Thursday, August 5, 2021

Starfleet Academy Star Trek Series in Development at Paramount+

During an interview with The New York Times, filmmaker and producer Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Star Trek Into Darkness, Clarice) revealed that Paramount+ is developing a series centered on the Starfleet Academy.RELATED: Paramount+’s Star Trek: Lower Decks Season 2 Trailer ReleasedEmmy-nominated Kurtzman has produced five shows in the Star Trek universe for Paramount+, including Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, the adult animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks, the upcoming Paramount/Nickelodeon animated series Star Trek: Prodigy, and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, debuting in 2022. The outlet confirmed that another project, Section 31 starring Michelle Yeoh in her reprised role as Captain Philippa Georgiou is also in the works along with a “show built around the Starfleet Academy, which will be aimed at a younger audience.”It has not yet been confirmed if the Starfleet Academy project will be a live-action or animated series.“I think we’re just getting started,” said Kurtzman about the ever-expanding Star Trek universe. “There’s just so much more to be had.”President of CBS Studios David Stapf added: “Anything goes, as long as it can fit into the Star Trek ethos of inspiration, optimism, and the general idea that humankind is good. So comedy, adult animation, kids’ animation — you name the genre, and there’s probably a Star Trek version of it.”RELATED: Star Trek: Prodigy Teaser For Nickelodeon & Paramount+’s Animated SeriesKurtzman, who revealed to the outlet that he “wants to get much weirder with the franchise,” said if it were up to him, he would be “pushing the boundaries much further than I think most people would want. I think we might get there. Marvel has actually proven that you can. But you have to build a certain foundation in order to get there and we’re still building our foundation.”
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    Pokémon Unite Update Nerfs Eldegoss, Buffs Wigglytuff and Charizard

    The first major Pokémon Unite update centered around balance changes has arrived.This is great news if you play as Charizard or Wigglytuff, but slightly less stellar if you were supporting your teammates as Eldegoss. The new Pokémon Unite update nerfs Eldegoss pretty substantially as its HP restoration moves Cotton Guard and Cotton Cloud Crash have been decreased. Meanwhile, Wigglytuff has seen increases across the board to boost its defense and health, while several attacks have been strengthened. Another big winner is Charizard, who has a lessened cooldown for Flamethrower and Fire Blast, while each attack is made more effective.Many other characters have also seen tweaks made, which you can view below. Also impacted are Talonflame, Venusaur, Absol, Cinderace, Gengar, Zeraora, Cramorant, Machamp, Lucario, Greninja, and Alolan Ninetales.Check out the full Pokémon Unite update patch notes below:Bug FixesText FixesSpectate Feature Test Release:A test release of the Spectate feature will be performed from 8-4-2021 at 12 a.m. PDT/7:00 UTC until 8-6-2021 at 12 a.m. PDT/7:00 UTC.Changes are being made to some Pokémon stats and moves to adjust the balance of Unite Battles.CharizardFlamethrower:Cooldown reduced.Effects on opposing Pokémon strengthened.Fire Punch:Effects on opposing Pokémon strengthened.Fire Blast:Cooldown reduced.Effects on opposing Pokémon strengthened.TalonflameAcrobatics:Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.Aerial Ace:Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.Aerial Ace+:Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.Fly:Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.VenusaurSludge Bomb:Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.Effects on opposing Pokémon strengthened.Petal Dance:Move UpgradeSolar Beam:Cooldown reduced.Unite Move: Verdant AngerDamage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.AbsolBasic Attack:Night Slash:Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.Sucker Punch:Damage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.WigglytuffThe following stats have been increased:Defense, Sp. Def, HPDouble SlapDamage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.Effects on opposing Pokémon strengthened.SingEffects on opposing Pokémon strengthened.Dazzling GleamEldegossCotton GuardCooldown lengthened.HP restoration decreased.Cotton SporeCooldown reduced.Effects on opposing Pokémon strengthened.This move’s Defense, Sp. Def increase has been strengthened.Unite Move: Cotton Cloud CrashHP restoration decreased.CinderaceThe following stats have been decreased:Blaze KickDamage dealt to opposing Pokémon decreased.FeintMove DowngradePyro BallDamage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.GengarBasic AttackShadow BallDamage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.HexMove DowngradeDream EaterMove UpgradeZeraoraSparkWild ChargeDamage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.Cooldown reduced.Unite Move: Plasma GaleDamage dealt to opposing Pokémon decreased.CramorantWhirlpoolDamage dealt to opposing Pokémon decreased.DiveDamage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.MachampBasic AttackCross ChopDamage dealt to opposing Pokémon decreased.Close CombatDamage dealt to opposing Pokémon increased.LucarioPower-Up PunchBone RushGreninjaBasic AttackAlolan NinetalesSnow Warning

