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Do we still want to catch ’em all?

It’s been about two months since the release of Pokemon GO, and it seems as if the obsession has died down a little bit. No longer do I see everybody and their mother on their phones, trying to catch the virtual creatures. Basically it is just young boys who I still see playing the game. And me of course.

Although I have to say I am not as obsessed with it anymore as I used to be. I think there are many reasons for that which I will talk about some more in this article. I will naturally also touch on how I think the app might be saved from the impending doom. That sounds dramatic, but let’s take a look.

Tracking Pokémon is still bad

They claim that they have made it easier, but those are all lies. If it weren’t for apps such as Pokémesh, I would still be running around like a headless chicken, trying to find out where the hell that fucking Snorlax is. And yes the ‘fun’ is all in searching far and wide to catch those rare Pokemon, but when you’ve walked two miles to no avail, the fun will soon fade away. ‘Cheating’ in this case made the game more fun for me, because if Niantic doesn’t help out, then we have to find something new. But then again, I recently received an email on the account I used for Pokémesh, saying my account was banned for using third party apps. Luckily it wasn’t my main account, but I just came to have a good time and I honestly feel so attacked right now.

Where are the cool features?

We now know what it is like to catch a Pokémon and the thrill of an egg hatching is cool and all, but we’re kind of over it. The whole point of Pokémon is to catch and train monsters and have them fight against random trainers we meet. While we can battle gyms, the battling and trading friends is still not present and it is taking too damn long. Now luckily they are going to update the game with a buddy system, which lets you set a Pokémon as a buddy and earn candies by walking around with that Pokémon. That sounds like a cool feature and it will definitely make it easier to evolve the rarer Pokémon. And while yes, good work takes time, they should hurry up with these updates if they want to keep people interested.

The novelty is wearing off

All good things come to an end. And while the Pokémon obsession has been going on for twenty years, most people who just played for fun are getting bored and are moving on. That’s just what happens. You can’t peak forever and that’s fine. But the important thing is that Niantic should keep the hardcore players hooked. Because they have gold in hands, if only they know how to manage it well enough.

And how should they do that, you ask? Well, I am glad you bring it up.

I think that they lost the people who turned their back on the game forever, because once they are gone, it is hard to get them back. So Niantic should cherish the fanatic players and make sure they listen to what the players want. So make the game less boring and less repetitive. Add the next generation of Pokémon so that we don’t have to catch Pidgey number 12098. Hurry up with those updates and make the game truly interactive. The buddy system is a good start. How about you update it tomorrow?

Also, cash in on the upcoming release of the new games. I don’t know how, maybe by doing special events or giveaways? Perhaps that will also help sales of the new game (for which I am very excited, just to let you know).

Right now, I play Pokemon Go occasionally, but not as much as I used to. I hope Niantic have good things in store for us that will bring back my enthusiasm. We’ll see. But considering they’ve made $440 million dollars off of the app so far, I doubt they will care much about what I think.

Are you still playing Pokemon Go?

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Ingrid is the twenty-something owner of The Sassologist, who loves everything that has to do with pop culture. While she is one of many who is in the process of writing a novel, she is also currently in denial over not being a witch. Her Hogwarts letter has yet to arrive. In the meantime she writes about pop culture and dreams about unicorns.

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