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Title: Pokémon Go
Post by: cesium133 on 22 Jul 2016, 18:43
Since the topic Pokémon Go has come up in several different threads, I decided to create a thread about it.

So, your Pokemans: show us them!

(http://i3.kym-cdn.com/photos/images/original/000/001/023/4A3WG3NACXH63ZDCNOM4PE2GJIYZNBT7.jpg)

I'm currently Level 15, and my strongest Pokémon is a CP 987 Jolteon named "Watt". I've named most of my strongest Pokémon for various physicists.

My Pokemans:
(http://i.imgur.com/IqthsoZ.png)
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: Blue Kitty on 22 Jul 2016, 19:18
I'm only lvl 10 and I'm already getting tired of it. There's next to nothing around me and the app barely seems to work half the time.
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: cesium133 on 22 Jul 2016, 19:26
Yeah, I live in a city so there's lots around, but the game isn't very well-designed. Their servers go down all the time. I was actually surprised to be able to play it on my walk home from work tonight, since it usually goes down at 7 each evening.
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: hedgie on 22 Jul 2016, 19:35
That's the problem, isn't it.  Have too many servers, and you're fscked if the game isn't popular.  Not enough servers, and well, this is what happens.  And hell, Ingress is much more mature, but still crashes on me 3x/day
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: Blue Kitty on 23 Jul 2016, 16:51
(http://66.media.tumblr.com/5999220093671132b77dacd973fc0c07/tumblr_o9yqv5NAg91qd7miio1_1280.jpg)
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: Castlerook on 24 Jul 2016, 06:55
That's the problem, isn't it.  Have too many servers, and you're fscked if the game isn't popular.  Not enough servers, and well, this is what happens.  And hell, Ingress is much more mature, but still crashes on me 3x/day

Bear in mind as well that Niantic, Inc. the company that made Pokemon Go has less than 50 employees (https://www.linkedin.com/company/niantic) and so its kind of hard for them to keep up with the maintenance demands of a game like Pokemon Go.
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: Welu on 24 Jul 2016, 12:00
Last night I actually thought that I need to go into town to get some Pokeballs. In the same way I'd think of needing to get milk or bread.
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: hedgie on 24 Jul 2016, 12:40
Bear in mind as well that Niantic, Inc. the company that made Pokemon Go has less than 50 employees (https://www.linkedin.com/company/niantic) and so its kind of hard for them to keep up with the maintenance demands of a game like Pokemon Go.

Well, in a case like that, capacity isn't just servers and such, but people to run everything and fix it when it breaks.  A many fold staff increase would have needed to start before launch to get the new people blending in.  Doing this all on a speculative level would be painful in case of a flop even for a much larger company.  For Niantic, it'd be suicide.
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: cesium133 on 25 Jul 2016, 06:05
Pokémon Go if it was narrated by David Attenborough (https://www.facebook.com/LovinDublin/videos/vb.113566062003506/1437230712970361/?type=2&theater)
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: Akima on 25 Jul 2016, 15:48
Whenever I read about Pokémon Go, a tune plays in my head and I hear:
"Who you gonna call? Poké Busters!"
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: Detachable Felix on 25 Jul 2016, 16:05
Growlithes are EVERYWHERE in Adelaide. I haven't had a chance to get out much but in one day at uni yesterday I went from lvl 16 to halfway through 18 without breaking a sweat and evolved about 8 different pokemon.
So so many lures on campus. I'm a little bitter though because after I left, someone reported a Charizard spawning in the library :/
(https://scontent.fadl1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t34.0-12/13650338_10209316099596632_1608766027_n.png?oh=60838ceaefd2358f1ca84ab909156655&oe=5798B906)
(https://scontent.fadl1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t34.0-12/13672305_10209316099716635_826933134_n.png?oh=2242f2f92fe0d8d441f516f5853cfa6f&oe=5798C774)



(https://scontent.fadl1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t34.0-12/13823635_10209316099916640_1763637771_n.png?oh=0939a058afca3a1c4da5e647a1fb0608&oe=57992762)
(https://scontent.fadl1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t34.0-12/13866673_10209316116237048_1229195341_n.png?oh=574d013bc7338fd05b8a8582e0a81fd1&oe=5798FEA8)

(Also, y'all best be on Valor..)
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: Welu on 26 Jul 2016, 03:19
Mystic.

(https://i.imgur.com/b2l8EZ1.gif)
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: cesium133 on 26 Jul 2016, 05:27
Team Valor, of course. And I got a new Hypno last night!  :-D

(http://i.imgur.com/K36tUGz.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/QalYcXj.jpg)
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: Neko_Ali on 26 Jul 2016, 06:08
Team Have No Device to Run the Game represent!
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: cesium133 on 26 Jul 2016, 19:57
Daily reminder to stay safe while playing the game and keep an eye on your surroundings. There are some real nutcases out there. (http://www.nbc15.com/content/news/MPD-Woman-punches-officer-friend-threatens-Pokemon-Go-players-388307882.html)
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: Blue Kitty on 28 Jul 2016, 16:20
Team Have No Device to Run the Game represent!

