There's a spectre haunting Britain right now. In fact, there are probably millions of them.We're talking, of course, about the monsters of Pokemon Go - the video game sensation which launched in the UK today.The game has caused hysteria around the world, with people crashing their cars and walking into ponds as they become engrossed in their mission to catch Pokemon.But hours after it launched on the Apple App Store and Google Play, people clocking off work and kids leaving school were left disappointed when the game appeared to crash or freeze.The problems are likely to be caused by the sheer number of people who are trying to have their first go on the app.Similar problems have been reported in America, which has been gripped by Pokemon Go mania since last week.We tried to log on and were shown an error message which said: "Failed to get game data from the server."Other people saw a message which said: "Our servers are humbled by your incredible … [Read more...] about Pokemon Go is CRASHING as Brit workers and schoolkids clock off to play hit game for first time
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THIS lad was dumped after the virtual monster game Pokemon Go that has stormed the world exposed his cheating ways.Evan Scribner, from New York, claims he’s now single after his girlfriend discovered he was “cheating” on her - thanks to the geolocation feature in the addictive scavenger hunt-style phone app.Evan told The Post his big mistake was playing the game after canoodling with an ex-girlfriend at her place in Bushwick, Brooklyn.The mobile game leads players to virtual creatures located in the real-world, using a phone’s mapping software to record where each Pokemon is captured.And that means anyone snooping around a player’s phone would be able to see his or her whereabouts at a given time.“She saw that I had caught a Pokémon while at my ex’s house,” Evan said.And when the Sunnyside, Queens resident didn’t have a good excuse as to why he was wandering around his ex’s Brooklyn … [Read more...] about This love rat just got caught cheating through Pokemon Go… and now his girlfriend has dumped him
VIRTUAL reality monster game Pokemon Go has taken less than a week to conquer the world.Obsessed fans have already made the free phone app more popular than social media giant Twitter and dating site Tinder.And, even though it has not officially been released in the UK, thousands of eager Brits have tweaked their phone settings to allow them to start playing.Aimed at children, the game, which allows players to fight, capture and train virtual monsters, is proving easily as popular with adults.Previous titles in the Pokemon series, which launched in Britain in 1999, saw players move their character around a virtual world to hunt monsters.Released in the US last Wednesday, Pokemon Go uses a smartphone’s GPS and clock to detect where you are and make Pokemon appear “around you” as you look at the world through the camera.As players move around, different types of Pokemon start to appear depending on the time of day and where they are. For example, spooky ghost-type … [Read more...] about Brits have gone crazy for Pokemon Go… here’s the story behind the game and ten reasons why it has made the news
POKEMON Go is finally available on the Apple Watch having taken the world by storm this summer.Rumours had abounded that Niantic had abandoned plans to make a version of the game for the platform.But they were put to bed as the games release on Apple Watch was announced yesterday.Now the questions remain what are gamers going to be able to do with the new platform and how is it going link up with the iPhone. The Sun Online explains.The game is an Augmented Reality (AR) and Geosatellite Positioning System (GPS) powered which has so far been downloaded 600 million times as of November 2016.It uses a combination of AR gameplay and physical activity to allow gamers to walk to new locations to find Pokemon and go to Pokestops.The phone version of the game required users to cover a set distance to hatch some of the "eggs" that can be found in the game.The new app is going to incorporate the Apple Watch's fitness tracking ability and will feed gameplay into users overall physical activity for … [Read more...] about What is Pokemon Go for Apple Watch and what are the features? Here’s what we know
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?
A group of hackers has taken responsibility for bringing down Pokemon Go's servers over the weekend and threatened to carry out further attacks against the smash hit video game.The shadowy gang goes under the bizarre name of PoodleCorp and claims to be made up of hackers from Lizard Squad, a group which shot to fame after taking responsibility for bringing down the Xbox Live network on Christmas Day.Anonymous members of PoodleCorp spoke on the internet talkshow Drama Alert and promised to carry out a massive attack at the beginning of next month."We'll be taking down all of the servers for Pokemon Go for 24 hours on August 1," one of the hackers said.When asked why they wanted to stop people from walking the streets and catching imaginary monsters, he replied:"Because we can and because chaos is fun. We like to make people angry."Find something else to do , because if that's all you have to do you need to get a life."On Saturday July 16, users were hit with … [Read more...] about Hackers take responsibility for crashing Pokemon Go and threaten to ruin everyone’s fun AGAIN
Hansen, privacy commissioner in Germany's northernmost state of Schleswig-Holstein, told the "Handelsblatt" newspaper on Friday the mobile phone game accumulated "exact and detailed" data on each user's street movements. The game's California-based developer Niantic not only sought access to the user's camera and microphone but also provided a marketing tool to "deliberately steer" users toward "Pokestops" at retail outlets, she said. Legal controls were lacking, Hansen said, echoing recent diverse warnings on the augmented reality app from New York, Australia and the United Arab Emirates. "Because it involves a purveyor outside Europe, we lack the juristic leverage to take action," Hansen said, referring to EU-US wrangles over cross-border data transfers and Niantic's reliance on Google' extensive Maps service. Last month, the Federation of German Consumer Organizations (VZBV) said it had challenged 15 clauses in Niantic's terms of usage and privacy statements, giving the concern … [Read more...] about Pokemon Go players themselves are the real prey, privacy expert warns
Nintendo shares plunged Monday after the Japanese company warned that the Pokemon Go mania sweeping the world would not translate into bumper profits. The stock dived a staggering 17.7 percent in response to a forecast that the popular smartphone game would have only a limited impact on the videogame firm's bottom line. Prior to the warning, markets had cheered the app's global success as a great sign for Nintendo's long-awaited move into the mobile games market. The stock had soared as investors bought the narrative, pushing capitalization and making the firm more valuable than Sony. Exaggerated expectations But analysts warned that the rally was overdone. While Nintendo is the creator of the Pokemon franchise, the game itself (released on July 5) was developed and distributed by US-based Niantic, a Google spinoff. Nintendo has invested in Niantic and own about a third of the Pokemon Company, which will get licensing fees for loaning out the brand. Downloading the app is free, … [Read more...] about Pokemon Go warning triggers Nintendo stock slump