Pokemon Go: Sightings, Hiroshima, and the five domains of play


Happy Pokemon Go patch! Yes, Niantic released a patch last night with some new visuals, a warning about not playing while you drive, and an update to the iOS battery saving mode. But the star of the update is the revelation that Niantic is also testing a new “nearby Pokemon” feature called Sightings, which ought to be welcome news for those still smarting over last week’s patch and the destruction of most of the third-party tracking apps.

In other Pokemon Go news,

  • At the city’s request, Niantic shut down Pokemon Go critters and stops populating the memorial park in Hiroshima, Japan, just in time for its annual memorial ceremony. “We consider the park a sacred place where we pray for the victims of the atomic bombings,” an official said. Kotaku reports the Pokemon have been scrubbed from the Nagasaki Peace Park too.
  • Gamasutra has a fun piece out analyzing Pokemon Go’s popularity framed against Ubisoft’s “five domains of play”: novelty, challenge, stimulation, harmony, and threat.


With thanks to Nordavind for some of these tips!
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