Pokémon Go Player Claims He Hit Level Cap Using Bot

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Pokémon Go Player Claims He Hit Level Cap Using Bot

Pokémon Go player Ra1nDr0pz has laid claim to being the first player in the world to hit the game's level 40 cap. Up until now the feat has seemed impossible, given how slow leveling is.

And, as it turns out, the accomplishment very well might be out of reach right now. Ra1nDr0pz, who goes by the name Problemz on Reddit, posted an image of his achievement on the forum (which you can see below), but later revealed he cheated and used a bot to max out his character level. He's asked Niantic to delete his account, and said he didn't partake in any gym battles, saying "I dont want to take anyone of the fun out of this game. If you do PVP (no matter which game) play legit or don't play."

If this level 40 claim is true, Problemz says players need to farm five million experience points to move from level 39 to 40. Progression from level zero to 40 requires players earn 20 million XP. This mirrors data mined information we reported on over the weekend.

NBA 2K17 Gets U.S. Men's Basketball Teams

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NBA 2K17 Gets U.S. Men's Basketball Teams

NBA 2K17 is not only getting the 2016 Men's USA Basketball team, but also the famed 1992 USA Dream Team featuring Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson.

As part of the deal, USA basketball and famed Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski will also be in the game, and is featured in a new tutorial mode. A bigger plus for players is that fact that the Dream Team is the full roster – including Charles Barkley.

To get Sir Charles and the rest of the Dream Team – as well as a USA Basketball MyPlayer jersey – you have to pre-order the title.

Burnout Creators Start Work On New Driving Title

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Burnout Creators Start Work On New Driving Title

Alex Ward and Fiona Sperry of Three Fields Entertainment – the creators of Burnout back at Criterion – have announced that the studio has begun work on a driving game.

Back in October of last year, Ward said that at the time the developer had two games in mind, one of which became Dangerous Golf, the other a "spiritual successor" with speed, cars, and "lots of crashing." Sounds good to us.

Work has begun on a driving game.

Epic’s Tim Sweeney Predicts Dystopian Gaming Future In Which Microsoft Crushes Steam

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Epic’s Tim Sweeney Predicts Dystopian Gaming Future In Which Microsoft Crushes Steam

Epic’s Tim Sweeney has been a vocal critic of Microsoft’s Universal Windows Platform (UWP). Beginning in March, Sweeney began a campaign to inform and rally developers to push back against what he considers to be a closed platform.

Sweeney believes that UWP effectively helps Microsoft position its storefront better than competing vendors like Steam, Origin, and GOG. Microsoft disputes that notion, claiming UWP is an open platform with tools that can be applied to any app regardless of sales venue.

In the latest issue of Edge, Sweeney fired again at Microsoft, suggesting that UWP is Microsoft’s effort to chip away at Steam. “The risk here is that if Microsoft convinces everybody to use UWP, then they phase out Win32 apps,” he writes. “If they can succeed in doing that then it’s a small leap to forcing all apps and games to be distributed through the Windows Store. Once we reach that point, the PC has become a closed platform. It won’t be that one day they flip a switch that will break your Steam library – what they’re trying to do is a series of sneaky maneuvers.”

Nintendo Reports $234 Million Loss On Weak Hardware Sales And Foreign Exchange

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Nintendo Reports $234 Million Loss On Weak Hardware Sales And Foreign Exchange

Nintendo’s fiscal year is off to a rough start, the company announced this morning. The House of Mario is starting its year with a ¥24.5 billion ($234.3 million) hole from which it will need to dig out.

The quarter saw significantly diminished sales year-over-year. Revenues dropped 31.3 percent, with Wii U hardware sales dropping to 220,000 (a 53 percent decrease over this period last year). 3DS sales also dipped to 940,000 for the quarter (a 7 percent decrease). Software in both categories was up, though. Wii U software sales increased by 7 percent, and 3DS games were up 3 percent. 

Nintendo is only anticipating selling 800,000 Wii U consoles this year. It expects to sell 5 million 3DS handhelds.

Pokémon Go Plus Won’t Arrive Until September Now

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Nintendo has announced that the Pokémon Go Plus, a wearable device that pairs with the wildly popular iOS and Android game, has been delayed. Originally due this month, the accessory will now arrive in September.

Pokémon Go Plus is designed to facilitate gameplay by flashing and vibrating when a Pokémon or Pokéstop is near. While it won’t completely automate the game, it will facilitate catching all of those Pidgeys and Rattatas you want to turn into candy.

There’s no explanation yet as to why the device has been delayed. It could be a manufacturing issue, but could also be due to the game’s technically troubled start.

Pokémon Go Plus Won’t Arrive Until September Now

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Pokémon Go Plus Won’t Arrive Until September Now

Nintendo has announced that the Pokémon Go Plus, a wearable device that pairs with the wildly popular iOS and Android game, has been delayed. Originally due this month, the accessory will now arrive in September.

Pokémon Go Plus is designed to facilitate gameplay by flashing and vibrating when a Pokémon or Pokéstop is near. While it won’t completely automate the game, it will facilitate catching all of those Pidgeys and Rattatas you want to turn into candy.

There’s no explanation yet as to why the device has been delayed. It could be a manufacturing issue, but could also be due to the game’s technically troubled start.

Reader Discussion: Which Summer Movie Should Become A Video Game?

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We’ve had some big movies hit in the last several months, including titles like Captain America: Civil War, Star Trek Beyond, The Legend of Tarzan, X-Men Apocalypse, Independence Day: Resurgence, and Finding Dory, not to mention upcoming releases like Jason Bourne and Suicide Squad. The summer season has for decades been a hotspot for big tentpole film releases, taking advantage of younger folks out of school and older viewers on holiday from work. But even with big ticket sales, few of those movies have made a successful transition into great video games. Maybe that’s because the best ideas just haven’t been voiced.

So, what’s it going to be? Whether from this summer or the movie blockbusters of yesteryear, which big movie deserves a new video game treatment? Maybe your favorite movie got a video game, but it was awful – how could it have been better? 

Share your movie pick in the comments below, and tell us what kind of game you hope that game developers would make based on it. We’re pretty sure all the big Hollywood producers are going to be reading your responses, and they'll get right to work on lining up a game development partnership. 

Pro Evolution Soccer Franchise Signs Deal With Barcelona

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Pro Evolution Soccer Franchise Signs Deal With Barcelona

Konami has announced a partnership with Barcelona FC, perhaps the most famous soccer team in the world. The three-year deal allows Konami to exclusively recreate the team's Camp Nou stadium, among other benefits.

The franchise will also take advantage of the "premium partnership" through 3D photo-scans of stars like Messi and Neymar Jr., special Barca promotions in myClub mode (including Barca agents if you pre-order the title), and classic kits. Konami also gives the company access to the teams' players as well as a match-day presence within the stadium in real life, but it does not prevent titles like rival FIFA from using Barca's kit and players in its title.

EA Sports has inked similar club-based deals such as this. Earlier this year the team announced a partnership with Italian side Juventus.