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The Pokémon Go Fest Fiasco

Developers of the popular Pokémon Go, Niantic, had a rough time during the first day of Pokemon Go Fest in Chicago because of server issues.

Polygon‘s Allegra Frank reports widespread server issues caused attendees to boo at Niantic CEO John Hanke and yell “Fix the game!” and “Fix the servers!” Shortly after that, Frank reported that Niantic promised attendees $100 worth of Pokécoins at a later date. Dani Deahl of The Verge also added that Niantic added the game’s first legendary Pokémon, Lugia, to attendees’ accounts.

During its release last year, Pokemon Go became such a cultural phenomenon that The Verge‘s Emily Yoshida asked acclaimed director Werner Herzog for his thoughts on the game. As a result, mainstream media sources are reporting on Pokémon Go Fest’s problems; CNBC’s Chris Welch also covered the story as well as USA Today‘s Edward C. Baig.

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SXSW 2017 Gaming Award Winners

The 2017 South by Southwest Gaming Awards have been released, and the winners are listed below or available here.

Uncharted 4 took the “Video Game of the Year” and “Most Memorable Character”. Doom and Battlefield 1 took several awards, including “Excellence in Musical Score” and “Excellence in Gameplay” (Doom) and “Excellence in SFX” and “Excellence in Technical Achievement” (Battlefield 1).

Other noteworthy awards include “”Matthew Crump Cultural Innovation Award” (That Dragon, Cancer), which awards games that challenges that  “best challenges the ‘norm’ of everyday gaming and offers a culturally innovative view of a game world, character, or gameplay” (source). You can find more information about the criteria behind the awards here.

The awards were presented on March 18, 2017 at the Hilton Grand Ballroom in Austin, Texas. The awards were sponsored by IGN and Imaginary Forces; they were hosted by WWE performer Xavier Woods and Twitch streamer OMGitsfirefoxx. Continue reading SXSW 2017 Gaming Award Winners