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Pokemon Go

I haven’t played this game yet. Should I bother?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 15, 2016 at 11:49 pm

Posted in Nerdy stuff

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  1. No


    July 15, 2016 at 11:58 pm

  2. My take: it’s primarily for women, because it’s more about collecting and the social experience. My girlfriend and all her co-workers are huge fans, while my male friends have no interest in it.

    There’s no actual gameplay, or at least no strategy. I can’t really stand to play anything (board, card, or video game) that lacks strategy of any kind.


    July 16, 2016 at 12:02 am

    • this is def not true heaps of guys play it. in the gazebo in the middle of my town (the town plaza, as it were) theres heaps of people who come out in the evening in huge mobs to play it together and msot of them are guys.

      james n.s.w

      July 16, 2016 at 2:47 am

    • There’s no actual gameplay, or at least no strategy. I can’t really stand to play anything (board, card, or video game) that lacks strategy of any kind.

      That had been my question. My wife and I were joking about playing it together, but decided it was kinda dumb if all you literally do is walk around where it tells you to.

      Samson J.

      July 16, 2016 at 7:44 am

  3. You are an adult. Go enjoy adult games. Learn golf. Try Tinder. Volunteer on the Trump campaign.


    July 16, 2016 at 1:23 am

  4. its baically just geocaching, which has been around for years, except with pokemon. people will probably get bored of it soon unless nintendo finds a way to make it more complex and involving.

    james n.s.w

    July 16, 2016 at 2:46 am

  5. I say give it a try to understand what Nantic (the company behind it) had done and how. The idea behind Pokemon GO and Ingress is simple but innovative and you don’t have to spend much time on the game to appreciate it.


    July 16, 2016 at 8:45 am

  6. The game feels very random to me, that you just wander around and hope to stumble on a creature you haven’t spotted yet. At least in my experience it is not like being a hunter stalking a particular beast or a police detective following clues in pursuit of a particular suspect. Even if you just sit at home with the app on every hour or two some monster will just show up that you can catch.

    Probably the game is fun to play with friends, as there will be an added element of cooperation and competition.


    July 16, 2016 at 8:53 am

  7. Millennial here. The game runs on a mix of nostalgia, novel socialization, and collecting gameplay.

    1. Despite many of us haven’t playing since 10-ish, can still recognize and name out the first 151 Pokemon and most the additional 100 of the second generation.

    2. The socialization part is the most unique aspect. I categorize 3 aspects of it: shared objective between strangers, shared novelty experience between friends/acquaintances, and mmo-gaming in a real world setting.

    The shared objectives with strangers means that you can make you a way to a certain location and suddenly banding together whom you know nothing, but yet on the same page. There’s a surreal and novel sense to arrive to the same area and find someone else you never met before have a commonality without speaking a word.

    The shared novelty experience (in Millennial and tech circles) in that so many peers are playing that it kinda making something we are all experiencing together. Since many of my co-workers and friends are playing, we are all now collectively having the same experience.

    The 3rd part of socialization is something more of the gamer-type that would bother to try to fight to take and hold gyms – basically holding territory). The mmo-gaming is that the game have found a way to take aspects of mmo-gaming – particularly the aspect of strangers banding together to achieve a task – and turn it now that rather than be in a removed, you have to be in-person and physically go to the location. T

    3. Finally, the collecting gameplay is still gameplay and collecting still appeals. It is not viewed as a very deep gameplay as other says here. But it counts enough to count.

    But all that said. I’m pretty sure have no nostalgia, probably not that interested in socializing with people at least 2 decades younger, nor you care about collecting stuff to enjoy that.

    So probably no.


    July 16, 2016 at 11:46 am

  8. If one lives in a major city the game provides interesting input as to where people are gathering at any different moment. When there are active players by a pokestop you can see a visual of petals launching up in the air from blocks away. You can also observe if gyms are being fought over.

    Lot of opportunities in the app and while watching other people playing the app to do sociological analyses

    Different neighborhoods and different cities have different Pokemon. If you want to catch them all, you have to go places and explore.

    I.e. Water Pokemon are by bodies of water.

    Anonymous Bro

    July 16, 2016 at 12:39 pm

  9. “…the game provides interesting input as to where people are gathering at any different moment”

    How long before certain sociopaths and criminal types start figuring this out and start collecting your iPhones and other valuable items?

    Given the lack of situational awareness on the part of the players, maybe they’ll start collecting them.

    This game ought to be big hit in Chicago.

    Nedd Ludd

    July 16, 2016 at 3:26 pm

  10. It’s great that people can have so much innocent fun, but why does it seem so pathetic?


    July 16, 2016 at 8:21 pm

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