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Creepy clowns, Rattata and Trump: Halloween 2016 costume inspiration

Clown Nothing about this Halloween is going to plan. First, one of the most popular costumes is basically an ageing My Chemical Romance fan (Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn) and an online troll (the guy from V for Vendetta slash Jack White in Get Behind Me Satan-era White Stripes). Second, the innocent tradition of dressing up like a clown has taken a turn for the John …

This $20,000 Pokémon Watch Has All Eyes on Pikachu

In celebration of 20 years of Pokémon, RJ-Romain Jerome has joined forces with The Pokémon Company to release a limited edition watch featuring the franchise’s most well known character, Pikachu. A smiling Pikachu is in turn showcased front and center on the dial, as the complementary appliques represent the famed character and her signature lightning bolt. The vulcanized rubber strap then coincides with Pikachu’s recognizable …

Hand-Crafted Poké Ball May Be Peak Pokémon, But Is Still Totally Awesome

The artisan behind this Pokémon “Poké Ball” (aka Monster Ball) masterpiece is Jasper Hams. You can purchase one for about $133 on Etsy, which seems pretty reasonable given how fancy and perfect it is! report this ad Jim Jones writes, “I have been playing The Warren, Marshall Miller’s role playing game about being rabbits, with my three kids for a …

Some Pokémon Go players given lifetime bans are being let back into the game

Did you get banned from playing Pokémon Go after downloading an app that you thought might make the game more fun? Well, it turns out that you might be able to get back into the smash hit title after all. A couple of weeks ago, Pokémon Go-maker Niantic Labs vowed to crack down on cheaters with “lifetime” bans for those who used third-party “add-on” apps to get ahead …

A brief history of Niantic Labs, the makers of Pokémon Go

Niantic Labs, a small gaming company previously owned by Google, has gone from a somewhat obscure gaming shop to one of the most prominent developers overnight. The company launched Pokémon Go in July 2016, the first very long-awaited smartphone version of a Pokémon game. After holding out for nearly a decade, Nintendo and The Pokémon Company have finally unleashed one of its most popular franchises onto smartphones, …

The Pokémon Go influence on new tech

Pokémon Go has changed the trajectory of the world on a scale just slightly smaller than Google Search and Facebook, but still to a magnitude that will be felt through all industries in the coming years. To many, it looks like a very simple game that incorporates a few unique and compelling features. But this game has taken technologies from niche research and gaming communities …

Pokémon Go changes everything (and nothing) for AR/VR

“Stop calling Pokémon Go AR,” say the purists. But who cares what you call something that is so successful? Just be glad it happened, and let’s figure out what it means for the AR/VR industry. Pokémon Go is the singularity for AR/VR that everyone was waiting for, but looks very different to what everyone expected. It isn’t space glasses from the future, it isn’t high …

Pokémon Go crosses $200M in global revenue one month into launch

While bugs and feature complaints are still causing a decent amount of negativity among users, Pokémon Go continues its upward trajectory in terms of overall revenue. App analytics platform Sensor Tower reveals that the game now have over $200 million in net revenue from players based on their estimates. The spending frenzy in Go compares favorably to in-game revenue generated by other huge in-app purchase-driven …

Pokémon Go drives a surge in smartphone backup battery sales

Early on in the Pokémon Go hype cycle, there were signs that players were driving a significant uptick in sales of backup batteries, like the Mophie units you may be familiar with that offer USB connections for topping up mobile devices while you’re away from an outlet. Now, research from analytics firm NPD Group goes beyond early anecdotal evidence to show that in fact, unit …

The occult magick of Pokemon Go

At the Daily Grail, Greg Taylor posted a fascinating essay about the Pokemon Go experience seen through the lens of medieval occult practices in which “incorporeal entities have sometimes been as much a part of the landscape as the everyday physical objects surrounding us that we can touch and see.” As Gregory Benford once said, riffing on Arthur C. Clarke, “Any sufficiently advanced magic is …