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Pokemon Producer Junichi Masuda Competes With Psyduck at the World Championships

Long-time Pokemon producer and designer Junichi Masuda competed in the Pokemon Go Invitational, the very first official Pokemon Go tournament ever, at the Pokemon World Championships. Rather than outfit his team with the most powerful, commonly-seen competitive Pokemon, he brought his well-known favorite: Psyduck.

In his first battle against Poké AK, Masuda humorously (and un-strategically) seemed to save all three shields to keep his Psyduck alive as long as possible. Later in the best three out of five match-up, Masuda replaced Psyduck with another odd duck: Ludicolo. Poké AK took the match 3-0, and went on to finish the tournament at second place.

More popular Pokemon at the Pokemon Go Invitational included, for example, Skarmory, Altaria, Defense Deoxys, and Umbreon. Masuda did have an Umbreon, but the casters pointed out that, unfortunately, it lacked the Community Day exclusive move Last Resort, which may have made a difference in its performance.

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Halo Infinite Creative Director Leaves 343 Industries

Halo Infinite’s creative director, Tim Longo, has left 343 Industries, Microsoft confirmed. Executive Producer Mary Olson will now lead the Campaign team for Halo Infinite, and 343 studio head Chris Lee remains overall the lead on the game’s overall vision.

Kotaku reported that Longo, who served as creative director on Halo 5, moved to a different role within 343 Industries last week, but left the company completely this week. Microsoft did not provide a reason for Longo’s departure, but wished him well in a statement provided to IGN.

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IGN & Cyberpunk 2077 Cosplay Party at Pax West

IGN is proud to partner with CD Projekt Red to host a Cyberpunk 2077 Cosplay party at PAX West on Friday, August 30 at 8:00pm PST.

The party is 21+ and a PAX West badge is not required to attend. Each person can register for themselves at the Eventbrite page for tickets, but additional guests are not allowed without their own RSVP. Registration can be found here and attendees do not need to be cosplay contestants.

Find out all the details for the Cyberpunk Cosplay Contest, which numerous IGN talent will be judging, and have a shot at the $40,000 prize pool. A guide to Cyberpunk 2077 character outfits can be found among the details at the Cyberpunk website.

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Destroy All Humans Amazing Backpack Special Edition Is Up for Preorder

Destroy All Humans is set to release in 2020 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. A remake of the 2005 original, this new edition will put you in the shoes of an alien named Crypto-137 as you wreak havoc on puny Earthlings during an invasion in the 1950s. Your goals are to harvest human DNA, destroy the US government, and generally cause as much destruction as possible.

But you don’t have to wait to secure a copy for yourself. And in fact, if you want one of the decidedly awesome-looking special editions, you should probably lock in your preorder now (you can always cancel it later if you change your mind). Here’s everything you need to know to preorder Destroy All Humans.

Destroy All Humans Crypto-137 Edition

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SwitchArcade Round-Up: ‘A Hat in Time’ Coming in October, ‘Grandia HD Collection’ and Today’s Other New Releases, the Latest Sales Including ‘GRIS’, and More

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the SwitchArcade Round-Up for August 16th, 2019. In today’s article, we’ve got summaries of today’s new releases, some interesting news, and a big list of sales. Some neat releases today, including Grandia HD Collection, Gravity Duck, and The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. I hope to review some of them, but that’s not happening today thanks to that mega-big bunch of new sales. Let’s see what we’ve got!

