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Pokemon Go is losing millions of users, still has millions more

Data culled from mobile analytics firm Apptopia suggests public interest in Pokemon Go is declining, as daily active users appear to have dropped by roughly 12 million over the past month. …


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New Pokémon Go Update Adds Appraisal System

Pokémon Go is being updated to version 0.35.0 on Android and 1.5.0 on iOS devices.

One of the major changes implemented in this update is the addition of the Pokémon appraisal system.

Players can actually call upon their leaders (Candela Valor, Blanche Mystic, and Spark Instinct) to give them pointers about the attack and defense capabilities of their Pokémon, making it easier to find the strongest ones for battle.

To read the full rundown on what Niantic has supplied in the form of patch notes, head to the official announcement.

Our Take
While I'd obviously love to see things like trading, raids, battling, UI improvements, more
Pokémon, more robust gym mechanics, and faction interactions, any update is a good update for Pokémon Go. Let's hope we see a lot more in the future. Check out my assessment of Pokémon Go here.

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New Pokémon Go Update Adds Appraisal System

Pokémon Go is being updated to version 0.35.0 on Android and 1.5.0 on iOS devices.

One of the major changes implemented in this update is the addition of the Pokémon appraisal system.

Players can actually call upon their leaders (Candela Valor, Blanche Mystic, and Spark Instinct) to give them pointers about the attack and defense capabilities of their Pokémon, making it easier to find the strongest ones for battle.

To read the full rundown on what Niantic has supplied in the form of patch notes, head to the official announcement.

Our Take
While I'd obviously love to see things like trading, raids, battling, UI improvements, more
Pokémon, more robust gym mechanics, and faction interactions, any update is a good update for Pokémon Go. Let's hope we see a lot more in the future. Check out my assessment of Pokémon Go here.

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Pokémon Go Player Levels Up Quickly Enough To Trigger Anti-Cheat Measures

Normally, leveling up in Pokémon Go can take a while. Finding, catching, and evolving Pokémon takes time, and most people only play the game for a few hours per day. One man decided he'd test his ability to quickly gain experience. and did so well the game thought he was a computer.

As Kotaku reports, Jimmy Derocher, a dedicated Pokémon Go player, has been attempting to gain as much experience as possible in the shortest amount of time. This weekend he attempted to gain one million experience points in a single day – no small feat. He found a cluster of ten Pokéstops, dropped lures in all of them with the help of his friends, and walked a loop for several hours, attempting to maximize his experience gain and reach his goal.

Unfortunately, Pokémon Go's programming got in his way. The game has algorithms in place to stop cheaters from using third-party bot programs to cheat and gain experience faster than humanly possible. After passing a certain threshold of experience gain, every Pokémon Derocher encountered began running away from him as part of a "soft-ban" anti-cheating measure.

Derocher saw the ban coming, asking Niantic's John Hanke via Twitter to whitelist him while he streamed and gave the proceeds to charity.

You can watch how to make the most of your time with Pokemon Go without triggering anti-bot technology here, and read what Jeff Cork had to say about the game here.

[Source: Kotaku]

 

Our Take
It's unfortunate Derocher coudln't meet his goal because of technical reasons (especially considering he was donating money to charity), but I don't think we can take this as some huge indictment of Pokémon Go (there are much better indictments to focus on). If Niantic doesn't tweak the bot-curbing tech to let him accomplish his goal soon, though, that might be cause for disappointment.

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Pokémon Go Player Levels Up Quickly Enough To Trigger Anti-Cheat Measures

Normally, leveling up in Pokémon Go can take a while. Finding, catching, and evolving Pokémon takes time, and most people only play the game for a few hours per day. One man decided he'd test his ability to quickly gain experience. and did so well the game thought he was a computer.

As Kotaku reports, Jimmy Derocher, a dedicated Pokémon Go player, has been attempting to gain as much experience as possible in the shortest amount of time. This weekend he attempted to gain one million experience points in a single day – no small feat. He found a cluster of ten Pokéstops, dropped lures in all of them with the help of his friends, and walked a loop for several hours, attempting to maximize his experience gain and reach his goal.

Unfortunately, Pokémon Go's programming got in his way. The game has algorithms in place to stop cheaters from using third-party bot programs to cheat and gain experience faster than humanly possible. After passing a certain threshold of experience gain, every Pokémon Derocher encountered began running away from him as part of a "soft-ban" anti-cheating measure.

Derocher saw the ban coming, asking Niantic's John Hanke via Twitter to whitelist him while he streamed and gave the proceeds to charity.

You can watch how to make the most of your time with Pokemon Go without triggering ant-bot technology here, and read what Jeff Cork had to say about the game here.

[Source: Kotaku]

 

Our Take
It's unfortunate Derocher coudln't meet his goal because of technical reasons (especially considering he was donating money to charity), but I don't think we can take this as some huge indictment of Pokémon Go (there are much better indictments to focus on). If Niantic doesn't tweak the bot-curbing tech to let him accomplish his goal soon, though, that might be cause for disappointment.

