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Ok. So I may have been playing this game. I did actually get out in the sun and stuff for a few days. Walked around quite a bit. Then I hit level 23 and the hot weather really kicked in. I haven't really been playing at all lately. Part of that is because the simple pokemon are harder to catch. Little guys with hardly any compact power and they're always escaping and running away.

It was an ok run. It was sort of neat getting out. It has gotten people out to meet others on the same team (GO TEAM BLUE!! GO TEAM MYSTIC!) *cough cough*

I'm still not a social butterfly and the addiction I had has passed. Now I'm just my boring, sloth self... I still look at the game but I have no real desire to aggressively catch pokemon and evolve them and take down gyms.

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After all, the natural of a person will not be changed easily.

Some people don't want to go out in discomfortable weather,
and some people don't want to be interrupted by pokemon go when they're jogging or bicycling.

I played for a while, and stopped at level 5.
I'm just too busy for this game.

That's why the game have Incense and Lure module for sale.
People don't have to move around to explore the world,
but just sit around a pokestop or even at home to use those items to encounter wild pokemons.
rx9876 on Fri Aug 12, 2016 8:33 am
amagard on Fri Aug 12, 2016 11:05 am
I just love how people get so into the game that pay no attention to their surroundings especially while walking or worst, driving.
standready on Fri Aug 12, 2016 3:59 pm
At least when I was walking around looking for Pokemon I did look around a bit. I even stumbled upon a sort of car club event. Bunch of people with similar model cars parked out for the afternoon. I walked by it twice. I miiiight have photos but I know I also bought a strawberry lemonade smoothie and it was a little overfull. I even took an evening to sit out and enjoy a mocha (not a very good one but it was ok... not what I was used to) and a cookie.
TheGremlyn on Fri Aug 12, 2016 5:50 pm
A colleague told me that Pokemon Go is one efficient way to get his kids out of the house instead of hanging around in front of their video console to play games all days long. That's at least some sort of benefit. As long as they don't run into a car while playing it.
amagard on Sun Aug 14, 2016 1:10 pm
The game has functions that will play sound effects and vibrate
when there is any pokemon in the catchable range.
It is not necessary to watch the screen and walk at the same time.
Checking the sighting after walked 10 or 20 meters is enough.
rx9876 on Mon Aug 15, 2016 8:39 am
The vibration was actually quite useful. So I would walk around and my phone screen would be active and it would just be in my hand at my side. I'd walk around and when I felt it vibrate I'd move off slightly to the side if someone might be behind me (even if they weren't). I'd check the phone and try to catch the Pokemon and once that was done I'd keep on walking. Useful feature.
TheGremlyn on Sat Aug 20, 2016 5:25 pm
Oi. I’ve been trying to find some time to respond to this for nearly two weeks; work has had me working lots of hours.
I really like the concept of Pokémon Go, but you’re right, it has its hurtles. I’d waited until it was actually released in Canada before I installed it; I didn’t go through any of the methods to get an international version ahead of time. Even with that, the app was plagued with problems, and the servers were super flakey… to the point that it was almost unplayable in some ways. Even so, the general idea was solid, and I could see that it would be fun if some of the frustrations were mitigated. Further updates added stability, took away some functionality, and made it more playable, but it’s still lacking. It is clearly a game that was released too early, and is missing features that would make the game more complete. I’m hoping that the future updates will add more functionality (e.g. trading, level-matched battles, etc.) and make the game what it should be.
My real curiosity concerning Pokémon Go is whether or not it will have longevity. It’s fantastic that people have been out, active, being semi-social, etc., but I have serious doubts that it will hold steam once winter starts to set in. Like RX said, changing people’s behaviour isn’t easy.

I never played any of the prior games, but I’ve been tangentially aware of Pokémon since it kind of exploded in North America in the late 90s… I was a little old for getting into them, though. Pokémon Go kinda represented what the gameplay *should* be, so I gave it a go. I’ve gotta admit, it does make me want to have the game active while I’m out and about, and makes me want to go out more to accrue the kilometres to hatch my eggs. Unfortunately, much of the National Park I work in has no cellular coverage, so a lot of the hiking i do for work can’t be recorded in the app… it almost feels like wasting my hiking Wink

I’ve seen a lot of people who maintain their shitty selfish attitudes while playing, and that bothers me a lot. I’m glad you were one of the ones who had some consideration for others while you played, Gremlyn… I’ve seen far too many people who just stop in the middle of a path, or worse yet, stop their vehicle in the road to get a PokéStop or Pokémon, holding up traffic. Likewise, the amount of litter in popular stops and lure stations can be considerable. It just boggles the mind. Basic consideration and decency goes a long way. I have seen a couple people on Facebook and the like posting their efforts to clean up litter and such, and encouraging other users to be more considerate… which is nice to see.
Ankhanu on Sun Aug 21, 2016 6:28 pm
Some hot spots are rumored that pop epic pokemons frequently.
People crowded the place day and night, caused a lot traffic problems and garbage issues.
However, it also increase the business activity around the hot spots, for example, the hotels, car rentals, food and beverage, or even gasoline.
Maybe the increment of international crude oil price recently is caused by the pokemon trainers hunting everywhere by gasoline powered vehicles.
rx9876 on Mon Aug 22, 2016 6:08 am

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