Friday night topic: are you trying to catch ’em all?

Wow, it's been a while since we've done one of these. Unless you've had your head in the sand for the past couple weeks, you probably know someone who's playing Niantic Labs' Pokémon Go—presuming you aren't tromping around your neighborhood to catch 'em all yourself. On the off chance you have had your head in the sand for weeks, Pokémon Go is a mobile app for iOS and Android devices that lets you hunt Nintendo's cash cows cuddly companions in the real world. It's probably the breakout app for augmented reality so far.

I must admit that I haven't tried the latest craze in pocket-monster training yet. Outside of some brief flirtations with Pokémon Yellow on the Game Boy and Pokémon Stadium on the N64, the franchise never really grabbed me.

I appear to be in the minority, though, and the game seems to be inspiring frenzied devotion among its fans. Some visitors to our friendly local game store last week had driven a ways to our middle-of-nowhere town specifically for the purpose of catching Pokémon that were apparently hard to get at home. Practically everybody I follow in the Twittersphere who's played Pokémon Go is waxing poetic about how the app has gotten them off the couch and made them more social. Recent reports suggest this thing is bigger than Twitter in the USA, and it added billions to Nintendo's value overnight.

Whether you're a Pokémon Go holdout, have someone near and dear to you who's playing, or even if you're reading this while taking a break from stalking that Blastoise, tell us about how the game is affecting your life right now in the comments.

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    • ThatStupidCat
    • 3 years ago

    Found a site that maps those pokemons. If you’re able to connect it maps out pokemons around your area. Play safe. You need to click around the map to make it refresh. [url<]https://pokevision.com/[/url<]

    • danny e.
    • 3 years ago

    Islamist hitler wanna-be fakes a coup, and then uses it to round up and rid of his political opponents but no one cares because everyone has a brain of mush.

      • JalaleenRumi
      • 3 years ago

      lul wut?

      u hi bro?

    • Meadows
    • 3 years ago

    Okay, I’ve tried it just to better know what the hell I’m talking about.

    The game is okay and provides surprising amounts of “workout” motivation with its paltry rewards and progression, however I take serious issue with their design choice of relying exclusively on the phone’s gyroscope for damn near everything.

    My low-midrange phone has an accelerometer and rotation sensors. It detects both tilt and rotation pretty accurately. It does not, however, have a gyroscope, so PoGo has the following two (non-game-breaking) issues:

    * 1. AR doesn’t work. At all. Even though the phone can detect its own tilt and rotation with which to possibly “spoof” gyroscope input, the game has decided that it “can’t detect my phone’s orientation” and thus AR will never work. The good news is the game is easier without AR!

    * 2. Worse still, the “battery saver” option doesn’t work for the same reason. This option turns off all graphics rendering while you hold the phone upside down, a pedestrian task perfectly suited to – gee, I don’t know – [i<]the phone's built in rotation sensor[/i<]. However, the game has arrogantly decided it will settle for nothing less than a gyroscope and, as a result, fails to detect the upside down position and so "battery saver" will never work. Are you kidding me, Niantic? The [b<][i<]one[/i<][/b<] feature that everyone needs, and it's restricted to mid-to-high-end phones? Good god. P.s.: LG Leon user here.

    • Shouefref
    • 3 years ago

    Japanese firm Softbank buys British developper ARM:
    [url<]http://www.faz.net/aktuell/wirtschaft/unternehmen/softbank-aus-japan-will-chipdesigner-arm-uebernehmen-14345578.html[/url<] Is this an effect of the Brexit and the low pound?

    • dragontamer5788
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]Whether you're a Pokémon Go holdout, have someone near and dear to you who's playing, or even if you're reading this while taking a break from stalking that Blastoise, tell us about how the game is affecting your life right now in the comments.[/quote<] Erm... Windows Phone. Sooooooo.... yeah. It really hasn't affected me personally. I'm an avid Pokemon Fan however, and welcome the attention that the Pokemon community has received these past few days.

    • Krogoth
    • 3 years ago

    Morpheus, is this your origin?

    [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b-bijO3uEw[/url<]

    • End User
    • 3 years ago

    An augmented reality game that I can use to ban people in real life.

    • BIF
    • 3 years ago

    It’s a modern-day scavenger hunt, using technology to actually get people working together. I saw three families on the hunt over the weekend. Working together for a common goal and enjoying each others’ company.

    And they um “captured?” a monster in front of my house. It’s hard enough to keep my property values up as it is, so I’m happy for the help! 😀

    I don’t play it and I’m not sure if I ever will, but I give it a “10” nonetheless, and I don’t care how much the naysayers say nay. When was the last time you saw parents and their teenager kids walking down the street together having fun and not ignoring each other?

    • jessterman21
    • 3 years ago

    SO MANY greasy tweens in our city graveyard!

    I’ve been driving slowly through our town’s epicenter and parking along the way to collect items from the tons of Pokestops and getting thrashed at the gyms. But definitely having fun playing with my coworkers at the office. I’ve caught at least 100 just sitting at my desk throughout the week.

    • DPete27
    • 3 years ago

    My wife was at the zoo yesterday. She said over 2/3 of the guys there are obviously playing Pokemon Go. Some women, but not as many.

    • GatoRat
    • 3 years ago

    I don’t know anyone playing it. I’m still not sure how it’s played and don’t care.

    • anotherengineer
    • 3 years ago

    the insanity has begun

    [url<]https://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/two-gamers-fall-off-cliff-while-playing-pokemon-go/70145/[/url<] people driving around in cars polluting the environment for digital nothingness...............just wow

      • September
      • 3 years ago

      Thanks but…my Leaf is great for this!

      • GrimDanfango
      • 3 years ago

      In general, I rather like the idea of the game, but I agree, seeing everyone jump straight in their damned cars is pathetic. They should work some sort of car-detection into the game, and penalize it. Maybe just a “travelling above 30mph” flag… although it’d be good if there was a way not to punish people for taking the train.

      Get on your bikes people! It’s as healthy as walking, but faster!

    • ThatStupidCat
    • 3 years ago

    I don’t know about catching Pokemons but anthropologists are very busy observing millennials out of their normal habitat.

    • Firestarter
    • 3 years ago

    eh, it gives me something to do on my lunch stroll through the park

    • A_Pickle
    • 3 years ago

    Do bears ***t in the woods?!?

      • anotherengineer
      • 3 years ago

      Yes.

      And on my lawn actually.

      Sigh…………….cleaning up after the wife’s dog and the wildlife…………

    • HisDivineOrder
    • 3 years ago

    I was walking last night and I noticed all kinds of people that don’t normally walk out and about. I waved. They looked at me suspiciously.

    One of them said to his buddy, “I don’t trust that one. He doesn’t even have HIS phone out. What’s he hiding?”

