I forgot to mention this yesterday, but THE POKEMON BUDDY SYSTEM IS OUT ASLDFJWEOIFJASDLF
Look at my super cute n’ pudgy Clefable. He’s the best. I’m going to have like 400 Clefairy candies in the next month, watch me.
(You get a candy each time you walk a kilometer with a Clefairy/Clefable.)
I like the sizes of some of the different Pokemon when compared to your avatar.
Pokemon Go is dying, you say?
Behold, Prince Island Park!
These pictures were taken last Sunday, not today, but still. Lots of people. 99% of them playing Pokemon Go. While I was setting my first lure module on a Pokestop, Nate and I saw a bunch of people sprinting over to a certain area of the park. Turns out there was a Nidoking there. Later, a bunch of people went sprinting off in search of an Omanyte.
This game is fantastic.
SPEAKING OF POKEMON GO…
Here’s a calculator that estimates how long it will take you to get to level 40. It does so by taking your current amassed XP and dividing it by the number of days you’ve been playing to find your average daily XP gain. Then it calculates how many days it will take you to reach the 20,000,000 XP needed for level 40, assuming you continue to gain your average XP every day.
Here’s mine, by the way:
Well, Niantic certainly built this game to last, haha. Look at that bar at the bottom, showing the “distances” between levels. Here’s a plot I made to further illustrate it:
The amount of XP needed to go from level 39 to level 40 is more than the amount of XP needed to go from level 1 to level 34. That’s awesome.
Hot damn, I want one.
I may or may not be a little obsessed with Clefairy and Clefable right now. Blame the noises they make in Pokemon Go. And how soft and happy they look.
So Nate and I did a 24 mile walk today that put me over 1,000 miles on my shoes, over 2,000 miles for the year, and finally got us accomplishing our goal of walking to Southcentre and back. A few things worth noting on this walk:
We took another gym!
Pidgey Party 2016
This enormous caterpillar.
It’s hard to see exactly how big this bro was, but he was massive. Here’s my foot for scale.
A sign outside a florist’s.
Bonus picture: Jazzy with her tongue sticking out.
That’s fine! You’re completely allowed to have opinions about a game. But as soon as you start hating the players of said game? You probably need to chill.
Context: I have a surprising number of conservative, older friends on Facebook. They’re mostly teachers from high school and whatnot. A few of them post a lot of racist, bigoted garbage that I try to just ignore (at least, I did before just hiding their posts, haha).
Anyway, tonight after sending approximately 8,000 Pidgeys to the professor, I got the wonderful idea to see what these incredibly enlightened friends of mine thought of Pokemon Go. Was it the work of the devil? The work of Obama? The work of Muslims? THE WORK OF DEVIL MUSLIM OBAMA?!?!?!?! I checked out their pages, and yeah, pretty much:
LOL @ “mancard.” Seriously?
Let me ‘splain a thing. There’s a path alongside the Bow River here called the RiverWalk. It’s a path dedicated to cyclists/walkers/rollerbladers/skateborders/etc. so they can hang out by the river without fear of getting mowed over by crazy drivers. Usually there’s a decent amount of people out there, but I’ve never seen as many people out there as there were today.
Why where there so many people out there? Two words: Pokemon Go.
Seriously. There were SO MANY people out wandering around. People were out on their own, people were out with their significant others, people were out with groups of friends.
Does it matter that most of them had their heads down, looking at their phones, for most of the time?
Does it matter that they were busy hunting Pidgeys and Zubats and whatnot rather than, say, having a picnic or reading a book in the shade?
Does it matter that it took a game on a phone to bring these people outside?
What matters is that people were outside having fun. People were walking around on paths they may not have ever used in order to find Pokemon or use Pokestops. People were sitting in the shade, camping Pokestops, talking with their friends about which teams they were on and what their strongest Pokemon were. People were having fun. People were enjoying the outdoors. It shouldn’t matter why.
That’s what pisses me off about people saying “ZOMG POKEMON GO IS THE DEVIL THOSE STUPID MILLENNIALS ARE GLUED TO THEIR PHONES WHY IS THIS EVEN POPULAR I HATE POKEMON GO AND AM THUS VASTLY SUPERIOR IN EVERY WAY”
Okay. Point one? People were glued to their phones before Pokemon Go. You know they were. You can’t deny it.
Point two? Niantic created something that relies heavily on nostalgia for a huge demographic. Surprise! It’s popular! And why on earth is that a bad thing? I reiterate: people are having fun with it. Let. People. Have. Their. Fun.
Point three: how pathetic do you have to be to complain about the popularity of something you dislike? If you hate it, don’t waste your energy berating it to the point that you’re insulting the people whose opinions don’t match yours. So you hate Pokemon Go. Cool, good for you. Don’t play it. But stop being a whiny bag of week-old piss and let the people who enjoy it just enjoy it.
It’s not hard.
You just need to chill.
So Pokemon Go is fantastic and you’re going to have to deal with me talking about it every once and awhile, ‘cause I enjoy playing it and so does Nate and we go on Pokemon-catching adventures ‘cause we’re Real Adults™ with Real Adult Responsibilities and Life Goals©.
Here are some pictures of Pokemon in random places!
Ghastly in the bathroom.
Caterpie in our living room.
Pidgey in the hallway in the math department.
And Pidgey on my textbook.
PIDGEY GO THE HELL AWAY I NEED TO WORK
A Zubat near the hospital.
OH AND I WAS A GYM LEADER FOR LIKE FIFTEEN MINUTES.
Nate and I are still pretty low level compared to a lot of people I’ve seen (give us a break, the game legally launched in Canada just a few days ago and we didn’t download an illegal version beforehand). In fact, we both just hit level 5, so we wanted to try out a gym.
We went walking around late tonight and eventually headed toward the gym at the hospital. It took us a few tries to finally figure out how things worked, but I eventually took control of the gym with my Staryu. Proof:
I got demolished very shortly after this by people who had MUCH stronger Pokemon, but hey, it was fun while it lasted, haha.
I love this game.
Edit: holy crap, the first egg I hatched gave me a Pikachu. Rockin’!
More like Pokemon GO DOWNLOAD THIS APP IT IS SUPER COOL AND SUPER FUN AND IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE ME HERE’S A PICTURE OF MY FIANCÉ WITH A PIDGEY
(It’s dark in that picture ‘cause we were walking around until 11 PM catching Pokemon and being awesome)
Seriously, though. After a glitchy first few days, Pokemon Go is up and running (legally) in Canada. And you can tell. I took a walk down by the river today and there were literally groups of people wandering around searching for Pokemon to catch. I’ve heard people diss this game ‘cause it’s increasing the number of people staring at their phones while out in public, but really? The people out wandering around in the park are the same people you’d complain about never leaving the house. I really enjoy how there are already so many people just outside and playing this game. It makes me super happy.
I highly recommend giving it a play!
So Pokemon Go has been out for a little over a day now and I already want it. I hadn’t really been paying much attention to it before now, just because I thought it was just another “regular” Pokemon game (and in my opinion, nothing can beat Crystal) and because I basically have zero time to play any games (I say as I start a new Sim family).
But now that I’ve seen what it’s all about, I needs it. But it’s not even out in Canada right now, so I’ll just have to wait until Niantic decides that Canadians can be trainers, too.
(Hurry up, Niantic.)