New Pokémon Go Update Adds Buddies, Drops Rooted Phones

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This weekend, Pokémon Go's latest update will add a much-wanted feature and see the end of support for jailbroken or rooted phones.

Version 1.7.0 for iOS and 0.37.0 for Android of Pokémon Go will add the ability to turn one of their Pokémon into a buddy, which players can have follow them around in order to gain more candy for that species of Pokémon. Early reports indicate different Pokémon will require different distances walked in order to obtain a single piece of candy. The update will also make it easier to choose smaller Pokémon when they appear on the map, prevent Eggs from hatching without their accompanying animation, improve performance when a device switches networks, and add Pokémon Go Plus support.

The update will also remove support rooted or jailbroken phones. "We continue to focus on eliminating bots and scrapers from Pokémon Go," said Niantic in their blog post about the update. "Rooted or jailbroken devices are not supported by Pokémon Go. Remember to download Pokémon Go from the official Google Play Store or iTunes App Store only."

Overwatch's 'High-Bandwidth' Update Is Now Live

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Overwatch's 'High-Bandwidth' Update Is Now Live

Last month, Blizzard announced it would introduce a new, high-bandwidth netcode for Overwatch. That update is now live.

For the uninitiated, this update will increase the number of times the server records players' actions from 21 times per second to 63, vastly improving the game's responsiveness. Before, shots could take just a fraction of a second too long to register, which then lead to deaths which seemed to have happened unjustly. Now, the game should feel faster and more accurate, meaning players are less likely to be shot around corners.

Custom games in Overwatch (played outside the game's normal matchmaking) have had the high-bandwidth option for a while. But with the rollout of high-bandwidth netcode to everyone who plays Overwatch, Blizzard has also developed an algorithm which will detect your computer's connection speed and automatically adjust the netcode to make sure your internet connection can handle the number of updates it's getting from the server.

Watch Lego Star Wars And Action Figures Collide In Star Wars Go Rogue

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Watch Lego Star Wars And Action Figures Collide In Star Wars Go Rogue

As part of their marketing campaign for Star Wars: Rogue One, Lucasfilm is releasing a four-part series of shorts which pit different kinds of Star Wars action figures against each other.

Star Wars Go Rogue uses stop-motion animation to have Star Wars action figures, Lego Star Wars characters, and Funco Pop statues talk and fight with each other. Each short is about two to three minutes long and uses fourth-wall breaking humor to mix the different kinds of toys together. The plot has Rogue One protagonist Jyn Erso looking for the plans to the Lego Death Star set, fighting off Lego Storm Troopers working with Cassian Andor and Baze Malbus.

The series is also accompanied by a contest encouraging fans to create their own two-minute Star Wars: Rogue One-inspired short. The winner will be flown out to Lucasfilm for a screening of Star Wars: Rogue One. You can watch the first two parts of Go Rogue below.

PlayStation 4 Pro-Compatible Games Will Include A Handy Icon

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PlayStation 4 Pro-Compatible Games Will Include A Handy Icon

With all the confusion surrounding the PlayStation 4 Pro and what technology it will and will not support, it's nice to know consumers will have at least one clear sign as to what's compatible with their new system come November.

On its official PlayStation 4 Pro page, Sony mentions games on the PlayStation Store will have an icon signifying they take advantage of the features of the Pro, while physical copies will include a logo on the box itself saying as much.

Because PlayStation 4 games going forward will be developed with the Pro in mind, this logo will mostly be useful for forward-compatible games (i.e., games already released which will be patch in Pro compatibility). You can read more details about the PlayStation 4 Pro here.

What To Watch This Weekend: Counter-Strike, Overwatch's World Cup, and Dota 2

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Whether you need something to hold you over until games start coming out later this month or just need background noise for when you play World of WarCraft: Legion or Phoneix Wight: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice, there are more than enough tournaments to eat up your time this weekend.

The most popular event this week will likely be Starladder Starseries Season 2, which will have its final rounds of matches today and tomorrow (Stream / Schedule). Teams will compete for an enormous $300,000 prize pool, with first place taking home $130,000.

