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Monsters and humans two years after the hype



In 2016, Pokémon Go is playing everybody's lips and running on millions of smartphones. What happened to the hyper-surrounding the first great bigger game?

Manuel Müller

Chen San-juan, known as the Pokémon's grandfather, collects monsters in Taiwan with 15 smartphones, one spare battery and a bicycle. (Picture: Tyrone Siu / Reuters)

Chen San-juan, known as the Pokémon's grandfather, collects monsters in Taiwan with 15 smartphones, one spare battery and a bicycle. (Picture: Tyrone Siu / Reuters)

Poor, little monsters. Her freshness did not help her anymore. By contrast, whatever they are all hiding and the happier they are, more hackers follow the suit. It was in 2016, it was the time when the era of free monsters came to an end. For thousands of years the monsters were not recognizable and undisturbed by the forests, swimming in the lakes and staring at the sun. Everywhere there was danger. Hundreds were hunted, caught and locked in bags; From Japan to California, thousands, and even millions, people were on hold. Their cities had previously been vacant and the two-seas were blind – now their eyes were opened. And everywhere they saw: Pokémon.

The hunting season is not over

For decades, little monsters appeared as fantastic creatures on Gameboys and consoles – now they could be traced back to the wild. Pokemon Go was possible, whether it was a forest, a lake or a grass, every concealment revealed the application of Niantic Inc. In 2016, their application was downloaded more than 500 million times, media reported: Monster Hunting is On! You just have to go to the door, you can find pocket monsters. One must not neglect the health effect. And besides, for the first time, there is a game that connects worlds – they call it an expanded reality.

This was not good news for a free Pokémon in the world. In their happiness, Pokémon Go was a bit of a problem with the server at first. In addition, the reports soon accumulated that hunters sometimes ran from posts, helpless people came to the edges and drivers stared at smartphones. Hiper disappears, people in public places have shrunk, and some trainers are tired of hunting. It looked like monsters could catch some air.

Still on top 10

But the impression is wicked. Also in 2017 Pokémon Go was one of the top ten most downloaded mobile games and now played more than two billion dollars. The number of users shrank, but in May 2018, as many Pokemon coaches were holding as never before, over the course of the year, total downloads increased to more than 800 million. Niantic constantly improves game mechanics and adds additional features: research missions have been bombarded for some time, and local time affects Pokémon.

But who still knows the old Game Boy and the console versions, they should mourn them. Although most of them today are completely obsolete, they were an attractive and addictive fact that Pokémon Go's appearance is unlikely. Games have promoted the collective sky on multiple levels, with Pokémon attracting countless (effective) items, role-playing and story elements, clear directions ahead, without the right equipment or the skills you've ever been stuck. On the other hand, "Go" is still fairly simple, especially in terms of tactical capabilities – the combat mode lags behind even for games of the nineties.

Where are you? Everywhere, or almost everywhere, they are the little monsters of Pokémon Goa. (Picture: PD)

Where are you? Everywhere, or almost everywhere, they are the little monsters of Pokémon Goa. (Picture: PD)

For Poké fans, he hopes that over the years Niantic can build the complexity that has given so much pleasure to the past (and now with the new Pokémon: Let's go to the Nintendo Switch). So walking fun would be a puzzle with friends – as in the old stories of television and boys of spicy games in the millennium. Small people and cute monsters became friends at that time.


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