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Apr 14

Pokémon GO Study Finds Players are Happier, Friendlier / Pokémon GO Wins Multiple Awards

Posted by Sunain | April 14th 2017 at 09:55 AM EDT
Tags: Press Release, YouTube, Pokémon GO, Niantic
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A study conducted by media researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Madison concluded that players of Pokémon GO players are happier and friendlier than non-Pokémon GO players. This is the second major study to conclude that Pokémon GO has healthy benefits for players despite the negative attention that the media has given the game for causing injuries and robberies.

James Alex Bonus, a UW–Madison graduate student studying educational media and one of the people that conducted the study, said in an interview that he joined the throng playing the game when it was new, but was surprised by the mix of reactions in the media covering the game.

“There was plenty of negative press about distracted people trespassing and running into trees or walking into the street, But you also saw people really enjoying it, having a good time together outside.”

Look on the Bright Side (of Media Effects): Pokémon Go as a Catalyst for Positive Life Experiences

James Alex Bonus, Alanna Peebles, Marie-Louise Mares & Irene G. Sarmiento
Pages 1-25 | Published online: 07 Apr 2017

An online survey of 399 U.S. adults aged 18–75 indicated that playing the AR game Pokémon Go was associated with various positive responses (increased positive affect, nostalgic reverie, friendship formation, friendship intensification, and walking), most of which predicted enhanced well-being. Additionally, two indirect effects of gameplay were moderated by social anxiety. For highly anxious participants, gameplay showed weaker associations with positive affect (a predictor of enhanced well-being), but also weaker associations with nostalgic regret (a predictor of reduced well-being).

Sources: http://news.wisc.edu/study-finds-pokemon-go-players-are-happier-friendlier/ and http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15213269.2017.1305280?journalCode=hmep20

Pokémon GO Wins Best Mobile and Handheld Game at BAFTA's

Pokémon GO was nominated for 3 British Academy Games Awards in 2017 in the Family, Game Innovation and Mobile categories. It won Best Mobile and Handheld Game at the British Academy of Film, Television and Arts Game Awards on April 6th, 2017. Niantic posted a thank you blog post where they also listed some of the other recognition's they've received for the game.

Thank you...

It’s been another incredible week for Pokémon GO. Yesterday, Pokémon GO won the Best Mobile and Handheld Game at the British Academy of Film, Television and Arts Game Awards. We are surprised and grateful to be awarded this honor.

We owe the continued momentum and recognition to the dedicated players exploring the world and creating adventures together in Pokémon GO. Each and every award Pokémon GO has won is a testament to the game’s awesome and supportive community. We haven’t had a chance to thank everyone for each of these, so please accept a collective thank you now on behalf of all of us at Niantic and our partners at The Pokémon Company for all of these amazing honors including, but not limited to:

  • Adweek’s Hot List - Hottest Digital Obsession & Hottest Mobile Game
  • Academy of Arts and Science’s D.I.C.E. Awards - Mobile Game of the Year
  • BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards - Best Game
  • GameSpot - Best Mobile Games of the Year
  • Golden Joystick Awards - Innovation of the Year & Handheld/Mobile Game of the Year
  • GSMA Glomo Awards 2017 - Best Overall Mobile App
  • IGN - Mobile Game of the Year
  • SXSW Gaming Awards - Mobile Game of the Year
  • TechCrunch's Crunchies - Best App of the Year
  • The Game Awards - Best Mobile/Handheld Game & Best Family Game
  • The Game Developers Choice Awards - Best Mobile/Handheld Game
We continue to be inspired by the passion of the 65+ million people from around the world playing Pokémon GO each month. We’re still at the beginning of the journey and there’s a lot more to come. With spring arriving in the northern hemisphere, players can look forward to all new cooperative social gameplay experiences in Pokémon GO that will give Trainers new and exciting reasons to get back into the sunshine.

Sources: https://nianticlabs.com/blog/thankyou040717/, http://www.bafta.org/media-centre/press-releases/games-awards-winners-list-2017

YouTube Clip - Pokemon Go wins Mobile | BAFTA Games Awards 2017


Article edited on 2017-04-14 09:57:05 by Sunain
Apr 13

The Pokémon GO Eggstravaganza

Posted by Sunain | April 13th 2017 at 09:37 AM EDT
Tags: Press Release, Pokémon GO, Niantic
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Niantic has announced that a special egg event will take place to celebrate Easter from April 13th, 2017 until April 20th, 2017. Eggs have a greater variety of Pokémon, players earn more Candy from every hatched egg and can level up faster with double XP. Lucky Eggs are also 50% off in the in-game shop during the event.

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The Pokémon GO Eggstravaganza

Trainers, Lace up your walking shoes and get ready to put a spring in your step—the Pokémon GO Eggstravaganza is nearly here! From 1:00 P.M. PDT on April 13 to 1:00 P.M. PDT on April 20, 2017, a greater variety of Pokémon can now be found in 2 km Eggs, so get cracking and see what you find! Your Egg-venture doesn’t stop there, though—you’ll also earn more Candy for every Egg you hatch!

