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You can soon trade and send gifts with friends on Pokémon Go

The feature we’ve all been waiting for

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Pokémon Go is nearing its second anniversary in July, but before that, its developers have some treats to keep us happy.

A major update will roll out later this week that’ll allow trainers to add real-world friends to trade Pokémon and items with. A system involving Trainer Codes will be used, wherein you have to share a unique code in order to send friend requests.

What’s more special is the chance to send special gifts. By spinning Photo Discs at a PokéStop or Gym, there’s a chance of earning a gift, which you can send to anyone on your friends list. If the receiver is lucky, an egg that could hatch an “Alolan form of a Pokémon originally discovered in the Kanto region” might be inside the package.

Even better is the ability to trade Pokémon like on the older games — finally! Doing so requires Stardust and a trainer level of at least 10, but you get bonus Candy for every successful transaction. The only catch is that certain Pokémon, such as Legendary or Shiny ones, require special conditions to trade, and these can only happen once a day with more Stardust involved.

But this isn’t just some social networking gimmick. By battling alongside online friends and sending them gifts or Pokémon, you can increase your friendship level for added bonuses, such as extra attack power during fights.

Truth be told, these are features that should’ve been released a long time ago. They’ve been demanded since the app first launched nearly two years ago and are only now being implemented.

I guess it’s better late than never, but it’s probably Niantic’s way of bringing former trainers back. Nintendo is doing the same thing by adding Pokémon Go integration into the Switch’s first Pokémon game. These tricks are certainly working on me!

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Reebok unveils Valhalla-themed Capsule Collection

Inspired by the Viking fantasy of the upcoming Assassin’s Creed title

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Capsule Collection

Are any of these your SneakerMatch? Footwear brand Reebok launches its own Capsule Collection inspired by the Viking fantasy of Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

The whole collection features sneakers, apparel, and accessories in different color accents taken straight from the game. For the footwear options, three styles headline the entire collection with designs taking insipiration from elements of Viking lore. The Zig Kinetica, Club C Revenge, and Classic Leather Legacy all include symbols, weapons, and colors taken from Norse mythology.

Assassin’s Creed Valhalla is just right around the corner, and it promises a whole new adventure to explore. Explore the rich lore of the Vikings as Eivor, a fierce raider during the time of England’s Dark Ages. With new features and new worlds to explore, Valhalla promises a whole new dimension in the Assassin’s Creed saga. Before you get to venture into the Dark Ages, you can bring Valhalla to your sense of style!

The collection also features two hoodies, caps, and socks to match the footwear. It will be exclusively available on Reebok’s website beginning November 7, and will hit select retailers on November 11.

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MSI gaming and productivity laptops are 30% off this Halloween weekend

Exclusive freebies are also in tow

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On the hunt for the perfect laptop before the holiday season kicks in? MSI is discounting select gaming and productivity laptops by 30% from October 29 to November 2. As a bonus, the brand is giving away exclusive freebies for every purchase of its laptops.

Gaming laptop deals

Discounted gaming laptops from MSI include its beloved GL and GF series. Both laptops cater to gamers who need the best performance without the bulk design commonly associated with gaming laptops. Also discounted are MSI’s Alpha series, its AMD-powered lineup.

  • GL63 (Intel Core i5-9300H + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti; 4GB RAM / 512GB SSD) —  PhP 62,600 + free MSI gaming mouse worth PhP 2,250 (SRP: PhP 72,995)
  • GL65 (Intel Core i7-9750H + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650; 8GB RAM / 512GB SSD) — PhP 60,900 + free MSI lootbox headset worth PhP 6,000 (SRP: PhP 70,995)
  •  GF63 (Intel Core i7-9750H + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650; 8GB RAM / 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD) — PhP 53,200 + free MSI gaming headset worth PhP 3,500 (SRP: PhP 60,995)
  • Alpha 15 (AMD Ryzen 7 3750H + Radeon RX 5500M; 8GB RAM / 512GB SSD) — PhP 54,000 + MSI Alpha lootboox and AMD Jacket worth PhP 5,000

Deals on Prestige and Modern laptops

MSI is also slashing the price of its Modern and Prestige laptops for a limited time. These laptop lineups come in a sleek and minimalist design, packing the latest Intel processors with others having discrete graphics too.

  • Prestige 14 (Intel Core i7-10710U + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650; 16GB RAM / 1TB SSD) — PhP 101,900 (SRP: PhP 119, 995)
  • Prestige 15 (Intel Core i7-10710U + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650; 16GB RAM / 1TB SSD) — PhP 101,900 (SRP: PhP 119, 995)
  • Modern 14 492PH (Intel Core i7-10510U; 16GB RAM / 1TB SSD) — PhP 69,500 (SRP: PhP 80,995)
  • Modern 14 677PH (Intel Core i5-10210U; 8GB RAM / 512GB SSD) — PhP 52,300 (SRP: PhP 60,995)
  • Modern 15 (Intel Core i5-10210U; 8GB RAM / 512GB SSD) — PhP 45,500 (SRP: PhP 52,995)
  • Modern 14 493PH (Intel Core i5-10210U; 8GB RAM / 512GB SSD) — PhP 43,700 (SRP: PhP 50,995)
  • Modern 14 695PH (Intel Core i3-10110U; 8GB RAM / 512GB SSD) — PhP 34,250 (SRP: PhP 39,995)

These exclusive discounts and perks can be had on all MSI authorized resellers nationwide. Visit their website to know more about the Halloween weekend sale.

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Cyberpunk 2077 gets delayed, once again

Fans are fuming with anger

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Cyberpunk 2077 has been delayed again, this time by 21 days. The game was supposed to launch on November 19, but the developer has announced a slight delay, and it’ll be releasing on December 10. Rest assured, fans are furious.

Gamers have had enough of delays and are fuming in anger right now. The game’s initial launch was scheduled for April 2020, but the Coronavirus pandemic radically changed plans. Furthermore, fans are disappointed because the developers had made it certain that the November deadline will be respected.

The reason behind another delay is its compatibility with the next-gen consoles from PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series hitting the markets next month.

“We’re aware it might seem unrealistic when someone says that 21 days can make any difference in such a massive and complex game, but they really do,” director Adam Badowski and CD Projekt co-founder Marcin Iwinski said in a release.

Keep in mind, the developers are working on the game entirely from the work-from-home model. However, CD Projekt Red is indicating the added development time will be all worth it.

The most frustrating part for fans is, the game has been in development for eight years. Apparently, the game was ready-to-play in January itself and has gone Gold already. Going Gold means that the master disc is ready, indicating it’s also ready for release.

So technically, they’ve already created Cyberpunk 2077, and it’s ready for distribution. But, the game awkwardly still isn’t finished. Let’s hope the game released as planned, and there are no more delays. Because, looking at the anger online, another delay could doom the game even before anyone plays it.

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