Surfin’ Pikachu is coming to Pokémon Go

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Surfin’ Pikachu is coming to Pokémon Go

Niantic is launching Pokémon Go Community Days, a monthly event where players are encouraged to go out and play the game together. Not only is it a good way to meet fellow trainers, but Niantic is also offering a special incentive for participants.

During Pokémon Go Community Days, players will have a few hours to find and capture a rare Pokémon. For the first event, which will run Jan. 20 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT, a Pikachu that knows the move Surf will be out in the wild. Lure Modules will also last a full three hours to help out trainers looking out for surfin’ Pikachu, and everyone will benefit from bonus experience points as well.

Hori releasing a PS4 controller for people who prefer Xbox controllers

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Hori releasing a PS4 controller for people who prefer Xbox controllers

Hori is releasing an officially licensed PlayStation 4 wireless controller that should appeal to Xbox fans. The Onyx Wireless Controller from Hori, which hits stores later this month, mimics the asymmetrical analog stick layout of Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Xbox One controllers.

The Bluetooth wireless controller doesn’t include the standard DualShock 4’s light bar (nor does it appear to have a headphone jack or built-in speaker), so PS4 owners may have to trade some function for familiarity or comfort.

This sad tale of a dying dog relies too heavily on tired ideas

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This sad tale of a dying dog relies too heavily on tired ideas

I’m a big fan of narrative games. It doesn’t matter to me if there’s little skill involved in the play, or if the interactivity is limited to walking, looking at stuff and basic dialog trees. So long as the story is strong, the characters are well drawn, and the world is attractive, I’m interested.

But as narrative games are attracting wider acceptance, as they take their place alongside other accepted genres, there’s bound to be an influx of games that go through the motions without quite exercising the artistic credibility of games like Gone Home, Virginia and Firewatch.

Creepy classic Yume Nikki’s return teased in disturbing clip

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Creepy classic Yume Nikki’s return teased in disturbing clip

It makes sense that a follow-up to Yume Nikki, the cult-classic Japanese horror game that just got its first official release on Steam, would receive an extremely weird first teaser. And this is certainly one of the weirdest teasers we’ve ever seen.

Yume Nikki has built up a niche fanbase since its 2004 release both for its uniquely disturbing, esoteric premise and its freeware status. Developed by a single, anonymous person, the game stars a girl as she travels through increasingly frightening dream worlds. It circulated around the internet after an English fan translation, and has since compelled players to theorize over what its barebones plot and bizarre imagery are really about. (There’s even a whole podcast dedicated to breaking Yume Nikki down.)

This Getting Over It speedrun ends in joy and anger

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This Getting Over It speedrun ends in joy and anger

This speedrun of Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy may not seem too impressive if you haven’t played the game, but it looks like a miracle for those of us who know the pain that Getting Over It causes its “fans.” And that pain is very much by design.

The game was created by the same man who made QWOP, and the awkward control scheme and frequent failure is meant to be frustrating. Your goal is climb up the mountain, and to keep trying even when you fail and fall back to the bottom. The higher you get, the more it hurts to lose your position and start over.

“What I’m interested in is the feeling of developing stakes just from the effort you’re putting into the game,” the game’s creator, Bennett Foddy, said in a recent interview. “Somehow, when I’ve get high up a mountain I feel like I’ve accumulated something. There’s a moment in hiking or climbing when you look out and see how far you’ve gone, a sense you’ve accumulated progress. If you feel as though that can be taken away and you might have to do it again, that adds a sense of importance and high stakes that really transforms how you play the game.”

Detective Pikachu is heading West, and he’s getting his own amiibo

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Detective Pikachu is heading West, and he’s getting his own amiibo

The Pokémon Company is bringing Detective Pikachu to the West. The Nintendo 3DS-exclusive will launch in the U.S. and Europe on March 23.

This will mark the first English-language release of Detective Pikachu, which originally launched in Japan in winter 2016. It makes sense to bring the game, which stars a talking Pikachu and his pre-teen human sidekick as they help out Pokémon in need, stateside right about now: A live-action movie adaptation of the game is currently in production, with Ryan Reynolds to star as Pikachu. (Reynolds will not be voicing Pikachu in the game, however, based on the subtitled trailer above.)

MLS launching esports league for FIFA 18 World Cup

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MLS launching esports league for FIFA 18 World Cup

Major League Soccer is partnering with EA Sports to create an esports organization for FIFA 18’s worldwide gaming competition, the sports league announced today.

Known as eMLS, the league will resemble esports organizations like the NBA 2K League in that its competitors will represent real-life sports teams. At the start, 19 of the 23 MLS clubs will participate in eMLS: Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew SC, FC Dallas, Houston Dynamo, LA Galaxy, Minnesota United FC, Montreal Impact, New England Revolution, New York City FC, New York Red Bulls, Orlando City SC, Philadelphia Union, Portland Timbers, San Jose Earthquakes, Seattle Sounders FC, Sporting Kansas City, Toronto FC and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

In unusual move, ESA slams Trump’s racist outburst

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In unusual move, ESA slams Trump’s racist outburst

The Entertainment Software Association tonight issued a statement regarding U.S. President Donald Trump’s widely reported, racist comments about immigrants from “Haiti and Africa” as being from “shithole” countries.

”America’s greatness is built on our diversity,” reads the ESA’s statement. “The president’s repulsive comments undermine the fundamental values of who we are as a country. There is no place in our society for this type of backward thinking, and we condemn it in the strongest terms.”

Bungie says it’s scaling back Eververse in Destiny 2 content roadmap

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Bungie says it’s scaling back Eververse in Destiny 2 content roadmap

Bungie says it’s making big changes to Destiny 2, in terms of how players earn rewards, how the game’s Eververse microtransaction economy works and other aspects of the game that have elicited vocal dissatisfaction from the game’s playerbase, in a far-reaching development update.

Today, game director Christopher Barrett outlined Bungie’s plans for Destiny 2 for the full year in a post on the developer’s website.

Final Fantasy 12 PC port adds New Game Minus mode and more

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Final Fantasy 12 PC port adds New Game Minus mode and more

Square Enix is porting Final Fantasy 12s recent PlayStation 4 remaster to Windows PC on Feb. 1, the company announced.

When Final Fantasy 12 The Zodiac Age launches on PC, it will feature a handful of upgrades over the PS4 version. The game runs at 60 fps and is compatible with 21:9 monitors, for anyone with the hardware to support that; all three background music options are unlocked from the start; and the configuration menu includes options to max out Gil and license points.