Shares of Japanese video games giant Nintendo soared on Thursday by 16 percent at the Tokyo Stock Exchange due to the stupendous success of its new smartphone augmented reality game, "Pokemon Go".
I chatted with gaming industry host Ali Baker about why she is loving the game and she explained that it's such a unique combination of characters she loves and real world play.
"Pokémon GO is now officially available to be installed from Google Play or iTunes". Mohammad Abbas, who has played nearly every game in town, said the unavailability of the new gaming app is disappointing, "I am a passionate pro gamer and well-versed in every popular game from Temple Run, Fruit Ninja, Angry Birds, Safari Shootout to Assassin Creed". Niantic, the makers behind Pokemon Go, have made a lot of it in the last week - but they can always make more.
However, how do you know which Pokemon to look for?
It is believed that "Pokemon Go" will soon outpace social sites like Twitter in terms of apps being used every day. The issue appears to be affecting those who registered for a Pokemon Trainer Club account instead of just signing in with their Google accounts, according to Redmond Pie.
Although Pokemon Go has been out for less than a week, the mega-app has already seen its share of controversies, from late night PokeStop hunts to relationship woes. The creatures were featured in comic books, television and video games back then. That should downgrade account access to just "basic" and not "full".
The updates also happen to coincide with Pokemon GO expanding into a new region: Germany. That meant iOS users could not edit those permissions (which request user ID and email address); their only option was to revoke access entirely.
In the short time since Pokemon GO was launched, it has quickly spread in popularity, seemingly taking over the entire world.