Washington Post Video Games Reporter Gene Park Diagnosed with Colon Cancer

In a tweet on Tuesday Washington Post games reporter Gene Park announced that he has been diagnosed with colon cancer. In a YouTube video linked in the tweet the 40-year-old reports that he is currently undergoing treatment. The cancer hasn’t metastasized to any other organs which is a sign for treatment. Park states that he has already undergone one surgery and is planning on starting chemo later in the year in hopes of shrinking the tumor so it can be removed at the end of the year.

Park closes out the video by thanking the everyone for the support they have shown him. Park is currently on medical leav

Belle Delphine Releases ‘Gamer Boy’ Music Video Featuring twomad

Today internet meme mistress Belle Delphine released a new music video titles Gamer Boy. The song is a parody of Avril Lavigne’s 2002 hit “Sk8r Boi” with lyrics changes to reflect the gaming and internet culture. For the video Belle collaborates with twomad who is famous for his gaming, skits, and commentary. The video currently sits at over 117k views.


Nintendo Direct Mini Partner Showcase Round-up

Today’s Nintendo Direct Mini: Partner Showcase streaming event revealed a bunch of new games from Nintendo’s developer partners that will be upcoming between today and early 2023. Here is a round-up of what was revealed.

The direct opened with a trailer for the upcoming expansion for Monster Hunter Rise called Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak. The expansion will be free DLC that adds a new story area and a new collection of monsters to the game. The first update will release in August and introduce the Seething Bazelgeuse and the Lucent Nargacuga with several other monsters.


NieR: Automata – The End of YoRHa Edition is a port of the game including all the DLC content along with new Switch-Exclusive content. The game is set to release on October 6 2022.

Lorelei and the Laser Eyes is a modern point-and-click adventure game with a haunting murder mystery plot. It is coming to the Switch in 2023.

Super Bomberman R 2 is coming to Nintendo Switch next year. The game will have a new mode called Castle Mode where one player has to defend a castle from a team of up to 15 other players.

Mega Man Battle Network: Legacy Collection is a collection of all the Mega Man Battle Network titles released on the Game Boy Advance. The game will also have a gallery and soundtrack mode. The game launches on Nintendo Switch in 2023.

Pac-Man World: Re-Pac is a remake of Pack-Man World. The game is coming to Switch August 26.

Blanc is a game where a doe and wolf pup team up and go on a serene and emotional adventure. The game has local and online co-op and features a story with no dialogue. The game launches in February 2023 on Switch.

Return to Monkey Island is a new entry in the venerable swash-buckling sea-faring pirate point-and-click adventure series. Guybrush Threepwood returns for a new adveture picking up after the events of Monkey Island 2. The game launches on Nintendo Switch later this year.

New gameplay footage was shown for Mario + Rabbids Sparks of Hope. The trailer shows off some of the new game mechanics and characters including Rabbid Rosalina, and Bowser. The game is scheduled to release on October 20.

Little Noah: Scion of Paradise is a casual roguelite from Cygames, developers of Dragelia Lost. The game launches today on Nintendo Switch.

Railgrade is a railroad building simulator featuring steampunk designs for the various trains.

The Legend of Wright is an rpg adventure that takes place entirely in the notebook of a young aspiring game developer named Kenta. The player must use desk tools like pencils, erasers, and more to draw and erase through puzzles to guide the hero on his adventure. The game launches August 18.

Gameplay from Sonic Frontiers was shown during the direct. Sonic adventures through the mysetrious starfall islands. As Sonic explores he will gain new abilities that improve his combat skills. Sonic can dash an chain his attacks to form damaging combos as he makes his way to the heart of this new adventure.

Disney Dreamlight Valley is a life simulation game where the player player enters a world where the Disney and Pixar characters all lived in harmony until a strange force started making them lose their memories. The player must help find out the source of this force and save the memories of the beloved Disney characters. The game enters early access on September 6.

Doremon Story of Seasons: Friends of the Great Kingdom combines the venerable farming series with the whimsically imaginative world of Doremon. This game comes to Nintendo Switch this fall.

