The Ten Strangest Stories About Pokemon GO

Within days of its release, Pokemon GO has become insanely popular. Hitting the top of the iOS app charts in under a day, outselling Candy Crush and Clash of Clans in just a tad longer… it’s already on target to be one of the biggest things for the franchise since the days of Red and Blue on the original Game Boy.
And where there’s a popular game or trend, weirdness is always quick to follow. So here are the ten strangest stories about Pokemon GO…

10. Fake Pokemon GO App has Malware

Well, this is saying something, isn’t it? I mean, when your most ‘sane’ Pokemon GO story is about a fake app giving you malware, that just says something about the rest of them…

But I digress. Basically, a fake Pokemon GO app is on the Google Play Story, and people have reported using it gives them malware. It’s not non functional (it is actually a working version of the game), just dangerous because some scumbag has hidden a virus in the app and it causes problems with your phone as a result.

Either way, moving on…

9. Tennessee Highway Safety Office Says Not to Play While Driving

To an ‘amusing’ safety poster by the Tennessee Safety Office about not playing Pokemon GO while driving:

It’s a valid concern though. Distracted driving is dangerous, so don’t play video games while driving a vehicle.

Also, they’re not the only person to bring it up either. Someone on Medium posted a similar article, except with a somewhat more likely story about a player distracted by a Mewtwo rather than a Pidgey…

So yeah, don’t drive and play Pokemon kids!

Otherwise you could be like the people in this story..

8. Pokemon GO Leading to Accidents and Injuries

Which had various unfortunate accidents due to being too distracted by the game. Like Mike Schultz from Long Island New York, who fell off his skateboard while looking at the Pokemon GO app. Or Kyrie Tompkins who fell and twisted her ankle while playing the game in Waterville, Maine.

But less about the accidents for now, how about something a tad more light hearted?

7. Various Odd Pokemon GO Pictures Make the Rounds

Like these pictures making the rounds online, showing Pokemon GO being played in all kinds of odd situations:
There are all kinds of amusing examples here. You’ve got the guy who encountered a Gastly while using the app before a major operation in hospital. That’s got to be a bad omen!

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Or this guy. He found a Pidgey while his wife was giving birth:

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Or heck, this Twitter user, who found a Raticate right on top of his cat’s head. The feline’s reaction is just priceless:

Either way, you can see lots of funny examples in this Shacknews article, or just on the Pokemon GO subreddit in general.

6. Pokemon GO is Supposedly a ‘Death Sentence’ if You’re a Black Man

On a very depressing note, someone over at Medium and Kotaku seems to really worry about racial issues and police brutality in regards to black players playing Pokemon GO:

Warning: Pokemon GO is a Death Sentence if you are a Black Man.

But honestly? The chance this would actually happen is rather slim. Pokemon GO is a simple mobile app, which pretty much doesn’t look suspicious regards of who’s using it and where. The situation with law enforcement and discrimination is terrible in much of the US, but this might be pushing it as far as credible arguments go.

Let’s move on to…

5. Pokemon GO User Finds Lost Cow

This strange little bit of news. A user on Imgur actually found a lost cow while looking for Pokemon in the game, and called the local authorities about it afterwards.

Went looking for Pokémon but found a loose cow instead

Either way, if you’re a farmer… well, guess Pokemon GO could act as a nice unintentional way to get the public to round up your missing cattle!

And on a somewhat stranger note…

4. Children’s Hospital Warns about Players Entered Restricted Areas

A children’s hospital in Ohio is warning staff about Pokemon GO players entering restricted areas in search of Pokemon. Here’s the note they passed around on the subject:

BE AWARE – POKEMON GAMERS MAY ATTEMPT TO ENTER SECURE AREAS
SITUATION

A recently released and very popular new mobile game called Pokémon Go encourages players to use their smartphones’ GPS and back-facing cameras to catch virtual Pokémon in real world locations. This game encourages kids (and adults) to roam in public places and locations in search of Pokémon characters. It has been reported that some Pokémon characters are showing up in NCH secured areas and gamers are trying to get to the characters.

They’re not the only ones either. A police station has told players that they can use the nearby PokeStop without entering the building, to avoid having the station filled up with people getting items and looking for Pokemon:

You do have to wonder how necessary these warnings are (I mean, even if distracted, I doubt many people will stroll right into a restricted area in a hospital), but it’s amusing to watch none the less.

