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Could a Pokemon live-action TV series be in the works for HBO?

Published: 15/Mar/2020 22:08

by Brent Koepp

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Fresh off the announcement that Sony is creating a Last of Us TV series, a new rumor suggests that HBO is also eyeing a live-action Pokemon show for their next project.

Pokemon has continued to be one of the most dominating forces in media, as millions of children and adults can’t get enough of the beloved Nintendo franchise.

However a recent rumor suggests that the series might be getting a live-action television adaption. Here is everything we know about the supposed HBO collaboration.

Could HBO be making a Pokemon series?

Pop culture outlet ‘We Got this Covered’ made the report on March 12, stating that the popular TV network was looking at creating a project based on the successful Japanese RPG.

“While specifics remain slim, we have been told that HBO is dedicating considerable resources to this live-action Pokémon series, which will be based on the anime of the same name and star the iconic Ash Ketchum and his partner Pikachu in their quest to become League champions,” they said.

The site also claims that other cast members from the series will be a part of the new adaptation such as Brock and Misty. It seems like the new show would be heavily focused on the original anime.

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The 2019 live-action film Detective Pikachu was well received by fans, and was a hit in theaters.

It wouldn’t be too far removed from Nintendo’s decisions in recent years. In 2019, they teamed up with Warner Bros. to release the live action movie Detective Pikachu starring Ryan Reynolds. The film grossed over $433 million and was a smash hit.

The games publisher has also been more open to lending out their IP, such as the Super Mario Bros animated film currently in development with Illumination Studios – the company that made Minions.

HBO seems interested in working with video game properties as well, such as the recently announced The Last of Us series revealed on March 5. The studio is working closely with developer Naughty Dog’s Neil Druckmann to bring the game to life.

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HBO has recently shown interest in video game properties with The Last of Us show.

It should be stated to take the rumor with a big grain of salt. For one, there haven’t been more sources to back this up, and this would be a major move for Nintendo to make.

Regardless, Pokemon fans would no doubt be thrilled at the potential and possibilities of a collaboration with HBO. Given that Detective Pikachu’s live-action style was generally well received, a full TV-show would be amazing.

Call of Duty

Dr Disrespect explains how Black Ops Cold War could be “so much more fun”

Published: 21/Oct/2020 3:29

by Alex Tsiaoussidis

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Dr Disrespect has chimed in on the much-maligned SBMM system used in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and other titles, and although he doesn’t blame Treyarch, the Doc is less than impressed with the system and wants it removed.

Dr Disrespect is all about violence, speed, and momentum. However, he hasn’t been able to spread his wings in Black Ops Cold War and fly like the eagle he was born to be, and he blames it all on SBMM.

SBMM, which stands for skill-based matchmaking, is a system used in many popular games to try and balance out lobbies.

Some players and developers think it’s a good thing, but many others believe it tends to ‘punish’ higher-skilled players like Dr Disrespect. It throws them into lobbies with other elite players, which results in ‘sweaty’ games where everyone is good and trying really hard to win.

The game becomes more serious and less casual, and it demands more effort, which is less than ideal for streamers like the Doc, who want to entertain.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is one of many games that uses SBMM.

Dr Disrespect has never been one to hold his tongue and mince his words on matters important to him. In his latest stream, he had a frustrating time playing Black Ops Cold War due to SBMM and shared his thoughts.

Man, that SBMM, what a… what a…” he said, struggling to find the words to summarize his rage. “SBMM results to exact same fight every single time.” It’s a sentiment shared by players from many different games and skill brackets.

“It has nothing to do with… game design,” he added.

“Treyarch knocks it out the park… I just think it has something to do with a lot of the technical stuff… I would take that tech out.”

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Dr Disrespect isn’t one to hold back on his opinions, especially when it comes to games.

Dr Disrespect knows that it isn’t Treyarchs fault. Instead, he refers to a “third-party” who works with them and “manages all the data and everything.” He says, “they’re able to make all these tweaks, and all that stuff,” and the fact that SBMM is implemented at all is “such a bummer.”

“I want some sheep in my lobbies,” he said. “I want a couple triple peekers. The game could like just be so much more fun. I don’t understand why they have it.”

The related segment begins at 3:38:30 in the video below.

Dr Disrespect isn’t the first person to express his concerns about SBMM, and he won’t be the last. However, the Doc is a pillar in the gaming community. He has also been involved in some behind-the-scenes level design, so his opinion has some weight.

Either way, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is still loads of fun. SBMM might even help you become a better player if you’re willing to embrace it.