Pokémon Go Fest’s problems stemmed from too much cell traffic, Niantic CEO says

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Pokémon Go Fest’s problems stemmed from too much cell traffic, Niantic CEO says

Saturday’s catastrophic Pokémon Go Fest was plagued with issues from the start, and the reasons for them aren’t surprising. Niantic CEO John Hanke explained in a blog post that the game’s technical issues were primarily the result of congested mobile networks, an inevitability when thousands of people are gobbling up data in one place.

“A more protracted problem was caused by oversaturation of the mobile data networks of some network providers,” Hanke explained. “This caused many attendees to be unable to access Pokémon GO or other Internet services. Network congestion also led to a login issue which affected some users able [sic] to access the Internet.”

Bungie already fixed Destiny 2’s most annoying objective

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Bungie already fixed Destiny 2’s most annoying objective

Destiny 2’s beta only features one story mission, but one part of it was so poorly designed that it left numerous players bewildered and then frustrated. Thankfully, Bungie has already tweaked the area in question in a way that should alleviate the situation.

Near the end of “Homecoming,” the opening mission of Destiny 2’s campaign, players must deactivate a generator that powers a Cabal ship’s shield. The instruction that the game offers is seemingly simple: “Overload the generator.” In order to shut down the machine, Guardians must destroy the generator’s three exhaust turbines. There are no enemies in the area. Easy as pie, right?

Pokémon Go’s next two legendaries will be available for a limited time

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Pokémon Go’s next two legendaries will be available for a limited time

The next two legendary Pokémon in Pokémon Go are Moltres and Zapdos, but players won’t have long to catch them. Each of the three legendary birds — including Articuno, who’s available now — will only be up for grabs for a brief window, Niantic revealed.

Players can catch Articuno now through next Monday, July 31. It will be replaced by Moltres, who will be free for the taking until the following Monday, Aug. 7. The last of the three birds, Zapdos, arrives Aug. 7 and will be in the game until one week later, on Aug. 14.

Here’s how to get your Pokémon Go Fest refund

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Here’s how to get your Pokémon Go Fest refund

Pokémon Go Fest attendees may now submit requests for ticket refunds, Niantic said in an email going out to ticket holders.

Several reports are in from those who have received the email, which provides details on how to get the promised in-game credit, legendary Pokémon Lugia and $20 refund. Reversal, a big YouTuber in the Pokémon Go community who helped cover Pokémon Go Fest for Niantic, was the first to publicize the text of the message on Twitter.

Rayman Legends arrives on Nintendo Switch in September

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Rayman Legends arrives on Nintendo Switch in September

Rayman Legends: Definitive Edition, the enhanced Nintendo Switch port of Ubisoft Montpellier’s celebrated platformer, will be released Sept. 12, publisher Ubisoft announced today.

The Definitive Edition offers a few Switch-specific features. Up to four people can play through Rayman Legends cooperatively over local Wi-Fi. If you’re playing on an undocked Switch, the game supports touchscreen controls for purposes such as moving platforms, cutting ropes and defeating enemies. On the mode front, Ubisoft said the port will offer an “updated version” of Kung Foot, a soccer-esque minigame.

Pokémon Go’s most mocked team leader has been missing for days

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Pokémon Go’s most mocked team leader has been missing for days

It’s been almost a week since anyone’s seen Spark, leader of Pokémon Go’s Team Instinct. The game’s most recent update has a bug that replaces the blond pretty boy with Team Valor head Candela, leaving Instinct members confused and concerned.

Reports that Spark had disappeared from the game’s Appraisal tool first came on July 20, when the update launched. That section is the main place that trainers can see the leader of their chosen team; it’s the only part of Pokémon Go that features them heavily. But when Instinct-affiliated players went to have Spark rate how good their Pokémon were, they found Candela in his place.

HD remasters of original Pokemon anime freshen up a classic

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HD remasters of original Pokemon anime freshen up a classic

The Pokémon cartoon’s first season is back on TV in Japan for a limited time, and it’s got a whole new look. The series has been remastered in high definition for this special re-airing, and clips show a much brighter, cleaner version of the classic.

Maybe that goes without saying — that’s how high-def remasters work, after all. But almost 20 years after the show premiered, it’s kind of shocking to see how old Pokémon looks these days. A comparison video from fan site Fushihara, above, really hammers that in, short it may be.

PUBG will start selling vanity items next week, inspired by Battle Royale movie

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PUBG will start selling vanity items next week, inspired by Battle Royale movie

Starting Aug. 3, you’ll finally be able to purchase vanity items for Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds. New outfits are inspired by the original mod’s namesake and inspiration, Japanese film Battle Royale. Proceeds will contribute to the prize pool for that game’s first ever invitational, in-person tournament.

Previously the only way to get vanity gear in Battlegrounds was to purchase random loot crates with in-game currency, called Battle Points, earned from kills and wins. A vibrant secondary market has sprung up on Steam, with rare items like coats and bandanas going for hundreds of dollars. The ability to purchase gear directly from Bluehole is sure to free some pent-up demand.

Do Not Feed the Monkeys is a voyeuristic, fascinating point-and-click adventure

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Do Not Feed the Monkeys is a voyeuristic, fascinating point-and-click adventure

Do Not Feed the Monkeys, from Madrid-based Fictiorama Studios, could be one of the most interesting point-and-click adventure games to come around in a long while.

The game, which is still in development, appears to blend some of the creepier elements of Watch Dogs with the strange meta-game of Five Nights at Freddy’s. Slathered with an early 1990s LucasArts graphics style, it’s definitely a game that should be on your radar.