Pokemon Go: How does weather affect which characters you can collect?

Considering that Pokémon Go is catering to a younger audience, the game has put an alert of caution on app initialisation to "stay aware of your surroundings". It's a World of Warcraft, a Minecraft, a Candy Crush Saga - although time will tell if it can be as long-lived. We've seen flash-in-the-pan app releases before, but the excitement usually fizzles out in a day or two. Some reports indicate that Pokemon Go daily active users were nearly as big as Twitter's.

The update simultaneously announces the availability of Pokemon Go app for Android 7.0 Nougat and also for smartphones with Intel X86 processor, which means that the game will be available for Asus' Zenfone series that is powered by Intel processor. The circle will also appear in different colors, indicating how easy it will be to catch the Pokémon.

We've compiled plenty handy tips and tricks to help you play the game. I'd even wager that a lot of Pokémon Masters would pay to unlock a smartwatch app as an in-app purchase. The company was acquired last year by Activision for $5.9 billion at a 20% premium to its stock price, which had fallen below its IPO price as investors grew skeptical it could generate another hit of that size. Game Freak and Creatures are privately held too, so Nintendo is investors' only option.

Once you pick your starter, then you learn how to capture it. This is where the augmented reality portion of Pokémon Go enters play. At the bottom right is a button that opens up a list of nearby Pokémon.

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"Virtual reality is a fun, vibrant niche that will never be mainstream, whereas augmented reality will absolutely be mainstream", said Dmitri Williams, president of Ninja Metrics, an advanced data science company that works in gaming and retail.

Pokemon Go: How does weather affect which characters you can collect?
Pokemon Go: How does weather affect which characters you can collect?

The app makes use of real-world landmarks (such as churches) to act as Pokémon gyms, where users can battle their Pokémon against each other, as well as visiting certain places which the game has turned into 'Pokéstops', where users can collect free items in the app.

Winnipeg police and Manitoba RCMP sent out similar missives, urging players to be responsible. Any picture that does business at that scale is on its way to becoming an international blockbuster.

"Don't play Pokemon GO!!!" said user Pitaorenzhe on Chinese microblogging site Weibo.

Whatever its level of involvement, it's hard to find anything but upside for Nintendo in the Pokémon Go story.

"It's a perfect storm of nostalgia [for Pokemon], AR features and a consumer base that's socialized to do it". The company's current tests are expected to "lay the foundation for new, exciting drone applications". "Japan is a huge market for Pokémon, traditionally".

Hanke did confirm that the game would soon be coming to Japan and that he eventually even expects to see a South Korea launch, noteworthy because of the server restrictions placed on Google's mapping service, thanks to security issues with North Korea.

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