pokemon go

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Via Game Rant
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Loving how Niantic is stepping up with this little easter egg -- Pikachu on top the shoulder of your player is a direct reference, hat tip, etc. to the Pokémon Anime series. Now, if we could only all get this update...At this point it looks like a select few players are enjoying this new feature. When the update is finally released be sure that you walk the 10km with the SAME Pikachu. 

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Via The Verge
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Niantic revealed today that summer's most popular game is teaming up with the Apple Watch. And we quote from the folks over at The Verge, for which features will be available for players trying to use the app on their watches in upcoming days:

"The Apple Watch app will display how far the player needs to walk to hatch an egg, the required experience points to reach the next level, and additional info about the player's fitness. The app will also let players see when a pokémon appears or when a pokéstop is nearby without looking at their smartphone."

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This August Ruslan Sokolovsky recorded himself while playing Pokémon GO inside Church of All Saints in Yekaterinburg, after having been made aware such activity within the church could result in jail time...

“How can one offend by entering a church with a smartphone?” Sokolovsky asked. “I decided to just catch some Pokemon in church because, why not? I believe it’s both safe and not prohibited by law. Let’s go.”

Well, fast forward to after Sokolovsky posted the video he was investigated by police, and shortly thereafter charged with inciting hatred and offending religious sensibilities. He's being detained for two months, and stands to face up to five years in jail.

What do you guys think, does the punishment fit the crime here?

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Following rumors that we might be getting buddy Pokémon in Pokémon GO, Niantic announced today that the feature will in fact be added to an upcoming version of the game. They additionally said that buddy Pokémon will open up exciting new in-game options and bring in more candies, as reward for walking certain distances.

Gotta love how the Pokémon are sized relative to their trainers as well!

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Via github
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The coding that hints at the prospect of Niantic soon introducing buddy Pokémon that follow your avatar around, was first noticed in a github depository, which uploaded all of Pokémon GO's data from newest update.



The coding shows off three different possibilities for how 'buddy Pokémon' will appear on-screen:

-Perched on player's shoulder
-Flying next to player
-Walking behind player (could be tied in to the height/weight measurements previously discovered in Pokémon GO data mine

Would be pretty cool to see Niantic implement a feature that's available in other Pokémon games (Pokémon Yellow, HeartGold/SoulSilver). Can you imagine walking round town with a Zapdos as your 'buddy Pokémon' though?...



So much yes.