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World’s largest Pokémon Go gathering – who’s going?

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Now that servers are back online, only the weather stands in the way of what could be the world’s largest gathering of Pokémon Go trainers.

What started off as a Facebook Event among friends has the potential to explode into a major gathering.


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When the event was first planned, #ChicagoPokémonGo founders Samuel Guerrero and Ryan Harvey had only intended to organize a mini gathering among friends. But following extensive media coverage thousands have signed-up for the first of its kind Pokémon Go trainer gathering.

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As of this writing 11,000 people have RSVPed for the event with another 27,000 expressing their interest to show up.

If everyone shows up as expected, Chicago is on track to entering the Guinness record books as the largest gathering of Pokémon Go fans in the world.

While Montreal is trying to set the World Record next weekend Chicago is on its way to beating them to the punch today.

Folks are asked to wear a Pokémon style outfits and to bring a power bank, considering how much Pokémon Go is a battery drain. The event will kick off at Chicago’s iconic Cloud Gate also known as “The Bean” in downtown at Millennium Park at 2 p.m. — early Monday morning in Asia.

GadgetMatch will be there to bring you all the updates.

We don’t want to jinx it, but the only thing that can stop this mega event is another server crash or the forecasted thunderstorms.

UPDATE: The weather was beautiful but servers were down, not sure if it had anything to do with the Canada launch hours before.

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Based on our estimates about 2,000 Pokéfans showed up at Millennium Park today. Fans were divided into 3 groups and were supposed to battle for control over several Poké Gyms in the area.

Check out our photo gallery below.

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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.


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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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