It is the game that is taking the world by storm. Not a day passes without discussion of whether Pokémon Go! is a good thing or a bad thing, or whether it is worth all the hype. After witnessing, playing, and reading numerous stories about those that play the game, the experiences still appear to be mixed.
There was a story about lure modules being placed in front of Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children, which seems heartwarming until you learn that the hospital asked people not to put them there because the patients have weaker immune systems and it was increasing the chances of them getting sick. There are also the stories of people coming across dead bodies, or of businesses that have been able to thrive because of Pokémon Go. Mothers have said it has opened their autistic children and made a light shine that wasn’t there before. On the other hand, onlookers using pellet guns have shot innocent game players. It truly is a mixed bag, as the game has seen its share of both love and hate during its short existence.
Is Pokémon Go! worth all the hype and attention that it has received, or should it quickly fade away never to be talked about again? We’re going to start out with 8 reasons to hate the popular franchise, but don’t worry, by the time you get to the end, there will also be plenty of reasons as to why to love the popular game!
8 Reasons To Hate Pokémon Go!
8. It Kills Your Battery
Since the game’s introduction, players have been wanting to play it more and more. The problem for your device isn’t storage of the application, it’s the strain it puts on your device’s battery life. Whether a tablet, iPad, iPhone or Android device, Pokémon Go! devours your device’s battery life while playing the game. Since communal battery charging hubs haven’t been created, players will have to play with caution. Unless there is access to an outlet, car charger or USB key that can recharge that particular device, the chances of it dying is high. Given the awareness of the battery drain by the application, there is the opportunity to create a battery saving application that runs in the background while playing. Seems like a great deal of strain to play a game, no?
7. Players Look Lost
For those not playing the game, the idea of a group wandering around unaware of their surroundings is somewhat comical. Often players will hold their device up seeking a signal rather than a Pokémon. The game’s success is based on its need to access your device’s GPS, but the awkwardness is the sheer mass of people attempting to achieve the same thing while holding and staring at their GPS led device. Whether it is in a park or attending a local soccer game, GPS accessibility is crucial for players to play. In the event that game doesn’t work because the GPS servers are down, the sight of the mass of players simply appearing disappointed is equally worth puzzling over.
6. Poor Judgement
Each time the game is turned on it immediately warns players to be aware of their surroundings. Now, maybe players are missing this point completely, but the reported obliviousness of players is bringing negative attention to the game. Initial glitches in the game meant it did not guide players to avoid going into alleyways or subway tracks. In attempting to catch Pokémon within a certain range, players initially had to follow wherever the GPS was leading them. Having people walk places that put their safety in danger is without question a negative. The game has since stepped in and tried to avoid issues like this. The Pokémon that were once only accessible in questionable places can now be accessed by simply turning around. You can’t teach common sense, but hopefully you can teach people that safety is more important than Pokémon.
5. Loading The Game Application
With any online game, loading and connecting to servers can be a problem. In the world of Pokémon GO! loading in general, not just connecting to the servers is a problem. When a player approaches a Pokestop, you are always going to be concerned that it might not load properly. If a player is in motion, it may mean that they are out of range before the Pokestop successfully loads due to these delays. For some, waiting for the Pokestop to load isn’t an issue. However, for players on the impatient side this will be an inconvenience, and actually quite annoying. While on foot the problem is easily avoided. However, if a player is on a bicycle or in a car, they should focus on the road, so having time to load a Pokestop is near impossible. Common sense suggests that no one in a moving vehicle would need to worry about Pokestops, unless of course, they are merely a passenger.
4. It Offers No Guidance
We aren’t talking about the directions from GPS that’s needed to playing the game. We’re talking about the initial introduction by the Professor. Upon being welcomed to the game, a player is asked to create a name, use an avatar to describe who they are, and are then sent along your way. The Professor doesn’t tell players where to Go! and the distance to get there; there are no missions given from the start. The door is left wide open for players to do what they can without direction. What’s the Professor’s purpose? Why interact with players at all without making them aware of potential dangers or things may they encounter along the way? Players have to search online for cheats and means to move ahead, rather than engage in a dialogue with the game that will hopefully enable them to capture more Pokémon.
3. Throwing A Pokeball Issues
In order to ‘catch em all’ you have to throw a Poké ball at them in order to hit them and knock them out. Much like was mentioned earlier, there isn’t any instruction on how to throw the ball, so players are left to simply toss them at will, sacrificing the balls they initially collected. Even when players believe they are in a rhythm tossing the Poké balls, there is no assurance that there is a set flow or system for tossing them. Another concern is the game’s depth perception is somewhat off. Players aren’t necessarily sure how close or far the creatures are. There is also no explanation for certain elements such as a curve ball. And a throw can certainly Go! off kilter, meaning some tips would be appreciated.
2. Early Glitch: Questionable Travel Destinations
Some adventures early on in the gameplay were somewhat questionable. For example, depending on who is playing and where the GPS location of the Pokémon you can encounter will vary by time of day. This means the game encourages players to Go! out regardless of time of day, so exploration can be somewhat dangerous. In the event that you are out at night, players are left to explore any potential place that the GPS directs them, even if those places aren’t well lit. The game doesn’t discriminate by age however, so a parent has to worry if their children are out seeking Pokémon either late at night or without supervision. And there isn’t only the risk for those wandering at those times of the day, but it can be cause for alarm to those witnessing strangers lurking in their area. It doesn’t matter if there is a cool Pokémon on your front lawn, if you see a group of strangers out there at 2am it’s probably going to make you just a little nervous.
