Creators Pull Fan Game Pokémon Uranium After Hosting Sites Get Takedown Notices

Pokémon Uranium, a fan-made game featuring 150 new Pokémon, a new region, and more responsive menus, is no longer available through the developer’s website.

The development team issued a statement yesterday expressing their reluctance to continue making the game available after several sites hosting the game received takedown notices from Nintendo. “While we have not personally been contacted,” the statement reads, “it’s clear what their wishes are, and we respect those wishes deeply. Therefore, we will no longer provide official download links for the game through our website.”

The statement also warns fans of downloading the game from third-party sites. “We have no connection to fans who reupload the game files to their own hosts, and we cannot verify that those download links are all legitimate. We advise you to be extremely cautious about downloading the game from unofficial sources.”

Finally, the team thanks fans who have already downloaded the game. “We are blown away by the response this game has received, and we thank you all so much for your outstanding support.”

Correction: This story previously made it sound as though the developers of the game themselves had received a takedown notice. This was not the case. We have corrected that language and apologize for our mistake.

[Source: Pokémon Uranium official website.]

 

Our Take
Considering Nintendo also took down the recent Metroid II remake this week, another takedown of a fan game isn’t too surprising. It’s legally within Nintendo’s power to make sure these games don’t propagate, but this can’t be helping their reputation with fans.

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Wings Gaming Is The Dota 2 International Champion

Chinese team Wings Gaming has won the Dota 2 International tournament, taking home over $9.1 million of the crowdfunded $20.8 million prize pool.

Wings had a largely uncontested run through the tournament, routing big-name teams like Evil Geniuses 2-0. They lost only two rounds during the main event, both to European/American team Digital Chaos, who they faced in the first round of the tournament’s upper bracket and in the grand finals.

Their performance and victory at the tournament comes as something as a surprise, as they had only two large tournament victories under their belt before the tournament (ESL One Manila and The Summit 5), emerging into the professional Dota 2 spotlight as recently as April of this year.

 

Our Take
Wings displayed not only incredible cohesion as a team, but an unprecedented variety of character picks. They’ve put the Chinese professional scene back on top and proven top teams don’t have to be confined by trends when it comes to hero selection. Their matches were a delight to watch.

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Rumor: Final Fantasy XV Delay Announcement Imminent

Evidence has emerged that Final Fantasy XV might be headed for a two-month delay. While Square Enix isn’t commenting yet, reports are surfacing from multiple outlets suggesting a bit more time is needed to get things right.

The rumor first surfaced via Gamenesia, which later added photographic evidence. The image the outlet provided shows a standee with the current September 30 release date and instructions to GameStop employees to use a provided sticker with the new release date. (Disclosure: GameStop is Game Informer’s parent company.) Kotaku is also reporting its own sources have confirmed the delay.

If accurate, the highly anticipated game would now be slated for a November 29 release. This puts it outside the typical holiday season, with major releases wrapping up by Black Friday in the United States.

However, Final Fantasy XV has the power to still perform extremely well after the Thanksgiving holiday. The game has been 10 years in the making. We can probably (grudgingly) wait another two months if the reports are accurate.

I spent part of my day in my local GameStop, where employees were kind enough to look through the marketing materials they’ve received. We flipped through the marketing guide for the week and there was nothing about Final Fantasy XV included. The store also has not received a standee for the game.

We reached out to Square Enix yesterday regarding the rumored delay and have not heard back. We’ll update should we receive a response.

[Source: Gamenesia, Kotaku

 

Our Take
Evidence is starting to mount that a delay is on the way. We’re still not calling it a done deal given the information doesn’t seem to be ubiquitous and retailers haven’t updated inventory systems, but brace for impact. 

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Explore The Fantastical World Of Final Fantasy XV In New Trailer

Square Enix unveiled a new trailer for the upcoming Final Fantasy XV, highlighting its fantastical beasts and creatures that inhabit the world. Florence and the Machine’s haunting song “I Will Be” plays in the background, which is one of three tracks that the band recorded for the upcoming game.

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Final Fantasy XV releases for Xbox One and PlayStation on September 30. A movie tie-in to the game, titled Kingsglaive, is out in select theaters as of August 19. Click the banner below to see our hub of exclusive content surrounding the RPG.

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Did You Know Gaming Offers Trivia About Shin Megami Tensei Franchise

The YouTube gaming trivia channel, Did You Know Gaming, takes a look at Atlus’ Shin Megami Tensei RPG series and its spin offs, offering tidbits of knowledge you might not have known. 

