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  1. Ingress, Niantic's previous real-world mobile game, laid the foundation for the phenomenon that became Pokémon Go. Armed with a warchest filled with the success of Nintendo's foray into bringing Pokémon to life on Earth, their next stab at Ingress seems to be going all-out. The game has an anime series, live-action teasers, and seems to be doing everything it can to create a self-sustaining player base. Ingress Prime brings players into a secret war between the Enlightened and the Resistance, two groups with opposing views on how to use the mysterious resource known as XM. Coming from portals all across the world, XM seems to hold massive power and the potential to reshape humanity on a massive scale. Players travel to these real-world locations to gather the resources for their particular faction and complete mission. In the past, some of these missions could mobilize hundreds of people - Niantic seems to be hoping Ingress Prime will reach even larger numbers of players. Ingress Prime is currently available for mobile devices. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games!
  2. Ingress, Niantic's previous real-world mobile game, laid the foundation for the phenomenon that became Pokémon Go. Armed with a warchest filled with the success of Nintendo's foray into bringing Pokémon to life on Earth, their next stab at Ingress seems to be going all-out. The game has an anime series, live-action teasers, and seems to be doing everything it can to create a self-sustaining player base. Ingress Prime brings players into a secret war between the Enlightened and the Resistance, two groups with opposing views on how to use the mysterious resource known as XM. Coming from portals all across the world, XM seems to hold massive power and the potential to reshape humanity on a massive scale. Players travel to these real-world locations to gather the resources for their particular faction and complete mission. In the past, some of these missions could mobilize hundreds of people - Niantic seems to be hoping Ingress Prime will reach even larger numbers of players. Ingress Prime is currently available for mobile devices. Don't forget to sign up for Extra Life to help sick and injured kids in hospitals around the US and Canada by playing games! View full article
  3. On Nov. 19 Niantic challenged the trainers of the world. Catch 3 billion Pokémon in a week. The rewards included short-time access to the previously region-locked Farfetch'd (worldwide) and Kangaskhan (in East Asia) as well as other in-game buffs. Players succeeded in the lofty goal on Sunday, catching 3.36 billion. As an added bonus, Niantic announced a surprise perk today, legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh can now be found at Raid Battles at Gyms. Ho-Oh will only be catchable for a limited time until Tuesday, Dec. 12. The Global Catch Challenge, as it was formally called ran alongside a campaign called Pokémon GO Travel. In the video series, enlisted community stars explored various locations in Japan hunting for Pokémon while giving the global community daily updates on the challenge process. This challenge was the first of its kind, but it's not the first time that legendary Pokémon have been in the game. Like Ho-Oh, these Pokémon are only attainable through raid battles and can be caught during a limited time. Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres and Lugia were available earlier this year. Raikou, Entei and Suicune are currently available until Nov. 30 in rotating regions. Mewtwo is available through exclusive invite-only raids. Have you caught any legendary Pokémon? Did you participate in the Global Catch Challenge? Let us know in the comments below.
  4. On Nov. 19 Niantic challenged the trainers of the world. Catch 3 billion Pokémon in a week. The rewards included short-time access to the previously region-locked Farfetch'd (worldwide) and Kangaskhan (in East Asia) as well as other in-game buffs. Players succeeded in the lofty goal on Sunday, catching 3.36 billion. As an added bonus, Niantic announced a surprise perk today, legendary Pokémon Ho-Oh can now be found at Raid Battles at Gyms. Ho-Oh will only be catchable for a limited time until Tuesday, Dec. 12. The Global Catch Challenge, as it was formally called ran alongside a campaign called Pokémon GO Travel. In the video series, enlisted community stars explored various locations in Japan hunting for Pokémon while giving the global community daily updates on the challenge process. This challenge was the first of its kind, but it's not the first time that legendary Pokémon have been in the game. Like Ho-Oh, these Pokémon are only attainable through raid battles and can be caught during a limited time. Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres and Lugia were available earlier this year. Raikou, Entei and Suicune are currently available until Nov. 30 in rotating regions. Mewtwo is available through exclusive invite-only raids. Have you caught any legendary Pokémon? Did you participate in the Global Catch Challenge? Let us know in the comments below. View full article
