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GUGcast: Episode 205 – Toss a Coin to Your Netflix Account Holder

 

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This week we mourn the loss of Kobe Bryant along with Disney’s original ideas. and geek out about Netflix getting more animated movies. For the question of the week, we share what kind of Pokemon we would be.

 

GAMING

NBA 2K20 adds tribute to Kobe Bryant
https://gamerant.com/nba-2k20-kobe-bryant/



Patapon 2 remaster trailer and release date
https://gamerant.com/patapon-2-remaster-ps4-release-date-trailer/



Arkham Knight gets Earth 2 Batman skin
https://gamerant.com/batman-arkham-knight-earth-2-skin/

 

 

 

MOVIES

Uncharted movie delayed AGAIN
https://www.google.com/amp/s/collider.com/uncharted-movie-delayed-tom-holland/%3famp

 

Bambi is Disney’s next live adaptation
https://screenrant.com/disney-bambi-live-action-remake/

 

Captain Marvel 2 in development for 2022
https://www.google.com/amp/s/screenrant.com/captain-marvel-2-movie-announcement-2022-release-date/amp/

 

 

TELEVISION

Witcher animated movie in the works
https://www.digitalspy.com/tv/ustv/a30652212/the-witcher-movie-netflix-release-date-cast-plot-trailer/

 

Mewtwo Strikes Back remake coming to Netflix next month
https://screenrant.com/pokemon-mewtwo-strikes-back-evolution-netflix-trailer-release/

 

 

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GUGcast: Episode 203 – The Living Podcast Episode

 

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This week we discuss the latest Pokemon news, the Morbius trailer, and that the Hawkeye show is not being delayed.

GAMING

Sony will not be at E3 2020
https://www.ign.com/articles/sony-will-not-be-at-e3-2020?sf115865316=1



Legends of Runeterra Open Beta announced
https://gamerant.com/legends-of-runterra-open-beta-dates/



Pokemon Expansion Pass and Mystery Dungeon DX announced
https://gamerant.com/pokemon-sword-shield-expansion-pass-price-release-date/

 

 

MOVIES

New Mutants Part of The MCU?
https://screenrant.com/new-mutants-movie-mcu-disney-marvel-d23/

 

Venom Director Working On Uncharted Movie – Ruben Fleischer
https://screenrant.com/uncharted-movie-tom-holland-director-venom-zombieland-rumors/

 

Morbius Trailer
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLMBLuGJTsA

 

 

TELEVISION

Hawkeye Is Not Delayed
https://screenrant.com/hawkeye-show-delay-disney-plus-indefinitely-rumor/

 

Peter Pan Sequel Series Syfy
https://screenrant.com/peter-pan-sequel-limited-series-wendy-lost-boys-league-syfy/

 

Westworld Season 3 
https://screenrant.com/westworld-season-3-release-date-guest-stars/

 

 

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https://www.patreon.com/GeeksUnderGrace

 
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Review: Pokemon Sword and Shield

Developer: Game Freak

Publisher: Junichi Masuda

GenreRPG

Platform: Switch

Rating: E for Everyone

Price $59.99

Finally, we have the first, full, RPG Pokemon game on Nintendo Switch. Fans are excited, because Pokemon Sword and Shield is simply too excellent to miss out on any of its moments. 

Content Guide

Positive Themes 

The entire Pokemon game is very colorful and family friendly from beginning to end. It encourages players to try different builds, to explore various regions, and to learn from failures or mistakes throughout gameplay. 

Review 

As a player who played Leaf Green and Ultra Sun, Sword and Shield is definitely a wonderful upgrade for the Pokemon game franchise. You don’t have to suffer from playing on the Gameboy or DS system any more. Instead, you can now comfortably play it on your big screen TV with a controller!

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Of course, you can take your game anywhere now, thanks to the portable design of the Switch. It is the best way to play a Pokemon game, and we  fans appreciate all the hard work and thoughtfulness that went into it. 

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The game is set in a fictional world based on British culture. You are able to visit various landscapes and environments such as green, wild pastures, stone, mighty castles, freezing, hailing, icy lands, etc. You can customize your character with different skin colors, hair styles, or clothing fashions throughout the game. You will feel more unique and engaged with your character, because no two players look exactly the same. 

Unlike previous Pokemon games, players can quickly meet up with the three starter Pokemon and even start to catch some wild Pokemon early on. Always keep some Pokemon balls with you, for you will use them a lot if you want to catch them all. With the generous in-game currency system, you won’t feel like you run out of money often at all. 

