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Fortnite players can now fish for items on the ground

Fortnite players can now fish for items on the ground

Fortnite's 11th season ushered in Chapter 2, a major update to the game that added an entirely new map, including far more robust bodies of water that can be used for boating and swimming. One of the new items added to the game complements that upgrade: the fishing pole. Until now, players could only use the fishing pole to fish for items in the water, but Epic has changed that with new ground-fishing capabilities.

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Blizzard did not just apologize for Hong Kong

Blizzard did not just apologize for Hong Kong

China was watching as Blizzard Entertainment president J. Allen Brack walked onstage today at BlizzCon. Knowing full well that this event might be overshadowed by the biggest Blizzard-related news of the latter half of the year, Brack began the first major presentation of the event with what might've appeared to be an apology. He did use the word "sorry", but he did not use the words "China" or "Hong Kong" whatsoever.

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Overwatch 2 confirmed with big focus on co-op content

Overwatch 2 confirmed with big focus on co-op content

Diablo 4 wasn't the only big reveal of BlizzCon 2019's opening ceremony, as Blizzard also announced Overwatch 2. Rumors and whispers heading into BlizzCon 2019 suggested such a reveal was going to happen, and it turns out they were right. Overwatch 2 will apparently put a heavier emphasis on PvE content, though fans who enjoy Overwatch's PvP modes will be taken care of as well.

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Diablo 4 reveal headlines BlizzCon 2019

Diablo 4 reveal headlines BlizzCon 2019

As expected, Blizzard opened BlizzCon 2019 with the reveal of Diablo 4. Just like earlier leaks suggested, Diablo 4 sees the rise of a new Prime Evil: Lilith, the daughter of Mephisto. The game seems to be a return to form for the Diablo series, as Blizzard promises a game that is a lot darker in tone. Indeed, the two trailers Blizzard debuted today got that message across loud and clear, as they definitely aren't warm and inviting.

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BlizzCon 2019 opening ceremony: Where and when to watch

BlizzCon 2019 opening ceremony: Where and when to watch

Later today, BlizzCon 2019 will kick off, and many of us are expecting it to be a big show. After an underwhelming BlizzCon 2018, rumor has it that Blizzard will pull out the big guns this year, revealing both Diablo 4 and Overwatch 2. When you consider that we'll probably also see new announcements regarding World of Warcraft and Hearthstone, it should be a pretty big show.

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Mario Kart Tour multiplayer beta arrives in December, but only if you pay up

Mario Kart Tour multiplayer beta arrives in December, but only if you pay up

Back in September, Mario Kart Tour launched for iOS and Android without a component many consider critical to the Mario Kart experience: multiplayer. Racing against other humans is one of the main draws of the Mario Kart franchise as a whole, so it was definitely strange to see Mario Kart Tour launch without it. Nintendo will be fixing that particular oversight in December, launching a real-time multiplayer beta at some point during the month.

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Lucky Pokemon GO users found 2x happy accidents this morning

Lucky Pokemon GO users found 2x happy accidents this morning

Today we're looking at a variety of changes made to Pokemon GO this morning - the most interesting of which was a tiny mistake in the moves code. Those players who had Pokemon with the move "Giga Impact" could've (and in some cases did seem to) take advantage of a listed power of 9001 instead of just 200. This level of power in a single Pokemon move in Pokemon GO would, essentially, devastate any Pokemon opponent.

Giga Impact Power!

According to sources including Poke Miners, the Pokemon move "Giga Impact" had a lot more power than normal for a short period this morning. At approximately 16:53 hours on October 31 (last night), PokeMiners reported that changes had started to be made to the game's code - including moves like Giga Impact and Locked On. Giga Impact, at that time, had its power changed to 150.

At some point between then and approximately 7:24 AM this morning, another change was made, and the move Giga Impact had a listed power of 9001! That's enough power to knock out basically any Pokemon in the game in one go! The 7:24 AM update changed the power of Giga Impact to 200 instead of that whopping 9001. The image you see below shows one of the effects of the Mistaken Evolutions in the next section. This image comes from 8bitCR on The Silph Road.

Mistaken Evolutions

A few other oddities were in play for a while this week, too, fixed just this morning. One was an evolution of Bellsprout. Instead of Bellsprout's standard evolution into Weepinbell, it was reportedly evolving into Sandslash!

At the same time, reports suggest that the Pokemon Victreebel had a new evolution option - evolving into Dugtrio! It would appear that this was more of a mistaken image file situation, where a Diglett looked like a Victreebel, instead of an actual Victreebel having the ability to evolve into Dugtrio.

Shadow updates!

Another major set of Shadow Pokemon additions were made to the game's latest game files! You'll find these Pokemon listed in the image above! This could have a lot to do with the mistaken identities in evolutions above - or it could just mean we're about to get a very DARK FUTURE!

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PUBG Mobile is getting a Payload Mode based on classic battle royale

PUBG Mobile is getting a Payload Mode based on classic battle royale

Tencent is preparing to add a new game mode to hit battle royale mobile game PUBG Mobile: Payload Mode, an option that brings new heavy weapons, Super Weapon Crates, a helicopter, and more. Tencent says Payload Mode is based on the classic battle royale experience, making it possible to attack opponents from land, sea, and air using a variety of vehicles and weaponry.

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Diablo 4 leak has good news for Diablo 2 fans

Diablo 4 leak has good news for Diablo 2 fans

BlizzCon is set to kick off tomorrow, and Blizzard is widely expected to reveal Diablo 4 during the show. As with many expected big-name reveals, there have been a number of leaks surrounding the game, and the latest one paints an encouraging picture for those who have a soft spot for Diablo 2. It seems that Blizzard has looked to Diablo 2 for a lot of inspiration for Diablo 4, which should make a lot of franchise fans happy.

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Pokemon GO Regice, Regirock, Registeel: The best Shiny legends and counters

Pokemon GO Regice, Regirock, Registeel: The best Shiny legends and counters

There's a Pokemon GO Battle you're about to drop in on with Regice or Registeel, and you'd like to know the best Pokemon counters. The good news here is that while these Pokemon have a different set of Pokemon Types, they've got relatively similar best-possible counters with which you'll be able to take them down.

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Apex Legends is finally getting a duos mode, but there’s a catch

Apex Legends is finally getting a duos mode, but there’s a catch

Since launching earlier this year, Apex Legends has stood out from other games in the battle royale genre by putting players into three-man teams and not offering other modes aside from that. While titles like Fortnite and PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds allow players to drop in solo, in duos, or in squads of four, Apex Legends has mostly stuck to that three-man formula.

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Switch Lite is the star of Nintendo’s latest financials: Here’s why

Switch Lite is the star of Nintendo’s latest financials: Here’s why

Nintendo has delivered its financials for the half-year period ending September 30th, 2019, and in that report's wake, it seems we can say the the Switch Lite is off to a strong start. Nintendo says that over the first half of its fiscal year, it sold 6.93 million Nintendo Switch consoles, 1.95 million of which were Switch Lites.

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