Last week, Square Enix brought Final Fantasy 7 Remake to the PlayStation 5 and with it, launched the EPISODE INTERmission DLC starring Yuffie Kisaragi. It’s absolutely worth playing if you enjoyed last year’s Remake, as it combines satisfying combat with a storyline that reminds the player why Yuffie is a fan-favorite from the original. And man, it looks good. Tetsuya Nomura, the director of Final Fantasy 7 Remake, has said the game’s sequel will begin where EPISODE INTERmission (henceforth referred to as “Yuffie’s DLC,” for everyone’s sake) finishes. That’s great news — but if you’ve played Yuffie’s DLC and have seen its ending, you may be at a loss as to what its ending even means. So let’s break it down.
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It should go without saying, but: spoilers below. Deepground, the deep cutThere are two parts of Yuffie’s DLC to break down. The final stretch of the game, in which you’re introduced to a new gang of bad guys, and the post-game scenes, which leads into Final Fantasy Remake Part 2. First, the bad guys: Deepground. Deepground is a secret branch of SOLIDER (which is the military wing of Shinra), one that was actually introduced in the 2006 Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy 7 game that starred Vincent Valentine. Leading Deepground are elite warriors known as Tsviets — and leading the Tsviets is Weiss. Weiss, head of Deepground and baddie from Dirge of Cerberus, being experimented on in Yuffie’s DLC.
We see Weiss being experimented on in Yuffie’s DLC in Shinra’s basement levels. He seems not fussed at all with the “idiots” at Shinra trying to clone him, and summons his younger brother, Nero, to go “hunt.” That’s obviously bad news for Yuffie and Sonon, who face Nero as the final boss in the DLC. After a tough battle, you nearly escape — before Nero emerges from the darkness. stabs Sonon and retrives his body. Yuffie escapes, but Sonon is a goner — and will probably return in Part 2 as a Deepground experiment. What’s important about all this is that Dirge of Cerberus — where Deepground, Weiss, Nero and the rest of the Tsiviets were introduced — occurred after the events of the original game. That the group is being introduced here obviously means they’ll be a part of Remake Part 2, which means you can expect significant changes to the story beats. After Sonon’s “death,” Yuffie escapes in time to see Sector 7 explode and crumble onto the slums below.Nero, Weiss’ brother, is the final boss of Yuffie’s DLC. Both Weiss and Nero being introduced here has big story implications for Remake’s next part.
Final Fantasy tries alternate realityThe post-game scenes take us back to Cloud, Barret, Tifa, Yuffie and Red XIII. They have some banter about long walks and how Midgar is a trash city, then they hitchhike to the nearby town of Kalm. (Being picked up by Chocobo Bill, who fans will remember from the original game.) This is all fine and dandy, but then we see something more interesting.Zack Fair is outside Aerith’s church, practicing some “Hey, it’s been a while!” lines. After psyching himself up, he barges through the doors to announce his return, only to find a church full of Midgar citizens, probably taking refuge from the Sector 7 explosion. Zack trying, unsuccessfully, to play it cool.
Some quick reminders.At the end of Final Fantasy 7 Remake, it’s revealed that there are multiple timelines: The story we saw in the original game is one timeline, and Remake another. At Remake’s end, you destroy the Whisper Harbinger. The Whispers had been ensuring each timeline flows in the same way — or, in other words, ensuring the storyline of Remake followed the original’s. Now that you killed off the Whisper Harbinger, there’s nothing stopping the story from straying from the original’s. (This will probably be important for the Deepground plot, too.)Second, Zack Fair was Cloud’s mentor and the protagonist of Crisis Core: Final Fantasy 7, a prequel to the original. A 1st Class Soldier, he dies at the end of Crisis Core, just before the events of Final Fantasy 7, as he’s gunned down by dozens and dozens of Shinra’s infantry. (That’s a whole separate story, well worth experiencing in Crisis Core if you have a PSP handy.) In Crisis Core we see that Zack had a romance with Aerith, which is why he’s anxious to visit her at the Church.Now, here’s the important part. This new scene featuring Zack Fair shows that he’s alive and well, which is a huge change for the Final Fantasy 7 story. But what’s still not clear is which reality he’s alive in. At the end of Remake, as Zack recovers from the attack that in the other reality left him dead, we see a chip packet with Shinra’s Stamp mascot on it — but it’s conspicuously different from the Stamp mascot we saw in Remake, implying a different timeline. An eagle-eyed fan on Reddit has pointed out that the church Zack enters at the end of Yuffie’s DLC is different — less dilapidated — than the one we see in Remake. So Zack is indeed back, but we still don’t know what timeline he’s in.
