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Pokemon Go: Milwaukee County lawsuit injunction and preparing for legendaries

Back in February, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, tried to prevent Pokemon Go player-inflicted park damage by requiring ARG developers, including Niantic, to acquire permits before implementing games within the park. The county was subsequently sued by Texas Rope’ Em dev Candy Lab AR this past spring, and now, a judge has granted an injunction blocking enforcement of the ordinance until after the lawsuit’s been resolved, noting not only that it’s unconstitutional but nearly impossible to execute.

In happier POGO news, Legendary Pokemon are coming to Pokemon Go. Unlike other Pokemon, Legendaries cannot be put into gyms to defend, but they should make raids a little bit easier. Trainers at the Chicago event will have a set of challenges to meet, but players not attending also need to help out. PokemonGO Hub has a great chart for finding out when the events begin if you need a little guidance. On the way to legendaries, players can unlock bonuses to just about everything, from Star Dust to increased spawns.

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Skyforge celebrates its second anniversary with giveaways, trivia contest

While you weren’t looking — or maybe you were — Skyforge tucked two years of live operation under its belt. The sci-fi action MMORPG is celebrating its second anniversary this month, starting with daily login rewards that dole out, among other things, actual halo and angel wings. Don’t let it go to your head (literally).

The team’s also hosting a Trivia of the Gods contest to anyone who wants to take a stab at answering all things Skyforge. This takes place online, and while there are special prizes for the winners, everyone who completes it will get a participation prize. Aww.

When you’re done getting drunk on golden mead or whatever it is that unpredictable gods do, you can leap back into the Pantheon Wars in the game. The team recently elaborated on the win conditions of this epic struggle, so make sure you read that if you’re participating.

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Master X Master kicks off the ranked preseason

Listen, we need to have a talk about your MOBA dedication. You’ve been taking too much time off, seeing the sun too often, and slacking on your team practice time. It’s time to get serious about your Master X Master skills because the ranked preseason began today.

Wait, preseason? What’s that about? As Season One approaches for the game’s competitive scene, there is a four week lead-up during which players can get used to the ranked environment and become eligible for ranked Titan Ruins matches. To accomplish the latter, you’ll need to be level 40 and have unlocked at least 12 characters.

The preseason period isn’t only for fun and practice; there are several rewards to be attained for those who climb up to the grand master rank. Even if you aren’t that good, you can still get a free rare token to buy special skins if you complete five matches.

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Wargaming’s WWII games remember the rescue at Dunkirk

In time for this weekend’s blockbuster release of Dunkirk, Wargaming’s World War II games will all be hosting special events to tie into the movie and remember the enormous evacuation in 1940 that saved a bulk of the British army from the advancing Nazi war machine.

Each game has its own Dunkirk-related activities and rewards, starting with World of Tanks, which offers premium vehicles for those who run certain missions. Operation Dynamo stages the nailbiting battle and operation in World of Warships, and pilots will take to the skies in World of Warplanes to defend the troops.

The team said that it modeled 1,232 buildings to recreate Dunkirk for this event: “In Operation Dynamo, ships are moving from Dunkirk to Dover through massive minefields of the Dover Strait. The Dunkirk coast is a narrow strip of land on the bottom of the Operation area. Even then, the team put a monumental effort into recreating the city of Dunkirk. Our 3-D artists literally pieced together the town based on hundreds of photos made before and during World War II.”

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Diablo III activates double XP weekend tomorrow as an ‘apology’ for a Patch 2.6 exploit

A Diablo III exploit has caused some stress and rampant cheating within the community lately, leading to a hotfix, rollback, and bonus XP event on the part of Blizzard.

About a week ago, issues arose with Patch 2.6 that led the team to taking measures to make sure that the start of Season 11 would go smoothly. This has led to hotfixes and a wipe of the era leaderboards, as well as a rollback on legendary gem levels following a discovered exploit.

As an apology for the confusion and mess, the devs are activating a double XP weekend in the game that will run from July 14th through the morning of the 17th. This move hasn’t pleased “honest” players, who say this helps rather than punishes exploiters.

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Black Desert opens up a waterpark for summer, reduces level XP requirements

Just in time for those dog days of summer is Black Desert, which is making a splash with its new Terrmian Waterpark. Today is the park’s grand opening, and you are invited to put on your skimpiest speedo and head over to the fun.

The waterpark is part of the Terrmian Festival, which runs from today through August 9th. Players will need special coins to partake in the various activities, and fortunately the game will dish them out to everyone at the rate of one every 20 minutes (for a maximum of five coins a day).

There are about a half-dozen minigames to enjoy, ranging from the socially acceptable to the scandalously strange. These include a giant clam pop, a coconut cannon shoot, a diving contest, a spooky ship, a shooting gallery, and (why not) hurling fruit at possessed spirits.

It should be noted that alongside the waterpark, today’s patch also includes a reduction of the XP needed to level from one to 61.

