Niantic is reversing bans on some Pokemon Go players amidst usage drops

Earlier this month, Niantic Labs dropped the hammer on third-party Pokemon tracking websites for Pokemon Go, at the same time disabling in-game tracking. It was a move that drew criticism from players, particularly when it was taken a step further and accounts using third-party map applications began to receive permanent bans.

In a post today, Niantic announced that a “small subset” of banned accounts that used add-on map apps would be reinstated, as the users in question may not have realized that these apps “do more than just show you nearby Pokemon.” The developer remains firmly against the use of third-party services, but will be giving the aforementioned “small subset” a second chance.

“Some players may not have realized that some add-on map apps do more than just show you nearby Pokemon,” the post reads. “Each end-user app can be used as a collection tool by the app creator, invisibly collecting and forwarding data to the app creator with or without the knowledge of the end user. These apps can have an effect similar to DDoS attacks on our servers. Because of this we have had to ban some accounts associated with using these add-on map tools, leading to confusion by some users about why they were banned.”

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The post goes on to state that a number of changes have allowed the developer to unban specific accounts, reminding users that “add-on maps which scrape data from our servers still violate our Terms of Service,” and anyone who uses them will receive a ban moving forward. Accounts that existed for the purpose of “scraping data” will not be unbanned, nor will accounts that used third-party services to remotely capture Pokemon, hit PokeStops, or battle in Gyms.

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“Our main priority is to provide a fair, fun, and legitimate experience for all players, so, aggressive banning will continue to occur for players who engage in these kinds of activities.”

How long can Niantic enjoy the initial success in the name of Pokemon?

Well, it wasn’t going to last forever. The meteoric rise of Pokémon Go this summer has finally ended, with new stats from Axiom Capital Management showing that daily active user and engagement rates have been dipping since mid-July.

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Young Adult Games : Never heard of them?

Over the past few years, “young adult fiction” has become less of a demographic for book readers, and more of a genre in its own right, like sci-fi or true crime. It used to be that young adult fiction was regarded strictly as books aimed at children aged 13 to 17, but many of those titles appeal to a much broader age range. In fact, young adult fiction is hugely popular among grown-ups too, with Nielsen reporting last year that over 80 percent of all YA book sales were made to adult readers.

With such broad appeal, it was inevitable the young adult genre would soon colonize film and television with massive multimillion-dollar franchises. Now YA has taken root in video games too — and it’s thriving.

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Pokemon Go : Update adds appraisal system

While Pokemon GO is still enjoying tremendous popularity among mobile gamers, one of the most common complaints about Niantic Labs’ latest mobile game has been directed at the fact that it’s rather simple. Well, the San Francisco-based developer heard your complaints and has started the process of implementing more complex systems into Pokemon GO. The latest update, version 0.35.0 has begun rolling out on the Play Store yesterday and should be available worldwide by midnight.

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What is Vulkan? The next generation universal gaming platform

The battle for graphics card supremacy just got a little more interesting. Nvidia unveiled its GTX 1080 and 1070, with power rivaling that of its beastly GTX 980 Ti. AMD just revealed its Radeon RX 480, a powerful and relatively low-cost GPU that will help bring VR to the masses.

Advancements in graphical technology aren’t the exclusive domain of hardware, however. While new card announcements get the lion’s share of attention, it’s software that ensures all that power doesn’t go to waste. The fastest sports car in the world sits idle on the track until a skilled driver gets behind the wheel, after all. That’s where Vulkan comes into play.

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Pokémon GO banned by Pentagon

The Pentagon is urging military troops and other Defense Department personnel not to play Pokemon Go on their government-issued cell phones.

Pokémon Go is officially off-limits in all Department of Defense properties due to fears the augmented-reality game could become a powerful aid to hackers seeking information on secure facilities and their staff, reported the Washington Times on Thursday.

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The best recent Android Games you should check out

The summer months are usually a hot time for new games. Last month was no exception. We saw a bunch of awesome new games launch. If you were busy laying in the sun you probably missed a few. We have a list of the best games to launch in the last 30 days. Download a few of these to pass the time when the AC goes out. Continue reading “The best recent Android Games you should check out”

Pokestops and Gyms missing from Map : Pokemon Go

Since Pokemon Go launched, it’s been normal for Pokestops to disappear from the game’s map on occasion, usually because businesses or homeowners request them to be removed. But in recent days, many players have opened up the game, only to find absolutely no Pokestops or gyms in the area whatsoever. What’s going on here?

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