Day 1: Pokemon Go is it good?

Hmm Brad do you really think it’s a good idea to share what will be an unpopular opinion as your first blog post for Blaugaust  ever? Well I don’t care. 😛 

So you mostly know what about Pokemon Go, especially if you have stumbled onto this Blog. The short answer as a game Pokemon Go is not a good game, as a game any way. What is a game (hmm something I can do a full blog post on… Brad take a hint)  it needs a advocacy, game mechanics, a win condition and most importantly a lose state.

Though, that’s not a really the main reason why it’s not a good game. The two main game play currently is catching Pokemon and attacking gyms.

The mechanics of catching Pokemon is  really just a basic paper toss game that has overly touchy curve ball detection (fixed in the patch pushed on the 31st) and harder to gauge distance with little reference given. I personally play with out the VR on as it’s even harder to gauge the distance with it. I could go on about this a lot more, but I’m not looking to do a full break down of it. I propose this question keep every thing the same about catching them, but strip out Pokemon and make it say real animals. Will this part of the game hold up on its own?

Gyms are a bit better on mechanics as they do have some tactics and encourages you to get together to take down a gyms. Though they have a massive problem as casual players can’t do any thing effective to help their team attack or help level one. As the CP of the Pokemon you catch is based on your level, if you’re not playing the game a lot your probably sitting around level 16 maybe even 20. I think I have been playing a lot (currently level 20) and I can’t do much to most gyms. I guess you can call gyms the End game for Pokemon GO, but that just means that you’re stuck just catching Pokemon and visiting Pokestops until you’re among the top leveled players. When you get the games premium currency from holding gyms it just doesn’t feel right limiting the currency gain to only the top players. Over all I don’t think Gyms are great atm, attacking one is fun, but for me at least the fun is mostly gone as its so pretty much out of my reach to impact them in a meaning way.

Over all I’m still playing it most days for a hour or so after work, but not because its good which as game it isn’t (obviously in my opinion). Why do I and I think so many people keep playing it? It’s game play loop is very good at triggering your reward circuit and  when paid with the nostalgia people have for Pokemon, well yeah.

Any way, just some of my thoughts on Pokemon Go. cya tomorrow (okay later today)


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