...but a lot of that is false. The game forces you to get out and explore to be successful. And not just drive somewhere and plant your ass on a bench or something...but actually walk around to trigger the monsters to pop out.
Getting active and getting exercise is the way to succeed. A lot of games have tried to use their appeal to get people off the couch and moving around, but not in numbers like what this game has. Shit...PornHubs traffic has taken a hit. Do you know what kind of events affect traffic to PornHub? The Super Bowl, the World Cup, the Olympics...and now a free to download phone application.
That also speaks to the audience that Pokémon GO has, because...I know we live in a messed up world (Donald Trump is the Republican candidate for the Presidency for Christ sake), but I would like to think that children have other things that they are ignoring now other than PornHub. I can be cynical, but I'm really hoping that that particular dip in traffic came from a slightly older demographic...more like myself. And I know it's true.
I've gone out...gotten off the couch and tried to go find the best spots, and found others like myself...near 30 and still feel nostalgic of when we first got the original Pokémon Red and Blue back in 1998.
For whatever reason we have to play this game...we are legion, for we are many.
So, despite its truly ridiculous popularity, Pokémon GO is a largely incomplete app. For one, it is built on the bones of another Niantic game, Ingress. Ingress is also an augmented reality type massively multiplayer mobile application, but it has a much more science fiction/secret agent skew to it. The "Pokéstops" and "Gyms" directly tie back to where the "Portals" are in Ingress, and areas of greater Pokémon density tie back to Ingress' areas of high "Exotic Matter" concentration.
There are still a lot of things that Niantic wants to do with Pokémon GO that wasn't already setup and based in something functioning in Ingress, so they rolled Pokémon GO out without it. Things that are staples of the Pokémon brand, like trading and 1-on-1 battles, things that were promised when ads started popping up for the game a year or so ago, are things that we're just going to have to wait for. For right now, all we've got are catching 'em all and quasi battles.
I'd give them flack for rolling out an incomplete game, but I can't really throw stones when I've been playing daily since the Day 1 launch.
I do have a question though, for both Ingress and Pokémon GO...how did they determine the landmarks and whatever else that they were going to use for Portals/Pokéstops/Gyms? Some I understand...churches and places of public interest...sure. But, okay...I was driving back from my parents house the other day taking a longer route home and occasionally stopping at places that looked like they might be more ideal for getting out and doing a little hunting. I saw something strange though...as I was passing by the Moore funeral home and cemetery, where my Grandaddy currently resides in the Mausoleum, over a dozen stops out there...and even a gym(Yes, I already said it, we shouldn't be doing this while we are driving, but I'm scanning the area while at a stop sign or a light. Still not great, but at least I'm not doing it weaving in and out of traffic). A target rich environment at a graveyard? I kind of had to go check it out. So I went out there, made a quick stop by my Grandaddy's spot to chat for a bit, tell him what I was doing, and started making the round.