Minecraft Legends is an adventure game that takes place in the Minecraft universe. It comes to Switch in 2023.

Dragon Quest Treasures is an action-adventure spin-off to the Dragon Quest series where you play as a brother and sister pair of treasure hunters looking doe rare treasure. You can recruit various monsters to your team to aid you in combat as you discover the treasures of Dragonia. Dragon Quest Treasures launches December 9 on Nintendo Switch.

Harvestella is a new action adventure RPG/Farming Simulator from Square-Enix. The game appears to take inspiration form the Rune Factory series. Harvestella comes to Nintendo Switch on November 6.

Persona 5 Royal is coming to Nintendo Switch on October 21st 2021. Persona 4 Golden and Persona 3 Portable will be coming to Nintendo Switch in 2023.

Retro Review: Pokémon Crystal


Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver, were the sequels to the breakout success Pokémon Red and Blue versions. The games released just at the peak of the “Pokémania” phenomenon of the late 90s with a 1999 release in Japan, 2000 in the US and AU, and in 2001 in the EU. The sequels sought to expand upon the world of Pokémon created in Red and Blue adding a new region to explore filled with new characters and 100 new Pokémon. Pokémon Crystal Version released in 2001 and built even more upon the Johto Region with more quality-of-life upgrades, tweaks to the story and additions of new features like the ability to choose your sex and Battle Tower. After completing a recent replay of Pokémon Crystal Version it’s time to dive in with a retro review. How do these lauded sequels hold up? Read more to find out!


This game is set 2 years after the events in Pokémon Red and Blue versions and has the player taking on role of a new 10 year-old trainer that is starting their journey. Johto is a region that is to the west of the Kanto region, where Red and Blue took place. New trainers start out by visiting Professor Elm and choosing a starter from among Chikorita, Cyndaquil and Totodile a Grass, Fire, and Water type respectively. The rival in this game is an edgy kid that steals a Pokémon from the Elm lab after you receive yours. He also seems to have a connection to the villainous Team Rocket who has returned in this game and are looking for their leader Giovanni as they carry out evil schemes. The player must take on the 8 Johto Gym Leaders and challenge the Pokémon League while stopping Team Rocket along the way.

The Johto region sports many environments and locations a decent mix of familiar and unfamiliar. Some Locations really show off a uniqueness that establishes Johto as different place, while others will feel right at home in the previous titles. The story in the game makes frequent callbacks to the previous games establishing the connection between the stories and making the world feel more alive via the connection to the previous regions.

Game Play

The game play builds upon what was established in Red and Blue. The isometric over-world exploration and thrilling turn-based battles remain intact from the originals with several refinements. The biggest change will be the addition of two new Pokémon types: the Dark-Type and the Steel-Type. These types were introduced to balance the type chart which had previously left the Psychic-type too strong in Red and Blue with little counter-play. Another new feature was the introduction of Pokémon Breeding, a process that allowed players even further customization of their Pokémon via breeding moves that Pokémon can’t normally learn onto the offspring. The games also introduced an internal clock so that the game tracks whether it is day or nighttime and the over-world visuals and appearance rate of Pokémon change. The HM system returns with a bunch of new additions and with them new environmental obstacles such as waterfalls whirlpools.


One again the sound team pushes the limits of the Game Boy hardware with an amazing soundtrack. The jaunty town and route themes create an atmosphere that feels familiar yet very different from the soundtrack in Red Blue and Yellow. This game notably has a few more tunes that have a melancholy feel to them making some songs feel nostalgic even upon hearing them for the first time. Several tunes from Pokémon Red Blue Green and Yellow return as remixes that capture the feel of the originals while giving the sense of time passed. The cries for the new Pokémon carry the same unique qualities that make them feel right at home among the existing cries. The sound effects feature a mix of staple sound effects from the previous games and brand new sounds for a mix that lets the player know they are playing Pokémon but a new game in a new setting.