      • tsk
      • 3 years ago

      Well… What are you hiding? O_o

      • BIF
      • 3 years ago

      I know this didn’t [i<]really[/i<] happen, but I gave you a +1 anyway because you made me laugh. And what ARE you hiding?

    • HappySOB
    • 3 years ago

    I’ve seen a report on the news that some people are playing this game outside and getting into car accidents because they’re so into this game.
    Some Christians are saying that this game mimics summoning up demons. I read some articles asserting that this game is demonic. I don’t know if its true but it makes sense to me. Go read one of those articles before you ridicule me please.
    Even my dad who probably never played a video game in his life showed me this game in his phone and I don’t want him getting into this crap.

      • crabjokeman
      • 3 years ago

      It’s good to be open-minded, but not so open-minded that your brains fall out. Sorry, but I’m not going to read your article that PG = demonic.

      • VincentHanna
      • 3 years ago

      there is no such thing as “summoning demons” so claiming that some activity “mimics” summoning demons is idiotic. You could just as easily say that Pokemon Go mimics “summoning dragons,” and you would sound just as foolish…

        • HappySOB
        • 3 years ago

        I only know pokemon from watching ads or briefly on tv. Seems to me they have a card that calls up a monster then have the things fight other monsters with sorcery. I didn’t know sorcery had anything to do with demons until I read some stuff on the internet. Yeah, I got the info on the internet but I heard some incredible stuff on it that just makes me wonder.

          • Meadows
          • 3 years ago

          Exactly. Pure fun!

          • dragontamer5788
          • 3 years ago

          You’re severely confused.

          The game where you go around summoning and capturing demons is Shin Megami Tensei, also known as the “Persona” series. Persona 3 was well known for the “shoot yourself in the head with the Evoker” to summon the demons.

          [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eb6fW0Gx5WU[/url<]

        • Meadows
        • 3 years ago

        Except that would be cool.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      You have to be a dunce to conflate this with “summoning demons”. That said, one of my daughter’s friends is not allowed to possess anything Pokemon related because her mom erroneously believes that “Pikachu” is a Japanese word that roughly translates to “devil”.

      The mom is a dunce and she should sit in the corner because she makes the rest of us look like dummies.

        • Meadows
        • 3 years ago

        She’s part of the reason for all those “murica” posts online.

      • tipoo
      • 3 years ago

      Out of curiosity, are you also one of the families that thinks Harry Potter is demonic? I never expected to meet one of you on Techreport.

        • HappySOB
        • 3 years ago

        one of the families? what families?
        i just checked the bible and the word witch is mentioned twice both in negative terms. And Harry Potter is a witch. Kids watching this are going to grow up thinking witchcraft is acceptable or good. Well I know next to nothing about witchcraft but It makes sense to me that kids are being conditioned to accept witchcraft.

        Hey guys, I used to listen to rap music knowing that many of them have dark mood to them but I thought it was cool. I stopped listening to them after I noticed some things.

        Here’s a line from How Many MC’s
        The devil lurks in my heart yearns for it well
        Look into the eyes of a nigga who fell

        Did Buckshot go to church? Where he learned that we fell? Those lyrics are just plain creepy.

        Then I was watching music video for Mad Izm. These guys talk about hypnotizing you and make motions like they are putting a spell on the viewers. Meanwhile they seem very angry and the music sounds like it induces hypnosis.

        Seems to me these rappers are practicing witchcraft or seem to be. Rappers and witchcraft? It’s beyond me. Probably demons but you’ll think I’m crazy nut.

        I never fully believed anybody when someone mentioned something supernatural so I don’t expect you to believe me either. I have experienced something leaving my body before and it seems like it was a spirit.

      • tipoo
      • 3 years ago

      So Pokemon is demons but you play Doom? You *almost* had me, lol

      [url<]https://techreport.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=117859&p=1305651#p1305651[/url<]

        • HappySOB
        • 3 years ago

        Yeah I was planning to play DOOM with the old DOOM 2 soundtrack on a harder level. I finished it on Hurt me plenty. I just very recently got disturbed by this demonic stuff. I thought it was just harmless fun, playing DOOM, listening to dark music, disobeying my parents, playing FPS games, hating on people, watching pornography and masturbating. I’m still tempted to do those things but if there’s a God and he’s knows everything I believe he’s gonna let me turn into reprobate pervert. Can you imagine how God feels when he watches me masturbate. I just recently found out too that sodomy used to be very much illegal and was enforced in the United States. Now they have gay pride parades. Why do they have to be pride about it? And there’s an expert now claiming that pedophiles deserve sympathy. I feel like it’s coming. They are going to make pedophilia acceptable in this country.
        I was very much deep into pornography and pretty much a pervert. I was beginning to watch she-male porn and staring at male private parts. I kid you not. Then I confessed this to other gamers during a chat and they wanted to be nice about it and be accepting. I was half expecting some criticism or something. Now everyone wants to be nice about everything.

          • tipoo
          • 3 years ago

          I’m curious why that god made fapping demonstrably healthy in countless studies accross different organizations and countries, and made homosexuality accross other species as well. I’m going to guess you’re going to go with “because demons”.

          • albundy
          • 3 years ago

          dude, you have me dying on the floor LMAO! you just made all of these posters look like fools. well played.

      • Notafanboy
      • 3 years ago

      Haha gota love christians

        • tipoo
        • 3 years ago

        I’m sure there are plenty of Christians on here, but it always takes me a little aback when I meet a true fundie on a tech site. Cnet had a lot of them.

      • Notafanboy
      • 3 years ago

      Haha gota love Christians

    • chµck
    • 3 years ago

    I saw some rather obese kids hanging around my gym glued to their phones this afternoon.
    I don’t think they were there contemplating a membership.

    • Cuhulin
    • 3 years ago

    Pokémon was my son’s thing when he was growing up, not mine – I just knew that it involved a lot of cards that did not have baseball players on them and cost too much to be flipping them against a wall.

    However, Pokémon Go is different. Not only is it a brilliant example of the value of a brand, but it also does a fascinating job of bringing the entertainment world together with the real one.

    So add another old dude to the list of players.

    • Sam125
    • 3 years ago

    Pokémon Go simply illustrates how lazy we’ve become as a people. It’s time to be active.

    • c1arity
    • 3 years ago

    Having lots of fun meeting new people in my neighborhood with my wife and daughter. It gets us all out of the house and spending time together. Hell, we even went on a picnic the other day. I think the last time I did that I was 10.

    I never got into pokemon before this game (I’m 33 and missed the craze) but we’re all having a blast and getting some exercise in the process.

    • albundy
    • 3 years ago

    wtf is this $hit? i’m sure it’s fun for the little kids with leashes, but I prefer hanging out with my girl instead of nintendo.

