Pokémon Go: Can’t Please Anyone


The recent changes to Pokémon Go have virtually everyone foaming at the mouth. By “everyone” I mean “people on social media”. Pokémon Go is still new, though. They’re working on it, trying to balance all the issues that have been cropping up. A lot of these issues I feel, might not have been seen unless the game was in a global audience like this.  Last week or so I went to the beach to hatch eggs and catch Pokémon. Forty, fifty, sixty Pokémon easy. I used an Incense and a Lucky Egg and stopped at a Pokestop with a Lure. If there are issues, and you can see there are issues, instead of spending more money, being buttmad that they stopped letting you use programs to see where Pokémon are, and ranting without a hint of tact or social grace? Take a break, let them get it sorted out.  Is it perfect? Fuck no it isn’t. I like getting out and getting exercise with friends, meeting new people to collect Pokémon. Love. It. It’s not perfect, though. You can’t hatch eggs unless your damn phone is unlocked and the game is running? AND Battery Save is gone on iOS? Doesn’t hurt me, but yeah, that’s dreadful. My phone felt like a fiery stone in my hand, and I couldn’t even use it on Eevee.


But some of these changes make sense. It’s harder to see Pokémon while driving or riding a bike? That makes sense! You shouldn’t be damn trying to catch Pokémon or find them while driving any damn way. Biking not so much, but you should still be paying attention to the world around you and not to Pokémon. You have to understand that that makes sense. The changes to capturing are infuriating and feel like nothing more than a cash grab or poor scaling. I hate that there are so few Pokestops near me. Do I bitch at them and demand more? No, because they are working on it. Instead of taking to Twitter and spending 140 characters bitching, I wait. I get it though. The timer for Pokémon to refresh has gotten shorter, making it harder than ever, and they made the radar worse. It’s not perfect, and I’m in the same boat. I’m frustrated too, but I also understand that they aren’t idiots, they’re working on it. Take a step back, maybe get a walk in just to do it. Maybe not. Niantic does have to understand that this is not Ingress, though.  Similar mechanics maybe, but damn. Just take a breath, folks. It gets better. I promise.

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