Rumor: Pokemon GO – What’s Coming Next?

Do you remember Pokemon GO? The smash hit for mobile gaming that echoed around the world? Chances are, you probably pop open the app when you’re walking to a friends house or if you’re bored during a commute. Believe it or not, Pokemon GO is still being played by millions daily. According to IGN, Pokemon GO still has about 65 million daily active users trotting around the globe trying to catch them all. So don’t count the game out just yet, there are updates coming soon that are going to drastically change the game. The Pokemon GO we’ve all been waiting for isn’t behind us, it’s ahead. That’s if the developers keep their word, and rollout updates to make the game truly immersive and competitive once again.

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We’re going through a list of upcoming update rumors that definitely have us excited to venture into the great outdoors again. Let’s just hope these see the light of day…

TRADING

Seems like an obvious addition, I know. Trading has been a staple in Pokemon since the beginning. Trading in Pokemon GO has been eluded to since the first trailer, but there hasn’t been a single inkling of it coming as an actual usable mechanic in the game (besides in the initial beta.) That might be changing in the next big update. Of course this is just a rumor, but according to senior product manager of Niantic, Tatso Namura, “it won’t be through the internet,” when it’s released.

Now some people feel that this defeats the purpose of the game, but think about it, if there are added mechanics to the game, the actual purpose of the gameplay changes. There will be more challenges besides catching Pokemon, picking up Pokestops and fighting over gyms. Trading makes absolute sense, it’s time.

PVP (Player VS Player)

Again, another staple of Pokemon games since the beginning. It seems odd that they’re making these two decade old mechanics seem like an exciting new prospect. Trading and battling should have been something included on day one. Most of us remember that time thought; failing servers, crashing apps, and for a lot of us, insanely hot summer days to contend with. The time for PVP was in 2016, but I myself am excited to see how the developers are going to integrate it. What will the reward system look like if there is one? How will battle be initiated? Not holding my breath just yet, but I think Niantic is finally getting the ball rolling with this game. They have my faith for now.

Legendaries

We’ve had implications of legendary events since the first trailer with the elusive Mewtwo in Times Square. We’ve also had hacking issues involving the three original legendary birds which led to accounts being apparently banned. Now we’re seeing hints at upcoming legendary events in the upcoming months. An actual schedule and official announcements are yet to be see, but Niantic really has to do something to entice users to return.

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Events

So, it seems like Niantic is really committing to their first even July 22nd, 2017 in Chicago’s Grant Park. At the time of writing this it’s uncertain what the event actually entails, but we’ll find out soon enough. Right now it seems just like a large networking even for Pokemon lovers throughout the city, and tourists driving, training or flying in. This sets a pretty cool precedent for Pokemon related events, something I haven’t really attended for almost 20 years. These events might be reminiscent of all the meet-ups that took place during the summer of 2016. Now that the user-base has shrunken it might take actual, official events to get people to congregate the way they did at its peak.

(Tickets go on sale for this event tomorrow, June 19th (by the way.)

It seems there isn’t too groundbreaking going on in the Pokemon GO universe right now. It would be fantastic to see unexpected updates and additions included in the next version. Pokemon GO at its core is a truly fun game that brought people together, and I’m not quite sure lightning will strike twice in this case. It will forever go down in pop culture history as making the summer of 2016 one of the best summers of an angsty millennial’s adult life. I’m all for the phenomenon to pickup again, but like I said before, I’m not holding my breath.

What do you think of the update rumors coming to Pokemon GO? Is it enough to get you playing again or have you been playing every day since release?

E3 2017: Middle-Earth: Shadow of War Details

8:30 PM EST – E3 is in full swing, currently WB Games is streaming new gameplay from the highly anticipated Middle-Earth: Shadow of War. The sequel to the 2014 games takes place in between The Hobbit and The Fellowship of the Ring (for context.) The game reintroduces mechanics very similar to Shadow of Mordor, and improves on them. Not only this, but their hierarchy system has received a huge upgrade, and may be the best new feature of the game completely.

The new mechanic allows orc commanders to expand, and strengthen their army with every victory called “The Nemesis System”. Not only that, but each orc commander will be able to team up with other orc commanders making their army stronger, and much more difficult to defeat. Additionally, these orc commanders will bring special traits to their armies. These Legendary orc commanders will inhabit their own unique lairs which will come with their own set of challenges.

