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The Aurora Ticket is an item that was only obtainable at real world events, which unlocks Birth Island on Pokemon FireRed, LeafGreen and Emerald.

Since we originally obtained the Pokemon Gen 3 Aurora Ticket Distribution, for several years some private collectors who already possessed the newly public roms said that our version of the Aurora Ticket had a chunk of data erased from the hex. None of this effected the function of usage of the distribution, as it was all miscellaneous and unused data. Not long after we obtained the Doel Deoxys distribution in September 2018, we finally were able to obtain the alleged unedited Aurora Ticket rom. The data that was erased from the public copy before it came into our possession (further proof GBA devcarts are being rewritten with these) was revealed to be leftover data of the Japanese Aurora Ticket wondercard and Japanese wonder news about the event. None of this data is usable at the moment, however leftover data in distribution software is commonly found.

Some examples you may remember being Negaiboshi / Wishing Star Jirachi hidden in the Wishmaker software, or the debug/test Pokemon hidden in some of the NDS roms. One day in the future this data may amount for something to be seen or used by the public, but for now the important aspect of this being public is that the original unedited Aurora Ticket Distribution is properly preserved along with all our other unedited Pokemon Gen 3 GBA Distributions.

Download: Pokemon Aurora Ticket Untouched US...

Over the years I’ve been working with others in the Pokemon Community to preserve at least one of each Gen 3 event Pokemon and as many Gen 3 distributions as possible, it soon became apparently that the Pokemon Gen 3 event distributions been sold on GBA Development Cartridges on Ebay we’re replications / clones. I’m not using the word “fake” here as the software been sold on these development cartridges is legitimate, however it’s a copy been passed off as the original and sold for a lot of money. (€1000+ )

Our group worked out how this was been done earlier in the year, and quite honestly anyone could do this with the hardware you have at home now. Yet this information is not widely known, many perceive you need old GBA development kits with obscure hardware / software that won’t run on modern computers.

The reality is you simply need an Nintendo DS and a Flash Card.

We decided it’s best for the community if this information is out there and readily available, as its already been abused at this point so we’re only benefiting people misusing this by keeping quiet.

With that in mind today I’m we’re publishing two guides, one aimed at the Pokémon event preservation community to raise awareness and one aimed more at the console homebrew enthusiast / developer who might whish to developed their own GBA homebrew and test it on proper GBA development hardware.

Read more on the posts below:

How Pokemon GBA Distribution Cartridges Are Replicated and Sold For €1000’s

Flash / Write Official GBA Development Flash Carts With An Nintendo DS

We have had the privilege of preserving another Pokemon Gen 1 Mew, this time we have a Mew distributed in Norway to Club Nintendo members.

Digiex member @Golden Toilette kindly backed up his save game containing the Norway Mew, obtained all the way back in the year 2000, allowing us to share it for all to enjoy.

The Club Nintendo Mew distribution ran in Norway from October 15th 2000, to November 20th 2000 and required you to be a Club Nintendo member to receive a Mew.

Read more: Pokemon GEN1 Legit Club Nintendo Norway Mew Event

With the announcement of Niantic Wayfarer coming soon to Pokemon Go players, it is perceived eligible Pokemon Go players world wide will soon gain the ability to submit Pokestops, so this will finally not just be limited to certain countries.

Having recently worked with an Ingress player to submit POI ideas in my local area, I learned quite a bit about the process from him. I also learned how you can analyse the S2 cells in your area with tools such as IITC Mobile. This allows you to figure out where you need to make a submission and how many submissions you need to create another gym in a certain area for example.

At first glance apps like IITC Mobile might not appear to be the most user friendly, however once you have them setup correctly its very easy to use IITC Mobile to understand the area you wish to improve on Pokemon Go.

Learn more: Plan Pokestop Submissions In S2 L17 Cells With IITC Mobile.

Freespace 2 is currently free to claim on Good Old Games (GoG) for the next 42 hours from the time of posting.

The game continues on the story from Descent: FreeSpace, once again thrusting the player into the role of a pilot fighting against the mysterious aliens, the Shivans. While defending the human race and its alien Vasudan allies, the player also gets involved in putting down a rebellion of those elements of Vasudan (Hammer of Light) and Human (Neo Terran Front) forces which don't want to cooperate with one another.

Freespace 2 also includes the FRED2 editor available in the installation directory of the game.

Link: Freespace 2 on GoG

The Xbox One scene might finally be starting to get a little interesting. XVMM has released a privilege escalation exploit for Xbox One consoles running in dev mode.

Essentially this allows you to breakout the user land sandbox and gain Administrator access. Currently this will allow you to dump the nand using the XRF tool, however it might allow for some other interesting things to happen.

Either way its nice to see a little Xbox One activity after all these years. Microsoft will probably patch this exploit pretty soon however.

Download: Xbox One Dev Mode Privilege Escalation Exploit

A Prototype / Demo of Pokemon Silver localised for Germany has been preserved and released. This Pokemon Silver demo was purchased from a collector who was selling off various Pokemon prototype carts.

The game was already out in Japan by that time, so don't expect anything major like the space world demos with that in mind, however their are a few minor differences which are explained in the Pokemon Silver German Prototype / Demo release thread.

Regardless it is still indeed a very interesting and very rare release that is now preserved for historical Pokemon preservation.

Thanks to @Deoxyz who made this release possible before he retired from Pokemon related projects.

The Humble Store is back with another free game giveaway, this time you can claim Grid 2 by signing up to the Humble Store newsletter. In addition to Grid 2 you also get the Bathurst and Spa-Francorchamps track pack DLC.

Grid 2 includes numerous real world locations and cities such as Paris, in addition vehicles spanning four decades. Grid 2 features a new handling system that developer Codemasters has dubbed 'TrueFeel', which aims to hit a sweet spot between realism and accessibility. Races do not include a first person cockpit view.

You have until Sunday 17th March at 5pm UTC+0 to claim Grid 2 for free.

Link: Grid 2 on the Humble Store

Microsoft has released a video showing a demonstration of its upcoming xCloud game streaming service. This is a cloud gaming service that streams games to PCs, consoles, and mobile devices using Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud services.

Microsoft demonstrated Forza Horizon 4 streaming to an Android phone. An Xbox One controller was connected via Bluetooth, showing how it will be easy to stream games to mobile devices.

I can certainly see the appeal of xCloud game streaming service, it would be a great way to have some impromptu Xbox Lan's. Since split screen gaming is not really a thing this generation on most games, this could be an easy way for people to it in the same room and enjoy some Xbox gaming, perhaps even on your dinner break at work?

What do you think? if I could potentially stream the Xbox games i own digitally at no extra cost i'd be very interested. However i don't think its something i'd subscribe to in addition to Xbox Live.

xCloud Streaming Demonstration:

Today Microsoft added Crackdown 2 as a backwards compatible game on the Xbox One, in addition Microsoft has also allowed Crackdown 2 to be downloaded for free. This means now both the original Crackdown and Crackdown 2 can be downloaded for free on both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

I'm personally a big fan of both of these games, so for free both are well worth checking out. If you enjoy these games then Crackdown 3 is more of the same crazy, open world fun.


Crackdown on the Xbox Marketplace Download

Crackdown 2 on the Xbox Marketplace Download

We're not sure if both Crackdown games will both be free indefinitely, so its worth adding them to your library sooner, rather than later.

Remember: Skills for Kills, Agent. Skills for Kills.