THESE people are obsessed.They are addicted to finding the augmented reality characters that have invaded Britain’s streets and hitting them with little red balls.For the past week at least, they have been unable to put down their phones.While the success of Pokemon Go helped creator Nintendo more than double in value to £32.4billion yesterday, some Brit fans admit it has taken over their lives, with excessive playing causing weight gain and ruining relationships.Here, JENNY FRANCIS and LYNSEY CLARKE meet the Pokemaniacs. Caught 400 Collected 48 types INFATUATED Emma Shaw has abandoned cooking to give herself more time on the game and has piled on 3lb from eating junk food and sweets to keep herself going. The taste quality controller from Halifax, West Yorkshire, expects to spend hundreds of pounds hunting characters. She says:I’m obsessed.I’ve been out all weekend playing it and have a serious problem of not being able to put the game … [Read more...] about ‘I haven’t spoken to my mum since I started playing!’ Meet the Brits addicted to Pokemon Go
A ZOO was forced to shut after thousands of gamers turned up for a Pokemon Go “lure” party.Around 2,000 packed into Bristol Zoo within half an hour of opening as hundreds more were left queuing outside.With the event at capacity they missed out on hunting virtual beasts among the real animals.The party came as new safety concerns were raised about the game after hunters nearly walked into raging seas at a resort.Fans paid £3 for Wednesday’s party, raising £6,000 for the zoo.Dad Brian Samuels said: “The kids love it and I’m hooked too. There aren’t many Pokemon around where I live. It’s nice to see everyone get so excited at catching lots of new characters.”Eddie Parsons, 17, arrived with college pals. He said: “We get quite competitive. A lot of people think its sad but it’s better than sitting at home on PlayStation.”Critic Kitt Drew-Wilkinson said of the party: “How about appreciating the beauty of the … [Read more...] about Zoo forced to close as thousands of monster hunters arrive for Pokemon Go party
BRITS wanted to know about EURO 2016 more than anything else this year, according to Google’s top searches.Google released its ‘Year in Search 2016’ which reveals exactly what the nation has been typing into their browsers.Despite monumental deaths of several music and silver screen legends, political unrest and sporting triumphs, Pokemon Go took top spot for "what is" searches, Google revealed.As Pokemon Go took over the streets in the summer, "What is Pokemon Go?" was the most asked ahead of "What is Brexit?" and "What is the single market?"Google search is the world's most commonly used search engine, with the site said to deal with around two trillion searches each year.Pokemon Go was also second in the top trending searches list behind the Euros, with David Bowie in third and Donald Trump fourth.The EU referendum was sixth on the list, just behind Prince, while Alan Rickman, the Olympics, US election and superhero comedy Deadpool completed the top ten.Brexit did … [Read more...] about EURO 2016 takes top spot along with Pokemon Go, Donald Trump and iPhone 7
A group of teenagers ended up lost in a cave whilst "looking for Pokemon" in the countryside near Bath.Four youngsters had to be rescued from a network of tunnels at Boxfields, Wiltshire, on the evening of July 14 after wandering in whilst playing Pokemon Go, a game which has sparked a global craze.Three fire crews and two rope units enlisted the help of a key holder - who has access to a locked part of the cave - to help find the kids and lead them to safety.The tunnels are understood to be part of an abandoned potential emergency relocation site for the British government in the event of nuclear attack.Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service warned people to stay out of the tunnels unless they have a proper map and guide.A spokesperson said: "The crews were able to assist key holder with leading four teenagers to safety."They had apparently been in the caves looking for Pokemon."The tunnels are open to the public, but some of the areas are locked off because some of them … [Read more...] about Teens rescued after wandering into a dark cave whilst playing Pokemon Go
POKEMON were all the rage back in the 1990s and kids spent all their spare cash on the toys and cards.Now, because of the recent revival of Pokemon GO, your old cards could now be worth a lot of money. Collecting Pokemon cards was once a major obsession for Brits and playgrounds were full of kids swapping them and showing off their rare finds.In those days, children would pester their parents for a £3 pack from the Base Set, Fossil and Jungle set as they hunted for the best Pokemon.And even if you were unlucky with the cards, you could still go to swapping events like Chips in Stockton or check our your local stalls.When the trend ended most people binned their cards, but since the popularity of Pokemon GO has rocketed, so has the worth of your old packs.Base set booster box - up to £1,000Although it is pretty unlikely, if you have somehow managed to keep a sealed box from the original release of Pokemon you could soon be cashing … [Read more...] about Do you still have Pokemon cards lying around the house? Dig them out because they could be worth thousands of pounds
THE Pokemon Go Halloween event is on NOW and there are a whole new batch of monsters to catch and collect.But which creatures are involved in the special event, can you catch Mewtwo and how will it all work?Pokemon Go fans spent months speculating whether the Halloween event will be used to launch Generation 3 Pokemon.Turns out they were right! Among the new creatures are Sableye, Shuppet, Bannette, Duskull and Dusclops.The Halloween event comes to an end on November 2 and as well as temporary Pokemon being available for a limited period of time there will also be certain creatures who suddenly become a lot more common – such as the ghost Pokemon Gastly.Developer Niantic has also told fans that further additions to the Pokemon world will arrive in December as brand-new creatures from Pokemon Sapphire and Ruby crossover.At present, it’s not clear if you will be able to catch Mewtwo during the Halloween event.The Equinox event did include Mewtwo raids which enabled the … [Read more...] about Pokemon Go Halloween event 2017 ends TODAY! Which Gen 3 Pokemon can you get in the latest update?
