Pokémon GO got a new update in the last few days, adding in the new Buddy Pokémon feature as well as fixing bugs and implementing a few additional changes—one of which has succeeded in angering a number of players. As of the most recent update, Niantic has made it so that the game will no longer work on jailbroken phones; whenever someone with such a phone tries to open the app, they are now greeted with a message informing them that “This device, OS, or software is not compatible with Pokémon Go.” Some of those players are now demanding refunds, and their arguments do hold some weight.

A major complaint among users of jailbroken phones is that quite often the jailbreaking has nothing to do and has no effect on
Pokémon GO; while Niantic may be worrying that such phones could be used to disrupt the fair and balanced game environment they’ve been pursuing, many times a phone is jailbroken to expand customization options or to add extra, unrelated features that the manufacturers don’t allow. Even then, many players would have been far more accepting of this restriction had it not been introduced two months after launch.

“I wouldn’t have had a problem with [the update booting jailbroken/rooted/unlocked phones] if they blocked rooted users from launch. However, doing it 2 months into the [game] show after rooted users have invested time and money into the game, is completely unscrupulous.” — GnothiSeauton, Redditor

A few forums and sites have found workarounds for the ban on Android, but for those unable or unwilling to employ this extra effort, the only recourse seems to be with their wallets. As such, some players have taken to demanding refunds for the purchases they made for a game that has now locked them out. But unlike the last time gamers employed this method, we’ve not yet heard any major, widespread success stories from them. Some people are getting refunds, sure, but many are staying silent on the matter, so it’s hard to say how many have been successful. No doubt many have just decided to give up on Pokémon GO and move on.

Have you been locked out of Pokémon GO following the latest update? What do think of this step by Niantic—are they right to deny these kinds of phones access to the game, or have they gone too far? Do you think these players should get refunds? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

Source: Polygon

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Tyler Meehan
Tyler is verbose. He apologizes for that. Tyler "Alpha" Meehan's first experiences with gaming came from his cousins' NES and the Mario games that went with it. They were fun, but merely brief distractions while on the road (yes, they had an NES in their car. It was awesome, and he was jealous). Still, nothing compared to his Star Wars books. OR SO HE THOUGHT. His love of gaming truly began when he and a friend came together to beat the Nintendo 64's Mission: Impossible, a challenge so intense that Tyler bought his own console to facilitate its defeat. Upon being introduced to Ocarina of Time (an introduction that included, among other spoilers, the freakin' final boss fight. GEEZ, PHILIP), his lot in life as a Nintendo fanboy was sealed in stone. His ability to recall absolutely useless video game information served him well during the Pokémon craze, and helped him aid numerous friends in their own endeavors to defeat games like Majora's Mask and Kingdom Hearts. Those were good days. Good days... The Zelda series soon became his primary obsession fascination, but additionally he was soon introduced to text-based RPGs by one of his schoolmates. Discovering that he had a knack for the English language and a strong love of telling stories, he started putting effort into writing his own storylines. That all got put onto the backburner, though, when he discovered the Zelda online community, particularly The Desert Colossus's Hyrule Adventures 2, an online text RPG based in the Zelda world. He joined under the pseudonym of "Alpha" and soon became one of their lead writers, going so far as to join the moderator staff and, in a year's time, become the head administrator of the RPG. During this time, Twilight Princess was released, and he joined several other TDCers in posting their thoughts on the game - his "Twilight Impression Posts" lasted for several months and were well received by the community. Staying on even after the webmaster was forced to retire, he continued to provide occasional news posts and articles for the site, until it became clear that the site was dying. He turned his focus back to Hyrule Adventures 2 and his college studies, until the latter forced him to stop work on the former. Tyler graduated a few years ago from the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelors in Computer Science, and now serves as a software engineer for a rather large company that he doesn't feel like telling you all about (he's a jerk like that sometimes). His love of gaming and writing still strong, he joined the Zelda Informer staff in early 2013 to write a walkthrough for The Wind Waker, but later began using his English skills to become ZI and Gamnesia's first dedicated Copy Editor. When not trying to get Brian to shut up in Gamnesia's group chat, he spends his time writing Zelda fanfiction, planning some original fantasy stories that he may or may not try to publish some day, and playing games on his Wii, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo 3DS. He intends to get a WiiU sooner or later, probably around when Pikmin 3 comes out, but has little interest in the other consoles currently. Also, he can't stand writing bios in first-person. Talking about yourself like that is just...weird.

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