Shadow of Mordor seems to bring the compelling, addictive gameplay from Shadow of War and amplifies it. The battles are bigger, the enemies more grotesque, and the stakes that much higher. Sauron’s army seems like it has gained greater hold of the land, and those of us familiar will the books and films know how it all plays out. Nonetheless, Talion’s story is one that’s as compelling and as immersive as the films and books themselves.

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War is set to be released October 10th, 2017

David Firth shows us the dangerous wonders of “Cream”

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Mixed-media artist David Firth (@DAVID_FIRTH) perhaps most well known for his bizarre, unsettling yet endearing “Salad Fingers” series is still at it and taking the strange to new, chilling heights. His latest released project, a short animated film entitled “Cream”.

The short is animated in a style that will be familiar to fans of Firth’s previous works, but it has taken on a starkly realistic quality, utilizing actual faces, natural textures and drab yet shocking color to truly drive home an atmosphere of strange normalcy. We are first introduced to a new miracle product, a cream, branded as Cream, that appears to be limitless in it’s uses. Cream cures acne, it can cure all ailments major and minor, it can regrow your lawn, it can even (when injected directly into the brain) increase your I.Q.

Our main character, Dr. Bellifer, has struck gold and watches as his invention soars in popularity and cosmic power. There is no stopping Cream. Cream becomes so much more than was originally intended, much to the chagrin of the good doctor. Go on and see for yourself what horrible wonders Cream can commit.

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David Firth is a master of his craft, distorting reality with enough finesse to disturb yet equally draw one into his underlying message. Though the meaning may seem as clear as the blemish on one’s face (there’s a Cream for that.), we are privy to a multi-layered commentary on consumption, medicine, advertising, the ever present menace that can be the media and even our own personal connection to the world outside. Whether intended or not, Firth has command of imagery and dialogue, that when married together generates the reflective surface we so often forget to peer into when making purchases, large and small decisions and most importantly what we put our trust and faith into. Who can we truly say has our best interest at heart?

There is much to be gleaned from this twelve minute meditation on the human condition and how each of us can be manipulated into any reaction given the right circumstance, only to be led back into the fold for another go around.

I can only hope we will see more from Mr. Firth in the very near future, as he continues to terrify, sicken and delight me in good measure.

You can watch ‘Cream’ and many of his other polarizing projects on David’s YouTube Channel here: http://bit.ly/2rVrnRQ

Cosplay Saturday: Meagan Marie

So here at Nerd Hall, we’re all about supporting all aspects of nerd culture. We feel it’s as good a time as ever to celebrate one of the greatest parts of nerd culture in 2017: cosplayers. Every other Saturday will be dedicated to celebrating some of our favorite cosplayers throughout the world.

Today we’re starting with cosplay phenom, Meagan Marie. The first time I discovered Meagan was through my obsession with the Portal series. This was a couple of years ago, and I’m sure I was searching the internet for anything and everything Portal and happened upon this image of Meagan which I thought was absolutely fantastic:

Meagan has a seemingly endless gallery of fantastic cosplays from Amy Pond (Doctor Who) to Laura Croft (Tomb Raider) to Black Canary (Green Arrow) and so, so many others. Meagan, while also being an outstanding cosplayer, is also a writer and the senior community manager at Crystal Dynamics (developer of Tomb Raider.)

Another #LaraCroft shot from #Faiyum in #Egypt! Thank you @arian_shiri_arts! ❤

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To see more of Meagan Marie’s cosplay follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

Marvel’s The Defenders: A Good Defense Is A Great Offense

Marvel’s The Defenders follows Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones). This foursome is out to save New York City from the evils of Sigourney Weaver. As their lives cross intersect thanks in part to Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson). They realize with a good amount of persuading that they just might be stronger when teamed up together.

When watching the trailer I have got to say my grin was from ear to ear. Daredevil pops in interrupting Misty Knight’s interrogation of Jessica and tells Jessica to “stop talking”. Good luck with that Matt.

Then we transition to Luke Cage trying to figure out what a hero really means with good ole Clair guiding him along the way. He then meets up with Iron Fist who tries to smack Luke down with some fancy kungfu (which I hope is a little better in this show then the Iron Fists own). Then we see the glowing hand of the Iron Fist pop Luke Cage’s top right off. In the end Luke doesn’t understand what being an Immortal Iron Fist means and neither do I really.

