Huge Pokémon Go YouTube channels deleted, restored after being mistaken for child pornography

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Huge Pokémon Go YouTube channels deleted, restored after being mistaken for child pornography

On Sunday, two of Pokémon Go’s biggest personalities woke up to find their YouTube channels gone. Both Brandon “Mystic7” Martyn and Nick Oyzon of Trainer Tips received content strikes from the platform due to what YouTube called “sexual content,” a violation that resulted in the termination of their accounts. Neither channel contained sexual content, and both were quickly returned to service.

“Waking up to find out that my channel has been terminated for violating guidelines and no information beyond that from @TeamYouTube,” Oyzon tweeted Sunday morning. “Would be great if someone could tell me what my family friendly Pokémon channel did wrong.”

Super Mario Maker 2’s debut trailer was packed with a ton of new features

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Super Mario Maker 2’s debut trailer was packed with a ton of new features

Nintendo unveiled a sequel to Super Mario Maker for Switch last week during a jam-packed Nintendo Direct presentation. While the company didn’t say much about the game during that livestream, the debut trailer for Super Mario Maker 2 says a lot. The trailer is stuffed with information about what’s new in the sequel, and fans have been picking it apart for unannounced details.

The most obvious new additions in Super Mario Maker 2 are the ability to add slopes — a la Super Mario World, a feature Nintendo devoted nearly a third of the trailer to — to level designs, and new gameplay elements from Wii U game Super Mario 3D World, like the Cat Suit, transparent warp pipes, and enemies like the Ant Trooper, Piranha Creeper, Porcupuffer, and Skipsqueak.

More early (and bizarre) Pokémon designs unearthed

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More early (and bizarre) Pokémon designs unearthed

A cavalcade of early Pokémon designs surfaced online this weekend, courtesy of the Pokémon historians at Helix Chamber. As we’ve seen before when fans shared old and scrapped Pokémon design prototypes, there are tons of Pokémon (or “capsule monsters”) in here that clearly inspired the ones we know from Pokémon Red, Blue, and Green — but there are also several surprises, including one that seems to support a long-held fan theory.

Our latest look at another batch of early and unused Pokemon comes from an anonymous source, said Helix Chamber, in a thread about how it acquired these assets. The source wouldn’t pass along the full playable build of a Pokémon Red and Green beta they supposedly had, but they agreed to pass along a ton of assets to the Pokémon fan group. With the help of ROM hackers, Helix Chamber reconstructed the sprites in further detail, from Pokémon, to trainers, to the original Kanto region map.

The Walking Dead’s Negan comes to Tekken 7 at the end of the month

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The Walking Dead’s Negan comes to Tekken 7 at the end of the month

The Walking Dead’s Negan joins Tekken 7 on Feb. 28. Bandai Namco told the EVO Japan 2019 audience today that the character costs $7.99.

Negan will be joined by Julia Chang ($5.99) on the same day. These two round out season 2’s roster of six fighters, which were first teased at EVO 2018 in August. The others were Anna Williams and Lei Wulong in September, and Craig Marduk and Armor King in December.

Pokémon Go settlement would resolve class-action trespassing claims against Niantic

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Pokémon Go settlement would resolve class-action trespassing claims against Niantic

Pokémon Go creator Niantic reached a settlement with a class action of pissed-off homeowners that, assuming a judge approves, will resolve the trespassing and nuisance lawsuits that sprung up shortly after the game’s white-hot 2016 release.

In the settlement, filed on Thursday and first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Niantic agrees to deliver courtesy reminders to users, through the Pokémon Go app, whenever 10 or more are catching Pokémon in the same location.

Rainbow Six Siege starts year four, announces a smorgasbord of support

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Rainbow Six Siege starts year four, announces a smorgasbord of support

Operation: Burnt Horizon is set to kick off year four of Rainbow Six Siege, and Ubisoft intends to ramp up post-launch support and continue to grow the game.

The first, and perhaps most fundamental change, will be splitting the development team into dedicated cells that will tackle each major part of the game: events, balance, maps, and operators. This includes a team focused on player behavior and toxicity, to ensure that playing the game is as pleasant as it is balanced. An upcoming feature will punish players who are trolling their team with friendly fire by reflecting that damage back at them.

Apex Legends mods ban 16,000 cheaters since launch

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Apex Legends mods ban 16,000 cheaters since launch

Apex Legends moderators banned more than 16,000 cheaters since the game’s Feb. 5 launch, and promise more punishment for anyone not getting the message.

It may be a little tricky, for now, as the battle royale does not have a reporting feature directly in the game. A community manager said yesterday that developers “have heard your feedback about a report feature in the game,” and that it’s “a very good idea.”

Devilman Crybaby and My Hero Academia win big at Crunchyroll Anime Awards

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Devilman Crybaby and My Hero Academia win big at Crunchyroll Anime Awards

The 2019 anime season is already in full swing, but Crunchyroll is using the beginning of the year to look back and honor the best that anime had to offer last year.

Crunchyroll’s 2018 Anime Awards is the third time the streaming service has held it’s annual end-of-the-year competition. The awards celebrate everything from more traditional award categories, like Anime of the Year and Best Animation, all the way down to the sillier awards that anime fans are sure to have opinions on like Best Fight Scene and Best Protagonist.