Pokemon Go ARG by Niantic (a Google company)

Stengah wrote:

A fair number of those stories have been about people having the cops called on them or stopping on their own to see why people are hanging out in weird places or walking late at night where the cops end up being really cool about it or even players themselves. Given the past week, hearing stories where cops and civilians are getting along has been much needed.

I was stopped/questioned by police a good countless times during the three years I was an avid geocacher. Almost all of the interactions were very positive. Every serious geocacher I know has lots of stories about getting questioned by the police. A friend of mine was particularly good at getting officers to help us find the cache. I started up again a few months ago at a much more leisurely pace, and already have been stopped twice since then.

The difficult part is when the officer hasn't heard of geocaching, which fortunately has gotten rarer in the past five years. Some officers "get" it, and others think it's the stupidest thing they've ever heard of. I was thinking the other night how I would explain Pokemon Go to an officer, which would be even more challenging. "Yes, I'm a grown man, out in a park at night by myself. I'm trying to catch the Pikachu right on the picnic bench there. Can't you see it?"

I think PokeGo bricked my iPhone. It won't hold a charge anymore. When plugged in, it tries to boot up, but it won't.

Man's house accidentally made into Pokemon gym
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(Who knows if this is real or not).

American volunteer fighting ISIS with the Kurdish militias caught his first Pokemon on the Mosul frontline.

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Pokemon Go isn't in Afghanistan last I checked.

And update: I was finally able to hard reset the phone.

My new regular morning walk has been altered and hits 3 gyms and 9 PokeStops and from this mornings tracking outlines about 10+ different Pokemon types throughout the walk. At this point I'm thinking I should be able to pay for free with regular morning farming.

Still not sure what team to pick. Any suggestions? The three gyms seem to be or have turned blue and have scary looking Pokemon on them.

Welp, I think I'm done. Still having to log in after closing the app really did it in for me. Maybe I'll try back after an update or something.

Mosul is in Iraq, not Afghanistan.

There are GPS spoofers people can use too, though they'll likely be banned for it.

I've never had to reenter my password when reopening the app (other than sometimes having to hit "Sign in with Google")... I think there's a setting in your Google account under the authentication stuff that lets it "remember" a device.

I uninstalled on my main business phone and reinstalled on my personal phone. This game is a battery killer but a great babysitting device on the road.

Also getting some serious steps done recently. My doctor would approve of this game.

OK, chucked this onto the iPhone a few hours ago.

This is surprisingly (to Pokemon-illiterate old me) fun and addictive. It's also gotten me out walking on the still-in-rehab leg, so that's been great.

Finally, it explains some really weird traffic (etc.) behavior in my neighborhood the past day or so.

Ran to the grocery store with the boy, went to the parking lot of the big athletic fields/park across the street. Five Pokestops within short walking distance (sign, water tower, pavilion, skate park sign, walking path sign). Saw at least four groups of people making the same transit we did, and wound up talking to a bunch of people about it.

I have been informed by my son that the cool people join the blue team, so I guess that's what I'll do after a few more Pokemon put me up to level 5.

Milk man's kid is right. Cool kids do indeed join the blue team.

So straight up, the Mayor of our local town owns our closest Gym right now.

They buried the lede...the Australian trying to catch 'em all with a flamethrower is pure gold.

And yes, all the cool kids are Blue. I don't see many yellows, and Reds are insane. They took over Boston yesterday. I mean, they plotted on Facebook to just storm the city. The Redcoats have returned.

I'm trying to find where in my house I can most consistently reach the Pokestop across the street. I would lure all the livelong day.

Melbourne seems to have a largely Blue focus, and I like the research narrative for Mystic, Red do seem a bit millitant. I'm tempted to go Yellow just because they seem the riskiest (like hufflepuff) and I've yet to see a yellow Gym. But I just know it's me shooting myself in the foot in terms of progression not to go with the strongest team.

Gym battles would be fun if they worked. I get the 1Hp bug pretty much on every gym that has more than one Pokemon in it.

Has anyone had success with the tracking feature? I get that one footprint = less than 100 meters and so on, and that when the box is flashing you're getting closer to your target. But I'm awful at finding anything that Is more than 100 meters away with it. Usually it'll flash for a bit, then the target Pokemon will vanish. It doesn't seem to follow logic.

I'm Yellow and we are owning my area here in Connecticut pretty hard....

This game is awesome and is totally going to accelerate my electric bike plans! So much fun!

I'm Red. Most of my campus and friends are Blue. Public Safety is Yellow. You can tell the people that are playing because they are odd lurkers on campus. I can see Public Safety not allowing non-campus resident students on because they aimlessly drive and are clearly playing as the driver. And that's a huge liability if something happens.

Regardless, there's a fun battle going between the factions.

Took my son to catch some around the Opera House. There were huge crowds of Pokémon tourists ranging about, especially around a spot with 4 stops. It was apparently a good site to get Pikachu but we weren't lucky enough. I bagged a seaking at 696CP as the highlight of the trip. It is seriously popular in town.

What are the main differences/benefits/losses to fighting an opposing teams gym vs training at a friendly gym?

troubleshot wrote:

What are the main differences/benefits/losses to fighting an opposing teams gym vs training at a friendly gym?

When you are attacking an enemy gym you use six of your pokemon, the more of the enemy pokemon you defeat the more prestige you remove from the gym. As you knock the gym down in levels the weaker pokemon are ejected back to their players at one hit point (not fainted). At level zero the gym goes gray and anyone nearby can slot a pokemon into it to claim the gym. Your pokemon that are defeated are knocked out and must be revived and healed with potions.

When you are training an allied gym you use a single pokemon. The more of the allies you defeat the more prestige you add to the gym. When it gains a level an empty slot will be added, and you can either add your own pokemon (if you don't already have one at that gym) or leave it for another ally to fill. When your pokemon is defeated it has one hit point, but doesn't need to be revived.

In addition to the six pokemon/one pokemon rule attacking a gym seems to lower prestige more than training it does. I haven't been able to experiment with that much because fighting the gym is when the game is at it's most finicky. I constantly get the "can't kill the enemy" bug, and have only had a handful of gym fights where that doesn't happen.

Edwin wrote:

(Who knows if this is real or not).

American volunteer fighting ISIS with the Kurdish militias caught his first Pokemon on the Mosul frontline.

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I can sort of believe it, I am currently in Kuwait because my Uncle Sam said I should play in the sandbox for a little while and around the area here I have already noticed some Pokestops and I do believe the camp gym is an actual gym in game. Haven't had much time to go out and explore and it might be interesting to try and explain myself to the MP/Security Forces out here what I am doing.

I'm on team yellow. I've seen some gyms held by red but haven't seen any blue owned gyms yet.

Godzilla Blitz wrote:

Has anyone had success with the tracking feature? I get that one footprint = less than 100 meters and so on, and that when the box is flashing you're getting closer to your target. But I'm awful at finding anything that Is more than 100 meters away with it. Usually it'll flash for a bit, then the target Pokemon will vanish. It doesn't seem to follow logic.

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Btw those rasberry things make the targets less likely to escape a capture but at the same time makes it harder to toss a Pokeball.

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Alt Text wrote:
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Still waiting for the Pokémon Go update that lets you capture strangers' pets.