Pokémon Go has recently made a change that may have gone unnoticed by the community at large but which has dramatic implications for some players.
It’s now impossible to spin Pokéstops at driving speeds or basically at any speed faster than a brisk walk.
The change is designed to prevent those at the wheel of a moving car from playing Pokémon Go, an occurrence that has been repeatedly reported since the game was released.
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As far as safety blocks go, it sounds like a pretty effective one. All players are able to do outside of human speeds is manage their Pokémon and access the store.
One side-effect of the change is that players on other moving vehicles like buses, trains and trams, or anyone moving at more than a brisk walking pace and so forth, will also be unable to collect anything on their daily commute.
Although the game was never designed for people to cheekily flip Pokéstops as they zip past on their way to the office, this could pose a problem for some.
The daily routine of many players doesn’t accommodate walking around resource-rich areas. For some, the journey in and out of work is their most productive Pokémon Go time.
As we approach winter, this decision to block vehicle-speed spinning becomes even more important. It is expected that much like Ingress – Niantic’s previous augmented reality game – Pokémon Go will experience a dramatic change in player activity.
As the cold, short days set in, people will become less willing to traipse around in search of Pokéfinds, and more begrudging of the inability to earn XP from inside a warm bus.
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