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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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Marvel’s Spider-Man Limited Edition PS4 Pro bundle coming September 7

This can’t come soon enough!

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We were already overwhelmed by the three pre-order versions of Marvel’s Spider-Man announced back in April for the PS4, but little did we know that a limited edition PS4 Pro bundle is going to swing by, as well.

Launching alongside the game on September 7, the special bundle is going to retail for US$ 399. It’ll include a Spider-Man-themed PS4 Pro console and matching DualShock controller. Of course, it’ll ship with the game itself.

See for yourself:

Are you as hyped as we are? Consoles designed after specific titles often go for a more subtle look, but this version absolutely nails the Spider-Man logo and glossy red hue.

If you haven’t gotten yourself a PS4 Pro yet, September 7 may be the perfect time.

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3 reasons why the remastered Spyro should get you excited

PlayStation’s lovable purple dragon gets his college bloom

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20 years ago, Insomniac Games revealed PlayStation’s newest mascot since 1996’s Crash Bandicoot himself: Spyro the Dragon. Much like the dragons you’ve seen in movies, Spyro spits fire and charges at his enemies head on. He goes around different worlds, saving its denizens from evil monsters, egg-stealing thieves, and powerful bosses. For the typical 90s kid who owned a PlayStation from 1998 to 2000, the Spyro trilogy was an instant classic.

Now, Spyro returns in his bold, new self in Activision’s remaster of the popular Spyro trilogy: the Reignited Trilogy. The lovable purple dragon gets the nod for a full-blown remaster, and 90s kids couldn’t be any happier!

Here are three reasons why this remaster should get you excited:

Remastered from the ground up

By this time, you have seen a glimpse of the remastered Spyro from major gaming sites and at E3 2018. According to Activision’s press release, the remaster almost comes close to that of a remake. All elements found within the game, from the terrain in the different worlds to the creatures in each stage, have been given the high-definition treatment.

It’s not just all aesthetics, however. Video game developer Toys For Bob made sure that the remaster did justice to the original trilogy, while adding a full-blown cinematic feel to it. All of Spyro’s friends across the three games received their own enhancements, partnered with improvements in reward sequences and updated controls. It’s as if the entire trilogy had gone through a college bloom!

New controls, same old Spyro

One of the things that Toys For Bob emphasized for the remaster is how it stays true to the original games. The old PS1 trilogy had very sticky controls for a 3D platforming game, and there was no immediate use for the right analog stick before. Back then, you needed to use the trigger buttons to look around, and the camera made it difficult to jump from one spot to another.

In the Reignited Trilogy, these problems are addressed with full use of the right analog stick. The controls provide a smoother experience to complement the various visual enhancements. However, Toys For Bob enhanced the original background music in all the games, and also kept Spyro’s abilities intact. Toby Schadt, Design Director for Toys For Bob, focused on keeping Spyro’s movement metrics as close as possible to the original’s.

Expanded availability

Obviously, the original trilogy was a PlayStation-exclusive in 1998. But Activision made the move to make the remastered trilogy available for both the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One simultaneously. This was a move the company had not done with the remastered Crash trilogy, as the Xbox release was a year after the PlayStation release. This game’s release date has been set to September 21, 2018 — 20 years and 11 days after the original release in 1998.

While there are no reports yet for its availability for the PC and Nintendo Switch, you can guarantee that it will happen. Following the release of the Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy for the PC and Switch, there’s good reason for Activision to do the same for Spyro. For reference, Toys For Bob worked on the Crash remake for the Switch.

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Singtel introduces PVP eSports Championship

The telco’s next step in the world of gaming

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Singaporean telco giant Singtel has announced its latest eSports initiative, the PVP eSports Championship. It will be a multi-title regional eSports league from October 5 to 7, 2018 with a prize pool of US$ 300,000. For executives, the tournament is part of their efforts towards gaming within the Asia-Pacific region.

The tournament is done in partnership with industry players Razer, MET, Garena, and Blizzard. It will feature the popular PC game Dota 2 and Garena’s popular mobile game Arena of Valor. The Singapore leg of Blizzard’s global tour will also feature their popular game Hearthstone during the tournament.

Teams from Australia, India, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and the Philippines will compete in local qualifiers organized by Singtel. The winning teams will then move on to the Grand Finals in Singapore, where they will compete against professional teams from North America, Europe, and China. The tournament also serves as Singtel’s opportunity to scout for Singapore’s own eSports team, which they wish to sponsor for future competitions.

Singtel hopes that the tournament builds upon current gaming initiatives from telcos like Globe in the Philippines and Telkomsel in Indonesia. Singtel CEO Arthur Lang recognizes the power of mobile gaming within the region, with smartphones being the main gaming device. “Telcos have every right to play in the growing gaming ecosystem,” Lang said in a statement.

To know more about the upcoming tournament and how to get there, you can visit its official website or MET’s official post. Singtel will provide details on streaming services for the tournament in the future.

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