Opinion – Hold Influencers And Media Accountable

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Opinion – Hold Influencers And Media Accountable

Over the past few weeks, we’ve reported on a number of bad actors in the YouTube community. While these incidents relate directly to a proportionally small number of individuals, they expose a darker side of a community built on the backs of loyal fans.

YouTubers, streamers, and other such entertainers aren’t traditional media. They are part of a group called “influencers.” This marketing-insider term turned public-facing label exists for a reason. People like Tom “ProSyndicate” Cassell and Trevor “TmarTn” Martin have betrayed viewers’ trust. Others, like Lewis “PsiSyndicate” Stewart, outright lied to viewers, posting videos of rigged gambling.

You’d think that subscribers would be outraged. To be fair, some are. However, a large number of the comments on these videos not only forgive quickly, but help these swindlers rationalize their actions. 

Test Chamber – Ghostbusters

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Test Chamber – Ghostbusters

With the latest Ghostbusters set to hit theaters, Activision and the team at FireForge Games are hoping to capitalize on the increased attention the franchise is getting with a new licensed game. This twin-stick shooter introduces a new cast of characters set in the same world as the new 2016 film.

Join Andrew Reiner and me as we play through (or attempt to play through) two missions. We first investigate a disturbance at a mansion before trying to work our way through a haunted asylum. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned. Check out the video below.

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Ten Pokémon Based On Real Life That Should Totally Exist

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Ten Pokémon Based On Real Life That Should Totally Exist

Pokémon is back on a lot of gamers’ radars with the recent launch of Pokémon Go and the impending release of the next proper games, Sun and Moon for the 3DS. One of the most exciting parts of the buildup to a new Pokémon generation is the slow reveal of all the new characters players will be able to encounter on their journey. Sometimes Pokémon designs are unpredictable and wildly creative, and other times they are closely based on real-world influences. Here is a list of some of those real-world subjects we think would make the perfect Pokémon.

Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (July 14, 2016)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (July 14, 2016)

Pokémon Go was as popular with bloggers as it was everyone else this week, while others remembered a man from Nintendo who did some wonderful things for the company.

Community Blogs For July 7 – July 13:

Pokémon Go Review Haley Shipley's photo of her messy room containing a Pokémon (just kidding, Haley!) shows how trainers across the land are finding pocket monsters. Haley actually has a fun angle on the game's popularity, writing about how it works in a small town (I began playing the game in my hometown of 120 people, so I get it), and I implore you all to read it. 

Pokémon's Burning Questions

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Pokémon's Burning Questions

Pokémon just got a huge influx of new fans thanks to the release of Pokémon Go, which is a great excuse to share this feature from November 2012 where we asked Takao Unno and Junichi Masuda (who have each served as director, producer, composer, and programmer on assorted Pokémon titles) all our burning questions about the series. To be honest, it will likely confuse new fans more than help them, but it's one of our favorite interviews we're excited to have an excuse to share it again.

What’s really going in inside of a Pokéball? Can humans eat Rare Candy? Is everyone in the world of Pokémon a vegetarian? We asked Pokémon Black and White 2’s director and producer all the questions you’ve always wanted the answers to.

Takao Unno has been with Gamefreak for a decade. Typically, he serves as art director, but for Black and White 2, he is the overall director. Junichi Masuda (pictured below) has been with Gamefreak since the company’s inception, and he is the producer on Black and White 2.

The Definitive (But Evolving) List Of New-Gen Remasters

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The Definitive (But Evolving) List Of New-Gen Remasters

Update (7/13/16): We've added some new entries to our list of remasters, including the announcements of Skyrim's special edition and the collection of Crash Bandicoot titles.

Original Story:The PS4 and Xbox One are capable of delivering new and surprising experiences, but some of the best games available for the consoles are the ones you’ve played already. New features, better performance, and improved visuals provide more than enough of a reason to revisit older games, and we’ve assembled a list of the big titles that have won a second life on new hardware. 

Note that this isn’t a comprehensive list of every remaster or remake available. Right now, it covers released and upcoming games that have been touched up for new-generation platforms. Moving forward, we will expand the scope and update the list as games are released and new announcements are made. Until then, read on and relive the past.

The Virtual Life: Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto IV, And The Great American Lie

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The Virtual Life: Red Dead Redemption, Grand Theft Auto IV, And The Great American Lie

This week I’m talking about Red Dead Redemption and Grand Theft Auto IV, so spoilers for both of those.

There is perhaps no other developer that’s catalog has represented the complicated struggle for cultural recognition that video games have undergone more visibly than Rockstar Games. In the early aughts, titles like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, State of Emergency, and Manhunt cemented Rockstar as the edgy poster child of interactive entertainment, the developer that could make high-quality, polished experiences that pushed the boundaries of what could be shown on screen.

Eight Of The Best Uses of Licensed Songs In Video Games

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Eight Of The Best Uses of Licensed Songs In Video Games

In 1963, Alfred Hitchcock released his film The Birds with no soundtrack or score, just the ambient sounds of his own film. It’s a rare, risky move that relied on excellent film making and tension building to pull off. However, used correctly, and more conventionally, a well-placed song or lyric can heighten the atmosphere of a scene or give just enough of an adrenaline rush to keep the pace of action going, putting visuals in the passenger seat to sound. 

We broke down eight games that use licensed songs so well it’s hard to imagine them without. Also, make sure to check out all of the songs in the Spotify playlist below (some songs may be NSFW).

Game: Life Is StrangeArtist: Angus & Julia StoneSong: Santa Monica Dream 

Test Chamber – Testing Ana, Overwatch's New Hero

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When Overwatch launched in May, it garnered critical acclaim and a highly positive reaction from the community. The gameplay and modes are excellent, but what sets Overwatch apart is the cast of characters. With today's announcement of Ana, a medic sniper, we jumped onto the new Public Test Region servers to test her out.

Join Dan Tack and me as we escort the payload as the new character. As you might expect, the team composition isn't ideal since most people are on the server for the sole purpose of checking out the new hero, but on the bright side, you get to see a lot of Ana. You can see the match Dan played below.

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Pro Tacktics – How Gyms Work In Pokémon Go

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Pro Tacktics – How Gyms Work In Pokémon Go

If you've played Pokémon Go somewhere with a reasonable population, you've probably already seen a huge Snorlax or a giant Lapras towering on top of a local gym.

While taking down these enormous creatures might be an impossible task for your scrappy crew led by an intrepid Zubat, did you know you can actually team up with a few friends to pile on one of these giant opponents and take the gym down as a serious underdog? You and your friends (or even just a random person at the gym from the same team) can unite and take on enemies that would be impossible alone, then stack the gym up and reap the rewards.

Discover how to pull it off and more about the gym system in this short episode of Pro Tacktics!