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Pokemon Go Simple Things Matter

Hi folks it’s been sometime since I wrote something. Thought may be to to write something on Pokemon Go as there are lots happening in that Game.

After Gofest 2020 which I would say is a success and people are happy specially after encountered boosted shinies compared to the day one. Now in Quarantine I am trying to hatch 7 km(3.5km) to get my hands on a shiny Deino in the Gofest Ultra Unlock Dragon Week 😀
I hatch eggs on free incubators so I don’t expect much. But people who bought incubators and trying to hatch a Deino seems like a bit disappointed.

Ok leave the deino for now. I know Niantic from their early days since they launched Ingress. Its an amazing game and it encouraged team play. But at that time community and the company is starting to grow so there were not many events. We get introduce to new features like 2 times. Concept is small easy to understand. And the game is all about coordination and strategy. So its a community driven game and it becomes interesting based on how aggressive are the opponent’s strategies. So people are kind of satisfied and did not expect much. Only issues as always in a GPS based game will be spoofing.

But when it comes to Pokemon Go. Its based on a popular franchise. So obviously there is going to be a huge audience with lots of expectations. When the game is launched with many bugs and minimal features, it broke lots of records world wide and made people run all over the places. They also broke their servers due to the load. But they recovered to cater the whole world within 6 months is a good come back.

I sometimes think they introduce the features very quick that there are lots of bugs, still are not attended too and new features leads to new bugs. I have seen people still complaining and grabbing free passes for raid issues(I don’t have to mention the new remote raid drop out bug) where Niantic is so generous. This leads to people miss use this generocity too. But they also cant help it as they have to maintain a good relationship with the players too. For them to be strict they have to be fault free first.

Covid-19 or Corona as some of you say made Pokemon Go to rethink how people can play the game from home. This made them increase the spawn rate of incense(An item makes Pokemon spawn around you) and introduced remote raids. They also had their Annual event GoFest this year as GoFest 2020 Home Edition, where anyone can buy the ticket and play from where ever they are. It actually made possible to retain Pokemon Go players in the global pandemic and lockdown issues. We should appreciate the effort of the Pokemon Go and the Niantic Team for this as they must have also being working from home. People are happy about these event and the new features and the lockdown bonuses.

But I don’t know if Pokemon Go and Niantic has thought the after effect of the covid 19. Now people are got used to the increased spawn rates and the liberty of doing raid from their home(Shhhh…! No one anymore knows if someone has spoofed). They will definitely going to get a bit discouraged seeing a regular spawns, they will still use the remote passes and stay home. So what will happen to the go out and explore thingy the core concept of the Niantic Games???

Now, we are having back to back events, shinies introduced and features ( I am looking forward to the Mega Evolutions). The players are continuously given something to be excited every day. Don’t forget when you give them excitement everyday even the small things starts to disappoint them if it fails. Maybe we can take the Deino Egg Event or its called the Dragon Week(I personally thought its a Dratini Community Week :D)

Remote Raid Passes and Incubators means money for most of the people, so if you are trying to get the player’s money the players will also will have some expectations. When they get disappointed they rant all over the internet. Hard core Pokemon fans wont abandon the game but the new prospect players may stay away if they come across these rants.

So if I summarize what I was writing up to now is, Pokemon Go you are doing great, keeping us entertained, even in the pandemic, I really appreciate that. But you also have to look back at some of the aspects like existing bugs leading to miss use of your generosity and consistency on event(egg, weekly event) shiny rates to maintain the player expectations. And finally to keep in mind the post pandemic days and on how to re enable the Niantic’s core idea on “Go out and play” without being discouraged.

Pokemon Go – Start of the Next Generation Gaming

Within past 2 weeks you may have somehow came across a name, topic, Game saying ‘PokemonGo’. It is Niantic’s first ever client Project. If you have no Idea on who is Niantic, its a company that has spun out of Google in October 2015, and they are already popular among many for creating Ingress a real world map based augmented reality game.

If you are already into PokemoGo, you may have already come across some people who were trying to say, PokemonGo players must thank the Ingress Community, but no one ever care about that guy.