Pokemon Unite: How to share save data between Switch and mobile – CNET
Pokemon Unite comes to mobile devices on Sept. 22. The Pokemon Company Two months after it launched on Nintendo Switch, Pokemon Unite has arrived on mobile devices. The free-to-play Pokemon spinoff game is now available to download on Google Play and the Apple App Store, and players can even share their progress between the Switch…
Pokemon Unite comes to mobile devices on Sept. 22.
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Two months after it launched on Nintendo Switch, Pokemon Unite has arrived on mobile devices. The free-to-play Pokemon spinoff game is now available to download on Google Play and the Apple App Store, and players can even share their progress between the Switch and mobile versions. Here’s a rundown on how to share your Pokemon Unite save data across the two versions.How to share Pokemon Unite save data across Switch and mobileYour Pokemon Unite progress is tied to the Nintendo account or Pokemon Trainer Club account you link when you begin the game. To share your data between the Switch and mobile versions, you must log in with that same linked account when you first start the game on a new device.
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Keep in mind that you must log in with your existing account the first time you start the game if you hope to carry over your progress. If you begin playing on a new device without linking, new data will be created, which means you’ll no longer be able to link your existing progress.Pokemon Unite is free to download and play, with optional in-game purchases. Unlike most other multiplayer Nintendo Switch games, a Nintendo Switch Online subscription is not required to play Pokemon Unite online. The mobile and Switch versions of the game are the same in terms of gameplay and content.To coincide with the mobile launch of Pokemon Unite, the Pokemon Company has rolled out a big update that introduces a variety of new content and features to the game, including its second battle pass, new held items and a spectator mode that allows you to watch other players’ matches. The Pokemon Company will also distribute 2,000 Aeos Tickets to all players beginning Sept. 29 to celebrate surpassing 9 million downloads on Switch.
TikTok says 1 billion people now use its app every month – CNET
Sarah Tew/CNET TikTok has hit a new milestone, more than 1 billion monthly active users around the world. The popular social video app shared the news in a blog post on Monday.”More than 1 billion people around the world now come to TikTok every month to be entertained as they learn, laugh, or discover something…
TikTok has hit a new milestone, more than 1 billion monthly active users around the world. The popular social video app shared the news in a blog post on Monday.”More than 1 billion people around the world now come to TikTok every month to be entertained as they learn, laugh, or discover something new,” the company said in a blog post. “We’re honored to be a home for our immensely diverse community of families, small businesses, and creators who transform into our favorite stars.”
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Stop carrying your COVID vaccine card. Here are ways to store it on your phone – CNET
You’ll need your vaccination card to enter restaurants, gyms and other venues across the country. US Department of Defense For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO and CDC websites. With the White House’s recent vaccine mandates that include government workers, school districts and large employers, it’s more important than…
You’ll need your vaccination card to enter restaurants, gyms and other venues across the country.
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For the most up-to-date news and information about the coronavirus pandemic, visit the WHO and CDC websites.
With the White House’s recent vaccine mandates that include government workers, school districts and large employers, it’s more important than ever to keep your COVID-19 vaccine card handy. Cities and counties across the country are also requiring proof of vaccination to attend indoor events and enter gyms, restaurants and bars. That goes for kids, too, who may soon be eligible for the vaccine.President Joe Biden said the purpose of the federal vaccination mandates is to stem the surge of COVID-19 cases and to put pressure on those who haven’t yet gotten vaccinated. The vaccines have proven time and again to be highly effective in preventing severe illness. Over the summer, as the delta variant spread across the US, the bulk of COVID cases were among the unvaccinated, who accounted for over 97% of all hospitalizations and deaths as of July. That rectangular paper card you received when you were vaccinated is your ticket to proving that you’re vaccinated. (And if there’s still room on the card, it can show you got a booster shot from Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson when those are available.) But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doesn’t have a record of your vaccination status. So, what if you lose it, or it gets damaged? Rather than carrying around the card, take a few minutes to add a digital copy of your vaccination card to your phone. By the way, you probably shouldn’t laminate it, since it prevents your health care provider from updating it with future booster shots. Here are a few options I’ve found while researching how to safely store my vaccination card.
