Category Archives: Augmented Reality

After the bafflingly slow rollout of the newest 1.5 update for Pokemon GO [Free], trainers now have access to a brand new Appraisal system, which allows you to hear from your team leader about whether your prized Rattata is in the top percentage of Rattatas, or if it's yet another rodent to be transferred away to be turned into candy. However, in typical Pokemon fashion, what Blanche, Candela or Spark tell you is not a particularly accurate or explicit guide to your creature's potential, and such wooly phrases like "Your Farfetch'd is pretty strong!" doesn't help anyone wanting cold, hard stats on whether their companion is battle worthy. Thankfully, the internet is a beautiful place, and Gamepress has managed to decode all the individual phrases into numbers that quantify your Pokemon's abilities, which I have painstakingly compiled into a cool color-coded chart below...

Despite having received two updates in only two days, Pokemon GO [Free] has attracted an almost unprecedented amount of ire amongst internet communities around the world, from the dedicated subreddit to comments and posts on our forums. Through removing some key features, shutting down unofficial ways of circumventing issues within Pokemon GO, and changing the mechanics to alter the freemium balance that existed in prior versions of the game, many fans who fervently supported the app before have been requesting refunds or deleting the game altogether as a protest towards what they deem unacceptable behaviour from Niantic. A further 1.1.1 update today which merely contains a 'performance improvement' and the 'correct link for app upgrade' has only helped stoke the fire of disillusionment amongst the fanbase of Pokemon GO. However, is this an overreaction by Pokemon GO players and merely symptomatic of 21st century entitlement, or do they have a legitimate reason to be so disenchanted at the developers?..




As has been predicted a couple of days ago, the world-consuming phenomenon known as Pokemon GO [Free] has finally launched in Japan. Seems like kind of a bum deal that they had to wait this long, seeing as The Pokemon Co is based in Japan, but better late than never I always say. Also this lag time has (hopefully) given developer Niantic some time to beef up their servers, which have been notoriously spotty ever since the game launched in the US and several more regions a couple of weeks ago. ..

Despite an extremely erratic global launch rollout, Pokemon GO [Free] is still not out in Japan. While the perpetual server issues suggest that Niantic are being cautious with what is possibly the most hardcore and fanatical Pokemon loving nation in the world, it is still bizarre that the home of the series still has not received a game that has taken the rest of the world by storm. Thankfully, that wait appears to be over, as according to TechCrunch sources, Pokemon GO is set to launch in Japan tomorrow, ending the long and arduous wait for any Japanese players to go out into the world and catch virtual critters on their smartphones; further launches in Asian regions are also stated to take place later this week...

It's still baffling to see the extent that Pokemon GO [Free] has blown up since its release two weeks ago. Even in relatively quiet suburban towns, everyone is glued to their phones to ensure any elusive Pokemon don't slip under the radar, and in big cities there have been thousands of people gathering for critter hunting en masse. As a result, it was extremely disappointing to see the massive server crashes this weekend, as walks and gatherings were spoilt and effectively rendered pointless, as there were no virtual creatures to throw balls at on the way. These major periods of server downtime are unavoidable - however, some of the smaller bugs and freezes that occur during normal gameplay of Pokemon GO can be avoided or compensated for. Don't let a glitch stop you from catching your ten-thousandth Pidgey; here are the steps you should follow for the most seamless Pokemon catching experience currently possible...

The most frequently asked question and only major decision you'll have to make whilst playing Pokemon GO [Free] is 'what team should I join?'. Your decision, whether that is Blue for Mystic, Red for Valor or Yellow for Instinct, will come to define and mould your experience of playing Pokemon GO, and also cannot be changed after the fateful choice has been made at level five. Owing to the importance of such a decision, make sure before you finally have to make that life-changing selection you are fully prepared, and will not pick a Pokemon team that you will later come to regret. Here are the pivotal steps to ensure you choose the team that truly suits you...

The whole Pokemon GO [Free] craze is unlike anything I've ever seen before. I totally get that people who aren't partaking in all the craziness are sick of hearing about all things Pokemon, and to be perfectly honest I'm pretty sick of it myself. But that hasn't diminished my sheer amazement at how this strange, barely-working game has brought people together all over the world and become such a household name it's being discussed by presidential candidates and South Korean cities. Love or hate the game, this sort of thing doesn't happen everyday, and I can't think of any video game, mobile or otherwise, that's had this sort of effect on the entire planet. And it's not even out in all parts of the world yet! Anyway, Gamasutra has a nice roundup of the "quotable pop culture impact" of Pokemon GO, and has collected some quotes about the game from some pretty unlikely sources. Two of my favorites:..

Update #2: Now Italy, Spain, and Portugal can try to catch 'em all!..

Despite Pokemon GO [Free] only having been out for about eight hours here in the UK, I've been to a multitude of bizarre locations to try and catch 'em all. Whether the PokeStops have been in churches, train stations or random stones in the ground with absolutely no significance at all, it isn't only the Pokemon that are being lured to specific locations, but masses of people with their phones - and most importantly, their wallets. This has led to businesses actually buying lures to try and attract paying customers, and while on a smaller scale this is a novel idea, there is immense potential for a bigger brand to capitalise on the unprecedented popularity of Pokemon GO. It was therefore an inevitability that Niantic, according to a Gizmodo source, have struck a deal with McDonald's to turn every single restaurant into either a PokeStop or a Gym...

We have been inundated with weird, wacky and wonderful stories related to Pokemon GO [Free] ever since it became a national phenomenon in every single country it has been released in. Whether that is people using drones to catch Pokemon from afar, or the Westboro Baptist Church using the app in an attempt to further their hate-filled agenda, it seems there is always something or someone trying to push the boundary for crazy stories related to the ridiculously popular iPhone game. I believe the internet was at its zenith today, as following on from the format of 2014's Twitch Plays Pokemon, there is now Twitch Plays Pokemon GO. I can't believe it either. Check out the Twitch stream in all its glory here...