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The truth is Niantic made Ingress as their Portfolio Game to prove the world and the Gaming community that the Next Generation Gaming should be close to reality. So made this Game Niantic, the time they created the Game they have no data on Portals/PokeStops(in PokemonGo), then they tried to find some individuals in each country and encouraged them to play the game and submit Portals. This may look easy but if you are an Ingress Player Playing it for 3 years, you may see it as how tiresome and how much distance people have walked to make it to the number it has now. We can also say that Niantic has tricked the People in collecting data for them to use for it’s own other Products like PokemonGo in future.

Ok so this Game PokemonGo makes people stand up go out side and play?  Yes it does, you cant stay inside your house and expect a Pokemon to come in, You have to go near lakes sea to catch water Pokemon near mountains and rocky areas to catch Rock Pokemon, you some times have to chase after rare Pokemon that goes in front of your eyes. People who are fans of Pokemon Cartoons and Console Games know how exciting is to really go out and catch your Own Pikachu, the Pokemon’s Idol. But some people say how convincing is this game or is there a future to games like this.

Yes you may remember once upon a time there came a game called Farm Villa, first of it’s type game. No if you open the App Store it is filled thousands of Similar Game. In Farm Villa it only uses real time and people are really excited to see their plants grow in certain hours. But here it is real time, environment, people will really get excited, but again people always gets bored. So for now Pokemon Go will still arise high despite it’s battery draining issues and bugs. Its already so popular and not launched in Asia yet, when they launch it world wide its going to be Crazy.

In the economical ankle, PokemonGo has send up the stock prices of Nintendo by a a Great leap. Can get more info on that news at Forbes

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Based on the current popularity and the regular server downs. You can have an idea on how many people are playing this game at the Moment.  Niantic has also revealed the plan to use Pokestops as a paid Ad spot so that the Business’s can have a great visibility. So it also going to work as the next Generation marketing tool.  You can check out the following Graph on how it is penetrating in to the user base

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Some people worry about incidents like accidents and kidnaps that involves Pokemon. Yes its true and it’s a Dangerous fact. But the world is growing fast technology is advancing we cannot stick to the same old thing. People have to learn to adopt to this new behavior. And some people are trying to force in the fact that this is stupid. But if you can think a bit into the future, your kids or their kids are going to live in more advanced era than us, so its a fact that they will play these kinds of Games, they may get into the same trouble. So without staying a step behind from technologies like Real World Gaming, why don’t you try it at least to understand the idea behind it, how it works and  the possible problems that can arise. So that you can be prepared for any trouble when it happens.

The world is changing fast, you wanted a Augmented reality world like you see in Iron man, here it is, its there now in front of your eyes, don’t stay away from it. Get into it and learn to adopt it. And be happy for the fact that your children in future will not always be glued to the Console Games and PC like they did till 2 weeks before.

Last Runner – Android, iOS and Windows Phone Game

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Last Runner is an Endless runner made for Android and iOS. Unlike Temple run and Subway Surfers, it’s a 2D game similar to Monster Dash by Half Brick studio.

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It got only one function, and that is to tap the screen for jump and double tap the screen for double jump. The Double jump functionality is a bit Tricky, it Does not always double jump when you try to double jump. It some times frustrates the player, but that is the beauty of an Addictive game.

Developer says that
“The One who Masters the Double Jump will conquer this Game”

Another most wonderful and main feature is all the drawings of this game are hand drawn and the scene changes every time you surpass a certain score.

Also the Game is integrated with Google Play Services so the player can log with Google Plus and  compete with their friends and Earn Achievements through the Game.

Google Play Game services feature is only available in the Android version

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The Game starts with a Story where a Volcano is erupting in a beautiful environment, its the first sign of world coming to an end. The two characters, the Professor and the Hero are discussing about collecting Life energy from around the world to create a magical Serum which will help turn a bare planet into another beautiful Earth which the earthlings are planning to migrate. So the hero turns into his Super Mode to Go after them through different environments lands.
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The game is a super good casual one specially when u are waiting for a train or bus. Competing with your friends makes it more Addictive. This is a Must try Game.

Watch the Trailer here

So Go On Guys, Download the Game and start playing
DON’T FORGET to RATE  🙂

You can download it by clicking the Buttons below
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Lets try Android Game Development with AndEngine

Hi Guys, this time I am back with some Android Game Development. I got this idea after, the popular game Flappy Bird. Hope all may have tried that game…!
Ok, so I wanted to develop a game and I did some researches and found out that there are a lot of Game engines out there.  Some of them are COCOS2D, AndEngine, libGDX and many others. In this article I’ll guild you using AndEngine which is a bit easier one. In future I’ll write on libGDX.