      • Meadows
      • 3 years ago

      With this attitude I doubt you even know what a girl looks like.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      C’mon, man. You don’t have a girl.

        • A_Pickle
        • 3 years ago

        Da funk calls it ouuuuuuut

        [url<]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_burn_centers_in_the_United_States[/url<]

      • thedosbox
      • 3 years ago

      Unfortunately for you, your “girl” likely prefers hanging out with pikachu than you.

      • dragontamer5788
      • 3 years ago

      [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLdWbwQJWI0[/url<] I don't think you understand exactly how a social game works dude. Why don't you go on a nice walk with your girl? Maybe you'll be able to socialize and have some fun. And maybe catch a Vaporeon just like those guys did.

    • w76
    • 3 years ago

    There’s a spot along the road on the way home, where the forest opens up a bit, that I glance at every day driving home because I so regularly spot one or more bears there.

    Yesterday I saw polka dots. Looked closer, it was a girl in a polka dot sundress, zombified by her phone. Never having previously left her bedroom, probably completely unaware she was in a regular black bear hangout spot, and no doubt the bears could’ve walked right up to her before she’d of noticed.

    Evolution, survival of the fittest, is a harsh mistress, that’s my only verdict on this whole thing.

      • crabjokeman
      • 3 years ago

      Maybe she’ll get mauled. Then people will want to shoot the bear and other people will change their signs to “Black (Bears’) Lives Matter!”

        • ThatStupidCat
        • 3 years ago

        The bear is also too busy catching pokemons.

      • kuraegomon
      • 3 years ago

      If, knowing what you know, your next reaction wasn’t to stop and tell the (admittedly foolish) waif that, ohbytheway you frequently spot bears around here, then you just failed basic humanity. Good job.

    • Wonders
    • 3 years ago

    Augmented Reality – Interesting
    IRL social behaviors determined by an app – Interesting
    Broad age appeal for a smartphone app – Interesting
    Lazy 21st century humans walking countless miles en masse – Interesting
    Pokemon – Not Interesting

    Edit: BREAKING UPDATE – My wife is playing now. All bets are off! Run, save yourselves while you still can…!!

      • drfish
      • 3 years ago

      Well summarized. If not Pokémon though, then what?

        • c1arity
        • 3 years ago

        something else another group of people will hate on equally. Not that the OP is hating on it, because he/she isn’t, but a lot of people do for seemingly no reason.

          • VincentHanna
          • 3 years ago

          Haterz gonna hate.

      • dragontamer5788
      • 3 years ago

      [quote<] Pokemon - Not Interesting[/quote<] [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ingress_(video_game)<]Seems to be doing a hell of a lot better than the previous iteration of the game (Ingress)[/url<] Pokemon Branding made this all come together. Otherwise, we all would be talking about the original game: Ingress.

        • tsk
        • 3 years ago

        Agree, Pokemon is perfect for this.

        • destroy.all.monsters
        • 3 years ago

        It’s a lot harder to do cyberpunk right. Using an established and moneymaking (and sadly iconic) CCG ethos to do so is fairly straightforward.

        But yes those of us that raised the kids that watched the show and played the game are a lot less likely to be interested.

        I nearly broke up with my gf because she would not shut up about the game. She’s also in her mid thirties which I think makes some amount of sense why it has meaning to her. I’ve never understood things with that simplistic of a plot line but hey I can watch Monster High with the best of them (still sad there are no trans or lesbian MH characters though).

          • dragontamer5788
          • 3 years ago

          [quote<]CCG ethos to do so is fairly straightforward. [/quote<] It was an Gameboy RPG actually first. The CCG is just part of the merchandising. Pokemon at its core has [b<]always[/b<] been about meeting and playing with the greater community. It was the first multiplayer portable RPG for a generation of players. I know MUDs and BBS games existed before Pokemon, but Pokemon was the first for the Gameboy generation and saw widespread adaptation. And back then, you had to have a Gameboy Cable to play with people. But still, playing with randoms in the school playground was the point of Pokemon. If the king of CCG games (Magic the Gathering), or any of the other CCG games (Yugioh, Hearthstone, or whatever) became an Ingress Clone, I [b<]guarantee[/b<] it won't see as much adaptation as Pokemon. The "collectible" aspect of it really is kinda secondary in comparison to the community-oriented sneakernet / grassroots community that the Pokemon games represent.

            • destroy.all.monsters
            • 3 years ago

            Thanks for clarifying what the interest would be/is and the essentially social component. I’d figured it was simultaneously a CCG and an anime.

            I’m glad I now have a better idea of why it has so much social currency outside of my own experience with it. Thank you.

            I still think that it’s an easier thing to pull off than jumpstarting your own IP and creating a cyberpunk game when people have very high expectations of quality around cyberpunk though. I saw one video with “Agent Klue” (sic?) and immediately saw how dire an actress she was and lost interest. The Matrix games got a ton more scrutiny, the reaction to Johnny Mnemonic, etc. It’s a tough crowd where good isn’t good enough.

        • VincentHanna
        • 3 years ago

        They are two completely different games. In ingress, everything revolves around their central waypoints database. It’s kind of an evolution of geocaching meets capture the flag.

        Pokemon go takes the ingress waypoints, but it uses them in a completely different(simpler, more individualized, more accessible)way. Bigger emphasis on RPG elements.

      • Laykun
      • 3 years ago

      While it doesn’t interest me, it seems to be the determining factor for the success of this app. All the other points you listed are in the previous game Ingress, which hasn’t seen anywhere near the success as PG.

    • tsk
    • 3 years ago

    I just installed the game, so much fun!

    • Coldfirex
    • 3 years ago

    Our city and campuses have been putting on official Pokemon Go get togethers with draws of several thousands each time. Its crazy.

      • c1arity
      • 3 years ago

      IMO, the building of community is something missing greatly from our society today. This is nothing but a good thing. It’s happening a lot around here as well.

    • Dizzytaz00
    • 3 years ago

    I told the other half not to download to her phone. i told her that there a security flaw. Now mind that she love Pokémon…….,but i want to see her not getting hurt being 5 months pregnant.

    I know it’s sound mean,but she’s stubborn, don’t care to watch what she’s doing!

      • crabjokeman
      • 3 years ago

      Abortion time. Hurry up before third trimester.

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 3 years ago

        I gave you +1 for your advice.

      • ThatStupidCat
      • 3 years ago

      You baby is going to be the Pokemon she catches with the highest CP.

    • crabjokeman
    • 3 years ago

    I didn’t think it was possible for me to lose more faith in humanity. PG proved me wrong.

      • Visigoth
      • 3 years ago

      Agreed. What a fucking joke.

        • Meadows
        • 3 years ago

        You’re both just sour twats, you know this, right?

