Pokemon community furious after police mock adult Go players

Published: 11/Jan/2021 21:34

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Go community was left furious after UK police appeared to “mock” adults who play the popular mobile title.

In 2016, millions of players ventured outside of their homes to capture their favorite ‘mon in the real world with the debut of Pokemon Go. Four years on, the hit mobile title is still a cultural phenomena.

However, fans were left angered when a viral post by police in Essex, UK seemed to have made fun of adults going outside and playing the game.

Screenshot of Pokemon Go in-game map.
Niantic / The Pokemon Company
Pokemon players are being singled out by police.

Pokemon Go players angry over police post

On January 10, the social media account for the Essex police called out Pokemon Go players going outside to play the Niantic game. Fans of the series were upset when the account singled out fans based on their age.

“While patrolling, [we have had to] speak with a number of different men, aged 30 + over the last week, who seemed to feel it’s acceptable to attend certain public places within the district, to hunt Pokemon! Yes, you did read that correctly,” the post read.

The social media letter went viral on Reddit’s ‘unitedkingdom’ forum when one user created a thread and said, “Police in Essex have posted a targeted attack on social media against men over 30, ridiculing them for playing Pokemon Go whilst exercising alone.”

Police in Essex have posted a targeted attack on social media against men over 30, ridiculing them for playing Pokemon Go whilst exercising alone. from unitedkingdom

The police warning kicked off a debate among Go players who felt they were belittling players’ ages. One user wrote, “There was no need to single out a group like that. Rag on Pokemon Go if that’s your problem, but makes no difference if they were otherwise teenagers, or even middle aged women!!”

Screenshot of Pokemon Go players reacting to Essex Police warning.

Fans also felt the game was being singled out, as many pointed out they use Go to exercise. “Did no one tell the police that Pokemon Go is an app designed to encourage Pokemon fans to go outside and exercise?” one Trainer said. Another replied, “Someone playing on their own while walking, I’m not sure what the problem is or why that’s different to someone walking and texting.”

Screenshot of Pokemon Go players reacting to Essex Police on Reddit.

Due to the district having exercise zones, players were confused as to why the game was being singled out. For millions of Go users, the mobile app is how they work out.

At the time of writing, the social media account for the Essex police have taken down the post. However, the message quickly spread on many forums, leaving many Pokemon fans upset.

Call of Duty

3 tips to help you survive Black Ops Cold War’s new Zombies Cranked mode

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:40

by Tanner Pierce


With the release of Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch has added Cranked into the game’s Zombies mode – and it’s pretty different from the standard version, requiring some completely separate strategies. 

While Cranked in Call of Duty games is nothing new, having debuted all the way back in 2013’s Ghosts, what is different is a Zombies version of the mode, which was just added to Black Ops Cold War during the game’s midseason update.

The concept is simple: You’re given a timer, and when that timer reaches 0, you explode and die. With each kill, however, your timer resets, giving you more time to keep on grinding. It’s an incredibly fast-paced mode in normal multiplayer, and the Zombies version is even more hectic – but there are some tips you can utilize to help you survive longer.

Pace out your kills

Pacing out your kills in Cranked is important due to the fact that you only need one kill to reset your timer.

In standard Cranked, players are usually scrambling to get kills. In a 5v5 or 6v6, it makes sense, considering there’s only a limited amount of potential targets, and if you can’t find anyone, you’ll die easily due to the timer running out.

With BOCW Zombies Cranked, the opposite is true. There’s always an abundance of enemies and, while it’s not impossible to run out of targets, generally speaking, they’ll keep on spawning (there’s not even a break in-between rounds).

Because of this, there’s no need to be mowing down Zombies as one does in the normal mode. Instead, if you’re feeling overwhelmed (or if you want to get something done like Pack-A-Punching your weapon), try running away from the enemies for a while to get your bearings.

Remember, all it takes is one kill to reset your timer. If you find it running out, just look behind you at the horde you’ve surely amounted, kill one Zombie, and then move along with your business. Wasting your time mowing down each and every zombie can cost you your game.

With all that being said, don’t think you can run away from the Zombies with no problem; if you get too far away, you’ll find yourself struggling for kills, so it’s best if you stay nearby.

Use fast-reloading weapons and attachments

You’ll want to use weapons that can be reloaded quickly in Cranked.

In normal Zombies, using a LMG is sort of required during late-game conflicts, as it allows you to mow down Zombies with greater power. In Cranked, speed is king, so it might be better to use something smaller like an SMG.

Reloading fast is essential in Cranked, as you can easily become overrun. Even though it does have a lot of power, you don’t want to waste your time on the horrendously slow reload time found on LMGs. If you want an even faster reload time, you could even throw a fast-mag onto your SMG, and get it done even quicker.

In addition, SMGs have the added benefit of allowing you to run faster, meaning you’ll be able to evade Zombies even better than you would before.

Always go for the Timer Freeze power up

Remembering these tips can be the difference between surviving or dying early on.

Treyarch has implemented a brand new power-up that’s exclusive to the Cranked game mode: Timer Freeze. With this, players will be able to stop their countdown timer for around 15 seconds or so, giving them a breather.

While this might seem obvious to point out, you’ll want to go for those as much as possible. Getting one at the start of your game is not too important, but it’s especially critical when you get into the late game.

As the mode goes on, your timer will get shorter and shorter, meaning every break you get becomes more and more important. Having that 15 second breather seems like an eternity once you get it, so missing out on one can hurt you a lot – sometimes costing you your life.

While Cranked is incredibly fast-paced, it’s really not that bad if you know what you’re doing. If you remember these tips, you shouldn’t have as much of a problem.