It’s time. The end of all civilization is now upon us. Pokemon GO has been released in the US, Australia, and New Zealand. Of course the real barrier between this game ending the world, is its ridiculously priced micro-transactions. Thanks to Niantic including them we’re all probably safe.
You start out your journey in the world of Pokemon like every other game. You sign a terms and conditions agreement and then are greeted by a professor (in case you missed it, that was a joke). This professor isn’t anywhere near as shirtless as the professor from Pokemon Sun and Moon, and his name is professor Willow. He’ll help you capture your first Pokemon, and then leave you to explore on your own. He also failed to mention micro transactions and instead said visiting landmarks could get you more items. I guess like a lot of professors, that isn’t his department.
On the latest official Pokemon Go blogpost John Hanke expressed his excitement at all the possibilities. “We’re excited that Pokémon fans and gamers can now start exploring their very own neighborhoods and cities to capture Pokémon using the Pokémon GO app. Players can discover and catch more than 100 Pokémon from the original Red and Blue games, take Pokémon into battle against other Pokémon at Gyms, uncover items including a variety of types of Poké Balls and eggs at PokéStops, hatch and train new Pokémon, and more.”
Pokemon Go has been a long time coming, and Dorkly predicted what would happen if a real Pokemon MMO was released back in 2013. Now it’s here, and it feels different. It isn’t 100% what the Pokemon games have been up until now. Which is odd for many people, because the Pokemon games have followed a very familiar strategy and path since the beginning. This is basically a new start to Pokemon, and time will show us if it goes over as well. After all, all those fans of only the first 150 will be happy. Or at least they should since there are only Pokemon from the original versions available to catch. That is at least until the next few updates roll around.
Pokemon Go has a lot of potential. Getting people outside to play a game and build a community at regular, real world, gathering places is unique and interesting. However, there have also already been a lot of people catching Pokemon by sitting in their bathroom. We’ll see if they’re a small faction, or the majority of players in the Pokemon World. So, how do you feel about Pokemon Go now that it’s been released in a few countries? Are you still waiting for your country to get a release? Let me know in the comments below.
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Written by Spencer Havens