      • w76
      • 3 years ago

      In a way, it boosted my faith in humanity. I loved seeing a private enterprise do more to fight obesity in a day than Michelle Obama and her finger wagging has in the past 8 years. Though, like Vivaldi, the privacy concerns that no one is concerned about is.. concerning.

        • Kaleid
        • 3 years ago

        Finger wagging? More like a carrot. But many people do not carrot all.

        • sweatshopking
        • 3 years ago

        Exactly how much obesity has been fought? This is an entirely ridiculous thing to suggest regardless of your economic views.

          • w76
          • 3 years ago

          All you gotta do is read some of the comments here, or on facebook. Most of my friends that talk about playing it on FB all report weight loss. You can’t have zombie armies wandering around without the wandering part, and given the target audience of the game I’d suggest that it’s likely activity that’s replacing something that was far more sedentary. Whether or not it’s long term would be a valid point.

        • rahulahl
        • 3 years ago

        I seriously doubt this is gonna make people less obese.

          • w76
          • 3 years ago

          I’m already starting to see it in my FB feed. See comments here yogibbear, it would take intentional effort to maintain an obese weight while walking 10km a day.

            • sweatshopking
            • 3 years ago

            No it doesn’t. I walk 10km a day and don’t lose a pound. Average about 65km a week, don’t eat unusually large amounts and yet FATTY

            • Meadows
            • 3 years ago

            That only means you eat properly for your level of activity. Not too much, nor too little. For someone else who’s never walked that much before, walking 65 km a week on an unchanged diet could result in roughly 1 kg of weight lost per week, which is coincidentally the recommended rate for overweight people. (Any faster and it won’t stick.)

            • sweatshopking
            • 3 years ago

            Sure, I agree with that. 1kg a week. Not 5. It just seems unlikely to be Pokémon as the cause

      • Kaleid
      • 3 years ago

      Surely this is better than candy crush?

    • yogibbear
    • 3 years ago

    I’m currently Level 16 trainer. Now I hate to say this, but due to the sorry state of gaming in 2016 (except maybe No Man’s Sky / Dishonored 2 / Deus Ex might prove me wrong) I think this is going to be my GAME OF THE YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ve walked like >10km everyday for the last 6 days and lost 5 kilos. Went to a bunch of weird alleyway bars and cafes I knew existed but never bothered to check out before and am ABSOLUTELY LOVING IT. All the random people you meet and join in gym battles with is hilarious. Was walking one my mates dogs at the dogpark and it literally went off! It’s currently the middle of winter where I live and pouring rain today and I still went and hunted pokemon for like 4 hrs probably clocking up 20km of wandering around.

      • yogibbear
      • 3 years ago

      Yeah thumb me down all you want you fucking pathetic cunts.

      • anotherengineer
      • 3 years ago

      interesting I guess you’re down under if it’s winter there. Which just set off a thought for me, I wonder how many people are going to be out here in winter in -20C playin this?

      I can see it now, person loses hand due to gangrene from playing pokemon go

      • sweatshopking
      • 3 years ago

      You lost 5kg in five days? Not from walking 50km you didn’t. Not from 100km.

        • davidbowser
        • 3 years ago

        It can happen. Depends a lot on water retention and how much exercise affects your eating habits. When I run a lot (25-30 miles a week) I drink a lot more fluids, but snack less. When I was training for the NYC marathon a couple years ago, my weight would vary wildly (+-3 lbs) on a given day.

          • sweatshopking
          • 3 years ago

          Sure my weight changes by literally 5-6lbs a day. 12 though, as actual weight loss isn’t likely.

        • VincentHanna
        • 3 years ago

        you can, and any person can, lose 5kilos in 5 days. It’s called water weight.

        That said, exercising every day will permanatly change one’s metabolism, and you will start losing body fat, every month, until your natural bodyweight restabalizes. Someone who goes from walking 0 km per day to walking ~3-5 will probably lose 1% bodyfat per month for the first few months…

        Then you’ll have to up your game.

      • Sam125
      • 3 years ago

      A little under 8 miles wow that’s a lot of walking. No wonder you lost almost 10 and a half pounds.

    • Khali
    • 3 years ago

    I wasn’t into Pokemon when it first hit the scene years ago and I’m not about to jump aboard now. Getting close to 50, so maybe I’m just an old fart, but I don’t see the appeal of running around like a bunch of lemmings.

    On the funny side I saw a post, not sure what forum it was on at this point, by some environmentalist having a conniption over all the energy being wasted and the pollution being put out by people driving all over looking for Pokemons. LOL

    I’m all for anything that gets the couch potatoes out of the house. Now to get the phones away from them for a few minutes so they can appreciate the beauty of the real world out there.

      • Meadows
      • 3 years ago

      Supposedly there’s been an update to the app that prevents distance from being logged if you move any faster than jogging speed, which should deal with all those car users who got free egg hatches from their daily commute.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 3 years ago

        Confirmed. Nothing hatched while driving last night. 🙁

      • c1arity
      • 3 years ago

      I think for most of us we can do both. There are always going to be gamers that care only about being the highest level or having the best of what the game can offer, but as a 33 year old gamer with a young child I can enjoy the brighter side of what it has to offer including enjoying nature. Unfortunately I live on the Gulf and it’s always hot as hell so it’ll be much better come fall.

