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BernieSanders2016 07-07-2016 06:02 PM

Pokemon Go just came out
 
Even if you aren't a fan of the Pokemon series of games, the latest installment is interesting to say the least.

It's an augmented reality game developed by the people that made Ingress. As you walk around in the real world you'll encounter Pokemon that you catch or other Pokemon Gyms that you can battle against. The types of Pokemon you will see depends on the location. For example, you will see water-type pokemon when near bodies of water. Someone posted that they encountered a ghost-type pokemon while at a hospital.

There are also "pokestops" all around the world at landmarks. An Australian police department become a popular pokestop shortly after release and posted a message on facebook reminding people they didn't have to actually come in to the police station to get the pokeballs there, just walk by it.

http://i.imgur.com/0iPoOnY.jpg

redearedslider 07-07-2016 06:03 PM

Maybe I'm getting old but I don't really get the appeal to this. I should go outside more

crabber 07-07-2016 06:13 PM

"Gotta catch 'em all!" has different meanings in different contexts.

PackFan47 07-07-2016 06:28 PM

:yawn:

The Cuddling Wingman 07-07-2016 06:31 PM

Your mom just came out

Androzani Major 07-08-2016 11:38 AM

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Originally Posted by redearedslider (Post 8601430)
Maybe I'm getting old but I don't really get the appeal to this. I should go outside more

I think that's part of the creators' motivation. Video games have been blamed for keeping kids indoors, and this will help some people get out.

I liken it to a kind of virtual/augmented reality version of geocaching. :-)

Given Pokemon's appeal to those who may be prone to various neuroses (shy nerds/geeks - keep in mind that Pokemon is the brainchild of an autistic man), I see this game as possibly being helpful to some who might otherwise be confined. I look forward to reading personal interest stories that say as much.

freddecker 07-08-2016 11:43 AM

IN MY DAY ALLS WE CAUGHT WAS THE CLAP AND WE LIKED IT!!!!

Anthemyst 07-08-2016 12:04 PM

My husband and I went walking through a nearby park after work yesterday hunting Pokémon, and ran into a ton of other people doing the same thing. Really made you feel like you were a part of a moment in history or something. :usa:

King of the North 07-08-2016 12:06 PM

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Originally Posted by Anthemyst (Post 8602216)
My husband and I went walking through a nearby park after work yesterday hunting Pokémon, and ran into a ton of other people doing the same thing. Really made you feel like you were a part of a moment in history or something. :usa:

When i took my dog for a walk, I saw a bunch of kids running/walking in packs through the park on their phones.

redearedslider 07-08-2016 02:40 PM

Going outside is all well and good but I hope this doesn't increase auto claim frequency from people doing drive by pokestops

G-Funk 07-08-2016 03:30 PM

Do you actually have to interact with real people in the game? When the first Pokemon games came out on gameboy, there was a 3.5 inch floppy disk version of the games floating around my school. I should see if I still have a copy somewhere.

King of the North 07-08-2016 03:34 PM

I caught a charmander. How do I fight people? I only want to fight someone with a bulbasaur.

ElDucky 07-08-2016 03:35 PM

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Originally Posted by King of the North (Post 8602222)
When i took my dog for a walk, I saw a bunch of kids running/walking in packs through the park on their phones.

They were off leash?

ElDucky 07-08-2016 03:35 PM

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Originally Posted by King of the North (Post 8602585)
I caught a charmander. How do I fight people? I only want to fight someone with a bulbasaur.

You slap them with a glove and say 'You have insulted my honour, I challenge you to a duel.'

SlowMotionWalter 07-08-2016 03:35 PM

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Originally Posted by G-Funk (Post 8602582)
Do you actually have to interact with real people in the game? When the first Pokemon games came out on gameboy, there was a 3.5 floppy disk in version of the games floating my school. I should see if I still have a copy somewhere.

Did you just have a stroke? Should we call someone?

