'Pokémon Go' update gives cheaters lousy monsters

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'Pokémon Go' update gives cheaters lousy monsters

With a new update, Pokémon Go cheaters won't be banned, but instead thrown into a depressing purgatory. As spotted by Reddit's hardcore Pokémon Go site, Silph Road, Niantic is now "shadowbanning" cheaters by only letting them find humdrum monsters like Pidgey. In a statement, Niantic support said "people who violate the Pokémon Go Terms of Service may have their gameplay affected and may not be able to see all the Pokémon around them."

The ‘Monster Hunter’ series is coming to Nintendo's Switch

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The ‘Monster Hunter’ series is coming to Nintendo's Switch

We knew it was going to happen. Capcom will be bringing its hugely popular (at least in Japan) action RPG to Nintendo's hybrid console, although the first title won't be a completely new iteration. Monster Hunter XX is pitched as an expanded edition of Monster Hunter Generations, which launched on the 3DS two years ago. (MHXX is not the twentieth game from the series, however, you're meant to pronounce it "double cross".)

‘Titanfall 2’ gets its first new mech

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‘Titanfall 2’ gets its first new mech

Titanfall 2 was one of last year's most hotly-anticipated --and well-received -- titles and the team behind it has kept its multiplayer scene alive with several free DLC releases. While the playerbase has dwindled, the next gratis content addition, Monarch Reigns, might lure enough back to revive the game when it drops on May 30th. At long last players will get a seventh titan, the first new battle mech added to the game since its launch.

Everyone's favorite useless Pokemon gets its own game

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Everyone's favorite useless Pokemon gets its own game

It's pretty obvious that Pokémon Go wouldn't have been the worldwide success without, well, Pokemon. Niantic and Nintendo tapped a phenomenally rich vein of wish fulfillment when they sent people scurrying around the real world catching monsters on their phone. The app was sadly limited to collecting, not raising the fighting beasts as the original game/manga/anime/feature films showcased. But a smartphone game has come out promising that elusive trainer experience with the greatest Pokémon of them all. Give a warm welcome to Magikarp Jump.

Microsoft’s Twitch competitor gets a new name and co-op streaming

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Microsoft’s Twitch competitor gets a new name and co-op streaming

While Twitch has been busy expanding the breadth of what you can watch on its platform, Microsoft has been quietly improving how you watch and broadcast with its Beam service. Just to get it out of the way, Beam will henceforth be known as "Mixer." There's a PR-speak reason for the change in nomenclature, but it doesn't really matter. What does is how the service is improving. Specifically, Mixer now offers co-operative streaming and broadcasts in 4K UHD.

Let Sony's favorite developers help pick your next game

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Let Sony's favorite developers help pick your next game

Four years on and the PlayStation 4's digital storefront is pretty well stocked. But finding more obscure stuff to buy isn't the easiest and the search function kind of sucks. As a way of addressing that on the store's web version, Sony is introducing curated lists of games from "the industry's most creative minds," dubbed The Creators. PlayStation's head of worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida has his picks listed, as does Rocket League studio Psynonix, Street Fighter's Yoshinori Ono and the Final Fantasy XV team among many, many others.