Expect baby Snorlax to pop up more often in Pokemon Go

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Expect baby Snorlax to pop up more often in Pokemon Go

Everyone knows the best pokemon is Snorlax, so I am delighted to report baby Snorlax will soon pop up more in all-encompassing mobile game Pokemon Go.

The Pokemon Go Holidays 2018 event kicks off 18th December, when ice-type pokemon will appear more frequently in the wild. These include Jynx, Sneasel, Swinub, Snorunt, Spheal and Snover (Snover is a new Gen 4 pokemon). Expect to see other pokemon get into the Christmas spirit, too. Pikachu in a Christmas hat? Sure!

Smoochum, Azurill and the aforementioned and adorable Munchlax will have a greater chance of hatching from 7km eggs, which can only be obtained by opening gifts.

Epic pulls overpowered Infinity Blade from Fortnite

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Epic pulls overpowered Infinity Blade from Fortnite

Epic has pulled the Infinity Blade weapon from Fortnite for being overpowered.

Epic added the sword from its mobile game of the same name just four days ago, but players quickly found it to be ruining the battle royale game.

The Infinity Blade was a one-off item that could be picked up in Fortnite's main game mode. It gave the bearer an extraordinary advantage: 200 health, 200 shield, the ability to leap great distances and to deal 75 damage with each swing. It looked like this:

YOGO: You only game once

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YOGO: You only game once

I recently finished Detroit: Become Human, a game that not only challenges my knuckle-draggingly slow death-by-procrastination choice process, but also raised some rather disturbing revelations as to how potentially sociopathic I might just be. I mean I felt good (sort of) about my decisions. I wanted the best possible result out of the game - you know, the least amount of people killed and a lovely swoopy end cut-scene that I can feel smug over whilst eating the last of the biscuits.

Just to clarify, if you haven't played the game: at the end of each chapter it provides you with a rather fun infographic on which you can survey all of your in-game choices. It's pretty cool, showing you where the path splits and potential outcomes were missed.

What was slightly worrying was the other player stats. Whilst I clearly thought that *insert a spoilery decision* would help my progression, I realised that only one per cent of other people playing the game had made that choice.

Does Super Smash Bros. Ultimate deliver a generational leap for Switch?

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Does Super Smash Bros. Ultimate deliver a generational leap for Switch?

With Switch the single platform it needs to focus on for its latest game, developer HAL Laboratory is able to create the most feature rich entry in Super Smash Bros. series yet. Graphically speaking, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is the best-looking game in the franchise: its 75-strong cast and many stages get revamped textures and lighting compared to the Wii U release of four years ago. It also succeeds as a sequel to two previous versions, by offering the de facto home console successor to Wii U, and more impressively, a stark upgrade over 3DS' visuals on the handheld side. Over the last week we've pored over the game from every angle, figuring out what makes - and breaks - the game next to these two versions. It's a remarkable achievement, but is it truly the greatest Smash title ever made?

Epic legal threat silences prolific Fortnite leaker

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Epic legal threat silences prolific Fortnite leaker

Christmas is almost upon us, and with it the cheer of the season - but apparently someone didn't get the memo, as one of the biggest Fortnite leakers has suddenly shut down following a legal threat from Epic. Bah humbug.

Last night FNBRLeaks posted a statement on TwitLonger claiming it had been told to close its social media accounts after being contacted by the company. "Due to the request of an Epic Games Attorney who I'm not going to disclose, my Twitter, Discord, YouTube, Instagram and Github must be deleted, or else they will take action," site owner Preston wrote. "Thank you all for the support and followers over my seven month span of the FNBRLeaks Twitter."

FNBRLeaks staff member Scenario posted an image on Discord which appears to be the cease-and-desist letter Preston received. The letter argues Preston "spoiled the game for millions of of people who play and/or watch Fortnite, and negatively impact[ed] those who work hard to create and update Fortnite. The fact that he is a teenager makes this no less true".

UK union wants to tackle video game industry crunch

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UK union wants to tackle video game industry crunch

Excessive and unpaid overtime, zero-hour contracts and a pervasive culture of homophobia and sexism - these are the three top issues to be tackled by a new video games industry branch of the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB).

The new union branch, Games Workers Unite, will be the first of its kind in the UK - despite the fact the video games industry is one of the country's fastest-growing sectors, with approximately 47,000 people now involved.

Now is a great time for this in particular after the spotlight was recently shone on the working practices at Red Dead Redemption 2 developer Rockstar Games, which employs hundreds of people in the UK.

Snowball kills are the new obsession for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout players

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Snowball kills are the new obsession for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout players

It's Christmas! So developers across the land are adding virtual seasonal gubbins to their games as a service. Treyarch is no different. It's kicked off a Christmas event in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and as part of that snowballs are in Blackout, the game's battle royale mode.

Snowballs in most games are just for messing about, but in Blackout they pack a punch. In fact, players are already using them to kill players.

Piles of snowballs are now dotted around the Blackout map. They occupy the same slot as a grenade would, so using them puts you at something of a disadvantage because you're not using, for example, a smoke grenade. But it's Christmas. Snowball fights are on - and they do something like 20 points of damage! Oh, and you can break glass with them!

Blizzard downsizes Heroes of the Storm team, cancels esports plans

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Blizzard downsizes Heroes of the Storm team, cancels esports plans

Blizzard is cutting back on Heroes of the Storm - shrinking the game's team and cancelling its big esports events.

Staff will be moved to other internal projects, Blizzard said in a blog post today. There's no word on how many people will be left working on the MOBA.

Blizzard said it was a hard choice - repeatedly, using the phrases "very difficult decision", "tough choice", and "we don't make these decisions lightly" - but the game's staff were now needed elsewhere.

The joy of Katamari Damacy

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The joy of Katamari Damacy

Katamari Damacy is a special sort of game. So special in fact, that it sidetracked me from writing this several times, playing the game in an absent-minded daze, marvelling at how 塊,the Kanji for katamari, already looks like a small prince rolling stuff up. It worms itself inside your brain by giving the mundane a unique sort of whimsy.

Whimsy, silliness and fun on first glance seem like something unrestrained and purposefully difficult to capture, but Katamari's game director Keita Takahashi made these feelings into substantial pillars of the design philosophy that informs all of his games. Katamari is meant to convey novelty, ease of understanding, enjoyment, and humour, all in a neat little package.

Minecraft launches Paws and Claws costume pack to raise money for the World Wildlife Fund

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Minecraft launches Paws and Claws costume pack to raise money for the World Wildlife Fund

Microsoft has announced a new initiative to raise money for the World Wildlife Fund through Minecraft, starting with the launch of the new Paws and Claws costume pack.

Paws and Claws' release follows the recent arrival Minecraft's latest update, which adds bamboo blocks, scaffolding, and, more importantly, pandas and redesigned cats. The costume pack (or "Cosplay Pack", as Microsoft would have it) features 17 cat and panda skin, and all net proceeds on every sale - that's 62.5% - will be donated to the WWF until December 11th, 2021.

Additionally, Microsoft has pledged to donate another $100,000 USD to the World Wildlife Fund once players have managed to place a total of 10 million bamboo blocks in Minecraft. This is similar to an event last year, in which a donation was made to The Nature Conservancy after Minecraft players laid down 10 million coral blocks.