The series began as an adaptation of the 1986 sci-fi novel Digital Devil Story: Megami Tensei. Altus wasn’t the first to adapt the novel into a game, with Telenet Japan releasing the top-down RPG Devil Story: Megami Tensei in 1987 on the MSX and PC-88. As for Atlus, its series became one of their most popular franchises, and was a stepping stone towards successful spin-offs that went on to be their own popular series, such as Persona.

An interesting bit of knowledge is how Megami Tensei translates to metempsychosis, which is the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth that is part of Buddhist beliefs. Reincarnation is seen throughout the series, with the first game including a character that was described to be the reincarnation of an ancient goddess. The video also examines the inspirations behind the original Shin Megami Tensei, such as the setting taking great influence from a Tokyo neighborhood where the art director, Kazuma Kaneco, lived at the time. Watch below to learn more.

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Star Wars' R2-D2 Actor Kenny Baker Passes Away At Age 81

Kenny Baker, who starred in the first six Star Wars films as the droid R2-D2, recently died after battling a long illness. The British actor rose to fame after his appearance as the robot in the first Star Wars film in 1977. 

Following the debut, he continued to portray the character in following movies such as The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, along with the 1999 to 2005 Star Wars prequels. Outside of his work with Star Wars, he also appeared in films such as The Elephant Man (1980), Time Bandits (1981), and Flash Gordon (1980).

Baker’s niece Abigail Shield told The Guardian that he “had a very long and fulfilled life,” and that he brought “lots of happiness to people.” Baker was just 3-foot-8 and doctors told him he wouldn’t live past puberty. He surpassed these obstacles, and first began working in show business through theater and the circus. His rise to fame, however, began with Star Wars. Because of his height, he was small enough to fit inside the droid, which director George Lucas believed would make him perfect for the role.

Baker had been looked after by his nephew, as he suffered with lung problems and was often confined to a wheelchair. Shield told The Guardian that his death was “expected, but it’s sad nonetheless.”

Game Informer extends its condolences to Baker’s family and friends.

[Source: The Guardian, Photo Courtesy of Rory Gilder/Rex Shutterstock via The Guardian]

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Dota 2 Adding Pit Lord To Roster, Along With New Hero The Monkey King

Valve has announced two characters coming to Dota 2: Pit Lord, who appeared in the original Dota mod, and The Monkey King, a character who has never been playable before.

These announcements were revealed during the last few days of The International, the world’s largest Dota tournament, which is offering a record-breaking prize pool of over $20 million. Pit Lord is expected to join the game as of August 23. This was huge news for fans who have long awaited his arrival in Dota 2, and he will now be called “Underlord.” Watch his reveal below.

This wasn’t the only big news to surface, however, as Valve also unveiled a new and original hero called the Monkey King, who will be added in the New Journey Update. The Monkey King is based off of Monkey King Sun Wukong, who is from Chinese mythology and a character from the 16th century Chinese novel Journey to the West. This update will arrive in spring of next year.

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The grand finals for The International are in full swing today, and you can watch via Twitch here

[Source: Reddit (1), (2), YouTube

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Niantic Is Permanently Banning Players That Use Bots In Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go developer Niantic is cracking down on players that are using bots or programs that alter GPS locations. If you’re caught using one of these services, you could face a permanent ban, according to a new post in the FAQ section of the game’s official website.

Using third party software is against Pokémon Go’s terms of service. On its website, Niantic states that you can face a permanent ban by “falsifying your location, using emulators, modified or unofficial software and/or accessing Pokémon GO clients or backends in an unauthorized manner including through the use of third party software.” 

In response, several bot programs including NecroBot are shutting down as they claim Niantic is sending out cease and desist letters. “Due to legal action being started against other bot creators/devs (we did not receive a letter yet) the Project development will be stopped,” writes the creators of NecroBot on GitHub as they close shop. We have reached out to Niantic to confirm whether these have in fact been sent out.

Bots can help players reach higher levels at a quick pace, such as one player that hit the level cap by using one. However, the consequences are dire, now that permanent bans may result.

“Our goal is to provide a fair, fun and legitimate game experience for everyone,” writes Niantic on its website. “We will continue to work with all of you to improve the quality of the gameplay, including ongoing optimization and fine tuning of our anti-cheat system.” Niantic also mentions that if you believe you’ve faced a ban unjustly, you can appeal it by using this form.