      • RAGEPRO
      • 3 years ago

      Not really Pokemon GO-related, but…
      [quote=”Khali”<]Now to get the phones away from them for a few minutes so they can appreciate the beauty of the real world out there.[/quote<]This is a pretty common sentiment among older people and I have to say, I don't really get it. I'm no spring chicken myself at 34, but I'm young enough to roll my eyes at this kind of statement. I was born in 1982; I was thinking for myself before the Internet existed and I went hunting, fishing, and hiking in the backwoods of East Texas with my family as a child. I spent more than a few mornings watching the sun come up over [url=http://www.lakeivanhoe.com/<]Lake Ivanhoe[/url<]. And yeah, it was pretty. But even then, I never did get it. And I still don't. Experiencing those things didn't improve me as a person. Sure, I learned some skills (like how to gut and clean a fish), but I could have learned those things on my own anyway. (And probably would have. I'm an intelligent independent with a survivalist streak.) I'm not somehow "better" or "richer in character" because I did those things. Mostly, to me, then as now, [b<]it was a waste of time[/b<]. I could have been doing any number of more productive things than sleeping on the cold, hard ground outdoors, or continually battling mosquitoes. I remember sitting out on the pier over the lake, on one of those awful plastic chaise lounge chairs we all had in the 80s, trying to read [url=https://www.amazon.com/Psion-Cat-Joan-D-Vinge/dp/076530340X<]Joan Vinge's [i<]Psion[/i<][/url<] at the age of 9 or 10, and being endlessly tormented by bugs. "If only they had let me stay home," I moaned. I would've gotten a lot more reading done. So what is the 'beauty' of the 'real world'? What makes using a computer—remember, that's what smartphones are, computers—so bad, inherently? A smartphone is arguably 'less worse' for a person than a desktop or laptop, given that you can use it while active, and on the go. Do you disapprove of video games in general? What do you think of VR? edit: Wanted to elaborate on this a bit. I think a lot of people don't really consider the fact that smartphones are computers. Computers are awesome! Computers let us do so many things and we can interact with them in so many ways it's dizzying. I think everyone who reads TR probably feels much the same way, re: "computers are awesome." Yeah, when I'm in public, say eating lunch on my lunch break at the McDonald's inside Walmart, I have my nose in my phone, like a lot of people. What's the alternative here? If I didn't have my phone, I would still be eating alone, in silence. Having my phone allows me to communicate with others, educate myself, or simply entertain myself. What's wrong with that? What is the alternative? I'm not going to strike up a conversation with a stranger; who does that? Having a smartphone lets me use a computer anywhere. It lets me have a computer at my fingertips anywhere I go, and it's network-connected, too. Sure, there's a lot of scary parts of that too, especially given that said computer has spatial, audio, and video sensors. But ultimately computers are awesome, and having a computer in my hand that I can throw in a pocket and use at a moment's notice, no matter where I am, is worth the dangers. edit 2, failure boogaloo; still didn't say what I meant to say in the first place. Going back a bit, talking about growing up with a family that liked hunting and fishing and all that, and the internet. You know, I think one of the reasons young people these days don't really care about "getting out and seeing the world" is because they can see the world without getting out. I've stood (virtually) in some of the most gorgeous places on earth and admired the scenery. I'm sure folks will say "it's different, being there in person", but I don't really think so. I've been to some pretty fantastic places and the sentiment every time was mostly "yep, we're here, time to go back down now." Being in a place isn't an experience. Seeing an amazing sight is an experience, but you don't have to go anywhere to do that anymore, and I think that's great. I will never be able to afford a trip to Niagara Falls or Machu Picchu, but I've seen these things, and even explored the ruins. "It's different in person" sounds to me a lot like someone who says "well that's your opinion" after being proved wrong. So yeah, kids these days don't care about the family trip to see the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota, because they saw it on the internet, and since seeing it is the whole point, it isn't interesting. And I totally get that. (And I don't think it's a bad thing.)

        • Cuhulin
        • 3 years ago

        Different old people may have different answers to your post, but here is one:

        In the days before cellphones, people interacted differently. In your own message, you stated:

        “I’m not going to strike up a conversation with a stranger; who does that?” Actually, people used to do that, not so much at McDonald’s, since people often would have their nose in their newspaper or magazine or book, but walking down the street, waiting in a queue or just enjoying the world. The conversations often were short – a “good morning”, or a nod of the head, or maybe a gesture. Occasionally, they led to something more.

        Communities where people often went about without that interaction – New York City comes to mind – got reputations as cold and impersonal. Now, that is all the more common with so many people walking about with their gazes in their phones. Part of what seems different about Pokemon Go is that people sometimes interact when searching for the same Pokemon.

        I’m basically twice your age, so I’m probably in the category of older people to whom you refer. That’s my observation. Others may think differently.

          • Khali
          • 3 years ago

          Yup, Cuhulin pretty much hit it on the head.

          You can look at pictures of a place on the internet but you will not have the same experience as actually being there. For example you can look at pictures of Niagra Falls and not feel the rumble under your feet from the power of all that water hitting the bottom of the falls. I visited at around age 10 and I still remember that feeling.

          Some of my best memories came from family trips and vacations. We would spend hours discussing what we had seen at various historical sites and attractions. How much are kids these days going to remember if they spend all their time fiddling with their cell phones the whole time?

          We all talked to different people while on these trips. I have met some fascinating people from all over the world just by saying hello to some stranger. While touring Fort Niagra I met a man from Scotland whose ancestor help build the place.

          • RAGEPRO
          • 3 years ago

          Thanks for your reply. Some of what I said to f0d below is applicable to you as well. I don’t think smartphones are to blame for people’s unwillingness to interact with each other. [url=https://www.google.com/search?num=100&q=epidemic+of++social+isolation&oq=epidemic+of++social+isolation&gs_l=serp.3…5300.8154.0.8418.22.16.3.0.0.0.243.1522.11j4j1.16.0….0…1c.1.64.serp..10.6.364…0j0i7i30j0i67j30i10j0i8i7i30.zJKygKRXMco<]Loneliness and social isolation are a major problem in modern culture[/url<] and while it's very convenient to blame technology (as advancements in modern technology have had such a massive impact on our lives in just the last 20 years alone), I don't think that's the sole cause or even necessarily all that related. I think it's a larger social issue, and I don't think blaming smartphones is conducive to anything but being divisive, really. I'm aware people used to be more sociable, but between greater awareness of the dangers of life and the weird, tribalistic nature that people have adopted with regard to even the most irrelevant of social issues (like which side the toilet paper should roll from), it's quite a daunting prospect to engage a stranger, even for a moment. I feel like this issue is related to the above social isolation issue. I don't really have a good answer. I do agree that it's a problem. I'm decidedly an introvert myself, and not particularly sociable even on the best of days, but I do what I can to be friendly, courteous, and helpful (within reason), because I think leaving things in a better condition than I found them is my responsibility. I think it's what a person should do. And so, for brief, casual interactions, there's no problem, but I just don't feel comfortable actively engaging a stranger.

            • derFunkenstein
            • 3 years ago

            Obi Wan didn’t need a PC or smartphone to go live in a cave and hide from people. :p

        • tsk
        • 3 years ago

        I agree with almost everything you said. Might even save your comment for future use.
        I’m 27 years old and also did a lot of hiking, fishing, biking etc growing up, and while it was nice, what I really wanted was to be home playing Sega and watching pokemon.

