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« on: July 12, 2016, 12:10:07 AM »

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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« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2016, 01:08:17 AM »

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.
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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2016, 11:06:36 AM »

Radio Shack is still around?  Huh, who knew?

I don't personally play, but find the phenomenon fascinating.
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« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2016, 01:27:16 PM »

Quote from: Gratch on July 12, 2016, 11:06:36 AM

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.



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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.
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« Reply #4 on: July 13, 2016, 04:59:29 PM »

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.
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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2016, 06:55:22 PM »

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 12, 2016, 01:27:16 PM

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.
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« Reply #6 on: July 13, 2016, 07:05:15 PM »

Quote from: Gratch on July 13, 2016, 06:55:22 PM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on July 12, 2016, 01:27:16 PM

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"
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« Reply #7 on: July 13, 2016, 08:10:52 PM »

The light up sign on the highway near me today said "Drive Now.  Catch Pokemon Later."   retard
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« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2016, 09:02:16 PM »

Quote from: EngineNo9 on July 13, 2016, 04:59:29 PM

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!
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« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2016, 12:46:41 AM »

WTF----->

https://www.yahoo.com/news/pokemon-police-dead-body-robbery-000000842.html
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« Reply #11 on: July 14, 2016, 01:35:46 PM »

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.
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« Reply #12 on: July 14, 2016, 02:43:35 PM »

Quote from: farley2k on July 14, 2016, 01:21:49 PM



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

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« Reply #13 on: July 14, 2016, 03:10:35 PM »

Quote from: TiLT on July 14, 2016, 01:35:46 PM

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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« Reply #14 on: July 18, 2016, 09:29:09 PM »

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 
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« Reply #15 on: July 21, 2016, 05:27:15 PM »

Maybe they will add real gameplay in later now that they are gazillionaires?
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« Reply #16 on: July 21, 2016, 06:40:21 PM »

Quote from: skyride on July 21, 2016, 05:27:15 PM

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.
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« Reply #17 on: July 21, 2016, 07:24:21 PM »

Quote from: TiLT on July 21, 2016, 06:40:21 PM

Quote from: skyride on July 21, 2016, 05:27:15 PM

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.
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