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Pokémon in the Real World

Discussion in 'All Other Games' started by Evie, Sep 10, 2015.

  1. Evie

    Evie Pronounced like Eevee

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    Well, as close as it's ever going to get:

    http://www.pokemon.com/us/pokemon-video-games/pokemon-go/

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=22&v=2sj2iQyBTQs

    This...could be huge.
     
  2. schlaufuchs

    schlaufuchs La Femme Moderne

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    I dunno, kinda sounds like that pedometer thing they had for...diamond/pearl?
     
  3. Maniacal

    Maniacal the green Napoleon

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    I was honestly kind of shocked when I found out, Nintendo is usually far behind on adopting modern ideas which involve the internet let alone phones.

    Hopefully Niantic hires more people, their biggest problem with Ingress has been that they can never keep up with the needs of the playerbase. They just shut down portal submissions for a long while because they have over a million submissions (including dick pics) and the game has some issues with "ghost" fields and links that show up for a little bit after you've taken them down.

    Rural areas also often suffer from a lack of portals since they are mostly user submitted and there just aren't as many things to submit there, making it harder for people who live there to actually play the game and get into it. I really hope this game doesn't face a similar problem with not giving people much to do outside of denser areas.
     
  4. Cynovolans

    Cynovolans Not in my dimension.

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    I have not played Ingress so I don't know what to expect, but I'll probably end up chasing a pikachu I can only see on my phone in public.
     
  5. Evie

    Evie Pronounced like Eevee

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    It sounds like a massively improved version of that.

    Or, to put it another way, it sounds like that crossed over with last year's Pokémon Google Maps April Fools thing (which make sense, seeing as, at the time, the game was in development, by a Google subsidiary, founded by G-Earth' co-creator (who was on stage for the announcement). They totally used that April Fool to stealth-announce the game). And 3D graphics.
     
  6. Maniacal

    Maniacal the green Napoleon

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    It will probably be quit a bit different, though it will be interesting to see what it shares in common. Ingress is about capturing static portals, linking them to others to form fields, taking down those of the opposing faction and some weird story about aliens. It is based off of Google Maps and the game has all the roads and paths marked out on it as gray lines so it will be interesting to see how different Pokemon Go's world is and looks.

    There is already a mission system which are user made and a navigation system that show you Portal X is Y meters away so the wild pokemon will probably build off some of that for finding nearby pokemon as shown in the somewhat cringey trailer.

    I expect the game to play quite different from Ingress.

    Dunno what kind of graphics it will have, the ones they showed in the trailer don't look final.
     
  7. Cynovolans

    Cynovolans Not in my dimension.

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    Would you recommend Ingress? I was considering downloading it on my iphone but all the one star reviews turned me away.
     
  8. Maniacal

    Maniacal the green Napoleon

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    Dammit I had a big post written up and accidentally lost all of it.

    Anyway, yes you should check it out. Depending on where you live the game can be better or worse, in my area it is pretty good. We have an excellent cross-faction community, lots of teamwork and friendly people (more so on my side (Enlightened) than the Resistance), monthly Ingress First Saturday meet up event with prizes and swag (I have a small painting I got at one of them).

    The game is free and you can play and get involved as much or as little as you would like to. It is an excellent way to discover your area, I've found way more stuff here than I ever would have without it.

    This directory shows most of the local groups around the world: https://www.ingress.com/community/directory

    It's worth checking to see which team is more dominant in your area, a lot of people recommend joining the team which is less dominant in your area to help balance things out and keep the game interesting. I'm not actually sure how people do that though, but I know they do. Maybe they asked on /r/ingress or messaged someone in the local G+ groups, I'm not sure. You can always request your one faction change at some point if you really don't like your team for whatever reason.
     
  9. civvver

    civvver Deity

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    so this is out now and people are going crazy for it. I literally know nothing about the game though, can someone fill me in? I don't use facebook or mobile game much, it probably doesn't appeal to me.
     
  10. trader/warrior

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    Holocaust Museum to visitors: Please stop catching Pokémon here

    Is this the real life? :crazyeye:
     
  11. ls612

    ls612 Deity Moderator

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    Someone is going to get hit by a truck playing this game. On the plus side though I'll bet exercise stats will skyrocket in America this summer, and the country certainly needs that. ;)
     
  12. Maniacal

    Maniacal the green Napoleon

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    People already have been, more or less. The amount of stupidity and complete and utter lack of self-awareness demonstrated by several Darwin-award wannabes (no one has died yet though) is shocking. It's only been available since the soft launch 10 days ago on the 2nd of July.

    The game is a fun diversion, it's surprisingly how many people are already playing it in Canada considering you have to download the apk from a website. There are packs of roving Asian PoGo players in my city, and just a lot of people as it is.

    It doesn't have much long lasting appeal though, it's very shallow, and still in beta. While it's great that it reuses a good amount of portals from Ingress as pokestops and gyms, it has huge dead zones in many areas like suburbs, rural regions and even some small towns and cities. Worse, pokemon spawns are based off the same Google location data as wild Xm in Ingress is... so again many of those areas barely spawn pokemon if at all which is game breaking. Though on the flip side, despite a lack of a pokestop at my workplace (Costco) I am constantly catching Pokemon on my breaks.

    Luckily for them they are in luck, something like a Holocaust Museum asking to be removed from the game is something Niantic will actually listen to.
     
  13. Snerk

    Snerk Smeghead

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    When is it being released in Europe?
     
  14. Evie

    Evie Pronounced like Eevee

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    It just got its German release - other countries will follow now that it,s on the release track again (presumably)
     
  15. civvver

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    It seems utterly ridiculous to me lol. I get the appeal though, get out and go collect stuff. Collection games have always been highly addictive, that's basically what mmo's are. You raid to collect new gear, rinse, repeat, new patch for another cycle.
     
  16. Maniacal

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    I just went out and played it for a few hours at the largest park in the city tonight with a couple friends, we put down a couple lures and had nearly 40 people at most at a time there. Just random people on their own, couples, or small groups of friends. Anywhere from teenagers to one lady who looked like she was in her 50s.

    Everyone is on different teams but for the most part nobody is really concerned about that, at least not here. Ended up running into another friend and his friends and a couple of random players we ended up chasing charmanders with and hung out with them for a while until they had to leave, at which point I ended up hanging out with two other friends who showed up as well. Great fun.

    The lack of an ingame chat is probably one of the best features of the game, significantly cuts down on the trolling and drama.
     
  18. Snerk

    Snerk Smeghead

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    OK I installed it but the game is so buggy. For starters it was completely impossible to catch this nonchalant pokemon:



    Now I'm out of poke balls..
     
  19. Evie

    Evie Pronounced like Eevee

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    Shame, that's one adorable Pokémon.
     
  20. Snerk

    Snerk Smeghead

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    Decent attack stats too. Kind of lazy though.
     

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