Pokémon Go finally adds Smeargle, who now photobombs your AR photos

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Pokémon Go finally adds Smeargle, who now photobombs your AR photos

Smeargle, the Pokémon that’s long been missing from Pokémon Go players’ Pokedex, is now available to catch in the mobile game. To get Smeargle, you’ll need to use the game’s new Go Snapshot feature, the augmented reality camera that rolled out to Pokémon Go in February.

Getting your hands on the Johto-region Pokémon is easy, but requires a bit of luck. All you need to do is take photos of Smeargle using the Go Snapshot feature. Occasionally, Smeargle will show up in a photo you’ve taken, photobombing it by appearing in the corner of the image. (Don’t worry, though, if you’ve lined up a particularly good shot, Pokémon Go will save a Smeargle-less version of the photobombed picture in your photo library.)

Apex Legends’ bugs are piling up

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Apex Legends’ bugs are piling up

Apex Legends had the smoothest and most high profile launch of any battle royale game so far. But, with millions of people playing over the three weeks since the game’s stealth launch on Feb. 4, a few bugs have begun to emerge.

Respawn Entertainment sorted out Apex Legendsfirst few bugs almost immediately. The early patches fixed issues like downed players flying off of supply ships, or a bug that granted infinite ammo. Now players have now spent more time with the game and bugs seem to be popping up more often.

Horror game Devotion pulled from Steam after Winnie-the-Pooh controversy

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Horror game Devotion pulled from Steam after Winnie-the-Pooh controversy

Over the weekend, developer Red Candle Games found itself at the center of controversy after players discovered disparaging remarks about Xi Jinping, the president of China, in the studio’s recently released horror game, Devotion. Now, after an intense review bombing of the game from Chinese players, Devotion has been removed entirely from Steam.

Taiwan-based Red Candle called the inclusion of a poster that mocked China’s president “purely an accident” and apologized for including artwork that translated to “Xi Jinping Winnie-the-Pooh moron.” Xi is reportedly highly sensitive to comparisons to Pooh, and Chinese censors have cracked down on social media posts that liken the president to the bear.

A free game asks if you’re spending too much time worrying about other people’s needs

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A free game asks if you’re spending too much time worrying about other people’s needs

Despite its somber title, Everybody’s Sad makes me laugh. It also has something useful to say about life balance and relationships.

It’s a short, free virtual reality game, out now for Vive and Oculus Rift. It’s set in an apartment, where various items, foodstuffs, and furniture express their general malaise with the world. My job is to move around the room, and try to make the talking things feel a bit happier.

Three Resident Evil classics come to Switch in May

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Three Resident Evil classics come to Switch in May

Capcom will bring three Resident Evil games — the Resident Evil remake, Resident Evil 0, and Resident Evil 4 — to Nintendo Switch on May 21, the publisher announced today. All three games will be available digitally from the Switch eShop.

Pricing for the three games was not announced, though all three will be available for pre-order starting Feb. 28. Capcom said it plans to release a physical version containing the Resident Evil HD remaster and Resident Evil 0 as part of a package named Resident Evil Origins Collection.

Chex Quest HD trailer has 100 percent of your daily ’90s nostalgia

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Chex Quest HD trailer has 100 percent of your daily ’90s nostalgia

In the annals of advergaming, General Mills’ Chex Quest stands apart as a fondly remembered (if not particularly high quality) mid-’90s shooter. In part because it was free with purchases of Chex cereal, and therefore played by millions, and in part because it was amusingly based on id Software’s Doom, Chex Quest has a devoted cult following.

This weekend, Chex Quest fans got a fresh look at the modern, Unreal Engine 4-based remake, Chex Quest HD. It’s Chex Quest as many players likely remember it from 1996: The Chex Warrior travels through various levels, zapping Flemoids with Zorch devices in an non-violent, alien-dispatching space rampage.

Taiwanese game mocks Chinese president, and Chinese gamers review bomb it

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Taiwanese game mocks Chinese president, and Chinese gamers review bomb it

Review bombs are stale beyond being cliché but here’s one with a novel twist: A game included a mocking reference to China’s president got review bombed on Steam by Chinese gamers, and the Taiwan-based developer has apologized.

The game in question is Devotion, a horror game that launched on Steam on Feb. 19. The Verge wrote about it shortly after its premiere, noting how its setting and mechanisms are familiar to the dear departed P.T. It has a substantial following on Twitch.

PDP’s LVL50 headset — the one to have, if you have more than one console

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PDP’s LVL50 headset — the one to have, if you have more than one console

I’ve fairly given up on the idea of having a truly wireless multi-console headset, with chat. I was able to do this seven years ago, using a Turtle Beach setup that ran $249.95 MSRP and needed firmware updates. But work it did — hell, it even paired with my iPhone — and it handled four consoles, even if the back of my entertainment center looked like C-3PO’s pubic hair.

Thanks largely to the fact the PlayStation 4 will accept USB mikes but the Xbox One won’t, such one-size fits all ambitions are frustrated, likely forever, for the multiplatform power user. (There is an Xbox One set from Astro Gaming that I’m told will work with a PlayStation 4, or you can buy multiple standalone base stations to be sure. Either way, one of those units is $299.99)

Warhammer’s Diablo-esque Chaosbane introduces its dwarven slayer

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Warhammer’s Diablo-esque Chaosbane introduces its dwarven slayer

Quick grammar stipulation: In regards to Warhammer: Chaosbane’s Dwarf Slayer, “slayer” modifies “dwarf,” not the other way around. Because it’d be the definition of punching down (heh) if there was a class devoted to killing off every last Gimli.

According to the Warhammer lore here, dwarves take a slayer’s oath to die in combat against a formidable adversary. Something tells me a hack-n-slash dungeon crawler video game will satisfy that requirement immeasurably. But it all sounds like a dwarven catch-22 to me: If you want to be a slayer, you have to die in combat; only those who survive that battle become slayers. I dunno, man, just go with it.

Yep, Anakin says *that line* in Battlefront 2

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Yep, Anakin says *that line* in Battlefront 2

Anakin Skywalker is coming to the next big update for Star Wars Battlefront 2 (well, I guess he’s already there, from a certain point of view ...) and the dialogue EA DICE recorded for him includes one of the galaxy’s most groan-worthy lines not involving midichlorians, Jar-Jar Binks or prolonged negatives.

That’s right, beginning Feb. 27, Anakin is gonna talk shit about sand in this here game. He will speak that dissonant, overwritten failboat of a line on his Attack of the Clones date with Padmé, which of course ramped up that vulnerable-yet-brooding sex appeal that so many folks didn’t find hot. The line was so putrid, and Hayden Christensen’s acting of it similarly pungent, that it became a meme when people were still figuring out how memes worked. It’s had quite a shelf-life, too.