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There isn’t just one way to show proof of vaccinationThe US doesn’t have a single online system or app you can use to show proof of vaccination on your phone. Instead, what qualifies as proof varies by city, county and even business. Some places may accept a picture of your vaccination card; others may require you to use an app that’s authorized at state level. It’s a confusing mess, to put it mildly. I strongly urge you to take a few minutes to research what your city, county or state will accept as proof, as it can vary. For example, concert producer AEG Presents will accept a “physical copy of a COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, a digital copy of such card or such other proof as is permitted locally.” Along with school mandates, many colleges are are also requiring students and employees to be vaccinated. Seattle University, for example, requires students to be vaccinated to attend in-person classes via an online form that uploads photos of the front and back of the vaccination card.When in doubt, look for information on the business’s website, or call the local health department and ask for clarification. This is bound to save you time, headaches and being turned away at the door. Save your card easily on an Android device or iPhoneIf you have an iPhone, with an update coming soon for iOS 15 you’ll be able to add your vaccine card to your Apple Wallet to present to whenever you need to show you’re fully vaccinated. (You can keep a copy in the Health app right now.) Over on Android, you can add your vaccine card to the Google Pay app. I need to remind myself each time where my card is in Google Pay, so I added a shortcut icon to my home screen to quickly find it.Samsung has an app just for you Samsung now gives Galaxy phone owners the option to add proof of vaccination to Samsung Pay, its wallet app. By having direct access to your vaccination record, you won’t have to fiddle around with creating photo albums and tapping through multiple screens before you’re able to show it to a bouncer at your local watering hole. Samsung Galaxy device users can store proof of vaccination in Samsung Pay by downloading the CommonHealth app.
To add your card to Samsung Pay, you’ll need to download the CommonHealth app (Samsung’s partner) from the Google Play Store. Follow the prompts in the app to verify your vaccination status. Once the app confirms you’ve indeed gotten the shots, you’ll be prompted to download a Smart Health Card to Samsung Pay. That card is what you’ll then show to anyone requesting you show proof of vaccination. Use your phone to take a clear photo of your cardIs that too much fuss? The simplest way to have a digital record of your vaccine status is to snap a picture of your vaccination card and keep it on your phone. The CDC even recommends keeping a picture of your card as a backup copy. Taking a photo of your card — front and back — is the quickest and easiest way to store it on your phone.
Simply use the camera app on your phone to snap the photo. You can favorite the photo to quickly locate it or store it in a notes app, a folder or somewhere that’s easy to remember so you don’t have to endlessly scroll your camera roll to find it. Make sure you’re in a well-lit area and get close enough to the card that its dates and details are legible. I also suggest putting the card on a dark surface, while remaining conscious of shadows of your arms or the phone on the card itself. Here’s an example of one way to save your vaccination card as a new photo album. On an iPhone, open the Photos app, select the Albums tab and then tap the + sign in the top left corner followed by New Album. Give the album a name and then tap Save. Next, select the photos of your card to add it to the album. On an Android phone, it depends on which app you’re using, but the process should generally be the same. If you’re using the Google Photos app, open the app and then select the picture of your vaccination card. Tap the three-dot menu button in the top-right corner, followed by the Add to Album button. Select +New album and give it a name such as “Vaccination Card” and tap the checkmark button when you’re done. Look for apps based on your location, like ExcelsiorSome states — including California, Colorado, Hawaii, New York and Oregon — offer some form of digital vaccination card. The myColorado app requires you to create an account, verify your identity and then add your digital driver’s license to your phone. After you’ve done that, you can then add your myVaccine record to the app.
Louisiana’s LA Wallet app takes a similar approach to Colorado’s, allowing you to add your driver’s license and proof of vaccination to your phone. California’s implementation requires you to fill out a form to verify your identity, after which you’ll receive a text message or email with a link to a QR code you can save to your phone. When scanned, the code will offer proof of vaccination. The link will also include a digital copy of your vaccination record. MyIR Mobile is another app used by several state health departments to provide a digital copy of your vaccination card. Currently, if you live in Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Dakota, Washington, West Virginia or Washington, DC, this is the app you’ll use. The Notes app on the iPhone has a built-in scanner that makes it really easy to quickly scan your vaccination card and store a copy.
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More options to digitally store your vaccination cardI’ve had a large number of readers reach out to me about this article, each one offering advice and guidance about storing a proof of vaccination card. Some suggestions include well-known airport security service Clear. In fact, some concert and exhibition halls are requiring attendees use Clear to verify their vaccination status to attend a show. You can go to clearme.com/healthpass to download the app and get your card added. VaxYes is another service that verifies your vaccination status and then adds your vaccination card to Apple Wallet. I’ve read that you can add your card to the Google Pay app, but after signing up and going through the process myself, I don’t see the option on a Pixel 5 running Android 12. If your local municipality or employer used the CDC’s Vaccine Administration Management System, then you can use the VAMS website to access your vaccination records. I had more than one reader reach out to me about using this system to show proof of vaccination, but without an account myself, I’m unable to go through the process of accessing a vaccination record. Another suggestion I received from multiple readers is to use a scanner app on your phone and store a scanned copy of your vaccination card in something like your OneDrive personal vault or a password manager (almost all of them offer some sort of secure file storage) instead of storing the photo in Google Photos or Apple’s iCloud photos. On an iPhone, you can use the scanner that’s built into the Notes app. On Android, Google’s Stack PDF scanner will be enough to get the job done.This story updates as the national vaccine conversation continues. For more information about the forthcoming booster shots, make sure to read this. We have up-to-date details about the delta variant, as well as delta plus and the lambda variant.