Sony Patents Very Switch Like System

We’ve heard of imitation being the sincerest form of flattery. But when it comes to Sony’s new patent, it seems that might be a step too far.


Because it shows a system that looks remarkably similar to the Nintendo Switch. As in, pretty much identical down to the hardware and screen layout. Here are some pictures showing the design they patented:

As you can see, it definitely has its similarities to Nintendo’s system.

I mean, you’ve got the general design setup. The button layouts seem remarkably similar to Nintendo’s system. Heck, there are even what seem to be removable controllers! Like a Sony equivalent to the Switch’s Joy-Cons!

But before you get out the torches and pitchforks, here’s an interesting thing you may not have realised here. Namely, this patent actually dates from 2015. Yes, it was made public a few days ago, sure. But the actual patent itself was seemingly filed way before anyone outside of Nintendo knew the Switch even existed.

So as strange as it sounds, this could actually be a weird coincidence. After all, they’re dropping support for the Vita pretty soon. And well, with their handhelds not doing all that hot, it does seem possible that Sony could have considered a hybrid system separately from Nintendo. Or even just a simple tablet shell with detachable PlayStation type controllers.

Or maybe they were spying on Nintendo somehow. Either way, they seem to have a patent on a Nintendo Switch like system or device none the less.

So what do you think is going on here? Is this Sony patent a little too close to the Nintendo Switch? Or is the whole thing just a coincidence?


Sony Patents Nintendo Switch Like Device (Japanese)

Nintendo Confirms Switch Consoles Stolen from Distributor

When a couple of folks online managed to post leaked footage of the Nintendo Switch menu, few people were particularly surprised. After all, consoles and games are leaked all the time. Paper Mario, Pokemon Sun and Moon, much of the Switch lineup itself… Basically, leaks are almost a rite of passage now.

What isn’t normal though is how these Switch consoles were leaked.


Because as Nintendo says in a statement, they were stolen. As in, employees from a US distributor stole the systems and resold them illegally. Bit more serious than a broken Street Date, don’t you think?

Yeah, we’d say so too. Here’s Nintendo’s own official statement on the matter confirming it:

Earlier this week, individuals claimed to prematurely purchase a small number of Nintendo Switch systems from an unspecified retailer. Nintendo has determined these units were stolen in an isolated incident by employees of a U.S. distributor, with one system being illegally resold. The individuals involved have been identified, terminated from their place of employment and are under investigation by local law enforcement authorities on criminal charges.

As you can see there, things are resolved now. The employees responsible have been sacked from their jobs. The police are investigating the thefts and resales. And well, if that NeoGAF user who got one Switch is to be believed… Nintendo are trying to take back the stolen consoles right now. So it’s not been a total loss for the company.

But hey, it’s still messed up none the less. Let’s hope this is the last story we’ll hear about this distributor or its employees. That unlike the first guy, the next few Switch owners don’t leak everything weeks in advance.

Or worse yet, rip games and post them online. Cause damn, that would be damaging for Nintendo right now!

Still, what do you think? Are you surprised the Switch was stolen by a distributor’s employees?

Post your thoughts on the thefts here or on social media today!


Nintendo Confirms Switch Systems Stolen (IGN)

Generation 2 Pokemon Now Available in Pokemon GO

It’s finally here. Niantic Labs has finally made generation 2 Pokemon available to catch in Pokemon GO. Here’s their announcement on the matter from their Twitter account:

But how does it work you may wonder? How are generation 2 Pokemon available in Pokemon GO now?

Well, wonder no more! Because like with the Pokemon Bank update, we’ve prepared a short, hopefully useful FAQ to get you started with generation 2 in Pokemon GO. So without further ado, let’s get on with the bloody questions!

The Pokemon GO Generation 2 FAQ

Starting with one about the Pokemon available. What new Pokemon are available in this update?

Excluding the legendaries (of which 6 new ones have been added in generation 2), there are now 94 new Pokemon you can encounter in Pokemon GO.

And how about eggs? Any new ones to worry about?

Yeah, quite a few actually. Generation 2 has brought with it 46 new evolutionary lines, excluding the ones added during the recent baby Pokemon update. Here’s a (not quite complete) look at what generation 2 Pokemon hatch from what type of egg courtesy of Pokemon GO Hub.

How about Unown? Are they present now?

Yes they are. Unown can be encountered in the wild now. Based on preliminary reports, they spawn in the United States and Singapore at the moment, though other regions are likely as well.

Any legendaries?

Not as far as we know. So the three legendary beasts, two new legendary birds and Celebi haven’t been seen in Pokemon GO yet.

Okay, I get it. How common are new Pokemon?