Graphics and Visuals

GameFreak has further refined their understanding of the Game Boy hardware and created a graphical presentation far superior to that of Red/Green/Blue/Yellow. The Pokémon sprites are clearer and more detailed. The spites are colorful and the poses are full of life. If you play the Crystal Version the Pokémon sprites will move when you first send them out into battle this touch makes the Pokémon feel even more alive. The in-game trainers have all had upgrades to their sprites and new designs making the visual experience feel fresh and new even. This game starts the series staple of the NPC trainers having new designs in every new generation. All of the major characters have iconic designs that players will instantly fall in love with. The animations for Pokémon attacks have also been given an upgrade to make them more visually impressive, as you play you can see and feel the power of each move as the attacks flash across the screen and impact the opponents.

The upgrade to the over-world visuals are not as intense as the Pokémon and trainer visuals, but they are still impressive and in some areas shine in an outstanding display. The environments range from towns themed after ancient Japanese villages to sprawling modern cityscapes, to caves covered in ice. Exploring the visual world is an experience like no other on the Game Boy.


The inclusion of the Kanto quest in the game effectively results in the main quest for the game being spit between the two regions. This results in the Johto region being somewhat shorter than the main quest in Red and Blue, in fact the Johto quest is the shortest main game quest in the franchise. This splitting also affects the Pokémon distribution with several Johto (The Murkrow, Houndour, Larvitar, and Slugma lines) Pokémon only being found in the Kanto region making them unwatchable during the main quest. This limitation combined with the high percentage of Kanto Pokémon present in the Johto region rob the main quest of some of it’s unique feel as players encounter many Pokémon they have seen before.

The expansion of the HM system pushes the number of HMs up to 7 which is a significant number. This often results in players being forced to replace useful moves to have HMs needed to navigate the over-world or face having to backtrack to a Pokémon Center when they encounter an obstacle.


The addition of more chances to re-battle certain NPC trainers and the addition of breeding to further customize your favorite Pokémon adds a level of replayable to the game that is better than what was in Red/Blue, however, the games still suffer from a lack of post-game content.

In the Crystal Version the Battle Tower is introduced, it is a tower where players can ascend by widding battles against NPC trainers with very strong AI making them difficult battles. This feature is great for players looking for a deeper challenge after conquering the game world but aren’t ready for competitive play against other humans.

Final Verdict

Pokémon Gold/Silver/Crystal stands as a great sequel. It’s said that lightning doesn’t strike twice, but these games proved that saying wrong and set the stage for Pokémon to continue on to become the mega-series that it is today. The games pick up where Red/Blue/Yellow left off and do a solid job of expanding the game world in a way that feels both new and familiar. The game shows the growing pains of a new series breaching out and and finding its feet in it’s first sequel but the cons of the game are far outweighed by the pros. If you enjoyed Red/Blue/Yellow you will love this game. If you are a fan that missed out on playing these games it is worth it to come back and experience the debut of Johto and first steps into the larger world of Pokémon.

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Twitch Streamer Kaia to Host IRL Stream from Yeticon Anime Convention

This weekend, June 17-19th, the twitch streamer Kaia is going to be holding an IRL stream live from the Yeticon anime convention. The stream promises cosplay, parties, and more. If you’re looking for a fun way to kick off the summer drop by and check it out.

The stream will be held on Kaia’s Twitch channel at Twitch.tv/Kaia

Spicy Saturday: Belle Delphine Does Collab with Tayszea

Queen of the Internet Belle Delphine has teamed up with fellow OnlyFans creator Tayszea for an incredibly hot collaboration.

on Friday both creators posted to their social media previewing the megacollab which has the duo in matching lingerie. The set promises to be very fun and sexy.


Tayszea is a UK-based creator whose unique mix of Dungeons and Dragons role-playing with sexy content has gained her a huge following. Her character Rosie the Apothecary is huge on TikTok and Instagram with over 100k followers, and 47k followers receptively.

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Final Fantasy XVI Trailer Shows Summons and Combat

During today’s State of Play SquareEnix showed a trailer for the upcoming Final Fantasy XVI, the trailer shows off some of the combat which appears to be even more action-oriented than previous titles with the combat resembling a spectacle fighter like Devil May Cry or Bayonetta. There were no other party members shown in the trailer which has led to speculation that there might not be a party of characters

The trailer also indicates that the summon spells themselves will play an important role in the story and be playable in giant battles.

