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New form in Pokemon Sun and Moon leaks

Earlier this week, a couple new Pokemon from the upcoming Pokemon Sun and Moon games were spotted in a Japanese magazine. The leak showed off a sandcastle Pokemon, a new Meowth, a new fish Pokemon and more. A new leak, has given us yet another look at a fish Pokemon and a new version of Raichu.

The leaker claims that the Pokemon will be officially revealed on August 12th, along with some of the other information that was featured in the Japanese magazine. If this is true, that means the Alolan Meowth, Alolan Marowak, and Team Skull will be featured in the upcoming Pokemon Sun and Moon announcement, as well as the Pokemon that were revealed today.

Today’s leak has revealed Raichu’s new form: Alolan Raichu. This version of Raichu will be an Electric/Psychic-type and softens the Pokemon’s appearance quite a bit.

On the following page, you can take a look at a mushroom Pokemon, what appears to be a sea cucumber Pokemon, and the new fish Pokemon.

Pokemon go has become a global phenomenon in just a week. It’s already the most popular mobile in the US… ever. And it’s eclipsed popular dating and social media apps like Tinder and Twitter. With tens of millions of people playing, the internet’s been flooded with screenshots and captions of Pokemon they’ve found in hilarious locations.

Of them, Snorlax is one of the most prolific. Known for blocking the path of trainers in the original games, requiring the Poke Flute to wake it up, Snorlax has a reputation for being an obstruction, but also one of the most powerful Pokemon around. It’s big and fat, but that’s not a downside in this case. For Snorlax, it’s a source of power, and the ability to tank hits from just about any challenger.

Snorlax is notably rare. Often only one or two can be found per game. That’s no different in Pokemon Go, but the sheer number of people playing have yielded some great screenshots. Here are some of our favorites.

POKEMON GO EVEN LEGAL, ISN’T IT ?

Pokemon Go has taken over the world, raking in tons of money for both The Pokemon Company and local businesses. But its location-based play has raised many questions about the safety and legality of a game that asks large groups to perform specific actions in public spaces.

What happens when a Gym is placed on top of someone’s front yard? When a lure is dropped in the center of a quiet neighborhood? When someone unwittingly injures themselves on private property? One lawsuit has already been filed against Niantic after a New Jersey man accused Pokemon Go of encouraging strangers to trespass outside his home — will more follow?

“The biggest concern is that you’re getting a ton of people out in public that would not otherwise [have] been out there,” Josh King, Chief Legal Officer of Avvo Legal Services told IGN. “[They’re] interacting with each other, and interacting with a physical environment, and so all of the laws that apply in the real world still apply, even though you’ve got this augmented reality situation going on.”

King “would not be surprised” if someone eventually contested it in court.

King lists some of the biggest legal concerns that could possibly arise as a result of the effects of Pokemon Go, citing negligence, contributory negligence, nuisance, and trespassing as the biggest concerns. He doesn’t see the game having a big effect on legislation change, but he does admit he “would not be surprised” if someone eventually contested it in court.

With a specialty in media law, King often works on cases that correlate in some way to the first amendment. He notes that the amendment does more to protect the players than businesses.

“It’s important to remember that everyone’s got a first amendment right to associate intangible objects or concepts with tangible things, and that’s what’s really happening when you assign a PokeStop, a [Pokemon randomly appears], or you have a gym,” he explains.

“Whatever the case may be, ultimately you’re associating intangible objects or ideas with tangible things.”

This means that it’s completely legal for game developers to layer fictional animals or items on top of someone’s real business.

The most likely grievance to be filed would be a nuisance suit.

King’s advice remains consistent throughout our time speaking with him: be considerate, and take other’s property and livelihood into account when out looking for Pokemon or tracking down Stops.

“I’m hopeful that a lot of this will lead to greater and more beneficial social interaction between players,” he says. “But, you’re certainly going to have cases — at least on the fringes — of people who will abuse the system, or there are going to be confrontations and situations that happen.

“And ultimately, they just need to be aware of their surroundings and mindful of the choices they make.”

So, what does happen when a Gym is placed on someone’s front lawn and their otherwise quiet neighborhood is suddenly overrun with anxious would-be trainers in the middle of the day? Pokemon Go tends to cause people to congregate, which can be a big issue in smaller areas not used to sustaining so many people all at once.

“Game players will have to be careful of that,” he says, encouraging people to practice discretion when entering into a private or residential area.

According to him, the most likely grievance to be filed would be a nuisance suit, which would address the noise or large presence of non-residents in the area disturbing the peace.

He compares a nuisance claim to that of a person complaining about a particularly loud or rowdy neighbor.

Basically, it can be classified as “something happening off your property that impacts your enjoyment of your property.” Whether it’s teens smoking or a bad DJ at a graduation party, any sort of noise level or guest number has the potential to be the base of a nuisance suit.

Something of this caliber could potentially be used to go after the developers of Pokemon Go, he says, then adds that the recently-added feature to opt out of being a designated stop or gym helps offset that possibility.

No Man’s Sky Honest Game

If one relatively kind thing can be said of the No Man’s Sky feedback, it’s that folks are somewhat disappointed with the game they got. While there have been countless threads and comments detailing the missed hopes and expectations, it’s important to remember that there’s a pretty funny bright side to this: a brutal Honest Trailer.

The fine folks at Screen Junkies have put together an Honest Game Trailer for Smosh Games that takes a humorous critical look at No Man’s Sky, sparing no expense to poke fun at the hype that once surrounded the game. The thing about these Honest Trailers is that they’re great at highlighting that voice inside of you that pops up when you think you may have made a mistake. I think that’s called regret. Here, it’s disguised as Buyer’s Remorse, and the trailer certainly makes plenty of references to it throughout.

Old footage from old gameplay trailers are laid out alongside current in-game footage, and honestly, the juxtaposition alone is enough to show just how much things have changed. Of course, this is true for nearly all games, but in No Man’s Sky, the difference feels just that much, well, different.

And, as always, the roll call at the end delivers the biggest laugh. Honestly, I think Buyer’s Remorse has had more of a recurring role in all of my purchases than Stan Lee has had in all the Marvel movies ever created. Dang.

While I, personally, have found plenty of things to enjoy about No Man’s Sky, it seems that enough people haven’t, and less-humorous reactions than this Honest Trailer were born. Still, I find I’m thankful for this Honest Trailer if only because it holds up a humorous mirror to us, allowing us to acknowledge that we might be unhappy about something.

What’d you think? Did you play No Man’s Sky? Does this trailer hit too close to home?