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Pokemon Go Simple Things Matter

Hi folks it’s been sometime since I wrote something. Thought may be to to write something on Pokemon Go as there are lots happening in that Game.

After Gofest 2020 which I would say is a success and people are happy specially after encountered boosted shinies compared to the day one. Now in Quarantine I am trying to hatch 7 km(3.5km) to get my hands on a shiny Deino in the Gofest Ultra Unlock Dragon Week 😀
I hatch eggs on free incubators so I don’t expect much. But people who bought incubators and trying to hatch a Deino seems like a bit disappointed.

Ok leave the deino for now. I know Niantic from their early days since they launched Ingress. Its an amazing game and it encouraged team play. But at that time community and the company is starting to grow so there were not many events. We get introduce to new features like 2 times. Concept is small easy to understand. And the game is all about coordination and strategy. So its a community driven game and it becomes interesting based on how aggressive are the opponent’s strategies. So people are kind of satisfied and did not expect much. Only issues as always in a GPS based game will be spoofing.

But when it comes to Pokemon Go. Its based on a popular franchise. So obviously there is going to be a huge audience with lots of expectations. When the game is launched with many bugs and minimal features, it broke lots of records world wide and made people run all over the places. They also broke their servers due to the load. But they recovered to cater the whole world within 6 months is a good come back.

I sometimes think they introduce the features very quick that there are lots of bugs, still are not attended too and new features leads to new bugs. I have seen people still complaining and grabbing free passes for raid issues(I don’t have to mention the new remote raid drop out bug) where Niantic is so generous. This leads to people miss use this generocity too. But they also cant help it as they have to maintain a good relationship with the players too. For them to be strict they have to be fault free first.

Covid-19 or Corona as some of you say made Pokemon Go to rethink how people can play the game from home. This made them increase the spawn rate of incense(An item makes Pokemon spawn around you) and introduced remote raids. They also had their Annual event GoFest this year as GoFest 2020 Home Edition, where anyone can buy the ticket and play from where ever they are. It actually made possible to retain Pokemon Go players in the global pandemic and lockdown issues. We should appreciate the effort of the Pokemon Go and the Niantic Team for this as they must have also being working from home. People are happy about these event and the new features and the lockdown bonuses.

But I don’t know if Pokemon Go and Niantic has thought the after effect of the covid 19. Now people are got used to the increased spawn rates and the liberty of doing raid from their home(Shhhh…! No one anymore knows if someone has spoofed). They will definitely going to get a bit discouraged seeing a regular spawns, they will still use the remote passes and stay home. So what will happen to the go out and explore thingy the core concept of the Niantic Games???

Now, we are having back to back events, shinies introduced and features ( I am looking forward to the Mega Evolutions). The players are continuously given something to be excited every day. Don’t forget when you give them excitement everyday even the small things starts to disappoint them if it fails. Maybe we can take the Deino Egg Event or its called the Dragon Week(I personally thought its a Dratini Community Week :D)

Remote Raid Passes and Incubators means money for most of the people, so if you are trying to get the player’s money the players will also will have some expectations. When they get disappointed they rant all over the internet. Hard core Pokemon fans wont abandon the game but the new prospect players may stay away if they come across these rants.

So if I summarize what I was writing up to now is, Pokemon Go you are doing great, keeping us entertained, even in the pandemic, I really appreciate that. But you also have to look back at some of the aspects like existing bugs leading to miss use of your generosity and consistency on event(egg, weekly event) shiny rates to maintain the player expectations. And finally to keep in mind the post pandemic days and on how to re enable the Niantic’s core idea on “Go out and play” without being discouraged.

Pokemon Go – Start of the Next Generation Gaming

Within past 2 weeks you may have somehow came across a name, topic, Game saying ‘PokemonGo’. It is Niantic’s first ever client Project. If you have no Idea on who is Niantic, its a company that has spun out of Google in October 2015, and they are already popular among many for creating Ingress a real world map based augmented reality game.

If you are already into PokemoGo, you may have already come across some people who were trying to say, PokemonGo players must thank the Ingress Community, but no one ever care about that guy.

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The truth is Niantic made Ingress as their Portfolio Game to prove the world and the Gaming community that the Next Generation Gaming should be close to reality. So made this Game Niantic, the time they created the Game they have no data on Portals/PokeStops(in PokemonGo), then they tried to find some individuals in each country and encouraged them to play the game and submit Portals. This may look easy but if you are an Ingress Player Playing it for 3 years, you may see it as how tiresome and how much distance people have walked to make it to the number it has now. We can also say that Niantic has tricked the People in collecting data for them to use for it’s own other Products like PokemonGo in future.

Ok so this Game PokemonGo makes people stand up go out side and play?  Yes it does, you cant stay inside your house and expect a Pokemon to come in, You have to go near lakes sea to catch water Pokemon near mountains and rocky areas to catch Rock Pokemon, you some times have to chase after rare Pokemon that goes in front of your eyes. People who are fans of Pokemon Cartoons and Console Games know how exciting is to really go out and catch your Own Pikachu, the Pokemon’s Idol. But some people say how convincing is this game or is there a future to games like this.

Yes you may remember once upon a time there came a game called Farm Villa, first of it’s type game. No if you open the App Store it is filled thousands of Similar Game. In Farm Villa it only uses real time and people are really excited to see their plants grow in certain hours. But here it is real time, environment, people will really get excited, but again people always gets bored. So for now Pokemon Go will still arise high despite it’s battery draining issues and bugs. Its already so popular and not launched in Asia yet, when they launch it world wide its going to be Crazy.

In the economical ankle, PokemonGo has send up the stock prices of Nintendo by a a Great leap. Can get more info on that news at Forbes

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Based on the current popularity and the regular server downs. You can have an idea on how many people are playing this game at the Moment.  Niantic has also revealed the plan to use Pokestops as a paid Ad spot so that the Business’s can have a great visibility. So it also going to work as the next Generation marketing tool.  You can check out the following Graph on how it is penetrating in to the user base

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Some people worry about incidents like accidents and kidnaps that involves Pokemon. Yes its true and it’s a Dangerous fact. But the world is growing fast technology is advancing we cannot stick to the same old thing. People have to learn to adopt to this new behavior. And some people are trying to force in the fact that this is stupid. But if you can think a bit into the future, your kids or their kids are going to live in more advanced era than us, so its a fact that they will play these kinds of Games, they may get into the same trouble. So without staying a step behind from technologies like Real World Gaming, why don’t you try it at least to understand the idea behind it, how it works and  the possible problems that can arise. So that you can be prepared for any trouble when it happens.

The world is changing fast, you wanted a Augmented reality world like you see in Iron man, here it is, its there now in front of your eyes, don’t stay away from it. Get into it and learn to adopt it. And be happy for the fact that your children in future will not always be glued to the Console Games and PC like they did till 2 weeks before.