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Sony reveals surprising news about E3 2019

Published: 15/Nov/2018 22:10 Updated: 15/Nov/2018 22:26

by Wyatt Donigan

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As publishers begin gearing up for the 2019 edition of the annual trade conference, Sony has announced major news regarding their status at the event.

The Electonic Entertainment Expo, or E3, is the biggest trade show of the year for the gaming industry and is a place where most companies announce the biggest titles every year.

Despite the status of the show within the industry, it looks like the 2019 edition will missing one of its “Big Three.”

Confirmed in a press release on November 15, Sony will indeed be skipping the event in 2019, meaning that only Nintendo and Microsoft will be the only two of the Big Three in attendance.

This marks the first time in the event’s 24-year history that Sony will not be attending the event.

Josh Miller/CNETSony has been a major staple of the annual trade show since its inception in 1995.

This looks to be another blow to the conference that has been waning in popularity over the last few years. While many companies still hold their major releases for the show, some are beginning to hold their own events separate from the show itself.

During E3 2018, both Electronic Arts and Microsoft both held events during the same week of E3, but didn’t hold them at the Los Angeles Convention Center where the rest of the event took place. Nintendo has been showing pre-recorded videos rather than live conferences for the last couple of years, as well.

Despite many seeing this as Sony not seeing the relative worth of holding a conference at the event, Kotaku’s Jason Schreier believes there is another reason completely for the move.

While he agrees that it would be a sad sight to see if this truly is the death bell for E3, he mainly believes that this is another sign that the PlayStation 5 will be released in 2020.

There have been rumors about the next generation of consoles for the last couple of years, and if this is true, it looks like things could be on their way sooner rather than later.

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Massive ban wave coming in Pokemon Sword, Shield and Pokemon Home

Published: 22/Jan/2021 15:36

by Alex Garton

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The Pokemon Company has announced a new ban wave incoming for Pokemon Home and Pokemon Sword & Shield players who have been modifying their save data.

As seen in the majority of online games, both Pokemon Sword & Shield and Pokemon Home are strictly monitored by The Pokemon Company for any exploits or hacks.

It was only back in June 2020 that the company enforced a mass ban wave on players hacking the Max Raid Battles in Pokemon Sword & Shield. The players were using exploits to increase their chance of receiving a Shiny Pokemon from the events.

Of course, The Pokemon Company took action against the trainers who were found to have taken part in these hacked raids, with some even being permanently banned from the game.

Now, a new ban wave has been announced and it affects playing using exploits on both Pokemon Sword & Shield and Pokemon Home.

Pokemon Sword and Shield landscape
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Pokemon Sword & Shield was released November 15, 2019.

New ban wave announced by The Pokemon Company

According to a report by Serebii, The Pokemon Company has announced a new ban wave coming for players who have been modifying save data on either Pokemon Sword & Shield or Pokemon Home.

Players who receive a ban will be unable to use online features, trade, or use Pokemon Home. The rules surrounding the modification of the game’s save data is listed in the title’s terms and conditions. There, it directly states that players should not modify save data in Pokemon Sword & Shield.

In terms of the length of these bans, they usually vary from player to player. In some cases, trainers may even be issued a permanent suspension of their account.

Pokemon Sword & Shield location
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Modifying save data includes adding Pokemon to the game that you didn’t catch for yourself.

It’s obvious The Pokemon Company is looking to crack down on players modifying their save data as they believe it ruins the experience for other players.

Both Pokemon Sword & Shield and Home have always had issues with hacks and modification. This is just one method the developers are using to attempt to keep the exploits at bay and deter players from abusing them.