A Google Cloud Outage Has Knocked Loads of Games Offline Including ‘Pokemon Go’, ‘Fire Emblem Heroes’ and More

You really never realize how many things utilize these massive cloud platforms until there is an outage. When Amazon Web Services had a massive five-hour outage last year it seemed like it took half the internet with it. This afternoon, Google is experiencing issues with Google Cloud, and most (if not all) games and apps that utilize their cloud services are down. This includes Pokemon Go [Free], Fire Emblem Heroes [Free] and even parts of Snapchat [Free].

It’s hard to say how long Google Cloud will be having issues, but any sort of significant downtime like this from these massive cloud providers is very abnormal. If your favorite online games and other services aren’t working how they usually do this afternoon, chances are everything will be fine as soon as Google fixes things on their end. In the meantime, if you want to follow along as the outage unfolds, search Twitter for “Google Cloud” and any other word like “outage”, “status”, etc.

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‘Pokémon GO’ Honors the Lunar New Year with a Safari Zone Event in Taiwan

Pokémon GO [Free] is gearing up for the Lunar New Year. There will be a special Safari Zone Event in Taiwan later this month and it will be at the Chiayi Lantern Festival. The event will see Drantini, Mr Mime, Growlithe, and more appear alongside lanterns during the day. Once evening (5 PM) hits, Chinchou and Lanturn will start showing up. Outside the Safari Event Zone, there will be more Pokémon to find around the rest of Chiayi County.

The Safari Zone Event will take place in Taiwan at the Chiayi Lantern Festival. This event is being hosted by the Chiayi County government and will go on from February 26th until March 3rd. In addition to gazing at the lanterns in the festival, you can now get some quality Pokémon GO time in while celebrating.

While this event is in Chiayi County, some people have reported success with using a VPN in Pokémon GO but it depends on how the VPN functions and even on the phone model if you’re on Android. If this does work for you, let us know in the comments. Check out our forum thread on Pokémon GO here for more discussion around it.

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‘Pokemon GO’ Gets New Pokemon from the Hoenn Region in Addition to Legendary Pokemon Rayquaza

More Pokémon from the Hoenn region are joining Pokemon GO [Free] from tomorrow. This addition brings many Dragon-type and Flying-type Pokémon into the game for the first time. There will also be a new Legendary Pokémon in the form of Rayquaza. Rayquaza joins Raid Battles for a limited time. To celebrate this event, Hoenn region Pokémon will take over wild encounters until a day before Valentine’s Day. This includes the likes of Salamence, Altaria, Metagross, and more.

There will be more than 100 Hoenn region Pokémon joining Pokémon GO with this event. Valentine’s Day will see Legendary Water-type Pokémon Kyogre leave Raid Battles. There will be new special boxes in the in game store until February 23rd that include Raid Passes, Incubators, and Star Pieces. Lure Modules get an extended 6 hour duration as well until the same day.

Rayquaza Raid Battles will be on in Gyms until March 16th. This will also let you stand a chance at getting all three ancient Legendary Pokémon from the Hoenn region. Check out our forum thread on Pokémon GO here.

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‘Pokémon Go’ Community Days bring exclusive captures every month

Starting this month, Pokémon Go players will be able to participate in monthly events that will bring out special Pokémon with exclusive moves. Community Days will be worldwide events and to take part, you'll just have to head outside t…
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‘Pokemon GO’ Support for iOS Devices That Cant Be Upgraded to iOS 11 Will Be Discontinued next Month

Niantic just announced that Pokemon GO [Free] will be discontinued next month for iOS devices that cannot be updated to iOS 11. This will be implemented in an update to the app that will happen in the future. Pokémon GO has been pushing for new hardware specific features like the AR mode and they want to push further bringing improvements that require dropping support on earlier versions of iOS. Over the last year, we’ve seen dynamic weather and more come to Pokémon GO and I’m excited to see where the team takes the app going forward.

The deadline for them dropping support is February 28th and after that Trainers may not be able to access their Pokémon GO accounts from the devices that are not supported. To continue playing, you will need to move to a supported device. The devices affected by this change are iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPad (3rd Generation), iPad (4th Generation), iPad mini (1st Generation), and iPad 2. If you’re on one of those devices and still play Pokémon GO regularly, you have over a month to upgrade to newer hardware. It isn’t uncommon for service based and living games to drop support for older devices across platforms so this was to be expected. Check out our forum thread for Pokémon GO here.

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‘Pokémon Go’ will soon incorporate real-world weather

Pokémon Go is getting a slew of new Pokémon this week as well as a dynamic weather system later this month. The game will soon reflect the real weather around you and that will affect which Pokémon you see and how strong they are…
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‘Pokemon Go’ hopes new monsters will get you outside this fall

While Pokémon Go may have lost some of its shine due to a number of problems like poorly run public events and a divisive invitation-only special battle system, the mobile game still has a decent fanbase. The developers have been adding new li…
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Oculus reveals $199 standalone ‘Go’ VR headset, drops Rift price to $399

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Presenting at an event in San Jose on Wednesday, Facebook’s Oculus introduced the Go, a new headset capable of operating without a connected phone, Mac, or Windows PC.
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