Pokémon Go's St. Louis Event Was Supposed To Be This Weekend ... And It Still Kind Of Is!

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Pokémon Go's St. Louis Event Was Supposed To Be This Weekend ... And It Still Kind Of Is!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this weekend's Pokémon Go Safari Zone event in St. Louis has been postponed indefinitely. People who held onto their tickets can have the event unfold from the safety of their own homes. During the original event hours, Niantic is activating the encounters and Special Research that would have only been available in St. Louis.

This means you can participate in the event from anywhere in the world, but again, you needed to retain the ticket. If you did, you don't need to do anything other than boot up the game to play on the day you were originally going to in St. Louis.

Along with Unown, which has become a staple at Niantic's gatherings, players will also have the chance to catch Chatot, a Pokémon that is exclusive to the southern hemisphere.

Plague Inc. Introduces New Mode Focused On Fighting Pandemics

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Plague Inc. Introduces New Mode Focused On Fighting Pandemics

In Plague Inc., players unleash a deadly virus across the globe and try to infect as many people as possible. Following a ban in China, developer Ndemic Creations is adding a new update that flips the script from destroying the world with a virus to saving it by containing the outbreak. Ndemic is also donating $250,000 to fight COVID-19. The donation is split between the Coalition of Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the World Health Organization's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.

In a post on the Plague Inc. website, Ndemic said that, "When arranging our donations with the WHO and CEPI, we were repeatedly asked if we could make a game which let the player work to stop an outbreak. Therefore, as well as providing financial support, we are accelerating work on a new Plague Inc. game mode which lets players save the world from a deadly disease outbreak."

This free update pushes players to boost healthcare systems, social distance, quarantine, manage disease progression, and more. The new mode is being developed with the help of experts from the World Health Organization, as well as the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network.

Sony Slowing PlayStation Game Download Speeds In Europe

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Sony Slowing PlayStation Game Download Speeds In Europe

As lockdowns sweep across the globe to try to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of people who are online has increased dramatically, so much so that countries are concerned that the internet could break.

In Europe, Netflix is reducing streaming quality for 30 days. Netflix believes the move will lower its traffic by 25 percent. On a global scale, Google is defaulting all streaming to "standard quality," but viewers can still select a higher quality as they watch.

Now Sony is joining the cause in Europe, announcing today that it is slowing and delaying game download speeds. In a statement on PlayStation Blog, Sony Interactive Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan said "We believe it is important to do our part to address internet stability concerns as an unprecedented number of people are practicing social distancing and are becoming more reliant on internet access."

Microsoft Giving Away Free Minecraft Education Content

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Microsoft Giving Away Free Minecraft Education Content

Microsoft is giving away free Minecraft Education content to help kids out of school and everyone else cope with their isolation due to COVID-19. 

The game's marketplace has a new Education collection that contains Minecraft tours of places such as the International Space Station or inside the human eye, as well as community creations exploring topics like Greek history.

The content is free and available through June 30.

Monster Hunter World: Iceborne's New Update Is Live, Alatreon Battle Coming In May

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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne's New Update Is Live, Alatreon Battle Coming In May

A long adventure in a fantasy world sounds like a good distraction right now. If you haven't ventured into Monster Hunter World yet, or its massive Iceborne expansion, now is a good time to do so. Conversely, if you've already gone through all of the content, you may want to check out the new title update that hit PlayStation 4 and Xbox One today. The PC version gets the update on April 8.

The update introduces two monster variations: Furious Rajang and Raging Brachydios. Both of these battles are for high-level hunters. Furious Rajang is more powerful than its standard counterpart, can pin hunters, and also can fire off new medium and long-range attacks. The beast also doesn't have as many weak spots. Raging Brachydios is coated in dangerous slime and can trap hunters. Defeating these beasts produces materials that you can use to craft new Palico weapons, armors, and gear.

The update also introduces layered weapons. Capcom says the layered weapons "alter the appearance of weapons without impacting their stats." Players will find even more layered weapon designs arriving in April. Additionally, players have a chance to receive rare decorations through Carved Feystones when helping other hunters with Assignments, and regular quests offer King Armor Spheres as rewards. You can also kick unwanted monsters out of a region with something called the Banishing Ball. Sounds useful.

PlayStation 5 Will Play "Almost All" Of The Top 100 PlayStation 4 Games At Launch [Update]

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Update: In a recent clarification on the original PlayStation Blog post, Sony noted that the number of PS4 games expected to be supported through backward compatibility is much higher than PS5 lead system architect Mark Cerny's initial comments made it appear.