Throughout this Eggstravaganza, you’ll also level up even faster with double XP! Combine this Egg-cellent bonus with a Lucky Egg, and you’ll earn four times the XP you normally would. To make this Eggstravaganza even sweeter, Lucky Eggs will be 50% off in the in-game shop!

Get out there, hatch some Eggs, and share your stories with us using #PokemonGO on your favorite social media channels.

Source: http://pokemongo.nianticlabs.com/en/post/eggstravaganza2017

Article edited on 2017-04-13 09:37:52 by Sunain
Apr 07

Pokémon GO updated to version 0.61.0 for Android and 1.31.0 for iOS

Posted by Sunain | April 7th 2017 at 07:31 AM EDT
Tags: Press Release, Android, Apple iOS, Pokémon GO, Niantic
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Niantic has posted the patch notes for Pokémon GO which has been updated to version 0.61.0 for Android and 1.31.0 for iOS.

Pokémon GO updated to version 0.61.0 for Android and 1.31.0 for iOS

Trainers, Pokémon GO is in the process of being updated to version 0.61.0 for Android and 1.31.0 for iOS devices. Below are some release notes and comments from our development team.

  • Added Traditional Chinese language support.
  • Updated the Pokémon collection screen scroll bar.
  • Various bug fixes.
  • Minor text fixes.

Source: http://pokemongo.nianticlabs.com/en/post/ver-update-040617

Article edited on 2017-04-07 07:32:49 by Sunain
Mar 22

Pokémon Go Water Festival - Make a Splash

Posted by Sunain | March 22nd 2017 at 06:15 PM EDT
Tags: Press Release, Android, Apple iOS, Pokémon GO, Niantic
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Niantic has announced a special Water Festival for Pokémon GO that will take place from March 22nd, 2017 until March 29th, 2017. Full details were announced in their press release.

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Make a Splash, Trainers!

Trainers, Get ready to make some waves in Pokémon GO! There’s a global Water Festival in progress, and Magikarp, Squirtle, Totodile, and friends are looking forward to celebrating with you! Starting today at 1 P.M. PDT, you’ll be more likely to encounter Magikarp, Squirtle, Totodile, and their Evolutions all around the world. Additionally, when you’re out exploring areas where Water-type Pokémon more commonly appear, you’ll have a greater chance to encounter several of the Water-type Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region, and maybe... you might even encounter Lapras.

Also, starting later today, you’ll notice a new avatar wardrobe item—the Magikarp Hat!

The Pokémon GO Water Festival is a limited-time celebration and will come to an end on March 29, 2017, at 1 P.M. PDT, so get outside and GO catch some Water-type Pokémon!

Source: http://pokemongo.nianticlabs.com/en/post/waterfestival2017

Article edited on 2017-03-22 06:16:00 by Sunain
Mar 02

Increased Kabigon Appearances in Kumamoto and Ōita Prefectures

Posted by Sunain | March 2nd 2017 at 06:54 PM EST
Tags: Twitter, Pokémon GO, Niantic
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Niantic announced that from March 4th, 2017 until March 13th, 2017, Kabigon will appear more frequently than normal in Pokémon Go in the Kumamoto and Ōita Prefectures of Japan. They also warn players to be careful playing the game in those areas as there is still a lot of localized reconstruction work continuing as a result of the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes.

Source: https://twitter.com/PokemonGOAppJP/status/837210891166842881

Article edited on 2017-03-02 07:11:47 by Sunain
Feb 17

Pokémon GO updated to version 0.57.2 for Android and 1.27.2 for iOS

Posted by Sunain | February 17th 2017 at 03:45 AM EST
Tags: Press Release, Android, Apple iOS, Patches, Pokémon GO, Niantic
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Niantic has posted the patch notes for Pokémon GO which has been updated to version 0.57.2 for Android and 1.27.2 for iOS.

Pokémon GO updated to version 0.57.2 for Android and 1.27.2 for iOS

Trainers, Pokémon GO is in the process of being updated to version 0.57.2 for Android and 1.27.2 for iOS devices. Below are some release notes and comments from our development team.

  • Over 80 additional Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region can be caught.
  • Gender-specific variations of select Pokémon can be caught.
  • Added new encounter mechanics.
  • Added Poké Ball and Berry selection carousels to the encounter screen.
  • Added two new Berries.
  • Added new avatar outfit and accessory options.
  • Added new night-mode map and encounter music.
  • Added bonus Candies for catching Evolved Pokémon.
  • Implemented Apple Watch connection stability improvement.
  • Various bug fixes.
  • Minor text fixes.

Source: http://pokemongo.nianticlabs.com/en/post/ver-update-021617
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