That Pokemon thing



  • Just thought we should "thread" this phenomenon - Pokemon Go
     
    I don't do it but know plenty of young uns who do
     
    Haven't seen anything capture the attention on such a global scale - Rubiks cube, yo yo, nah
     
    Wondering just how it will die out
     
    Anyone do it? Jegga, c'mon mate fess up 🙂  Dogmeat?...



  • Wondering just how it will die out

    Of course, people will just get bored, attention spans and all that.
     



  • Took the boy for a walk up to the shops last night  (about 3km round trip) and he borrowed his Mum's phone to play it - he wasn't going to walk with me at all until that happened.
     
    Its interesting from a tech point of view in the way it presents AR (Augmented Reality) to the user in an easily-consumed way. The integration with Google is also a winner, and phone companies love it because its data-intensive.
     
    The question is whether it can layer the game design to make it attractive ongoing to the user (http://www.cracked.com/article_18461_5-creepy-ways-video-games-are-trying-to-get-you-addicted.html)
     
    Things like Candy Crush and Hay Day are addictive because they're simple actions, repeated, with gradual increases in difficulty versus achievement and preening.
     
    If it gets fat kids off couches, maybe its worth it.



  • kids are all on it - warned that if anyone goes over data plan Dad will be pissed and iphones removed.
     
    The kids are certainly getting off their bums and running around the neighbourhood.



  • My mum called me on Friday, and was clearly quite agitated. My younger brother (20yo) is home for the uni holidays, and for a few nights in a row was leaving the house with a mate at midnight and returning a few hours later.
     
    She thought he was out scoring drugs... turns out he was just hunting Pokemon with his mate.
     
    As his older brother, I'm not sure which I prefer!



  • I'll wait till the same tech has me finding Jessica Alba in my bedroom.
     
    Actually that'll be next year. Me & the missus with a VR Gear on each, having sex & seeing Alba & one of the Hemsworths (she's not fussed which one)
     
    It is interesting technology & the best thing is its got kids off the couch.



  • Great to get the kids out and about.
    Adults however - you should be ashamed of yourselves - do something more worthwhile, like dressing up in Lycra and going out on your bike or jogging.



  • Great to get the kids out and about.
    Adults however - you should be ashamed of yourselves - do something more worthwhile, like dressing up in Lycra and going out on your bike or jogging.

    Laying on the couch Tindering / following Donald Trump on Twitter & waiting for "Asian teen creampie" to finish buffering?



  • Yeah if it gets kids off the couch then all good but the amount of adults playing it is a bit concerning.
     
    Prefer geocaching myself which has some similarities but none of this stupid pokemon crap



  • Laying on the couch Tindering / following Donald Trump on Twitter & waiting for "Asian teen creampie" to finish buffering?

    Depends which one is the money shot



  • I've shared a number of Memes on FB telling people what I think of Pokémon.
     
    My kids love sitting geeking out on iphones, laptops, tablets and all that shit and if they've been good they can fill their boots, fair enough, there are some fun things that I enjoy doing on there too.
     
    Flipside of that is they never have fizzy drink, rarely have lollies or Maccas ( these are genuine treats which they appreciate ) and I always have them out on walks, playing at the park, wrestles and lightsabre fighting ( this can be painful but it's great for co-ordination ) neither of them are particularly "sporty" as such but I'm hoping that will come.



  • Yeah if it gets kids off the couch then all good but the amount of adults playing it is a bit concerning.
     
    Prefer geocaching myself which has some similarities but none of this stupid pokemon crap

    I'm an adult but was of the Pokemon generation so can understand why there might be quite a few hooked. I captured every single Pokemon on my Nintendo Gameboy back in the day. Good times.
     
    I've been waiting for them to release a Pokemon game on smart phones, it's fucking years overdue, and now they've released one that requires me to get my fat ass off the couch and walk around the streets looking for the buggers - no thanks!
     
    I just want them to remake the game as it was, expect with better graphics.
     
    🙂



  • I'm of that generation too mate. Still think it's fucked that adults are doing it. Had to unfriend a couple on Facebook



  • Just thought we should "thread" this phenomenon - Pokemon Go
     
    I don't do it but know plenty of young uns who do
     
    Haven't seen anything capture the attention on such a global scale - Rubiks cube, yo yo, nah
     
    Wondering just how it will die out
     
    Anyone do it? Jegga, c'mon mate fess up 🙂  Dogmeat?...