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My husband and I played different versions of the game, but we both ended up spending about 30 to 35 hours to complete all the gym challenges. It takes another 5 to 10 hours to reach end game content. I didn’t feel like I had to do some intense grinding in Sword and Shield. By going through the routes, exploring the areas, checking out regional Pokemon, and battling trainers along the way, my Pokemon naturally leveled up very well. 

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I also switched my team Pokemon more often than previous games, thanks to less painful grinding and more welcoming experience candy. You can get experience candy from Raid battles in the wild areas. Each experience candy can help your Pokemon level up several levels within seconds.

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Local and online cooperative battles are easy to access through internet. I had a lot of fun battling and trading with my friends. You can team up with strangers all over the world or participate with assigned AI in battles. Besides experience candy, you also will receive Poke balls, TMs, potions, and other important loots. Dynamax is fun to play, but be careful using its 3-turn Pokemon transformation feature tactically.

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One of the drawbacks is that you have to create a 4-digit code for private battle or trade with friends who know the code. However, sometimes you may run into random strangers who happen to use the same code and they jump into your arrangement. The system is not perfect, but workable most of the time. 

Sword and Shield have various differences, like exclusive gyms and  Pokemon. I love the gym mission, which makes battles along the path to gym leader more fun and diverse. You need to complete mini-puzzles and battle gym trainers. Each gym has its own unique mechanic; never a dull moment. One thing is consistent, though. Your rival, Hop, is very friendly and encouraging throughout the game. What a great friend! 

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The interface is very user friendly. You can even decide which icon goes where depending on your needs and preferences. Everything seems so clean and easy to use. I appreciate the developers putting a lot of thought in how to maximize the best gameplay experience for players.

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Quality of life improvement is great and welcoming, including things like land and water transportation, accessing both party and box anywhere, automatic full health restored after each gym leader battle, beautiful map illustration, no random unnecessary wild encounters, etc. All the improvement make the game so smooth, you just can’t stop playing. 

Poke-job is something unique in Sword and Shield. Think about this, instead of letting Pokemon sit in your box doing nothing, you are now able to send them to complete jobs. Each job provides experience for the participating Pokemon and items for you.

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Do pay attention to the job description, so that you can send out the most suitable candidates for the job. Some jobs can reward you $2000 or even $18,000 in-game currency, while others simply give you balls or potions. 

Additionally, you can set up camp with your Pokemon, cooking tasty curry and playing with them. By doing this, you increase the bond and experience of your Pokemon. You can also visit your friend’s camp and hang out with them. It is a wonderful feature to make your Pokemon trainer journey closer to real life.  

For the super hard-core fans, playing rank battles will be both fun and challenging. In order to get perfect stats on Pokemon, you have to spend time on high level rank battles or breeding eggs. Occasionally, you may receive a perfect one from a surprise trade. But one thing is for sure, your Pokemon journey does not stop at end game credits—the true challenge awaits after. 

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No matter whether you are a veteran or newcomer to Pokemon, Sword and Shield provides the perfect balance of having casual fun and being serious as a real trainer. It is the best in the series so far, and I can’t wait to see what is next for Pokemon. With this welcoming and fun entry, we can confirm the Pokemon community will only grow bigger and bigger.  

 

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Eeveelution

Kids’ minds really are like sponges.

Within three weeks of beginning to play Pokémon GO! with me, my five-year-old had the names, sounds, and CP levels of all my Pokémon burned into his little brain. And now, his two-year-old brother is following suit. I hear Jigglypuff squeals and Charmander squawks all day, every day. And the amount of questions about stats, raids, gyms – honestly you would think these kids are bigwigs interviewing me for a role as an actual, real-life Pokémon trainer.

So, naturally, I’m going to use Pokémon as an object lesson, because when you have a history of teaching children’s church and youth group, that’s what you do.

The Pokémon craze had barely brushed past me when I was a teen; I had already moved on to more “mature” geekery, like X-Men and Star Wars. So, when Pokémon GO! was released, the appeal of vague childhood nostalgia combined with minimally strenuous exercise seemed to me like a pretty good idea all around.

If you’re familiar with the game, you know that certain, low-level Pokémon can require a lot of time, experience, and “candies” to evolve, or even to power up. I’ve been playing the game for months now, and I still haven’t managed to obtain 400 candies for that ridiculous Swablu (it better be worth it)! But it can take a few hours to evolve an Eevee!

Hmmm.

