Sometimes you cannot let a thread go - however things just got interesting
Niantic, the creator of Pokémon GO is being
believe it or not with the argument that virtual entities (pokéstop,
pokémon) are subject to trespassing laws - meaning they shouldn't exist
on private property. Last year; a previous
was filed in relation to how the game encouraged players to trespass on
private property - but the burden of proof was if Niantic profited from it or
not. It now asks a bigger question, which is going to the high court - can
virtual objects trespass?
We have all seen the videos of mass hysteria when Pokémon GO
players form in masses and cause a stampede in order to catch a very rare
Pokémon - like the Lapras stampede just after the game was released.
It seems some private people, even local councils have had enough!
... or this lovely footage in Taiwan ..
Pokémon GO is one of the first games to take the concept of
virtual objects, and augmented reality to the masses - a ruling of this
magnitude could have massive implications in the development of the field.
How will it ripple down into other location aware technologies? Will locals
sue GPS manufacturers for putting points of interest on maps because they
Originally; I was going to put the argument for spoofing - as, people
would be able to catch elusive Pokémon without bothering the
residents or the people who live around where they spawn. Niantic has
already been forced to
pokéstops from public places due to complaints.
It will be interesting to see how that spans out.
In regards to my own Pokémon hunting? Well - people said that Niantic's
new shiny Pokémon handling would be a problem for spoofers; how far
from the truth could they be. I was able to catch two shiny Magikarp; simply
by chaining the catches - jumping all over the world, focusing on 90+ IVs
and after one hundred encounters, I had two - one 96 IV and the other 100 IV.
Just a pity the 100 IV Magikarp wasn't a higher level - gonna cost me in
stardust to power up.
Unfortunately; I didn't get the right move set when evolved but this will
do fine in my collection.
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