"We believe that the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles will be playable on PS5," the post says. "We’re expecting backward compatible titles will run at a boosted frequency on PS5 so that they can benefit from higher or more stable frame rates and potentially higher resolutions. We’re currently evaluating games on a title-by-title basis to spot any issues that need adjustment from the original software developers." 

Sony also notes that further updates on backward compatibility will be coming in the months ahead, along with more details about the PS5. 

Report: Rosario Dawson Cast As Ahsoka Tano In The Mandalorian's Second Season

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Report: Rosario Dawson Cast As Ahsoka Tano In The Mandalorian's Second Season

The Clone Wars is back and so is Jedi Ahsoka Tano. As fans celebrate her return in this beloved animated series, they may have an even bigger moment to look forward to this year. According to Slashfilm, Tano will also appear in The Mandalorian's second season, which is slated to air on Disney+ this October.

Since this is a live-action show, Tano will be brought to life by actress Rosario Dawson from Rent, Daredevil, and Eagle Eye fame. Dawson has long played along with fans requesting she be cast as Tano in a show. Now it appears to be happening. Tano was first brought to life in the animated series by actress Ashley Eckstein.

Tell ‘em! #AhsokaLives https://t.co/n4ddfqiTl2

Resident Evil 3 Brings Back The Knife Run

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Resident Evil 3 Brings Back The Knife Run

Knife-only runs have been a staple of Capcom’s community since the original Resident Evil on PlayStation. During these playthroughs, fans challenge themselves to complete various Resident Evil games using only the knife as their offensive weapon – no guns allowed.

A successful knife run is challenging and requires an intimate knowledge of the Resident Evil game being attempted. Unfortunately, knife runs were basically impossible in the remake of Resident Evil 2 because knives in that game would break. This was because knives were used as a defensive weapon that would prevent zombies from biting you. Some would argue that this made knives more valuable, but it had the unfortunate consequence of killing the knife run. 

“We kept the knife inexhaustible [in Resident Evil 3], so you can use it forever,” says producer Peter Fabiano. “We're dealing with survival horror and everything is exhaustible. You run out of bullets. You run out of herbs. You run out of all the items you can use. So if you did run out of everything, what would you have? The knife. The director always wanted to make it so that you at least have your trusty knife. That’s always something you can rely on.”

Prime 1 Studio Is Releasing A $2,400 Doom Eternal Statue

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Prime 1 Studio Is Releasing A $2,400 Doom Eternal Statue

Standing in at 43 inches in height, Prime 1 Studio's Doom Slayer statue will likely jump out in any room you put it in. This statue is a part of Prime 1's Museum Masterline collection. If $2,399 is too steep of a price for you, Prime 1 is offering two additional versions with less bells and whistles.

The standard version is $1,799, features an LED light-up helmet, and base. The deluxe version is $1,999 and comes with the same things, along with two interchangeable right arms: one holding the Crucible, and another with either the Super Shotgun or Plasma Rifle. The ultimate edition comes with everything from the deluxe edition, along with another interchangeable right arm that can hold the BFG 9000, heavy cannon, or chainsaw.

The base reflects the end of a battle, with various skulls and the remains of a Pinky at the Slayer's feet. Preorders are open now, but the statue won't ship June 2021 at the earliest. You can see more images below.

Trainers Can Now Take On Pokémon Go's Paid Genesect Research Challenge

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Trainers Can Now Take On Pokémon Go's Paid Genesect Research Challenge

Niantic has made changes to Pokémon Go to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic – including numerous ways to keep people from gathering in one location – and the latest paid challenge reflects this. I'm beginning my quest and I'm having no problem working through the goals from my home.

If players purchase the $7.99 ticket for the Special Research Task "A Drive to Investigate," they'll have between now and March 23 at 10 p.m. local time to finish it. Unlike previous tasks, this one is streamlined to feats you can handle from home, including catching element-based Pokémon, playing with your buddy, and battling other trainers (which you can do through the Battle league). To catch the elemental Pokémon, I recommend using incense to create more spawns. A huge supply of incense can be purchased in the store right now for just one gold, and they each last for an hour (opposed to the usual 30 minutes).

You'll only need to complete four of the five tasks to reach the Genesect encounter, although the fifth task gives you 10 extra Genesect candies. Good luck with the quest, trainers, and have fun!