Shacknews - Jason Venter

Gather the six Zapfish and you’ll unlock the Boss Kettle where the Splatoon 2 campaign’s second battle arena awaits. Your foe, the Octo Samurai, carries a huge ink roller he waves around like a sword. As per Sheldon’s Request, you also need to utilize a roller. In other words, there’s going to be a lot of ink splashed around the arena.

Your first concern as the battle begins is mere survival. Until you’re familiar with the Octo Samurai’s attack patterns (and even after that), it’s a good idea to strafe at a moderate distance. As you do so, splash down ink with your roller and dip into your trail when you need to refill your supply. It doesn’t hurt if you’ve also purchased the upgrade so you can carry more ink with you. By marking up the ground, you make it easier to move quickly to the sides if the battle makes the necessary. You can also circle more quickly and perhaps even get in a few attacks from behind, if you’re feeling brave.

After you fight the Octo Samurai for a while, it will speed toward you on a bike. Dodge that rush, then dash in and counter with your ink. You can probably get in a few quick attacks, but be sure to back away as the bike transforms back into an oversized sword. You can repeat this pattern as needed, until finally you splash enough paint on your foe that it a large tentacle appears. Hit that appendage with everything you’ve got, until you deal some severe damage.

Now the Octo Stomp will attack more ferociously. He has gained a downward strike attack that you need to avoid, in addition to his prior techniques. You want to make sure there’s plenty of ink you can use to swiftly move to the sides. Then you can counter, but watch out for another new attack: a whirling swing. Fortunately, there’s a sound cue you can use to steer clear of that technique. Listen for a high-pitched shriek, then back quickly away to avoid taking damage.

Once you are familiar enough with those attacks and deal enough damage, a tentacle emerges again. After you harm that tentacle enough, it recedes and the battle’s third phase begins. This final phase is much like the previous ones, except the downward thrust can produce a long line of ink that you must also avoid. The boss likes to repeat that attack two more times in succession, and then he’ll be a bit winded. His fatigue allows you to move in close and splash some more paint on him before retreating.

Naturally, the Octo Samurai will mix his new attack with the others you’ve been avoiding up to that point, so be ready for anything as you spread more paint around and eventually deal a final blow. Then you’re ready to resume your Splatoon adventure and hopefully find out more about the whereabouts of Callie and the Great Zapfish.

Shacknews - John Keefer

Elon Musk is on the cutting edge of technology. From SpaceX to the Tesla to a new hyperloop train system, Musk stays informed on all the latest in electronics to both make life easier and benefit the planet. There is one area, however, that he thinks needs immediate government regulation: Artificial Intelligence.

“I have exposure to the very cutting edge AI, and I think people should be really concerned about it,” Musk told the National Governors Association this past weekend. “I keep sounding the alarm bell, but until people see robots going down the street killing people, they don’t know how to react, because it seems so ethereal.”

AI is making incredible leaps, from Google's AlphaGo AI beating a human grand master at the strategy board game Go to Facebook's various AIs communicating in their own language. And there are currently no limits to its expansion. Musk is looking further down the road, though, where super-intelligent AIs could become a problem. 

Current work on "stupid" AI could eventually lead to what the AI community calls "artificial general intelligence," along the lines of the futuristic movies we see, such as Skynet from The Terminator and VIKI from I, Robot.

"AI is a rare case where we need to be proactive about regulation instead of reactive," Musk said, "because I think by the time we are reactive in AI regulation, it’s too late.” He said that government stepping in after “a whole bunch of bad things happen” won't work because AI represents “a fundamental risk to the existence of civilization.”

David Ha, who is working on Google Brain, disagreed with Musk to a degree via Twitter, seeing more of a threat in AI being used to “mask unethical human activities.”

Check out Musk's full talk below. His comments on AI start around the 48-minute mark.

Shacknews - Shack Staff

Developer Niantic Labs delighted Pokemon Go fans earlier this weekend by rolling out Legendary Raids, special events that pit your band of merry monsters against some of the toughest—and rarest—Pokemon in the game. Lugia, a silver-and-blue bird that rose to notoriety after it graced the cover of Pokemon Silver on Game Boy Color, is one such legendary pocket monster. Catching Lugia is no easy task, but there are steps you can take to add this silver feather to your cap.

How to Catch Lugia in Pokemon Go

If you want to find Lugia, you'll have to find a Legendary Raid. Refer to your game screen and travel to a gym when and where these events take place. Every Legendary Raid centers on a major battle against a Legendary Pokemon, some of the strongest in the entire game. If Lugia is named as your boss, you'll have a chance to capture it at the end of the fight. Of course, you'll have to make it that far first.

