Pokemon Go

rittchard
rittchard
edited July 2016 in Portable Gaming Apps
Honestly I've never seen a phenomenon like this in the gaming world. Everywhere I go people are playing or talking about this, or best of all standing in the middle of a street swiping at their screen. It's not even that good or compelling of a "game" but somehow it seems to have caught on like wildfire. Anyone else experiencing this in your home area?

For those that haven't heard of it, this is a GPS-based "game" using Pokemon; you wander around in real life and try to "catch" Pokemon's. When you happen upon one, depending on how powerful it is, you can catch it with a Pokeball that you toss at it. That's the gist of it. You can eventually use them to battle other people's Pokemons but the core of the game is physically going all over the place and collecting them.

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  • Bullwinkle
    Bullwinkle
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    This game helped me confirm that my iPhone's GPS is, in fact, dead.

    My kid wants to play it, but my wife is already paranoid that she's going to get kidnapped when walking home from school with dozens of other kids in the middle of the day. I can't imagine what the paranoia of wandering around, blindly staring at your phone is going to bring. Plus the thing has to stay on (doesn't work running in the background) and so, has been draining batteries dry quickly. And then there are the kids who've been getting robbed because robbers lay traps for players.

    OTOH, I just had a lovely 15 minute conversation with the lady at RadioShack about the game and how it's bringing people together. Which it did, and we weren't even playing it.
  • Gratch
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    Radio Shack is still around? Huh, who knew?

    I don't personally play, but find the phenomenon fascinating.
  • Bullwinkle
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    on 1468321596:

    Radio Shack is still around? Huh, who knew?



    Plus, there are, like, 5 in my immediate area! This one has been there since I moved here, and this is the first time I've been inside. I assumed it was long gone.



    on 1468321596:


    I don't personally play, but find the phenomenon fascinating.


    I am blown away by the fact that Nintendo just entered the mobile gaming market and dropped the fucking mic.
  • EngineNo9
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    I installed this yesterday, and I have to admit I don't get the appeal at all. The actual capture mechanic is total garbage and the whole thing seems really shallow to me. I just don't get it.
  • Gratch
    Gratch
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    on 1468330036:

    I am blown away by the fact that Nintendo just entered the mobile gaming market and dropped the fucking mic.


    Pokemon GO has passed Candy Crush and is now the biggest mobile game in US history with over 21 million daily users.

    It's crazy. I tuned into sports radio twice today for about 20 minutes (on my way to work and at lunch) and both times they spent the full 20 minutes discussing the game. Granted, it was from the "what the hell is wrong with kids today" perspective, but still...Pokemon segments on sports radio? That's just nutty.
  • Dante Rising
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    on 1468436122:

    on 1468330036:

    I am blown away by the fact that Nintendo just entered the mobile gaming market and dropped the fucking mic.


    Pokemon GO has passed Candy Crush and is now the biggest mobile game in US history with over 21 million daily users.

    It's crazy. I tuned into sports radio twice today for about 20 minutes (on my way to work and at lunch) and both times they spent the full 20 minutes discussing the game. Granted, it was from the "what the hell is wrong with kids today" perspective, but still...Pokemon segments on sports radio? That's just nutty.


    I saw a teenager looking down at his phone on the sidewalk near my home, and he almost walked into a telephone pole. I wonder if Pokemon Go is to blame.

    I also love this comment someone posted at Touch Arcade:

    "wow I got 40 year olds looking for Pokemon in my backyard....😂😂😂 imagine if people put this kind of effort into world peace lol"
  • EngineNo9
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    The light up sign on the highway near me today said "Drive Now. Catch Pokemon Later." :retard:
  • rittchard
    rittchard
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    on 1468429169:

    I installed this yesterday, and I have to admit I don't get the appeal at all. The actual capture mechanic is total garbage and the whole thing seems really shallow to me. I just don't get it.


    Yeah that's the weirdest thing for me about the phenomena. It's just not that compelling gameplay no matter how you slice it. Finding Pokemon and Pokestops is random enough, but then you get to the combat and it's like there's no way you can fight against the other people in the gyms. They should let you fight against friends or add some PvE content.

