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‘Genshin Impact’ announces anime in the works with ‘Demon Slayer’ animation studio Ufotable

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  • “Genshin Impact” will get the anime treatment in a collaboration with Ufotable, the animation studio that worked on “Demon Slayer.”
  • Announced during the game’s “Version 3.1 Special Programme” stream on Friday by developers HoYoverse, a trailer was dropped but no official title has been released.
  • The “Project Launch: Concept Trailer” shows the game’s two protagonists, Lumine and Aether, standing hand-in-hand with one another.
  • “Genshin Impact” will celebrate its two-year anniversary later this month.

A “Genshin Impact” anime is on the way thanks to a collaboration with Japanese animation studio Ufotable, which is known for their work on “Demon Slayer.”

Game developers HoYoverse made the announcement alongside a trailer drop on Friday during the game’s Version 3.1 Special Programme stream. The project seems to be in early development with no formal title as of yet, simply being called “Project Launch: Concept Trailer.”

‘Overwatch 2’ reveals its newest support hero, healing ninja Kiriko

  • “Overwatch 2” has announced its newest hero Kiriko, a ninja healer.
  • The fictional character grew up alongside the Shimada brothers, Hanzo and Genji.
  • Kiriko can teleport through walls to directly reach an ally and throw Protection Suzu to teammates, making them briefly invulnerable to enemies when hit.
  • Blizzard will be releasing Kiriko as a part of the Season One battle pass for “Overwatch 2.”

With “Overwatch 2’s” upcoming release, a new support hero has been added to the roster.

The latest hero joining the Overwatch universe is a healing ninja named Kiriko. The fictional character grew up alongside the Shimada brothers Hanzo and Genji, who view Kiriko as a niece. 

Fans mourn betta fish known for discovering ‘Pokémon Sapphire’ glitch 20 years after its release

  • Fans are mourning the passing of Lala, a betta fish that discovered a game-breaking glitch in “Pokémon Sapphire” that had gone undiscovered for almost two decades.
  • Lala was owned by Japanese YouTuber Mutekimaru Channel, who constructed an apparatus that translated the fish’s movements into in-game movements.
  • Lala successfully completed “Pokémon Sapphire” alongside a team of three other bettas.
  • During the playthrough, Lala displayed a specific set of movements that replicated the rocks in the Seafoam Caverns area instead of moving them.
  • The announcement of Lala’s passing received an outpouring of support from fans, who offered their condolences and honored the legacy of the aquatic gamer with written and artistic tributes.

Fans are mourning the death of Lala, a betta fish that discovered a game-breaking glitch in “Pokémon Sapphire” that had gone undiscovered for almost two decades.

Lala was owned by Japanese YouTuber Mutekimaru Channel, who constructed an apparatus that translated the fish’s movements into in-game movements. Alongside a team of three other bettas named Maurice, Moo and Ponyo, Lala successfully completed “Pokémon Sapphire” after a modest 3,195 hours. 

Nintendo unveils new ‘Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’ special edition OLED Switch

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  • Nintendo dropped a trailer on Wednesday revealing new “Pokémon Scarlet and Violet” themed OLED Switch consoles.
  • The OLED Switches feature the legendaries Koraidon and Miraidon on the console dock and the starters Sprigatito, Fuecoco and Quaxly all over the Switch itself, with purple and orange detachable Joy-Con controllers.
  • The new console will be released on Nov. 4 and cost $359.99.
  • The “Pokémon Scarlet and Violet” video games come out on Nov. 18.

Nintendo released a trailer on Wednesday for a new “Pokémon Scarlet and Violet”-themed OLED Switch console. 

The “Pokémon Scarlet and Violet” Edition consoles are slated to come out on Nov. 4 with a price tag of $359.99.

A collector is selling nearly every gaming console made in the last 50 years on eBay for $1 million

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  • A collector is selling almost every console variation that was manufactured in the last 50 years on eBay for 984,000 euros (approximately $978,875).
  • Listed on French eBay, the listing includes around 2,250 consoles, numerous video games for various consoles as well as video game collectibles.
  • The seller collected the consoles starting in the early ‘90s and until 2011.
  • The listing suggests that the items may be sold to a museum.

A France-based collector has listed nearly every console that has been manufactured in the last 50 years on eBay for a grand total of 984,000 euros (approximately $978,875).

The listing, uploaded to French eBay, states that the collector is selling over 2,200 consoles “from the first to the very last” along with numerous video games, statues and video game collectibles. 

Who’s that Pokémon? It’s… a Mini Cooper?

  • Pokémon and Mini Cooper unveiled a Pokémon-inspired car during the Opening Night Live event at the Gamescon video game trade fair on Tuesday.
  • The Mini Concept Aceman car has a digital dashboard with Pikachu on it, electric bolt animations that light up when the car starts and a “Mini x Pokémon” display that illuminates when the doors open.
  • Head of Mini design Oliver Heilmer said consoles could be connected to the car to play games as well.

Mini Cooper’s new concept car, an electric Pokémon-model hatchback, was unveiled during the Gamescom video game trade fair on Tuesday. 

The special Pikachu-inspired Mini Concept Aceman car comes with a digital dashboard that features the beloved yellow mouse. When the car starts, animated electric bolts light up the dashboard. The visuals spill off of the main display and onto the textile surface of the dashboard and doors via the concept cabin’s “moving image projections.” Animated pixelated lights are also on the front lights on the bumper. Meanwhile, puddle light projectors shine Mini x Pokemon iconography onto the ground around the car. 

