WARREN, NJ - Are you playing Pokémon Go? Trainers woke on July 16 to a server crash of the Pokémon Go app. Pokémon Go has become the summer of 2016's craze and TAPinto Warren will be announcing a lure soon.

The Pokémon Go Twitter account tweeted,"Turn our notifications on. We will update you as soon as we hear anything about the server. #PokemonGO"

 

Warren residents young and not so young are joining in on the fun since the global release last week. Kids have become more willing than ever before to go places with their parents since they may find a rare Pokémon, a PokéStop or a gym to train or defend while running errands. Even the dogs are loving the craze. Formerly sedentary youths are walking the dog five, six, and seven times a day in search of Pokémon.

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Unless residents have been completely unconnected this summer, they've probably heard sounds from the back seat while driving like...'Stop! It's Pikachu! Can you just make a left here?', 'Drive slower my egg is hatching!' 'I got berries', 'Can you hatch more than one egg in an incubator?' 'I got balls!' (PokéBalls) 'This 227 Evee keeps eating my balls! 'Oo I got a medal!' 'I only need to capture two more Weedles so I can get that bee thing.'

Pokémon Lure Modules increase the rate of Pokemon generation in the area where they're placed for 30 minutes. That may not sound that powerful, but Pokémon are scarcer than you think. Luring is an insanely powerful tool that you really have to see to believe. To make sure you don't miss the announcement of the TAPintoWarren lure, sign up for enews at http://www.tapintowarren.net/enews Follow us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/warrentap on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/warrentap and Instagram at  

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Pokemon burst onto the scene in 1995. The franchise, which is based on the idea that the Pokemon characters are caught by humans or trainers, has spawned books, comics, movies and television series as well as a whole host of novelty items.

Less than a week after launch, this augmented reality mobile exploration game has been installed on twice as many phones as Tinder, has double the engagement of Snapchat, and it is eclipsing Twitter in its percentage of daily active users, according to gaming experts. Right now, Pokémon Go is live in the U.S., UK, Australia, New Zealand and Germany, and has now expanded to three more countries in Europe: Italy, Spain, and Portugal with more to come.

The game has also prompted many local law enforcement agencies to remind players about personal safety as well as using discretion in the pursuit of Pokémon.

Authorities are urging people to use common sense when playing the game, especially in unfamiliar places. The  NYPD shared some simple safety tips.  "As you battle, train, and capture your Pokémon just remember you’re still in the real world too!  Around the country the PokémonGo craze has seen reports of accidents, injuries and even crimes where suspects have set-up fake ‘Pokéstops’.  So as you or your kids set out to capture them all:

  • Be alert at all times
  • Stay aware of your surroundings
  • Play in pairs or as a group to ensure your safety  
  • Do not drive or ride your bike, skateboard, or other device while interacting with the app…you can’t do both safety
  • Do not trespass onto private property or go to areas you usually would not if you weren’t playing Pokémon Go
  • Be aware and tell your kids about “stranger-danger”.  The app may draw strangers together in real life at ‘Pokéstops’
  • Parents - be aware of 3rd party software apps claiming to enhance the gaming experience however, these 3rd party apps only gives access to sensitive data - i.e. name, email, calendar

Have fun AND stay safe.  Good luck in your quest, and happy hatching, trapping, and training at the Pokémon Gym!"

 

More about the game: 

Released globally on July 6, the location-based game was developed by Niantic and published by the  Pokémon Company as part of the Pokémon world. 

Pokémon Go is a location-based augmented reality game for iOS and Android smartphone users. It is available as a free download from the Apple Store and Google Play (in-app purchases are available for those looking for additional gameplay items). The game allows players to capture, battle, and train virtual Pokémon who ‘appear’ throughout the real world.

Users create a personalized avatar that is then displayed at the player’s current location along with a map of the player’s immediate surrounding; the app runs off the phone’s GPS, camera and clock.

Through the use of augmented reality, Pokémon will randomly appear as if they've been spotted in the real world. The game presents a map powered by GPS, using real-world locations to spot Pokémon and collect items. When a Pokémon is located, the game opens up your smartphone's camera, giving you a view of Pokémon in the real world.

Both PokéStops and gyms usually are located in public places such as libraries, churches and landmarks flagged by the game on a digital map.
 

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