    I honestly think it's just tapped into some bizarre psychological need in our society at this moment. With all the horrible things going on every day and the constant bitter conflict within society, maybe people just need something totally inane to escape with each other.

    All that said, I still wanna catch more of them lol!
  • farley2k
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  • TiLT
    TiLT
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    I've been playing around with this for the past two days. It's not officially out in Norway yet, but who cares. My office (which is right next to one of the bigger football (that's soccer for you yankees) stadiums in the country is crawling with various pokemon and hotspots. There's almost a dozen hotspots within a very short walking distance of each other, some of them so close you could get both by standing in one spot. Pokemon come to me when I'm in the office, not the other way around. At home though, there's nothing. No hotspots and no pokemon. Whenever I check the distance to the closest ones, they're all shown as being the maximum distance from me. Seeing as my 3-week summer vacation starts tomorrow, I'm probably going to use this as an excuse to go on a couple of walks.

    So far I've captured 14 different pokemon (remember that there's no 's at the end of the plural for this word. One pokemon, several pokemon) and 22 pokemon total. Just reached level 5, so now I can head to that pokemon gym near the office and see what that's about.
  • Bullwinkle
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    on 1468502509:

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    Thanks, Farley, this was the perfect response to a guy who posted this:

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  • EngineNo9
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    on 1468503346:

    So far I've captured 14 different pokemon (remember that there's no 's at the end of the plural for this word. One pokemon, several pokemon) and 22 pokemon total. Just reached level 5, so now I can head to that pokemon gym near the office and see what that's about.


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  • rittchard
    rittchard
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    On a side note, 2 of my niece's friends made the news as victims of being robbed at gunpoint while at a Pokestop in Pasadena, CA. :eek:
  • skyride
    skyride
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    Maybe they will add real gameplay in later now that they are gazillionaires?
  • TiLT
    TiLT
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    on 1469122035:

    Maybe they will add real gameplay in later now that they are gazillionaires?


    The game is intended to be expanded with new gameplay in phases, so that will happen. I expect we'll be able to challenge other players to Pokémon battles soon enough.
  • EngineNo9
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    on 1469126421:

    on 1469122035:

    Maybe they will add real gameplay in later now that they are gazillionaires?


    The game is intended to be expanded with new gameplay in phases, so that will happen. I expect we'll be able to challenge other players to Pokémon battles soon enough.


    That and trading were in their older video for this, so I'd imagine they'll both be in there sooner than later. Especially given the popularity.
  • Isgrimnur
    Isgrimnur
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    And then, eventually, there will be the wearable:

    The Pokémon GO Plus is a small device that lets you enjoy Pokémon GO while you're on the move and not looking at your smartphone. The device connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth low energy and notifies you about events in the game—such as the appearance of a Pokémon nearby—using an LED and vibration.


    And Nintendo isn't exactly making bank off of this:

    The Japanese video game developer said Wednesday it's delaying the release of Pokemon Go Plus, an accessory for the wildly popular smartphone game. It also posted a net loss of $233 million for the latest quarter.

    On Monday, the company's shares plunged after it said that Pokemon Go will have only a "limited" effect on its bottom line.

    Nintendo's share price had more than doubled following the release of the hit augmented reality game earlier this month, adding $23 billion to the company's market value. But the stock is now down around 30% from its high last week.

    Pokemon Go was actually developed and distributed by a company called Niantic. Both Nintendo (NTDOF) and The Pokemon Company, one of its subsidiaries, have invested in the privately-held Niantic -- but so have other firms including Google.

    The Pokemon Go Plus, a separate device that enhances the gaming experience, is another way for Nintendo could profit from the game's runaway success. But it said Wednesday the release has been pushed back from the end of this month to September.

    It didn't give a reason for the delay.

    The rest of the company's business isn't doing particularly well, according to its earnings statement Wednesday. Sales for the quarter ended June 30 -- before Pokemon Go's release -- slumped 31% on a year earlier, with a particularly steep decline in hardware and software for its Wii U console.

  • katamaris4ever
    katamaris4ever
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    I'm just glad Nintendo (or Niantic) is getting more people to play video games in general. As much as I hate Candy Crush Saga, for what it's worth, it was a cultural hit for its time. I can imagine Sun and Moon getting more publicity because of this.
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