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Pokemon GO player arrested for assault over Gym takeover

Published: 15/Aug/2020 20:45 Updated: 15/Aug/2020 20:49

by Brent Koepp


A Pokemon GO player was arrested in Japan after taking the battle into real life. The Trainer became furious after losing a Gym territory to his friend. 

Pokemon GO made its debut in 2016, and took the world by storm. The augmented reality mobile game brought the beloved Nintendo franchise to real life as players from around the world went outside to catch their favorite monsters.

On August 10, a player took things too far and attacked a fellow Trainer in their car. The man became enraged after his friend had taken over a Gym they were competing for. The unruly user was taken in by the police as a result.

pokemon go 4th anniversary art
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Pokemon GO celebrated its fourth anniversary in 2020.

Pokemon GO Trainer arrested for IRL attack

According to Japanese News outlet Sankei, a Pokemon GO player was arrested while playing the game in Hokkaido, Japan. The 56-year-old man attacked a fellow player after becoming angry.

The two Trainers were friends and had met in the game a “few years ago.” However things quickly went south when one of them became enraged that their friend had taken over the Gym.

In a statement taken by the Hokkaido Police Department, the man grabbed his friend by the chest through the vehicle’s open window, before kicking the driver’s side mirror and smashing it to pieces.

Still in his car, the scared 55-year-old called the local authorities after the assailant had unexpectedly assaulted him over the Nintendo mobile game. The suspect was booked by police at around 10pm, before being taken into custody where he confessed to the assault.

The Pokemon Company
Pokemon GO features Raids and Gyms that players battle over IRL.

While it appears the player suffered no serious injuries, the story is an example of how a fun game can quickly turn dark when things get taken too far.

Despite releasing in 2016, Pokemon GO has been worldwide phenomena as millions of players continue to venture out of their homes to catch their favorite creatures.


Pokemon players put on notice as ‘Temtem’ confirmed for PS5

Published: 29/Oct/2020 17:04 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 17:05

by Paul Cot


The Pokemon inspired game Temtem is now coming to the PS5 as an early access console debut exclusive.

Temtem is an increasingly popular MMORPG game which was first made available on the PC back in January 2020. It had already been announced for next-gen consoles – PS5 and Xbox Series S/X, as well as the Nintendo Switch.

However, it is PlayStation players that will get to experience Temtem first though, as it will come to the PS5 on December 8. Releases dates for the Xbox systems and Nintendo Switch have yet to be announced, but it will be launching at some point in 2021.

The official PlayStation blog confirmed that the game will feature crossplay between the PS5 and PC. Presumably, this means it will feature crossplay between all consoles when it is eventually released universally.

Unfortunately, Temtem won’t be free. The standard edition will cost $37.49 and the deluxe edition $57.49. You can find the differences between the two versions below:

Temem Standard Deluxe Version Differences
PlayStation Blog
It’ll cost you an extra 20$ for the Early Access – Camo Outfit…

Pokemon clone?

Any time a game comes out where there are various different creatures to collect and put them into battle together, comparisons to Pokemon are naturally drawn. Attempts to emulate the franchise should come as no surprise given how incredibly successful it has been.

One thing that Crema is trying to differentiate from Pokemon, is that of the game’s difficulty. “Temtem also offers some more activities, catering to the more hardcore players out there. Attempt to take on Dojo leaders in new increasingly difficult battles in weekly challenges, hunt for ultra-rare, specially colored Temtems called Lumas at the Saipark, or fish for one of the many (10,368 to be exact!) variations of Koish at the Nuru Lodge,” the PlayStation blog shared.

This is in addition to ranked battles. The developers promise that these battles will be determined by skill rather than luck.

While it’s certain that Pokemon will remain at the top of the mountain, Temtem proves that there is room for a competitor. They’ve certainly got the console advantage, but time will tell if they can even lay a glove on the monster that is the Pokemon franchise.