The trailer announced the release window for summer of 2023.

New Information for Pokémon Scarlet and Violet Revealed! Release date Confirmed.

Today the Pokémon Company released a new trailer showing off more details for the upcoming games Pokémon Scarlet Version and Pokémon Violet Version.

The trailer shows off the new professors, the new friend/rival, and a selection of new Pokémon including the legendary Pokémon that are on the game boxes. The trailer also gave a small look at some game elements.

New Characters

Two new Pokémon Professors were introduced. For the first time is series history the Pokémon professor that gives the player their starting Pokémon will vary depending on which version the player chooses.

Professor Sada will be the professor in the Scarlet Version. She has a rugged jungle or ancient cavewoman aesthetic.

Professor Turo will be the professor in the Violet Version. He has a sleek futuristic design. At this time it isn’t known what the professors specialize in, however their research seems to be connected to the two legendary Pokémon.

Nemona appears to be the friendly rival character for the game. She has a student aesthetic with a similar uniform to the player. She is good an Pokémon battles, but she seems to be bad at throwing Poké Balls. She has the new Pawmi, Lechonk and Smolive on her team.

New Pokémon

In addition to the electric sacs in its cheeks, Pawmi has electricity-discharging organs on its forepaws. It generates electricity by rubbing its cheeks, then it shocks its opponents by touching them with the pads on its forepaws.
The fur that covers its body is good insulation against the cold and serves the purpose of storing electricity. When it feels uneasy, this cautious Pokémon will begin rubbing its cheeks, preparing itself to discharge an electric shock.

  • Category: Mouse Pokémon
  • Type: Electric
  • Height: 1′
  • Weight: 5.5 lbs.
  • Ability: Static / Natural Cure

Lechonk uses its sense of smell to find and eat only the most fragrant wild grasses and the richest Berries. As a result of its dining habits, it has come to radiate an aroma resembling herbs that Bug-type Pokémon dislike. If attacked by an opponent and startled, it will charge forward in a panic.

It may appear fat at first glance, but in reality, the Pokémon’s body is mostly muscle built by constantly walking around in search of food.

  • Category: Hog Pokémon
  • Type: Normal
  • Height: 1’8″
  • Weight: 22.5 lbs.
  • Ability: Aroma Veil / Gluttony

The oil that comes out of its head has a very strong bitter taste, and it is not suitable for consumption.
When startled or attacked, Smoliv will shoot this oil out, slowing its opponent down. It will then seize that moment to run away.

In the fruit on its head, Smoliv stores oil made from nutrients it gathers through photosynthesis. As a result, it can go for a week without eating or drinking. It prefers dry and sunny climates, and it seems to spend its days sunbathing.

  • Category: Olive Pokémon
  • Type: Grass/Normal
  • Height: 1′
  • Weight: 14.3 lbs.
  • Ability: Early Bird

The Legendary Pokémon Koraidon and Miraidon

Koraidon and Miraidon are the legendary Pokémon that grace the covers of the games. Koraidon can be found in Pokémon Scarlet and Miraidon can be found in Pokemon Violet. Both Pokémon appear to be be based on motorcycles and are reptilian. Koraidon has a wild aesthetic and the name indicates it is connected to the ancient past. Miraidon has a clean digital aesthetic and the name indicates it is connected to the technological future. At this time it is unknown what types these Pokémon are.

New Game Elements

The trailer revealed a few of the new elements present in the games. It confirms that the game is open world and players will be able to explore the world in any way they want. The player will not be bound to a pre-determined order of exploration. This means that players will be able to take on the gyms and other story elements in any order. The trailer also gives us a look at the battle screen which is dynamic, with clear menus.

Players will be able to connect together and explore the in-game world individually with de-synchronized gameplay. Pokémon trading between players is fast and fluid.

Release Date This Fall

Pokémon Scarlet Version and Pokémon Violet Version will release on November 18th 2022. Preorders are open now.