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tbr

Pokemon Go

I have been playing this for the past week and yes it's pretty fun, I recommend it to anyone specially those with kids (obviously). It's similar to Geocaching but with a random element and everything is in the virtual world.

One thing to note, instead of the kids asking to play on your phone and you giving it them for half hour of quiet, instead they will want to borrow your phone and then go for a walk!

This is a good thing Smile

Also living in Blackpool is great for this game as the Pokestops and Gyms are located at points of interest... Blackpool has a lot of points of interest. I can jump on a Tram for 10 minutes and collect close to 20 Pokestops worth of items (the tram is just about slow enough to do this), then jump back on going the other way and do it again. Smile

"Go Team Instinct"
Davera

I've seen a lot of people posting about this and wondered if it was worth a go.

Great idea though for encouraging the kids to get out there and be active.
tbr

Davera wrote:
Great idea though for encouraging the kids to get out there and be active.


Exactly, there's pretty much no game if your not out and about, so to play you have to leave the house. There are even eggs you can randomly get that only open after a set distance has been walked 2/5/10km, and you can't cheat it by going in the car etc as the GPS and step counter work together to check. So no walking on a train to cover loads of distance as it's clever enough to know that your traveling too fast Smile
Davera

Do you need to be actively using your phone to collect the Pokemon as you walk around, or is just having the phone in your pocket good enough?

I am very tempted by this now, however I feel I may then wast the rest of my free time today instead of getting on an finishing my competition entry.
tbr

They will randomly appear when you are near them and your phone will make a noise to indicate, then you have to catch them in a pokeball. The App must be running and on screen for it to work, it's a complete and utter battery drain, but I use an external battery when I play.

If you have something to do today, do that and get hold of it tonight (if you know how to jump through the hoops necessary to get it working in the UK)
dabrad89

I'm addicted everyone at work is on it building my squad before I attack the gym near my office

I've caught a few while driving obviously I don't encourage this .. but it can be done
OldNoob

My boss couldn't understand why all these people were outside his house, sitting on his wall and stuff, turns out he had a gym right there! He "had to install the app to see what was going on" then caught a Pokemon at work this afternoon. Piss taking was duly delivered.
Elime_rawne

Found a pub which is in range of a gym and two pokestops... Needless to say Friday night is sorted.

London is bizarre at the moment, it seems that at least 1 in 5 people you walk past are playing it. Crazy to think that as an app it currently has surpassed Facebook in terms of average active hours per user.
blindgeekuk

It's a great example of hype, meets simple effective gameplay, meets technical ingenuity, and it's surprisingly fun!

Pokemon as a brand appeared when I was a kid, and it honestly impresses me that it's still a global easily recognised brand over 20 years later. And I think part of the games appeal is its the original pokemon from '95 and therefore targeted at people like me.

It's simple to play, a little too simple for hard core gamers, but perfect for someone like my wife who can never be bothered to learn the nuances of something like angry birds.

And as a programmer, I can ignore the handful of bugs i've had (usually to do with catching a weedle) and instead admire how they've meshed the map, with presumably wikipedia or some geographical database - a Thomas Chippendale plaque on the side of a bank... i've lived here 15 years and never spotted that one, sure the statue round the corner but never the plaque!

It's a serious success, something like 10million active users in less than a week, outstripping the launch of social media like Twitter and g+. It's pretty much doubled Ninetendos stock value, though that's not really a tangible measure. Instead, consider that there's an estimated $1m in microtransactions daily... i'm normally the kind of person who hates these, and i'm pondering getting some to get some lures and incense to improve the pokestop at work...

My big concern is that it's a short term success, and once the novelty wears off it dies. If the programmers can fix the bugs, and add features to improve battling or add trading, then it will endure
Seiryuu

The map was community crafted in the makers' previous game, with players competing to setup and capture "bases" all over their hometowns and around.
mittskinned

All my friends have been playing Pokemon Go. I must say it is really a nice game.  Very Happy
Rab

I know sod all about pokemon but we do love a bit of geocahing in my house so i might just take a look.
Dustybin

I have a feeling that, like most popular things, after about 6 months no one will care about Pokemon Go. It happens with all of the popular things, example: Flappy Bird. Anyway, I still don't see what all the fuss is about, catching AR Pokemon doesn't really excite me.
BaylissLad

Im level 9 now, intending on hitting 10 tomorrow. It is great fun, I loved Pokemon when i was younger!
tbr

Dustybin wrote:
catching AR Pokemon doesn't really excite me.


I see it more as going for a walk with a purpose, just the same as I treat Geocaching or photography. I like going for a walk, but I need a reason.
Northwind

I'm not playing it but still love the whole thing... I work for a university so, predictably, it's absolute carnage  Laughing

Also it sends me back to when I broke my hip, and was sat in hospital with nothing but a pokemon marathon on one of the cable channels, and a self administering morphine drip. Bright colours! Plots that make no sense even if you're not out of your mind! Perfect. Me and my mate Steve were at gencon for the cardgame launch and we only just talked ourselves into throwing the tournament so a child could be UK champion  Laughing
UKNerfWar

My wife is into it. So is my 5 year old.

I'm not really sure either of them really understand it but they seem pretty excited.
Limegreen06

Pokemon GO

This is a fun game that's really popular today! Almost all ages are up to Pokemon Go anywhere around the globe. Its quite enjoyable going around places just to catch one. Well, it could be a form of exercise too because you do the walking while searching for a Pokemon.
dabrad89

My work building has a gym right outside so it's a constant battle for the team colours to take and retake each day I have a group of 6 we go for pokewalks each lunch time and have really been racking up the kms were all around level 17 and have some decent pokemon now.

We used to go for walks anyway but this brings us all together for a common interests we see Soo many other out walking to as we pass through the huge local country park
Limegreen06

Re: Pokemon Go

tbr wrote:
I have been playing this for the past week and yes it's pretty fun, I recommend it to anyone specially those with kids (obviously). It's similar to Geocaching but with a random element and everything is in the virtual world.

One thing to note, instead of the kids asking to play on your phone and you giving it them for half hour of quiet, instead they will want to borrow your phone and then go for a walk!

This is a good thing Smile

Also living in Blackpool is great for this game as the Pokestops and Gyms are located at points of interest... Blackpool has a lot of points of interest. I can jump on a Tram for 10 minutes and collect close to 20 Pokestops worth of items (the tram is just about slow enough to do this), then jump back on going the other way and do it again. Smile

"Go Team Instinct"



I would definitely agree that Pokemon Go gives so much fun to everyone, regardless of all ages. I can see that even my family is addicted to that game. Others are even giving their extra time to search for a Pokestops around just to catch one.  I even heard about a Pokemon ride also.
FDT

This idea came out before Pokemon Go, but now that PG has been so successful they'll definitely piggy back on the success. Looks awesome!

http://www.rappler.com/technology...1-night-terrors-horror-pokemon-go
Limegreen06

Yep, it's fun but I hope everyone who plays it remembers these safety tips.

http://www.oregonlive.com/trendin..._safety_tips_portland_oregon.html

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