G-Funk 07-08-2016 03:38 PM

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Originally Posted by SlowMotionWalter (Post 8602592)
Did you just have a stroke? Should we call someone?

Wow, that was incoherent. Fixed it, I think.

Chaos Theory 07-08-2016 03:40 PM

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Originally Posted by ElDucky (Post 8602590)
You slap them with a glove and say 'You have insulted my honour, I challenge you to a duel CHILDREN'S CARD GAME.'

IFYP

r. mutt 07-08-2016 03:45 PM

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Originally Posted by G-Funk (Post 8602582)
Do you actually have to interact with real people in the game? When the first Pokemon games came out on gameboy, there was a 3.5 inch floppy disk version of the games floating around my school. I should see if I still have a copy somewhere.

There is the ability to team up, which I think is fantastic. I am very intrigued by this.

BernieSanders2016 07-08-2016 03:50 PM

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Originally Posted by King of the North (Post 8602585)
I caught a charmander. How do I fight people? I only want to fight someone with a bulbasaur.

Right now the only way to battle is gyms. You can find them around you and challenge the pokemon defending it, placing your champion upon the throne.

Also, bizarre stories keep rolling in.

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Teen playing new Pokemon game on phone discovers body in Wind River
http://county10.com/201021174044426240

r. mutt 07-08-2016 03:58 PM

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Chaos Theory 07-08-2016 03:59 PM

This game is still in its early stage. IMO the game should stop spawning Pokemon in relatively unsafe area (near bridge/water, close to busy intersection, etc.). Alternative, the game could spawn Pokemon only in recognized area, similar to safari zone in the original game.

BernieSanders2016 07-08-2016 04:00 PM

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Originally Posted by r. mutt (Post 8602629)
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I don't know if it was intended, but that Pokemon is a Clefairy, so he may be referencing the slang term for gay men.

BernieSanders2016 07-08-2016 04:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Chaos Theory (Post 8602634)
This game is still in its early stage. IMO the game should stop spawning Pokemon in relatively unsafe area (near bridge/water, close to busy intersection, etc.). Alternative, the game could spawn Pokemon only in recognized area, similar to safari zone in the original game.

I haven't seen any pokemon spawn near non-residential roads. I assume this is to prevent people from trying to capture pokemon while driving.

They must spawn there though, or else NYC would just be a dead zone.

redearedslider 07-08-2016 04:02 PM

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Originally Posted by BernieSanders2016 (Post 8602639)
I assume this is to prevent people from trying to capture pokemon while driving.

I doubt this is working

almondjoy239 07-08-2016 05:22 PM

http://i.imgur.com/jHJoeIo.jpg?1

764dak 07-08-2016 06:47 PM

It's not available in all countries. Also, it's probable that the best Pokémon will be frequent in Japan.

Ito's Phlegm 07-08-2016 06:56 PM

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Originally Posted by redearedslider (Post 8602644)
I doubt this is working

Just what we need, more people on their Gameboys while driving.

Get off my lawn

Ito's Phlegm 07-08-2016 06:57 PM

Only pokemon I played was red, and my friend ****ed my shit up by trading me a glitch. Dick

It was cool to see them go through the pipes though.

YetAnotherCareerChanger 07-08-2016 07:26 PM

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Originally Posted by Ito's Phlegm (Post 8602892)
Just what we need, more people on their Gameboys while driving.

Get off my lawn

:iatp:

Though it's a phone app, so the prevalence is even higher than gameboy ownership.

ShivamS 07-08-2016 10:39 PM

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Originally Posted by redearedslider (Post 8602644)
I doubt this is working

It does work. Pokemon don't appear if you're going over 25 mph.

They do, however, appear in restricted military bases. So, don't go in there.