    Did you not see my response in the Age Poll?
     
    I led a deprived childhood. No gadgets just sport, playing in the bush etc
     
    As an adult I have tended to restrict myself to activities like aerobic drinking



  • I'm of that generation too mate. Still think it's fucked that adults are doing it. Had to unfriend a couple on Facebook

    I'm a year older than you JK ( I think ) and I honestly have no idea what any of this Pokémon shit is......but you defriending people is beyond awesome !



  • I'm a year older than you JK ( I think ) and I honestly have no idea what any of this Pokémon shit is......but you defriending people is beyond awesome !

    Ok you got me. My wife is the young one. I'm old too like you but not quite as old. I know what pokemon is but I think was too old for it when it come out and guess what, still too old now too.



  • I was lucky enough to miss the Pokémon thing first time, so am missing it again.



  • I resist this sort of shit at all costs and Pokémon is no exception. I'll be interested to see if the boys come back from school next week talking about it ( school holidays at the moment as all fellow parents will know ).
     
    My view is that there's enough interesting stuff out there already without adding stupid fucken imaginary shit. I take my boys to the Wellington windmill, Wrights Hill ( where they are fascinated in the cannons that were to protect us from Japanese invaders in WW2 ), Kaitoke Park etc. Pro Pokémon ( fuck even the name gives me the shits ) folk will say it gives you an excuse to visit places but why need an excuse ? My view is to go out, experience nature and get the lungs working then come home and blob out and play with electronics/DVDs etc if that's what they want.



  • Someone telling others on the internet why he's a better parent than you is always awesome



  • Someone telling others on the internet why he's a better parent than you is always awesome

    It's not unlike threads on driving, we're all awesome as individuals and the rest of the world is shit.


  • Banned

    My boys haven't gotten into this yet but only one has a phone and he doesn't have the data to catch imaginary Japanese cartoons.
    I heard people were also going into a holocaust museum looking for these things. Have there been any deaths recorded yet?



  • My boys haven't gotten into this yet but only one has a phone and he doesn't have the data to catch imaginary Japanese cartoons.
    I heard people were also going into a holocaust museum looking for these things. Have there been any deaths recorded yet?

    Headhunters Gang HQ as well apparently....



  • I've been playing it with my kids, i find their excitement to be quite infectious. I typically don't let the kids play video games for more than 10 minutes each per day (after they've done their Reading Eggs lessons) but this one is slightly better in that it has them running around outside. We've actually learnt a bit about our neighbourhood that we otherwise would not have (like how many churches of various christian denominations there are !). 
     
    I had lunch at the Opera Bar near the Sydney Opera House today - lots of cops around because Joe Biden is in town but whats amazing is how many people are playing PokemonGo around there. Hundreds of people and everyone seems really friendly about it too.
     
    The way Niantech have monetized PokemonGo is whats most interesting for me. Niantech are reportedly pulling in $1.6m a day, many businesses are buying lures for pokestops nearby and seeing an immediate uptick in foot traffic for what is approximately only $2.60 per hour.
    I read somewhere that Niantechs next move is to have sponsored Pokestops which will cost businesses on a per visit basis.



  • phoenetia - I posted up an AR video in the "Awesome Things" thread. Monetisation and reward behaviour are just a step away with the right wearable - even contact lenses!



  • I know very little about Pokemon Go apart from some kids in US have already been shot at as they were in a car late at night "acting suspicious"
    Does anyone know what the business model is behind it - do you pay for an app to play or is there advertising involved?



  • the NSA developed it so they can collect the data of millions of people wandering around looking at shit...



  • Too many grumpy old bastards on this thread. I have the barest clue as to what the whole Pokemon thing is all about, but it's keeping a lot of people happy and getting them off the couch, so good luck to them.



  • A girl at work who is SUPER EXCITED about it tried to explain, but I couldnae do it.
     
    Look, if it was finding a Hemsworth or Henry Cavill, I'd be all over that shit, but Pokemon? Fucking nope.
     
    (Great for kiddies though, good on them.)



