This Pokémon teaser is super mysterious

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This Pokémon teaser is super mysterious

A new video on Pokémon’s Japanese YouTube channel is teasing ... something for July 19. It’s not exactly clear what, and that seems to be the point, according to translations of the two-minute clip.

The video’s called “Pokémon Mystery File: A world of Pokémon you don’t know,” and it’s a compilation of some of the most bizarre footage from various Pokémon games. Among them are Celebi’s appearance in Pokémon HeartGold and SoulSilver; the mysterious man from Pokémon Sun and Moon; and the Distortion World from Pokémon Platinum. Each one’s an odd or inexplicable occurrence, parts of the Pokémon lore that remain confusing.

XCOM 2’s big DLC begins with the Lost and the Chosen

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XCOM 2’s big DLC begins with the Lost and the Chosen

Zombie gameplay comes to XCOM 2 with War of the Chosen, the expansion launching next month on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. Here, Firaxis offers a look at the first mission within a mode so big the game's creative director said it could have become a full-on sequel.

In War of the Chosen, the player will make and manage alliances with three Earth-based factions. In the video above, Firaxis' Garth DeAngelis, XCOM 2's senior producer, explains the setup, in which the player is contacting two mistrustful factions, the Reapers and the Skirmishers.

Arms update shows Nintendo’s paying attention to what players want

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Arms update shows Nintendo’s paying attention to what players want

Nintendo released an update for Arms on Tuesday that added new characters, new arms, a new stage and a new mode to the Nintendo Switch fighting game. The update, version 2.0, also comes with some good news for competitive players.

Version 2.0 of Arms makes the game’s final boss, Max Brass, a playable character. With the addition of the Hedlok Scramble versus mode, players can also fight as Hedlok if they grab a special item. Three new arms are also available.

You won’t have to be at Pokémon Go Fest to reap the rewards

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You won’t have to be at Pokémon Go Fest to reap the rewards

Next week’s Pokémon Go Fest may be the game’s first live event, but the Chicago-based experience will have special rewards for players worldwide. New details on the Fest from Niantic reveal that every Pokémon Go player will have a chance to unlock bonuses all weekend long.

Those who bought tickets to play Pokémon Go in Chicago’s Grant Park will have the best rewards to look forward to, of course. A series of three “challenge windows” will run over the course of the daylong event on July 22, requiring players to catch certain types of Pokémon within a thirty-minute time limit. Success will bring bronze-, silver-and gold-tier rewards to everyone, even those on the other side of the globe.

Nintendo Switch is getting its first streaming app

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Nintendo Switch is getting its first streaming app

Nintendo Switch will receive its first video streaming service tomorrow, July 13. It may not be one you’ve ever heard of, though — it’s Niconico, a unique Japanese video platform that’s huge in its home country.

Niconico is best known for its livestreams, which fans can leave comments on that then appear on the video itself. Think of it as YouTube’s live component, except far more overwhelming. Aside from that, users can upload their own videos, which also come with real-time comment pop-ups. The video’s uploader can annotate it too, as well as add special effects — like polls and even quizzes.

Cards Against Humanity takes on the pink tax with ‘for Her’ box

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Cards Against Humanity takes on the pink tax with ‘for Her’ box

The eponymous company behind Cards Against Humanity is re-releasing its flagship card game in a new, just-for-women package called Cards Against Humanity for Her, the company announced today.

Cards Against Humanity for Her contains all the same cards as the original game, with the same exact color scheme of black prompt cards and white answer cards. However, it comes in a box that’s pink instead of the usual black — “women love the color pink,” said Jenn Bane, the company’s community director, in a news release — and costs $30, which is $5 more than the standard version.

Iron Butterfly’s 17-minute epic ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’ comes to Rock Band

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Iron Butterfly’s 17-minute epic ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’ comes to Rock Band

The title track from Iron Butterfly’s 1968 album In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida is coming to Rock Band 4, developer Harmonix announced today, giving players an opportunity to jam through all 17 minutes-plus of the psyche rock hit.

Because of its extreme length — the song has a two and a half minute drum solo, during which the rest of the band can just chill — Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” will cost $2.99 to download. That’s a dollar more than the standard track price for Rock Band DLC.

Final Fantasy 14: Stormblood’s toughest quest has some fans calling for nerfs

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Final Fantasy 14: Stormblood’s toughest quest has some fans calling for nerfs

Final Fantasy 14’s new Stormblood expansion contains a final boss that’s proving to be a major stumbling block for some, dividing the fanbase over whether its difficulty should be turned down.

The Royal Menagerie is one of several story trials in Stormblood, which constitutes version 4.0 of the main game. As the last one in the expansion’s new set of content, it’s a tough one. There are three phases against the boss, Shinryu; it’s set at level 70, the increased level cap introduced in Stormblood; and it requires all eight players in a group to be familiar with the various strategies required to take the boss down.

Yoko Taro is a damn treasure among game designers

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Yoko Taro is a damn treasure among game designers

Yoko Taro, director of Nier: Automata and wearer of bizarre headgear, is a master of making the most innocuous interview worth-reading. The PlayStation Blog gave him room to discuss his favorite PlayStation 4 games in the latest Discover the Creators feature, and he used it to muse over life, death and drinking. Lots and lots of drinking.

Taro’s list is mostly filled with action and role-playing games, which makes sense, considering his background on the Nier and Drakengard games. What makes this worth more than a cursory glance is what he has to say about big-budget titles like Final Fantasy 15 and Horizon Zero Dawn, both of which have been talked up to death at this point.