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Boston Police Prevent Violent Plot At The 2015 Pokémon World Championship

The 2015 Pokémon World Championship took place in Boston this weekend, and police are reporting it arrested of a pair of men on Friday threatening violence against attendees.

According to a report from myfoxboston.com, police were alerted to threats on social media and the pair, 18-year-old Kevin Norton and 27-year-old James Stumbo, were prevented from entering the convention center where the championship was taking place by security. Police later obtained a warrant to search the duo's car and found a collection of unlicensed firearms. Norton and Stumbo were arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and other firearm related offenses.

The Pokémon Company offered a statement to myfoxboston.com saying, "Prior to the event this weekend, our community of players made us aware of a security issue. We gathered information and gave it as soon as possible to the authorities at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center who acted swiftly and spearheaded communication with the Boston Police Department. Due to quick action, the potential threat was resolved. The Pokémon Company International takes the safety of our fans seriously and will continue to ensure proper security measures are a priority."

Thanks to the work of the police and the private security on staff at the Hynes Convention Center, the championship concluded without a hitch.

[Source: myfoxboston.com, via Kotaku]

 

Our Take
It's terrible that anyone would conceive to attack on an event like this – one celebrating a game designed for young players. It's great, however, that the duo didn't even make it through the front door and were apprehended by police before anything could happen.

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PSA: Pokémon Omega Ruby And Alpha Sapphire Owners Get Free Shiny Rayquaza

Those of you still playing Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire have something waiting for you in your Mystery Gift box. Log in to get another free, powerful Pokémon for your collection.

This time up, it’s a Level 70 Shiny Rayquaza. The serpentine monster comes with Dragon Ascent, making it that much more powerful as it both damages opponents and lowers their defense. Once you download the Rayquaza via Mystery Gift, it will be waiting for you in a Pokémon Center. You can get your very own Shiny until September 14.

The giveaway coincides with an announcement of the 2015 World Pokémon Championships. Taking place in Boston from August 21 through 23, players will square off in the Pokémon video games and trading card game.

You can read more about the championships on the Pokémon website.

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What’s Going On With Pokémon This Year?

Every year since the release of Pokémon Platinum on Nintendo DS in 2009, Game Freak has released a core Pokémon game on a Nintendo handheld. Unless there are some surprise announcements in store, it looks like 2015 will break Game Freak’s pattern for the first time in six years.

In 2014, we were made aware of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire in May. The game had a small presence at E3 in June, and it had a simultaneous worldwide release in November of the same year. Pokémon X and Y were announced even earlier in the year with its reveal in January 2013, and its worldwide release nine months later. It’s currently July, and as far as we know, there is no core Pokémon planned for release this fall.

It’s a strange year to be a Pokémon fan. In 2015, in terms of new Pokémon releases, we’ve seen Pokémon Rumble World on 3DS and the free-to-play Pokémon Shuffle. Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon is coming later this year, and arcades in Japan will receive Pokkén Tournament soon – a game that may not be making it stateside. It’s a tangential addition, but Super Smash Bros. also saw Mewtwo added as a fighter in April.

Compared to other franchises on the same level of popularity as Pokémon, three new releases and some notable DLC in another game is a lot. Even without a mainline Pokémon game, no one is at a loss to play with Pokémon at some capacity, and you can’t reasonably complain there needs to be more. But the lack of a core entry, and not even a tease of one being on the way, raises some eyebrows.

Game Freak certainly deserves a Pokémon break. It partnered with Sega to release Tembo the Badass Elephant recently, and has plenty of non-Pokémon games in its development history; the studio has always had more than just monsters in its pockets, even if nothing has ever quite hit at the same level as Pokémon. The studio is also dabbling in mobile with the Trading Card Game on tablets, so that is likely also keeping Game Freak busy.

The answer to Pokémon’s absence may be a simple one, however. Core Pokémon games are, simply, demanding to make at such in impressive pace, and Game Freak may not have been able to keep up this year. As is the case with every video game, as technology increases, so do the resources required to make a game, and the series has recently modernized to a strong degree.

