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Pokémon GO Celebrates Valentine’s Day With More Candy

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In case you’re still playing Pokémon GO, Niantic Inc wants to share the love this week. To celebrate Valentine’s Day this year you’ll receive double the normal amount of candy for catching, hatching and transferring Pokémon. Your buddy Pokémon will also find candy twice as fast from walking. The seasonal event begins today, Feb 8, at 11am PST/2pm EST. It lasts for one week, ending at the same time on Feb 15.

More candy won’t be the only special feature in the event. Chansey, Celfable and “many other adorable pink Pokémon” can be found more often. I just strolled through the original 151 Pokémon that makes up Pokémon GO’s roster and found Jigglypuff, Wigglytuff, Clefairy, Mr. Mime and Jynx that could be included in the event. You could also include Slowbro, Slowpoke and Lickitung depending on how far you stretch the word “adorable.”

From the 2nd generation of Pokémon you’ll see an increase to Cleffa , Igglybuff and Smoochum when hatching from eggs. Currently the only Gen 2 Pokémon available are the babies, and only acquired through eggs. I’ve been hatching eggs since they added Gen 2 and yet to find any, but hopefully you’ll have better luck.

Lastly Lure Modules will see a huge boost. Normally a Lure Module lasts 30 minutes, but during the week-long event a single module will last six hours. Expect to see many Poké Stops with the sparkly sign of a module this week. Catch ’em all, love your Pokémon and hope Niantic and The Pokémon Company realize what the game really needs is more Pokémon.

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Pokémon GO Expands Holiday Event with Free Incubators

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Two weeks ago Pokémon GO kicked off a limited Holiday Update that added Pikachus wearing Santa hats, as well as a few select Pokémon from the second generation games. Niantic recently announced they are expanding the Update in two different ways. The first will reward free egg-hatching incubators, while the second sees an increased chance to finding the original Gen 1 starters and their evolutions.

“As the year draws to a close, we want to give you a great way to celebrate the end of the year with Pokémon GO,” states the press release. “For the next couple of weeks, you’ll have even more reason to explore the world with your friends and family while you enjoy our year-end event.”

Running right now through January 3, 2017 (“afternoon PST”), you can earn a free single use incubator each day upon visiting a PokéStop. This is a huge boon since incubators are limited use. All the newly added Gen 2 Pokémon like Togepi and Pichu can only be found by hatching eggs.

The Update also adds “a greater chance of finding [Gen 2] Eggs.” If you’re like me and have played Pokémon GO every day and still haven’t found a Santa-sporting Pikachu, Niantic is keeping them around longer as well, and increasing their spawn rate.

The second update hits on December 30 and runs through January 8, 2017 (“afternoon PST”). During this period the original Kanto starters, Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle, and all their evolutions will see an increase to their spawn rate. These are some of the rarest and most sought after Pokémon.

As an added bonus, Lure Modules during this time will last 60 minutes instead of the usual 30. Gotta Catch More of ‘Em!

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Pixelkin 2016 Holiday Gift Guide: Mobile

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Great for All Ages

NOTE: Some of these games are free to download and play, but buying items can help with gameplay. Because of this, a gift card for the app store is a great present.

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Armello
Armello is a complex, but really good digital board game. I found it satisfying to simply play against AI characters, but multiplayer was fun too. There’s no chat, so you don’t have deal with any objectionable behavior from other players. The developers recently released an expansion pack that adds more characters that you can play as. I really liked this game and very much recommend it for someone whose looking for a strategic board game experience, but can’t get the friends together to have one. Though you could all play Armello together from any location.

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Burly Men at Sea
It’s the perfect type of game to simply relax with. The dialogue and the sense of humor were great. The burly men, themselves are pretty entertaining, but some of the other characters were even more so. My favorite was the grim reaper. Burly Men at Sea is funny, fun and short. Typically short games aren’t well-liked, but the length is perfect for what it is. It’s easy to pick up, play through making different choices and put down again. The art style fits perfectly with the whimsical charm of the game, and the whole package makes for a really great gaming experience.

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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft
This game has been out for awhile, but it’s got a thriving community that continues to grow.

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Pokémon GO
If you haven’t heard of this one, then you’ve really been out of touch. This game brings Pokemon into the real world and is a huge sensation.

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RYB
The bright colors, clean lines and uncomplicated rules make RYB not only a fun, relaxing challenge for adults, but also a great tool to introduce children to logic.

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Skylanders Battlecast
I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed Skylanders Battlecast. It shamelessly rips most of its gameplay from Hearthstone – but that’s a great game to rip from. There’s just enough added gameplay, like the Skylander swapping and random energy, to create a satisfyingly replayable experience.

Great for Older Gamers

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1979 Revolution: Black Friday
1979 Revolution: Black Friday is a game that gives you an enjoyable story with plenty of twists and lots of great characters. But perhaps the best aspect of the game is the potential it holds for using a game to teach real history to its players. I’m hoping iNK Stories can take me somewhere else in the future.

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Batman: The Telltale Series
This is a classic episodic story done in Telltale’s tried and true method. Not all of the episodes have been released yet, but the one’s that have are great.