Gaming News – The Pokemon Company’s Statement on Hacking Apps

Porygon and Mewtwo artwork by Ken Sugimori. images from Bulbapedia.

Porygon and Mewtwo artwork by Ken Sugimori. images from Bulbapedia.

The Pokemon company, headed by president and representative director Tsunekazu Ishihara, manage all business relating to Pokemon games. A statement released today outlines the dangers of using new apps for iphone and ipads, which allow players to create artificial Pokemon.

The Application

Pokemon manufactured through these apps can be designed from scratch. Hidden numbers, normally assigned to your Pokemon at random when they are captured in Pokeballs or hatched from eggs, can be modified from scratch.

Essentially, a player can create a powerful monster – instead of spending hours seeking a Pokemon with good attack, speed, or defense values, the app can specify, and then download an ideal monster into the game.

Hacked Pokemon enter the game card’s software code through a wifi connection, imitating the game’s server.

Side-effects

The Pokemon company warns that unofficial data entering the game can render the game card non-functional. It’s not simply a case of a save file disappearing. The game cards that Pokemon are published on can cease functioning completely. Problematic software can also disrupt the data of other game cards when trainers contact other players for battles and trades.

Neither Nintendo or the Pokemon company can restore non-functioning card.

Tournaments

Any players found using Pokemon built with these apps face a permanent ban: “barred from participating at any and all future events”. Harsh consequences for any player trying to pass off a fake at an official tournament.

A bit more on the statement

Porygon is a man-made Pokemon. It’s a normal type that has been included in the game’s army of pocket monsters since the beginning of the franchise. Mewtwo is another artificial Pokemon, which is set to make a return in the upcoming Pokemon X and Y versions.

Porygon has gaudy colours, and an odd design. Furthermore, Mewtwo has a horrific origin story. Of course, legal issues of modifying software copyrighted by Nintendo aside, it makes sense Nintendo and the Pokemon company would make a point of frowning on cheating – artificial Pokemon have significant negativity surrounding them withing the game’s story.

The question worth asking is, if fans want to take the risks (and probably won’t show up to a tournament with an artificial Pokemon) should players try the app? Or is the weight of a non-functioning card too heavy?

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