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Pokemon-mania vindicates Nintendo's mobile game shift

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People have been telling Nintendo for years to put their games on Mobile. Now, another company has shown them how it's done!

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yes they someone rebooted nascent encoding in a younger generation to become narcissistic Borg Drones roaming the streets. Win?

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I can't wait to see the new keitai zombies walking off train platforms and in front vehicles. It's going to be so exiting!

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I can't wait to see more derision of the public by JT posters!

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Ah well, at least it makes people go walk outside and meet other people

"Fans of new smartphone game Pokémon Go take over Central Park to catch hidden creatures"

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/pokemon-fans-central-park-catch-hidden-creatures-article-1.2707497

http://www.si.com/extra-mustard/2016/07/11/central-park-new-york-invaded-people-playing-pokemon-go

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And Japanese consumers have to wait - yet again - until the rest of the world has already enjoyed something before they can even glimpse something Japan created.

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I kinda agree with an increase of keitai zombies. But I'm kinda curious if how much afterthought was put into this games pokemon capture locations. As long as they don't appear on busy intersections, train tracks, or in construction areas it makes sense. But if they do, that would be some serious hindsight.

"Pikachu appears between speeding vehicles on a highway! Gotta catch 'em all!"

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I tried it here in Japan (have a second USA itunes account). It is certainly an interesting idea and it does excite me to see what's coming next...but I was never really into Pokemon and the ~10 minutes I spent on it was enough for me.

..First Pokemon game I've ever played to be honest.

Anyway, it felt much more like a social thing than a game, and being the only guy in my town that I know of with it...yeah wasn't really feeling it.

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I played the original Gameboy (B&W) Pokemon for about 10 minutes in 1998. That was enough.

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I played the original Gameboy (B&W) Pokemon for about 10 minutes in 1998. That was enough.

Nice story man.

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It's an interesting approach to fighting teenage obesity.

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I thought pokemon was for kids.

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I thought pokemon was for kids.

Hehehe. Try saying that after getting into what they call the "Metagame". Pokémon's got as much strategy as Chess. The luck factor and not knowing what types your opponent tosses out there is what makes it more random than Chess.

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What a cash cow! The marketing potential!

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Interesting that the ads I saw show players walking along, coming to a halt, getting their phone out of their pocket, and then capturing whatever. But all the scenes of actual players in the US show most people walking with their eyes on the phone in their hand. I suppose if anyone tries to sue in event of injury the company can say they aren't responsible because the player wasn't using the recommended method. But it's hard to believe the manufacturer actually believes people would follow such instructions. Anyway, I can think of dozens of things, indoors and out, with and without my smartphone, that I would rather be doing.

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"Ingress players were major contributors to Pokemon Go spawn locations"

https://www.vg247.com/2016/07/12/ingress-players-were-major-contributors-to-pokemon-go-spawn-locations/

"Why your church, art, and water towers are Pokemon Go gyms and Pokestops"

http://www.gamesradar.com/why-your-local-church-and-water-towers-are-pokemon-go-gyms-and-pokestops/

Whether it's your local church, an art installation, a public library, or just a big ol' water tower, Pokemon Go has chosen some … interesting locations for its Pokestops and gyms. They're not random, but they're also somewhat scattershot in their placement. One neighborhood could be bursting at the seams with Pokestops and gyms, while another could be a desolate wasteland. So what's the deal? It turns out, a lot of Pokemon Go's designs can be traced back to Google.

While Pokemon Go may be the first time many players have heard of developer Niantic Labs, it's a studio that traces its lineage back to Google (whose parent company is now known as "Alphabet"). Niantic was once part of Google, and its founder and CEO, John Hanke, worked on the technology that powers Google Maps. That tech was used in Niantic's previous game, Ingress. And Ingress, much like a Metapod becoming Butterfree, has evolved - in its own way - to become Pokemon Go.

Much like Pokemon Go, Ingress is a game of geolocation. Players must travel to specific locations to capture portals, which link with other captured sites to form zones controlled by whichever faction holds those points. Hanke and his team chose some of the first portals based on sites with historical or cultural significance, such as The Washington Monument, Big Ben, or longstanding museums.

Ingress players also provided Niantic with locations which they thought would be excellent portals, with 15 million worldwide submissions in all. Five million were approved, with some portals located at the North Pole and Antarctica.

This data helped Niantic get things rolling with Pokemon Go. The most popular Ingress portals are now gyms while other locations are PokeStops.

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First of all, Pokemon does not wholly own by Nintendo. Nintendo only hold 30% stake in Pokemon.

Secondly, the game never developed by Nintendo. It developed by Niantic - an AMERICAN company and with an advanced tech from Google. Google also invested 10 millions in Pokemon GO. So they do hold a stake in Pokemon GO.

Pokemon GO is a trademark of Niantic/Nintendo/PokemonCompany/GameFreak/Creature Inc. NOT just nintendo.

And last but not least, Apple make more money off Pokemon Go than Nintendo, look it up.

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So, Pokemon Go was created in the US, LINE is owned by a Korean company, the Softbank Pepper robot was designed in France as was the DeNa autonomous robot shuttle bus. Just where are all these amazing Japanese robots and AI devices that are going to save the economy and the aging society? People keep talking them up, so where are they?

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So, Pokemon Go was created in the US, LINE is owned by a Korean company, the Softbank Pepper robot was designed in France as was the DeNa autonomous robot shuttle bus. Just where are all these amazing Japanese robots and AI devices that are going to save the economy and the aging society? People keep talking them up, so where are they?

Neither Pokemon Go nor Line are robots.

The existence of robots created by countries other than Japan does not disprove the existence of robots created by Japan.

Where are the robots? Take a look around. Just because you haven't taken the time to try to find out, doesn't mean they don't exist.

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Neither Pokemon Go nor Line are robots.

I'm aware of that. Where did I say they were?

The existence of robots created by countries other than Japan does not disprove the existence of robots created by Japan.

I'm aware of that. Where did I say it did?

Take a look around.

I have. Creepy receptionist humanoids and a glorified Asimo that helps people to stand up, the same as a couple of years ago. Nothing near the level of these:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVlhMGQgDkY

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pokemon go is really a game for teens and adults its appeal to everyone is because of the augmented reality not the pokemon characters the game could be anything if it involves AR or VR . And pokemon go its a very social game most video games lead to social isolation but if the game requires someone to get out and move around and interact with other people outside which it does and thats what you have to do to play and interact with the real life environment instead of being inside in front of a TV . But any type of AR game is going to be very popular with adults and teens i think and thats exactly where gaming is going to be headed after this

i dont think young children should play it alone at all unsupervised because the pokemon are randomly appearing anywhere for safety reasons but just like if/when augmented reality gaming glasses come out to the public that involves movement they will be popular with adults and possibly outlawed for young childen or under a certain age unless they are supervised and other pedestrian laws i could see would be necessary and neither should people ever drive or ride a bike while they are looking at a cellphone no matter what theyre doing on it

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