NSG – WE ARE HOSTING A POKEMON GO! EVENT ON THE 6TH AUGUST

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For those of you that have Pokémon GO! or is still eagerly waiting for its release, we are hosting our biggest event yet on the 6th August – The Pokémon GO! Walk

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Join us and many more Pokemon GOers as we walk through central London, taking a route and reaching stop points for people to have a breather.
We will be splitting up attendees into 5 teams (these are NOT in-game teams):

  • Blue team
  • Red team
  • Green team
  • Black team
  • White team

Here is the map for the route:

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Though we are setting a cap of 80 people for each team, we will be extending them if we get more and more attendees before the event.
To avoid getting lost from your teams or if you’re running late, please download the app Life360 Family locator. Add your team leaders and you’ll be able to track them down via GPS. It is a free app available for Android & iOS.

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For more information about this event, check our event page via categories.

CLICK HERE to view our Facebook event and choose which team you’d like to be on!

Pokemon GO! – Review

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Don’t get me wrong. Seeing young people running around with their face buried in a phone or tablet these days is pretty much run of the mill. However this summer might see this a becoming more common sight… almost like an obsession – and you’d be right. Pokemon GO has struck and a new type of Pokemania begins again.

In the good old days (around mid 1990’s to early 2000’s) kids –myself included- would huddle away in some quiet corner and spend hours at a time wondering the world of Kanto, Johto and beyond collecting little critters to fight our way to the pokemon league championship and become ‘ the very best- like no one ever was.’ It was a simple time where your only worry was if you had a spare set of double aa batteries knocking around close by should you see the red light of doom appear on your handheld. This meant, come rain or shine, Pokemon hunting  and battling was a safe, fun, harmless sport…

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but that was then – this is now.

With rising levels of childhood obesity spiralling out of control in places like America and the UK, Nintendo have decided to make a game that makes you move and no not in a wii fit way, move as in LEAVE your house and go for a WALK… LONG walks!

How? Why? Now pay attention.

Everyone has a mobile phone or tablet. Chances are that at least half of you are reading this on one right now! We also like to keep our phones close by, whether it’s to check on facebook, read e-mails and sometimes even make an actual phone call! Now most up to date phones have extremely good cameras that are fast overtaking normal cameras and recorders in day to day life, and it’s the camera that is crucial to making pokemon go work. So you begin your game, design your avatar that will represent you as a trainer. Your GPS will then locate you and using a scaled down google maps, tell you where you are in your neighbourhood. So you start walking around, app running and phone in hand. Your’re feeling good, then your phone buzzes in warning and your rush to grab it because it means that somewhere nearby a pokemon is waiting to jump out. You check your phone for it’s location. Ah it’s in the next road. So you quicken your pace and as you turn a corner you are confronted with… a normal road. It’s no different from any other day but your phone tells you different. A Squirtle  is there waiting for you and so (and this is the clever bit) you click on it, look through your camera and there on the ground in front of you is Squirtle!

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You take a virtual pokeball and taking careful aim to keep your critter on the screen, you throw it. The Squirtle or whatever monster you’ve targeted disappears in a blaze of light and congratulations- You caught a pokemon! Of course they trick is to collect other pokemon the more you travel. As you level up, the pokemon you encounter become stronger building up into a formidable team. It’s very difficult not to get carried away when a cgi Rattata or Eevee appears in your path way and you come to a sudden halt in your travels.

 

Land marks like pubs or plazas will become ‘Pokestops’ where you can pick up supplies as you pass them… (but please don’t go inside and ask a policeman for six pokeballs).  To begin with, these supplies are mainly limited to pokeballs, but as you once you reach level five, you’ll receive potions, revives and maybe even an egg to put in an incubator and hatch your very own little fluffy fighter.

Reaching level five as a trainer, will mean you can also join gyms. These will pop up on your map and are pretty hard to miss. They’re often a landmark or place of significance in a town, such as a town hall or church so it’s quite easy to find more than one. Once you find a gym choose your team that you’ll represent: Team Instinct – Yellow –Team Mystic – Blue or Team Valor – Red.

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Once you decide a team you can face off against gym leaders and trainers to beef your team up and maybe become a pokemon master. You can also become a ‘Defender’ by leaving pokemon at the gym as fighters. They will protect your honour and fellow team mates unless the gym is overthrown by a rival gang. If this happens your pokemon will return to you but will need reviving as it will have fainted. The conflict is not the conventional turn based gameplay that players of the original series will be used to. You will have to be quick on your feet to attack enemies and dodge their special attacks while building up your own.

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In short I’m finding this game rather enjoyable. In face it’s one BIG drawback is it does drain your battery and is quite a demanding programme so make sure your device can handle it. Sure it has a couple of glitches like most new programmes and has been known to crash or lose servers simply because the popularity of this game was something even Nintendo couldn’t predict. What does the future hold? Is this a craze that will die out as quick as it appeared or is this merely the evolution of games on phones and tablets that will eventually wipe out consoles?

I don’t reckon so but only time will tell… now if you’ll excuse me there’s a Charizard outside my window… and there’s a sentence I never thought I’d say.

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POKEMON GO! LAUNCHES ON MOBILE DEVICES FOR THE END OF JULY

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The free-to-play app Pokemon GO! Will be coming to Android and iOS mobile devices at the end of July!
Despite they have not yet announced a specific date, we’re close to getting a taste of how it’s like to catch Pokemon in the real world.

The device Pokemon GO! Plus, which can connect to your mobile device using a bluetooth connection, will also be available at the end of July however it will cost $34.99 for North America.

It has also been mentioned that the app will be compatible with other Pokemon games in the future.

Are you excited for the release of this app? Let us know in the comments.

MIITOMO – REVIEW

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If you haven’t got Miitomo on your device(s) yet, then you’re definitely missing out on the fun.
New to Miitomo? Not familiar with it yet?

Miitomo is essentially what Tomodachi Life should’ve been. An app which allows you to create your own Mii, dress it up and most importantly – socialize. You can add friends by linking your social media accounts to it.
This app is a entertaining way to get to know your friends. By doing this, you can earn daily rewards like coins, sweets and game tickets!

The coins that you earn on a daily lets you use it to buy more clothes for your Mii. It’s also a substitute for when you’ve run out of game tickets. But how does one get coins? Well, you literally just have to open up the app everyday, like/comment on your friends’ answers and redeem your gifts through settings.
You can get sweets as a daily reward too. Although it’s better to get them when playing the Miitomo Drop mini-game, because you can get loads of it. Don’t worry, sweets actually serve a purpose! You use it to feed to people’s Mii’s so it can tell you more answers to questions that haven’t really been heard by you or others.
Game tickets are just for the Miitomo Drop mini-game. The mini-game basically lets you drop Mii’s down to these little slots where you can earn sweets OR if you’re lucky, some awesome clothing!

Now, if you have a dark sense of humor we can assure you that this game has two types of people who play: The people that actually use this app for what it’s suppose to be and the people that use it to create inappropriate photos, strange answers and greetings.

Don’t worry it’s not all THAT bad. As long as Nintendo doesn’t kill the fun by removing Miitomo (let’s not forget the incident regarding Swap Notes), then do what you please. At least in this app, people can dress however they want regardless of gender. Thumbs up to you, Nintendo.

Overall, Miitomo is a great app. It’s fun, it’s addicting and you’ll be hooked for hours. Even though it’s technically not a game, this could be as well Nintendo’s ‘social media’ outlet. We believe that Nintendo did well to make this their first app. Bring some more Nintendo, ready when you are!

RATING: 8.5/10