Pokemon Go: Bringing Us All Together

Discussion in 'GBAtemp & Scene News' started by chavosaur, Jul 11, 2016.

  1. chavosaur

    chavosaur Austin Trujillo

    Mar 11, 2012
    United States
    Huntersville, NC
    We all know what we did this weekend right?

    Anyone with a smart phone spent their weekend crawling all over their respective neighborhoods, trespassing on private property and hastily snapping a shot of the koffing they caught while dropping something even worse smelling on the toilet.

    When the concept of Pokemon Go came about, most of the world gleefully anticipated its release with excitement, while others pandered to their peers about all the ways the mobile game would flop for being another typical mobile game. We all expected something kinda good, or something miserable. But little did we know what kind of impact the game would have on our lives. Not even just your average lives, but your social life.

    I spent my weekend running all over the Charlotte, North Carolina area with a group of friends. I encountered some rare little critters, got a hell of a lot of exercise, really wished I had applied that extra body spray, and tripped over my shoelace because holy shit there was a lapras nearby.

    The game brought me enjoyment in its play, but there was more to it than the simplistic augmented reality creatures popping about every few minutes. The social atmosphere of seeing hundreds of people just like me running around with phones in their hands, smiles on their faces, excited eyes and shining enthusiasm was like nothing I had seen before.

    i've always known gaming could bring people together in an online environment, or on the couch for co-op play. But I could never have imagined being able to walk up to perfect strangers of all types of race, clique', gender, age and interest and be doing the same thing all at once. I got phone numbers, facebook friends, group chats and the like from people i had never met before, because we were all racing around like children on a playground again.

    Seeing people come together that would otherwise never say a word to each other, be too afraid of social interaction or unwilling to take that first step of saying hello to someone, can all unite under one super nerdy collectathon extravaganza with enthusiasm and happiness...

    It's enough to make you smile through the weekend.

    I'd love to here you all share your stories of Pokemon Go hunting this weekend. Did you meet new people? Did you find something freaking awesome in some dudes backyard? Did you get your 7th trespassing ticket? Share your story please, and stay safe out there.

    And enjoy. :lol:
  2. RimiNishijou

    RimiNishijou Member

    Jun 29, 2016
    United States
    Needs more cables...
  3. Xuman

    Xuman GBAtemp Fan

    Jan 26, 2012
    United States
    My cousins and I went around to a few parks and caught some good pokemon, and at the same time ram into tons of people playing.

    I think the lure modules being assigned to a spot that everyone can use is super cool, as everyone just sat and bragged about which gen is best (2 obviously). Ive never even considered doing any of this if it wasnt for pokego
  4. YuseiFD

    YuseiFD Advanced Member

    Jul 6, 2016
    Soooo what's the catch this time ? what did you guys pay for ? i don't play Pokemon, but i assume nothing comes free of charge in this pathetic world.
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  5. Swiftloke

    Swiftloke Hwaaaa!

    Jan 26, 2015
    United States
    Damnit I should've participated in launch weekend
    Whatever I know what I'm doing in my spare time this week
  6. Xuman

    Xuman GBAtemp Fan

    Jan 26, 2012
    United States
    Its free to play. If youve never played pokemon i honestly recommend the main games first, but you dont need to know anything to play this. You only pay for any extra items but thats not necessary
  7. zoogie

    zoogie playing around in the dsiware

    Nov 30, 2014
    Micronesia, Federated States of
    This thing is really blowing up. Even mainstream news is covering it and Nintendo's stock price has jumped 23%.

    Nintendo's probably like: is it too late to cancel the Sun/Moon 3ds release and bring it to phones instead? *gunshot*
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  8. supergamer368

    supergamer368 i play too much n64

    May 22, 2016
    United States
    I wish my kindle had a camera, i'd be sleepwalking around to find poliwag.
  9. andzalot55

    andzalot55 I'm very delicious. mmmm.

