New Pokemon Go Egg Hatching Event Now Live

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Pokemon Go's first in-game event of the new year is now underway. Developer Niantic has kicked off the Adventure Sync Hatchathon, which is scheduled to run until January 15 and will reward players with extra Candy and Stardust for hatching Eggs.

During the event, you'll be able to earn twice the normal amount of Stardust and Candy for each Pokemon Egg you hatch. On top of that, Niantic says you will have a higher likelihood of receiving 5 and 10 km Eggs--which can hatch into Pokemon like Elekid, Magby, and Chansey--by spinning the Photo Disc at PokeStops and Gyms.

Adventure Sync is one of the many new features Niantic introduced to Pokemon Go in 2018. When enabled in the settings menu, it allows the game to keep track of the distance you've walked even when it's idle, making it much easier--and much less taxing on your phone's battery--to hatch Eggs.

Bandersnatch Was So Complicated, It Delayed Black Mirror Season 5

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What might be considered the first episode of Black Mirror's fifth season, Bandersnatch, is out now on Netflix. But thanks to that episode and what a huge undertaking it was, we'll have to wait for the rest the next installment of creator Charlie Brooker's sci-fi series.

Bandersnatch debuted on Netflix on December 29 after a two-year effort, and anyone who's spent a little time with it can see why its creation took so long: it's a choose-your-own-adventure story, in which the viewer makes decisions about how the story will go at key intervals. Certain decisions trigger endings to the story, or automatically dial the viewer back to earlier points to make different choices so things don't go quite so badly (or, since this is Black Mirror, sometimes worse).

All those choices and alternate storylines meant that Black Mirror is more like four episodes of the show, Brooker told The Hollywood Reporter. And making it took so much doing that the rest of the season has been pushed a little deeper into 2019--although just when this year it'll actually see release on Netflix has not yet been announced.

Jack Black Starts A Gaming Channel On YouTube, And It's Already Massively Popular

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Actor Jack Black has launched a YouTube channel dedicated in part to gaming, and it's proving to be wildly popular before he's even uploaded any kind of substantial content. Black launched his new channel, Jablinski Games, on December 21, and it took just a week for it to reach 1 million subscribers. After 10 days, the channel is up to more than 2.5 million subscribers, so it's definitely off to a very good start.

Probably jokingly, Black said Jablinski Games will be bigger than Ninja and PewDiePie. He plans to upload new videos every Friday, and in addition to games, Black's videos will focus on food and life. His second video, released on December 25, was posted in celebration of Jablinski Games reaching 1 billion errrr 1 million subscribers.

It remains to be seen what form Black's videos will take or if he'll have guests. Whatever the case, the videos will surely be wacky, given the tone and direction of the two teasers we've seen so far.

Netflix Warns Against Dangerous New Meme Inspired By Bird Box

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The new Sandra Bullock Netflix movie Bird Box has proven to be incredibly popular, but now the streaming giant has issued a warning to viewers about it.

In the film, Bullock and others wear blindfolds so they can't see the horrors in the world that cause people to kill themselves. In real life, people are blindfolding themselves and doing regular stuff in what's been labeled the BirdBoxChallenge.

As you'd expect, wearing a blindfold while walking down the street or through the woods can be problematic. There are already countless videos of people getting physically hurt partaking in the challenge, and now Netflix has urged people to be careful. "Can't believe I have to say this, but: PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE," Netflix said in a statement on Twitter.

Smash Bros. Ultimate, Red Dead 2 Top Amazon's Best-Selling Games Of 2018

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With 2018 officially behind us, Amazon has revealed its 100 best-selling video game items of the past year. As usual, the list encompasses all of the gaming-related products the online retailer sold in 2018, from peripherals and accessories to gift cards and subscriptions, but the most popular game item in any category was Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

Nintendo's new mascot brawler was both Amazon's best-selling video game and the retailer's overall best-selling game product in 2018--a distinction that is all the more impressive considering the title launched less than a month ago. The fighting game has been a major commercial success for Nintendo, setting new sales records for the series around the world shortly after its release. GameSpot also selected it as one of our 10 best video games of 2018.

