|Platform:||IOS & Android|
|Price:||Free to Play|
It’s the 6th of July 2016 and the world has gone Pokémon mad. Everyone and their pet hamster has stepped out of their houses and roamed the streets to play Pokémon GO.
Niantic’s Pokémon GO was installed 7.5 million times and made about $2 million in the U.S. over its first 24 hours of release. It debuted in the U.K. a week later.Deadline
I downloaded PoGO on day one, the minute it released, I’ve been playing it ever since on almost a daily basis. Now that’s a lie because one of the problems with PoGO is that when you stop having fun, whether it’s due to bad luck or things become a chore, it’s easy to just put you’re phone away and forget about it.
About a year or two ago I started playing PoGO again after a years hiatus. Why would I stop playing a game when I really, really enjoy it? Well going back to the first year of PoGO I played a lot, and I mean I played it every spare minute I had. I would walk 10km easy, rain or shine and still be having fun, just trying to catch Pokémon I hadn’t caught before. Well when Niantic were taking their sweet time releasing new content for the game things got stale, to the point where I didn’t see the point in playing. I had gotten all of the Pokémon I could in my area when the devs decided to switch the spawns and spawn rates up a lot. I don’t drive so I’m limited to the town I live in like a lot of people are so the game started slowly becoming more and more like a chore and I gave up with it. This all happened before the 2nd generation of mons had been added to the game, when they were implemented I made my return.
These days new events and mons are implemented within a reasonable time-frame, enough to still keep me interested, even if its just a little bit. Saying that, I still see the same fucking Pokémon everywhere! 3 Generations have come out since the 2nd gen were released and I’m still seeing the same thing day in, day out. I used to enjoy the time when certain mons came out at certain times of day. Like ghost types for example, they would come out at night, which is great for me because I’m up for work really early in the morning so I could catch the tail end of the night time mons and get the rest during the day. That doesn’t happen so much anymore, I’m seeing all sorts come out of the woodwork, not taking into account the time of day. I can catch a ghost type now in the middle of the day, which is good for everyone I guess but it breaks the slight immersion you get.
I am a solo player, yes I have friends who play the game but being of an age where I need to work to pay the bills, myself and my friends work different jobs or work conflicting shifts so getting together has always been difficult. I’m level 34 and that’s only because I gave up for a year and I only do 1-2 star raids, maybe a 3 star depending on how low the CP is on that particular mon and if I’ve got the right guys for the job. These days I jump on daily, I’ll do daily research mission depending on how easy it is, catch a Pokémon and spin a Pokéstop for my streak and then I’ll only play properly if I’m traveling, a new mon is nearby or if it’s a community day where I have a chance to catch one or multiple shiny Pokémon. Despite it’s flaws and the occasional gameplay glitches, I really enjoy this game, but I’m not as into it as I used to be.
I’ve been a massive fan of the Pokémon series since it came to the west, back when the world first went mad over it. From the show, to the games, to everything in between, Pokémon has been a part of my life since I was a child and I can’t think of anything else that, to me, has still been interesting for this long. I’m a grown man still stuck in his childhood, some may argue that that I need to grow up and act my age but who cares I’m having fun and I’m not going to change, the bearded man-child that I am.