OT: Pokemon GO launches

Submitted by MGoRob on July 8th, 2016 at 1:39 PM

So, the much delayed and anticipated Pokemon GO launched in the US the other day. Let your inner-kid rejoice.

Despite several glaring issues: battery drain, server crashes, etc., it looks to be trending really high on social media.  I'll assume I'm not the only who has noticed random people running all over town trying to catch Pokemon.

For those of you not aware, Nintendo and Niantic, Inc launched this free app to catch Pokemon in real-life using a smartphone and its GPS and camera.  Works of art generally serve as stations to gather supplies and points of interest serve as gyms to hold and defend gyms.

I'm currently not in AA, but was wondering what has been turned into gyms and Pokestations across campus?  Sadly you can only see your immediate surrounding area and not scroll to different parts of the country to look.


SIAP, didn't see anything in the antiquated search tool



My personal favorite stories thus far are about Australian police telling kids to GTFO of their police station that is a gym: http://wtkr.com/2016/07/07/australian-police-warn-pokemon-go-players-to…




July 8th, 2016 at 1:45 PM ^

There's a number of flaws, server issues most notably, but I've been enjoying the hell out of this thing so far.  Anything that is going to encourage kids (and adults) to get out and move and explore and maybe learn something about their city, I'm in.   


Also, a number of breweries near me in San Diego are gyms, and I'm gonna conquer them all or get drunk trying.  


July 8th, 2016 at 1:48 PM ^

I just overheard a coworker of mine named Rob talking about this, and specially complaining about battery. But he's a Sparty, so I don't think it's you.


July 8th, 2016 at 1:49 PM ^

Ok, so there are pokestops everywhere. like all over the place. from Chem frat to bills beer garden and much more. a lot of gyms too. one behind cliff keen near the track, one next to btb burrito and pizza bobs, one at washtenaw dairy, one at Blake transit, 3 or more in the arb. they are everywhere. the cube is one too. there is just so much that I can't go into it all and haven't explored it all.

Mr. Robot

July 8th, 2016 at 1:57 PM ^

I've ben pretty pissed with Nintendo for a while now, and this one is just another straw to throw on the pile.

I was actually looking forward to this, and then I went to download, and oops, sorry, we didn't bother making an x86 version for people like you who have a Zenfone 2.

I have never had this problem before. Every single app I've ever wanted, be it a large, multi-gigbyte mobile game or a simple utility app has rupported both ARM and x86 without issue, but somehow a multi-billion dollar company like Nintendo can't be bothered.

Same reason they can't be bothered to release a console with decent hardware and either no or completly optional gimmicks I guess.

Gentleman Squirrels

July 8th, 2016 at 1:58 PM ^

It's actually a lot of fun for people who grew up with the games and wanted to be real pokemon trainors. Also, its having a great effect health wise as a lot more people are walking around trying to find pokemon. I've read loads of stories of people walking 3 miles without realizing that they had. 


July 8th, 2016 at 1:59 PM ^

I've had it for a couple days now (sideloaded the Aussie/NZ APK, then got the official US one over the Play Store).

10/10, it has bugs and needs work on some features, but I absolutely love it.

Blue Team, because GO BLUE, duh.

Rumor has it the Big House is a Gym...


July 8th, 2016 at 2:04 PM ^

Walking is overrated.  I've found a couple of ways around it.  It just sits at my desk and pokemon are randomly appearing.  So far, I also just carry it in my pocket when walking places.  The phone vibrates when a pokemon gets to close and I capture it.  Don't need to walk around looking at the screen.


July 8th, 2016 at 2:11 PM ^

Pokemon is using the same points of interest as Ingress, a GPS real time game from the same people at Niantic.
Pokemon is fun, but FIX THE SERVERS!!!


July 8th, 2016 at 2:14 PM ^

that we as a society finally say fuck it and stop this charade of working 9-5 jobs.  Let's just admit that all we want to do anymore is dick off and drink and play mindless games on hand held electronic devices.  I'm all in favor, but I can't handle the hypocrisy of trying to accomplish anything meaningful or constructive.  The burden of living a double life is becoming unbearable


July 8th, 2016 at 6:24 PM ^

To be fair, some games are actually the polar opposite of mindless. Playing Tetris, for example, can induce the growth of neurons, improve cognition, and literally make your brain thicker. Could also help delay Alzheimer's.....which is pretty much a ticking time bomb with the potential for ugly/widespread epidemiological and emotional and economic implications.

But the Pokemon would not be included


July 8th, 2016 at 2:18 PM ^

Honestly, I've seen this Pokemon stuff pop up recently, but honestly, what is this all about? I thought it was a kids game. Why am I seeing adults freak out about this? What am I missing?

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