Which is more than we can say about the next item…

3. Pokemon GO Players in Drug Deal Mix Up

Where some Pokemon GO players met late at night looking for Onix, and their actions got mistaken for a drug deal in progress by a police officer.

In the words of the 40 year old Reddit user involved:

There is a little park a few blocks from me that had like three pokestops and a gym, so I wandered over there to see what the game could offer. So I get there and wander around a little checking out the stops and rustling around in the tall grass, then decide to go a few blocks away to see a couple more stops when I hear from the darkness a ‘Yo, my man!’ Turning, I see two sketchy looking dudes sitting on a bench in the dark. I must have walked right past them without noticing them. One of them waves, ‘My man, check over by the blue truck over there we got an onyx earlier.’

So I wander over by the truck and sure enough there’s a f—–g Onyx there. Awesome. So I end up chatting with the guys for a bit, told ‘em where I got my Evee, they convinced me to join red team when I hit level five so we could ‘lock s–t down” in the neighbourhood. Then the cop shows up.

Yeah, so it turns out two twenty-something black dudes and a 40-year-old white guy chilling in the park at 3am looks strange. It took a bit of talking to convince the cop we weren’t doing a drug deal, and a bit longer to explain the game. Then the cop downloaded the f—–g game on his phone and asked us how to get started.

Guess 3 people chilling in the park at 3am looks a tad strange to some people. Still, at least they introduced the cop to Pokemon GO!

2. Robbers Finding Victims Through the Game

On a more serious ‘crime’ related note, it seems like armed robbers have been targeting people through Pokemon GO, at least over in O’Fallon Missouri. Here’s the message from the area’s police department:

It’s sad to see, but it makes sense. Criminals always look for new means in which to find people to target, and an app like this can work to that means.

And finally, a story that’s basically made the rounds everywhere by this point…

1. Teen Finds Dead Body While Looking for Pokemon

Namely, the one where a 19 year old girl found a dead body while looking for Pokemon in Riverton, Wyoming.

That’s a pretty disturbing discovery for someone looking for a few Pokemon with an app, isn’t it? Still, at least the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office says the death appears to be accidental rather than related to an actual crime of some sort.

So that’s the list. We’ve got a few paranoid rantings, crimes in progress and all kinds of strange pictures too. Quite the selection eh?

And what’s more, they’ve all occurred in the last few days or so! So not only do we have ten of the strangest Pokemon GO stories in history, but they’ve also all happened before the game’s even been released outside of Japan, North America and Australia!

Kind of makes me wonder what’s going to happen when Europe or South America gets the game for the first time… Or when Pokemon GO becomes a big deal over in the Middle East! What strange stories will that bring?

What do you think of the list?

Hmm, This Vietnamese Mobile App Looks Familiar…

Well, it’s barely been about a week since that obvious Splatoon ripoff was posted on Twitter, and now ZhugeEX has found another interesting mobile clone. This time, it’s a very familiar looking mobile app from a company in Vietnam:

Hmm, wonder what game this is trying so hard to imitate? I mean, the name ‘WOW Mobile’ kind of reminds me of a very popular MMORPG. As does the art style in general, of which more can be seen below:

Heck, even the orc looks like it’s from some other popular game.

Oh, it’s a copy of Runescape! No wait, maybe it’s Maple Story or Ragnarok Online!

Sarcasm aside, it’s pretty clear this is trying to copy World of Warcraft. Given the graphics and general style, it looks like most of the assets are actually ripped from said game (like the before mentioned Splatoon ripoff). And well, we all know the name isn’t exactly fooling anyone here!

So maybe instead of going after bot makers, Blizzard should try suing these guys instead. Selling a blatant copy of your hit game on iOS is a lot worse than selling a few cheat tools, especially when these guys don’t actually have a chance of beating you in court.
Either way, WOW Mobile is about as blatant a copy of World of Warcraft as you can get, and it’ll probably be off in the iOS store within the next few days as a result.

Pokemon GO Launches in Australia and New Zealand

So if you’re living in one of those regions, go out and download the game now. You can either get it for Android at this link:

Pokémon GO – Google Play

Or from the iOS App store courtesy of the one below:

Pokemon GO – iTunes

pokemon go screenshot

Above: A screenshot of Pokemon GO from its official listing

But what if you’re not in one of those countries? Do you have to wait until Pokemon GO is officially available in your region?