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‘Fire Emblem: Three Houses’ Had a Smashing Launch in the USA

I’ve said this a million times, but as a Fire Emblem fan from the real prehistoric era of the series, it’s been a real trip watching its roller coaster ride to success overseas. Going from being on the verge of total cancellation to being one of Nintendo’s premiere brands in just a few short years is something nobody expected, but it’s great to see. Fire Emblem: Three Houses had a middling launch in Japan, but it’s cracking heads sales-wise in the West. The latest news comes from the NPD, who track retail sales in the USA. In July, Fire Emblem: Three Houses was the 2nd-best selling game across all platforms, edged out only by multiplatform release Madden NFL …read more


Looking Back On The Ghosts Of Luigi’s Mansion

Luigi has starred in a few games of his own since his inception as a regular player two, but none of his games have been as popular as the Luigi’s Mansion games. Although it’s great that Luigi has a series all his own in which he saves Mario for a change, he isn’t technically the star of the series; the real stars are the ghosts. There are many, many ghosts filling the mansions Luigi plunders, and it’s worth paying our respects to the fallen heroes of the franchise, especially with a hotel full of new ghosts on the way.

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5 Video Game Romances That Made Us Swoon

There has been no shortage of romance in video games over the years, especially when it comes to RPGs. Exploring romantic options can help mix things up and add another layer to the experience. With a love interest, it feels like more is at stake on your journey because you care about someone. Not only does connecting with characters often get you in-game bonuses, but it also makes for a more fulfilling and immersive story. While not every liaison works well within the context of the gameplay, like the possible romance you could have with Benny from Fallout: New Vegas, sometimes you manage to come across a character with whom a dalliance can really energize the adventure. And with the added element of romance, they’re even harder to resist. Here are some video game romances that stuck with us.

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Strategy Classic ‘Commandos 2’ Getting Remastered and Heading to iPad, New Trailer Released for Gamescom

Commandos 2: Men of Courage is a military tactical strategy game created by Pyro Studios and released for PC (and, somewhat uniquely for the time, Xbox and PlayStation 2) way back in 2001, and now nearly two decades later Kalypso Media is giving it the remastering treatment and releasing it on modern consoles which includes the iPad and Nintendo Switch. Commandos 2 is the proper sequel to 1998’s Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines and its standalone expansion Commandos: Beyond the Call of Duty. It’s is a top-down real-time tactical strategy game where you’ll be directing various military units through a number of story-driven missions, and it was quite critically acclaimed at the time of its release and has gone on to be considered a classic in the real-time tactics genre. Commandos 2 HD Remaster will feature improved controls and visuals, which you can see in this latest trailer.

The actual development of Commandos 2 HD Remaster is being handled by Yippee Entertainment on behalf of Kalypso Media and will be heading to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows PC, Nintendo Switch, and iPad and Android tablets. Kalypso is also heading up a remaster of Pyro’s other …read more


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Far: Lone Sails Review

Far: Lone Sails came out on PC on May 17, 2018 and PS4 and Xbox One on April 2, 2019. We are using its release on Nintendo Switch on August 18, 2019 as an opportunity to review it on all four platforms since we hadn’t previously.

Some folk say you can’t truly appreciate the highs of life if you haven’t felt the lows. Whether you believe that or not, it’s a lesson Far: Lone Sails takes to heart. It’s full of tense, nerve-wracking scenarios as you struggle to keep your fuel-guzzling/wind-powered hybrid vehicle running smoothly across a long-dead world. But buried between those hardships are beautiful moments of peace that shine brighter for it – the calm times where fair winds let me unfurl my sail and simply glide along to Far: Lone Sails’ incredible soundtrack were some of the most magical I’ve had in a game.

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Borderlands 3 YouTube Channel Investigated by 2K For Leaks Disappears

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Matt “SupMatto” Somers no longer has a live YouTube channel following reports 2K Games investigated his channel over Borderlands 3 leaks.

Following our report where 2K confirmed an investigation into Somers’ Borderlands 3 content over possible leaks, SupMatto’s whole YouTube channel and backlog of content has been taken offline.

Somers revealed that his YouTube channel suffered several copyright strikes from 2K Games. YouTube has a three-strike policy where if a channel is flagged three times within a 90-day time period, YouTube will shut down the channel. Considering the number of strikes Somers’ YouTube channel received, this could be a likely explanation for the disappearance.

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