Pokémon Go’s latest event extended after login mishaps

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Pokémon Go’s latest event extended after login mishaps

Pokémon Go’s Solstice Event will run an extra day, Niantic announced on Twitter. Originally set to end this afternoon, the developer has given all players an extra 24 hours catch some fire- and ice-type monsters.

The Solstice Event will now increase spawn rates for these Pokémon until 1 p.m. PDT on June 21. The extension seems to be in direct response to a major system bug that locked Android users out of the game for the last two days of the Solstice Event. Members of the Pokémon Trainer Club, a login system that’s been plagued with issues since launch, have been unable to sign into Pokémon Go since June 19.

Vampyr is not the game we expected to see from the makers of Life is Strange

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Vampyr is not the game we expected to see from the makers of Life is Strange

Dontod, the team behind teen drama Life is Strange, have taken a hard right turn with their next game, Vampyr. It’s action-packed, violent and just a little bit voyeuristic.

A hands-off demo of Vampyr arrived at this year’s E3 alongside a long, pre-recorded look at its combat system on YouTube. In motion, the game pulls liberally from the combat-heavy series Dishonored. But it also takes a thoughtful, nearly voyeuristic look at the inner struggles of a classic villain.

Pokémon Go update brings more than just gyms and co-op

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Pokémon Go update brings more than just gyms and co-op

Pokémon Go’s big gym revamp is rolling out to both iOS and Android now, and the patch notes show that there’s more to this update than multiplayer. Along with the changes to how gyms work and the new cooperative Raid Battle feature are two much tinier additions that are nonetheless super useful.

The update’s patch notes point out that players can now search through their Pokémon collections in order to find different monsters more quickly. It works by nickname, species, Pokédex number and even type, meaning players can filter through just how many, say, fire-type Pokémon they have on hand for a Raid Battle against a Blastoise.

Blizzard and Twitch sign deal for Overwatch, StarCraft and Hearthstone esports streaming

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Blizzard and Twitch sign deal for Overwatch, StarCraft and Hearthstone esports streaming

Blizzard and Twitch announced today that the companies have signed a two-year deal that will see the streaming service broadcast “select Blizzard esports content,” including the StarCraft 2 World Championship Series and Overwatch APEX League and Premier Series.

Additionally, Blizzard and Twitch are giving Twitch Prime subscribers free loot as part of the subscription service, starting with a free golden loot box for Overwatch.

PlayStation VR on sale for $299.99 via eBay

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PlayStation VR on sale for $299.99 via eBay

Sony surprised many people by putting a big focus on the PlayStation VR during its E3 presentation, announcing many new games and exclusives for the platform. The company seems pretty comfortable continuing to throw support at virtual reality, and we’re big fans of the experience Sony is delivering with the PSVR.

But the technology is expensive, with headsets starting at $399.99 without the PlayStation Camera. If you’re interested in jumping in, Newegg, through eBay has begun offering the stand-alone headsets for $299.99. Just remember that you need to also have a PlayStation Camera, which runs between $44.99 to $59.99 from stores like Amazon and GameStop, if you don’t already own one.

The Pokkén Tournament pad makes for a good, cheap Switch controller

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The Pokkén Tournament pad makes for a good, cheap Switch controller

One of the highlights of the new system update for Nintendo Switch is that wired controllers now work with the console. That includes, as many players have found out, the Wii U’s Pokkén Tournament Pro Pad — making it a discounted alternative to the in-demand Switch Pro Controller.

The Pokkén controller, which connects to a console via USB, has plenty of fans outside of the game’s community because of its d-pad. The simple layout is ideal for fighting game fans or 2D games like Puyo Puyo Tetris, even if it confounds many used to using a joystick.

D&D's next module is an entire adventure based on the classic Tomb of Horrors

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D&D's next module is an entire adventure based on the classic Tomb of Horrors

Wizards of the Coast enlisted more playtesters to try the Dungeons & Dragons Tomb of Annihilation module than any adventure it has released before. Why? Because they were afraid no one would survive it.

"We wanted an honest appraisal of how tough it would be and if the traps were too mean and whether the monster encounters were too mean," game designer Chris Perkins told us last week at Origins Game Fair in Columbus, Ohio. "There have been a number of fatalities, but some groups have prevailed. So it’s not impossible."

Stand-alone Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered could go on sale next week

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Stand-alone Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered could go on sale next week

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, the remake of the 2007 classic that came bundled with last year’s Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, may be getting a stand-alone version. A call to Target puts the the current street date for the unannounced title at June 27.

The story began yesterday over on Charlie Intel. It received a tip in the form of pictures showing a shrink-wrapped version of Modern Warfare Remastered for PlayStation 4 as well as an image of a Target shelf tag listing the price as $39.99. Later that day, a reader sent in a picture of the Target computer system listing the game’s street date as June 20.

Pokémon Go Fest tickets going for more than 10 times the asking price online

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Pokémon Go Fest tickets going for more than 10 times the asking price online

Tickets for the first live, sponsored Pokémon Go event went up for purchase yesterday, selling out in about 15 minutes. It’s no surprise that there are plenty available from third-party sellers, though, and they’re going for as much as 10 times the asking price.

Niantic set the price at $20 per ticket for Pokémon Go Fest, which takes place in Chicago’s Grant Park on July 22. The all-day event offers special challenges and rewards for participants, an exclusive in-game medal and chances to meet fellow team members. These incentives — as well as others available to Sprint and Boost Mobile subscribers, like an extra hour of playtime — helped move tickets quickly once they went live at 10 a.m. PT yesterday.