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Rumor: Pokemon GO – What’s Coming Next?

Do you remember Pokemon GO? The smash hit for mobile gaming that echoed around the world? Chances are, you probably pop open the app when you’re walking to a friends house or if you’re bored during a commute. Believe it or not, Pokemon GO is still being played by millions daily. According to IGN, Pokemon GO still has about 65 million daily active users trotting around the globe trying to catch them all. So don’t count the game out just yet, there are updates coming soon that are going to drastically change the game. The Pokemon GO we’ve all been waiting for isn’t behind us, it’s ahead. That’s if the developers keep their word, and rollout updates to make the game truly immersive and competitive once again.

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We’re going through a list of upcoming update rumors that definitely have us excited to venture into the great outdoors again. Let’s just hope these see the light of day…

TRADING

Seems like an obvious addition, I know. Trading has been a staple in Pokemon since the beginning. Trading in Pokemon GO has been eluded to since the first trailer, but there hasn’t been a single inkling of it coming as an actual usable mechanic in the game (besides in the initial beta.) That might be changing in the next big update. Of course this is just a rumor, but according to senior product manager of Niantic, Tatso Namura, “it won’t be through the internet,” when it’s released.

Now some people feel that this defeats the purpose of the game, but think about it, if there are added mechanics to the game, the actual purpose of the gameplay changes. There will be more challenges besides catching Pokemon, picking up Pokestops and fighting over gyms. Trading makes absolute sense, it’s time.

PVP (Player VS Player)

Again, another staple of Pokemon games since the beginning. It seems odd that they’re making these two decade old mechanics seem like an exciting new prospect. Trading and battling should have been something included on day one. Most of us remember that time thought; failing servers, crashing apps, and for a lot of us, insanely hot summer days to contend with. The time for PVP was in 2016, but I myself am excited to see how the developers are going to integrate it. What will the reward system look like if there is one? How will battle be initiated? Not holding my breath just yet, but I think Niantic is finally getting the ball rolling with this game. They have my faith for now.

Legendaries

We’ve had implications of legendary events since the first trailer with the elusive Mewtwo in Times Square. We’ve also had hacking issues involving the three original legendary birds which led to accounts being apparently banned. Now we’re seeing hints at upcoming legendary events in the upcoming months. An actual schedule and official announcements are yet to be see, but Niantic really has to do something to entice users to return.

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Events

So, it seems like Niantic is really committing to their first even July 22nd, 2017 in Chicago’s Grant Park. At the time of writing this it’s uncertain what the event actually entails, but we’ll find out soon enough. Right now it seems just like a large networking even for Pokemon lovers throughout the city, and tourists driving, training or flying in. This sets a pretty cool precedent for Pokemon related events, something I haven’t really attended for almost 20 years. These events might be reminiscent of all the meet-ups that took place during the summer of 2016. Now that the user-base has shrunken it might take actual, official events to get people to congregate the way they did at its peak.

(Tickets go on sale for this event tomorrow, June 19th (by the way.)

It seems there isn’t too groundbreaking going on in the Pokemon GO universe right now. It would be fantastic to see unexpected updates and additions included in the next version. Pokemon GO at its core is a truly fun game that brought people together, and I’m not quite sure lightning will strike twice in this case. It will forever go down in pop culture history as making the summer of 2016 one of the best summers of an angsty millennial’s adult life. I’m all for the phenomenon to pickup again, but like I said before, I’m not holding my breath.

What do you think of the update rumors coming to Pokemon GO? Is it enough to get you playing again or have you been playing every day since release?

FALLOUT SHELTER Now Available On Android

by Joey Pedras (@joeypedras)

After a couple months of being iOS only Fallout Shelter is finally on Android. With this releases there is also an update for iOS with new threats, the ability to have a resource gathering droid, and other minor tweaks. You can now find it in the Google Play store.


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Casey Neistat’s BEME Is LIVE

by Joey Pedras (@joeypedras)

Casey Neistat, director/vlogger/creator extraordinaire, has finally released his highly anticipated app. Under wraps for quite some time we’ve finally got a look at the new iPhone application. The app is all about authenticity, and “real”. No filters. No second guessing. Whatever you record is immediate. It’s out there. One could describe it as a very stripped back, and raw Snapchat. Find other strangers near, and far an check out glimpses of their lives.

Right now you can only access the app’s features through an unlock code. These unlock codes have to be transferred from one user to someone who’s still locked out. So take to social media to find your way in. Neistat describes it as a way to keep people who will actually use the app in. Stating that it’s all about the loyal, recurring users. It’s suppose to be a place where friends share honest moments between each other.

My personal opinion, the idea is great. Raw, short videos from friend’s lives seems great. We can say that Snapchat or Instagram is too cultivated, and edited. Though I think we all took to those platforms for that reason. The masses might be tired of dealing with raw life. So it’s unclear yet what BEME’s true purpose might be. It’ll have lots to get over to reach the accessibility, and addictiveness of Snapchat. I guess we’ll see what Neistat, and his team has in store.

Check out the app for yourself here

Moondog Labs Brings An Anamorphic Adapter To iPhone

by Joey Pedras (@joeypedras)

A mobile filmmaker’s dream gadget. This device lets your achieve that iconic, cinematic 2:4:1 aspect ratio for your iPhone videos. For low-budget, indie filmmakers like myself this device is exactly what we’ve been waiting for.

Launched as a Kickstarter campaign, the Moondog device gained popularity very quickly, and reached its goal in no time at all. Even catching the eye of filmmaker Sean Baker, who used the device to shoot his short film “Tangerine”. Which received fantastic review at the Sundance Film Festival. Goes to show that if you have a good story to tell, and decent gear you can make some fantastic stuff.

The device is currently only available for the iPhone 5, and up. You can order one now on the Moondog Labs website. An iPhone 5/5s adapter costs $160 which seems a little steep, but for what it’s worth, a full anamorphic adapter could cost you a ton more than that.

You can find more information here: http://www.moondoglabs.com/

(Source: Indiewire)