    New Pokémon Snap Update Adds More Areas and 20 More Pokémon

    New Pokémon Snap already had 214 of the titular creatures and now it is getting a few more. An upcoming free update for the game is adding 20 more Pokémon to the game as well as three new areas. The update will be released on August 3.Who’s ready to make more photographic memories with Pokémon? 📸 A free content update is coming to #NewPokemonSnap on August 3! pic.twitter.com/7NSTf2viJb— Pokémon (@Pokemon) July 29, 2021The official Pokémon Twitter account unveiled the trailer for this upcoming update. In it, it shows the new monsters like Rockruff, Swalot, and Snorlax, to name a few. The trailer also shows a portion where it shrinks the player down to the size of a Poké Ball and lets them get a more intimate look at the bug Pokémon and puts the other, bigger Pokémon in a different light.RELATED: Detective Pikachu Artist Imagines Xenomorphs, Godzilla as PokémonAccording to Serbii, the three new areas are Mightywide River, Florio Island Nature Park, and Barren Wilderness, all of which will have day and night variants. The three areas will have their own sorts of layouts as the river will have rapids and the wilderness will have cliffs and poisonous swamps.MORE: That’s No Moon. It’s an Ambitious New Game Studio.This is the first big update to the game, but it’s unclear if it will see more updates like this or paid DLC down the road.

    McDonalds released a Pokémon Happy Meal this week to mark the 25th anniversary of the franchise. The boxes, which have Pikachu printed on the side, include a pack of Pokémon cards. There are more than 50 to collect and each pack contains a McDonalds-exclusive holographic (or Holo) card. Already, there's a bustling online market for the cards and resellers are raking it in. Some speculators are heading to McDonalds early to snap up Happy Meals and reports suggest they're buying as many Happy Meals as they can. Some locations are limiting the number of Happy Meals an individual can buy, but that doesn't seem to have stopped resellers from profiting.  Why are McDonald’s Pokémon cards going for so much on eBay? Also, scalpers are taking away these cards from kids. pic.twitter.com/6DxzzhN8Sd — Jason (@panzerjedi) February 9, 2021 The card packs are often selling for at least $10. Some people have gotten their hands on boxes containing more than 100 packs, which are selling on eBay for $1,000 or more. Whether the exclusive cards will be valuable enough in the long run to justify paying over the odds remains to be seen, but they appear to have been produced in large quantities, so they might not be very rare. Just a quick close up of the foil for the McDonald’s Pokémon 25 Year Anniversary cards.#Pokemon #McDonalds pic.twitter.com/8puNzGealP — Kyle Dotson (@BitterHyena) February 9, 2021 Happy Meals with the card packs might not be easy to come by, though, with some fans reporting that their local McDonalds outlets have sold out. Still, at least some people who are only after the cards aren't simply throwing away the food, and are instead donating it to folks in need.  Given that the Pokémon Trading Card Game seems to have become more popular than ever over the last year or so, it shouldn't be too surprising that an online market sprung up rapidly for these packs. Some prominent Twitch creators have spent thousands of dollars on card packs to open on their stream in the hope of finding rare, valuable Holos with which they can turn a profit.

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