Waka-waka-what??? A live-action Pac-Man film is coming to theaters

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  • The classic arcade game Pac-Man is getting its own movie, which is currently being developed by the game’s original company Bandai Namco Entertainment along with Justin Baldoni and Steve Sarowitz’s Wayfarer Studios.
  • Pac-Man previously inspired two television series in the U.S., but a live-action version of the two-dimensional character has yet to be seen.
  • The idea for the live-action Pac-Man hails from Lightbeam Entertainment’s Chuck Williams, who was also behind the live-action “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie.

A live-action Pac-Man is coming to the big screen. 

The classic arcade game from the ‘80s is getting its own movie, which is currently being developed by the game’s original company Bandai Namco Entertainment along with Justin Baldoni and Steve Sarowitz’s Wayfarer Studios.

New ‘Street Fighter 6’ gameplay trailer showcases return of Chun Li, now voiced by an Asian actor

  • Japanese video game developer and publisher Capcom revealed a new trailer for the upcoming game “Street Fighter 6” at the PlayStation State of Play event on Thursday.
  • The gameplay trailer revealed a new voice actor behind Chun-Li, who has been replaced by Filipino American voice actor Jennie Kwan.
  • The game will have a larger focus on story elements and includes returning fighters such Chun-Li, Ryu and Luke.
  • “Street Fighter,” which first debuted in 1987 in Japanese arcades, is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year.
  • “Street Fighter 6” will be released sometime in 2023 on PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox Series X/S and PC through Steam.

Capcom revealed a new gameplay trailer for upcoming game “Street Fighter 6” at the Playstation State of Play event on Thursday, and it shows off Chun Li, now voiced by a new actor, Jennie Kwan.

The “Street Fighter” franchise first debuted in Japanese arcades in 1987 and is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. 

New ‘Pokémon Scarlet and Violet’ trailer reveals new legendaries, professors and a multiplayer function

  • The Pokémon Company dropped the second trailer for their upcoming games “Pokémon Scarlet” and “Pokémon Violet,” set to release on Nov. 18.
  • The trailer shows off the two new legendary Pokémon, new professors and Pokémon, a new rival and an open-world multiplayer function.
  • The legendaries and professors that players encounter will both vary depending on which version they play, with each featuring distinct designs representing either ancient times or more advanced technologies.
  • The Pokémon website posted updated information about the three new starter Pokémon, detailing more of their unique personalities.

The Pokémon Company released the second trailer for their upcoming main series title games “Pokémon Scarlet” and “Pokémon Violet”.

The biggest reveals of the trailer are the legendaries featured on the game’s box art, new Pokémon and the professor characters in the game. The trailer also shows off more Pokémon in the overworld, utilizing similar game mechanics as the Nintendo Switch side game, “Pokémon Legends: Arceus.” In a series first, Scarlet and Violet will offer an open-world multiplayer function, allowing you to explore the game’s various wildlands with up to three additional players. 

Dignitas ‘League of Legends’ player Biofrost comes out as gay

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  • Chinese Canadian esports player Vincent Wang, also known by his in-game name Biofrost, officially came out as gay in a tweet on Sunday.
  • The 25-year-old “League of Legends” player said he has been grappling with his identity for years, especially since he moved from one homestay to another throughout his childhood.
  • “At the age of 8, I was bombarded with homophobic and sexist remarks at home, and whenever I did something that wasn’t ‘manly,’ I was told, ‘Why are you acting like a girl?’ and to stop being ‘gay,’” Wang wrote.
  • Wang made headlines when he joined Team SoloMid in 2016. He started playing for his current team, Dignitas, in November 2021.
  • “I’m at a point in my life where I’ve accepted who I am, and it’s taken me a long time to get there,” Wang wrote in his coming out post, adding that “[his] story is not unique.”
  • Fans and notable figures of the esports community, such as Yiliang Peng and Isaac “Azael” Cummings-Bentley, told Wang they were proud of him for sharing his message with the esports community.
  • Wang expressed his gratitude in a follow-up tweet on Sunday: “I didn't expect this amount of support and it makes me feel hopeful for the change that we can make in this community. I'm incredibly thankful for all of you.”

“League of Legends” esports player Vincent Wang, also known by his in-game name Biofrost, has officially come out as gay.

Wang, 25, came out in a tweet on Saturday. In his post, the Chinese Canadian player said he has been grappling with his identity for years. He also shared that throughout his childhood, he lived with strangers and moved from one homestay to another while his parents worked in China.

24-karat gold Nintendo Wii meant for Queen Elizabeth put up for auction

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  • Donny Fillerup, a Dutch collector and the owner of a console variation online database, has opened bidding on a 24-karat gold-plated Nintendo Wii on Goldin Auctions.
  • The custom-made console, developed by defunct American video game publisher THQ, was originally destined for Queen Elizabeth II in 2009 for a publicity stunt; however, it was never received by Buckingham Palace due to a strict royal gift policy.
  • The highest bid is currently at $2,200 as of this writing.
  • The bidding closes on May 22.

A 24-karat gold-plated Nintendo Wii that was originally destined for Queen Elizabeth II is currently up for sale.

Donny Fillerup, the current owner of the game console, is auctioning the Nintendo Wii that was developed by THQ, an American video game publisher that went bankrupt in 2012. 

Video game streamer Sykkuno moves to YouTube after Twitch misspells his name in an email

  • Video game streamer Sykkuno left Twitch this month after receiving an official email from the streaming platform in which his name was misspelled. He accepted a purportedly better deal from YouTube.
  • Sykkuno announced the move on social media and shared details in a YouTube livestream on May 3. 
  • Addressing the Twitch email, the gamer said, “I didn’t feel that appreciated there, guys. They couldn’t even spell my name right. So I started thinking, I’m about to take [the YouTube] deal.”

Popular video game streamer Sykkuno decided to leave Twitch this month after the streaming platform misspelled his name in an official email. 

With a massive following of 4 million and over 103 million views on Twitch, the gamer took many in the livestreaming community by surprise.