There’s no ‘official’ data yet, but based on this survey on the Silph Road subreddit, it seems like the new Pokemon are about as common as the generation 1 ones. So that means common stuff like Sentret and Ledyba will appear as often as Rattata and Pidgey, whereas rarer ones like Larvitar and Skarmony will be seen far less.

Moving onto evolutions now. How do cross generation evolutions work?

Well, it all depends really. Some (like Golbat to Crobat) merely involve the standard ‘give lots of candy’ evolution method. So if you want a Crobat, you’ll need to give 100 Zubat Candy to its previous form.

However for other Pokemon, you’ll need a special evolutionary item. These can be gotten at Pokestops across the world, and have to be used alongside a certain number of Candies in order to evolve the Pokemon to its next form. Here are the cross generation evos and what items are required:

  • Golbat to Crobat – No item required (just 100 Zubat candies)
  • Gloom to Bellossom – 100 Oddish candies and a Sun Stone
  • Poliwhirl to Politoed – 100 Poliwag candies and a King’s Rock
  • Slowpoke to Slowking – 50 Slowpoke candies and a King’s Rock
  • Onix to Steelix – 50 Onix candies and a Metal Coat
  • Chansey to Blissey – No item required ( just 50 Chansey candies)
  • Seadra to Kingdra – 100 Horsea Candies and a Dragon Scale
  • Scyther to Scizor – 50 Scyther candies and a Metal Coat
  • Eevee to Umbreon – 25 Eevee candies, should be nicknamed Tamao for 100% chance
  • Eeevee to Espeon – 25 Eevee candies, should be nicknamed Sakura for 100% chance
  • Porygon to Porygon2: 50 Porygon candies and an Up-Grade

Is that it?

Actually, no. You can also evolve an Eevee into an Umbreon by walking it as your buddy for 10KM at night, and do the same in the day for Espeon. So in a sense, the ‘happiness’ evolution method is now in Pokemon GO too.

Also, Pokemon who’ve gained extra evolutions (like Zubat) now require less candy to evolve them into their intermediate form. So if you want a Golbat, it now only costs 25 candy itself of 50. Same with Horsea and Seadra.

Huh, interesting then. So is it only new Pokemon that have been added in this update?

No. In addition to new Pokemon, various existing Pokemon have also seen their movesets changed or tweaked in some way.

This is good in some cases (like with Gengar and Hex). In other cases it’s bad (like with Snorlax losing Body Slam and Lapras losing Ice Shard).

So go and look at the changes if you haven’t already. Cause a lot of them will shake up the gym meta on a drastic level.

Oh, okay. Still, they didn’t change the Pokemon’s CP, right?

Err, bad news I’m afraid. They did.

As a result, your Lapras’ CP has likely decreased since the update. So not only does it have a worse moveset, but it’s also physically weaker than it previously was.

Damn, that sucks. Anything else?

Well, critical catches have been implemented too. This is a special animation that makes your Poke Ball more likely to catch the wild Pokemon, sort of like an ‘excellent’ throw in the older versions of app. You can tell if it’s occurred by the ball immediately dropping to the ground and 4 rays of light leaving upwards diagonally.

You’ll also see Pokemon dodging your throws in new ways, get a catch bonus if you catch the Pokemon in one throw (missing counts as a fail here) and can use berries to make things easier.

However, the berries are limited to one per Pokemon, so be smart about which ones you use people!

Any new medals?

Yeah, the Johto medal and Delinquent medal have been added. The first one is for catching a certain number of generation 2 Pokemon, the latter for catching a certain number of Dark type Pokemon.

Finally, where are the new customisation options?

You can buy additional clothes in the avatar customisation screen.

And that’s it. Now you know all about Pokemon GO and how generation 2 works, go out and there and catch some new Pokemon again!

No, PewDiePie is Not a Nazi

A couple of days ago, YouTube star and internet sensation PewDiePie was dropped by Disney and YouTube by making anti Semitic jokes on YouTube. Basically, he’d paid someone on Fiverr (a site where you can get people to do anything for money) to hold up a sign saying ‘death to Jews’, as a twisted example of the kind of crap people do for money.

In other words… he was demonstrating how low some people’s standards were.

As you can guess, this did not go down too well with his sponsors. YouTube quickly booted him from their special advertising program, Disney dropped their partnership with his channel and well, quite a few websites turned on him pretty much instantly. It basically took a career that was making millions and sent it plummeting downwards in a matter of hours.

Hell, even the people in the video got (temporarily) banned from Fiverr! Like the guy pretending to be Jesus.

So it was a silly, career hurting move all round.

But it doesn’t make PewDiePie a Nazi.

Yes, he crossed the line and ended up offending everyone with a joke that was in bad taste.

But he didn’t believe what he was saying. And that’s the key really. A Nazi believes in things like racial supremacy and genocide and all manner of other horrible things because they agree with the idea. They believe that the Nazi Party did the right thing in the 30s and 40s, that Hitler was a good leader. All that stuff. Basically, they’re sick minded twats who love the idea of a Fourth Reich and think their twisted ideas make sense.

