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2022-06-30 9:53:54 AM  
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2022-06-30 10:02:00 AM  
Never even heard about the Catan one. Could people only find sheep when they needed brick?
 
2022-06-30 10:03:33 AM  
Niantic is a tech company with an augmented reality gimmick that they believe they can sell to companies.  They also happen to dabble in games useful for collecting location data to reinforce their AR gimmick.

Pokemon was the one IP strong enough to overcome Niantic's astounding cluelessness about developing games (I don't understand how Ingress stays alive, other than the sheer stubbornness of their player base).

Niantic has built an impressive graveyard of failed games built around their AR nonsense:  Harry Potter: Collect Stickers Wizards Unite, Alpha Testers of Catan, Pikmin: That Weird Character No One Wants To Play On Shash Brothers, Transformers (which didn't get even as far as Catan), and these non-starters.
 
2022-06-30 10:06:08 AM  

ltdanman44: [Fark user image 225x224]


My wife started playing ingress so should level up enough to get a node in the neighborhood 'park' outside of house.  We now have a gym there.  Pokemon is usually on when we are driving around.

I get fussed at for playing Civ6 or something when we watch TV....
 
2022-06-30 10:21:27 AM  

UNC_Samurai: Pokemon was the one IP strong enough to overcome Niantic's astounding cluelessness about developing games (I don't understand how Ingress stays alive, other than the sheer stubbornness of their player base).


Which, I don't know how Niantic went from maintaining a game pulling a billion a year to firing people. 

Usually that indicates that top management is crap and needs to change.
 
2022-06-30 10:22:38 AM  
The rise (and fade) of Pokemon Go was fascinating to watch in 2016.  For like a month, it seemed to be a cultural phenomenon that was uniting the world.

Too bad the rest of 2016 happened.
 
2022-06-30 10:38:04 AM  
Damn that kid has a nicer phone than me
 
2022-06-30 11:01:22 AM  
I was a later adopter of Pokemon Go.  I was losing interest until battle league came about.

I have what I think is a really good idea for an AR type game that would revive a basically dead property.  But knowing who owns said dead property's rights means it's not worth pursuing.
 
2022-06-30 11:02:04 AM  

phimuskapsi: UNC_Samurai: Pokemon was the one IP strong enough to overcome Niantic's astounding cluelessness about developing games (I don't understand how Ingress stays alive, other than the sheer stubbornness of their player base).

Which, I don't know how Niantic went from maintaining a game pulling a billion a year to firing people. 

Usually that indicates that top management is crap and needs to change.


Because it's people hired for projects that aren't taking off.
 
2022-06-30 11:05:00 AM  

wingnut396: ltdanman44: [Fark user image 225x224]

My wife started playing ingress so should level up enough to get a node in the neighborhood 'park' outside of house.  We now have a gym there.  Pokemon is usually on when we are driving around.

I get fussed at for playing Civ6 or something when we watch TV....


Sever.
 
2022-06-30 11:41:31 AM  
And this comes as they are actively trying to kill their PokeGo revenue stream. Seriously, they made tons of money from people playing on their couches or the parking lot or whatever during the pandemic. So, of course, the obvious move is to slowly-but-surely remove ALL of those sources of player involvement, thereby convincing people who don't live in a crowded city or next to a college campus to put the game away again. (They haven't explicitly *said* it yet, but remote raid passes are clearly on the way out. In fact, what they did say is an indication - "We don't have any plans to remove them *yet*".)
 
2022-06-30 12:03:00 PM  

skyotter: The rise (and fade) of Pokemon Go was fascinating to watch in 2016.  For like a month, it seemed to be a cultural phenomenon that was uniting the world.

Too bad the rest of 2016 happened.


Pokemen got poked
 
2022-06-30 12:21:17 PM  
Pokémon Go to the polls unemployment line
 
2022-06-30 12:27:51 PM  

phimuskapsi: UNC_Samurai: Pokemon was the one IP strong enough to overcome Niantic's astounding cluelessness about developing games (I don't understand how Ingress stays alive, other than the sheer stubbornness of their player base).

