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Pokémon Go is Playable on PC

unduhan-80Pokémon Go is already a huge hit, but there are some would-be trainers who would prefer to assemble their team from the comfort of their home. Given that the game revolves around the idea of moving around in physical space, that’s not so easy — but one committed fan has come up with a workaround.

You can play Pokémon Go on your computer, but first you’ll need to set about installing an Android emulator. YouTube user Travis D came up with this method, and he uses BlueStacks, although a host of alternatives are available.

Of course, simply downloading an emulator and Pokémon Go itself isn’t enough to make the game playable on your PC. The game relies on the player moving around to find new Pokémon, so the trainer then needs to root the emulated device and install an app that’s capable of spoofing their GPS location.

This set-up makes your rig the center of the Pokémon universe, and handily circumvents the battery life issues that have been affecting the progress of certain players. However, it’s not an ideal solution, as faking your GPS location is apparently enough to warrant being banned from the game.

Players found to be spoofing their location have been suspended, which means being prevented from catching Pokémon, competing at gyms and even earning rewards from Pokéstops. However, these repercussions usually haven’t been permanent — most players have regained those abilities after a few hours. It’s hard to say how far you can push the game before a permanent ban is handed out.

Pokémon Go might technically be playable on your PC, but it’s a risky proposition. Most trainers will stick to catching Pokémon using their smartphone, at least for the time being. However, it will certainly be interesting to see whether Go makes its way to a future Nintendo handheld.

3 Ways People Are Cheating at Pokemon Go

imagyghIf we’ve learned anything from Pokemon Go, it’s that people will go to great lengths in order to successfully beef up their Pokedex and increase their levels. Some travel the world in an attempt to catch ‘em all, some make additional purchases for phone battery packs to maintain a good charge, and others accidentally stumble off a pier trying to line up the perfect shot.

But a subgroup of players have taken things a step further, harnessing the power of technology to create their own tools used to game the system and guarantee success in Pokemon Go. While many of these venture into morally gray territory — particularly those that cheat the mechanics and skip the intended progression — it just goes to show that people will use any means necessary to become Pokemon Masters.

A majority of these techniques use the Android version of the game, since it’s marginally easier to modify than iOS. IGN doesn’t condone the use of any third-party applications designed to skip the intended Pokemon Go progression path, not only because it goes against the spirit of the game’s design, but also because we can’t ensure the safety of these applications. As always, cheat at your risk. Or of course you can always check out IGN’s comprehensive Pokemon Go Wiki Guide to get ahead.

And if you’re one of the millions of players trying to legitimately earn your Pokedex, it’s still fascinating to see the lengths some players will go. Below are five ways players are cheating at Pokemon Go.

Pokemon Trackers

Pokemon Go itself is not particularly handy as a map tool. Street names are not present, and the only way to know which locations are Pokestops is to select the stop and read its description. This can be an issue, because there’s no real way of knowing exactly where a Poke Stop is or how far away it might be at any given moment.

To remedy this, many amateur developers have taken to creating a Pokemon tracking tool. Using Google Maps in real time, many of these tools correctly identify the exact locations of these stops and gyms to make them easier to locate. As an added bonus, programs like the now-defunct PokeTracker will highlight specifically where different Pokemon were spawning, sending the user an alert describing which Pokemon were nearby and where they could be found.

It’s technically cheating, since the point of the game is to wander and explore and stumble into Pokemon intermittently. But, it still requires one to get up and move around in order to make their catches, which largely remains faithful to the main game.

Automated Bots

For those who merely want ‘em all without putting forward any of the work, there are entire bots dedicated to playing the game for you. By sending falsified data to the Pokemon Go servers, these bots can do almost everything from easily capturing Pokemon to hatching eggs and duplicating items from Pokestops.

It essentially turns Pokemon Go into an idle game, bypassing the actual “Go” elements needed to make the core game work. It’s an option for those who want to play Pokemon Go without… actually playing it, really.

The Poke Black Market

Perhaps “black market” is a bit of a strong phrase here, but there are some players who make extra fun money by selling their accounts to prospective buyers. Kind of like using an Automated Bot, this is a way for players to automatically give themselves a boost in their Pokemon Go street cred without ever actually having to set foot outside.

There are multiple places where one can do this, and if the Pokemon Go Accounts page on Facebook is anything to judge by, it’s a relatively popular practice. People share details about their accounts, explaining their trainer’s level, key Pokemon in their possession, and how much Stardust they’re carrying, among other things.

Killer Game Just Made Sequels Obsolete

When it comes to great games, people are always eager to clamor for a sequel. If you have something good, it’s natural to want more of it. The thing is, with some games you don’t have to resort to a whole new entry for that to happen. In some cases, a really good expansion is enough.

Which is probably what’s going to happen with Destiny: The Taken King. The expansion has been hyped up for months now, and the number of changes being made to raids, characters, and the game in general are huge. It’s improving practically every aspect. And while rumor on the street is that Bungie has even been working on a Destiny 2 that could have been out around now is great, that game may be unnecessary.

After all, a good expansion pack can mean the world to the game. Destiny‘s The Taken King absolutely seems like it could be one of them. These kinds of things absolutely eliminate the need for further entries. Like say, Dragon Age: OriginsAwakening. Was it more of the same? A little, yes. But it was a helpful look at the life of Warden after the Blight ended, offered a substantial additional campaign, and gave us new characters to love that connected well to the real sequel.

Borderlands 2‘s Tiny Tina’s Assault on Dragon Keep is another example of an amazing expansion that helps revitalize the game. It completely alters the look and feel of Borderlands 2 by making it more like a D&D game (or rather, Bunkers and Badasses). The addition of mods that are more in line with a fantasy game, “spells,” and shields really enhance the game.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim‘s Dragonborn DLC is another add-on that completely improves the overall experience for anyone who plays it. It essentially injects a little bit of Morrowind into Skyrim by bringing Soulstheim into the game. People get all new monsters, extra quests, areas that look and feel different from those within Skyrim, and more. It’s a huge update that still manages to maintain the Dragonborn theme thanks to the story.

Some games are great. They’re so much fun that can’t help but want more. Yet, in some cases, an actual sequel isn’t the thing you need.