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Pokemon Sword and Shield launch event axed last-minute and speculation is rampant

Pokemon Sword and Shield launch event axed last-minute and speculation is rampant

We're now a week out from the launch of Pokemon Sword and Shield, which are scheduled to launch on the Nintendo Switch on November 15th. What should be an exciting launch has been marred with controversy, as a number of leaks have indicated major cuts to the Pokedex in Pokemon Sword and Shield. A number of longtime fans of the franchise seem to take issue with that, leading to conversations about Sword and Shield that are dominated by talk of the incomplete national Pokedex.

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The Outer Worlds is coming to Switch sooner than we expected

The Outer Worlds is coming to Switch sooner than we expected

In the lead up to the release of The Outer Worlds, developer Obsidian revealed that the game will be coming to Switch. This came as a big surprise to a lot of folks, though in the time since that announcement was made, we haven't heard much more about the Switch version. That, unfortunately, means that there's been no talk of a release date.

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Sony Worldwide Studios is getting a new chief – just in time for PlayStation 5

Sony Worldwide Studios is getting a new chief – just in time for PlayStation 5

There's a pretty big shake up going on at Sony Interactive Entertainment's Worldwide Studios today, as Guerrilla Games co-founder Hermen Hulst has been announced as the new head of the company. That means current president Shuhei Yoshida will be stepping down from that role, but he isn't leaving Sony - instead, he's heading up a new initiative primarily focused around independent developers and the games they make.

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Razer takes requests for a new left-handed mouse for gaming

Razer takes requests for a new left-handed mouse for gaming

At the tail end of last month, Razer announced plans to produce a left-handed variant of its Naga gaming mouse. Finding gaming mice dedicated to the lefties of the world can be a challenge sometimes, and that's especially true if you're looking for a mouse with a large number of hotkeys like the Naga. However, Razer makes it clear that creating a mouse for a low-demand market - underserved though it may be - is a costly endeavor, so it's asking those interested in buying one to pre-register for the device.

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Nintendo Black Friday 2019 gives Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Switch bundle pole-position

Nintendo Black Friday 2019 gives Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Switch bundle pole-position

We're quickly closing in on Black Friday, which means that the holiday shopping season is about to kick into gear. Nintendo is getting out in front of much of the crowd by revealing its Black Friday deals a little early this year, with a Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Switch bundle acting as the headliner. As always, Nintendo won't be offering a ton of super deep discounts, but this could be a good chance to pick up some of the Switch's best games without having to pay full retail price.

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Pokemon GO Wayfarer public release and requirements

Pokemon GO Wayfarer public release and requirements

Pokemon GO Wayfarer is the only way Pokemon GO players can officially submit new Pokestops to Niantic - but it's not made for everyone. Until now, the "Wayfarer" system has been limited to early testers only. Starting as early as November 11, 2019, Wayfarer will be released to the public for all players of Pokemon GO - provided they're Level 40 in the game.

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Steam Cloud Gaming could challenge Google Stadia, Microsoft xCloud

Steam Cloud Gaming could challenge Google Stadia, Microsoft xCloud

Cloud-powered game streaming is really nothing new but Google's announcement of its Stadia service put the technology back in the headlines. It won't be alone, though as Microsoft is gearing up to launch its own Project xCloud service and you can bet Sony's PlayStation won't be far behind. With some big names getting their feet wet in this still tiny game streaming market, it might not be surprising to hear that Valve may soon make its own play with something called Steam Cloud Gaming.

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Gaming addiction in China leads to heavy curfew for minors

Gaming addiction in China leads to heavy curfew for minors

Gaming addiction, which the World Health Organization (WHO) recently categorized as a mental health disorder, is still a heavily debated topic in both psychological circles as well as governments. While some might not be quick to label it as a mental health issue, it's hard to deny that it is causing problems, especially for impressionable young people. Perhaps unsurprisingly, China is now reported to be imposing some very harsh restrictions when it comes to minors playing online games, a bit ironic considering the country's position in the gaming market.

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Fortnite players get free V-Bucks over false ban warnings

Fortnite players get free V-Bucks over false ban warnings

Earlier this week, Fortnite players were caught off guard by the sudden appearance of a warning screen that threatened to ban the player's account over 'teaming.' The warning was appearing for users while they were spectating players who were still in the match, resulting in concerned posts on Reddit and Twitter. Epic is using V-Bucks to make up for the scare.

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Razer Basilisk Ultimate and X HyperSpeed mouse details defy gaming norm

Razer Basilisk Ultimate and X HyperSpeed mouse details defy gaming norm

On November 6, 2019, Razer revealed two new gaming mouse devices, the Razer Basilisk Ultimate, and the Razer Basilisk X HyperSpeed. These gaming mice were also wireless, working with the company's own branded "Razer HypeSpeed" technology that they suggested was "25% faster than any other wireless gaming technologies." Razer also suggested that these mice had the lowest click latency with said Razer HyperSpeed tech onboard, with "improved Adaptive Frequency Hopping" to boot.

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Super Smash Bros Ultimate Terry Bogard DLC detailed and released

Super Smash Bros Ultimate Terry Bogard DLC detailed and released

As promised, today Nintendo and Sora Ltd published a deep dive into Super Smash Bros. Ultimate's latest DLC fighter, Terry Bogard. Terry has been the main protagonist of SNK's Fatal Fury franchise since the very first game, so the character's long fighting game history makes him a clear choice for something like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Minecraft Earth Early Access available now in the UK and more countries

Minecraft Earth Early Access available now in the UK and more countries

The success of Pokemon GO opened up a new mobile gaming market that many want to cash in on. But as the reception of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite proved, not even developer Niantic Labs itself is always able to replicate that success. Many have tried to use that same collection and location-based formula and almost all have failed. Microsoft-owned Mojang is now also trying to get its and your feet wet with Minecraft Earth and it is now making its unique spin available in nine more locations around the world.

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