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Things I Have Learnt in My First Week of Playing Pokémon Go [20160725|11:02]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Things I Have Learnt in My First Week of Playing Pokémon Go:

  • Popping a Lucky Egg, deploying incense and hanging out by a Pokéstop that's got a lure going is an orgy of Pokémon collecting joy.
  • Likewise, saving up evolvable Pokémon until you've popped a Lucky Egg is an XP explosion of levelling-up delight.
  • The game is not well suited to rural environments. We have a single Pokéstop within a 1 mile radius, and we have to leave the house to get to it. I know, I know the point of the game is to go out walking, but it's quite difficult to do when you have small children that you can't leave alone/asleep in the house and they don't understand this sudden continual urge to amble up and down the canal towpath that their parents have developed.
  • If you can't regularly hit up a Pokéstop for a supply, Pokéballs are a precious resource not to be wasted on annoying, relatively low CP Pokémon that keep jumping out of your Pokéballs. I have a hard limit of 3 Pokéballs per Pokémon.
  • OTOH, living next to a canal means you get a lot of water-based Pokémon. I have caught a lot of Magicarp, which are apparently hard to find in other places. This is good because for some reason it takes 400 Magicarp candy to evolve one of the bloody things, whereas most other low- and mid-level Pokémon only need either 12 or 50. I'm up to 125 [ed: transposed the numbers. It was 152. Now 160] Magicarp candies.
  • I don't know what a Magicarp evolves into, but it'd better be pretty fantastic.
  • Wow, it's a battery-killer. I get a max of one hour of play out of a fully charged battery with the screen brightness turned all the way down and no other applications running. My phone's getting a bit tetchy (it's almost two years old), so that doesn't help, but even the bloke's relatively new phone doesn't last much longer.
  • Hatching an egg is a great way to make yourself get a lot of low-key exercise. The GPS tracking is calibrated so you can't fool it by driving (unless you're going under 10 mph), cycling or even running. You must walk, although I have managed to find a single exception...
  • ...Riding a London bus during commuter hours. Because the buses are travelling pretty slowly and they stop frequently, you can enter the minigame to catch Pokémon and not lose them. You also rack up the mileage (kilometerage?) on your incubating eggs, again because you are traveling slowly.
  • The Tube is not good for playing the game. Despite the stops, even if you're above ground you often lose 4G/3G signal and thus attempts to catch Pokémon end in wasted Pokéballs, which is always a bad thing.
  • I have hatched, evolved or collected 50 out of the currently available 147 Pokémon. If there's an update with more soon I may have to start putting (even more limits) on myself on when I'm allowed to play.
  • Three-year-olds are pretty good at throwing Pokéballs.
  • A good 3/4 of the people I've had passing conversations with in the past week happened explicitly because both the other person and myself were visibly playing the game.
  • I'm level 13+ 14 [ed: after today's lunchtime Pokéwalk] and I still haven't joined a team or visited a gym. You can tell which aspects of the game I like best, no?
  • I haven't had this much fun or been this hooked on a game since...well, since Neko Atsume. :P

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[User Picture]From: daphnep
2016-07-25 12:11 (UTC)
That's so funny, because one of my coworkers was just saying that her bus commute was giving her a good Pokemon advantage! It's just slow enough. She pokemons all the way to work and back.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2016-07-25 14:18 (UTC)
:D I knew I couldn't be the only one.

Actually, last week I had a very sweet experience on my bus ride in to work. I stood up at my stop, felt someone watching me and turned around. The green-haired girl behind me, smiling beatifically, held up her phone as I disembarked so I could see she'd been playing the whole way too. And she waved as the bus pulled away. I'm still smiling about it just typing this!
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[User Picture]From: pax_athena
2016-07-25 17:43 (UTC)
I do have a ton of stops around me - but mainly boooring Pokemon (although at least I do also get a decent number of drowzees and so have a two strong Hypnos, but mostly it's Zubats and Spearows and whatever the pidgeons are called and the stupid birds take ages to catch, even when they are low level). So yeah, I may have taken the bus to that old "historic site" cemetery on the other end of the town I wanted to visit for ages to see what I can catch there yesterday (Magikarp *_* Evee *_* Oddish *_*). And I would have gladly stayed another few hours, wandering around and looking at old graves and beautiful landscape if my phone battery did not give up. I may also have sat in the Harvard bookstore for 45 min, waiting for my phone to have enough battery for the walk home from the bus stop.

Ehem, sorry XD This game is kind of an obsession. But I did as much walking on the weekend as I usually only do if I take proper hiking trips. So: win. This is what I wanted from this game.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2016-07-25 20:11 (UTC)
I would love to be getting more Zubats. I get annoyed by the Pidgeys and Weedles that I only want for the candies but require multiple Pokéballs to capture. Hence the 3-ball-maximum rule (which is down to 1 for Pidgeys).

I want more Oddish! Also, Jigglypuffs. <3

I do believe that Pokémon Go is ringing in phone gaming's finest hour. Once they have the server stability issue resolved, it'll be on top of the world.
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[User Picture]From: impix
2016-07-26 07:44 (UTC)
Play Ingress! Seriously, if you like this you'll love it (if you haven't given it a go already). We played for two years and it was awesome.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2016-07-26 09:56 (UTC)
I read somewhere that Niantic developed Ingress, and that Ingress' game data forms the backbone of the structure of Pokémon Go, e.g. where the Pokéstops and gyms are.
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[User Picture]From: impix
2016-07-26 10:39 (UTC)
Yes - Ingress portals are Pokemon stops. You can do a lot more in Ingress though. We used to take part in real time events around London, battling it out with the blues!
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[User Picture]From: owlfish
2016-08-06 10:42 (UTC)
Yes, and this is why we have a Pokestop nearly across the street from us! Five years ago, C was an Ingress playing and put in a (granted) request for that Portal, now Pokestop.
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[User Picture]From: mysterysquid
2016-07-27 11:04 (UTC)
My phone is getting on a bit, so I'm passing on this one for now...
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2016-07-27 12:01 (UTC)
TBH, it's quite a time-sink, so it may be for the best...!
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