The best way to win a Legendary Raid is to get together with friends ahead of time. Not just a few, either: players who have conquered raids are reporting going in with more than a dozen trainers. Coordinate with your group so that each of you puts his or her best Pokemon on the front lines. Lugia and other Legendary Pokemon have tens of thousands of hit points, so prepare for an epic brawl.

Like any other battle, you'll win this one by being prepared. While Lugia takes adequate damage from most types, it's especially vulnerable against Rock, Ghost, Dark, Electric, and Ice Pokemon. Make sure to bring along items that raise your chance of capturing Lugia after the battle, such as Golden Razz Berries.

How to Use Lugia

Each Legendary Pokemon that Niantic added to Pokemon Go comes with exceptions, and Lugia is… well, no exception. Lugia cannot be assigned to guard one of your gyms, but it excels at leading attacks against rival gyms.

Looking for more tips on catching Legendary Pokemon in Pokemon Go? Check out our guide to adding Articuno to your roster.

Shacknews - Asif Khan

It is time. We need to have a good old Shackbattle in Rocket League. 3 on 3. I was inspired by Xavier Woods' impromptu Windjammers tournament at EVO 2017 and will be using a similar award system for the winners of this summer's Rocket League Tournament of Doom. First place splits $300 in Space Bucks (XBL/PSN/Steam/eShop). Third place splits $150 in Space Bucks. Second place, nothing. 

It is never easy to get everyone in the same place on the same day, so I have a few suggestions for how we go about this. Depending on the number of teams that sign up, I suggest a weekend bracket and weekday bracket. Once we have it down to the Finals and third place games we could figure out a time that works for the teams. If the team enrollment is lower, we will keep the tournament to one day. Either way, we plan to broadcast the tournament live on Shacknews Twitch channel.

Rules:

  • All entrants must have a Shacknews.com account and have made at least 1 post to the Chatty. 
  • All 3 players on the sign-up sheet have to be in attendance for the tournament (no subs).
  • Rounds leading up to the Finals will be best of three.
  • This tournament will be single elimination (no loser's bracket).
  • Finals will be a best of five match.
  • First place team wins $300 Space Bucks.
  • Third place team wins $150 Space Bucks.
  • Second place team, nothing.

Sign up for the Rocket League Tournament of Doom here. Please also indicate when is good for you here.

I will provide an update once we have the time settled for the tournament. In case you missed it, check out the Finals from last year.

Please use the comments section for coordinating teams and any suggestions you may have for me regarding the Shacknews Summer Rocket League Tournament of Doom.

Shacknews - Shack Staff

After over a year of anticipation and demand by fans, legendary Pokemon have been added to Pokemon Go. They appear during Legendary Raid events, and Articuno is near the top of every Pokemon trainer's must-catch list. Articuno is crafty and pops up rarely, but following our guide will raise your odds of adding this legendary pocket monster to your collection.

How to Catch Articuno in Pokemon Go

Like many of his legendary pals, Articuno only appears during a Legendary Raid in which he is featured as the event's boss. On top of that, Raids pose a challenge even to veteran Pokemon trainers. Trainers who team up are more likely to survive and capture Pokemon.

Gather your friends and meet at a Legendary Raid spot, represented as gyms in-game. Make sure you've got at least one Pokemon in your collection powered up and ready to rumble; it's not uncommon for Legendary Pokemon to boast life gauges of 40,000 hit points or more. You'll also want to make sure you've got the right pocket monsters for the job. Articuno is weak against fire, steel, electric, and especially fire. Beware, though: this Pokemon shrugs off attacks from Ground, Bug, and Grass Pokemon types.

Scrape and claw your way to the end of the Legendary Raid and hang tough against Articuno. Don't let up when he's on the ropes. Like any other Pokemon, Articuno must be captured. Bring some Golden Razz Berries—which boost your chances of capturing critters—into the Raid to give yourself an even better chance of sticking the landing.

How to Use Articuno

Triumphing over Articuno is a sweet, sweet victory, but there are some stipulations to keep in mind. For instance, you can't use Articuno to defend one of your gyms. He's extremely valuable as a weapon to attack other gyms with, however. In other words, put him on offense, not defense.

Want to catch more info on Pokemon Go? Check out on Pokemon Go hub for more news, tips, and guides, such as strategies for finding and capturing Lugia.

Shacknews - Charles Singletary

Roblox is a free-to-play game that has evolved into a creative platform that is home to over 29 million games created by their community, which is largely made up of kids of various ages. In a report from Venturebeat, it turns out some of those kids are making enough money to pay for their own college education.

The game works by giving users access to this "imagination platform" where they can make in-game assets from their ideas and sell them to other players for an in-game currency called "Robux". That currency can then be turned into real-life money. Roblox has surpassed 56 million users and that wave of users uses Roblox for over 496 million hours every month so, in the right creative hands, someone could turn Roblox into their personal ATM.