Which, I don't know how Niantic went from maintaining a game pulling a billion a year to firing people.

Usually that indicates that top management is crap and needs to change.


They're still pulling a billion a year in revenue from PoGo. It's just that they were trying to expand into multiple other properties, and staffed accordingly.  That plan isn't working out, so....

I think they're going to keep Ingress around forever because, though they get a higher quantity of data from Pogo players, I believe they are getting higher quality data from the Ingress players.  But that's just speculation.

Honestly, I think that if they are going to have another hit, it's not going to be in the same style as PoGo and Ingress, and there's a good chance of it not even being a game, but some other useful utility.  Not sure exactly what it would be, though.
 
2022-06-30 12:33:02 PM  

ltdanman44: [Fark user image image 225x224]


Catched. Way to go, idiot meme-writer.
 
2022-06-30 12:47:57 PM  
The Niantic hit an iecbgre
 
2022-06-30 3:27:27 PM  

assjuice: ltdanman44: [Fark user image image 225x224]

Catched. Way to go, idiot meme-writer.


Also, Mewtwo in the wild?  Like Niantic would do that and miss out on selling raid passes.
 
2022-06-30 4:51:27 PM  

Joe_diGriz: And this comes as they are actively trying to kill their PokeGo revenue stream. Seriously, they made tons of money from people playing on their couches or the parking lot or whatever during the pandemic. So, of course, the obvious move is to slowly-but-surely remove ALL of those sources of player involvement, thereby convincing people who don't live in a crowded city or next to a college campus to put the game away again. (They haven't explicitly *said* it yet, but remote raid passes are clearly on the way out. In fact, what they did say is an indication - "We don't have any plans to remove them *yet*".)


They prefer the revenue stream of selling the detailed location data from their players. "On couch 24/7" isn't worth as much as tracks moving around in the big blue room.
 
2022-06-30 5:04:12 PM  

Linux_Yes: skyotter: The rise (and fade) of Pokemon Go was fascinating to watch in 2016.  For like a month, it seemed to be a cultural phenomenon that was uniting the world.

Too bad the rest of 2016 happened.

Pokemen got poked


That month was also a boon to police-blotter columns.

"A group of youth were hanging around Town Hall suspiciously after the close of business hours.  It turned out they were catching Pokémon."

"A couple were sitting in a car in an otherwise-empty parking lot frequented by heroin addicts at 2am.  It turned out they were catching Pokémon."
 
2022-06-30 5:19:56 PM  

dbirchall: Linux_Yes: skyotter: The rise (and fade) of Pokemon Go was fascinating to watch in 2016.  For like a month, it seemed to be a cultural phenomenon that was uniting the world.

Too bad the rest of 2016 happened.

Pokemen got poked

That month was also a boon to police-blotter columns.

"A group of youth were hanging around Town Hall suspiciously after the close of business hours.  It turned out they were catching Pokémon."

"A couple were sitting in a car in an otherwise-empty parking lot frequented by heroin addicts at 2am.  It turned out they were catching Pokémon."


https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-59953330

Pokémon Go: Police fired for chasing Snorlax instead of robbers
 
2022-06-30 5:24:06 PM  

dbirchall: Linux_Yes: skyotter: The rise (and fade) of Pokemon Go was fascinating to watch in 2016.  For like a month, it seemed to be a cultural phenomenon that was uniting the world.

Too bad the rest of 2016 happened.

Pokemen got poked

That month was also a boon to police-blotter columns.

"A group of youth were hanging around Town Hall suspiciously after the close of business hours.  It turned out they were catching Pokémon."

"A couple were sitting in a car in an otherwise-empty parking lot frequented by heroin addicts at 2am.  It turned out they were catching Pokémon."


There was one shelter in a local park by a lake that ended up being the best place (and for some, almost the only place) to catch a number of them.  It bewildered the park rangers, but they caught on, and made some changes to help with traffic.  Fun times.
 
2022-06-30 6:36:10 PM  

ReverendLoki: There was one shelter in a local park by a lake that ended up being the best place (and for some, almost the only place) to catch a number of them. It bewildered the park rangers, but they caught on, and made some changes to help with traffic. Fun times.


