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“ARG” stands for “alternate reality game” or “augmented reality game.”

Pokemon Go is live in the United States

Have you previously tried to get into games using your phone’s “augmented reality” features, but found yourself lacking an emotional connection to things that aren’t small animals you can make fight one another? Do you like how Pokémon as a franchise sends children out into dangerous wilderness but wanted to actually send your own children out into dangerous wilderness with a bike instead of having them sit at home with a Nintendo handheld? Do you just really, really need a new way to capture Pikachu? These are all of the reasons to be excited about the launch of Pokémon Go in the United States.

Or, we suppose, you might just really like the gameplay.

Fans of the franchise can start exploring the game’s live features on their mobile devices right now, with iOS and Android versions both available. Hunt Pokémon in the real world, battle opponents with your own team, and make use of many (if not all) of the features of the classic games in a new format. It’s a fun excuse to travel while capturing monsters, or at the very least, it’s a good way to hold over your appetite for catching things until the next handheld games come out.

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The MOP Up: League of Legends fights in-house toxicity (June 19, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Our leading story this week is the word that Riot Games has opened up a new front in its war on League of Legends player toxicity — by disciplining and even firing employees who exhibited such behavior. Will leading by example impact the wider community?

We’ve got plenty of other news tidbits for you after the jump, including patches, MMOs in testing, videos, and more!

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Ingress player’s death spotlights ARG risks

Ingress, the alternate reality game where players travel to real-world locations to “capture” virtual portals, carries with it an inherent risk of danger as with any activity requiring poking around in unknown areas.

While Ingress’ community and widespread appeal is much to its favor, the tale of Frank Maxwell should provide a warning to those not exercising enough caution. In September 2015, Maxwell left his home and family in the middle of the night to go to an Irish lighthouse to help his team secure a victory. While at the lighthouse, he mentioned online that he was cold, after which he fell onto some rocks, hit his head, and drowned.

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The MOP Up: ARK’s free PvP version goes wide (April 17, 2016)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This past week ARK: Survival of the Fittest released to several other platforms, including Mac, Linux, and Steam OS. Will anything stop the world-conquering march of these terrible thunder lizards and their fans? If you’re still alive after their rampage, read on for more news and videos including stories from Saga of Lucimia, Diablo III, and DC Universe Online!

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The Division’s ARG wants you to scan your money to see how dirty it is

Do you want to know how much pee is on your money? The Division is here to help you find out.

Cash Contagion, a new alternate reality game for Ubisoft’s upcoming sci-fi title, asks visitors to the site to either scan an European banknote or enter in the code to find out approximately how far it’s traveled, how many traces of drugs it probably has on it, and naturally, whether urine is detected or not. The point, other than to totally gross you out, is to show how much bacteria passes hands every day and could potentially help spread a nasty contagion like the fictional one in The Division.

Don’t believe us that this is real? We have the video proof of this ARG for you after the break.

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One Shots: Winter… is here!

A few weeks ago we put out a call for winter and holiday-themed screenshots. Two readers responded with multiple pictures each, so today’s column is brought to you by Tyler and Stormwaltz. Take a bow, both of you!

Our headlining shot is from Tyler in World of Warcraft. “Here my monk is taking in the sights during a snowstorm in Pandaria’s Kun-Lai Summit zone,” he writes. “Whatever other problems Mists of Pandaria might have had, they sure nailed the world design.”

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The MOP Up: Free Tribes for all (November 1, 2015)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. See any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we’ll gorge on free games from the entire Tribes library, find out what Oort Online’s new name is, get a first look at Lord of the Rings Online’s latest update, and more!

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The MOP Up: Skyforge’s new raid (October 11, 2015)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. See any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we get an in-depth look at Skyforge’s newest raid, a 10th anniversary for Silkroad Online, new ships for Star Trek Online, and more!

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There’s an ARG going on in Elite: Dangerous right now

Elite: Dangerous players are in the midst of an ARG based around in-game artifacts that were tracked down by a coordinated community effort. Producer Michael Brookes subsequently suggested listening to the newly discovered cargo item, and scuttlebutt says that it relates to the insect-like Thargoid race from previous Elite titles.

Brookes hinted at the Thargoids as early as 2013 in a dev diary. “You will start to learn some of the secrets of the Thargoids, and they’ll certainly be present in the game when it starts, but they’ll very much be a background encounter,” he wrote.

[Source: PCGamer]

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An Ingress convention could happen in 2015

Augmented reality MMO Ingress could be heading for its own official convention this year, thanks to the mobile game’s popularity and growth.

Google’s Niantic Labs recently said that a 2015 convention is “likely.” The studio has already been holding player meet-ups in various cities, with a Tokyo gathering drawing 5,000 people. Ingress has been downloaded 10 million times since its launch in late 2013.

The game requires players to go to physical locations in the real world and claim portals in order to control territory. If you’d like a good overview of Ingress, check out the video after the jump.

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The Secret World begins its epic forum game with a plea for help

A new forum game is afoot over at The Secret World, as one of the in-game characters, the Stationmaster, posted a cry for help with a mysterious MP3 attachment.

“This message came through today,” he wrote. “Garbled. Can’t make much sense of it. There was a number attached: 122635. Put on your best pondering hats. Give us a help. Yes?”

Funcom announced last week that it had been preparing an epic forum game for its fans. The community is already hard at work trying to figure out the meaning behind the number and the sound file. Listen to the message after the break and see if you can lend a hand!

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