Well, not quite. That’s what Niantic and Nintendo want you to do. But anyone with a tiny bit of technical skill can get the game running regardless.

Here’s how you can do just that:

On Android

First, get the APK file for the game. There are numerous places you can find it online, but a recommended one is the site linked here:

Pokemon GO APK

Once you’ve done that, you have to install it from Downloads. If you’re already allowing apps from other sources, this is easy enough. Just do what you usually do to install a new app.

If not, then go to Settings, then Security. Here, check the option called Unknown Sources to allow apps to be installed from outside the Play Store.
You can now just move the APK file over to your phone, and install it from the Downloads folder.

On iOS

On Apple devices on the other hand, you can’t load third party apps as easily.

So instead, you’ll need to create a new iTunes account and set Japan or Australia as your country of residence.

Just fill in some false details for your address when you get to that point, and then install the game from the app store as usual.

You can also use a jailbroken iPhone to run the app, though apparently you’ll have to use a program called Tsprotector to blacklist the Pokemon GO app and stop the check.

And that’s it. Pokemon GO is now available in Australia and Japan, and the methods above are how you can get it working in other regions. Enjoy the game, catch and train some Pokemon and try Pokemon GO for yourself today!

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New Chinese Mobile Game is a Blatant Ripoff of Splatoon

When it comes to mobile games and poor attempts to copy Nintendo, there’s been quite the list over the years. Like Mole Kart, a kart racer which stole whole tracks from Mario Kart Wii. 3D Land Safari, which tried so hard to copy Mario 3D Land it got removed from the app store. Or heck, all the Pokemon clones we see advertised on Twitter every day.

But a new game called Sepia Go! Is arguably even more blatant than some of those! Because you see, this game is a poor copy of Splatoon, right down to the art style and basic gameplay. Here are some pictures comparing the game to its obvious inspiration:

What’s more, even the site you get the game from seems to know it’s a rip off. The website (as linked below) is absolutely covered with pictures of Splatoon on the Wii U. The screenshots seem to be magazine scans showing parts of Splatoon. The icons show the Inklings from the game. Comments are flooded with Splatoon comments and plagiarism accusations.

sepia go site

Above: The official site clearly cashes in on the Splatoon brand.

And if you think the screenshots weren’t obvious enough… well, the video might be. Every single aspect of this is copied from Nintendo’s game:

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTYxODE5NjA5Ng==.html

The music is clearly inspired by Splatoon, as if everything from the hub world to the weapons and sound effects.

Either way, this game won’t last long. Nintendo’s legal team are not going to take this one lying down. Especially not when players outside of China can also download and install the game, taking it from a Chinese market only issue to a potential worldwide one.

But what do you think? Are you shocked that such an obvious Splatoon clone is now available as a smartphone app? And what’s the chance Nintendo will take it down within the next week or so?

Source:

ZhugeEX’s Tweet about the Game – Twitter

Crash Bandicoot is coming to Skylanders

It’s been a while since Crash Bandicoot has had a video game appearance. Once popular in the days of the Playstation 1, the character hasn’t got a new console since all the way back in 2008. Even his mobile app appearances petered out in 2010 or so.

But now, Crash might be making a comeback. For example, like his counterpart Spyro, he’s now been confirmed as a playable character in the Skylanders series. He’ll be making his debut in the franchise in Skylanders: Imaginators in 2016.

Here’s a picture of his figure for the game:

Crash Bandicoot figure

As well as a video showing him in action:

It’s not gone down too well with some fans.

But before you get too annoyed just yet, there’s a bit more positive news for Crash Bandicoot fans.

Namely, the original trilogy is getting remastered! Yes, in 2017 we’re getting Crash Bandicoot Trilogy Remastered, with redone versions of the first few games in the series! They’ll be made by Vicarious Visions (the company behind the GBA games and Crash Nitro Kart), and released on the Playstation 4.

So while everyone looks at Activision’s Skylanders version of the character and sighs a bit, the original games are at least getting some attention. Hopefully this will open the way to a full reboot or continuation of the series in the near future.

What do you think of Crash Bandicoot Trilogy Remastered? Or his appearance in Skylanders?