FOR players who didn’t know, the Pokemon Go Halloween event still has a little time to go before it ends.But while many will be stocking up on more obvious rewards and candy while they can, others are desperately searching for something else. But how do you catch Shinies and which new ones are up for grabs? Here’s what you need to know.Many Pokemon trainers are trying to catch a brand new Shiny that has been revealed – but developer Niantic have left fans to discover which Pokemon it is.Online reports seem to indicate that Shiny Sableyes can be hatched from 10 km eggs – but there's been no official confirmation of this.Shinies are infamously rare, as any player of the main series will tell you.They're found by trying to catch Pokémon and then seeing if they show up as another colour in the battle and post-battle screens.They won't appear as a different colour while still in the field - so you have try and catch them to find out.Shiny Pokémon are … [Read more...] about How do you catch Shinies in Pokemon Go and which new rare Shiny Pokemon is available?
THE Equinox event is underway on Pokemon Go, with players netting new finds during the special update – which now lasts until tomorrow (October 3) after the app experienced server issues this week.Which legendary Pokemon are involved in the special event, what are Mewtwo raids and what is a super incubator? Here is everything you need to know.Pokemon Go players are being treated to a special Equinox event this week.The new event for the iOS and Android game began on September 22 at 7pm BST.The event, which takes place in-game, will give players the opportunity to earn double Stardust for catching Pokemon as well as hatching Eggs.The event was initially set to run until 7pm BST on October 2 2017, but will now last until 9pm BST on October 3 after the app went down for several hours on September 26 due to technical issues.The Pokemon Go team said: “With cool autumn nights quickly approaching in the Northern Hemisphere and sunny spring days arriving in the Southern Hemisphere, … [Read more...] about When does the Pokemon Go Equinox event end, what is the super incubator and what are the Mewtwo raids?
SPECIALIST mine rescue teams were forced to save a group of teenagers who got lost in a cave - while looking for Pokemon.The four teens headed into the underground network of tunnels to play Pokémon Go, the augmented reality app which involves users searching real life locations for virtual creatures. Whilst busy tracking down Pokémon characters, the kids lost their way in the caves below Hawthorn in Wiltshire and were forced to wander around until they could find enough mobile phone signal to call 999.Three fire crews and two rope units then enlisted the help of a key holder, who had access to a locked part of the cave, to help find the group, all of whom were reportedly aged about 16 to 17, and lead them to safety.Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, who said the teenagers told them that they had been unsuccessful in finding any Pokémon in the tunnels, tweeted: "Those rescued yesterday were looking for @Pokemon please … [Read more...] about Rescue teams dispatched to save teens sent into underground labyrinth by Pokemon Go
A Russian blogger has filed an appeal on Monday against the decision to send him to pre-trial detention for playing "Pokemon Go" in a church in the city of Yekaterinburg. Ruslan Sokolovsky, a video blogger who focused on atheism and current events, was arrested for "inciting religious hatred," the same offense that sent two women from the punk collective Pussy Riot to prison in 2012. After Russian state media warned that players of "Pokemon Go" that using the popular app in churches or near sensitive security areas could result in arrests or even prison, 22-year-pöd Sokolovsky decided to protest the ban in churches. A YouTube video uploaded in early August shows the blogger playing the game in Yekaterinburg's Church of All Saints, which is of special importance to Russian history as it is built over the spot were it is thought that Tsar Nicholas II and his family were executed by the Bolsheviks. According to technology news outlet Vocativ, in the video Sokolovsky asks "who the … [Read more...] about Russian blogger detained for playing ‘Pokemon Go’ in church