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Can Pokemon Go ever go back to ‘normal’?

Published: 28/May/2020 14:06

by Paul Cot


A lot has changed in Pokemon Go over the past few months, so much so that the popular mobile game may never fully return to how it once was.

With Pokemon Go inherently needing players to walk around to make the most of the game, the imposed lockdowns across the world forced Niantic to change some fundamental aspects. No longer could players get up and go hatch that 10km egg or take a trip to their favorite Pokemon location.

Niantic acted quickly and decisively. Given what happened after, it proved to be a good decision, one that allowed many trainers to continue to enjoy Pokemon Go in a climate that could have easily prevented it.

Here are just come of the changes Niantic made to Pokemon Go in response to the changing world:

  • 1/2 egg hatch distance
  • Increased Pokemon spawns
  • Gym and PokeStop interaction distance doubled
  • 2x Incense duration
  • Cheap item bundle in Pokemon Go Shop

This is in addition to all events over the last few months being play at home friendly.

PokeStop Double Distance
You can now spin PokeStops twice as far as previously…

Will Niantic reverse changes?

Now the question is, if and when the world goes back to normal, will Niantic revert the changes? After all, Pokemon Go looks and plays very differently now compared to the beginning of March.

Trainers have become accustomed to being able to enjoy Pokemon Go from home. This holds even more true for rural players who have long complained about being unable to play the game properly.

Niantic risk facing the wrath of the Pokemon Go community, or at least large portions of it, by removing them all. Instead, we may see the game go to some form of middle-ground.

It’s hard to imagine egg hatch distance staying discounted and that will likely go back to what it was – it makes sense for a 10km egg to require 10km worth of walking! Incense duration will likely be the same, which probably won’t meet much resistance.

However, increased Pokemon spawns may stay, at least to some degree. This will somewhat appease rural players and continue to give those enjoy playing from home the ability to do so. Elsewhere, the Gym and PokeStop interaction distance could be put back to what it was because trainers will be allowed to travel to them.

For what it’s worth, Niantic haven’t commented on these plans for the future. They are likely still navigating their way through, just like everyone else is. It will certainly be interesting to see which direction Pokemon Go goes in, though.


YouTuber buys dream car worth $200k by selling Pokemon cards

Published: 5/Dec/2020 1:07

by Brent Koepp


A YouTuber revealed that he was able to afford and buy his dream car worth up to $200k just by buying, selling, and covering Pokemon cards – yes, you read that right!

Although the Pokemon TCG made its debut decades ago in 1997, the Nintendo collectibles have seen an absolute explosion in popularity in 2020. Items once traded by children on school playgrounds for practically nothing can now sell for as much as a house.

Dedicated fans that have been covering the hobby for years such as Australian YouTuber Michael ‘UnlistedLeaf’ Anderson have had their passion rewarded with the Trading Card Game’s recent attention. So much so that the content creator was able to buy a luxury car.

Pokemon YouTuber UnlistedLeaf shows off his dream Audi R8 car.
YouTube: UnlistedLeaf
The Nintendo fan was able to buy his dream car collecting and selling Pokemon cards.

YouTuber buys dream car thanks to Pokemon cards

While many popular entertainers have been swept up by the Pokemon card craze that has hit in 2020, YouTubers like Unlisted Leaf have been making videos about the hobby since 2013. On December 4, the content creator revealed that he was able to buy his dream car – a Audi R8 V10 Plus – due his love of the Nintendo RPG.

“It is insane to me that years down the line I am able to get one,” he said. “The craziest part about this whole situation is that I really bought this car with, like, Pokemon cards. If we really boil it down.” The entertainer, who also goes by ‘Ando’, then clarified that he didn’t get any money from his parents or a side job – it was purely from covering the Pokemon collectibles.

“It is 110% all with Pokemon cards. That’s the truth. I literally have been making videos around Pokemon cards for about eight years now. I’ve been collecting Pokemon cards for eight years and like selling a few. Then like I buy a lot. Then I sell a couple more,” the Nintendo fan explained.

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UnlistedLeaf revealed that Pokemon cards’ recent explosion in value and popularity also played a hand in being able to afford the luxury vehicle. “Especially with the crazy Pokemon card boom recently, I was able to purchase this car.” he revealed, before he thanked his fans for sticking with him as he covered the Nintendo hobby for eight years.

There is no telling if the craze surrounding the TCG will die down anytime soon. With the Japanese franchise gearing up to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2021, the sky is the limit. Passionate fans who have dedicated their lives to Trading Card Game are finally starting to reap the rewards.