Pokémon X & Y, which marked the biggest technological leap forward in the series’ history, took three years to develop. We asked series producer Junichi Masuda about how long a modern Pokémon game takes to create after the release of X & Y, and the timeline is surprising. "The conceptual planning for Pokémon X and Pokémon Y began before Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version were released," Masuda told us in the interview. "The idea for the game first arose around June of 2010. Then we spent three years developing the game, and – when you include the localization work – it ended up being a big project on which around 500 people were involved."

The release of X & Y and Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire were a year and a month apart, which is hugely surprising considering X & Y (which admittedly was a huge technical step forward from the previous year’s Black & White 2), took three years and around 500 people to create. The schedule the studio had maintained for six years to release annual Pokémon titles was bound to require a gap at some point, and it seems 2015 may be it.

We’ve grown accustomed to a new Pokémon game ever year, but a franchise can grow tired and stale with too many entries, even one as beloved as Pokémon. We’ll miss the chance to learn about new creatures and explore a new Pokémon region in 2015, but maybe it’s the break we all didn’t realize we needed.

For more answers to questions about Pokémon, like what's inside a Pokéball? Or what does Rare Candy taste like? Head here. For a poem about all the weird reasons trainers start fights in the world of Pokémon, head here.

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This Pokémon Blue Speedrun will Break Your Mind

Games Done Quick speedrunners ripped through Pokémon Blue and all 150 Pokémon in under two hours, and then raced the game blindfolded for kicks.

Games Done Quick, which is still going strong and has raised just over $ 800,000 for Doctors Without Borders, is no stranger to impressive displays of speedrun prowess, but the recent Pokémon Blue run stands out. Shenanagans ripped through the game in under two hours catching every Pokémon and breaking the game in a number of fascinating ways. Afterwards Keizaron joined Shenanagans for a blindfoleded race where the two competed to see who could beat the game first.

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For more Games Done Quick coverage, which is happening in Game Informer's home state of Minnesota, follow the links for videos where the runners came by our office to play Bloodborne, Gunstar Heroes, and Crystal's Pony Tales. You can also head here to see pictures from the event.

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What’s Going On With Pokémon This Year?

Every year since the release of Pokémon Platinum on Nintendo DS in 2009, Game Freak has released a core Pokémon game on a Nintendo handheld. Unless there are some surprise announcements in store, it looks like 2015 will break Game Freak’s pattern for the first time in six years.

In 2014, we were made aware of Pokémon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire in May. The game had a small presence at E3 in June, and it had a simultaneous worldwide release in November of the same year. Pokémon X and Y were announced even earlier in the year with its reveal in January 2013, and its worldwide release nine months later. It’s currently July, and as far as we know, there is no core Pokémon planned for release this fall.

It’s a strange year to be a Pokémon fan. In 2015, in terms of new Pokémon releases, we’ve seen Pokémon Rumble World on 3DS and the free-to-play Pokémon Shuffle. Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon is coming later this year, and arcades in Japan will receive Pokkén Tournament soon – a game that may not be making it stateside. It’s a tangential addition, but Super Smash Bros. also saw Mewtwo added as a fighter in April.

Compared to other franchises on the same level of popularity as Pokémon, three new releases and some notable DLC in another game is a lot. Even without a mainline Pokémon game, no one is at a loss to play with Pokémon at some capacity, and you can’t reasonably complain there needs to be more. But the lack of a core entry, and not even a tease of one being on the way, raises some eyebrows.

Game Freak certainly deserves a Pokémon break. It partnered with Sega to release Tembo the Badass Elephant recently, and has plenty of non-Pokémon games in its development history; the studio has always had more than just monsters in its pockets, even if nothing has ever quite hit at the same level as Pokémon. The studio is also dabbling in mobile with the Trading Card Game on tablets, so that is likely also keeping Game Freak busy.

The answer to Pokémon’s absence may be a simple one, however. Core Pokémon games are, simply, demanding to make at such in impressive pace, and Game Freak may not have been able to keep up this year. As is the case with every video game, as technology increases, so do the resources required to make a game, and the series has recently modernized to a strong degree.

