Pokémon Go players, historical sites are asking people to have respect, put the game away

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Pokémon Go players, historical sites are asking people to have respect, put the game away

Some players are even asking to have areas removed from the game

Pokémon Go has brought players to a variety of places around their cities, including libraries, parks and notable landmarks. Being able to catch Pokémon wherever and whenever has also led to some questionable instances, including people using the game to snap photos of Pokémon they've caught at historical sites like Arlington Cemetery and the National Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC. Now, both players and organizations are asking Pokémon Go players to have some respect and common courtesy when playing the game.

The National Holocaust Museum issued a statement to the Washington Post yesterday after employees noticed that people were using their phones inside the building to catch Pokémon. In one photo, a player posted a picture purporting to show Koffing, a gas/poison-type Pokémon, available for capture inside the building, but this could not be verified as real. As Pokémon are computer-generated, developer Niantic Labs may not have been aware that specific Pokémon would spawn at that specific location, but the fact that this could happen has upset quite a few people.

Pokémon Go to join with business sponsors to get buyers in stores

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Pokémon Go to join with business sponsors to get buyers in stores

Sponsorship deals will buy a ton of Lure Modules

Pokémon Go developer Niantic Labs will partner with businesses to introduce sponsored locations in-game, according to the New York Times. The retail establishments Niantic is working with have not yet been announced, but the move represents a major way of monetizing the free-to-play app.

There's no timetable yet for when to expect sponsored locations to start populating the game's map. Niantic told the Times to expect an announcement "soon."

Microsoft ditches Gamescom 2016 press conference for fan event

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Microsoft ditches Gamescom 2016 press conference for fan event

European Xbox fans get a chance to try out some big new games

Microsoft will host an event specifically for Xbox fans during Gamescom 2016 in lieu of its traditional media briefing. The company announced that Xbox FanFest will take the place of its press conference, allowing attendees to go hands-on with some of the Xbox One’s biggest upcoming games.

The event will run from Aug. 18-24 as part of the annual gaming convention, held in Cologne, Germany. Visitors will have the chance to play a lineup that includes Gears of War 4, Halo Wars 2, ReCore and Sea of Thieves, all of which were among the company’s showing at E3 2016 this past June.

Analyst: Apple, Google, Niantic likely making more on Pokémon Go than Nintendo

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Analyst: Apple, Google, Niantic likely making more on Pokémon Go than Nintendo

Nintendo stands to make the least amount of money out of the incredible popular, incredibly profitable Pokémon Go mobile app, according to at least one analyst as reported by Business Insider.

Launched just last week in North America and other parts of the world, Pokémon Go quickly soared to the top of the charts on iTunes and Google Play. It’s currently listed as the top free and top grossing app on both mobile storefronts.

Estimates put the game’s revenue at anywhere from $1 million to $2.3 million a day. But it’s a little unclear how all of that money is being split up.

Origin Access vault adding eight more PC games by end of summer

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Origin Access vault adding eight more PC games by end of summer

All three Crysis games, SimCity 2000 highlight list

Origin Access, Electronic Arts' PC companion to the EA Access service on Xbox One, will add eight more titles to its library this summer, including the full Crysis trilogy.

Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 is the only one with a fixed debut date, Aug. 30. The others will be Crysis, Crysis 2 and 3; Plants vs. Zombies; Jade Empire; SimCity 2000 and Mini Metro. They will be coming soon, with EA sharing details later through its social media channels.

Police are warning Pokémon Go players to stay safe after injuries, dangerous encounters

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Police are warning Pokémon Go players to stay safe after injuries, dangerous encounters

Do you really need that Magikarp?

Pokémon Go players have kayaked to the middle of a lake, jumped down into scenic caves and walked around the outskirts of desolate ravines to catch Pokémon they otherwise might not have been able to. While local police departments across the country have no problem with people running around town and catching Pokémon, they are issuing statements asking players to act responsibly and stay away from dangerous areas and situations.

The National Safety Council released a statement yesterday alerting people to the fact that since the game launched last week, there have already been a number of "close calls" with major injuries from people playing the game without thinking twice about where they were going or what they were doing. In an effort to prevent serious accidents or incidents from occurring, the council urged players to make safety while playing their number one priority.

Pokémon Go begins global expansion with German launch

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Pokémon Go begins global expansion with German launch

It will travel across the land, launching far and wide

Pokémon Go has launched in Germany, according to the game's official Twitter page. This is the first European country to receive the game, which hit the U.S., Australia and New Zealand one week ago.

The German release follows a report from earlier this week that a European launch was imminent. Pokémon fans in other countries around the continent are still waiting for the game to make it their way; the Pokémon Go Twitter account suggests that they continue to watch out on social media for updates.

Pokémon Sun and Moon's jam-packed new trailer is the best look at the games yet

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Pokémon Sun and Moon's jam-packed new trailer is the best look at the games yet

New Pokémon! New features!

Pokémon Go may be all the rage right now, but Pokémon Sun and Moon's new trailer will remind you that the Nintendo 3DS games remain highly anticipated. Watch the two-minute video above for a mix of new gameplay footage, deeper looks at new modes and even a quick look at some new Pokémon.

Among the highlights are the seeming return of Pokémon Amie, the touchscreen-based feature introduced in Pokémon X and Y that allowed trainers to pet their Pokémon for another way to bond. Viewers get a brief look at how that mode looks in Sun and Moon, amidst longer spots for the new Battle Royal mode. First introduced during Nintendo's E3 2016 livestream, this multiplayer feature allows players to pit their Pokémon head-to-head in a different kind of battle.

Hearthstone’s new hero, a murloc shaman, is unlocked by recruiting friends to the game

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Hearthstone’s new hero, a murloc shaman, is unlocked by recruiting friends to the game

Learn to love the mrglglrglglgl

Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, Blizzard’s digital card game, hasn’t had a new hero portrait added since April, when the mage character Khadgar was available as part of an Earth Day promotion. Starting today, however, a new shaman hero is available, and it’s one of the most unique characters in the game thus far.

The new character is named Morgl the Oracle, and he’s a murloc. For those unfamiliar with World of Warcraft races, murlocs are fish people notorious for running in large groups and making really annoying gurgling sounds. In Hearthstone, murlocs have traditionally been associated with rush decks, where you flood the board with these fishy minions that buff each other up and take out your opponent before they can react.