        • f0d
        • 3 years ago

        this is my view
        as someone who also doesnt like that kids always have their noses to their phones it isnt about where you go but how much you miss out on having your nose to your phone 24/7
        the same goes for computers also

        it isnt about going to the wilderness or constantly being outside its about being more socialable to the people around you, my nephew came to dinner with me and my family a few nights go and we diddnt hear a single word from him – he was just playing games the whole time on his phone, actually we did hear one word and that was “bye” when he had to go with his nose in his phone

        when we say “outdoors” imo we mean socializing with other people and doing fun things that isnt having your nose stuck to the phone 24/7 be that go karting, playing sports, watching sports, building something with friends (like a car) heck even going to LAN’s you get to meet people there are tons of things to do out there other than having your nose in your phone 24/7 everyone with an interest in something occasionally does other things too

        “I’m not going to strike up a conversation with a stranger; who does that?” actually lots of people used to do that – ive made plenty of friends (and girlfriends :P) that way, people used to be open to conversation and meeting others but that just doesnt seem to happen anymore

        my main point more than anything i have said before is that using your phone (or computer) at an appropriate time and for an appropriate amount of time is just fine – the amount of time is different for different people, dont go ignoring the friends and family around you just to play some game on your phone
        while you are with your family actually BE with your family and while you are with your friends BE with your friends – take SOME time out in your week to do something else ANYTHING else other than having your nose stuck to your phone
        even us older people that are mostly into computers and not so much phones dont use them 24/7 and we dont ignore the people around us just to play games on our computers

        i think its sad when i visit friends and family or go out with them to dinner that i only get to talk to the older relatives because the youngest ones are just not interested in their own family as much as they are pokemon go or some other game on their phones and i hear from their parents that is all they actually do 24/7 while at home
        too much of anything isnt good for you

          • RAGEPRO
          • 3 years ago

          It’s interesting that you say that. Even as a child, way back before smartphones, I was never interested in interacting with my family. They had weird behaviors I didn’t understand and strange expectations of my own behavior. I avoided family at gatherings by sitting in the back room with my Walkman turned up, or (when I was allowed, later) by bringing my game console along and hooking it up to a small TV in an isolated corner of the house.

          The interest in talking to one’s family and the concern for their well-being purely on the basis of being genetically similar has always been weird to me. For the most part I can’t stand my family and I hear similar sentiments from people my age. Yet older folks always seem to want to connect with family. I dunno; maybe it’s some generational gap, or some shift in our culture.

          Either way, I can assure you, smartphones aren’t why younger members of families are tuning out. It’s convenient to blame the latest gizmo, but if it wasn’t a gizmo, it’d be a walk down the street, or some other form of seclusion.

            • Vaughn
            • 3 years ago

            Soo you were just antisocial as a child is that what you are saying?

    • Meadows
    • 3 years ago

    The best comment so far is a “realisation” I’ve seen on 9gag:

    “Nintendo couldn’t compete with the other consoles, so they got the kids to go outside instead.”

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 3 years ago

      Where is your source and credit to the source! What times we are in when random posters can go around stealing upvotes from the authors.

      • BIF
      • 3 years ago

      I love this quote.

    • LostCat
    • 3 years ago

    I thought about trying it but I’m awake at night and my camera isn’t that good. Also, no data plan atm, so I’d just be wandering around the house like an eedeot.

      • VincentHanna
      • 3 years ago

      like a seedot?

    • gecko575
    • 3 years ago

    Never played Pokemon before but yes I play it and it is awesome! Servers are slammed between 1-5 in my town but all other times work pretty well.

    I played Ingress pretty heavily when it came out and I’ve created quite a few portals which are now pokestops. Kinda fun to see something you helped build come to fruition. There are loads of people in southern Utah playing. My unmarried friends say that Pokemon Go is the best dating app there is right now 😛

    Happy Hunting!

    • sweatshopking
    • 3 years ago

    No. Not now, not ever.

      • blastdoor
      • 3 years ago

      agreed — I don’t see the appeal of being a lemming

        • drfish
        • 3 years ago

        Being a lemming isn’t the appealing part, the appealing part is what creates the lemmings.

        What appeals to people can very from person to person. It could be Pokémon, it could be social, it could be technology, exploration, competition, collection, maybe even gameplay (but probably not).

      • drfish
      • 3 years ago

      Gosh darn Windows Phones… It’s ok man, I feel your pain.

        • sweatshopking
        • 3 years ago

        Haha, while true, no. I don’t have any games on my phone. That isn’t going to change. I don’t get this entire thing.

    • Captain Ned
    • 3 years ago

    Oi, my 18YO daughter is running up the petrol bills in her searches. Thank Bob she has a good job.

      • anotherengineer
      • 3 years ago

      lol

      Glad my daughter is only 7-1/2………………………………………………..going on 16 though 🙁

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 3 years ago

      18 you say?

        • Jigar
        • 3 years ago

        Seriously Bro ?

        • Meadows
        • 3 years ago

        Could be worse. She could be 21.

      • tipoo
      • 3 years ago

      It seems to use admirably little data though. I only have 32MB racked up since launch, granted I don’t have it open 24/7 on the hunt. That compared to the…Oh, 8GB of Spotify I have just on the current month period.

    • JosiahBradley
    • 3 years ago

    I tried downloading it but niantic refuses to support beta OSs like nugeot.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      Android Central says Nougat is now supported. Location tracking is broken in iOS 10, though.

        • JosiahBradley
        • 3 years ago

        Can confirm that the game installed this time. However I can’t get past the naming screen. I’m pretty sure no one else uses my real name for their character.

        Edit: it finally accepted my name

    • the
    • 3 years ago

    [quote<]Unless you've had your head in the sand for the past couple weeks[/quote<] Minor correction as it has only been out a little over a single [i<]week[/i<] in the US. Europe just got official access to it today in some parts. That only makes the spread of the game that more surprising as it has already claimed [url=http://www.cnbc.com/2016/07/13/pokemon-go-now-the-biggest-mobile-game-in-us-history.html<]top mobile game release in the US.[/url<] The whole craze shows no sign of slowing down, but then again, it has only been out for a week.

    • llisandro
    • 3 years ago

    Honestly the most exciting aspect of this for me is that it might convince a top 5 cellphone manufacturer to release a 6000 mAh phone…

      • davidbowser
      • 3 years ago

      Yes to every idea of this!

      • jessterman21
      • 3 years ago

      My THL 5000 handles PoGo all day long 🙂

      • Chrispy_
      • 3 years ago

      The fact this is getting upvoted so heavily is proof that people are sick of stupid, thin phones.

      Personally, I’m sick of stupid, thin, everythings. Where’s my ultrabook that’s 1/2″ thick with a 36h runtime? Why won’t that last a business trip without the damn AC adapter that’s three times as bulky as the ultrabook itself?

      [i<]edit[/i<] I should add that the massive surge in popularity of bulky, 10000+mAh USB power banks should be some indicator that people really don't give a crap about carrying extra bulk or weight.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 3 years ago

        This. My iPhone 6S Plus is the first phone that has really felt like it would last me all day even when using it heavily (for me). I’ve had so many smartphones over the last 6 years, almost entirely in an effort to find something that would last. I had to get a big extended battery for other phones. I’m fine with a few extra millimeters as long as it’s put to good use.

