Pokémon Go holiday event leak teases one Pokémon’s long-awaited debut

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Pokémon Go holiday event leak teases one Pokémon’s long-awaited debut

Pokémon Go’s annual holiday event looks like it will introduce Delibird, a second-gen Pokémon that remains one of the few not currently obtainable in the mobile game. A user of The Silph Road community on Reddit shared an ad for the upcoming event that suggests Delibird is soon on its way.

The ad is from the Taiwanese Google Play Store, but user kk5566 offered an translation. The attached image mentions sales on incubators and other items, including the new “star piece;” more third-generation Pokémon to capture; and the first appearance of Delibird in the wild. The traditional Santa hat Pikachu will likely also return.

The Witcher 3’s Xbox One X update adds 60 fps support, and it’s terrific

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The Witcher 3’s Xbox One X update adds 60 fps support, and it’s terrific

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt developer CD Projekt Red has patched the game with Xbox One X enhancements, allowing people to play at 60 frames per second or in 4K resolution — even though a strange bug seems to contradict that.

The Xbox One X patch, which weighs in at approximately 550 MB, brings the game to version 1.60. It adds two new visual options to The Witcher 3’s display settings: 4K Mode and Performance Mode. The former delivers “stable 30fps gameplay,” said CD Projekt Red, at what appears to be native 4K resolution. The latter option runs the game at up to 60 fps, and scales the resolution dynamically between 1080p and 4K in an effort to meet that frame rate target.

The four best improvements to PUBG since launch

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The four best improvements to PUBG since launch

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds launched into Steam’s Early Access program in March. Since then, the team at PUBG Corporation has effectively been building a rocketship while it lifts off of the launch pad. There have been technical hiccups, to be sure, but there’s also been some fantastic innovations.

Here are the four best improvements made to the game in the last nine months, all of which will be included in this evening’s 1.0 update.

Catherine’s new online mode is a huge win for competitive players

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Catherine’s new online mode is a huge win for competitive players

A cult favorite esport is about to get a big boost, thanks to Atlus’ upcoming Catherine remake. More than six years after launch, the company is adding online functionality to the puzzle game’s PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita remaster — finally outright embracing the fan-driven, fast-growing competitive Catherine scene.

2011’s Catherine is a strange mixture of genres: It’s a puzzle-platformer, but it’s also a pseudo-dating sim. The primary premise involves a man navigating some moral gray areas in the daytime, while solving puzzles in a race for his life while he sleeps. There are also a bunch of sheep in this nightmare world, which is both strange and significant. It’s odd, but that’s part of the appeal.

Fist of the North Star game lets you beat up enemies with their own death screams

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Fist of the North Star game lets you beat up enemies with their own death screams

Hokuto ga Gotoku, the Yakuza team’s video game based on Fist of the North Star (aka Hokuto no Ken), continues to look amazing and bizarre. The latest trailer for the PlayStation 4 game shows off what protagonist Kenshiro is capable of beyond making his enemies explode via advanced martial arts techniques.

One of Kenshiro’s more impressive abilities in Hokuto ga Gotoku is the power to take the dying screams of his enemies — such as “ひでぶつ (hidebu)” — and beat up other opponents with them. As in text will appear on screen that Kenshiro can grab and use as a weapon.

Call of Duty: WWII and Destiny 2 were 2017’s best-sellers

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Call of Duty: WWII and Destiny 2 were 2017’s best-sellers

Activision today boasted that Call of Duty: WWII and Destiny 2 were the top two best-selling games, in terms of revenue, in North America for 2017. It’s the ninth straight year, beginning with 2009’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, that Call of Duty has been the region’s top-selling console video game, Activision said.

The company also said Call of Duty: WWII had earned $1 billion in global sales, and that Destiny 2 had already outsold its predecessor, in terms of units sold. The Call of Duty figure was sell-through, meaning products bought by customers and not ones sitting on retailers’ shelves.

Here’s when PUBG 1.0 goes live on Steam

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Here’s when PUBG 1.0 goes live on Steam

Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is set to have a full release on Windows PC today. It’s certainly not the final release, as the developers has a few more significant additions up their sleeve. But the 1.0 version marks the end of a long road through early access that began in March 2017. Today, PUBG Corp. laid down the final timeline.

According to a tweet sent from the game’s official account early this morning, Battlegrounds will leave Steam Early Access on Wednesday, Dec. 20, at 11 p.m. PST.

We played some wonderful tearjerkers in 2017

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We played some wonderful tearjerkers in 2017

Back in 2006, I attended a conference in Scotland where the subject of games as emotional experiences was a theme. Respected journalist (now developer) Margaret Robertson gave an excellent talk about the games that had moved her.

Robertson's speech asked whether or not games could make you cry. At that time, the idea that video games could inspire tears was still a novelty, one which was not entirely accepted by the broader arts world.

Augmented reality startup Magic Leap reveals first look at hardware

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Augmented reality startup Magic Leap reveals first look at hardware

Magic Leap, a notoriously secretive tech startup that has been working on augmented reality for the past few years, finally offered a peek at its hardware today. Dubbed Lightwear, the goggle-style headset promises “amazing experiences that feel natural,” all powered by a hip-mounted, puck-shaped computer called a Lightpack.

The system works with a handheld controller that features “force control and haptic feedback ... for a fluid, sensory experience.”

Pokémon Go’s big AR update lets you get way closer to wild Pokémon

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Pokémon Go’s big AR update lets you get way closer to wild Pokémon

Pokémon Go’s augmented reality feature set is about to expand. Niantic announced that an update will soon allow the game to make use of Apple’s ARKit technology for devices with iOS 11, which the company says should create a more “dynamic gameplay” experience.

The AR+ functionality, once activated, will give iPhone and iPad users the chance to interact more directly with wild Pokémon. Should a trainer move closer or further away to the monster on the screen, for example, it will respond accordingly. Pokémon could even run away depending on whether the trainer is closing too far in on it.