Pokémon X & Y, which marked the biggest technological leap forward in the series’ history, took three years to develop. We asked series producer Junichi Masuda about how long a modern Pokémon game takes to create after the release of X & Y, and the timeline is surprising. "The conceptual planning for Pokémon X and Pokémon Y began before Pokémon Black Version and Pokémon White Version were released," Masuda told us in the interview. "The idea for the game first arose around June of 2010. Then we spent three years developing the game, and – when you include the localization work – it ended up being a big project on which around 500 people were involved."

The release of X & Y and Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire were a year and a month apart, which is hugely surprising considering X & Y (which admittedly was a huge technical step forward from the previous year’s Black & White 2), took three years and around 500 people to create. The schedule the studio had maintained for six years to release annual Pokémon titles was bound to require a gap at some point, and it seems 2015 may be it.

We’ve grown accustomed to a new Pokémon game ever year, but a franchise can grow tired and stale with too many entries, even one as beloved as Pokémon. We’ll miss the chance to learn about new creatures and explore a new Pokémon region in 2015, but maybe it’s the break we all didn’t realize we needed.

For more answers to questions about Pokémon, like what's inside a Pokéball? Or what does Rare Candy taste like? Head here. For a poem about all the weird reasons trainers start fights in the world of Pokémon, head here.

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This Is What Pokémon Looks Like As A Gorgeous Open-World Game

We've already seen what Mario looks like running around projects created with Unreal Engine 4. Now it's another Nintendo IP's turn. This video shows off what the original three starter Pokémon look like beyond the limits of Nintendo's handhelds, complete with Charmander spewing fire.

The video below is from YouTube's CryZENx. You can watch Charmander breathe fire and run along the sprawling green fields, filled with trees and a pack of wandering deer.

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An open-world Pokémon has remained high on fans' wishlists for years, and this tease makes the possibility all the more enticing. But would Nintendo ever go for it to this degree?

[Source: CryZENx via Kotaku]

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Pokémon Creator’s Elephant-Themed Action Platformer Stampedes Onto Consoles Tomorrow

Pokémon creators Game Freak and Sega are set to unleash a commando elephant on the unsuspecting public.

This colorful, SNES style action platformer puts players in the role of a militarized pachyderm who joins a human war at the behest of his former colonel, whose hometown is being invaded. With the ability to stampede through anything in his path, crush foes with a powerful butt stomp, and fire water from his snout as a ranged attack, Tembo turns the tide of the war through 18 levels. Check out the launch trailer here:

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You can also watch Kyle, Tim, and Reiner play the game on a recent Test Chamber. Tembo the Badass Elephant is available tomorrow on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or PC for $ 14.99. 

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Diancie Returns To Pokémon Alpha Sapphire And Omega Ruby This Weekend Only Via Distribution Event

The Pokémon Company is giving players a second chance to claim the mythical pokémon Diancie, and this time you can do it from the comfort of your own home.

The rock/fairy type pokémon will be distributed via the Nintendo Network for both Pokémon Omega Ruby and Pokémon Alpha Sapphire. The event only runs from July 24 to July 27, meaning this could be your only chance to snag this rare pokémon. To obtain Diancie, you simply need to boot up the game and look in the Mystery Gift section. Watch the video below to see its powerful abilities in action.

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Be sure to grab the Diancite Mega Stone as well by visiting an in-game Pokémon Center with Diancie; having that stone will allow Diancie to Mega Evolve and dole out some serious damage. 

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Test Chamber – From The Makers Of Pokémon, Tembo The Badass Elephant

Game Freak is best known for its Pokémon games, but it is capable of much more, and Tembo the Badass Elephant is a good example.

Join myself, Tim Turi, and Andrew Reiner, as we take quite literally our first look at the latest non-Pokémon game from developer Game Freak. Tembo is a Rambo-inspired elephant super-soldier with a destructive nature and surprising speed. In the video below, we rip through the game's first few levels and walk away pleased with our first taste of the game. The game is coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC soon.

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Pokemon is dethroned: Japan’s bestselling games for 2014

Yo-Kai Watch outsells Pokémon, Monster Hunter continues its reign, and more — in a comprehensive list of Japan’s 1,000 best-selling games of 2014. …


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