PewDiePie is not. PewDiePie is basically just a comedian mocking desperate people on a service which lets them do anything in exchange for cash. It’s not really any different to having a European liberal recite Donald Trump lines or an American politician read from Marx’s communist manifesto.

Yes, it’s a stupid idea. But it’s not serious. It’s merely illustrating the desperate lengths Fiverr lets you go to for cash.

And the other ‘examples’ are similar. PewDiePie is making controversial jokes for attention. He doesn’t actually believe what people think he believes. H3H3Productions says it best in this video:

That doesn’t mean Disney was wrong to drop him. Disney is notoriously worried about controversy, and will drop anyone or anything that may even potentially hurt their public image. Just ask Harlan Ellison, who got sacked on his first day at Disney for making jokes about a Mickey Mouse porn film in the cafeteria. Or the many stars dropped or disowned by the company for not acting ‘pure’ outside of work:

It’s called Contractual Purity, and even has a page on TV Tropes. Complete with Disney having its own folder there!

So in that sense, they’re basically like Nintendo as a company. No tolerance for anything that may even potentially harm their own.

Hence for them, dropping PewDiePie did make sense. They didn’t want to be under fire by moral guardians and parents reading about racism in online newspaper articles/on the evening news.

But this doesn’t mean PewDiePie is a Nazi. He made a few jokes in bad taste and got ‘sacked’ for it, but he doesn’t hold such views or believe they’re right. Instead, he just tried to be funny via some black humour and went too far.

That’s it. Stop overreacting and assuming anyone who makes an offensive joke is a Nazi please.

Generation 2 Coming to Pokemon GO!

Generation 2 in Pokemon GO has been a topic for quite a while now. It’s been rumoured sometime last year. We’ve had datamines showing unused Pokemon slots and moves pointing to it. And well, with baby Pokemon released in an event last year, it’s become quite clear that Niantic was readying the playerbase for the generation’s imminent release.

And now it’s finally happened. Niantic have finally announced that generation 2 will be coming to Pokemon GO later this week!

So what’s in store for the players here? What do you, as potential Pokemon GO player have to gain from this update?

Well, quite a few interesting things actually! Like say, the 80 new Pokemon we’ll be seeing brought to the game as a result. This list will include everything from the gen 2 starters (like Cyndaquil and Totodile) to the new common Pokemon and pseudo legendaries alike.

And this will have an obvious effect on the encounter rate. Whereas before you had lots of Pidgeys and Rattatas (and often little else), it’s likely that generation 2 will make its own common Pokemon equally common spawns in game as well.

In other words? Get used to Sentrets, Hoothoots, Ledybas and Spinaraks appearing on a regular basis too. Presumably in roughly the same quantities as the existing common Pokemon.

It also means that your existing Pokemon might well become more useful too. Why?

Because as has been mentioned before, lots of Pokemon from generation 1 actually have new evolution in generation 2. So you’ll be able to evolve your Onix into Steelix, your Golbat into Crobat and your Chansey into Blissey among many others.

That should at least make them more worthwhile to catch, shouldn’t it?

Yeah, I think so too. Interestingly, it seems items will actually be necessary there, given how Niantic Labs talks about ‘evolutionary items’ being dropped at Pokestops now. So yeah, better hope you get a Metal Coat or King’s Rock sometime soon. Presumably before you have more Onix and Scyther to know what to do with.

Also affected will likely be the gym system. Why? Because as anyone who checked a ‘predicted CP’ list knows, quite a few later generation Pokemon will be massively usable in the competitive metagame here. Like say, Tyranitar, who’s stats will probably rival Dragonite when it’s released later this week.

So if you’re holding a gym, you’d better hope someone deposits one there pronto. Otherwise some of these generation 2 species will let the attackers just bulldoze straight through your teams.

Yet it’s not just new Pokemon that are included here. Nope, it seems Niantic have some other interesting additions too.

Like say, two new types of berries. One of these (the Nanab Berry) slows a Pokemon’s movements, which makes it easier to catch. Meanwhile the other one (aka the Pinap Berry) gives you double EXP if your next catch succeeds.

And based on the encounter changes they mention (like Pokemon having new ways to react to Poke Balls)… it seems like these berries might be a tad more necessary than they were before. Good job the interface will let you use them without entering the menu, right?

Finally, new customisation options are being added. This means there will be more clothing options for your avatar, as well new looks for your character in general. So yeah, maybe we’ll see something closer to the gen 6/7 clothing system this time around.

Either way, that’s the new Pokemon GO update for you. Will it be enough to get you playing the game again? Or do you think the novelty of this title has long since passed already?


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