Pokemon GO [Free] has only been out for a few days, but we've already seen numerous highly creative attempts at cheating the system and becoming a Pokemon master, through the traditional technique of living a sedentary lifestyle from the comfort of your sofa. We've seen record players and ceiling fans being utilised to hatch eggs, and even drones equipped with smartphones to be able to catch Pokemon regardless of where the critters are contained. While some may call it lazy, and others will attest to the ingenuity of such methods, one thing that is certain is that cheating is a time-honored tradition in all Pokemon games and definitely not unique to Pokemon GO. Thanks to the detective work/legendary laziness of Reddit user Neo-Ninja, here is a short yet inspired timeline of cheating in Pokemon games (not including glitches or hacking devices such as GameShark or Action Replay because I've faced enough shiny level 100 Arceuses online and it's all your fault)...

Now that Pokemon Go [Free] has been out in the wild for a little bit and the servers seem to have settled down, one of the more interesting facets that newcomers are starting to realize is the distinct lack of any in-game guides or tutorials. This is especially true for the game’s gym and combat guide, which is decidedly different from other ‘normal’ Pokemon games. Well, we’ve certainly been out and about catching them all in the wild and we’ve got some tips and info for folks looking to figure out how to get started with gyms...

Battles in Pokemon Go [Free] are relatively simple in nature, but are still significantly different than that of its console counterparts. In addition, Pokemon Go has a much different way of improving your pokemon team than previous titles. So, check out the following tips and guidance for improving your team and making it more likely that you’ll win those gym battles in the future...

Pokemon GO [Free] has been released in virtually everywhere in the world that isn't Canada or the UK, and everyone from policemen to grandparents have been getting involved in catching critters in your back yard, churches or wherever the App leads you (but hopefully not into oncoming traffic). While it's awesome to be able to see the creatures from your childhood in 3D and take pictures of them with your friends - at least when you learn how to use the tricky screenshot feature - with only the first generation of 151 available, many ardent Pokemon masters like myself are left yearning for the whole cast from Johto, Hoenn, Sinnoh, Unova and Kalos. To try and tide the wait before Nintendo add monsters from the later games as they have alluded to in the past, here are the ten Pokemon that I personally think would be great additions to Pokemon GO, partially for how they would fit into real life locations, but also based my own personal desires to see the favourites from my childhood be added to the game. If you disagree with some of my controversial choices, that's okay, just be sure to leave your suggestions for Pokemon and why in the comments - especially if it's Bidoof...

Owing to the popularity of the series, one of the main questions many potential iOS gamers ask is "Where is a Pokemon game on iPhone?". While we were told back at E3 that a late July release date is likely, the wait appears to be finally over as Pokemon GO has launched in New Zealand on the App Store - whether for a soft launch or a precursor for a full worldwide release, we don't know as of yet. While it is a variation from the traditional turn based RPG that many know and love, the augmented reality aspects of finding Pokemon that live around your local area based on certain terrains is sure to excite many ardent trainers. For anyone looking to catch 'em all on the move, Pokemon GO appears to be a great stopgap until the upcoming Pokemon Sun and Moon, and whatever further future plans Nintendo may have in mind for mobile devices...

Pokemon GO to Be Released in the Wild by Late July, with More Details Revealed

It's a fantastic year to be a Pokemon fan. As well as it being the 20th anniversary of the series, the seventh generation of the mainline titles Pokemon Sun and Moon are set to hit 3DS at the end of the year and even more groundbreaking is that the very first Pokemon and even Nintendo mobile game Pokemon GO is also going to launch on iPhone. Today, during Nintendo's E3 Day 2 Live Stream featuring gaming visionary Shigeru Miyamoto, Game Freak director Junichi Masuda and also an array of YouTube celebrities, we learnt that the end to the long wait for the game was in sight, as the physical accessory 'Pokemon GO Plus' is to launch by 'late July' for a retail price of $34.99, and therefore the app will hit on App Store some time before then. While no specific due date was stated and no further details on international release details, it certainly seems that we'll be catching collectible critters on the go sooner rather than later...

There are few undeniable truths in this world, and one of them is that Shaq isn't in enough video games (or genie movies). Sure, you can point to Shaq Fu, a video game that expertly blended Kung Fu and Shaq, but that was nearly twenty years ago. And yeah, there's his near-yearly appearances in NBA basketball games to consider, but are those really "Shaq video games"? The answer is no, no they are not...

Kavinsky [Free] is a bit of an oddball. I get the feeling that it's going to be a love or hate affair. So before you read too far along, let's first decide whether you will indeed love or hate it. Are you older than thirty-five? Do you love old-school, side-scrolling brawlers? Are you fond of '80s music and Ferrari Testarossas? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you will no doubt love Kavinsky. If not, you are either too young, have no soul, or both...

If you're the kind of person who has spent a ridiculous amount of time building scale Minecraft replicas of things you wish you had in the real world, Minecraft Reality [Free] is going to be right up your alley. Created by 13th Lab, and officially supported by Mojang, using the app is as simple as uploading your .mca files to the Minecraft Reality site, waiting for them to process, then using the camera on your iOS device to plug things into the real world via augmented reality...

Have you ever wished you had Microsoft Kinect on your iPad? Me neither. However, you can get a similar effect with Madparker's just released iPad game Recurse [$1.99 (HD)]. Originally starting life as a No Quarter Art Game event project in 2010, Recurse came to PC and became one of those underground hit party games, sort of like J.S. Joust...

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