Pokémon Go Valentine’s Day event is all about the candy

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Pokémon Go Valentine’s Day event is all about the candy

A Valentine’s Day event goes live in Pokémon Go this morning. From 11 a.m. PT today until 11 a.m. PT on Feb. 15, trainers can really get into the holiday spirit with plenty of candy, pink Pokémon and other special attractions.

During the campaign, players will receive double the candy for catching and transferring Pokémon, along with hatching Pokémon Eggs. Buddy Pokémon will also collect candy at an increased rate; they’ll pick up the good stuff twice as quickly during the event.

MLB The Show 17 includes a small tweak that should reduce frustrating losses

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MLB The Show 17 includes a small tweak that should reduce frustrating losses

MLB The Show 17 developer SIE San Diego touts a bunch of gameplay improvements in the game’s latest trailer. Some of them are more significant than others, as usual. But there’s one that fans of the series have wanted forever: faster throwing animations.

Sure, yeah, that sounds pretty esoteric; we’ll grant you that. And the trailer does highlight plenty of seemingly minor changes, like physics for the ball coming off the bat. But throws have a material effect on getting outs, which, of course, plays a role in whether you win or lose a game.

Grand Theft Auto 5 tops 75 million units shipped

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Grand Theft Auto 5 tops 75 million units shipped

Rockstar Games has shipped more than 75 million copies of Grand Theft Auto 5 worldwide, parent company Take-Two Interactive announced today.

The news came in an investor release for the third quarter of Take-Two’s 2017 fiscal year, which ends March 31; the third quarter ran from October-December 2016. The company’s most recent update on GTA 5 sales came in early November, when it said it had shipped over 70 million units. That means that Rockstar shipped approximately 5 million more copies of the game in the past three months, and about 15 million over the past year.

Twitter announces first potentially effective measures to prevent abuse

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Twitter announces first potentially effective measures to prevent abuse

Twitter revealed three new measures to make its platform safer for users, chief among them preventing abusive account users from making a new account and marking the first potentially effective step in curbing harassment.

Twitter announced the news on its blog this morning, and listed the three new measures the company was going to implement soon. The first two are fairly anodyne and focused both on giving users more control over what they see on Twitter, and proactively removing things most users aren’t likely to care for. In both cases, that content isn’t being removed should someone want to seek it out, but rather the platform is finally focusing on creating an experience that’s concerned with its own users. People will be able to use a “safe search” to remove certain words or hashtags from searches (as well as finally removing blocked and muted accounts from search results!) and hide potentially abusive or “low quality” replies from reply threads.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will get new weapons

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered will get new weapons

Raven Software’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered is getting a fresh batch of content as part of an update this week, including new customization options and a handful of new weapons that weren’t available in the original Modern Warfare.

According to a post on the official Activision blog, more than 170 new pieces of content for Modern Warfare Remastered’s multiplayer mode are inbound, most of which are cosmetic customizations, like emblems and skins. These include the ability to add camouflage, golden finishes or Western flair to guns. There are also two new melee weapons: the Hatchetman military axe and the Gladiator, a “contemporary recreation of the historical Gladius sword, used as the weapon of choice by Roman foot soldiers.”

Fire Emblem Heroes players want the stamina costs to come down

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Fire Emblem Heroes players want the stamina costs to come down

Fire Emblem Heroes’ most obvious free-to-play conceit is its use of “stamina,” a finite amount of energy with a cooldown timer that can leave a player waiting a long time before they can get back into the game. That’s par for the course with mobile games, but what many Heroes players can’t stand is just how hefty these stamina costs are, even for the smallest activities.

Reddit user Selena_poketrainer summed up the “problem with stamina” in a top-rated post. According to them, the problem is threefold. First, the stamina costs are often too high; some late-stage story maps require more than 10 points to play, meaning a player wanting to regenerate their maximum store after a battle could be waiting around a while.

Nintendo is using Unreal Engine 4, and Miyamoto says they have it ‘mastered’

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Nintendo is using Unreal Engine 4, and Miyamoto says they have it ‘mastered’

In a recent call with investors, creative director Shigeru Miyamoto said that Nintendo’s own development teams have rapidly gained ground on their Western competitors. That’s because the new Nintendo Switch console is more open than ever, and supports modern game engines like Unreal and Unity.

During the call, an anonymous investor faulted the Wii U for its inability to easily support third-party software. He demanded to know how Nintendo’s own internal teams were getting on with making games for the Switch, which is due out March 3. In response, Miyamoto was extremely positive about the new device’s capabilities.

If you love Resident Evil 7, you must play its genius ‘Bedroom’ DLC

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If you love Resident Evil 7, you must play its genius ‘Bedroom’ DLC

Resident Evil 7’s first expansion pack is out now on PlayStation 4, and there’s a clear winner among its trio of playable episodes. “Bedroom,” an escape-the-room puzzle that pits the player against their own memory and cunning, is a brilliant set of scares that is single-handedly worth the price of admission.

“Bedroom” is one of two VHS tapes that are playable in the Banned Footage Vol. 1 DLC, and it follows doomed cameraman Clancy’s attempts to break free from the room he’s trapped in. Also returning from the main Resident Evil 7 campaign is Marguerite Baker, the haunted mansion’s creepiest caretaker, who’s keen on keeping Clancy in bed at all costs.