  5. Pokémon Go may not dominate the public consciousness the way it once did, but that hasn't stopped Niantic from improving the game with updates. The company announced two big (and free) updates are heading to mobile title. Gyms are receiving a massive overhaul to make "ownership more collaborative" and encourage players to interact with their gyms in new ways. Prestige and training no longer dictate how Gyms operate. Players can instead store Pokémon in six permanent slots, with challengers battling a Gym's monsters in the order they were assigned. A new motivation system impacts a Pokémon's CP by lowering it with each defeat. However, friendly trainers can boost motivation by feeding defending Pokémon berries. The Gym's Photo Disc can now be spun to obtain items (just like with PokéStops) and Badges can be earned and leveled up by interacting with your team's Gym. Raid battles allow trainers to face powerful Pokémon in 20-player strong battles with raid bosses. These timed events temporarily take over Gyms, and defeating these bosses will reward valuable new items as well as the chance to capture the boss. Players will also be able to invite friends into private raid groups using a custom code system. Keep an eye for these changes to start rolling out in the coming weeks. You can read more about the updates on the Pokémon Go blog. If you haven't opened Pokémon Go in a while, are these changes enough to lure you back in? UPDATE: Raids in Pokémon Go have now fully rolled out and are available to all players at level 5 and above! View full article
  6. Pokémon Go may not dominate the public consciousness the way it once did, but that hasn't stopped Niantic from improving the game with updates. The company announced two big (and free) updates are heading to mobile title. Gyms are receiving a massive overhaul to make "ownership more collaborative" and encourage players to interact with their gyms in new ways. Prestige and training no longer dictate how Gyms operate. Players can instead store Pokémon in six permanent slots, with challengers battling a Gym's monsters in the order they were assigned. A new motivation system impacts a Pokémon's CP by lowering it with each defeat. However, friendly trainers can boost motivation by feeding defending Pokémon berries. The Gym's Photo Disc can now be spun to obtain items (just like with PokéStops) and Badges can be earned and leveled up by interacting with your team's Gym. Raid battles allow trainers to face powerful Pokémon in 20-player strong battles with raid bosses. These timed events temporarily take over Gyms, and defeating these bosses will reward valuable new items as well as the chance to capture the boss. Players will also be able to invite friends into private raid groups using a custom code system. Keep an eye for these changes to start rolling out in the coming weeks. You can read more about the updates on the Pokémon Go blog. If you haven't opened Pokémon Go in a while, are these changes enough to lure you back in? UPDATE: Raids in Pokémon Go have now fully rolled out and are available to all players at level 5 and above!
  7. Pokémon Go has been sweeping the world for the past several days. To say that the game, which allows players to search out Pokémon in the real world, capture them, and fight over gyms, has created a social craze would be a bit of an understatement Going to any centrally located Pokéstop or gym usually reveals dozens of small groups of players searching for Pokémon or vying for gym control. A certain spirit of camaraderie exists between players of the the mobile game, sheepish grins and conversation exchanged between those who bump into one another in public. A great deal of enjoyment and fun has been had with the app already with more to be had in the future. That being said, Pokémon Go has had a number of problems during its launch that developer Niantic could improve upon. Chief among them has been server stability keeping players from logging in to the app, preventing the app from refreshing Pokémon in the area, and cancelling the capture of Pokémon (c'mon, I was just about to catch that wily Ghastly). Players have also been noticing certain improvements that could be made with app compatibility, safety, and respect for certain areas. This has led to a number of petitions being filed for Niantic to improve or change Pokémon Go. The largest of these petitions asks for Pokémon Go to be made compatible with Windows 10 and Windows 10 mobile, which is currently sitting at over 43,000 signatures. The next largest seems to be the petition with almost 35,000 signatures asking for the app to run on phones that use Intel processors. Several other petitions exist that ask for a Windows phone compatible version of Pokémon Go. Regarding safety concerns, players have begun a petition for a feature that limits Pokémon Go while driving in order to protect against distracted driving, which is an actual problem. The petition's creator, Charles A, envisions an update for the app, "that can detect increased fast movement via the GPS on a user's phone and disabling certain features in the game." He also adds that, "the ability to disable this [...] if there happens to be passengers playing Pokemon Go and not the one operating the motor vehicle to prevent frustration should also be considered." One of the final petitions asks for Niantic to remove Pokéstops and gyms from cemeteries. For obvious reasons, having crowds of people wandering in and around cemeteries playing a game can be disruptive to those who want to pay respect to their deceased loved ones. One might think to themselves, "Oh, that's a silly thing to start a petition over. Of course no one would go into a cemetery and disrupt a funeral or the mourning of other people." Except that reading the comments on the petition clearly indicates that there are a lot of people who could care less. One of the signatures comes from Cheryl Tyiska, the manager of a cemetery in Washington D.C., who states that, "Pokémon Go players have disrupted funeral processions and put themselves in potentially dangerous situations with regards to the roads."