There's a historic building/museum near where I moved last year that has a gym that apparently they asked be closed outside their normal hours of operation because of people coming by at odd hours causing some sort of problem.  It remains, however about the best gym to take over at about 4:55 on a Friday if you absolutely know you want 50 in game credits come Monday morning.
 
2022-06-30 7:03:16 PM  
One of the patrol officers in my town kindly took it upon himself to make sure raiding parties weren't endangered by traffic, by attending raids and joining in. :)
 
2022-06-30 7:25:09 PM  

skyotter: The rise (and fade) of Pokemon Go was fascinating to watch in 2016.  For like a month, it seemed to be a cultural phenomenon that was uniting the world.

Too bad the rest of 2016 happened.


Pokemon GO just got a set of accompanying playing cards which work with the rest of the Pokémon cards.  Set releases tomorrow officially and Pokemon GO just got added to the pokemon regional/national tournaments.  It actually seems as if It might be as popular as ever
 
2022-06-30 11:45:51 PM  

kidgenius: skyotter: The rise (and fade) of Pokemon Go was fascinating to watch in 2016.  For like a month, it seemed to be a cultural phenomenon that was uniting the world.

Too bad the rest of 2016 happened.

Pokemon GO just got a set of accompanying playing cards which work with the rest of the Pokémon cards.  Set releases tomorrow officially and Pokemon GO just got added to the pokemon regional/national tournaments.  It actually seems as if It might be as popular as ever


It is. And very popular internationally. During covid, we had folks on their 70s and 80s learning to play so they could get outside and do something.

Fwiw: Pokemon is the largest popculture franchise on earf.
 
2022-07-01 12:57:15 AM  
I still poke PoGo and Ingress from time to time, but Orna is a way better take on the GPS RPG thing - you're actually running a character, with a class, and gear, and the ability to set a spell and skill loadout. Tapping a monster starts an actual battle, not a ball-throwing minigame. You also don't have the whole "people with a couch portal have a massive advantage thing" because you set a home location, and a build a town centered on your actual home. (It's movable if you move, one week cooldown.) There's also dungeons, kingdoms (guilds basically), having more than 3 skills in a fight... you get the idea. It actually plays like an RPG. Oh, and you can slap a portal down in your town, so you can do multiplayer stuff with party members (your portals link), so you can actually play with people when no one's available in immediate range.
 
2022-07-01 1:09:59 AM  

BafflerMeal: kidgenius: skyotter: The rise (and fade) of Pokemon Go was fascinating to watch in 2016.  For like a month, it seemed to be a cultural phenomenon that was uniting the world.

Too bad the rest of 2016 happened.

Pokemon GO just got a set of accompanying playing cards which work with the rest of the Pokémon cards.  Set releases tomorrow officially and Pokemon GO just got added to the pokemon regional/national tournaments.  It actually seems as if It might be as popular as ever

It is. And very popular internationally. During covid, we had folks on their 70s and 80s learning to play so they could get outside and do something.

Fwiw: Pokemon is the largest popculture franchise on earf.


Which still weirds me out. Had fun in my late teens and early 20's breaking Blue, but I was the odd one out playing a stripped-down RPG with a simple story, obviously aimed at a younger audience.

Now I'm just one of those weirdos who knows some oddball stuff about a game that practically everyone has at least heard of.

/Still tickles me that the first step to getting infinite master balls is to ask how to catch Pokémon.
 
2022-07-01 10:11:21 AM  

BafflerMeal: Fwiw: Pokemon is the largest popculture franchise on earf.


Star Wars waves at Pokemon in its rear view.

Pokemon is big, but it's a generational thing, I just missed it. Anyone over 40 is more likely never to have heard about or played it.
 
2022-07-01 5:34:10 PM  

phimuskapsi: BafflerMeal: Fwiw: Pokemon is the largest popculture franchise on earf.

Star Wars waves at Pokemon in its rear view.

Pokemon is big, but it's a generational thing, I just missed it. Anyone over 40 is more likely never to have heard about or played it.


Pokemon Go reached a lot of older players.
 
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