The Pokemon GO News Round Up; Part 2

Well, this is quick! It’s only been three days since the last news round up!

Yeah it is. But while I was planning to wait a week before posting the next one, the sheer amount of Pokemon GO news has made me change my mind. Seriously, everyone’s talking about it now. Politicians, marketers, companies… it’s become a media circus to put the UK Brexit thing to shame!

As a result, I thought it was a bit insane to wait four more days to try and catch up with everything that’s been doing on. So here’s the next Pokemon GO news round up, four days early thanks to all the news the game is generating!

Let’s begin!

Pokemon GO Stories and News

First to start off, a bit of news from analyst David Gibson in regards to the games sales. Basically, Pokemon GO is now the top grossing mobile app in the UK. That’s quick!

Developer of Nintendo’s Pokemon GO aiming for rollout to 200 markets soon

No idea how this will work, because the most generous count says there’s only 196 countries on the planet at this point in time. And I’m pretty sure Pokemon GO won’t be launching in North Korea any time soon…

But Niantic somehow wants to roll it out to 200 markets anyway.

Pokemon GO Available in 26 New Countries

Namely Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, and Switzerland.

RUMOR: Pokemon GO – How to pick your Eevee evolution

Apparently you name it Sparky to get Jolteon, Rainer to get Vaporeon and Pyro to get Flareon. You know, as per the Pokemon anime series.

That’s one rumour anyway.

Another one (which sounds a bit more likely) is that if the Eevee has Swift, it becomes Vaporeon. If it has Dig, it becomes Flareon and if it has Body Slam it becomes Jolteon.

Which is somewhat strange. I mean, Eevee doesn’t even learn Body Slam in the main series…

Pokemon GO Declared ‘un-Islamic’ in Egypt

Sigh. Moving on.

Fake Pokemon GO Game Locks Phone and Clicks Porn Ads

In other words, avoid fake Pokemon GO apps. They’re either scams or actively malicious, like this one.

Pokemon GO Top Grossing App in Italy and Spain

Just like in the UK. The game takes over yet another two regions.

US Government Considers First Pokemon GO Regulations

Because every new fad needs new legislation, right?

Niantic to Add Sponsored PokeStops to Pokemon GO

Because hey, now we can get PokeStops at every McDonalds!

Niantic Taking Requests for New PokeStops and Gyms

Know a location that should be a gym or PokeStop in Pokemon GO? Request it’s added via this form on the official site!

Pokemon GO Analytics

25-34 year olds play Pokemon GO the most.

And apparently, 21% of trainers would rather play Pokemon GO than have sex. Thanks for that information guys.

Hacking Group Knock Pokemon GO Offline

With a DDOS attack. They also want to do a larger attack on the game later, which is worrying:

Hopefully Niantic and Nintendo can shore up those servers.

Pokemon GO Now Available in the Netherlands

And that’s another region the game is now out in. Just about 170 regions to go?

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Pokemon GO Now Available in the UK

It’s been out in Germany since yesterday and the US for a while, but now it’s available in the UK too. Here’s the official Twitter post about it:

Either way, UK fans can now join the fun. If you want the game, you can get it here:

Pokemon GO – iTunes

Or here:

Pokemon GO – Google Play

Enjoy the game UK Nintendo fans! We should be able to get a review up fairly soon.

Pokemon GO is Now Out in Germany

Nowhere else in Europe mind you, but the game is at least now available in Germany:

Either way, it’s a start. Hopefully the UK, France or Spain is next.

The Pokemon GO News Round Up

With so much Pokemon GO news being posted online, it was clear we couldn’t write a story for each one. We’re Gaming Reinvented, not Pokemon GO News Daily. An article for every bit of news would flood the site in Pokemon.

So instead, here’s a news round up. Basically, it’s got all the Pokemon GO news for the week in one place. There are articles from major sites. There are videos and meme posts. There are random related apps and links.

