Everyone's outside, and it's because of POKÉMON GO

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so weird that they didn't make trading between players a priority for launch, such a basic part of pokemon

― qualx, Monday, July 11, 2016 2:00 AM (7 hours ago) Bookmark

yeah i wonder if it was purposeful so the app wouldn't encourage you to interact with randos on the street

, Monday, 11 July 2016 13:12 (three years ago) link


, Monday, 11 July 2016 13:15 (three years ago) link

suburban ilxors -- are there many stations near u or are they spread all the fuck out there?

How Butch, I mean (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Monday, 11 July 2016 13:49 (three years ago) link

Discovered this morning that the rush hour bus goes slow enough to hatch eggs.

Jeff, Monday, 11 July 2016 14:05 (three years ago) link


pplains, Monday, 11 July 2016 14:15 (three years ago) link

I'd already decided that this would be strictly a commuting/park excursion activity due to me not wanting to get racially profiled but then I discovered there's a spawn point right outside of my house, so I can literally just sit in bed and wait for Pokemon to appear

volumetric god rays (DJP), Monday, 11 July 2016 14:22 (three years ago) link

My son used to think he could see ghosts in his room through his Nintendo handheld, since the shitty camera showed artifacts moving on the walls in low light.

So I can just imagine what his reaction would be when I told him there were invisible Pokemons running around that you could only see through the cellphone.

pplains, Monday, 11 July 2016 14:32 (three years ago) link

At an ice cream shop on Saturday and couple next to us was eating a flight of small shot glasses of ice cream. We were like "oh I want to do that, looks so cool" and the guy was like "Oh yeah I cannot believe how many people are doing this. It's incredible. I see people on the street now and we're like I know what you are doing!" I made confused eye contact with his gf and she was like "Honey they are talking about the ice cream flight not Pokemon...." And I was like wtf... Pokemon but obv this is a thing.

One bad call from barely losing to (Alex in SF), Monday, 11 July 2016 15:09 (three years ago) link


volumetric god rays (DJP), Monday, 11 July 2016 15:19 (three years ago) link

I was jogging in a park yesterday and saw occasional clusters of young people walking in tangents. At first I was like "oh cool, it's been a while since I've seen freaks shambling around a park on acid" but then I saw that they were huddled around a phone and I figured out what was going on.

how's life, Monday, 11 July 2016 15:24 (three years ago) link

flights of pokemon to sing thee to thy rest

thrusted pelvis-first back (ulysses), Monday, 11 July 2016 15:25 (three years ago) link


Jeff, Monday, 11 July 2016 15:39 (three years ago) link

i completely missed pokemon as a youth, know literally nothing about it --- is it really something that people grew up on? was it that ubiquitous? i always thought it was a p niche thing, like magic cards or something

jason waterfalls (gbx), Monday, 11 July 2016 15:43 (three years ago) link

that twitter video is straight insane.

thrusted pelvis-first back (ulysses), Monday, 11 July 2016 15:49 (three years ago) link

pokemon felt pretty ubiquitous when i was a kid. i was 12 or 13 when the first games came out and i played them for hundreds of hours probably & all my friends had it too

ciderpress, Monday, 11 July 2016 15:53 (three years ago) link

there was definitely a divide between nintendo kids and playstation kids but all the nintendo kids played pokemon

ciderpress, Monday, 11 July 2016 15:55 (three years ago) link

there's a pokestop inside my office building. how is this legal. where did they get this shit.

goole, Monday, 11 July 2016 15:56 (three years ago) link

the algorithm just selects arbitrary landmarks from google maps afaict

ciderpress, Monday, 11 July 2016 15:57 (three years ago) link

i heard the developer had a previous collection of locations for, like, coupon or drinking-game based promotions and so all the pokestops are just that information/data loaded into a different piece of software

How Butch, I mean (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Monday, 11 July 2016 16:01 (three years ago) link

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was pretty much the last kid thing I enjoyed as a kid. Pokemon came right after and joined Rugrats, Boy Meets World, and those Magic cards as something I knew nothing about.

But a scavenger hunt game involving maps? Sounds like fun.

pplains, Monday, 11 July 2016 16:07 (three years ago) link

I could see the appeal of Ingress because it was niche and geeky. This shit, where everybody knows what you're up to and everybody is doing it, just activates all my anti-herding instincts. That twitter video caused me a little twinge of nausea and I had to turn it off.

El Tomboto, Monday, 11 July 2016 16:18 (three years ago) link

Not trying to be punker-than-thou but seriously I have a serious aversion to herd (as in physical herding) behavior in people, like a little bit of a phobia but also it makes me (extra) mad and unpleasant

El Tomboto, Monday, 11 July 2016 16:20 (three years ago) link

yeah i decided i didn't want to deal w/ it after going outside and walking around my neighborhood and seeing just how many people were playing it

ciderpress, Monday, 11 July 2016 16:34 (three years ago) link

i don't really play games on my phone in general though, despite spending most of my free time at home pc gaming. i've had a smartphone for a couple years now and the only game i've had in that entire time is desert golfing

ciderpress, Monday, 11 July 2016 16:37 (three years ago) link

i'm sure a million startups are suddenly working up a plan to move into this space, and they'll all fail because they're not pokemon

ciderpress, Monday, 11 July 2016 16:42 (three years ago) link

I'm sure something like Warcraft could be successful in the space.

