Aspiring Pokémon Master Cheats At Pokémon GO With Drone

To say that gamers all over the world are going crazy over Pokémon Go, Nintendo and Niantic Labs' new augmented reality mobile game would probably be an understatement and the latest example of an aspiring Pokémon master just goes to show as much. Namely, Reddit user hyperion995 shared several pictures of a DJI Phantom drone which he has modified in order to catch virtual Pokémon as quickly as possible. He went on to ask whether this lazy man's solution for playing Pokémon Go would be considered cheating and while most agreed it would, few were not entertained by his absolutely ridiculous Pokémon-catching tool which - as some people have humorously pointed out - looks like something Team Rocket would use.

As you can see in the gallery below, said Reddit user has strapped his Android smartphone to a DJI Phantom drone and mirrored his phone's screen on his laptop with a program called AirDroid. He was hence able to basically fly around designated locations and catch Pokémon in a swift and efficient manner. While definitely funny to witness, this solution also circumvents a lot of not-exactly-pleasant side effects of playing Pokémon GO such as sore or tired legs which certain players have reported. Of course, it also goes against the very idea behind the game which is to give people an incentive to... well, get outside more. While most people agreed this is cheating, Niantic Labs has actually already decided it's not, at least as far as its 2013 mobile game Ingress is involved. Back then, the developer explained that the only requirement for legitimate playing is that the users' phones are actually visiting designated locations, suggesting that the line between cheating and slightly bending the location-based game's rules is drawn at GPS location spoofing.

As for Pokémon GO itself, the game started rolling out in select countries worldwide last week and is already enjoying what's basically a cult following. Millions of Pokémon are getting caught and hundreds of thousands gyms are taken over on a daily basis while more and more people are doing everything they can to play as much as possible and become the ultimate Pokémon master. In case you want to join them but Pokémon Go still isn't officially out in your country, you can still legally sideload it and start catching virtual pocket monsters as soon as right now.

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