Science-Fiction Weekly – The Solus Project, Stranger Things, Star Wars: Episode VIII

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Praise I continually give: I'm watching a new show on Netflix and it's great! From House of Cards to Daredevil to the Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt to smaller successes like Love, Netflix's original programming is on fire. The latest show to lure me into a binge-watching coma is Stranger Things, a science-fiction thriller that plays out like a mix between Goonies and The X-Files. Set in small town in Indiana in the 1980s, Stranger Things is one of those shows that you don't want to know anything about before you view it for yourself. Even Netflix's basic program summary gives away too much. Just watch it.

Watch Our Game Club Discussion Of Deus Ex: Human Revolution

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Watch Our Game Club Discussion Of Deus Ex: Human Revolution

If you haven't been following The Game Informer Show podcast, this year we kicked off GI Game Club that has us playing through games and discussing them in detail with our community. We're currently playing through 2011's Deus Ex: Human Revolution (partly to get ready for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided) and our first discussion covers everything up until the point that you leave Detroit.

It's not too late to join in on the discussion, feel free to play along with us and send feedback and thoughts to podcast@gameinformer.com so that we can read them on air. The next discussion will air on The Game Informer Show on July 28th and we'll be playing up until the point that we return to China... again.

Watch the discussion below or subscribe to The GI Show on iTunes and follow along with the audio version. And please send your thoughts on the game to podcast@gameinformer.com!

10 Pokémon Based On Real Life That Should Totally Exist

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10 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.

Ranking All 151 Original Pokémon From Dumbest To Coolest

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Ranking All 151 Original Pokémon From Dumbest To Coolest

Pokémon is celebrating 20 years this year, and Red and Blue are finally releasing on the 3DS Virtual Console. In honor of the occasion, we decided to rank all 151 of the original pocket monsters and write about what makes each one so great/lame. It was a decision we immediately regretted once we started putting together the list, but one we're happy to share with you.

This feature was originally published on March 05, 2016. Pokémon Go has given us all Pokémon fever, which seemed like a great excuse to re-share our ranking.

As the headline implies, we start with what we consider to be the dumbest of Game Freak's original offerings, and slowly make our way to the best of the best.

Test Chamber – Trials On Tatooine With The HTC Vive

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Owners of the HTC Vive have access to another free demo today with the release of Trials on Tatooine, a Star Wars experience developed by Lucasfilm’s ILMxLAB.

Using a single Vive controller, the player repairs the Millennium Flacon, and wields a lightsaber to protect R2-D2 from waves of enemies. Join myself and Andrew Reiner for a brief look at this immersive Star Wars experience.

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The Sports Desk – FIFA 17 Must Increase Its Support For The Women's Game

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This week's Sports Desk discusses the need for EA Sports to continue supporting women's soccer in FIFA 17. FIFA 16's inclusion of a dozen women's national teams was a good start, but this fall's title needs to provide a deeper experience.

I was very excited when EA announced the inclusion of women's national teams into FIFA 16 – a landmark for the series. More than just adding them in, the developers at EA Canada took the extra steps to model female players so that the teams didn't play just like the men's game with different skins. Gamers responded overwhelmingly. According to EA Sports COO Peter Moore, the U.S. women were the 23rd most played team in the title worldwide (out of 600 teams) a few months after the game came out. That's not just a stat – I consider that a mandate to keep moving forward with women's teams in FIFA 17, and I expect the series to take the next step and significantly expand their presence in this fall's title.

With the Olympics starting in early August – in which the U.S. women's team will try to be the first team to win the World Cup and Olympic gold in back-to-back years – and successful attendance and viewership numbers for last year's Women's World Cup, the time is more than right for FIFA 17 to continue to meet the excitement and demand.

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.