    Nov 14, 2014
    Mc Donalds.
    "Pokemon Go: Bringing us all together"... more like "Pokemon Go: End of humanity." huehuehuehue
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  10. RustInPeace

    RustInPeace Samurai Cop

    Oct 13, 2014
    United States
    Not everyone, freaking Intel Atom Processor phone carriers can't get it, such as myself. Ah well, I'm having fun reading the various stories that come up. From graveyard loitering to finding a dead body, to armed robbery and even finding pokemon at a strip club! The good thing is that this really helps Nintendo and all parties involved, doesn't hurt to earn some money, who knows where it will go? Probably to the betterment of the app, to Nintendo hardware, Pokemon games, Niantic, whatever.
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  11. ComeTurismO

    ComeTurismO CTO

    Sep 18, 2011
    4:54 PM
    Waiting for this to come in Canada; hope its as addicting as people say it is.
  12. Wolfvak

    Wolfvak nyaa~

    Oct 25, 2015
    Fun fact number one: it's not actually out worldwide, so in my case I spent the weekend feeling sorry for myself, insulting Niantic and Nintendo silently and figuring out how to fake my location.
    Fun fact number two: when I finally figure out mock locations, it hit me: it's not a good game. I've had more enjoyment with my PokeWalker, because with the thing you actually see the progress you make, while this is just a gimmicky AR pokedex.

    Feel free to leave your insults below
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  13. Chary

    Chary Never sleeps.

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    Oct 2, 2012
    United States
    With just how popular it is, and how people are going crazy over the game, I wonder how long the excitement will last before people move onto the next fad. Miitomo was a huge hit for about a week, until users sharply dropped like a rock. But then again, Pokemon is just one of those things that nearly everyone loves, so I suppose it could have lasting power. I don't really see the appeal, personally. It's fun for a little while, but how many times can you run around looking for an Eevee before you're bored?
  14. digipokemaster

    digipokemaster Innocent Uke

    Aug 20, 2009
    United States
    i found a magikarp at my work which is a hospital never thought i found one there i really need to walk more aroundy neighborhood im planning on doing that on my next day off and my mom txt asking me if i was play pokemon go yet and told me the a new report that some girl out walking with pokemon go found a dead body in a river ill post a link to it

  15. osaka35

    osaka35 Instructional Designer

    Nov 20, 2009
    United States
    Silent Hill
    It does really suck in rural areas,though. No pokemon anywhere near me. Also sucks I have no data. 1st world problems.
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  16. digipokemaster

    digipokemaster Innocent Uke

    Aug 20, 2009
    United States
    i had to use both incense to get the pokemon i have now except for slowpoke caught him while i was coming home from work ( i wasnt driving i was picked up ) and that the only one i found while out but i got a pokestop across the street from me my grandfather church which i found it awesome yet funny to me
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  17. Valkart

    Valkart GBAtemp Fan

    Jun 24, 2009
    In my city, most people picked Blue or Red teams. I picked Yellow (to play in hard mode maybe?). Today I walked for like... 6 hours, only resting 1h to lunch and it was fun.
  18. Abcdfv

    Abcdfv What comes around goes around.

    Dec 24, 2013
    United States
    I spent my weekend mugging people who were too busy looking at their phones to pay attention to what's going on around them.
  19. Wellington2k

    Wellington2k DO YOU HAS?

    Nov 1, 2010
    United States
    Somewhere in this world of ours
    I spent the weekend meeting people, walking aimlessly around, talking with my college friends about owning all the gyms on campus, and getting a freak ton of excercise. Heck, they should label this game under fitness. XD
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  20. HaloEffect17

    HaloEffect17 Splatoon Fan

    Jul 1, 2015
    I think everyone knows the signature look of a person's stare in their phone if they are playing Pokemon GO. It looks like they're texting, but the difference is they have a brutally intense stare, sweating rolling down their face, and slight movements of the phone. It's hilarious.
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