  8. Pokémon Go has been sweeping the world for the past several days. To say that the game, which allows players to search out Pokémon in the real world, capture them, and fight over gyms, has created a social craze would be a bit of an understatement Going to any centrally located Pokéstop or gym usually reveals dozens of small groups of players searching for Pokémon or vying for gym control. A certain spirit of camaraderie exists between players of the the mobile game, sheepish grins and conversation exchanged between those who bump into one another in public. A great deal of enjoyment and fun has been had with the app already with more to be had in the future. That being said, Pokémon Go has had a number of problems during its launch that developer Niantic could improve upon. Chief among them has been server stability keeping players from logging in to the app, preventing the app from refreshing Pokémon in the area, and cancelling the capture of Pokémon (c'mon, I was just about to catch that wily Ghastly). Players have also been noticing certain improvements that could be made with app compatibility, safety, and respect for certain areas. This has led to a number of petitions being filed for Niantic to improve or change Pokémon Go. The largest of these petitions asks for Pokémon Go to be made compatible with Windows 10 and Windows 10 mobile, which is currently sitting at over 43,000 signatures. The next largest seems to be the petition with almost 35,000 signatures asking for the app to run on phones that use Intel processors. Several other petitions exist that ask for a Windows phone compatible version of Pokémon Go. Regarding safety concerns, players have begun a petition for a feature that limits Pokémon Go while driving in order to protect against distracted driving, which is an actual problem. The petition's creator, Charles A, envisions an update for the app, "that can detect increased fast movement via the GPS on a user's phone and disabling certain features in the game." He also adds that, "the ability to disable this [...] if there happens to be passengers playing Pokemon Go and not the one operating the motor vehicle to prevent frustration should also be considered." One of the final petitions asks for Niantic to remove Pokéstops and gyms from cemeteries. For obvious reasons, having crowds of people wandering in and around cemeteries playing a game can be disruptive to those who want to pay respect to their deceased loved ones. One might think to themselves, "Oh, that's a silly thing to start a petition over. Of course no one would go into a cemetery and disrupt a funeral or the mourning of other people." Except that reading the comments on the petition clearly indicates that there are a lot of people who could care less. One of the signatures comes from Cheryl Tyiska, the manager of a cemetery in Washington D.C., who states that, "Pokémon Go players have disrupted funeral processions and put themselves in potentially dangerous situations with regards to the roads." View full article
  9. Jack Gardner

    Company Creates Drone for Pokémon Go

    As Pokémon Go sweeps the world in an unprecedented wave of mobile app popularity, some people bemoan their inability to catch 'em all. To that end, many people are getting creative with various business ventures. Pokémon Go egg walking services to have been posted to Craigslist, Uber drivers are advertising their abilities to shuttle players around as they catch Pokémon, and businesses near Pokéstops are buying lures to bring not only the Pokémon, but also the customers. TRNDlabs, a tech development firm, has taken possibly the largest step toward easing the public's insatiable appetite for pocket monsters with the Pokédrone. The Pokédrone is exactly what it sounds like: A drone that you can fly around to help you catch Pokémon. The controller for the drone attaches to your mobile device and transmits wirelessly connects your phone to the drone. After that, GPS will register your Pokémon Go position as that of the drone, allowing access to otherwise impossibly accessed Pokémon. It's a pretty neat idea, though the viability of it depends heavily on what price point TRNDlabs sets the Pokédrone. Their other commercially available drones range from $40-$100. TRNDlabs hasn't given the drone's release date as of yet. However, when it does hit the market, we will all have to ask ourselves to what lengths we will go to catch 'em all.
  10. As Pokémon Go sweeps the world in an unprecedented wave of mobile app popularity, some people bemoan their inability to catch 'em all. To that end, many people are getting creative with various business ventures. Pokémon Go egg walking services to have been posted to Craigslist, Uber drivers are advertising their abilities to shuttle players around as they catch Pokémon, and businesses near Pokéstops are buying lures to bring not only the Pokémon, but also the customers. TRNDlabs, a tech development firm, has taken possibly the largest step toward easing the public's insatiable appetite for pocket monsters with the Pokédrone. The Pokédrone is exactly what it sounds like: A drone that you can fly around to help you catch Pokémon. The controller for the drone attaches to your mobile device and transmits wirelessly connects your phone to the drone. After that, GPS will register your Pokémon Go position as that of the drone, allowing access to otherwise impossibly accessed Pokémon. It's a pretty neat idea, though the viability of it depends heavily on what price point TRNDlabs sets the Pokédrone. Their other commercially available drones range from $40-$100. TRNDlabs hasn't given the drone's release date as of yet. However, when it does hit the market, we will all have to ask ourselves to what lengths we will go to catch 'em all. View full article
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