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Pokemon GO: Five places you should avoid playing

Pokemon GO: Five places you should avoid playing

With Pokemon GO launching in yet another region today - welcome to the party, Japan! - I thought it might be a good time to remind everyone that even though Pokemon fever is still running strong, there is still a time and a place for Pokemon hunting. To be a little more specific, there are a few places you should avoid playing at all costs, no matter how strong the temptation is.

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Square Enix teases Apple Watch RPG Cosmos Rings

Square Enix teases Apple Watch RPG Cosmos Rings

Anyone who follows gaming will know that Square Enix is capable of doing some wacky stuff. The company's nearly 30 year existence has seen hits and misses with plenty of weird offerings dotted in between, but today we're getting a tease for what might just be the company's strangest decision yet: it would seem that Square Enix is planning a new RPG game for the Apple Watch.

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Pokemon GO McDonald’s team up confirmed, Japan launch still nowhere in sight

Pokemon GO McDonald’s team up confirmed, Japan launch still nowhere in sight

Yesterday, two big rumors concerning Pokemon GO landed in our laps. The first said that the game would be getting its long-awaited launch in Japan today, while the other said that the Japanese launch would come with a corporate partnership with McDonald's, which would see some 3,000 McDonald's restaurants across Japan turned into Pokemon Gyms. As it turns out, only one of those rumors was true, with McDonald's Japan confirming the partnership today.

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Pokemon GO Japan release tipped for tomorrow with first corporate partnership

Pokemon GO Japan release tipped for tomorrow with first corporate partnership

Pokemon GO's eventual release in Japan has been the frequent center of attention lately. Lots of people outside of Japan are interested in seeing how popular the game will be once it finally launches there, while plenty of people who actually live in Japan just want to play the game. According to a new rumor, those eager players will soon get their chance, as Pokemon GO will be launching there tomorrow, July 20.

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Pokemon GO launches in Canada, Japan release still on hold

Pokemon GO launches in Canada, Japan release still on hold

After an extended wait, Pokemon GO has come to Canada at long last. The game has been met with ridiculous success in every region its launched in thus far, but that success comes with its share of server woes every time the game comes to a new region or country. As a result, those eager to begin playing have been forced to wait as Nintendo and Niantic have slowed the global launch of Pokemon GO.

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Five Pokemon GO accidents that stress the importance of paying attention

Five Pokemon GO accidents that stress the importance of paying attention

It's time to crack open the "this is why we can't have nice things" file, as reports of Pokemon GO related injuries have been hitting the internet left and right since the game launched last week. While it is great to be able to hunt Pokemon in the real world, it can also prove to be dangerous to those who aren't willing to pay attention during their Pokemon hunt. Despite warnings coming from everywhere (even the app itself warns you every time you boot it up), people seem to be getting so enthralled in catching Pokemon that they end up losing focus on their surroundings, and some of those people inevitably end up injured.

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Google Play Indie Games Festival kicks off in San Francisco this September

Google Play Indie Games Festival kicks off in San Francisco this September

Competing as a game developer on the Google Play Store can be a tough proposition, especially as we see more and more professional game developers leave their big studios to start or join studios dedicated to mobile games. If you're one of those small-time game developers, good news: Google has announced that it will be giving independent developers a chance to have their moment in the spotlight later this year, when it hosts the Google Play Indie Games Festival in San Francisco.

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Pokemon GO players can now suggest Gym and Pokestop locations

Pokemon GO players can now suggest Gym and Pokestop locations

If you're a Pokemon GO player living in a metropolitan area, chances are you're surrounded by Pokestops and Gyms. For those in more rural areas, though, stocking up on items by visiting Pokestops or duking it out at Gyms proves to be a little more difficult. That might all be changing soon, as Niantic has given Pokemon GO players the tools to suggest locations that would make for good Pokestops or Gyms.

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Pokemon GO shows signs of life in Europe, launches in Germany

Pokemon GO shows signs of life in Europe, launches in Germany

Pokemon GO may just be the best mobile game we've ever played, but so far, only folks in the US, Australia, and New Zealand have been given an official release. It's been a week since the game first launched, and other eager players around the world are chomping at the bit to get in on the action. Today, it would appear that players in at least one European country will finally get that chance, as developer Niantic Labs has announced that Pokemon GO is now available in Germany.

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Pokemon GO estimated earnings top $14 million in less than a week

Pokemon GO estimated earnings top $14 million in less than a week

Since it seems like you can't throw a stone without hitting three or four Pokemon GO players, it's safe to say the game has turned out to be quite popular. Just how popular is it, though? If new estimates from SuperData Research are accurate, the answer to that question is "more popular than air itself." The research firm estimates that Pokemon GO has already raked in earnings of more than $14 million, which is insane when you consider that the game has been available in just a handful of regions for less than a week.

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Pokemon GO causes Nintendo shares to rise another 25%

Pokemon GO causes Nintendo shares to rise another 25%

Pokemon fever, it seems, has caught on in a very big way. Realizing that Nintendo may have a massive hit on its hands with Pokemon GO, investors have been treating the company well, sending its stock up by around 9% on Friday and by another 25% on Monday. That's a massive gain, and it means that Nintendo's stock has added around $7.5 billion in value in the past two days of trading.

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Pokemon GO release puts Nintendo stock on the rise

Pokemon GO release puts Nintendo stock on the rise

It would appear that would-be Pokemon trainers aren't the only ones who are pleased to see Pokemon GO arrive on the scene. The launch and subsequent success of the game has sent Nintendo shares up, in a time when investors were wondering if Nintendo had lost that magic touch. It hasn't exactly been a secret that Nintendo investors have wanted the company to break into the mobile games scene, and now that Pokemon GO has had a successful launch in a few regions around the world, they seem to be rewarding Nintendo with a surge in stock prices.

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