Australian comedian Luke Kidgell has been enjoying his Pokemon Go game, and is showing remarkable dedication to catching some Pokemon. Standing at St. Kilda Pier, Melbourne, he spotted a Magikarp in the water. After a moment’s hesitation, he decided there was only one way to catch it. Credit: Luke Kidgell
PAYING walkers or hiring Uber drivers, enlisting the help of man’s best friend or an all-out drone arsenal are ways people are cheating the system in Pokemon Go.
The game requires players to leave their current location and travel to a specific place in order to collect valuable items, battle other players or collect Pokémon.
In addition to these factors, players can collect eggs containing rare Pokémon, which are hatched when the user walks a certain distance.
As the game tracks movement with GPS, a stationary run on the treadmill will not help the cause, nor will driving in the car as speed limitations are built into the app.
However, strapping your phone to the back of your dog and letting it cut laps around the backyard will do the trick.
When you’re too lazy to hatch your own eggs in #PokemonGo pic.twitter.com/fWAPaaeqcM
— Pokémon Go News (@PokemonGoNews) July 12, 2016
Those without pets could follow the lead of the tech savvy players strapping Androids to a drone and then mirroring the phone screen to a laptop.
The method could be used to discover and catch Pokemon, but as a drone can move slow enough to mimic the pace of a human walking, it can also be used to hatch eggs.
It might not involve a family pet or drone, but there are other cheating options for those with more dollars than sense.
An entrepreneurial Australian is cashing in on the wildly popular craze by offering chauffeur services to help gamers catch ‘em all.
Operating out of Newcastle, Pokemon Go driver Mathew Wrightman said business had been booming, with several people requesting his services daily.
The driver advertises his services on Gumtree for $30 an hour, but will also let his clients charge their phones in his car for an extra $5 an hour.
Campbelltown local Colin Chapman also offered to drive gamers around for $30 on the Narellan Community Noticeboard on Facebook and has since received firm offers.
“It was actually a bit of a joke at first, but I figured if someone wanted to pay me $30 an hour to drive them around while they catch Pokémon, they were welcome to,” he toldThe Daily Telegraph.
While the authenticity and safety of this service appear slightly dubious, a new start-up called Pokewalk is claiming it will soon offer phone walking services to catch Pokemon.
Tired of walking around to get more Pokemon? Our startup will do that for you. Presenting https://t.co/7VZ0J3ti5w! pic.twitter.com/BkuDxsYyGl
— PokeWalk (@trypokewalk) July 11, 2016
“We want the millions of Pokemon Go players to have the freedom to do what they want without the pressure of walking,” the website reads.
Depending on the needs of the user, the service will offers different pricing options for walking distances.
A 2km walk will cost $10, a 5km walk $15 and a 10km walk $20.
“Our technology stack is a unique use of complicated algorithms meant to optimise Pokewalker efficiency which leads to lower costs for you,” it said.
“We optimise for both the distance the walker will cover and how they will get back to drop off your device.”
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