Pokemon Go: Tips on powering up Pokemon, evolution, stardust and candies

Spend your level-up resources wisely: Pokemon Go power-ups and evolution explained.

After you’ve spent time catching them and maybe getting into a speculative battle or two, the next step in becoming a Pokemon Master is clear in the main Pokemon games: training and improving the abilities and strength of your Pokemon. The same is true in Pokemon Go, but it’s handled a little differently.

Here we guide you through just how Pokemon are powered up, evolved and otherwise improved in Pokemon Go, plus detail exactly how you should be spending the limited resources needed to do so, Stardust and Candy. It’s all a little more hidden than the main games which makes it all inherently a little more complicated, but we’re going to streamline our explanation of it all. Here we go:

Pokemon Go: How levelling up and evolution works
In traditional Pokemon games on the Game Boy and DS, fans are used to gaining specifically numbered amounts of experience (XP) and levelling up an equally obvious numbere..
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Tim Sweeney says that Microsoft will “force-patch Windows 10 to make Steam progressively worse and more broken”

Update July 26, 2016: Tim Sweeney's been decrying Microsoft's treatment of the Windows platform again, including a not insignificant amount of doomsaying.

Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney has long been a detractor of Windows 10, the Universal Windows Platform and Microsoft in general. Now, in an interview with Edge, he's gotten even more savage than normal.

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First, Sweeney's explanantion of the differences between the UWP system and the current one – Win32.

“There are two programming interfaces for Windows and every app has to choose one of them,” he says. “Every Steam app – every PC game for the past few decades – has used Win32. It’s been both responsible for the vibrant software market we have now, but also for malware. Any program can be a virus. Universal Windows Platform is seen as an antidote to that. It’s sandboxed – much more locked down.”
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Rocket League: Why PS4-Xbox One Cross-Network Play Is ‘Inevitable’

The story behind Rocket League – the sequel/refinement to an under-played PS3 indie title that's since become a multi-platform, 19 million player behemoth – is remarkable, but its biggest achievement may still lie ahead.

After Microsoft announced that it would allow for cross-platform play between Xbox One and potentially any other platform, developer Psyonix stepped up to answer the most obvious question – can Xbox One and PS4 players play together? The answer, it seemed, was yes – but it'd take the go-ahead from the console makers themselves to allow the historic connection to be made.

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Help: The Game out now, a twelve game bundle of small titles from major studios to benefit charity

The well-titled Help: The Game bundle is out now. It includes twelve games for £9.99 / $14.99 / €14.99 developed in game jam fashion by the likes of Creative Assembly, Team 17 and Sports Interactive. It's up on Steam and every penny of profit will go towards the War Child charity, which helps children affected by conflict.

A little background in this video:

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Xbox One S Halo Collection and Madden 17 bundles up for pre-order, out next month

The Xbox One S Halo Bundle which leaked earlier this month is now official.

It contains both Halo 5: Guardians and Halo: The Master Chief Collection in 500GB or 1TB Xbox One S models.

Each sku contains a white console with matching Xbox Wireless Controller and will be made available at participating retailers and through the Microsoft Store for $299 and $349, respectively.

You can pre-order it now in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Microsoft said it will have more to share on Xbox One S 500GB and 1TB bundles in additional markets next month, which we assume means during gamescom 2016.

In the US, the 1TB hard drive option will available in “very limited quantities” at select Microsoft Stores and through the Microsoft Store website.

Along with the aforementioned offer, a 1TB Madden NFL 17 Xbox One S Bundle was announced for the US and Canada. A digital key for the game is included along with seven Madden Ultimate Team Pro Packs and one month of EA Access for $349/$449 CA..
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Nintendo NX Reportedly A Handheld Console With TV Dock

Details appear to have leaked about the upcoming Nintendo NX console, saying that it is a high-powered handheld which can plug into a TV docking station, features two detachable controllers, will use cartridges and is less powerful than current-gen hardware.

Eurogamer (which claims a number of sources) says that Nintendo's pitch is simple – that you can “take your games with you on the go”. That's borne out by the reported design, a high-powered handheld that can be controlled either by using controllers attached to either side, or in detached form for use in local multiplayer.

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Beastmen DLC for Total War: Warhammer comes with massive free patch

Update Jul 26, 2016: Creative Assembly have revealed the extent of the free content patch coming with the DLC – there's quite a bit of it.

Along with the Beastmen DLC due to be released into Total War: Warhammer on Thursday comes a free patch. The full details of what is contained in that have now been released – and it's significant.

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PS4 firmware update 4.0 is coming, here’s how you can get early access

Sony is working on a new, seemingly big, firmware update for PlayStation 4.

Sony has revealed that a new PlayStation 4 firmware update is in development. Version 4.0, the new update is in need of some beta testing before launch, and Sony is looking for volunteers.

The beta starts in early August, and you can register from today until then. You need to be 18 years or older, and you can register here for North America and here for Europe. If you’re already part of the program, you should be all set up.

Naturally, you’ll get early access to new features before anyone else, but Sony isn’t sharing the details just yet. The company promised to reveal more in early August, however.

During the beta test, you can roll back to firmware 3.55 anytime.
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BlizzCon 2016 virtual ticket now available, here’s what it gets you

Blizzard has revealed details of this year’s BlizzCon virtual ticket.

The tenth BlizzCon takes place this November, but not everyone has to attend in person. For a few years now, Blizzard has been offering a stay-at-home option in the form of a virtual ticket.

As always, the main offering is the HD livestreams available only to ticket holders. These shows bring extensive coverage of the event across two days, through two online channels.

In terms of video coverage, here’s what you get:

Developer panels – Get a first look at the latest developments in World of Warcraft, StarCraft 2, Diablo 3, Hearthstone, Heroes of the Storm, and Overwatch — all live from the main and panel stages.
Exclusive interviews – Want to go deeper into your favourite Blizzard games? Get even more insider info from members of Blizzard’s development teams in exclusive in-depth interviews.
Community contests – Watch your fellow players put their creativity on display in the costume, talent, art, and movie cont..
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