[Source: Pokémon Go FAQ via Polygon]

 

Our Take
The usage of bots can disrupt the Pokémon Go experience for others, if a cheating player ends up farming XP with a bot and then taking over a gym. I understand how Niantic would want to approach the situation sternly, and I don’t think players should cheat. However, it should also be noted that higher levels require an unrealistic amount of XP to progress, but perhaps Niantic expects players will stick with the game for a long time. In total, it requires 20 million XP from the first to last level.

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Hello Games Says Its "Working Hard" To Resolve No Man's Sky PC Issues

After a troublesome launch on PC yesterday that resulted in “mostly negative” reviews on Steam, No Man’s Sky developer Hello Games has swiftly acknowledged the problems, stating that they are “working hard” to resolve them. PC players have noted serious problems, from framerate drops on powerful GPUs to frequent crashes.

As of yesterday, Hello Games detailed a post on its Steam page for No Man’s Sky, which notes that the team is aware of the issues. It outlines how players can reach out to the team to report bugs or receive support as quickly as possible. For example, Hello Games has added an update to its support page that cites common issues, and a new auto-response via email which suggests quick fixes.

You can head to the Steam page, or read below, to view the post:

Whilst many people are enjoying No Man’s Sky, we are tracking several issues, and we’re working hard to resolve them as quickly as possible.

1. We have updated our support page with some common issues and workarounds http://www.no-mans-sky.com/2016/08/pc-support/

2. We have updated the auto response from support@hellogames.co.uk to help suggest common fixes, and help gather better info

3. We have filed tickets for everyone who has mailed support and are responding to them in turn.

4. We have gotten back to a lot of people already, who were trying to run the game significantly below min spec.

5. Additionally your bug reports have shown us a handful of key issues we are working to resolve

We’re pulling an all nighter to get through as many issues as soon as possible. Please try to be nice 🙂

We have been working to get back to people on our three most common crashes on start up:

• Running the game with an Intel card. This is not supported

• No Man’s Sky is an OpenGL 4.5 game, and requires latest drivers on most cards, please update

• VC++ Redist 2010 was not included by default. We have updated in a patch, please restart

We are going to create an experimental branch with hot fixes for these most common known issues:

• Shader Cache issue – means that framerate is initially stuttering on some cards. Whilst it resolves itself over time (~1 hour of play), we will fix this issue in a patch.

• SSE 4 – for CPUs that do not support SSE 4, it is causing the game to crash on boot (some of these area technically below min spec, but we don’t want it to crash!)

• Mouse controls jitter on foot – this caused by a combination of certain resolution and GFX card. A fix is in progress.

Some players who have filed a support ticket will begin to be directed towards the experimental branch whilst we test solutions to these issues.

If your issues are not listed above please do mail support@hellogames.co.uk

The latest Twitter update from founder Sean Murray this morning states that the team is still hard at work as they test some fixes for older AMD Phenom CPUs and others.

Although No Man’s Sky has had a shaky PC launch, this version of the game came with some added settings, such as remapping the controls and changing the field of view. The PlayStation 4 launch, in comparison, was smoother as it hit with a day zero patch.

[Source: No Man’s Sky on Steam]

 

Our Take
I’ve been playing No Man’s Sky on PlayStation 4, so I haven’t experienced any of these issues firsthand. However, from crashes to frame rate drops, these are issues that can really largely disrupt the experience. It sounds like the Hello Games team is tackling the issues as quick as they can. 

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The Dota 2 International Grand Finals Are Today

Since June, hundreds of Dota 2 teams have competed at The International, the game’s most prestigious tournament. As of today, only three remain. Tonight, one team will take home over eight million dollars.

This year’s International went from being a foregone conclusion after Europe’s OG dominated the scene for most of the year, to one of the most exciting events in Dota history as champions fell, favorites went home, and one of the game’s greatest matches in the game’s history played out before our eyes.

Today will feature only two matches. Wings Gaming, who thwarted American hope Evil Geniuses in a surprising rout, awaits the winner of the match between American/European combo Digital Chaos or Evil Geniuses. The first match will be a first-to-three, while the final match will be a best-of-five.

The tournament will begin streaming at 10am PST. Match times vary depending on the length and number of matches. You can watch the tournament here.

 

Our Take
All three teams have great stories behind them. Evil Geniuses must defend its belt and prove the North American Dota scene is still viable. Digital Chaos is seen as a team of leftovers and rejects from other teams. Wings Gaming has proven Chinese Dota is still alive and well after the scene seemed to have floundered in the early part of the year. I’m rooting hardest for Evil Geniuses, but I’m fine with any of the three taking home the Aegis trophy. 

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