      • Firestarter
      • 3 years ago

      I’d like the option of a 6000mAh battery but I having used one for more than a year now I think a battery of that capacity with the current technology is too big and heavy for most people

    • drfish
    • 3 years ago

    So the following is the nonsense I was spouting off while on a Pokémon Go adventure this evening…

    [quote<] drfish [7:55 PM] Stopped in a parking lot with three people in the car happily hunting Pokémon. Good times. drfish [8:10 PM] So the question is, is everyone I see actually playing, or do I just think everyone is? [8:12] I honestly think like you can guess who is playing with 90% accuracy. We're in downtown and it's just so surreal... drfish [8:24 PM] Seriously, it's like a zombie apocalypse. Everyone is playing, it's just crazy to behold. I've seen it on people's screens... [8:26] Multiple groups of people larger than ours. Madness. [8:27] There are 17 people just in this small area right now after one specific Pokémon. [8:30] I'll shut up after this, but seriously, there are hundreds of people playing all around us. I wish I had my 360 camera on me, you could pick out all the groups. It's such a strange phenomena to witness first hand.. drfish [8:55 PM] So we went from downtown Holland to downtown Zeeland, kind of dead by comparison, but there was an area that looked promising so we went around a corner and BAM like 30 people all playing in a parking lot in about a dozen groups. [8:56] Like, this is a thing that exists now that didn't exist a week ago. It might be the closest thing I'll ever see to an invasion or epidemic or something. [8:59] It's like seeing a wildlife migration or something. I wonder if this is peak Pokémon or if the same thing will keep repeating itself... drfish [9:19 PM] We've developed a salute, phone screen to the window, then others that are playing show us their phones. [9:20] Now we're parked behind a dude at a gym that is battling the girls' team color. Insanity. drfish [9:33 PM] That's it for the night. There wasn't a single place we went where people weren't playing. I'm shocked.[/quote<] It's so weird, we saw all age groups represented BTW. It's staggering to think about the amount of energy going into this. It's like within a week, everyone agreed on a new national holiday or something because I felt like I was watching everyone put up Christmas lights or light fireworks, it was that pervasive. It also felt a bit like the starting area of an MMO where everyone is running around killing boars or whatever... I would love to record something like that on my Theta S, just walk around downtown and take it all in to share with others that haven't witnessed the same thing. The population of Holland is less that 35,000 BTW. [i<]Edit: To clarify, I don't play, I was just driving my wife and my nieces around while they played.[/i<]

      • thanatos355
      • 3 years ago

      [quote<] Edit: To clarify, I don't play, I was just driving my wife and my nieces around while they played.[/quote<] Riiiiiiiiiiight, the old "it's not for me, it's for a friend/wife/niece" play. You go, you Pokedude you. ^_^

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      Have some respect for yourself. I can admit to playing so you can too. 😉

        • drfish
        • 3 years ago

        Ha, it’s not like that, if I played, I’d be happy to say so. I’m the guy that admins the server but doesn’t play the game much – so my role with Pokémon Go is similar, but different, I’m a chauffeur instead. It’s just something I’m fascinated by as an observer and someone that thinks AR is freaking awesome. I can’t wait to see how AR evolves from these initial baby steps.

    • ALiLPinkMonster
    • 3 years ago

    Attended (supposedly) the world’s first big time organized Pokemon Go event at a local park here in Orlando. There was at least 1,500 people, probably more, just walking around the lake catching Pokemon. A bunch of us sitting at the main gathering area were treated to a Gyarados that popped up in the lake. I’m going to another big event this weekend.

    • nerdrage
    • 3 years ago

    I played [url=http://www.polygon.com/2016/7/15/12188262/pokemon-go-ingress-niantic-nintendo<]Ingress[/url<] (its much more strategic predecessor) for a while back in 2014, so I don't feel overly excited to try the much simpler version. Some of the guys I know at work (and their kids) are very avid PG players though.

    • NovusBogus
    • 3 years ago

    I must be getting old, because I’m only vaguely aware of this whole Pokemon business. Come to think of it, Joe Satriani turned 60 today. Damn, I’m getting old.

      • Shoki
      • 3 years ago

      Ouch!

    • f0d
    • 3 years ago

    freakin poke-zombies are everywhere.!

    • Vivaldi
    • 3 years ago

    Ctrl +f “privacy”… nothing.
    Ctrl +f “intrusive”… nothing.

    >_>

    Sure, there’s plenty of other apps in the various phone ecosystem(s) that suck your personal information dry; however, the rate of adoption of this software I believe constitutes a new level of risk to over-all privacy that is rather unprecedented in the industry.

    Never before have we been so ready and willing to send data about how we move through physical space.

    What’s to prevent this company (or others) from crowd-sourcing all this data to, for instance, render a facsimile of the inside of your home, work, bedroom? What steps is this company taking to safe-guard player’s information?

    I’m growing rather tired of the apathy and the blind trust with respect to privacy issues and stewardship of personal information.

    The only thing I fear more is that we’ve got an entire generation of kids/young adults who think this is all natural.

    (Obligatory: Get off my lawn.)

    -Viv

      • RAGEPRO
      • 3 years ago

      I don’t really get it. What’s the concern here?

      Your phone is always sending GPS data. Google or Apple or whoever already knows the shape of your home.

      But more than that, what’s the concern? Like, what is the scenario where that is a problem?

      I don’t really disagree that our complete lack of privacy these days is troubling. I just think you’re picking the complete tree to bark up.

      • Meadows
      • 3 years ago

      There you go luv, looked it up just for you.

      [url<]https://nianticlabs.com/privacy/pokemongo/en/[/url<] Users have to accept this before they can do anything with the app.

        • sweatshopking
        • 3 years ago

        His point is that they’re happy to accept it.

          • Meadows
          • 3 years ago

          And this is somehow different from how people automatically click “accept” on everything else?

          I’m pretty sure at least two dozen diehards read through the app’s various agreements and there’d already be a scandal if something were out of the ordinary. Baker’s dozens, even.

            • sweatshopking
            • 3 years ago

            I don’t disagree that it’s systemic. I was merely restating his concern.

            • VincentHanna
            • 3 years ago

            but the fact that it is systemic completely negates his point. He might as well be complaining about sunshine or dihydrogenmonoxide, as complaining about GPS systems doing exactly what we want them to do; locate us in space.

    • Takeshi7
    • 3 years ago

    I have definitely been playing since I could sideload the Australian version. Almost everyone I know under the age of 30 is playing Pokemon Go. It’s really fun when the servers are working, and really frustrating when they aren’t.

    It’s the only game I know where I see parents and children playing it together outside, and something about that is great.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      Yeah it’s family time. After my first comment we went for a walk and caught stuff. It’s pretty grand.

    • Sonk
    • 3 years ago

    I farted 🙂

    • bthylafh
    • 3 years ago

    I’ve played it desultorily at work when I’m out walking around. Where I live there seem to be *zero* of the wee beasties roaming around, and I don’t even live in the countryside, just the outskirts of town.

