Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (December 15, 2016)

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Blog Herding – The Best Blogs Of The Community (December 15, 2016)

Another week, another Blog Herding – and a bunch of great blogs to read!

Community Blogs For December 8 – December 14:

UPDATE What I'd Want from a GameInformer App When GI launched an app, Cru Hunter was a happy reader. Since October, the Blog Herding member has been using it to read gaming articles. The app review has some great suggestions on how to improve the experience, with an in-depth look at how it fares for those considering the download. Me? I'm still reading the magazine and site.

Niantic Is Blowing It With Pokémon Go

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Niantic Is Blowing It With Pokémon Go

The Internet is partially to blame for Monday's disappointing Pokémon Go update. Data miners got the hype train rolling with tantalizing tidbits from the game's APK file which suggested huge additions were on the way, including 100 new Pokémon and a handful of other notable features. These miners have a successful track record with the game, revealing almost every change made well in advance of Niantic rolling them out.

By now, most people on the Internet know rumors and hacked data should be taken with a grain of salt. I was in the "I'll believe it when I see it" camp until Niantic poured gasoline onto the rumor fire. On December 7, Niantic issued a cryptic tease, saying it will share "details about the first addition of more Pokémon" on December 12. After seeing this tease, and the boldness it projected, I thought the rumors had to be true; 100 new Pokémon were on the way.

Survival Of The Fittest: Learn How To Play Pokémon From The Pros

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Survival Of The Fittest: Learn How To Play Pokémon From The Pros

The Pokémon franchise has been criticized for its lack of depth since its release in 1996. While the series is mainly marketed towards children, its simple RPG systems have become increasingly more complex over the years. The process of creating a team that's tournament-viable has changed as well, as competitive players tweak their Pokémon's stats to try to squeeze as much power out of them as possible. Since the official ruleset for Pokémon tournaments is different from last year, various Pokémon and Mega Evolutions have been thrown out entirely for new strategies. Here's the advice for playing Sun/Moon we received after interviewing some of the top Pokémon players in the world.

These Pokémon Need To Be On Your Team With over 800 monsters to choose from, making a team of Pokémon can be daunting. Competitive Pokémon teams have strict rules, usually limiting players from using legendaries or other stronger beasts. With that in mind, these are the Pokémon that our pros believe will be on every team for 2017.

Survival Of The Fittest: Learn How To Play Pokémon From The Pros

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Survival Of The Fittest: Learn How To Play Pokémon From The Pros

The Pokémon franchise has been criticized for its lack of depth since its release in 1996. While the series is mainly marketed towards children, its simple RPG systems have become increasingly more complex over the years. The process of creating a team that's tournament-viable has changed as well, as competitive players tweak their Pokémon's stats to try to squeeze as much power out of them as possible. Since the official ruleset for Pokémon tournaments is different from last year, various Pokémon and Mega Evolutions have been thrown out entirely for new strategies. Here's the advice for playing Sun/Moon we received after interviewing some of the top Pokémon players in the world.

These Pokémon Need To Be On Your Team With over 800 monsters to choose from, making a team of Pokémon can be daunting. Competitive Pokémon teams have strict rules, usually limiting players from using legendaries or other stronger beasts. With that in mind, these are the Pokémon that our pros believe will be on every team for 2017.

Why Watch Dogs 2 Had To Be In San Francisco

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Why Watch Dogs 2 Had To Be In San Francisco

Watch Dogs 2 rights a lot of wrongs of its flawed, yet enjoyable predecessor. Watch Dogs 2’s characters were lighthearted, more optimistic, and generally more enjoyable than those in the first game, but the biggest change came with the biggest character: the city. San Francisco is an incredible fit for Watch Dogs 2. Not only does it speak more to the hacker culture Watch Dogs is influenced by, it also is a more natural environment for Ubisoft to speak to the themes of diversity and class warfare.

