Unless you have been hiding under a rock somewhere, you would have heard about Pokémon GO.
Pokémon GO is an Augmented Reality (AR) game for Android and Apple devices that brings the world of Pokémon (made famous by the Nintendo games) into the real world. The game has had both positive and negative feedback in the mass media, but primarily has been responsible for getting many people out and about walking around, getting fit and interacting with others.
But if you don’t own an Android or Apple device, you have been unable to join the fun…. or have you?
I am not from the Pokémon generation, but my youngest son has a Nintendo DS and has played some of the many Pokémon games available. So for those who need a bit more information here is a summary from Wikipedia:
Pokémon (ポケモン Pokemon?, /ˈpoʊkeɪˌmɒn, -kᵻ-/ POH-kay-MON, POH-ki-MON) is a media franchise managed by The Pokémon Company, a Japanese consortium between Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures. The franchise was created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1995, and is centered on fictional creatures called “Pokémon” (short for Pocket Monsters), which humans, known as Pokémon Trainers, catch and train to battle each other for sport.
Here is the launch trailer for the Pokémon GO game:
Discover Pokémon in the Real World with Pokémon GO! (direct link)
You can even (soon) get a connected wearable Pokémon GO Plus device to help you keep track of the game without even having your smartphone or tablet out.
This is all great, but to date the users of Windows and Windows devices have been left out in the cold. In fact a petition on change.org was created to ask the developers to release a version for Windows.
But the internet being what it is and with a lot of smart people out there, a way to play Pokémon GO on Windows has been developed and it allows you to not just play the game, but to play it and win, without leaving the comfort of your home. Ok, it allows you to cheat.
The first part of the solution came from a Reddit thread and is an Android emulator for Windows PCs which has been fine tuned for playing Pokémon GO. It allows you to spoof the GPS co-ordinates fed to the game and use the W,A,S,D keys to walk around. You can also jump bigger distances, but that will result in a soft ban of an hour or so.
The second part of the solution is a mapping app created by Daniel Gary that gathers data from the Pokémon Go servers and shows you the locations of Pokémon in real time. So now you know where to look for them.
Here are the links:
Why did I write this article?
Well, I just found it really funny how my eldest son (who has never played any Pokémon games before) was sitting watching television at home while it was raining outside and was “walking” around catching Pokémon. Then to get XP (experience points) which are used in the game to buy things, or make things happen you need to walk around lots. So, he showed off his inner geek and set up a macro to hold down the W key for 30 seconds, then the A key for 30 seconds and then the S key for 30 seconds and finally the D key for 30 seconds and repeat. 🙂
These games are huge wasters of time because to progress you need to dedicate lots of time to playing… unless you are using Windows and can make the game play by itself while you do other more useful activities.
Gotta Catch Them All!
PS: No judgements on the cheating…. If the game worked on Windows devices, there would be no need for hacks.
PPS: Today is the last day to get your free Windows 10 upgrade.
This article was originally posted on http://www.winthropdc.com/blog.