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Trove reaches second anniversary, gives away golden ticket chests

Happy second birthday, Trove! Here, have a slice of cake. It’s somewhat pixelated and the frosting is made out of dirt, but we hear that’s how you like it best. Indeed, back on July 9th, 2015, this odd voxel MMORPG erupted from the mind-womb of Trion Worlds and has actually become somewhat of a sleeper hit in the industry.

And perhaps for the anniversary or perhaps because Trove loves to throw events on days that end with “Y,” the game is giving out a free golden ticket chest as a login reward from now through July 24th, with dragons and a “ludicrous” number of mounts as potential prizes.

Trove has also activated two weeks of pretty much every bonus event in the game, including double XP and more harvesting. “Two weeks of daily bonuses sounds too good to be true — but this is the truest truth to ever true,” the team said.

Source: Trove

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‘Augmentgate’ rocks the Skyforge community

Calling it an “unbelievable story,” the team at Pretty Good Gaming pulled back the curtain on a massive SNAFU regarding a particular Skyforge item.

A recent Skyforge PS4 event had, among its rewards, an augment seal that would boost a player’s damage by a factor of 42. This unbelievable increase made the item a must-get, and for nine days the community scrambled to obtain it before the event ended, some even spending money on boosts to finish on time. However, after nine days of the event the studio got around to nerfing the item into the ground, claiming that the actual bonus should have been much lower (a 1.25 multiplier instead of 42).

With effort applied and in some cases money spent to obtain the seal, players reacted strongly to the decision, saying that it was a bait-and-switch to wait that long to fix the item. Skyforge’s team came back with an apology letter, strengthened the item somewhat, and offered compensation that included the option to refund the item for “pure energy.” Money spent during the event would not be returned.

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Atlas Reactor offers free loot for an appreciation weekend

Hey, you there! If you didn’t already know it, Atlas Reactor appreciates your playing. As a reward for all of that appreciation, players can get some free stuff this weekend, which is a pretty great sign of appreciation. Players who log in between July 6th and July 9th will get an item pack containing three freelancers (Aurora, Elle, and Titus) along with a skin for each, three loot matrices for each, and a Mega Lancer Enhancer to massively improve Freelancer experience for seven days.

Players can also look forward to more experience and Flux earned from matches during the event, so even if the items themselves don’t delight you, the overall incentive might. And while there’s a little bonus for those who already own the item pack containing every single freelancer, you can grab these items even if you’ve never downloaded and played before now. That’s the sort of generosity you can appreciate, especially if you stop in for the event.

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Pokémon Go celebrates its anniversary with a hat-wearing Pikachu

It is genuinely hard to believe that it has been a year already since Pokémon Go took the world by storm (and dominated the headlines for a good portion of July 2016, too). Now that the game has simmered down somewhat and established itself, it can take a few moments to celebrate its birthday.

To mark the occasion, a special Pikachu is running around the place (perhaps in your neighborhood!) wearing Ash’s baseball cap. It makes us wonder what Pikachu did to Ash, but in the meanwhile, you’ll be able to acquire this limited-time pokemon until July 24th. To date, over 125 billion pokemon have been caught by players worldwide.

In an interview with The Verge, Niantic CEO John Hanke said that the game’s enormous success initially worked against its continued development: “We lost probably six months on our schedule because of the success of the game. Really all the way through November and December [2016], from launch onward we were rebuilding and rewiring infrastructure just to keep the game running at the scale that we were running at.”

Check out our report card of the game’s first year if you haven’t read it already! Or heck, read it again even if you did!

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Diablo III turns its seasons up to 11

How is Diablo III at 11 seasons already? Well it is and we must deal with it, probably by clicking furiously and mindlessly looting like the materialistic junkies we are.

Blizzard announced yesterday that Season 11 is scheduled to start on July 20th. For the first time, the newly introduced Necromancer will be joining the fun. There are some never-before seen rewards for this event, including an emerald dragon pet and treasure goblin portraits.

Of course, there are plenty of other standard seasonal rewards to work towards, including more stash tabs, Conquerer gear, and class sets.

Diablo III released its most recent class, the Necromancer, on June 27th, adding even more corpse explosions into the game than before.

Source: Diablo III

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With the Lord of the Rings lawsuit settled, LOTRO moves on with sunflowers and Weatherstock IX

It looks like things are cooling down on the legal front following a protracted court lawsuit between Warner Bros. and the Tolkien Estate concerning alleged “digital exploitation” of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings franchises. The five-year suit was finally settled, with both parties stating that they are looking forward to “working together” going forward.

Now that Lord of the Rings Online can breathe a sigh of relief that this won’t have the potential to cause issues, it can turn its attention to more important matters. Like awesomely cute sunflower-themed rewards from its currently operating Summer Festival. Hey, it’s important to bring some sunshine into Mordor later this year!

The community is also gearing up for Weatherstock IX, which is scheduled for Saturday, July 22nd on the Landroval server. The massive player-run concert will run twice as long as in past years, with 19 bands participating. Just in case you were wondering, yes, it will be livestreamed.

Source: Hollywood Reporter, Weatherstock IX. Thanks Sally!

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