San Francisco and Silicon Valley are more in line with Watch Dogs 2’s technology and hacker themes. Chicago has the most advanced surveillance system in the country, making it work in tandem with the first game’s themes on peering into people’s lives. But outside of that one point, Chicago doesn’t have the same reputation as a tech haven.

Why Watch Dogs 2 Had To Be In San Francisco

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Why Watch Dogs 2 Had To Be In San Francisco

Watch Dogs 2 rights a lot of wrongs of its flawed, yet enjoyable predecessor. Watch Dogs 2’s characters were lighthearted, more optimistic, and generally more enjoyable than those in the first game, but the biggest change came with the biggest character: the city. San Francisco is an incredible fit for Watch Dogs 2. Not only does it speak more to the hacker culture Watch Dogs is influenced by, it also is a more natural environment for Ubisoft to speak to the themes of diversity and class warfare.

San Francisco and Silicon Valley are more in line with Watch Dogs 2’s technology and hacker themes. Chicago has the most advanced surveillance system in the country, making it work in tandem with the first game’s themes on peering into people’s lives. But outside of that one point, Chicago doesn’t have the same reputation as a tech haven.

The Virtual Life – Mini Metro and The Beauty Of Rigged Games

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The Virtual Life – Mini Metro and The Beauty Of Rigged Games

Mini Metro is deceptive. It’s colorful, seemingly simple, a game of lines and connecting dots. It is also a game that will destroy you.

Each session of Mini Metro involves you trying to build as efficient a metro as possible across real-world cities, like New York and Hong Kong, and trying to keep the subways and train stations uncongested. If even one of your train stations becomes overpopulated by impatient passengers, the game ends. And it will end. Because you’re not good enough, kiddo. No matter what you do, the system will become too overburdened with passengers for you to fend off the annoying doomsday chirp notifying you that a station has become too crowded.

'F*** Ladders', And 19 Other Design Mantras For Arkane's Prey

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'F*** Ladders', And 19 Other Design Mantras For Arkane's Prey

With our cover story on Prey, we're sharing exclusive videos and articles throughout the month highlighting what makes the game stand out. While visiting the team at Arkane Studios in Austin, Prey's creative director Raphael Colantonio and lead designer Ricardo Bare walked us through 20 key design pillars behind Arkane's games overall and Prey specifically. The team represents the design pillars with the most appropriate screenshot from around the industry, so keep your eyes peeled.

Watch the video below to learn the design principles fueling Prey and why the team despises ladders.

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Raichu Can Wear Pikachu's Santa Hat In Pokémon Go

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Raichu Can Wear Pikachu's Santa Hat In Pokémon Go

As part of Pokémon Go's current holiday festivities, Pikachu is wearing a Santa hat. It's adorable, but a question surfaced – can Pikachu's evolved form, Raichu, steal Pikachu's hat?

The answer is yes, and it only took us catching a handful of Santa hat Pikachus in Minnesota's 4° weather. In the video below, you can see the Raichu with a hat in action. Pikachu will be wearing its Santa hat in Pokémon Go until December 29.

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Rogue One, Avatar, Star Trek Discovery, Guardians Of The Galaxy

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Science-Fiction Weekly – Rogue One, Avatar, Star Trek Discovery, Guardians Of The Galaxy

Two days. That's all I have to wait until I return to my favorite universe. Two days until Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens in theaters. A few of my friends attended the world premiere last weekend, and immediately texted me with praise for the film, going as far to say "you should be really REALLY excited." Film critics are not so bullish on it, delivering mixed reviews equating to an early 79 rating on Rotten Tomatoes. My friends, however, say that it will make me appreciate Star Wars: A New Hope more, and that I should pay close attention to the quieter moments for a couple of clever cameos and ties to other Star Wars stories. They say it's  love letter to fans of the original trilogy. In previous columns and podcasts, I've voiced my concern over Disney turning Star Wars into an annual franchise. I know George Lucas dragged it through the mud with the prequels, but there's a chance Star Wars can be something special again. Yearly releases may be overkill. Then again, every Marvel film turns to gold, and I could see the same thing happening with Star Wars.