1. Gym Battles Are A Concern
The Gym battle appears to be one of the more perplexing and confusing elements of the game. There appears to be no rhyme or reason as to what happens, and there doesn’t appear to be an explanation of how the battle is supposed to Go!; players simply Go! into a gym with the hopes of being successful. The argument is that if it’s supposed to be realistic, then it won’t be the old-school RPG-style Pokémon battles. The battles can be awkward for the player not only because they are entering these gyms blindly, but because players are having to frantically swipe their Pokémon away from being hit while trying to attack others. Gameplay during the gym battles scenario can be such an issue moving forward for players that many of them stop before getting too invested in the game. It is akin to walking into a gunfight with a knife.
7. Gets you Active
One of the most exciting things about the Wii when it first came out was its ability to make its players more active. One of the most remarkable aspects of Pokémon Go! is that the most lethargic and stagnant of game players, people used to playing sedentary games such as Call of Duty, are out and about in their local neighborhoods and streets. Whether that means to get out and walk, run, bike or skateboard, players are moving around their local communities to access different facets of the game, Maybe you’re going to check out a Poke Stop, perhaps there is a new gym or, of course, you just need to be capturing Pokémon. Players are walking miles and miles without even thinking about it, and that’s definitely not a bad thing.
6. Bonding Between Parents and Kids
Children Go! through a number of stages in life. When they were younger they will cling to the parents and need them constantly. When they become teenagers they fight for independence and seek to find themselves, as they become their own person. Since Pokémon Go!’s inception, a number of stories have come out about the bonding or relationships that have developed or have been re-established, between parents and children. When teenagers see their parents participate in the game, their reaction isn’t one of embarrassment, but of absolute glee. For younger children, participating in Pokémon Go! parties that take place on a vast area of land while accompanied by their parents, provides them with the space and time needed to be successful in the game. It appears that Pokémon Go! has been able to bridge the age gap and provided an opportunity to explore something everyone can enjoy.
5. Experience And Explore Areas In Your Community
The world is a big place just waiting to be explored. There are places you didn’t anticipate finding right around the corner, that may just become your new favorite spots. Families that are playing Pokémon Go! are now exploring different parks, streets and other areas close to them that have become popular places to get your catching on.
While some may consider this a bit of a danger, in suburban communities, finding different unexplored places with your children is actually quite fun. As the summer has arrived, the idea of having different places to Go!, different excursions, and the potential of finding new and different things can be quite refreshing, and moves people away from mundane day to day activities. It is incredible how a game has opened up so many new and different places for people to explore. These places were always there for you to find, you’re just now finally more motivated to do so.
4. Comradery with Strangers
One of the more unlikely scenarios that this game has presented doesn’t necessarily involve the game itself, but the players. All over the world Pokémon Go! players have been able to meet new and different people. At a time when racial disharmony and political unrest are rearing their ugly heads, strangers are befriending strangers. In fact, there have even been reported instances of men trying to court women by engaging their fellow players while playing. It’s cute and harmless nerdy fun, but has really opened people up to doing something that has become something of a lost art, and that’s communicating face-to-face. Children are often told not to talk to strangers, but adults are communicating with other adults while their children were connecting with fellow children, and it’s been done in a safe and secure interaction with one another.
3. ReinviGorated Nintendo
In the gaming world, two consoles are at the top. Sony’s Playstation and Microsoft’s Xbox have become the frontrunners in game sales and popularity. In the case of Nintendo’s Wii U, sales have lagged, and its replacement has been years in the making. The company has begun to take losses for the first time in its history. Nintendo needed something to reestablish its place as a viable and competitive option in the game world, and Pokémon Go! has become that win. In fact, it is the win that Nintendo not only needed to have, but has completely surpassed its console competition. Nintendo’s stock has gone through the roof, contributing over seven and a half billion dollars to their company’s value and still climbing. What needs to be noted is there still isn’t complete worldwide availability, but that is something that the game is actively working on.
2. It’s Helped Those Suffering From Mental Illness
While Pokémon Go!’s popularity has been tied to building relationships with family and between strangers; as well as the overall physical health and well-being, it has also helped those that are suffering from mental health issues. While there haven’t been any formal studies or data, several reports have surfaced that playing the game has aided in reducing feelings of anxiety and depression. Those suffering from mental health issues have stated they feel a sense of belonging and less withdrawn from others. While the game itself doesn’t control a player’s actions, it has created several instances when players meet and share their common interest. It would be interesting to see if more reports emerge regarding improved mental health tied to playing the game.
1. It Can Save and Earn You Money
While it is no mistake that Nintendo has earned billions of dollars since the game’s inception a couple of weeks ago, it has caused its players essentially to save money while playing. The game is free to download, and unless players offer to pay to Poke – up, the game has offered its players countless hours of fun and entertainment with no financial cost. At a time when entertainment can cost families of four at least $50 to see a film at a local movie theatre , Pokémon Go! doesn’t put a strain a families‘ wallet. A number of companies have offered rewards to players in the event that they drop lure modules outside their respective businesses, with the intent of bringing in customers. You just need to hope the money you save on the game, doesn’t get funneled back into the local businesses! And if it does, at least you know you’re supporting someone else’s dream, which you achieve your Poke-Dream!.