While several leagues are wrapping up, Blizzard has just begun the Europoean qualifying rounds for its Overwatch World Cup, which will have one team from each of the 49 participating nations compete for a spot in the finals, which will take place at this year's Blizzcon in November. (Stream / Schedule)

Replay – Batman & Robin

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Replay – Batman & Robin

George Clooney. Check. Bat-nipples. Check. Arnold Schwarzenegger making a mockery of Mr. Freeze. Check. The Game Informer crew having a blast playing a bad game. Check. This week's Replay takes a look at the Batman & Robin game for PlayStation adapted from the miserable film of the same name. What we soon learn however, is Rockysteady's Batman: Arkham series is a direct ripoff of this game. Don't believe us? Think we're exaggerating? Take a look to see for yourself.

We also dive into another Batman game (a great one this time), and then I put my gaming skills on the line in another Stress Test segment. This one is a real challenge, and I may lose my cool a little bit as I try to complete it.

As always, thanks for watching and all of the support and feedback you've given us over the years. We'll see you again in just seven days!

Weekend Warrior – Dressing For Success

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Weekend Warrior – Dressing For Success

While some of us are getting ready to dress like characters for our favorite games, the rest of us are busy catching up on games like Resident Evil 5, Picross 3D Round 2, and Batman: Arkham Origins. Tell us what you have planned for the weekend in the comment below.

Jenifer Vinson (@JenMarie_Vinson) – I am revving up for two new cosplay endeavors – Lara Croft à la Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Aloy from Horizon Zero Dawn.  This weekend is materials gathering time!  And maybe a little bit of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided if I need a break or stab myself with a needle or something.

Kyle Hilliard (@KyleMHilliard) – After participating in our Resident Evil 4 Super Replay, I wanted to play a Resident Evil game, so I’ve been making my way through 5 on PlayStation 4. I only played it through once when the game came out, so I remember very little of my original experience. For that reason, I’ve been enjoying my recent playthrough. Picross 3D Round 2 has also become a full-on obsessions, so I will continue to play that. I also plan on cooking some tuna steaks, but I will spare you the excessive details.

Reader Discussion – Which Fall Game Are You Most Excited To Play?

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Reader Discussion – Which Fall Game Are You Most Excited To Play?

As we head into the weekend, we’ve been talking a lot here in the office about the huge variety of fun games on the horizon in the coming months. Recently, we even pulled together a list of some of the titles we think our most anticipated. But now we want to now your take. Which game are you waiting for more than any other, and why? What makes that game stand out from all the other options?

Are you a soccer guy who can’t wait to try out the new story mode of FIFA 17? Maybe you can’t wait to finally dig your teeth into the long-awaited The Last Guardian? Or is the launch of November’s Dishonored 2 going to be the game that you hope will define the season? Or something else?

Share your thoughts in the comments below. We’re always eager to hear what you’re most interested to learn about. 

Learn How To Make Your Own Pokémon Go Egg Incubator

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Learn How To Make Your Own Pokémon Go Egg Incubator

Need more incubators for all the eggs you’re hatching in Pokémon Go? Try making making a real life Pokémon Go egg incubator.

AWE me’s DIY Prop Shop put together this impressive recreation of a Pokémon Go egg incubator using everyday objects. Learn how to make your own in the video below.

Read more about Pokémon Go in our round-up of the most bizarre stories surrounding the game, and how it was an incredible phenomenon at San Diego Comic-Con.

Carryover Iron Banner Bounties Have Disappeared In Destiny Patch

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Carryover Iron Banner Bounties Have Disappeared In Destiny Patch

Yesterday’s Destiny patch brought with it a host of changes, not the least of which was a comprehensive weapon rebalance, but other minor changes are also likely to affect quality of life for players. To the chagrin of some players, one of the other adjustments is the sudden absence of open Iron Banner bounties from your Guardian’s bounty listing. 

In a post on the game’s official forums, and in a follow-up tweet, Bungie has confirmed that this is a purposeful move in order “to make way for the new structure of the event in Destiny: Rise of Iron.” 

Previously, in our cover story on the game, we had reported that Iron Banner bounties and progression were to be overhauled. Specifically, reaching rank 5 will now be easier than before, the tempered buff is being removed, and the wearing of specific items will no longer affect how quickly you rank up. In addition, we were told at the time that completing an Iron Banner bounty will immediately reward equipment or weapons. If existing older bounties from the second year of the game were still present, it's easy to imagine how that might cause problems.