How To Choose Eevee's Evolution In Pokémon Go

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 How To Choose Eevee's Evolution In Pokémon Go

Just as it does in the core Pokémon games, Eevee has a few different evolution options in Pokémon Go, and there appears to be a way to make sure you get exactly what you want.

The method was born from a reddit post from smithnigel, who found that if you change the nickname of your Eevee to one of the Eevee brothers from the Pokémon brothers from the anime, it will evolve to match that brother's Eevee. Sparky for Jolteon, Rainer for Vaporeon, and Pyro for Flareon. We tested each name, which you can see in the video below, and it worked! Let us know if you have the same luck in the comments below.

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The Treasured Tropes Of Uncharted’s Storytelling

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The Treasured Tropes Of Uncharted’s Storytelling

As Naughty Dog’s Nathan Drake story wraps up, I can’t help but notice the lengths in which the Uncharted series has progressed narratively. Uncharted is part of the action genre, but it has established conventions that feel personal to the franchise. Although some may seem like they would be detrimental to the narrative, such as unlikely coincidences or a know-it-all character types, Uncharted uses them so they work with the storytelling in a positive way. Here are some of the reoccurring plot devices in Uncharted, and what they add to the series as a whole.

Warning: This feature contains spoilers for Drake’s Fortune, Among Thieves, Drake’s Deception, and A Thief’s End. 

Replay – Pokémon Red

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With Pokémon Go on our minds and in our pockets, we take a look at the game that started the catch 'em all craze.

Join myself, Andrew Reiner, Jeff Cork, and Game Informer's biggest Pokémon fan, Ben Hanson, as we play through the game's opening, discuss our nostalgia for the original, and remark on the absolutely insanity that is Pokémon Go. We've never seen anything like it before and are enjoying the bizarre global infatuation with the pocket monsters from the late '90s.

For the rest of the episode we look back at other Game Boy games, for a lesson on why licensed games are usually bad. For more Pokémon discussion, check out our Pokémon Spectacular episode of the Game Informer Show podcast.

The Treasured Tropes Of Uncharted’s Storytelling

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The Treasured Tropes Of Uncharted’s Storytelling

As Naughty Dog’s Nathan Drake story wraps up, I can’t help but notice the lengths in which the Uncharted series has progressed narratively. Uncharted is part of the action genre, but it has established conventions that feel personal to the franchise. Although some may seem like they would be detrimental to the narrative, such as unlikely coincidences or a know-it-all character types, Uncharted uses them so they work with the storytelling in a positive way. Here are some of the reoccurring plot devices in Uncharted, and what they add to the series as a whole.

Warning: This feature contains spoilers for Drake’s Fortune, Among Thieves, Drake’s Deception, and A Thief’s End. 

Pokémon Go Is An Incredible Phenomenon (And A Janky Mess)

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Pokémon Go Is An Incredible Phenomenon (And A Janky Mess)

They seem to be everywhere: People, young and old, hunched over their smartphones, mumbling about gyms and balls and Snorlaxes. As impossible as it sounds, we’re in an era of peak Pokémon, where the collectable creatures are hotter than they were even when they debuted a few decades ago. Pokémon Go has captured our imaginations, but it’s increasingly clear that the technical framework underneath it all simply can’t handle the traffic.

Let me be clear: I think that Pokémon Go’s success has been amazing to watch, and I love hearing about how strangers are bonding over the game. People are exploring their neighborhoods (and getting exercise), and also learning new things about the places around them. Business are using the app’s popularity to draw in new customers, putting Pokémon-baiting lures on nearby points of interest and grabbing foot traffic. It’s great, as long as you aren’t getting robbed or too distracted to notice your proximity to the edge of a cliff. What’s not great? How Pokémon Go has become an unstable, janky mess.

Funny To A Point – Pokémon Go Has Turned Me Into A Complete Idiot

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Funny To A Point – Pokémon Go Has Turned Me Into A Complete Idiot

If someone asked me to dream up the perfect game for me to make fun of, I don't think I could do better than a free-to-play, mobile, augmented reality-based Pokémon game. Pokémon Go's list of descriptors seems like a recipe for disaster, yet so far its biggest problem is the pounding the servers are taking from the absurd number of Pokénerds playing it. The most surprising part? You can add my name to the list of casualties.   

As far as I know, you can't make a living by mocking Pokémon, but I reckon I've come as close to it as anyone has. I've applied my jerky analysis to countless Pokémon over the years. When Kyle got the insane notion to rank all 151 original Pokémon, I approached the ass-end of the list like a roast – and I roasted Kyle right along with them in yet another Pokémon feature (I swear he had it coming though; he's the Chimchar* of G.I. editors).

All this is to say that I like making fun of Pokémon. The Nintendo Defense Force often takes this as a sign that I hate Pokémon, Nintendo, and all that is right in the world. I really don't – all jokes aside, I simply grew out of Pokémon in my teens, and have never looked back. Until a week ago, at least.

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.