Pokémon Go developer wants it to last as long as World of Warcraft

After everything that’s happened in 2016, it can be difficult to remember this year’s positive moments. But, over the past 11 months, one thing – a certain game’s release – stands out.

Pokémon Go was inescapable. For weeks, it and soaked up the lives of those playing. Even if you didn’t play it yourself, you likely saw the gangs of kids (and overgrown children) who were, roaming the streets, absorbed by the virtual monsters around them.

It’s hard to overstate its impact. Pokémon Go kinds of , overtook every app including Facebook for the amount of time users spent on it per day, and shot to the very top of the global zeitgeist – referenced by Donald Trump, , and here in the UK, er, Jeremy Corbyn.

World of Final Fantasy review

Two amnesiacs, apparently orphaned, on a journey to dethrone tyrants, reconcile kingdoms and suffer the niggling indignity of random battles. World of Final Fantasy, a game that heralds the beginning of a year of 30th Anniversary celebrations for Square Enix’s flagship series, trembles with nostalgic resonance. Billed as a return to Final Fantasy’s formative style (just as the company readies itself for reactions to the 15th and least conventional game in the series to date), the game revives Koichi Ishii’s line-dancing, turn-based battles, as well as the careers of numerous heroes, brought out of retirement for the Disney-esque parade.

As you might expect, it’s a game of cutesy nods and winks, a warm soup of fan-service, lumpy with chocobos, moogles, cactuars and all the rest. But for all the predictability, it’s also a game that, at its core, answers an entirely unexpected question: would Pokémon be a better game if you could stack the monsters into a weaponised tower?

Lann and Reynn, sibling baristas who work in an abandoned (yet curiously pristine) city, soon discover that they’re able to trap the local monsters, known as Mirages, in Prismariums – a kind of snow globe able to miniaturise and hoover up a creature sufficiently weakened to be ‘imprismed’. Mirages prove loyal to their captors; once caught they willingly fight to enslave other fauna. World of Final Fantasy’s novelty is that a Mirage can be placed on Lann and Reynn’s heads, and another, smaller Mirage on top of that. In keeping with Donald Trump’s guiding creed, as a tower grows in height so its maker grows in power. Each Mirage’s hit points, defensive capabilities and even spells combine when stacked – until, that is, the tower is toppled, at which point its constituent elements scatter to the ground.

Report: Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey secretly funded pro-Trump meme website

A new report has accused Oculus Rift creator Palmer Luckey of secretly funding a website designed to promote Donald Trump memes on the internet.

24-year-old Luckey, whose fortune is pegged at $700m after selling Oculus to Facebook for $2bn, is quoted by admitting to putting money into an unofficial Trump group dedicated to “s**tposting” and circulating anti-Hillary Clinton memes.

According to the report, Luckey financially backed an organisation called Nimble America. Here’s an archived Reddit post announcing its formation:

Loads of new Sun and Moon Pokémon have been revealed

Five minutes of fresh Pokémon Sun and Moon footage has shown off new Pokémon forms and species, including one critter that looks like Donald Trump.

He’s called Gumshoos, and is the evolution of mongoose-style Pokémon Yungoos.

There are also new forms for some old favourites, such as icy versions of Red/Blue species Vulpix, Ninetails, Sandshrew and Sandslash.