Pokemon Go players got Articuno by mistake Niantic admits

first_img Guarantee 1000+ CP1/17For Pokemon that can evolve, their starting CP will dictate whether or not their final evolution will hit the coveted 1000+ mark. While each Pokemon grow at different rates, you can use PoGoToolKit to estimate their final CP.Photo Credit: @iBlali on Twitter.<><> UPDATE: We interviewed Kaitlyn Covey, the Articuno-owner in question, to hear her side of the story.Yesterday we reported that Articuno, a rare and legendary Pokemon, had been found for the first time in Pokemon Go. We managed to get a few quotes from a Niantic spokesperson who suggested, at the time, that the Pokemon had been found with a hack.Now we have an official statement from Chris Kramer, VP of Fortyseven Communications, one of two firms that handles Niantic’s public relations.“We recently noticed that a few Legendary Pokémon got into a few accounts when they shouldn’t have. To preserve the game’s integrity and as a measure of fairness, we have rectified the situation and revoked the legendary Pokémon from the Trainers’ accounts.” This statement comes after almost a day of extreme infighting in the Pokemon Go community, with many claiming that the players who had obtained Articuno (and at this point it’s clear that there’s more than one) had cheated or hacked the game. One individual claimed that the Articuno was a gift from Niantic for an issue she had with her account. This preceded violent threats and a shocking amount of community squabbling, with many saying that Pokemon Go would be “ruined” if legendaries were available so easily.Her statement, backed by a video stream with proof of the Articuno on her account, infuriated many who felt that they had been slighted by Niantic. The past couple of weeks Pokemon Go has struggled to remain stable and Niantic has taken a few of the game’s key features out — like Pokemon tracking — to many fans’ frustration.This statement suggests that, whether it was a glitch or error, the players who got their Articunos weren’t hacking and that these Pokemon had to be removed from the account. This dispels a popular hypothesis from some players that suggested that players were using reskins or man-in-the-middle hacks to intercept data and spoof a common Pokemon like a Pidgey as the rarer Articuno.We asked Niantic to clarify and provide what additional information they could, but they have not yet responded.last_img read more

Museum of Failure Honors Commercialisms Greatest Missteps

first_img “Only those who dare to fail greatly,” Robert F. Kennedy said, “can ever achieve greatly.”If that’s true, then Sweden’s new Museum of Failures is going to be a massive success.Curated by 43-year-old clinical psychologist Samuel West, the Helsingborg-based exhibit displays more than 70 inventions that fell short of their intended glory.via facebook.com/pg/failmuseumAmong them: the Apple Newton, Google Glass, Nokia N-gage, Kodak Digital Camera, Sony Betamax, and Lego Fiber Optics.“We know that 80 to 90 percent of innovation projects, they fail and you never read about them, you don’t see them, people don’t talk about them,” West told The Washington Post. “And if there’s anything we can do from these failures, is learn from them.”Missteps like Pepsi’s Crystal clear soda or Harley-Davidson’s men’s cologne—or even the “Trump: I’m Back and You’re Fired” board game from 2004.“It’s a boring version of Monopoly,” West said of the President’s foray into tabletop gaming. “It’s simplified so stupid people can play it, but it’s also horribly boring.” The Museum of Failure has something for everyone, including high-tech toys like the two-wheeled Segway (which can still be seen on city sidewalks, so the electric vehicle’s inclusion is somewhat dubious) and Apple’s Newton, the original personal digital assistant, launched in 1993.via facebook.com/pg/failmuseumThe pop-up museum—which opened on June 7 and is presented in Swedish, English, and soon, German—will remain in its gallery space until “at least early September,” according to the Post.Open daily (except June 23-24) from noon to 6 p.m., museum admission is 100 Swedish krona (€10/$11) for adults, 50kr (€5/$5.50) for teens (13-18), and free for children 12 and under.Groups of up to eight can book a private guided tour: 250kr (€25/$28) per person for 45 minutes. Or arrange an exclusive 10,000kr (€1,025/$1,144) visit, led by director West, for 19 of your closest family and friends.Looking for more cool exhibits to check out, read our review of Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture.Let us know how we’re doing ‘Game of Thrones’ Recreated in 300-Foot Embroidered TapestryPop-Up NYC Museum Highlights Burden of Single-Use Plastics Stay on targetlast_img read more