The report confirms that Roblox has paid out $18 million to their 1.7 million creators so far and CEO Dave Baszucki announced they expect to exceed $30 million in payouts by the end of 2017. This is no doubt a great opportunity for kids with a creative inclination, but Vice President of Developer Relations Grace Francisco points out in an interview with Gamesbeat that the company recognizes its "opportunity to change the diversity of the tech industry in a grassroots, bottom-up way".

The game has a growing number of women in its company (40% in the US currently) with the majority of developers aged 13-20. With their evolving internship program, Roblox could certainly turn into a pipeline that influences Silicon Valley for the better. Roblox is available on PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Amazon Devices, Xbox One, Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive.

Shacknews - Jason Venter

If you were serious about playing console games in the late 90s and the early 00s, you could hardly help but notice Crash Bandicoot, a furry critter who for a while looked like he might enjoy a lengthy career as Sony’s official mascot. That didn’t happen, and Sony ultimately decided it could do just fine without a Mario or a Master Chief. Even so, Crash clearly stuck with a lot of players in the UK and that has recently worked in Activision’s favor.

UK sales charts for the week ending July 22, 2017 have just been announced, and they reveal that Crash Bandicoot N.Sane Trilogy was able to spin and dash its way to the top spot during its third full week on the market. The PlayStation 4 exclusive was ranked third last week, and managed to fend off strong competition from Splatoon 2 (a new Nintendo Switch arrival that was only on the market for 1 day at the point totals would have been tallied), Grand Theft Auto 5, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. A lot of the other games rounding out the top 40 have been available for several months or even years.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy collects reworked versions of three classic PlayStation games: Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back, and Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped. The compilation was put together by Vicarious Visions, rather than the original development team at Naughty Dog. It has been favorably received by critics and fans alike, and in North America has an MSRP of $39.99 USD.

The Chart Track software charts monitor software on all formats, and you can view the latest top 40 software titles for yourself at the official Chart Track site.

Shacknews - John Keefer

The Destiny 2 open beta has accomplished what it set out to do, namely find errors and issues in the game and address them before the game's launch in September on console and October on PC. Apparently, Bungie thinks it is going well enough to extend the beta an extra day to July 25, ending at 6 p.m. PT / 9 p.m. ET.

Players have found numerous errors and problems during the open beta, such as Olive, Moose, Weasel and Termite. Bungie has already rolled out beta update 1.04 to the PlayStation 4 to address various issues with the flora and fauna, but wants "additional service testing" with players. Bungie has also promised players that they are listening to their concerns, and have PvE improvements planned.

If you are playing the beta, be sure to check out our various guides, including Countdown PvP, Accessing the Farm Social Space, and whether Hawthorne is the Exo-Stranger.

Destiny 2 is scheduled to launch on Xbox One and PS4 on September 6, and on Pc on October 24. The delay on PC is to make sure they get the play right, given this is the first time the series will appear on the PC platform.

 

 

Shacknews - Asif Khan

San Diego Comic-Con 2017 is over, but the hype is spilling over into this week. After a closer look at the Ready Player One trailer, Maddog_Delphi97 posted a thread on our Chatty forum about a beloved video game character appearing at 1 minute and 30 seconds. 

Let's take a closer look.

Jeans, check. Flat top haircut, check. Rocket launcher, check. If only there was a way to confirm this...

Well that settles it. Duke Nukem is in the Ready Player One trailer. Hail to the King, Baby!

Shacknews - Charles Singletary

The marriage of development team Bluehole, Inc. and the creator of the DayZ: Battle Royale, Brendon Green aka PlayerUnknown, continues to bear major fruit. We reported that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds had reached $100 million sales on 4 million units just a couple months ago and, as reported by PC Gamer, the game has now surpassed the 5 million unit mark.

The report is based on SteamSpy so it isn't an official announcement of the milestone, but Bluehole will likely speak on this sometime soon. PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is of a genre of games modeled after the Japanese manga and film Battle Royale where a select number of people are dropped into a remote area and the last one alive is the winner. Battlegrounds' contests involve 100 contestants and players can either play in solo, duo, and 4-player squad matches. 

The incredibly intense game has grown in popularity not only for how fun it is to play but how fun it is to watch. The game sits right at the head of the pack on Twitch with 150,000+ viewers at the time this article was written and you're likely in the minority if you haven't seen a highlight video of some ridiculous feat in-game come across your social media at some point.

It did well enough right at launch in March of this year that it was welcome on stage at the E3 PC Gamer Show to show off its more ambitious future updates and break the news that it will be coming to Xbox One as a console exclusive.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is currently available on Steam for $29.99 and will be coming to Xbox One in late 2017. Even if sales slow a great deal, the game sits in the company of DOTA 2 and Counter-Strike for concurrent players on Steam. That's some incredible company to keep.

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