The remainder of the top 10 games list is almost evenly divided between Switch and PS4 titles. The PS4 version of Rockstar's critically acclaimed open-world western, Red Dead Redemption 2, was Amazon's second-best-selling game of 2018, while Super Mario Party rounded out the top three. Two of 2018's biggest PS4 exclusives, Marvel's Spider-Man and God of War, were No. 4 and No. 9, respectively, while Pokemon: Let's Go Pikachu and the PS4 version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 were No. 7 and No. 8.

Fortnite Freebie Is Coming For Some After 14 Days Event Mix-Up

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The recent 14 Days of Fortnite event has wrapped up a bit sooner than some players expected. Epic has acknowledged that it shared an inaccurate date for when the challenges would expire, and it's giving out one of its special rewards to make up for it.

"We apologize for communicating the wrong end date for 14 Days of Fortnite on social channels," Epic wrote on its Twitter account. The company had indicated that players would have time after all 14 days of challenges were offered to complete them all. That turned out not to be the case, much to the chagrin of players who were counting on that extra time to knock out the challenges.

As an apology, Epic will hand out the 14th reward--the Equalizer glider--to anyone who completed at least one of the event's challenges. Those who qualify for the freebie will get the item in the "near future," but an exact time table wasn't shared.

Here's What's Hitting Xbox Game Pass In January

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Here's What's Hitting Xbox Game Pass In January

The holidays may be over, but Xbox Game Pass members will be getting new Xbox One games to play at no additional charge in January. Six new games are landing on the service between January 3-10. That's in addition to two late December arrivals Microsoft introduced after the announcement of December's lineup.

December's late additions include Life is Strange Complete Season, which contains all five episodes of the time-manipulating adventure game's first season. A week later, all three episodes of the prequel, Life is Strange: Before the Storm, hit the service. Next, on January 3, subscribers will get access to the first episode of Life is Strange 2 (with the rest of the episodes arriving on the service as they're released).

Also coming to Xbox Game Pass on January 3 are the futuristic dino-survival game Ark: Survival Evolved and the aptly titled Farming Simulator 17, which has you tend crops and livestock while you manage a farm. January 7 sees the addition of the online combat game Absolver, followed on January 10 by Just Cause 3 and the brand-new 3v3 combat game Aftercharge.

Fallout 76 Bug Temporarily Disabled Nukes

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One of Fallout 76's most explosive features was temporarily out-of-service recently. A bug rendered players unable to launch nuclear weapons, before Bethesda issued a statement that it was aware and issued a hotfix.

Usually the nuclear launch codes are reset on a weekly basis, every Monday evening, and players have to battle their way through enemies to find the new ones. Codes in hand, they can go to a nuclear silo and launch them at spots on the map to punish other players, or simply give a fresh dose of radiation to a spot and create mutated high-level enemies there.

This week, however, the old codes were still in place, and no longer worked. The changeover took place on New Year's Day. In a statement on Twitter, the company said it's aware of the issue and looking into it. Then, on January 2, the game went down for maintenance and came back up just over an hour later.

PS4 Holiday Sale Week 4 Drops Prices On Even More Games And DLC (1,600+)

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PS4 Holiday Sale Week 4 Drops Prices On Even More Games And DLC (1,600+)

Sony isn't messing around with its holiday sale this year. Between now and January 15, you can save up to 70% on nearly 1,700 games, expansions, and digital items for some of the biggest titles of 2018 and beyond. And if you're a PS Plus member, you'll get an even bigger discount on many of the on-sale items. We've already highlighted some of the best PS4 games on sale, and a selection of the best titles available for $5 or less. But now that we've arrived at Week 4 of the sale, a new batch of games has been added, making now a good time to see if anything you want is on discount.

If you're in the market for a big-budget shooter, you can grab Battlefield V for $36. It received high marks in our Battlefield V review and is set to get a decent amount of added content in the coming months--including a battle royale mode. Speaking of add-on content, Prey, one of last year's more overlooked titles, got an expansion called Mooncrash that turns the game into a roguelike experience, complete with randomized loot and procedurally generated enironments. You can get the base game and all of the DLC for just $20 right now in Prey: Digital Deluxe Edition.