Pokemon Go: Finally its here in the UK!I loved the original Pokemon games back from the 90s and as a 80's child Pokemon was one of the first games I played on a rare (now vintage) hand held gaming console. If you have not already seen my "Personal Experience: Pokemon Games of the 1990's" post please be sure to take a look at that also. I was thrilled when here in the UK we were able to get our hands on the brand new mobile "Pokemon Go" game.
|The cat brought in another bird|
It is a very quick and easy start to the game, first you have to make yourself a free "Trainer Account" which when created allows you to login to your Pokemon game from any other device. Which is a very useful feature if you have say, an iPhone and an iPad. It should mean that your game play is always synced so that you will never loose anything no matter what device you are using, just be sure to not login at the same time on both devices as that will be sure to cause issues unless the developer have already addressed this possible issue.
Once you have your "Trainer Account" you can then go on to create your own avatar, and username you can choose to be either a boy or girl and then choose what skin tone, hair colour, accessories, hat and clothing you want your character to wear, I was a little disappointed at the lack of choice but I am sure that new clothing and accessories can be added in the future.
|At least he wasn't in the road|
|Is this seat taken?|
The game uses local points of interest and marks them as the "PokeStop" places where you can collect free Pokeballs and find other items such as Eggs which you can hatch in an incubator. I am very lucky as there are six of these collection points within 5 minutes of walking around my house. I am also very lucky to have a "PokeGym" extremely close to my house, and I have joined Gym Mystic although I am yet to try this feature out. The Gym is unlocked at level 5.
Once thing that does stand out though and I feel it could be open to abuse is the "Incense Burner" which "Lures" Pokemon to the place it was activated, I believe it is only publicly visible (and also displays the player name of who activated it) when used on one of the "PokeStop" collection areas. Even though its activation lasts 30 minutes I can see this public display that is visible on everyone's device who is local to that area to also lure other real and dangerous "predators" to the location.
|Jigglypuff is taunting us|
|Zubat in the aquarium?|
The morning after I was having a bit of a dilemma with the game, I had run out of Pokeballs and it was raining outside so I didn't want to go out walking in the rain to collect more Pokeballs even though it was only a 5 minute walk away. So instead we got in the car and had a 6 mile drive up-to the nearest large town. Along the way and on the way back, I managed to collect 143 Pokeballs and 7 eggs from the "PokeStop" collection areas, I had just enough time when passing the location at 30-40 MPH to collect from most of the locations that we passed. I also managed to catch a couple of new Pokemon while we were waiting at the traffic lights.
|Should I turn the stove top on?|
My husband who was driving decided that it would be hilarious to kangaroo jump the car when he saw I was attempting to capture a wild "Pidgeoto" that was at the side of the road. He did make sure it was safe to do so as there was no traffic around us but needless to say - that "Pidgeoto"... got away.
Also it appear that while you are moving faster than walking speed, this will not incubate your eggs. I travelled 6 miles in the car and still my 2 kilometre egg had not hatched, it must only register if below a certain speed... probably maxed out around 3-5 miles per hour.
Today it has been extremely difficult to get onto the game itself due to their server issues, but this was resolved in a few hours, apparently a DDOS attack which is basically opening and closing ports on their game servers continually until it just blocks up and wont let any more connections through. This in my opinion is very poor technicians knowledge server side as no-one in their right mind would leave ports open that could cause such disruption to such a big game. Safety and security should be first priority - and then profits.
|Rattata in the bath!|
Useful Pokemon Go Links
- Official Pokemon Go website www.pokemongo.com
- You can download Pokemon Go for free on the Apple App Store
- You can download Pokemon Go for free on the Android Google Store