Guest 07-08-2016 11:16 PM

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Originally Posted by almondjoy239 (Post 8602799)

:lol:

dinosaur 07-11-2016 08:09 AM

You can also find dead people and get robbed

http://qz.com/728225/augmented-reali...armed-robbers/

SlowMotionWalter 07-11-2016 08:13 AM

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Originally Posted by ShivamS (Post 8602990)
It does work. Pokemon don't appear if you're going over 25 mph.

They do, however, appear in restricted military bases. So, don't go in there.

Gotta up recruitment somehow. Yvan eht nioj.

vividox 07-11-2016 08:14 AM

I went to my buddy's 30th birthday beer crawl this weekend, and all of my friends were playing it. You know how beer leads to bad decisions? Well, I have this stupid app on my phone now.

Arthur Itas 07-11-2016 08:29 AM

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Originally Posted by redearedslider (Post 8601430)
Maybe I'm getting old but I don't really get the appeal to this. I should go outside more

I knew some diehards would download the app, but I also don't get the appeal. I guess we aren't it's target audience.

Nintendo's market value has gone up $7.5B since it's release.

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Originally Posted by article
It's now on more Android phones than dating app Tinder and its rate of daily active users was neck and neck with social network Twitter, the analytics firm said. The game is also being played an average of 43 minutes a day, more time spent than on WhatsApp or Instagram, it added.

http://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-new...o-days-n606981

ShivamS 07-11-2016 09:59 AM

I feel like this is a really good way to get a date.

Just gotta throw out a lure... Have like 20 people in the same spot... start up a conversation with one of them... and then go on a pokemon catching date together.

NerdAlert 07-11-2016 09:59 AM

I take long walks every night already, so I decided to at least try out the game before talking crap about it. I didn't understand the appeal before I downloaded it, and I still don't understand the appeal now.

I walked for about 90 minutes and came across ~5 pokemon in the first 30 minutes, and zero after that. I didn't double back on much of my original route so I don't think that's the cause.

I realized the game was not for me about five minutes in, when I encountered a whole family also playing it and quickly put away my phone out of embarrassment.

My next door neighbor is super into this game, and we are the same age and into the same nerdy stuff otherwise, so maybe the problem is just me.

mlschop 07-11-2016 10:02 AM

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Originally Posted by Arthur Itas (Post 8603923)
I knew some diehards would download the app, but I also don't get the appeal. I guess we aren't it's target audience.

Nintendo's market value has gone up $7.5B since it's release.

That's weird, since Nintendo only has a small role here, as a partial owner of The Pokemon Company. Their name isn't even on the app - it's developed by Niantic.

Aw Yeah 07-11-2016 10:09 AM

its awesome seeing kids that look like they don't go outside much kind of half-assedly wandering the streets in dirty sweatpants and flip flops squinting in the sun.

and seeing a lot more kids outside.

i'm sure there will be a bunch of weird crap that happens but this is a great idea IMHO.

G-Funk 07-11-2016 10:57 AM

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Originally Posted by NerdAlert (Post 8604016)
I take long walks every night already, so I decided to at least try out the game before talking crap about it. I didn't understand the appeal before I downloaded it, and I still don't understand the appeal now.

I walked for about 90 minutes and came across ~5 pokemon in the first 30 minutes, and zero after that. I didn't double back on much of my original route so I don't think that's the cause.

I realized the game was not for me about five minutes in, when I encountered a whole family also playing it and quickly put away my phone out of embarrassment.

My next door neighbor is super into this game, and we are the same age and into the same nerdy stuff otherwise, so maybe the problem is just me.

I went on a 3 mile walk last night, and decided to use this app too. I got a lot more than you did, but they're all repeats (I think have about 25 unique). There's a hot spot with two gyms and about 10 stops right across the street from my place, so I decided to end my walk with a stroll through that courtyard. As I got closer, there were probably 100-150 teenagers wandering around the place, all of them glued to their phones. It was kind of creepy, so I got out of there as quickly as I could. I'll give it another week or two, but I think the fact that you are staring at your phone when you could be interacting with real people or enjoying your surroundings kind of ruins it for me.


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