Pokemon Go: New Shiny Pokemon Now Available In Lunar New Year Event

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Pokemon Go: New Shiny Pokemon Now Available In Lunar New Year Event

The annual Lunar New Year event has returned in Pokemon Go. From now until February 13, certain types of Pokemon will appear much more frequently in the wild than normal, and Niantic is offering players extra XP for catching and evolving monsters--as well as a chance to catch a new Shiny.

Throughout the event, players will have a much easier time of finding Rattata, Ekans, Mankey, Ponyta, Electabuzz, Dratini, Mareep, Miltank, Torchic, Poochyena, Spoink, and Buneary--all Pokemon that correspond to the Chinese zodiac. To commemorate the Year of the Pig, Shiny Spoink will also be available for the first time.

On top of that, players will earn twice the normal amount of XP when they capture and evolve Pokemon. Additionally, monsters that are traded during the event will have a higher likelihood of becoming Lucky Pokemon, which require less Stardust than normal Pokemon to power up. You can tell Lucky Pokemon apart by their sparkling backgrounds.

FX Boss Slams Netflix's Ratings As "Not Remotely Accurate"

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Twice a year the Television Critics Association press tour sees TV executives, actors, showrunners, and producers present their new programming to the press. Among those who regularly attend is FX CEO John Landgraf, who first coined the term "peak TV" and uses his regular executive sessions as what are essentially television state of the union addresses. Increasingly, his sessions has included a lot of talk about Netflix and other streaming services as they outspend and outproduce everyone. With this tour, though, he took particular aim at Netflix's viewership claims.

Etrian Odyssey Nexus Review - Where All Paths Cross

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Etrian Odyssey Nexus Review - Where All Paths Cross

For over a decade, the Etrian Odyssey series has been keeping the old-school dungeon crawler RPG alive and well on the DS console family. We've created our own adventurer's guilds and party members time and time again, painstakingly drawn tons of dungeon maps step-by-step, and slain countless numbers of deadly enemies in turn-based combat. Etrian Odyssey Nexus is the series' swan song on the 3DS, and it's a farewell celebration well worth attending, combining many beloved elements from across the whole of the series.

As is usual for the Etrian Odyssey series, you find yourself almost immediately thrust into the game's main story. The floating islands of Lemuria are filled with strange, unexplored lands and a Yggdrasil tree, the secrets of which adventurers come from all the over the world to discover. You must assemble a guild of adventurers, name them, customize their looks and voices, give them basic adventuring skills, and gather them together in a party to explore the mysterious floating islands, dungeon by dungeon, floor by floor.

Apex Legends Microtransactions: Prices, Skins, Battle Pass, And More

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Respawn's new battle royale game, Apex Legends, has arrived on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Much like Epic's massively popular Fortnite, while the game is completely free to download and play, it features microtransactions, giving you numerous options for spending real-world money if you're so inclined. Here's a rundown on what you can get.

There are three different types of currency in Apex Legends: Apex Coins, Legend Tokens, and Crafting Metals. Apex Coins are the only kind that can be purchased with real-world money, and they're used to buy Apex Packs (the game's equivalent of loot boxes), Legends (playable characters), and featured items. You can purchase Apex Coins in the following increments:

The remaining two forms of currency, Legend Tokens (represented with a red icon) and Crafting Metals (blue icon) can both be earned within the game. You'll receive Legend Tokens for leveling up, and these can be used to purchase most the same items as Apex Coins. Crafting Metals, meanwhile, can be obtained in Apex Packs, and they are used to unlock weapon skins and other cosmetics.

New 2K Studio, Helmed By Dead Space Creator, Is Making A Mysterious Game

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Take-Two Interactive Software has announced that game industry veteran Michael Condrey has joined 2K Games as the head of a new Silicon Valley-based studio. Currently unnamed, the studio will be working on a new, unannounced project.

"At 2K, we offer our collective audience a variety of engaging and captivating entertainment experiences," 2K president David Ismailer said. "We continually seek opportunities to empower and invest in the right people and ideas. Michael's unparalleled creative, production, and leadership accolades are well-documented and deserved. We are greatly inspired not only by his passion but the potential for his new studio to complement our existing portfolio and development expertise."

"Today's announcement represents a rare and special opportunity for developers to help build and shape a new Silicon Valley studio from the ground up," Condrey added. "I couldn't be more excited, or thankful, to embark on this next step in my career." Condrey's new studio joins the 2K umbrella alongside Firaxis, Hangar 13, Visual Concepts, and Cat Daddy.

Titanfall 3 Is Not In Development, Respawn Confirms As It Launches Apex Legends

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A new game in the Titanfall universe, Apex Legends, was announced and released today for PlayStation, Xbox One, and PC. It's the only Titanfall game coming for a while, it seems, as developer Respawn has now confirmed that Titanfall 3 is not in development.

Producer Drew McCoy candidly told Eurogamer, "The world thinks we're making Titanfall 3 and we're not--[Apex Legends] is what we're making."

Apex Legends is the result of putting one of the best FPS dev teams in the world on a game focused on doing a few things really well. We look at battle royale as a genre, not a mode, and we're here to help mold it. Hope everyone is enjoying the game as much as we had making it!

Star Wars: Taika Waititi Shares Details About The Mandalorian TV Show

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The new Star Wars TV series The Mandalorian is coming to the Disney+ streaming service, which launches sometime later this year. It boasts an impressive list of directors, including Dave Filoni (Star Wars Rebels), Deborah Chow (Jessica Jones), Rick Famuyiwa (Dope), and Bryce Dallas Howard (Solemates). Another name that's taking the reins for an episode is Taika Waititi, who previously helmed Thor: Ragnarok.

Appearing at the Television Critics Association press tour, Waititi shared some details about the "amazing" experience of getting to help craft his own little corner of the Star Wars franchise. "[Executive producer Jon] Favreau's a genius and so smart and so good at what he does and creating these worlds," he revealed during a post-panel group interview. "The scripts are really great. And yeah, it was really fun doing something in the Star Wars universe. It's every kid's dream just to see a Stormtrooper. When you're doing these scenes with like 50 or 60 of them, it's pretty amazing."

He was also excited to direct a story involving bounty hunters like Boba Fett. "For most kids growing up with those films, he was one of the most favorite characters, even though he was barely in the films," the director said. "Bounty hunters, the helmets are so cool. So yeah, I mean just getting to see characters like that and getting to shoot with them was pretty cool."

What The Hell Is Netflix's The Umbrella Academy?

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What The Hell Is Netflix's The Umbrella Academy?

Netflix's latest original series, Umbrella Academy, has finally arrived, bringing with it buckets of trippy, surrealist superhero hijinks. But the world of the Academy is actually more than just a bizarre 10 episode series to be binged from your living room--it's actually a cult classic superhero comic from Gerard Way (yes, as in the guy from My Chemical Romance) and artist Gabriel Ba.

Sure, it may not possess the weight of history that something like the Marvel Cinematic Universe has behind it, but the world of Umbrella Academy is actually expansive (and completely bizarre), making it a worthy read for anyone who might be interested in jumping into the new show. So what exactly is Umbrella Academy, how do you read it, and what does it all mean?

We're here to break it down for you, piece by abstract piece.