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Pokémon Go May 2022 Community Day: It’s Alolan Geodude

Pokémon Go’s May 2022 Community Day will feature Alolan Geodude, developer Niantic announced Monday, giving fans of the Alolan form Rock Pokémon their own day to shine. Alolan Geodude Community Day will take place on Saturday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time. Niantic shortened the Community Day window in April, from six hours to three, with […]

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Pokémon Go may help with depression, study finds

Pokémon Go might alleviate mild depression symptoms, it turns out. A new study by the London School of Economics and Political Science titled “Location-Based Mobile Gaming and Local Depression Trends: A Study of Pokémon Go” argues that Pokémon Go “may alleviate non-clinical forms of mild depression for users playing the game,” because it encourages physical activity outside and face-to-face socialization. […]

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Pokémon Go Spotlight Hour: Can Bunnelby be Shiny?

For April 12, 2022, Bunnelby will be in the spotlight, and you’ll get double XP for evolving Pokémon. And yes, Bunnelby can be shiny in Pokémon Go! Graphic: Julia Lee/Polygon | Image sources: Niantic/The Pokémon Company Pokémon is about catching ’em all, and in Pokémon Go that means catching every variant, including rare Shiny versions of Pokémon. Every Tuesday in […]

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Rainbow Six Mobile looks like Siege on the go

Ubisoft is squeezing the tactical-shooter action of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege onto mobile devices with the aptly named Rainbow Six Mobile. The Android and iOS title’s developers describe their new game as “like the full-fat version of Rainbow Six Siege that everyone knows and loves,” but tailored for touchscreen devices. Developers at Ubisoft Montreal say Rainbow Six Mobile, which […]

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Niantic pulls Pokémon Go, Pikmin Bloom from Russia and Belarus

Pokémon Go developer Niantic is pulling its games out of Russia, the company announced late Thursday. Pokémon Go, Pikmin Bloom, and Ingress will no longer appear for download in Russia and Belarus, and players in those countries will not be able to access the game. Niantic cited support for Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion of the country. “We stand with the […]

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Amazon Luna makes full launch to US subscribers

Amazon Luna, the retail behemoth’s cloud gaming service which launched in early access in October 2020, is now available everywhere in the mainland United States. Luna will offer à la carte subscriptions to five channels, and Amazon Prime members get access to a monthly rotation of games included with that subscription. Luna, previously available by invitation only (from a public […]

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Alolan Pokémon are coming to Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go is getting its next wave of Pokémon: Alolan Pokémon. Announced on the Pokémon 25th Anniversary stream, the introduction of Alolan Pokémon will kick off starting on March 1. The event will start with a few Pokémon and, as was the case when other regions were released, we’ll get the rest of them trickling in through events and other […]

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Wordle blocks certain offensive words, now that it’s owned by NYT

The New York Times, which recently acquired the viral word game Wordle and migrated it to its website on Thursday, has banned some offensive language in the game — although plenty of naughty words are still valid guesses for now. Certain gendered slurs — including “bitch,” “whore,” and “sluts” — have been removed from Wordle’s dictionary. When you try to […]

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What the Activision Blizzard deal means for game devs and platforms

So, what does Microsoft buying Activision Blizzard really mean for regular game developers — and game platforms? Well, firstly — it’s fractally complex. No one deal like this is transformative, and no one deal can significantly hasten the path to “the future.” But this acquisition — which used the equivalent of over half of Microsoft’s $130 billion “cash on hand,” […]

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