My poor friend, who walks multiple miles to work, has a window phone and can't play it. She's pretty bummed


I drove a little under 80 miles today away from my hometown and of course the game has been down all day for me.
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: cesium133 on 28 Jul 2016, 19:07
Forgive me, forum, for I have sinned.  :evil:

(http://i.imgur.com/73jNO1e.png)
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: Tova on 28 Jul 2016, 21:44
http://www.transportnsw.info/en/transport-status/alerts-detail.page?MessageNum=2030306

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Nightly from 7pm until 7am the next day, Friday 29 to Sunday 31 July, route 526 and 533 bus services will detour via local streets and some delays may be experienced while Mary Street in Rhodes is partially closed due to the large numbers of Pokemon Go players expected in the area.
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: Kugai on 28 Jul 2016, 23:41
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2v74oV4qXRI
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: Neko_Ali on 29 Jul 2016, 06:59
Forgive me, forum, for I have sinned.  :evil:

Apparently the White House is a pokemon gym. Thankfully that you can access from the street. Otherwise you just freaking know someone would be arrested trying to break onto the grounds and that... would not go over well. I saw a news blurb recently where someone 'karped' the White House gym with a Magikarp named 'The Donald'.
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: cesium133 on 29 Jul 2016, 07:06
As far as I know, only you can see your Pokemon's name when it's stationed in a gym. That makes me sad at all the clever names (like "The Donald") that I'd be missing out on, but also glad that I don't have to battle dozens of Pokemon named "Fuckass".
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: LTK on 29 Jul 2016, 08:04
Growlithes are EVERYWHERE in Adelaide.
It's because you live on Cinnabar Island.
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: Blue Kitty on 29 Jul 2016, 13:33
my local library is into it
(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13631388_10207125144667989_5610454825432287489_n.jpg?oh=d12ff80cce99141cb4bf6d46a1d62626&oe=58109A5D)

My local bank, not so much
(https://scontent-ord1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/13876273_10207139345623004_2663029517318658281_n.jpg?oh=e18bf66e811e022d1d19874943f68c76&oe=5817FE4D)
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: Pilchard123 on 29 Jul 2016, 15:17
Growlithes are EVERYWHERE in Adelaide.
It's because you live on Cinnabar Island.

Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: Detachable Felix on 29 Jul 2016, 17:36
That's a pretty fair assessment. In other news I finally hatched a 10K egg that *wasn't* a Jynx! Hooray!
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: cesium133 on 29 Jul 2016, 19:09
The bonuses for getting to level 20 are pretty nice. Includes two egg incubators. I just hatched a Psyduck (:psyduck:), a Meowth (with enough candies that I could evolve a Persian*), and a Pinsir, all at the same time.

*I of course named the Persian Schrodinger.

Though I could use another Jynx. I want to power up the Jynx I hatched, but I'm out of candies.
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: Blue Kitty on 30 Jul 2016, 07:00
(http://66.media.tumblr.com/c435c075086fd0fce57f2ebab880cb35/tumblr_oa17sdQ63f1qj8vjfo1_1280.jpg) (http://65.media.tumblr.com/3effcf42196bc190dc54446fa4f3fcf4/tumblr_oa17sdQ63f1qj8vjfo2_1280.jpg)
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: cesium133 on 30 Jul 2016, 08:02
If the Gen 2 Pokemon are eventually added, I'm hoping that gym gets defended by Sentrets. :)
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: Detachable Felix on 31 Jul 2016, 04:25
Today's updates (http://www.forbes.com/sites/insertcoin/2016/07/30/the-new-pokemon-go-update-has-killed-nearby-tracking-completely/#394d33691787) have nerfed all Dratini nests and removed tracking entirely. Also have forced third party apps/sites like Pokevision that showed precise mon location to shut down. Now my Vaporeon is useless and I don't have anything that can take down any of the literally hundreds of gyms in my city controlled by Dragonites. Also, it seems Pokemon are now harder to catch, attacking more frequently and taking far more Pokeballs to capture.  :psyduck:
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: cesium133 on 31 Jul 2016, 15:39
I don't care so much about the loss of the pokemon tracker versus the reduction in range... Now I can't reach the pokestop across the street from my lab.  :x
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: Detachable Felix on 31 Jul 2016, 17:13
I care about the tracker. Now, especially with PokeVision gone, it's impossible to figure out where they are except "somewhere in a ~150m radius, meaning we just have to wander around aimlessly whilst the mon we chase inevitably time out and disappear (each individual one spawns for 15 minutes)
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: Tova on 31 Jul 2016, 18:54
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The scan radius seems to have been decreased, possibly from 100 meters to 70 meters, meaning that you will have to get closer to a Pokémon in order for it to actually pop up next to you. Not a great development when paired with a total lack of tracking.