Then we’re introduced to the big bad Sigourney Weaver, who with the few lines she has seems to steal the show away for me as the main villain. We get to see an, “unhatched” back from the dead, Elektra (Elodie Yung) fighting with Daredevil, which is going to be fun to watch.

Finally cut to one of my favorite scenes, and a fight which takes place in a hallway. These guys sure do seem to love to fight in hallways. But watching all four of them work with their own unique skills of ass-kickery makes it for some amazing Netflix TV.

I’m excited guys. I want this show to be amazing, especially after all the negatives from Iron Fist. Fortunately, I see a lot of good humor and a great chance for this show to ramp up the danger to our heroes. I’m happy to see these guys together, and see all the chemistry at work. I hope Iron Fist gets some good lines in, but only time will tell if it’s just the writing or maybe Finn Jones just wasn’t the best call. Prove me wrong Defenders, prove me wrong.

Marvel’s The Defenders is a Netflix original series which will launch globally on August 18, 2017.

Did Iron Fist let you down? Are you disappointed it’ll only be an 8 episode run for the series? Let us know what you think of the series in the comments below.

Roseanne Was One Of The Best Family Shows Of All Time

Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, and Sara Gilbert are ready to go with the revival of the popular sitcom Roseanne. It may or may not end up on either broadcast networks or streaming services, they’re currently shopping around. I wouldn’t be surprised if Netflix or Amazon snatch it up. The original Roseanne ran for nine seasons on ABC, so another possible home is it coming back to where it all started.

The show was widely praised for shining a light on the working class American families of the time.

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The series saw the Conner family try to eek out a living in the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois. You might know one of the cast member since they’re on the popular TV show Big Bang Theory, Johnny Galecki who played David on Roseanne. Sara Chalke also starred in an immensely popular comedy sitcom by the name of Scrubs. The show and cast received numerous awards ranging from Emmys to Golden Globes. Roseanne herself won a Golden Globe and an Emmy from this long running sitcom.

The trend of reviving old shows is on the rise. We’ve had Prison Break start airing on Fox in April. Last year Netflix debuted the continuation of Gilmore Girls to give the fans some closure, with more episodes possibly on the way. X-Files, Fuller House, and Twin Peaks are all on the way to either starting or continuing on with more episodes. And if you’re interested in Twin Peaks, we have some new set photos up!

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I for one am excited for Roseanne to be back in some form. The family dynamic was one of the most real-to-life adaptations in my book. I just miss Dan and Roseanne most of all.

What was your favorite sitcom of the 90’s? Do you think this trend in revivals is a good thing, or a bad one? Let me know in the comments below!

Introducing New? Nintendo 2DS XL… Oh Boy.

Nintendo has given up on the 3D ideals that launched their original Nintendo 3DS. The New Nintendo 2DS XL features all the glitz and the glam of their previous NEW Nintendo 3DS XL except for one major component, the 3D.

Although I must say this new sleek design does appeal a lot to me. It practically looks like they slapped an iPhone to the top of this thing. They’ve done away with making it more “little kid friendly”. The first 2DS was built like a brick that could withstand a couple of late night tosses to the ground when things didn’t go your way, like when you you lost a character in Fire Emblem: Awakening.

If I were to run a poll right now on how many of you actually use the 3D functions of your 3DS, most of you would probably say “never use it”. The 2Ds was up for a new iteration since the original didn’t have the c-nibblet for enhanced control of your camera in games like Monster Hunter: Generations

I feel like this revision to the hardware is a last breath for the line of 3DS/2DS consoles. We have the Nintendo Switch going forward, so as to not eat their own tail Nintendo might want to make a few more quick bucks before bucking this aging system.

The 3DS has some of the best games in Nintendo’s combined library to date. I still love playing Lugi’s Mansion Dark Moon and The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds. Although, I’m looking forward to playing on my Nintendo Switch far more.

I will say this, the console market could keep this system going due to it being smaller than the Nintendo Switch, but I’m hoping for new innovation in the handheld space which I believe the Nintendo Switch provides at this point.

Who’s interested in buying the New Nintendo 2DS XL? Who bought the old one just recently and now regrets it? Let me know in the comments below!

If you’ve enjoyed this article then you should have a gander at my Severed review!  And see why I believe Nintendo’s Arms is a game changer for the Nintendo Switch.

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