New Updates to Pokemon GO Present New Challenges to Trainers

It’s an exciting time in Pokemon GO, the mobile app that took the world by storm since its launch in July 2016. Niantic, the app’s developer, has been improving the app’s features and slowly adding new monsters introduced after the original 150 from the series’ first video games and cartoons. The most noteworthy changes in Pokemon GO include a weather feature which reflects the real time forecast of a user’s location. Certain Pokemon will now spawn more frequently and have enhanced stats based on the forecast, allowing trainers to hone new strategies when bringing their Pokemon into battle against rival gyms.
Additionally, Niantic has started to roll out Generation 3 Pokemon found exclusively in the Hoenn region of the fictional world. Trainers can currently catch 50 of these monsters, although there are two that are regionally restricted. Legendary Pokemon found exclusively in raids have also made an appearance. North American trainers now have the opportunity to battle and capture Groudon, a high powered ground type Pokemon with a max CP of 4074, until January 15, 2018. Groudon’s appearance marked the exit of Ho-Oh, a Gen 2 raid boss that appeared in legendary raids for one month.
Trainers are currently awaiting news from Niantic for the anticipated Christmas event. Events in Pokemon GO typically allow trainers to enjoy additional perks or limited chances to catch rare monsters. Last year’s Christmas event introduced Gen 2 baby Pokemon only hatched in eggs. To facilitate the capture of these Pokemon, trainers were able to obtain a daily single use incubator from a Pokestop and receive eggs with a higher statistical likelihood of hatching the babies.
Since the release of Gen 3, trainers cannot accurately predict what this year’s event will be. Game events in the past have been proven to follow a pattern. The last two Thanksgiving events awarded double experience to players and the Halloween event offered double candy and dramatically increased spawns of ghost and psychic type Pokemon. This year’s Christmas event is expected to be launched on December 20th. Until then, trainers will continue to theorize what Niantic’s Christmas gift will be.

Pokemon Go bans cheaters

The impact of Pokémon Go on the gaming world as a gaming titan cannot denied with stories currently rife in the news of how far Pokémon gamer enthusiasts are willing to go to capture the perfect Pichu, Pokémon Go developer Niantic labs has recently disclosed players can be permanently banned from playing the game if they are discovered to be cheating at the game. The game’s updated terms of service show recently enacted clauses that include: falsifying locations, use of emulators, unofficial software or accessing Pokémon Go clients or backends in unauthorized manners can have players banned from the gaming platform. These changes have been spotted on Niantic labs official website.

While it is still currently unclear how the company will enforce the updated terms of service, the company has provided information on how players can process a request for a lift on their ban in cases of false positives. Niantic has recently begun a crackdown on any service giving players unfair advantages during gameplay. In early August, Niantic took third party services to task that helped flag locations that Pokémon were located at in the wild that allowed players skip to reliance on the game’s internal tracking system, thus making it easier to discover areas characters were located at.

This new update means that players will need to be extra careful in how they locate their Pokémon characters in order to avoid any possibility of being banned for the use of any third party software or aids. As well as third-party location services, Niantic is also reviewing the use of ‘farming’ services that allow players to automate gameplay, such as collecting items, hatching eggs and gathering Pokémon. These efforts are meant to balance out the effects of having two different types of Pokémon players, the first group normal players who just want to have fun collecting the monsters and second player accounts that are so powerful that they monopolize the gyms (player battle areas) and can never be beaten.

Pokémon Go grossed over $200 million in global revenue during its first month after launch, developers continue to strive to work out system glitches such as cheating in order to keep the game fresh thus ensuring players continue to seek out their Pokémon.

Pokemon Go – Banning users

Pokémon Go creators, Niantic, have started to permanently ban users who breach the terms of use. Previously, they were using “soft-bans” that would warn users who hacked the game or used third party GPS-changing applications to cheat the game. More hackers and cheaters found ways to bend the rules and gain an unfair advantage over the hard-working die hard fans of the popular phone app game.

Niantic has updated their terms of use to include the following conditions that will result in a permanent ban, “Falsifying your location, using emulators, modified or unofficial software and/or accessing Pokémon GO clients or backends in an unauthorized manner including through the use of third party software.”

GPS changers – These apps change the GPS location of the user. This makes it possible for users to capture Pokémon that are region specific. For example, Taurus can only be found in the United States but with a GPS changer, someone from Australia could trick the game into thinking that they are downtown in New York City.

Some of the ways that cheaters have been breaking the updated terms of service include:

Bots – These bots work in the same was as the GPS trackers in that they trick Pokémon Go into thinking that the user is moving which would: hatch eggs faster, allow battling of far-away gyms, and increase Pokémon encounters.

Modified/Unofficial software – Some phone apps allow users to see the exact location of Pokémon around the world so they don’t have to search for rare or elusive Pokémon.

Back-ends – This gives users access to the game’s internal code, making it possible for them to change stats of their Pokémon, increase the number of items they own (like pokeballs, potions, lures, and other items that cost real money to purchase).

Niantic stated, “We will continue to work with all of you to improve the quality of the gameplay, including ongoing optimization and fine tuning of our anti-cheat system.”

http://www.businessinsider.com/niantic-bans-pokemon-go-cheaters-lifetime-2016-8

Pokemon Go Allows You to Be a True Pokemon Master

In 1996, the world was taken by storm at the sight of a cute little mouse that could shoot electricity out of its body. And thus, marked the beginning of Pokemon, Nintendo’s second most lucrative game series. over 20 years later, Pokemon still hasn’t left the hearts of many. With the vast majority of the population in first world countries having access to smartphones, Pokemon continues to surprise us with the introduction of its newest installment, the mobile app Pokemon Go.

In this game, IOS and Android can finally live their dreams of becoming a Pokemon master. One of the most unique aspects about this game is that it’s one of the few games not limited to XBox Live or the Wii series that require you to exercise in order to succeed. You, the Pokemon trainer, uses the app as a sort of inter dimensional mirror, which allows a person to walk to a variety of locations in the real world, hoping that it will lead them to catching a Pokemon.

However, the societal, trendy game has also caused led to some hilarious situations. In Australia, the police issued a warning after one too many people tried walking into the police station in order to catch a sandshrew. As a further reminder, people have also been warned to look both ways while crossing the street, since the glue-eyed habits of thousands of new Pokemon trainers have caused more than one angry driver that had to stop in the middle of the road.