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A fire department hailing out of Needville, Texas was recently forced to remove their status as a PokéStop due to public safety concerns; and the events that ensued after (slashing of tires) are being blamed on Pokémon GO players. What do you guys think---this a fair and warranted claim by the fire department?

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It's honestly quite ridiculous!

Here's the news from the Pokémon Direct:

  • Players will be able to choose 1 of 7 languages to play the game (English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, or Korean).

  • The new Player Search System (PSS) will allow players to search for others globally (via Wi-Fi) to trade or battle.

  • Skrelp is a Poison/Water type Pokémon. Clauncher is a Water type Pokémon.

  • Pokémon-Amie will have some kind of beneficial effect in battle.

  • Horde encounters were announced. 5 vs. 1 battles! Hordes are meant to balance difficulty and keep people from capturing a powerful Pokémon in the wild and breezing through.

  • A new Fire/Flying type Pokémon named Talonflame is seen in a new Sky Battle. Haunter is also used, so Pokémon with levitate will also work.

  • Other Pokémon will be rideable.

  • A recap video will be posted tomorrow.

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Amidst all the Pokémon GO madness, it's heartwarming, bittersweet moments like this that can really strike a chord of positivity in an otherwise mad and wild circus.

So, when a Japanese Pokémon GO player tweeted that he found his deceased younger brother's favorite pokémon beside his headstone, it's a nice bit of serendipity.

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Gary Dear, owner of Mad Hatter's Ice Cream in Anacortes found himself situated in the middle of a maddening Pokémon GO mecca. Eager players have flocked from miles and miles away to his shop, where there are three Poké Stops located nearby---many end up getting ice cream after their journeying around.

"Never in my wildest dreams did I ever expected it to end up like this," said Dear. "I've never seen anything take off like this."

Dear even estimates that his store's sales have doubled, if not tripled, on certain nights when the Poké Madness runs wild.

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Game Freak's official website has posted this strange image, accompanied by the text "This classic game played all over the world will be reborn from a surprise collaboration." While the horse-like image could be from Rare's Viva Piñata (To which Nintendo recently acquired the rights), the "collaboration" could possibly be with Pokémon, seeing as how it has played an important role in Game Freak's history, not to mention it's also "classic." All this is just speculation and the image may not have anything to do with Pokémon at all.

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All hail shiny Charizard!

Starting on February 27th, an identical re-print of the original set of Pokémon trading cards will go on sale in Japan. The cards will come in a pack of sixty with a coin and player's manual for 1,300 yen. 

Unluckily for the rest of us, this release is so far only planned for Japan, as it coincides with the anniversary of the original card game's release in Japan in 1996.