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Massively on the Go is a column by Andrew Ross all about Pokemon Go and other mobile MMOs and MMOARGs. [Follow this column’s RSS feed]

Generation 3 is basically Pokemon Go’s One Tamriel: How Niantic has actually improved POGO

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A lot of critical things have been said about Pokemon Go and Niantic in the past. Professionals that tried to defend certain UI elements still had plenty...

The Soapbox: Three augmented reality game problems (most) MMOs don’t have – and one thing they do so much better

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I'd like to think that I'm kind of a healthy gamer. While MMOs take a lot of time, the nice thing is that their...

First impressions of ‘wizarding world’ MMOARG Maguss

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If it weren't for my promise to write this article, I would have given up on Maguss in less than 15 minutes had I been...

Pokemon Go’s EX Raid invite system still baffles core players

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Niantic's recent Pokemon Go event succeeded where the Pokemon Company failed, with POGO players catching over 3 billion Pokemon well before the end of the event....

The Soapbox: Evaluating gaming monetization through the lens of Nintendo’s mobile history

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Bloggers and journalists throughout the online gaming industry have been talking about monetization a lot lately. It's not just lockbox/gachapon scandals, or their relationship...

Divining the details of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite from a Pokemon Go player’s perspective

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When we first heard rumors about a Harry Potter version of Pokemon Go, I said I could barely imagine what the game might be like before...

Pokemon Go’s Halloween event update is more than just candy

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Recent Pokemon Go updates had been hinting at something big, and now finally we've got an official announcement from the team, and it's big....
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Scientists say Pokemon Go helps relieve stress in Japanese workers

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A new Japanese study in the acclaimed science journal Nature suggests that Pokemon Go players experienced a drop in "psychological distress" because of the game. The paper gives...

Why you should care that Nintendo’s social network Miiverse sunsets in November

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We've known for a while that social network Miiverse would eventually be closing, but Nintendo confirmed the news and the official death date yesterday...
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The Soapbox: The disastrous Pokemon Go Fest was just Niantic being Niantic, and that has to stop

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I know I complain a lot about Pokemon Go in my articles here, but there's a reason for this. I'm a huge fan not just of the...

Pokemon Go’s first anniversary report card

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July 6th, 2017, marks Pokemon Go's first year anniversary. Love it or hate it, it's a game that quickly made a global impact. It's been released...

E3 2017: Pokemon Go’s raiding, gym revamp, badges, and an interview with Niantic

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Surprise! Niantic brought Pokemon Go to E3 2017 and invited members of the gaming press outside the sacred halls of the Los Angeles Convention Center...

The Soapbox: Why is Pokemon GO still a tech demo?

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I've been a bit frustrated with Niantic lately. I love some of its ideas, but I watched someone else play Ingress prior to Pokemon GO's...

The Soapbox: Pokemon Go Generation 2 still isn’t a real MMO

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Pokemon GO Generation 2 is out now, and it feels a lot like an MMO expansion in a lot of ways: We have new features,...

Examining the potential for exercise and exploration in Pokemon GO

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Just in time for your New Year's resolution, we reported on how Pokemon Go was featured in a peer-reviewed study on getting people to move more. But...

How Pokemon Go should integrate Pokemon Sun/Moon

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Say what you will about following tradition, but when I first heard more Pokemon would be added to Pokemon GO, the first thing I thought...
Oh, yeah, all is well, totally.

For Science: A third of our polled social media users quit Pokemon Go over trackers

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Pokemon Go has received some large updates recently: the buddy system, medals, some big gym changes (twice), and now we've got dailies. We've been dazzled...

Exploring real-life PUGs, the Plus, and the antisocial nature of Pokemon Go

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Although Pokemon Go isn't advertised as an MMO, both experts and players have noted it does present some interesting similarities: Both have tons of players on servers...

Comparing American and Japanese Pokemon Go culture

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My previous article on the culture of Japan's Pokemon Go scene was written before I'd experienced much of the American one to keep my explanations...
And now you're

Exploring Japan’s Pokemon Go culture

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As some readers may know, I've spent the last few years in Japan trying to tackle the local gaming scene, online and off. While...

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