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  • Community Crunch 329: PAX West 2022 - Come meet HLN-A!

    Greetings Survivors and welcome to another edition of the Community Crunch! 

    The ARK team and your cheery robot-AI guide, HLN-A, will be at PAX West ARK Booth #325 (Main Floor - Level 4) from September 2nd through September 5th! While #PAXRex and #PAXRaptor hibernate, we're bringing a well-known companion to help us navigate the PAX event floor! A real life-sized version of HLN-A, complete with an incredible holographic display-face, will be in attendance to interact directly with ARK survivors – so whatever burning questions or comments you’ve always wanted to ask her, this is your chance!

    Also, survivors will get their first chance to play ARK: Ultimate Survivor Edition on Nintendo Switch, developed by Grove Street Games. This completely rehauled version of ARK will include enhancements and upgrades to bring it into line, visually and functionally, with the experience on Xbox One and PS4 – ultimately including all of its Expansion Packs, starting with Scorched Earth at PAX – and launching with a new game mode featuring our loving AI-companion HLN-A as they players through ARK in a low-pressure, kid-friendly, dino-fact-filled adventure in a special mode called "ARK: Dinosaur Discovery"!

    If you're planning on attending, don't miss out on a chance to grab some exclusive ARK giveaways and get a firsthand demo of ARK: Ultimate Survivor Edition on Nintendo Switch!



    This month’s Wildcard cause was chosen in honor of members of our community who have been impacted by cancer. Many of our players are young adults - we're passionate about giving back to our community and we’ve opted to support a charity that focuses on that age group. 

    Today cancer is a leading terminal disease amongst 20 to 39 year-olds.

    Despite advances in early detection, treatment, and prevention, there’s been no improvement within the last 30 years in survival rates for this particular age group — and in fact, the gap between the survival rates of young adults and those of cancer patients in other age groups is widening.

    We believe technology and entertainment can help to bring people together and that gaming can be advantageous in terms of recovery and in coping during treatment: 

    Studies have also been conducted and show patient empowerment has been increased with the use of video games (Caldwell, et al 2013) Govender et al (2015) also found these benefits with cancer patients in particular, The researchers go to state “Empowerment interventions may enhance patients’ internal locus of control, resilience, coping skills, and self-management of symptoms related to disease and therapy.”

    Cancer patients can commonly suffer with a phenomena known as “chemo brain”, where cognitive functioning is impacted (Simó, Rifà-Ros, Rodriguez-Fornells, & Bruna, 2013) video games have been proven to increase working memory, problem solving, spatial awareness and eye hand coordination and executive control functions (Hall et al, 2012; Shin, et al 2015, Adachi, & Willoughby, 2013).

    With respect to our players battling cancer, we’ve donated to the Ulman Foundation, a charity that creates a community of support for young adults and their loved ones.




    There is an ongoing EVO event until 1 PM Pacific, on August 22nd.  You can find the rates below:

    *Note that these bonuses are multiplicative of the game's standard 1x rates. 

    • Official Servers: 2x XP, Harvesting, Taming, and Breeding (imprint, maturation, hatch/gestation), 0.5x Mating Interval
    • Small Tribe Servers: 4.5x XP, Harvesting, Taming, 4x Breeding (imprint, maturation, hatch/gestation), 0.5x Mating Interval
    • ARKpocalypse: 5x XP, Harvesting, Taming, and Breeding (imprint, maturation, hatch/gestation), 0.5x Mating Interval
    • Conquest: 5x XP, Harvesting, Taming, and Breeding (imprint, maturation, hatch/gestation), 0.5x Mating Interval

    For the duration of this EVO Event, we will be disabling the world buffs from Baby Boon & Maewing Poach on Genesis Part 2 on the Official Network. In the past, we've adjusted for the impact events have had on the rates by tweaking the bonuses that we use during breeding events, however, those tweaks lead to unfavorable circumstances on maps that aren't Genesis Part 2, so during breeding events, we'll be disabling these mission buffs specifically as not to affect the bonuses on other maps.



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    Was doing a red drop on Extinction. Hit E. Fell off giga. Chased giga around amid wyverns and enraged triceratops. Latter killed me. Giga ate the rest. Got giga. Went to public TP. Person who built it didn't fill in the gap underneath. Got trapped. Died again. Got my stuff back again. Danced with my corpse because this time there was a corpse left to dance with.

    Just another day, really.



    Creator: Camway Gaming
    Camway Gaming walks through some tips that even the most seasoned ARK survivors may find useful!

    Creator: Neebs Gaming
    Check out the latest episode in Neebs Gaming "Ark: Noobs Vs Alpha Tribe" series!


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    Top Of the Winds by @Rex_2_



    ARK x Synapsida  by @falco_luna



    Deinonychus by @rianeko_mabi 



    Fenrir by @sarekoube1



    Untitled by @sis_6193



    Whistle the Managarmr by StarMew27#2125


    Teen Yuty Fanart by 恐鳥#5783






    Ari the Adventurer#1243


    Katt Farrell#0928



    See you next week!
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    Wish I could be there at Pax!  It's the one I live closest too as well. However the concrud  (con-flu) always finds me, so no cons for me this time.

    Also, that's really awesome about the cancer charity thing. It seems a lot of young people in my age group have been passing of cancer these past few years. That is far to young.

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    a real-life HLN-A was the last thing I was expecting for ARK but I am 100% here for it. If only I was local to PAX...

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    So when are we finally getting news on the Charcharadontosaurus? We haven't gotten any news on it since it was stated that since it was the runer-up in the previous two votings that it would be added sometime after Fjordur...

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    An EVO please?! To make up for the horrendous lag and multiple days of rollback on EU Crossplay Official servers 🥹

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    22 minutes ago, Ahonuworld said:

    An EVO please?! To make up for the horrendous lag and multiple days of rollback on EU Crossplay Official servers 🥹

    totally agree this week has been a nightmare and not just gen 2 and lost island all maps have been crashing frequently

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