I’m in a MOPS group at a local church, I’m friends with several pastors and ministers my own age, and I’m watching all of these incredible people grow and mature in their relationships with Christ. Many of them are developing a real compassion for the suffering – and they’re doing something about it. Many of them are lovingly, respectfully reaching out to others with mental health issues. Many of them are parents, offering physical support to other parents, in the form of meal trains, babysitting, and practical assistance. Many are re-evaluating their long-standing relationships with the church, seeking truth and substance over tradition. Many are “coming into their own” and realizing dreams, visions, and hopes that seemed out of reach years ago.

It was upon this realization that it hit me – we’re all like Pokémon.

Hear me out on this, okay? I really, really love analogies.

Maybe you’re a “veteran” Christian (a Snorlax, let’s say) and you feel like you’ve seen it all. You’re tired of the routine – the events and and the bulletins and the tithes – but then a “baby” Christian (how about a wide-eyed , chirpy little Turtwig?) comes your way and joins your team. You’ve got a great deal more experience than they do, and you can throw that weight around, or you can watch and see what gifts God has given this new believer, and you can stand alongside them as they evolve. You can do life together. You can follow after Jesus together.

I’ve met so many Christians who bristle at the word “evolve”, tensing up as though a Darwinian debate was imminent. But we all evolve – change, grow, mature – as believers, adapting our personal beliefs to be more in line with what Jesus taught. We abandon old habits or traditions that hinder furtherance of the Gospel. We realize where we have been wrong in thought or deed, and we make steps to correct our mistakes. We learn new points of view. We evolve. Some of us take longer than others. Some of us have to break through years of abuse or wrong teachings. Some of us seem to struggle to imitate Christ, while others delight in it.

We all “evolve” at different rates, and that is healthy and normal. But we all evolve. A lack of evolution, of change, is stagnation, and that will never do in the service of a kinetic, ever-reaching, and ever-moving God.

(I still wish that Swablu would get its tail-feathers in gear, though.)

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“Feel Old Yet?” Why Getting Older Isn’t Actually The Worst

A year goes by so fast, doesn’t it?

When we celebrated my son’s first birthday with our friends and family respectively, our little one was showered with gifts, despite our sincerest requests, which we will be careful to space out and switch out through the year.

I didn’t do the typical “Mom Thing,” which I guess is crying that my baby wasn’t technically a baby anymore.

And now he’s a whole two years old!

It’s bittersweet, of course, but to be honest, I just shrugged it off as fact. Whether I like it or not, he’s going to get older, as are we all.

And yet at the same time, getting older has always been something I’ve been petrified of. This most natural of things is something I’ve been irrationally afraid of, like a fear of clowns or imaginary monsters under the bed.

Aging is inevitable. Since we are not protagonists of a certain game or anime series involving pocket monsters, we must get older. And yet for some reason, this is a process most people can’t seem to accept, and is something many more fear and try to fight.

“As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, or if due to strength, eighty years. Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; for soon it is gone and we fly away.” Psalm 90:10.

If it is God’s will, most of us will have a good several decades on this Earth, but we are not meant to stay here forever. God has a plan for our several decades until He decides it is our time to be taken home with Him. This isn’t something to fear, but something to embrace. Life is a gift, and we should appreciate it through all its stages.

Perhaps one of the reasons we fear getting older is because we feel we will be lost on our own. When we’re young, we have our parents, teachers, and other trusted adults helping us through all of the trials of everyday life. But when we’re older, we’re supposed to be the ones helping the next generation. Perhaps we still feel we, ourselves, need a little guidance. But as we get older, we run out of people to show us the way. Maybe we forget that there is always Someone guiding us.

“Even to your old age I will be the same. And even to your graying years I will bear you! I have done it, and I will carry you; and I will bear you and I will deliver you.” Isaiah 46:4

Just because we are “Old and Wise” doesn’t mean we have to suddenly know what we’re doing at all times, and it certainly doesn’t mean that God will stop directing our path. Whenever we need guidance, just as He always has been, he will always will be a prayer away.

Finally, the reason many are afraid to get older could simply be just the fear of losing strength and ability, being stricken with arthritis or other ailments, or simply losing youthful vigor and looks. As vain as the latter may be, it’s certainly not uncommon to get upset at the sight of a grey hair or extra forehead wrinkle, or even just dreading the simple fact that an extra year is being tacked on to your age.

But 2 Corinthians 4:16 says not to “lose heart” at this. “Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.”

It’s natural to be a little upset when life on Earth makes our age become more and more apparent, and even aging itself can eventually become uncomfortable and debilitating. Despite all of this, we should take comfort in knowing that as our bodies age, our spirits are getting that much more time to level up, and the trials we face here, aging included, are nothing compared to the glory that awaits us.

With all of this in mind, I await my 29th birthday with a little less apprehension and a little more gratitude for the gift of life I’ve been given.