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In this Friday, July 22, 2016 photo, a Pokemon Go player attempts to catch Charmander, one of Pokemon's most iconic creature, in New Delhi, India. (AP Photo/Thomas Cytrynowicz)

A Pokemon Go update took out the tracking system, and it's pissing off players

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Pokémon Go's insane success isn't without its downside. 

The game is supposed to track where nearby Pokémon are, and until recently, it let you know how close you are to them with a "footprints" counter. One footprint meant you were nearly there, two meant you had a ways to go, and three footprints...that could mean anything.  

The tracker was notoriously buggy, leading to jokes like this one. They seemed pretty inconsequential as the game continued to take over all our lives.

The complaints seemed mostly tongue-in-cheek.

But the game's update on Saturday removed the tracker entirely. And fans are not happy. 

More Pokémon Go from Circa:

We have priorities right now but they might find in the future that those things may not work.
Niantic CEO John Hanke

Now  there's no way to tell how close a Pokémon is to your location. 

Well, that's not entirely true. Apps like Pokévision  and Poke Radar were used to help players find Pokémon more precisely.

But John Hanke, CEO of Go creator Niantic, told Forbes Friday he was "not a fan" of these third-party sites, implying they steal user data.

And there have been some reports of developers of third-party apps getting cease and desist letters from Niantic (though these have not been confirmed.)

So now players have no in-game option for tracking Pokémon, and it sounds like the third-party options might be shut down.

Naturally, they're not pleased, with many threatening to quit. 

What do you think of the Go changes?

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