Isn't it a reasonable development when paired with a lack of tracking? At least you know it's roughly within a 70m radius rather than a broader 100m radius. It sounds like it would make life a little more bearable.

Disclaimer: I don't play, so take this with a three-fingered pinch of salt.
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: cesium133 on 31 Jul 2016, 19:21
It's a bit confusing because there are two radii involved. The scan radius determines whether a Pokemon will show up on the map for you to catch. The other one determines whether a Pokemon shows up in the "nearby" list, which is a larger radius (I don't know what the actual radius is, but I've heard numbers between 200m and 500m). Shrinking the scan radius means that now not only does the nearby list give no indication of how close the Pokemon is, your chances of encountering it are less than they would be before.
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: Tova on 31 Jul 2016, 22:50
Ah, okay, thanks for the explanation.
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: Pilchard123 on 01 Aug 2016, 00:27
I don't (can't) play either, but the way I heard it described was like trying to play Marco Polo with an extra rule that says nobody is allowed to say 'Polo'.
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: Tova on 02 Aug 2016, 06:08
I have played Ingress, so I have some vague memory of the mechanics, which I gather are pretty similar.
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: LeeC on 02 Aug 2016, 10:46
Pretty much sums it up for me.

(http://i.imgur.com/BYNLbOM.gif)
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: Welu on 02 Aug 2016, 16:56
I don't know if this is update related (it probably is) but before when I did my walk to the shop and back, I'd encounter three to five Pokemon each way. Today I only encountered one coming back. Really don't like just getting rid of the steps for nearby either.
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: cesium133 on 02 Aug 2016, 18:37
I keep encountering a Bulbasaur at the same location every time I pass it. Its CP is always ~300, and no matter how many Razz Berries or Ultra Balls I use, it always gets away...
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: Blue Kitty on 02 Aug 2016, 18:42
The first week I kept running into a Squirtle in the same spot, sadly it went away a few days later and would always run from me.
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: Pilchard123 on 02 Aug 2016, 23:49
Have you tried A+B+down?
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: cesium133 on 03 Aug 2016, 05:03
Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: Detachable Felix on 08 Aug 2016, 16:01
New update!

Seems to have fixed a few things, although they've sent Cease and Desists to pretty much every site that's pokemon go related like PokeAdvisor, which you could use to calculate your mon's Individual Values (IVs) and was basically just a companion thing that didn't alter the game in any way at all.

On the bright side, they put the battery saver back onto the iOS version, the tracker has been improved (although still far far far from perfect), and you can now change your username once if you so choose. It also now warns you when you start to travel above a certain speed and prompts you to confirm you're not driving the vehicle you're in. Not that that matters to me, when I take the bus during peak hour, I go so slow that it doesn't even get to that point and all of my eggs hatch. It's great (Y)

On also brighter news, I've managed to keep my vaporeon in a gym for two days straight now, that's like a lifetime in this games' terms. So close to being able to buy more egg incubators without spending any real world money. aww yiss
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: Welu on 08 Aug 2016, 16:14
I got a gym for five minutes a couple days ago. Felt so proud.

I'm debating changing my name because I put my legal name in it and I don't mind too much but my name is uncommon enough and my town is so small that someone might be a smartarse jerk somehow. Although that might be me being paranoia and anxiety.
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: cesium133 on 08 Aug 2016, 16:18
The gyms around here turn over really quickly, so I don't bother trying to keep a gym and just park something weak there just long enough to collect a bonus. One of the guys in the lab has started a local trend of Pikachu-ing gyms (he has a pile of CP100-ish Pikachus he uses for the purpose). I have no Pikachus, so lately I've been Bulbasauring gyms.
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: hedgie on 08 Aug 2016, 17:39
I guess that karping must already be passe.
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: osaka on 08 Aug 2016, 19:54
Judging from something I saw on twitter, apparently the new meta is to put a cp100~ Magikarp so people are cocky and follow it up with some cpXXXX Snorlax for multi-pokachu gyms.
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: hedgie on 08 Aug 2016, 20:14
Yes, karping.  It's apparently the pokemon version of ada-trolling.
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: Tova on 09 Aug 2016, 01:53
Judging from something I saw on twitter, apparently the new meta is to put a cp100~ Magikarp so people are cocky and follow it up with some cpXXXX Snorlax for multi-pokachu gyms.

I actually pretty much understood this in spite of the jargon, but the phrase "the new meta" made me feel old.

Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: 94ssd on 09 Aug 2016, 14:44
I'm officially team mystic. Apparently everyone at the company I work at is 'supposed' to be Instinct (although there were already a couple exceptions) but I had to make the right decision for myself
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: cesium133 on 09 Aug 2016, 16:20
You have an official company policy on what Pokemon Go team you're supposed to join?  :psyduck:

Oh, and the correct decision is obviously Team Valor.
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: Blue Kitty on 09 Aug 2016, 16:46
(http://66.media.tumblr.com/cfa45be94ed8f3c8c7ee466e8f27214d/tumblr_oamqatqZew1r013jro9_1280.jpg)
(http://67.media.tumblr.com/d6bcabe117ca0e5b9e1d9271a408f29a/tumblr_oamqatqZew1r013jro8_1280.jpg)
(http://66.media.tumblr.com/20858de165dd65c985b1b614e02253d9/tumblr_oamqatqZew1r013jro7_1280.jpg)
(http://65.media.tumblr.com/6b58c5d0adee31fc064b8d407fc0958a/tumblr_oamqatqZew1r013jro6_1280.jpg)
(http://67.media.tumblr.com/9bd7f472bf5c2a6664bc050ab80abfcc/tumblr_oamqatqZew1r013jro5_1280.jpg)
(http://67.media.tumblr.com/94921cb1ace918a43ac5805fa92d2288/tumblr_oamqatqZew1r013jro4_1280.jpg)
(http://66.media.tumblr.com/a0612f2ce1d5f2b7a9f231a882b1d37f/tumblr_oamqatqZew1r013jro3_1280.jpg)
(http://66.media.tumblr.com/4911780a7698a251754787215fbc470a/tumblr_oamqatqZew1r013jro2_1280.jpg)
(http://67.media.tumblr.com/c7e5bc478d2daea90dad194e25dffd4a/tumblr_oamqatqZew1r013jro1_1280.jpg)
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: LeeC on 30 Aug 2016, 08:20
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: pwhodges on 03 Sep 2016, 05:38
It had to come...

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nintendo-pokemon-death-idUSKCN110091 (http://www.reuters.com/article/us-nintendo-pokemon-death-idUSKCN110091)
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: Tova on 03 Sep 2016, 22:17
Given the number of accidents caused by people texting while driving (http://www.textinganddrivingsafety.com/texting-and-driving-stats), yes, I'd say it was inevitable.

Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: nellsen on 08 Sep 2016, 02:47
That's desperately sad... But what's the solution? That feature to detect movement sounds good, but surely there's only so much the developers can't do to stop people from doing crazily dangerous stuff while play. The only alternative would be to ban it outright I guess.
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: sitnspin on 08 Sep 2016, 13:39
I suppose they could make it so it doesn't work at all over a certain speed.
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: hedgie on 09 Sep 2016, 11:29
IIRC, above a certain speed, it makes one hit something to the effect of "I'm a passenger" in order to do certain things.  But that only solves the speed issue.  With Niantic's other game, I know that I routinely flout traffic laws on my bike.  If I was less observant…
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: Tova on 10 Sep 2016, 03:16
That's desperately sad... But what's the solution? That feature to detect movement sounds good, but surely there's only so much the developers can't do to stop people from doing crazily dangerous stuff while play. The only alternative would be to ban it outright I guess.

What's banning going to do? It won't stop them from texting or playing some other game while driving.

Except it won't be a single game with a critical mass of popularity and media attention at fault, so we'll all feel more comfortable, I suppose.

I don't have a good alternative suggestion, unfortunately. Mass advertising showing graphic consequences of your attention being diverted while driving, maybe.
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: cesium133 on 11 Sep 2016, 19:51
As an update to my earlier posts, my current top Pokémon:

(http://i.imgur.com/85GPh4Z.jpg)

And that Snorlax in the bottom right corner... His name is Heaviside.  :clairedoge:
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: nellsen on 14 Sep 2016, 06:24
That's desperately sad... But what's the solution? That feature to detect movement sounds good, but surely there's only so much the developers can't do to stop people from doing crazily dangerous stuff while play. The only alternative would be to ban it outright I guess.

What's banning going to do? It won't stop them from texting or playing some other game while driving.

Except it won't be a single game with a critical mass of popularity and media attention at fault, so we'll all feel more comfortable, I suppose.

I don't have a good alternative suggestion, unfortunately. Mass advertising showing graphic consequences of your attention being diverted while driving, maybe.
Absolutely, that's what I mean, it's a shoddy alternative but I can see it being a convenient scapegoat because it would be easier for the authorities to say 'look! we've done something about it!'
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: cesium133 on 15 Sep 2016, 07:44
(http://i.imgur.com/PxDx2J0.jpg)

Pokemon Go has apparently turned me into a virtual dog walker.
Title: Re: Pokémon Go
Post by: cesium133 on 18 Feb 2017, 16:09
Fuck Blissey, and anyone who would put a Blissey in a gym while someone else is in the middle of battling it.