console upgrades, the X Box One S will lead the way. The Microsoft Xbox One semi-successor will be available in its 2TB ‘launch edition’ to shoppers on August 2. The Xbox One S got a big reveal last month, but we didn’t know exactly when it would actually get in the hot little hands of gamers until today.… Read More

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Darrell Etherington

July 18th

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