Ars Technica: How hobbyist hackers are preserving Pokémon’s past—and shaping its future

Ars Technica: How hobbyist hackers are preserving Pokémon’s past—and shaping its future. “While Nintendo, the games’ publisher, hasn’t worked to make older Pokémon games accessible on modern hardware—or affordable on older gear—a certain demographic of dedicated fans has taken it upon themselves to not just preserve legacy Pokémon titles but to actively improve them. These volunteer ROM hackers and preservationists work to keep the passions of an aging generation of Pokémon masters alive, all while fighting occasionally brutal legal crackdowns from Nintendo.”

Nintendo Wire: Online exhibition lets you explore the world of Pokémon Trading Card Game illustrations

Nintendo Wire: Online exhibition lets you explore the world of Pokémon Trading Card Game illustrations. “The Pokémon Trading Card Game has been going strong for well over 20 years now and it’s showing no signs of stopping. The illustrations on each card play a large part in the game’s lasting appeal – whether you collect old favorites or seek out Full Art cards, there’s plenty to appreciate. Now a new website has opened up in partnership with Anique that lets you interactively explore the world of Pokémon Trading Card Game illustrations.”

ShackNews: Pokemon DP Sound Library launches free online collection of songs

ShackNews: Pokemon DP Sound Library launches free online collection of songs. “The Pokemon Company launched the Pokemon DP Sound Library worldwide on February 2, 2022. It’s been available in Japan for a while already, but is now available to listeners around the world, including the entire soundtrack from Pokemon Diamond and Pearl to stream. According to the official post, this music is also freely downloadable and can be used for ‘personal video and music creation.’”

Ubergizmo: You Can Now Play Pokemon GO Without Having To Leave The House

Ubergizmo: You Can Now Play Pokemon GO Without Having To Leave The House. “To prevent their players from potentially catching the virus, Niantic has announced that they will be modifying some of the game’s mechanics that will temporarily allow players to enjoy Pokemon GO from the safety of their homes, at least to a certain extent. For example, there will be an increase in the number of habitats so that players will be able to find new Pokemon GO while playing closer to their homes.”

Comicbook: New Website Helps Plan Your Next Pokemon Vacation to Japan

Comicbook: New Website Helps Plan Your Next Pokemon Vacation to Japan. “Have you ever wanted to check out all the Pokemon sights and events in Japan, but the language barrier kept you from doing so? Good news, Pokemon Masters in training! Pokemon Local Acts, which catalogs all these things, has opened up an English-language version of the website for anyone looking to plan out their stops in the country — assuming they’re only interested in Pokemon-related tourism.”

BBC: YouTube backtracks after Pokemon ‘child abuse’ ban

BBC: YouTube backtracks after Pokemon ‘child abuse’ ban. “Google has backtracked after ‘mistakenly’ deleting the accounts of several prominent YouTubers over incorrect child abuse fears. Popular YouTubers Mystic7, Trainer Tips and Marksman, who have more than 3.5 million subscribers between them, were among those who had their accounts deleted after posting videos of themselves playing Pokemon GO.” Wow, this is a Facebook-level content removal goof.

Wolfram|Alpha Language Adds Pokemon Stats

Need some help with Pokemon Go critters? Wolfram|Alpha can help. “In addition to hundreds of entity types covering scientific, geographic, and other “serious” domains, Version 11 also includes built-in data on fun entities like Pokémon, with information on names, evolutionary paths, abilities, and attack and defense statistics.”

“Pokémon Go players could capture 400 years of wildlife sightings in 6 days”

Here’s an interesting perspective on Pokemon Go: Pokémon Go players could capture 400 years of wildlife sightings in 6 days “Pokémon-Go encourages millions of players to explore their local area collecting imaginary creatures. However, if the Pokémon they caught were instead observations of real species they could produce more wildlife observations in 6 days than have been collated over the past 400 years by naturalists.” The math used to generate that stat is included at the end of the article.

Jack Ashby: Why Pokémon Go is a gift to museums

Jack Ashby: Why Pokémon Go is a gift to museums. “Since it was released in the UK last month, Pokémon Go has been nothing short of a phenomenon. It is impossible to walk down a street and not spot people gazing at their screens as they try to catch digital creatures or stock up on supplies as they pass Pokéstops. It is the Pokéstop aspect of the game that I believe is the gift that museums have been given.”