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Via: Matt Covey
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Can you blame them?! Here I foolishly assumed anyone's best shot at catching an Articuno was all a matter of their open-mindedness to ascending Mt. Everest, or cruising to the farthest reaches of an ice cave in Iceland, or some sh*t. Buut nope. Looks like Ohio is where it's at.

And of course the people have already stepped forth to express their outrage over this potential lie:




When things came to a head, the Ohio Facebook group opted for renaming themselves, "Was: Dayton Area Pokémon Go! Now: Articuno Freakshow."

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We're specifically talking about the controversy over the three-step 'nearby' feature. Niantic addressed the issue in the following statement today:


Trainers,

As many of you know, we recently made some changes to Pokémon GO.

- We have removed the ‘3-step’ display in order to improve upon the underlying design. The original feature, although enjoyed by many, was also confusing and did not meet our underlying product goals. We will keep you posted as we strive to improve this feature.

- We have limited access by third-party services which were interfering with our ability to maintain quality of service for our users and to bring Pokémon GO to users around the world. The large number of users has made the roll-out of Pokémon GO around the world an... interesting… challenge. And we aren’t done yet! Yes, Brazil, we want to bring the game to you (and many other countries where it is not yet available).

We have read your posts and emails and we hear the frustration from folks in places where we haven’t launched yet, and from those of you who miss these features. We want you to know that we have been working crazy hours to keep the game running as we continue to launch globally. If you haven’t heard us Tweeting much it’s because we’ve been heads down working on the game. But we’ll do our best going forward to keep you posted on what’s going on.

Be safe, be nice to your fellow trainers, and keep on exploring.

The Pokémon GO team


And here are a couple developed thoughts offered up by some members of the Pokémon GO community. Ths one in particular is one weird-ransom-note-font away from being a brick through Niantic's window...



Annd if you're up for a longer read:

Via: Bing Yang
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Korean indie game developer Bing Yang has reportedly been developing this game by himself for the last two years; and all out of pure inspiration from the Final Fantasy trailers! 


Look at him with that honesty too:


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Bing Yang isn't currently sure which consoles Lost Soul Aside will be released on, if and when it is.



Sure the game looks awesome, but this kind of takes the cake:


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And just like that the inspired revival of Free Radicals Star Wars: Battlefront 3 has officially been cancelled. In a blog post shared on the Frontwire website yesterday, company president Tony Romanelli confirmed that LucasFilm has in fact issued a cease-and-desist order, which halts development immediately. 

“On Wednesday June 22, 2016, we received a letter from Lucasfilm requesting that we halt production of Galaxy in Turmoil with any Star Wars related IP at once,” says Romanelli. “Rather than laying down at the first sign of trouble, I requested a meeting with the Lucasfilm executives to discuss our project and to find some common ground to work with. Honestly, I didn’t expect too much negotiation to occur. But much to my surprise, executives at the top of Lucasfilm agreed to meet. A week later, that meeting took place.”

Romanelli went on to describe what the future holds for Galaxy in Turmoil:

“Our highly publicized project as you have come to know it will no longer be a Star Wars game inspired by Battlefront,” he says. “Upon speaking with Lucasfilm, they informed us that they have no issue with a Battlefront inspired game that is not using the Star Wars IP itself. Regardless of what some have said, all of our code, sounds and many other non-Star Wars assets have been created in-house, which means they are indeed owned by us.

“Going forward, Frontwire Studios will be pivoting away from Star Wars and embarking on a mission to create a new, original game in a never before seen universe. Our game will still have massive 64-player battles, ground-to-space combat, destructible capital ships, and a full single-player campaign. We will also still be releasing Galaxy in Turmoil on Steam as planned and it will remain a free game.”

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We're talking fire Pokémon turning into ice Pokémon and new colors for the oldie favorites. Introducing Alola forms, which will make their big debut in Pokémon Sun and Moon. Here are some of the classic Pokémon then depicted in their new forms, as courtesy of Serebii:




Pokémon Sun and Moon will also introduce the 'styles' feature -- which is dependent upon which parts of the island you encounter a given Pokémon on:

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