Jeff, Monday, 11 July 2016 16:45 (three years ago) link

star wars, game of thrones, ninjago, basically anything with a big character roster would get the job done.
i think the main appeal is novelty right now though; my sense is there isn't much of a GAME yet.

thrusted pelvis-first back (ulysses), Monday, 11 July 2016 16:47 (three years ago) link

yeah the point is that this blew up because it's piggybacking on a popular+nostalgic IP, and one that fits especially well with the augmented reality hook. the actual substance of the game from what i've seen is pretty half-baked

ciderpress, Monday, 11 July 2016 16:50 (three years ago) link

from what I've read pokestops are just copied from ingress landmarks which were crowdsourced from players over the years

qualx, Monday, 11 July 2016 17:25 (three years ago) link

there's a pokestop outside my building. there are suddenly people out there all the time everyday.

Treeship, Monday, 11 July 2016 17:36 (three years ago) link

i played this a little bc my roommate wanted me to and the novelty of seeing pokemon on the streets of new york was cool at first, but ultimately i find the whole thing very unsettling in a way that is hard to articulate.... idk, i've developed a sort of technophobia over the past few months.

Treeship, Monday, 11 July 2016 17:37 (three years ago) link



carthago delenda est (mayor jingleberries), Monday, 11 July 2016 17:46 (three years ago) link

I know I'm in many ways being a Luddite about this but I have no idea why anyone would play this game with the AR features turned on.

signed, the dude who hates and will never use Google Street View

http://porno (DJP), Monday, 11 July 2016 17:48 (three years ago) link

Wh wh why do you hate Google Street View?

pplains, Monday, 11 July 2016 18:12 (three years ago) link

I think it's a cluttered representation of the data that doesn't give me any additional insight into what the area I'm trying to navigate looks like. I want to know the pattern/layout of the streets, not what they looked like at a particular snapshot in time.

It's like you're taking a perfectly good abstract representation of what an area looks like and dumping the uncanny valley effect all over it to me. I am so distracted by the representation that it lessens my ability to interpret the data and successfully navigate.

http://porno (DJP), Monday, 11 July 2016 18:18 (three years ago) link

Ok, I get that. I use it mostly like one would use a coffeetable book featuring photos of Verona, Italy.

pplains, Monday, 11 July 2016 18:21 (three years ago) link

I use street view when I'm somewhere new and want to know what the place might look like if it doesn't have clearly marked signs.

my coworkers in a big meeting behind me were talking about this damn game so I have installed it

mh, Monday, 11 July 2016 18:29 (three years ago) link

can you play this without paying any money

ejemplo (crüt), Monday, 11 July 2016 18:31 (three years ago) link

ifiact yes

http://porno (DJP), Monday, 11 July 2016 18:36 (three years ago) link

(is far I as can tell)

http://porno (DJP), Monday, 11 July 2016 18:37 (three years ago) link

that's a yes

thrusted pelvis-first back (ulysses), Monday, 11 July 2016 18:38 (three years ago) link

so i don't get this you guys, if i challenge an enemy gym with my strongest pokemon and i lose, is my pokemon dead and gone or does it live to fight another day?

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 11 July 2016 18:42 (three years ago) link

well now i know what this is

helpless before THRILLARY (Dr Morbius), Monday, 11 July 2016 18:43 (three years ago) link



for what it's worth, i just checked, and ingress (niantic's previous game) has the same settings, so this has been the case for millions of people for a year or two

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 11 July 2016 18:44 (three years ago) link

damn we don't get morbs cameos on ilg too often. this shit is major

reggae mike love (polyphonic), Monday, 11 July 2016 18:52 (three years ago) link

and that's me erasing my account. bummer, i wanted to play with this a bit but full google account access + battery drain + stranger danger ends that.

thrusted pelvis-first back (ulysses), Monday, 11 July 2016 18:53 (three years ago) link

Evidently a Animal Crossing game is coming out in the fall? Certainly wouldn't have the cult following, but there is some nostalgia.

Jeff, Monday, 11 July 2016 18:54 (three years ago) link

Is Pokemon not a Nintendo property? I was thinking this would use the same Nintendo account as that Miitomo thing but it wasn't an option.

mh, Monday, 11 July 2016 19:00 (three years ago) link

afaik The Pokemon Company is part-owned but not part of nintendo.

a simba man (Will M.), Monday, 11 July 2016 19:05 (three years ago) link

lucky friends FOREVER

Jaq, Monday, 19 August 2019 19:49 (nine months ago) link

five months pass...

I have retired.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Monday, 27 January 2020 08:27 (four months ago) link

congrats, enjoy it

what's the pokemon pension plan like

chapoquidditch (bizarro gazzara), Monday, 27 January 2020 10:19 (four months ago) link

We will be lucky friends forever

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Monday, 27 January 2020 13:15 (four months ago) link

Have moved house and am slightly shamed to admit that pokestop and gym proximity was a deciding factor.

Jaq, Monday, 27 January 2020 17:40 (four months ago) link

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