Eric Watson

Eric Watson

Eric is a freelance writer who enjoys talking about video games, movies, books and Dallas-based sports teams. Every week he watches a random film from his collection of several hundred DVDs and live tweets about it @RogueWatson. He also makes a mean tuna quesadilla. He lives near Fort Worth, Texas with his wife and daughter, two dogs, two cats, two fish tanks, some hermit crabs and a bookshelf full of Transformers.

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Win a Trip to LA in the Nintendo Switch Family Showdown Contest

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In what feels like a blast from the game show-laden 1990s and early 2000s, Nintendo and Disney are partnering for the Nintendo Switch Family Showdown Contest. The contest is open now and ends July 1.

Families can apply for the contest by submitting a one-minute video. The video should explain why they are big Nintendo fans (and presumably how marketable and charismatic your family is). Four families (of up to four) will ultimately be selected to compete in the Nintendo Switch Family Showdown. Contest winners will earn a 3-day trip to Los Angeles as well as the chance to meet the teen stars of the Disney Channel.

Contest entry will end July 1. The Nintendo Switch Family Showdown will air later this summer, starting August 27, on the Disney Channel, Disney XD, and the DisneyNOW app. On the Showdown, the winning families will compete in a series of gaming challenges on a Nintendo-themed set.

Examples of challenges include finding collectibles in Super Mario Odyssey, competing head-to-head in Mario Tennis Aces, and showing off the dance moves in Just Dance 2018. The competition is mean to be fun and family-friendly, using modern video games as an anchor to bring families together and make for a fun spectator sport.

Video submissions are open now, and close July 1. The Nintendo Switch Family Showdown will air beginning August 27 on the Disney Channel.

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Jurassic World Evolution Review

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Available On: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One

Fifteen years ago I fell in love with Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis. It was the original dinosaur park sim that let me prove that breeding dinosaurs for consumer entertainment is a totally valid business strategy.

Now from the makers of Planet Coaster comes Jurassic World Evolution. Like the current era of Jurassic World films it’s not quite as good as the original. But Evolution does feature all the joy and danger of breeding and housing dinosaurs for entertainment that makes the concept so richly compelling.

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Pokémon GO Finally Adding Trading this Week

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The basic Pokémon tenet of trading Pokémon has been noticeably absent from Pokémon GO. Now, nearly two years after launch, Niantic Inc has finally announced that trading, gifting, and an actual friends list are being added to Pokémon GO later this week.

To add friends you’ll need to exchange Trainer Codes, not unlike how Nintendo operates their friends lists. Plug in the code and you can send a friend request and add them to your new friends list.

To trade Pokémon you must be physically near someone you’ve added to your friends list, both Trainers must be at least level 10. Trading Pokémon requires Stardust, but the traded Pokémon earns Candy in the process. The amount of Candy depends on how far away the two Pokémon were caught from each other. You can lower the Stardust trading requirements by building your friendship level.

Each friend has a friendship level that can be increased through gifting or cooperative battles. Gifts are received through PokéStops, and can’t be opened normally. Instead you have to trade them to friends, which they can open for a showering of loot, and a postcard of the PokéStop location.

Rare Pokémon such as Legendaries require a Special Trade. A Special Trade is limited to once per day, and only between a Great or Best Friend with high enough friendship level. It’ll also cost a bunch of Stardust.

Trading has been a highly requested feature for Pokémon GO since launch. Niantic had promised it was a forthcoming feature. Pokémon GO originally launched in Summer 2016 and went on to become a global phenomena, and introducing much of the world to the magic of an AR mobile game.

The trading and friends update should hit later this week.