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Half the fun of Pokémon Go is tracking down new creatures. But a bug has made that really difficult over the past few days, with the game’s Nearby feature seemingly breaking down. Fortunately, someone’s come up with a solution — one that some may call cheating, but also makes finding pokémon insanely easy: it’s a Google Map that displays the location of every pokémon around you.
The project emerged from a subreddit dedicated to developers playing with Pokémon Go. In there, someone figured out how to pull raw data out of the game, including the locations of gyms, the items at individual pokéstops, and where pokémon are appearing.
Developer Ahmed Almutawa began playing with that access on Saturday and within a few hours had plotted the data onto a map. He posted the project on GitHub and Reddit, then went to bed. When he woke up, people had already begun swarming to it. “There’s been like 46 contributors, and this is over just two days,” Almutawa tells The Verge.
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