It has been about four years since Niantic unleashed Pokemon GO on the world. The game revolutionized the social aspects of gaming and also proved that AR gaming most definitely had a place in the mainstream. However, fast forward to today, is Pokemon GO still relevant given all the new games that have since been released?
Pokemon GO was originally designed to be a social game of sorts, where players were expected to go out and walk around and play with other players. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic, it forced players to stay at home. Niantic for the most part did a good job at implementing features that helped players play from home.
Social distancing is the key to helping countries and its healthcare systems better manage the current coronavirus pandemic. This means that simple activities such as going outside for a jog, a stroll, a bike ride, are no longer encouraged. It also means that players who have been going out to play games like Pokemon GO are now stuck at home.
To help curb the spread of the coronavirus, people have been advised to stay home if possible and to avoid going to crowded places where there is a chance that someone in the crowd might have the virus, which could then be spread to others. So where does this leave games like Pokemon GO that require players to walk around outdoors?
One of the things to love about Android is its customizability and flexibility. For example, users can create custom recovery partitions on their devices where they can use it to flash custom ROMs, root their devices, make backups, and so on, in more robust and alternate ways apart from the official Google method.
When Pokemon GO was first released, one of the (perhaps) unintended side-effects of the game was that it forced players to walk around a lot, and as such, it allowed players to do more exercise than they normally would. Now it looks like we have a success story where a student claims to have lost 140 pounds playing the game.
The concept of augmented reality gaming isn’t really all that new, but admittedly it took off in a huge way when Niantic launched Pokemon GO. We imagine that the popularity of the Pokemon franchise probably played a big role in helping the game achieve its success, but regardless, it did help take AR gaming to the mainstream.
As some of you might have heard, Google’s Pixel 4 has come under fire recently for its 90Hz display, where despite being advertised as such, it was revealed that the display’s refresh rate changes depending on the brightness, where it can drop down to 60Hz. Now it seems that Google might have actually blocked certain apps from ever running at 90Hz.
Cheating is frowned upon by most developers of video games, and in recent years, many have come down hard on cheaters by outright banning them from their games. However, it seems that maybe Niantic’s zeal to ban cheaters could have accidentally resulted in innocent players being caught up in it.
Niantic, the developer of the popular Pokemon Go title, has confirmed that it will be discontinuing the Apple Watch app for this game. The app was first announced back in September 2016 and released several months later. Contrary to what some players may have expected, the app didn’t allow users to play the game on their smartwatch, it was more of a companion app that worked in tandem with the […]
As some of you might have heard, the folks at Niantic are developing a new game in the form of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite. From what we can tell, it is expected to be similar in concept to Pokemon GO, except that it will be based on the Harry Potter franchise. The game is expected to be released in the near future, and the good news is that you can […]
Despite having been around for the past few years, it seems that Niantic’s Pokemon GO is still doing very well. This is according to data from Sensor Tower (via Variety) who has revealed that the game has managed to earn the company a whopping $2.45 billion to date, not bad for a game that is several years old.
Just like with many games that you’re playing for the first time ever, choosing a race, a class, skills, professions, and so on can be a bit confusing and sometimes even intimidating. More often than not, players usually end up regretting some of their choices later on when they gain a bit more experience, and usually, this means rerolling their character.
Pokemon Go developer Niantic confirmed earlier this month that it would be rolling out an AR portrait mode for the popular game on Android. This feature is called “Go Snapshot” and it lets players use the app to take AR photos. This feature is now live for Pokemon Go on Android devices.
Pokemon GO was extremely popular when it was launched and it’s not hard to see why. This is because the game is based on the Pokemon franchise which is popular in its own right, plus it leveraged the use of augmented reality technology which gave it a bit of a novelty factor. However with Niantic delaying some of the more in-demand features for so long, we’re sure some probably wondered […]
Niantic started off as a startup formed within Google where they experimented with the use of augmented reality (AR) technology through a game known as Ingress. It might not have been particularly well-known due to the fact that the game was invitation-only at the start, plus you could almost say that society wasn’t particularly ready for AR at that time.
Ever since Pokemon GO was launched, many have been asking for Niantic to bring PVP into the game. After all being able to battle your friends in the regular version of Pokemon was what made the game so appealing to begin with, or at least that was one of the things that helped. It was earlier this month that Niantic finally confirmed the feature would be coming, and now it […]
If trainer battles/PvP was a feature of Pokemon GO that you have been anticipating, you’ll be pleased to learn that not too long after teasing the availability of the feature, Niantic has confirmed that the feature will be released by the end of the year, making it about 2 years or so since the game was first launched.
One of the appealing aspects of playing Pokemon was that you could trade Pokemon with other players as well as battle them head-on. However those two features were conspicuously absent from Pokemon GO and it took Niantic a while before trading was implemented. The good news for those waiting for PvP, it seems that it is finally here, sort of.
When Pokemon GO was first launched, due to the nature of the game it encouraged players to walk around to try and discover and capture nearby Pokemon. As a result it actually forced more people to exercise, which is a good thing, and now it seems that its creators are hoping to make it a regular thing.