Pokémon Sun and Moon’s high-powered accessory is coming to toy stores this fall

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Pokémon Sun and Moon’s high-powered accessory is coming to toy stores this fall

Wear the Z-Ring while you use it in-game

Among Pokémon Sun and Moon’s new features, introduced in the games’ latest trailer earlier today, are Z-Moves, a new type of attack that players can activate with the accompanying Z-Ring accessory and another key item. Real trainers will be able to wear the special bracelet as they play the Nintendo 3DS games this fall, thanks to a toy version that hits retail in time for their Nov. 18 launch.

There’s no price or exact release date yet for the Z-Ring toy, which is based on what trainers wear in-game in order to unlock a Pokémon’s special Z-Move. It connects with Sun and Moon to light up and vibrate whenever these moves are used in-game. The dynamic plastic bracelet — think the Yo-Kai Watch accessory, in terms of size — adds another way to bring the Pokémon experience closer to reality.

Revisiting Chernobyl's devastation through VR

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Revisiting Chernobyl's devastation through VR

30 years gone, but the people affected by disaster still have stories to tell

On April 26, 1986, developer Wojciech Pazdur remembers his father returning home with ominous instructions: The family was not to leave the house. They must stay home.

That warning, as Pazdur recalls it, came with a terrifying explanation.

The 14 newest monsters in Pokémon Sun and Moon

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The 14 newest monsters in Pokémon Sun and Moon

Snow Princess Vulpix! Beautiful, scary flowers!

Pokémon Sun and Moon’s Pokédex grew bigger with the debut of new, lengthy videos, which also premiered several features and human characters in the Nintendo 3DS game. The new Pokémon additions are, as always, the trailer’s highlight, and we’ve rounded them up below — all 14 of them.

Pokémon Sun and Moon is set in the Hawaiian-esque islands of Alola, a region that is home to Pokémon both foreign and familiar. Several of the original Pokémon from Red, Green, Blue and Yellow return in the new games, albeit with special Alola forms that change them completely.

Gamer who bought No Man's Sky early reaches galaxy center, deflating fans' anticipation

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Gamer who bought No Man's Sky early reaches galaxy center, deflating fans' anticipation

Spoiler-filled post explains a shortcut that significantly reduces travel time

The person who paid more than $1,300 to get a copy of No Man's Sky 10 days before its launch date claims to have already "beaten" the game by reaching the center of its galaxy. He says it took around 30 hours.

If true, this could diminish gamer expectations set by the highly anticipated game's large-scale environment — quintillions of unique worlds and, in this interview with GameSpot, a journey of "hundreds of hours" to get to the center of the galactic map.

Pokémon Sun and Moon’s region includes four islands, each with its own set of challenges

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Pokémon Sun and Moon’s region includes four islands, each with its own set of challenges

Learn more about Sun and Moon's coolest new feautres

Pokémon Sun and Moon’s central region of Alola isn’t just one big island, according to its latest trailer. Instead, it comprises four separate locations, and trainers will travel across them to compete in Island Challenge Trials, a new feature introduced in the 3DS games.

These challenges task trainers to demonstrate their Pokémon mastery throughout various tests, not all of which will include simple Pokémon battles. These range from scavenger hunts to dance battles, all up to the discretion of the assigning Trial Captain.

Pokémon Sun and Moon introduces new takes on classic monsters in latest trailer

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Pokémon Sun and Moon introduces new takes on classic monsters in latest trailer

Vulpix, Sandshrew and Exeggcute take new forms in the Alola Region

The Pokémon Company debuted a six-minute, Japanese-language video of new Pokémon Sun and Moon gameplay today, giving a closer look at several new Pokémon, trainers and features in the upcoming Nintendo 3DS game.

A new feature is introduced in the video: Z-Moves, which are activated by a bracelet worn by the trainer. These allow Pokémon who hold a corresponding Z-Crystal to the player's accessory to perform special attacks, as seen at the beginning of the trailer.

Lucasfilm steps in, closes down development on fan-made Battlefront 3 successor

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Lucasfilm steps in, closes down development on fan-made Battlefront 3 successor

Galaxy in Turmoil will still proceed without Star Wars assets, developer says

Galaxy in Turmoil, the fan-made game based on the canceled Star Wars: Battlefront 3, will remove all Star Wars content after meeting with Lucasfilm and being asked to stop using the properties it owns.

In a lengthy note yesterday, Tony Romanelli of Frontwire Studios explained the future of the game, which will proceed as a generic multiplayer shooter that incorporates many of the features of the old Battlefront series, without any imagery, characters or references to Star Wars. The game will still be called Galaxy in Turmoil, and Frontwire still intends to launch it, for free, over Steam.

Video gaming magazine pioneer Joyce Katz dies

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Video gaming magazine pioneer Joyce Katz dies

Launched Electronic Games, the first dedicated video games magazine, in 1981

Joyce Katz, a pioneer in the publishing of video games magazines in the 1980s and 1990s, died on Saturday. She was 76. Katz was part of the founding team that brought the first dedicated video games magazine to shelves in 1981.

Katz had a long and prolific career in the publishing of fanzines and the hosting of fan conventions. She spent the last 25 years in Las Vegas organizing cons there, such as Silvercon and Corflu, an annual convention for fans of fanzines.

Pokémon Go gets the Did You Know Gaming? video treatment

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Pokémon Go gets the Did You Know Gaming? video treatment

Not that this is ancient, or obscure history ...

The Did You Know Gaming? series has at last gotten around to the Pokémon Go craze.

Clocking in at about seven minutes long, it probably contains a lot of stuff you did already know about the game and its origins, but it packages the story of its development start-to-finish, so that anyone can understand how we got here and what this craze is all about.

Overwatch players glitch their way into a new level of Nepal map

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Overwatch players glitch their way into a new level of Nepal map

Just watch the video, I can't begin to explain how to do this

Two enterprising Overwatch players figured out a way to glitch into Nepal's next — and so far unreleased— level, which is fully built-out and ready to be explored.

Access to the second level is difficult to describe, so you'll have to watch this video to see how to try it for yourself. Basically, the next level of Nepal is over in another area outside of the first map.