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A short history of Nintendo’s attempts to lure you outdoors with Pokémon

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Pokémon GO has taken the world by storm, forcing gamers out into the fresh air. Many people are lauding the new game as a fantastically health-conscious move from Nintendo, a revolution in truly mobile mobile games. What many people don’t remember, however, is that Nintendo has been trying to lure you outdoors since the franchise began.

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A wild Pikachu appears. Photo by Sadie Hernandez.

Back to school shopping guide: Cheap smartphones that work with Pokemon Go

A wild Pikachu appears. Photo by Sadie Hernandez.

Pokemon Go has taken the entire world by storm, making catching of colorful cartoon monsters the first augmented reality mass phenomenon. So, playful people of all ages are asking themselves how they can get their hands on a smartphone compatible with Pokemon Go for as little money as possible.

Incidentally, the Pokemon craze coincides with this year’s back to school season. This means that a bunch of fairly young kids may ask for smartphones just to keep up with everyone’s favorite pastime. Whether Pokémon go itself justifies buying children smartphones is a separate issue, and it’s hard to blame teachers and schools for trying out policies like handing in phones during school hours.

But what we do know for sure is that smartphones are becoming essential tools, both for acquiring knowledge and social contacts. So, let’s have a look at some cheap, good smartphones and how well they run Pokémon.

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Pokemon NO: Finland’s 13 worst PokeStops

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Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past few weeks, you’re probably aware that approximately 90% of the world’s population is completely obsessed with Pokemon GO. The new mobile game has gamers venturing outdoors to capture Pokemon and visit PokeStops in the real world. PokeStops, where players can find items such as potions and Pokeballs, use mobile GPS and are meant to be located at culturally-rich monuments and landmarks. Sadly, not every PokeStop fulfills that definition — and it seems Finland has more than its fair share of those that are spectacularly disappointing. If you don’t believe us. Scroll down and take a look a few of Finland’s worst PokeStops thus far.

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Game on! The 9 most important Finnish video games in history

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These days, Finland rules when it comes to mobile games. And yet, many people are surprised to learn that Finland’s gaming culture it a lot older than they think. In fact, the history of Finnish gaming, and the roots of today’s success can be traced all the way back to the early 80s.

With the introduction of home computers, many tech-savvy Finns found a new hobby in creating games for the Commodore VIC-20 and Commodore 64. Programming for these computers was easy, and unlike the games of today which require huge teams, a single person was able to create gaming magic. Counterfeits of popular games were common, but there was plenty of originality and experimentation to be found in games of this era.

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The spirit of individual experimentation evolved into a thriving demoscene, which laid the groundwork for commercial success. Many of Finland’s rising stars, such as Terramarque and Bloodhouse, got their start in the tight-knit demoscene. Once Nokia’s mobile devices hit the scene in the late 90s, Finland’s position within the game industry rose exponentially, and the rest is history.

But, which were the games that helped put Finland on the map? Let’s take a trip down gaming memory lane and have a look.

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