Basically, it’s a summary of the week’s Pokemon GO news in one giant list. And so here’s Pokemon GO news round up:

Pokemon GO Articles

Pokemon GO is Everything Wrong With Capitalism

Because apparently, your money doesn’t go to support ‘local Pokémon entrepreneurs’. What’s a local Pokemon entrepreneur? God knows, but apparently they don’t like people spending money on things by multinational corporations.

Success of Pokemon Go Spells Doom for Virtual Reality

Sean Malstrom argues that Pokemon GO proves that games are about being social, and that Pokemon GO makes people realise that games don’t have to be about being inside. And VR will apparently fail because it’s anti social.

How Pokemon GO Took Over the World

Spoiler: Pokemon Nostalgia and the game being released at the start of summer apparently.

Pachter Believes Pokemon GO Success Won’t Last Longer Than a Few Months

Translation: It’ll do fine for years. Almost every time Michael Pachter’s said a game or system is doomed, he’s been wrong.

Pokemon GO shows that Nintendo’s franchise are way bigger than its hardware

Apparently they should release some Mario, Zelda and Splatoon games on mobile based on the success of Pokemon GO, cause there’s a large potential audience that doesn’t own/want a Nintendo console.

Technologies That Helped Create Pokemon GO

A short look at the various bits of technology used to power the game and its online systems.

Spoilers: They use Google App Engine to host it, Libgdx as the app framework and Google Analytics to track the stats for it.

Pokemon GO Players are Waging War Over the White House

Apparently the White House is now a Pokemon GO gym, and players are constantly trying to win it for their team

Pokemon Go is now more popular than porn online

Yes really. As shown by ZhugeEX on Twitter:

Niantic Fixing Pokemon GO Permissions

There were worries that it requests too many permissions and gets too much access to your user data. But now they’re fixing the app so it doesn’t ask for all these permissions any more, which is good.

Pokemon GO Will Release in Other Regions Within Days

According to the Wall Street Journal anyway, via some sources they have affiliated with the game. So it seems like it should be coming to Europe, much of Asia, South America and other parts of the world fairly soon.

Nintendo’s Stocks Soar as New Pokemon Mobile Game Catches Hearts

More interestingly, the article notes that most money from the app is generated by small purchases from many players. This is a noted contrast to most mobile games, where the money comes from a few big spenders (dubbed ‘whales’ by the industry).

The Tragedy of Pokemon GO

More complaints about sequels and marketing gimmicks, which is only tangentially related to Pokemon GO.

Nintendo Shares Soar 25% After Pokemon GO Release

As per CNBC:

Pokemon GO Fastest App to Reach Number 1 on Charts

It’s outpacing Clash of Clans and many other popular apps too.

Pokemon GO Passes 10 Million Installs on Android

It’s gaining on the likes of Twitter even more quickly than before!

First Pokemon GO Update Now Live

On both iOS and Android. Best of all, you don’t have to log back in if the server goes down while you’re playing. A very welcome improvement.

Pokemon GO Review at The Guardian

It’s not a good game, but it’s a great experience. Or in other words, fun to socialise with people and explore the neighbourhood, less so to actually play the game itself.

Pokemon GO Earning Apple 3x More Than Nintendo

Because of the relatively small share Nintendo owns in Niantic, compared to the 30% cut Apple takes for in app purchases in app store games.

Pokemon GO Brings Real Money to Random Bars and Pizzerias

Seems like that complaint about Pokemon GO being ‘everything wrong with capitalism’ was completely wrong. It’s bringing a LOT of small businesses a fair amount of extra cash.

GOChat Being Driven Bankrupt by Pokemon GO’s Popularity

Seems that making a chat app for the game was a good idea; he’s gotten 1 million users in 5 days.

Unfortunately, he’s also losing a lot of money because he hasn’t monetised the app yet. And worries about annoying The Pokemon Company by doing so.

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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!

View post on imgur.com

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

View post on imgur.com

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?