The traditional sports world is taking eSports into the mainstream

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The traditional sports world is taking eSports into the mainstream

Five years ago, you couldn't have imagined video game competitions being broadcasted on the same channel as traditional sports. TV networks have been historically obsessed with pastimes such as baseball, basketball, football and soccer, but times are changing. Thanks to the massive popularity of eSports, driven in large part by the internet-streaming generation, the entertainment landscape has transformed drastically over the past couple of years. Nowadays, US channels like Disney XD, ESPN, NBC and TBS are all trying to put eSports on the same level as traditional sports, with the end goal being to reach new, younger audiences. Want to watch a EA's FIFA or Rocket League tournament on ESPN? Well, you can do just that.

'Crash Bandicoot's' hardest ever level comes to the remaster

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'Crash Bandicoot's' hardest ever level comes to the remaster

A lot of Crash Bandicoot fans already find the N.Sane Trilogy remake much tougher than the original games, but that hasn't deterred its developer from making it even more challenging. Now, when you check the PlayStation Network, you'll find a new Crash DLC called "Stormy Ascent" -- a level Naughty Dog had to hide, because it was "just too damn difficult." The games' original developers had no time to safely delete it from discs, and players were able to access it on the PS1 with a Gameshark code.

Pokémon Go is getting Legendary monsters for its birthday

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Pokémon Go is getting Legendary monsters for its birthday

Niantic is going all out for Pokémon Go's first anniversary. In addition to holding the Pokémon Go Fest in Chicago and tie-in events all over the globe, it's also finally introducing Legendaries into the mobile game. You'll be able to find Legendary eggs at gyms, but since the Pokémon type is incredibly rare and powerful, you likely won't find one at every turn. Niantic is also using Legendaries as raid bosses, and if you and your team defeat one, you'll get the chance to catch one of your own. You can't use them to defend gyms, but hey, you'll need to catch them if you want to catch 'em all.

Nintendo's solution for online voice chat feels half-baked

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Nintendo's solution for online voice chat feels half-baked

From the moment you pick up a Nintendo Switch, it feels like a magical device. The company nailed the hybrid TV / portable concept and created a genuinely fun console that seemed to shed the awkwardness of the Wii U. Indeed, Nintendo has a habit for making fun consoles -- but for the last three generations, it's failed to build online communication options on par with Xbox Live or PlayStation Network.

Here's the 'Words With Friends' TV show you didn't ask for

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Here's the 'Words With Friends' TV show you didn't ask for

Zynga's Words With Friends is one of those few smartphone games that has survived for far longer than many early mobile titles -- it still has a huge fan base (55 million active games at any one time) 8 years after its debut. And now, the developer wants to milk that ubiquity for all it's worth. It's teaming up with MGM Television on a Words With Friends game show that would translate the phone-friendly Scrabble-alike to the big screen. While the two aren't saying much about what the show will entail, they expect to draw on the "rich social experience" of WWF and integrate pieces of other With Friends games (Crosswords With Friends seems a natural fit).