Assumption : I assume that you guys know how to install eclipse development environment, configure java path and install Android plugin to eclipse. This post does not cover all those basic steps.

Advise : As this is a kind of a crash course, its advisable to create files the same name as I use(But it is not mandatory).

Expected Outcome : You will be able to create some lines using the AndEngine

Step 1
Download the Source(library) for the AndEngine using this link and extract
https://github.com/nicolasgramlich/AndEngine

Step 2
Create a new project and when creating select ‘Android Project from Existing Code’ and in it select the folder that we extracted in the Step1.
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This is a library project. Actually this library is the ANDENGINE.
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You can check it by right clicking on the project we created now and going to the Android tab. You can see the ‘Is Library’ check box ticked.

Step 3
Now create a new Android project and un tick the create activity. Because we are going to create AndEngine activity using the library project we created above.
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Step 4
Now you have a project with empty src folder. Right click on that folder and create a new package when naming the package use the package name available in that project ManifestFile
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In my case package name is ‘”com.batz.andengsample”‘

Step 4
Now in side the empty package Download or copy the code and create LineEample.java activity using this LineExample Source Code.

You will get some errors, but don’t worry we will fix it in the next step.

Step 5
So now in your project, right click and go to Android tab and there in the below section(library section), click on the add button and select the AndEngine project and press ok. And then press Apply.
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Now all the errors may have gone. Some times you will have errors on the package name, if you have used your own name. So for that, click on the package name that shows as error, click ctrl key +1 key , which will bring suggestion to create a package name according to yours, and click on it to create it. And hopefully all the bugs will be fixed.

Step 6
Before going for the app launch, we have to do one more important thing, we have to specify the activity we created now in the manifest file as a launcher

So go to the manifest file and add these lines between the application tags

         <activity
android:name=”.LineExample”>
<intent-filter>
<action android:name=”android.intent.action.MAIN” />
<category android:name=”android.intent.category.LAUNCHER” />
</intent-filter>
</activity>
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LineExample is the name I gave for the activity we created, so in your one don’t forget to change that

Step 7
Now you are ready to run the app. So while you are in the the activity try running the app. it should bring a screen where you will see lots of random lines.

Step 8(For people getting error saying cannot find andengine.apk)
For some people the AndEngine folder is not getting added as library on the time of building the app. So at that point what you can do is copy the andengine.jar file from the AndEngine project libs folder and copy it into your projects’s libs folder. And right click on the newly added andengine.jar file and click on ‘Add to Build Path’ option. This is how the project structure looks after I added the jar to my project from the AndEngine project in the Step8

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AndEngine Resources : http://www.andengine.org/

For people who got more time , for people who needs more detailed instruction on the same project guild please watch this tutorial video
Development Reference : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0kjiIH6u-M

Thank You
Happy Coding…!

-Batz-

First Ever Batman Game for Google Glass

UPDATE: After receiving XE9 Update to the Google Glass we can get Vignettes. So here are the Vignetts taken while playing Batman Sky Adventure.
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Hi guys, I am proud to introduce the first ever Batman Game for the Google Glass.
It works using the Accelerometer in the Google Glass.

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In the game you will be riding the Batwing(Batman’s Jet), it automatically shoots batarangs out of it, so you have to do is just tilt your head left and right to fight the Joker’s Poison Gas balloons and bombs.

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This game is originally built for Android phones, with some tuning managed to make it work on the Google Glass.

Demo can be watched –  

Download the Game APK here

installation instructions:
Have your Glass in Debug Mode and use ADB
adb install Bat Man Sky Adventure_Initial Release.apk

Starting the App instruction
This app is built using adobe air, so there is no accessible activity, so to launch this app a custom launcher has to be installed(Launchy, holo, etc). Please see the post on How to install a custom launcher into the google glass 

UnInstallation instructions:
adb uninstall air.com.amalan.skyadventure

This is the initial version for Google Glass.
Google Glass users enjoy the game and send me feed backs.

If you want to try it in the Android phone please download it from Google Play

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