  • They should do an ISIS edition. Wander around looking for 72 virgins - all located on very busy roads.
    That should do the trick.



  • Too many grumpy old bastards on this thread. I have the barest clue as to what the whole Pokemon thing is all about, but it's keeping a lot of people happy and getting them off the couch, so good luck to them.

    Yeah, I'm a fan too (of it existing, not of playing it), if people want to scamper about catching them good luck to them. Even better if it gets the odd dad to go for a walk round a park with his kids while they catch some.
     
    It does amaze me that people talk about how sad it is for adults to do this, but will happily play Championship Manager or GTA for an entire weekend. Or rewatch a Super game to see what they missed first time round. Or spend a day at the golf watching a blokes swing. I watched a solid hour of 2 & Half Men last night. That I'd already seen before. Going for a walk & bagging a Pokemon would have been a huge step up from that. Even tho' Megan Fox was in it.
     
    Almost all pastimes are sad to someone.



  • Just unfriended another. To be fair, I was just looking for an excuse with this one



  • Yeah, I'm a fan too (of it existing, not of playing it), if people want to scamper about catching them good luck to them. Even better if it gets the odd dad to go for a walk round a park with his kids while they catch some.
     
    It does amaze me that people talk about how sad it is for adults to do this, but will happily play Championship Manager or GTA for an entire weekend. Or rewatch a Super game to see what they missed first time round. Or spend a day at the golf watching a blokes swing. I watched a solid hour of 2 & Half Men last night. That I'd already seen before. Going for a walk & bagging a Pokemon would have been a huge step up from that. Even tho' Megan Fox was in it.
     
    Almost all pastimes are sad to someone.

    Or post tens of thousands of times on a "rugby" forum



  • Or post tens of thousands of times on a "rugby" forum



  • It's the visibility that makes this trend different.
     
    Normally a video game/app will come out and be massively popular, but people will be playing it behind closed doors so it's not really noticeable. But with Pokemon people are out and about, crowding public spaces, parks etc. 
     
    One of the reasons why IMO this has been more frenzied than most gaming trends, inspiring stronger reactions both for and against.



  • It still remains to be seen if this is another Words With Friends - where everybody played it for about a month, then it died.
     
    Should be released in Japan in next couple of days.  It's going to go absolutely mental then.



  • I know very little about Pokemon Go apart from some kids in US have already been shot at as they were in a car late at night "acting suspicious"
    Does anyone know what the business model is behind it - do you pay for an app to play or is there advertising involved?

    The game is free and theres no advertising.
    Theres an ingame shop where its possible to purchase coins that can be exchanged for items that expedite progress.
     
    Most of the stuff for purchase are pretty standard however the AR aspect brings a different element.
    The aim of the game is to collect Pokemon. Tracking them down in the wild takes a long time as it requires the player to physically navigate the real world however its possible to buy lures that can be inserted into a pokestop which attracts Pokemons to a fixed real world location for 30 minutes. 
    Everyone in the game can see a pokestop as having a lure so people go flocking to that location in the real world so they can nab some pokemon in the augmented world.
     
    At present, its not just players who are buying the lures - businesses are buying them too because it attracts lots of people to their location.
    Its this characteristic coupled with the Pokemon franchise that differentiates it from all that have come before it. 
    As I mentioned earlier, the next step is for Niantech to offer pokestops for purchase to businesses and charge on a per visit basis.



  • The BIG thing its done is for battery pack sales - it drains battery like a mofo (not to mention data) so portable USB lithium is running out the door.



  • Pokemon Go players in Bosnia warned to steer clear of land mines. Games getting a bit too real.



  • It still remains to be seen if this is another Words With Friends - where everybody played it for about a month, then it died.
     
    Should be released in Japan in next couple of days.  It's going to go absolutely mental then.

    I'm still playing it now!



  • The BIG thing its done is for battery pack sales - it drains battery like a mofo (not to mention data) so portable USB lithium is running out the door.

    Ha, TR Jnr is at his Nanas and rang up after they had been out geocaching and my brother turned up and took him to look for some pokemon and he's like dad, I have to get Pokemon Go! It uses loads of battery and data, but is so cool! 
     
    Am guessing thats what his uncle told him anyway!


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