A Pokemon Go Safari Zone event is now underway in New Taipei City, Taiwan, and to celebrate, Niantic is making a new Shiny Pokemon available worldwide. Right now, players around the globe have their first chance to encounter a Shiny Oddish in the hit Pokemon mobile game.
The arrival of Shiny Oddish means this is also your chance to get Shiny versions of its evolved forms: Gloom, Vileplume, and Bellossom. These, however, won't appear in the wild, so if you're hoping to add them to your collection, you'll need to be lucky enough to catch a Shiny Oddish and then evolve it.
Be on the lookout for anything odd, Trainers! Starting on October 2 at 7 p.m. PDT, lucky Trainers might encounter Shiny Oddish! ✨ pic.twitter.com/E0Ew45GOUK
After promising to remove paid loot boxes from Rocket League in August, developer Psyonix has revealed what will replace the contentious mechanic. The change and additional alterations are slated to take place this December.
Psyonix announced that Blueprints will replace Crates. Blueprints with varying rarities--like Painted, Certified, and Special Editions--will have a chance to drop after completing matches. To create them you will need Credits, Rocket League's new premium currency that can be used on Rocket Pass Premium upgrades and purchases from the new rotating Item Shop. Further, the Item Shop will feature a plethora of content including new items, legacy Crates, and more. All Item Shop purchases are locked to your account, however, and cannot be traded.
Crates aren't the only mechanic getting replaced. Credits will replace Keys, with all Keys getting converted into Credits. Psyonix did not quantify the conversation rate. Further, all remaining Crates will be converted into Blueprints. Finally, Psyonix explained that using paid content with the current Trade-In system will be disabled. This means any items you obtain from these new changes cannot be traded in for something else, but any free post-game items can be traded. Psyonix will implement a new inventory management system when all of these updates go live in December.
Destiny 2 has changed dramatically with the release of update 18.104.22.168, which coincided with the launch of Shadowkeep, Season of the Undying, and the free-to-play New Light version. Whether it's weapon mods, infusion, the pursuit of Powerful rewards, Crucible playlists, Nightfalls, or any number of other things, numerous areas of the game work differently than we've become accustomed to--sometimes in dramatic ways.
It'll take hours of playing to come to terms with all of this and fully comprehend how things work now, but there are some pieces of advice to heed as you make your way through the game to ensure you aren't shooting yourself in the foot. Certain things--like infusion--should be ignored in the early going, and you'll want to ensure you're racking up as much XP as possible, even from sources you might have ignored previously. We've compiled a handful of tips that you'll want to be mindful of as you start making your way through Destiny 2 whether you're playing New Light or you've jumped directly into Shadowkeep.
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The Star Trek Universe panel at New York Comic-Con isn't until Saturday, October 5. However, there's already plenty to learn about the upcoming Star Trek: Picard standalone series, thanks to a display at the Star Trek Universe booth, which is located at booth #166 on the convention floor. In addition to several costumes from the forthcoming series, which stars Sir Patrick Stewart reprising his role as Jean-Luc Picard, placards displayed some exciting information about the aforementioned former USS Enterprise captain, as well as another of the show's major characters.
The placard for Picard reads, "Since resigning from Starfleet, Admiral Jean-Luc Picard has lived a somewhat reclusive life on his family estate in La Barre, France. All of that changes when he receives an unexpected visitor and is once more drawn back to the galactic stage." It should be interesting watching a formerly reclusive Picard reintegrate himself into the Starfleet organization.
Additionally, the placard for Picard notes that his costuming on the show pays tribute to his various Starfleet uniforms from throughout the franchise. "Notable here are the black jacket with contrasting leather shoulder yokes, which are reminiscent of the last uniform audiences saw Captain Picard wear," it reads. "The leather features a distinctive relief process echoing other elements of the show's production design."
Protecting your accounts and private information is more crucial than ever in 2019, and that's led to more companies enforcing stricter login verification practices. To recognize National Cybersecurity Awareness month, EA is offering a nice incentive for its users in October--the company will give a free month of Origin Access Basic to anyone who turns on login verification for their EA account. Considering it'll take you all of 10 seconds to turn on that setting, that's a sweet deal.
Origin Access is EA's PC gaming subscription, and the basic level gets you access to an ever-growing library of games including Battlefield V, Madden 19, The Sims 4, Titanfall 2, and more. The membership also lets you try out new games a few days before release during Play First Trials and also includes a 10% discount on Origin digital purchases like games and expansions. There's also a Premier membership with more bonuses. You'll need to install the Origin launcher on your PC if you don't have it already.
When turning on login verification, you'll choose whether to have the login codes sent to you via email, text, call, or app authenticator. This setting allows EA to better verify your identity whenever you log into your account. It's not a bad idea to have two-step verification like this set up for all of your online accounts, so the free month of Origin Access is just an added perk.
If it is not enough that your baby-in-a-jar buddy can talk to you through the DualShock 4's speaker, Death Stranding's Special and Collector's editions will come with another companion that will get you grooving with some sweet tunes.
Death Stranding: Timefall is an eight-track album composed of original music inspired by director Hideo Kojima's hotly-anticipated title. It will include original music by artists like Chvrches, Bring Me The Horizon, Khalid, Major Lazer, and more. Kojima revealed the full tracklist on Twitter along with the album's official artwork.
NEWS: The complete track listing for 'Timefall: Original Music from the World of Death Stranding' is now available to view.
Featured artists are Major Lazer & Khalid, Au/Ra & Alan Walker, CHVRCHES, The Neighbourhood, THE S.L.P., Bring Me the Horizon, flora cash, and MISSIO. pic.twitter.com/zV5V64JwJF
Steam almost always has something on sale, and this week, there's another free weekend and discounts on some true gems. Devil May Cry 5 and the DMC series is on sale, in addition to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim VR, Sniper Elite 4, and Cuphead. Just Cause 4 and the rest of its series is also discounted.
In addition to all the sales, Battalion 1944 is free for everyone to play until Sunday, and if you enjoy your time with it, you can grab it for $10 USD / $12.50 CAD / £8 until October 8. Published by Square Enix, Battalion 1944 is a 5v5 infantry-based multiplayer shooter, more similar to Call of Duty than Battlefield. You can grab the game itself or pick it up in the Red Sun Edition bundle, which includes an exclusive M1 model, ten Red Sun chests, and the digital soundtrack.
If you're looking for a different flavour of multiplayer for this weekend, then Hunt: Showdown is also on sale. This monster-hunting first-person shooter pits you and a partner against several other teams trying to banish the target beast first. Other players aren't your only enemy though, as zombies and other creatures populate the map. You can pick it up for $32 USD / $43.20 CAD / £28.80 until October 7.
Fans will be getting another look at Pokemon Sword and Shield very soon. The Pokemon Company is broadcasting a 24-hour livestream related to the games starting tomorrow, October 4. Unlike a typical stream, however, this will be an animal cam-style broadcast from Glimwood Tangle, a mysterious forest area in the Galar region.
We don't know exactly what we'll see during this week's Pokemon Sword and Shield livestream, although The Pokemon Company teases that viewers "may notice things that surprise you." If you're interested in tuning in, we've rounded up everything you need to know about tomorrow's livestream, including where you can watch it, below.
The livestream will be broadcast on the official Pokemon YouTube and Twitch channels. We've also embedded the stream above, so you can bookmark this page and tune in right here once the stream begins.