    • astrotech66
    • 3 years ago

    The original Pokemon craze completely passed me by and so far I’m missing it this time around as well. All I know about Pokemon is that yellow Pikachu is involved somehow. However, everyone I work with seems to be playing it and talking about it ad nauseum. I sort of understand how the game works and what the goal is, but I just don’t get all the excitement about it. I guess I’m just an old fart.

      • Neutronbeam
      • 3 years ago

      Same for me too…for me it’s more like Pokemon Gone.

      • Wonders
      • 3 years ago

      [quote<]passed me by... so far I'm missing it this time around... I just don't get all the excitement...[/quote<] Snubbing something is an active, not a passive action. Just pointing that out. I myself am choosing not to try Pokemon Go because I don't care. Both active actions on my part. If any microscopically small part of you is curious about "all the excitement" or doesn't want to be "passed by" then TRY THE DAMN GAME ALREADY! Just ask one of the coworkers you mentioned to show you.

      • travbrad
      • 3 years ago

      It just reminds me of all those boring MMO fetch quests “Get 100 magical plants”, “bring me 50 pieces of ore”, etc. Except now you have to actually walk around to do it, which is an improvement I suppose since it at least gets people to do some exercise (until winter comes and everyone in colder climates gives up). It also reminds me of trading cards, Pogs/milk caps, beanie babies, etc. All extremely popular fads.

      To each their own though. I know lots of people enjoy grindy MMOs and enjoy Pokemon. It just isn’t for me.

    • jackrabbit
    • 3 years ago

    During the beta test I caught Oddish on my toilet. Unfortunately I can’t share it because it says “CONFIDENTIAL” in big red letters. Even saw Snorlax at Starbucks. Best AR screenshot I;ve seen so far was today:

    [url<]https://twitter.com/_woahaydrian/status/753790170093133824[/url<]

    • tipoo
    • 3 years ago

    Remember these? These were the original Pokemon Go, you’d walk around and get steps to catch pokemon or something. Except we’d just put them on a washing machine and rack up the steps so we could be fat in peace.

    [url<]http://www.thaimedicalnews.com/wp-content/uploads/pokewalker-pokemon-pedometer.jpg[/url<]

      • Takeshi7
      • 3 years ago

      Nah. This was the original Pokemon Go. You could walk around to get gifts for Pikachu. I had the sequel Pokemon Pikachu 2, which let you walk around and redeem the steps for mystery gifts in Pokemon Gold and Silver. They were released ~10 years before the Pokewalker.

      [url<]http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Pok%C3%A9mon_Pikachu[/url<]

      • ozzuneoj
      • 3 years ago

      My wife carries her Pokewalker around while playing Pokemon Go, since she never finished the game that it came with (Soul Silver I think).

      It is really amazing to see so many people outside spending time together.

      I live in a small town with nothing to do and you can look down pretty much any street in the evening and see someone (usually a group of 3-5 people at least) playing Pokemon Go. After dark the down town area (quite small) comes alive with people walking around a quiet circuit that has 6 Pokestops and a Gym.

      There are plenty of downsides to this and I’m sure people will start taking advantage of players in horrible ways, and players will be getting hit by cars by not paying attention etc. etc… which is all sad yet inevitable in the world in which we live… but for the majority it’s better than sitting around getting fat and lonely in front of the TV\computer all day and all night.

      One of my coworkers is a hard core Nintendo fan and he has walked 10-15 miles a day playing this game since it came out.

    • Shobai
    • 3 years ago

    I’ve started seeing a number of gushing posts from parents of ASD kids who are absolutely over the moon that their kids are interacting with other kids and adults, breaking rigid schedules, etc. It’s got some fantastic parts, for sure [even though I don’t want to get sucked in!]. I hope for their sake that Go goes from strength to strength.

    • tipoo
    • 3 years ago

    Even in Canada where it’s not even officially out yet, whenever I see someone doing funny motions with their phone in a weird spot like a rocky outcrop, I can tell what they’re doing before seeing their screen. It’s already an epidemic and it hasn’t even launched here.

    Wonder what our works total phone bill will be when it does launch!

      • anotherengineer
      • 3 years ago

      Haven’t really seen anyone up in Timmins running around with their smart phone. Then again it is Mosquito/Black Fly/Bear Season though, it’s more hospitable in the winter lol.

    • Sargent Duck
    • 3 years ago

    I’ve NEVER played a pokemon game before (not even a minute) and thanks to my Windows Phone, that trend will continue.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 3 years ago

      The card game is surprisingly fun. We got some trainer decks and a bunch of extra cards for my daughter for Christmas, and it’s given us something to geek out over together.

    • drfish
    • 3 years ago

    LOTS of people know are playing it. I’ll never play it myself but I’m fascinated by the concept and AR in general. I’ll probably be driving my wife and my nieces around town soon to catch some more tonight.

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    If I were going to be a lawyer I’d be trolling for people to represent when it comes time for the inevitable lawsuits.

    • Sam125
    • 3 years ago

    Oh God…

    I’m fairly certain my wife plays it while at work since she has pretty much not much to do these days other than manage. I’m fairly certain the kids are having a ton of fun with Pokémon Go as well as they explore more places as well. However, considering I’m living in the equivalent of a technological dark ages, I don’t even have a smartphone… well I do but I don’t bother charging it anymore, so I can’t play it even if I wanted to. Maybe when the weather becomes colder and it won’t be so uncomfortable running around everywhere looking for Pokémon… and when I have a smartphone again. LoL

      • Sam125
      • 3 years ago

      BTW, if any of you don’t want to play the game but want to watch someone else acting like a raving lunatic, Ssundee on Youtube was playing it the other day and said he’ll be making more Pokémon Go videos next week. He fell in a pool is how he started off the first video he made on Wednesday. -_-

        • Sam125
        • 3 years ago

        LoL, he made a new video today of Pokémon Go:

        [url<]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANNfXuUJ9zE[/url<]

    • derFunkenstein
    • 3 years ago

    At least in my area, it’s something you have to actually have to [i<]go out[/i<] and [i<]do[/i<], which isn't great for folks like me that telecommute and only go to specific places at prescribed times. Even when I'm out for a walk in the mornings, I never find anything new—nothing since that Squirtle by my bookshelf when I first logged in. OTOH, I know lots of folks teens up through my age (my wife included) who look for the things everywhere, whether its going for walks to places I wouldn't otherwise go or driving around. It's definitely grabbed hold of Corn Country, USA.

    • Voldenuit
    • 3 years ago

    NO DEAR GOD, NO.

    EDIT: Although a coworker found a Weedle on my desk the other day, and a Pidgey on a nearby desk the other day,

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