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How to catch Ditto in Pokémon Go

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If you walk past a Rattata or Pidgey on your next Poke-walk and plan on ignoring them, you might want to reconsider. Things might not be what they seem.

The once unavailable Pokémon Ditto is now lurking in the wild and can be caught on Pokémon Go.  


Earlier today I caught the shape-shifting Pokémon disguised as a Magikarp. I had heard of sightings on Reddit and wanted to verify reports so I went for a walk and began catching random, common Pokémon.

After a few failed attempts I spotted a Magikarp under a non-lured PokeStop. I threw a Poké Ball at it, the ball jiggled three times, and the Poké Ball snapped shut with a flutter of stars. But instead of the words “Gotcha! Magikarp was caught!” the word “Oh?” flashed instead. The event was followed by a magical sequence, where Magikarp transformed into Ditto amidst purple flashes. Ditto was caught and added to my Pokedex!

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One of Ditto’s moves is Transform. When sent into battle, it will take the form of its opponent.

Online Pokemon trainers the world over have reportedly found Ditto disguised as Rattata, Zubat, and Pidgey. While we have yet to corroborate this, it is possible, because of its nature that Ditto is disguising itself as other Pokémon, although I’d be severely bummed if I caught a Lapras that was actually a Ditto in disguise.

Ditto registered to Dex!

Ditto registered to Dex!

The earliest reports of Ditto sightings dates back to 7pm ET (8am in Manila) of November 22. It isn’t clear if Ditto will only be available for a limited time, so best to go out and catch it as fast as you can.

Pokémon Go developer Niantic has yet to make an announcement, but it looks like this was meant as a surprise. If you’re finding out about it here first, we’re sorry for ruining the fun. But we couldn’t resist giving you the heads-up.

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Here’s the special moment caught on video.

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Playdate is a handheld gaming system with a crank

Yes, an actual crank

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If you’re bored of the current gaming console landscape or are simply waiting for the next-gen PlayStation to come out, there’s this new handheld system that might keep you a little busy.

From a company named Panic, which is known for developing the popular game Firewatch, comes the Playdate. It may seem like a simple gaming system at first, but look to its right and you’ll see its defining feature: a crank.


The developer says that some titles will use this analog controller exclusively, while some won’t at all (which, to me, sorta defeats the purpose of placing that game on this console). Everything will be played on its monochrome screen with no backlighting.

You can see it in action here:

The spin here is that the Playdate will come with a subscription of 12 games — delivered to you once a week for 12 weeks. It’s part of the initial cost of US$ 149, but there’s no word yet if there’ll be subscriptions after that and how much they’ll cost.

Each game will be a surprise, which may or not be a good thing. Spending this much on an unproven console — and possibly more for succeeding subscriptions — could end up becoming a costly risk.

Orders will be accepted later this year, while actual shipping will happen in early 2020. For now, you can sign up through the official website to receive updates on its progress.

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Here’s an early look at the Sony PS5’s raw performance

Spoiler: It’s fast!

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Even though Sony dished out some early info on the upcoming PlayStation 5 (should they choose to stick to the numbered naming scheme) and revealed that it’s more than just a mere upgrade, we don’t have any tangible data on what exactly to expect.

Fortunately, Wall Street Journal tech reporter Takashi Mochizuki was present at Sony’s most recent gaming presentation and had this video to show us:


What you see here is a comparison between the loading times of the PS5 and PS4 Pro. Make no mistake here: The next-generation console is incredibly fast! A lot of credit must be given to the built-in SSD the PS5 will ship with.

This should be taken with a grain of salt, however. Tech demos are often fixed to make the newer (and more expensive) product seem superior. To the next-gen console’s credit, it’ll come with the latest eight-core Ryzen chip and a custom GPU from AMD’s Radeon Navi, which are capable of 8K gaming and ray tracing when put together.

Sadly, we still don’t have a release date and Sony won’t announce anything at E3 next month. For now, savor your PS4 and its growing library of classics.

Via: Kotaku

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Minecraft Earth is like Pokémon Go but with building blocks

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In a move that makes loads of sense, Minecraft is coming to mobile though an augmented reality app similar to Pokémon Go.

It’s called Minecraft Earth and it’s arriving later this year with a beta phase happening during summer. The developers offered this trailer, but it does little to explain how the system would work.


Check it out:

The official website’s FAQ section, however, delves into more of the info we actually care about.

For one, it’ll be free to play and will include several of Minecraft‘s traditional features including world building and discovering/fighting mobs.

Concerning regional availability, the developers aren’t confirming these details just yet. If it’s anything like the issues Niantic experienced with Pokémon Go before, chances are this rollout will be gradual, too.

Finally, for the “Will Minecraft Earth have loot boxes?” question, the website has a definite “No” to answer that.

Minecraft Earth will be available on both Android and iOS. Fingers crossed that there’ll be no delays. 🤞

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