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Tokyo Mirage Sessions Was Originally Going To Be A Pokémon Crossover

Tokyo Mirage Sessons #FE is an inventive cross over between the Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem series. But it didn't start out that way.

According to a recent interview with #FE producer Hitoshi Yamagami, the game was originally envisioned as a crossover between the Fire Emblem and Pokémon series, with no plans to add the Shin Megami Tensei characters into the mix. The game's director, Kaori Ando, felt the two series' RPG mechanics were pretty well in line, and that a crossover could work. However, the plan was not meant to be. "Though I agreed with her," said Yamagami, "by chance the Pokémon group had already proposed what eventually became Pokémon Conquest at the same time."

Eventually, after a lot of corporate red tape, Atlus got on board, the project became Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE. In her review, Kimberly Wallace had high praise for the game, call it "a solid RPG with its own unique style and appeal." You can read the entire interview snippet here.

[Source: Nintendo Everythying via Neogaf].

 

Our Take
A Fire Emblem/Pokémon could have been massive (but hey, maybe Pokémon Conquest will be too). That said, I dig the crossover between the self-serious Fire Emblem characters and goofier Shin Megami Tensei ones, so I'm glad we at least got Tokyo Mirage Sessions out of the deal.

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What To Watch This Weekend: Pokémon, Summer Jams, and More

The end of August is generally seen as a slow time for watching video games; most of the major summer events have wrapped up, and new seasons for many major games are still a few weeks out. But there's still more than enough to watch this weekend, if you know where to look.

First, the Pokémon World Championships are this weekend, featuring tournaments across the Pokémon RPGs, trading card game and Pokkén, You can find catch streams for all three tournaments on Pokémon Championshps website, with a schedule here. Winners of each event stand to gain either cash prizes or scholarships, depending on their age, with the winner taking home $ 25,000 in prizes.

Meanwhile, the Capcom Pro Tour continues, as the post-Evolution tournaments offer the last chances for players to qualify for the Street Fighter V Capcom Cup in December. This week we have Summer Jam X, which will feature tournaments in Street Fighter V, Mortal Kombat XL, Super Smash Bros. For Wii U, and more. You can watch the tournament here, with a full schedule here.

If you're looking for some high-level Overwatch play to learn from, you can watch Europoean pros go at it in the Overwatch Atlantic Showdown. You can watch the tournament (going on now) here, with a schedule here.

Also going on now is the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive ESL Pro League tournament, which began this week and will have top team facing off against each other until mid-October. You can watch the league here, with a schedule here.

Finally, we have the League of Legends LCS Summer Playoffs, which will have its two last semifinal matches this weekend before entering the finals next week. You can watch here, with a schedule here.

Have we missed a tournament or event going on this weekend? Any upcoming events we should know about? Let us know in the comments.

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Blog: Pokemon Go changes everything (and nothing) for AR/VR

“‘Stop calling Pokemon Go AR’ say the purists,” writes Digi-Capital’s Tim Merel. “Just be glad it happened, and let’s figure out what the mainstreaming of AR means for the AR/VR industry.” …


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3DS Pokemon sales surge thanks to success of Pokemon Go

“Widespread positive public reception for the Pokemon Go mobile app has renewed interest in core Pokemon games on Nintendo systems.” …


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Four New Pokémon Revealed For Sun And Moon

The Pokémon Company revealed four new creatures for Sun & Moon today, one of which will be familiar for anyone who has been following each reveal.

Crabrawler is a totally new Pokémon and looks like a giant crab who is not getting enough sleep. Sandygast, which evolves into Palossand, is a sand castle. Stufful is the pre-evolution form of the previously revealed Bewear, and he has a tag on his but.

You can check out more details about the new creatures straight from The Pokémon Company below, as well as  new trailer that shows them all in action.

Name: Crabrawler
Type: Fighting
Crabrawler is a Boxing Pokémon that really hates to lose. It can be found clinging to buildings with its powerful pincers that also pack a powerful punch, or gathering around trees in search of Berries, its favorite food.

Name: Stufful
Type: Normal/Fighting
Stufful may have a small body, but this Pokémon has extraordinary strength. Despite its cute, fluffy appearance, Stufful dislikes being touched and will flail its arms in protest. Stufful evolves into Bewear.

Name: Sandygast
Type: Ghost/Ground
Sandygast emerges when the grudges of fallen Pokémon soak into the sand after battle, and its tunnel-like mouth can suck the vitality from people and Pokémon. Sandygast also features a new Water Compaction Ability, never before seen in other Pokémon, where its Defense stat goes up by two if it’s hit with a Water-type move. Sandygast evolves into Palossand.

Name: Palossand
Type: Ghost/Ground
Palossand disguises itself as a sandcastle, with its shovel on top serving, it is believed, as a radar to search out prey. Unsuspecting small Pokémon are dragged into Palossand’s body through its sandy vortex so it can steal their life force.

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For more on Pokémon Sun & Moon, check out our ongoing list of revealed Pokémon for the new game (we'll update it with the four above soon). You can also read up on the changes coming to the game by heading here.

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