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Haven Editorial: How to Fix Pokémon GO

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Now I know this will most likely fall on deaf ears but as a person who has enjoys for a few years reviewing games. I want to share with you all my personal input on Pokémon GO.

Now we know there are a lot of issues but and people want a lot of things and we know also that the game is only about ten percent complete at this stage of its design but I wanted to offer my suggestions about what the game needs to make both Niantic happy, and of course the fan base, that being said enjoy my ramblings.

1. If a PokéStop is four-hundred feet away from another PokéStop they should have their cool down halved and their chance of giving a PokéBall increased.

The reason for this is to help those in rural area’s who generally only have one PokéStop and cannot restock on items as often as those who can visit cities, or towns where PokéStops are more common.

2. When a Gym is conquered only the person who defeated it can openly place a Pokémon if they cannot then anyone can place a Pokémon in it. Once a team has claimed a gym it cannot lose prestige for and claimed for twelve to twenty-four hours.

The reason for this is to stop gym sniping and to give people a chance to get the defender bonus since they re-new every twenty-one hours. This will give players time to deposit their Pokémon in the gym to help defend it.

3. Finding Pokémon is not as easy as we would like it to be and because of that and websites like PokéVision being taken offline the fanbase is pretty pissed off. We understand your working on tracking Pokémon and this should be priority number one in terms of updates.

No explanation needed for that one, fix the tracking as soon as you possibly can. People are pissed and don’t want to invest money into a game that is just a waste of time.

4. Having a friends list would be great, either imported from your phone numbers or your Google+ account. This would need Pokémon Trainer accounts to have some degree of integration also with Google+ for maximum friends list capabilities.

Now the reason for a friends list is to be able to make new friends and trade with friends you have made or have from all over across the world. Far be it from me to visit my home town of Florida and get a Tauros from my family when I can just save two thousand dollars on a plane ticket and trade from my phone.

5. Pokémon centers, they have been the main staple for the game for a long time. In more recent games they have also doubled as stores to sell PokéBalls as well. So why not make it a place where players can not only heal their Pokémon but also stock up on supplies as well catered to what they need in terms of items.

When I say catered to their needs I mean I need more PokéBalls, I got seventy revives, seventy super potions, seventy potions, and thirty PokéBalls because the stop gives me more of those than anything else.

6. Recovered items would be a major bonus, when I throw a PokéBall and the Pokemon breaks out they have broken the PokéBall and I understand that you don’t need a broken PokéBall so you throw it away. But if I throw a ball and miss, which happens way more often than I would like it too. I should be able to claim them if the Pokémon or myself don’t run away.

This would also work if a person could recover half of the PokéBalls thrown in an attempt to catch a Pokémon. I know you got to make money but if you penalize a player too much for having issues capturing a Pokémon what makes them want to invest more time and money into it?

7. Now here is a more unique idea, In the Pokémon franchise Berry tree’s have started showing up and from those you can tame Pokémon easier or help them level up. Why not place Berry tree’s out in rural area’s more. Giving players a reason to explore out of towns and cities and to encourage more sales because they aren’t near more frequent PokéStops. Finding berry tree’s could give a player Raspberries and other sorts with more unique bonuses to make it easier to catch wild Pokémon and also attract rarer Pokémon.

This would also help with sales if I didn’t mention it already, and not only in external chargers either but with PokéBalls and what not.

8. PokéBalls bought in the shop should scale to a players level so if they have access to Great Balls or Ultra Balls they should be able to get some of those from the store besides normal PokéBalls. There is no reason to be selfish and continue to give players only the slimmest chance to catch Pokémon because you want to sell more PokéBalls.

Seriously, it would just make sales even better because people would want a chance to get Great Balls and Ultra Balls, You could even make it better and include a special deal to get one Master Ball if you bought enough PokéBalls.

9. Scaling, it’s a real pain in the butt to get more stardust and experience when you level up. Because no matter what combat power in the Pokémon you catch you only get 100 Stardust and 100 Exp unless you are using a lucky egg. You can fix a lot of the scaling issue by rewarding players when they catch stronger Pokémon. If you catch a 600 CP Pokemon you should get 600 Experience and 600 Stardust.

The reason for this is to fix the long times needed for grinding with little to no rewards for players. It also helps give people in rural area’s a chance to actually catch up with those in cities. Not to mention it would help with sales of lucky egg’s and PokéBalls because experience then would be a lot more rewarding.

10. More levels and more rewards, at level twelve you get Great Balls and a few levels higher you get Ultra Balls. That is all well and good but the time needed to get the maximum level is time-consuming of Godlike proportions.

So the simple fix is to have a set experience needed for each level in Overwatch its 22,000 experience to level up. If you use my point from number nine you could set a experience bar to about 15,000 points.

This would allow players to push themselves daily to get a few levels. You could also implement a high level cap this way also but keep the same basic statistics of how Pokemon CP cap at level thirty same with item rarity.

Rewards could also be more giving if you hit a level you get ten balls, ten berries, and ten of the strongest item they have unlocked up to that point.

There could even be a special reward at every ten level interval where they can pick a Lure, an Incubator, or an incense for achieving ten levels. When the player gets to level one hundred there could even be a four times bonus for an item they pick.

11. Trainer Battles, Now why should players just be forced to focus on taking a gym when what they really want to do is battle against each other.

This one is a given, a player should be allowed to put a flag up saying they want to battle. When this occurs they could show up on the map and be given a prompt when another player accepts their challenge.

12. Walking bonus, Pokémon GO is all about exploration and adventuring and trying to get people more active. So why not have a daily experience bonus for people who hit so many steps?

This one is a thought I had while talking to my wife, if you make the game more rewarding for people who go outside and move around give them an experience bonus for achieving so many steps each day five-hundred for two thousand steps, a thousand for four thousand steps with a cap at two thousand for eight thousand steps. Rewarded to a player either at the end of the day or as they achieve it.

I got a lot more it’s just these are the finer points on how Niantic could improve Pokémon GO.

-Daniel Clatworthy-

If you like my suggestions just go to the Contact Page if you wanna know more, I’m more than happy enough to share them with you.

Survival Guide to a Post Pokemon Go World

 

Pokemon Go has been out for about a week now and the world has already seen some massive changes to it. This game has single handedly reconstructed the face of the earth and life as we once knew. There are now hordes of dirty people roaming the streets. New and strange types of crime has arisen, and dead bodies now litter our rivers. Our grandchildren will ask us what life was like before “it” came out. I pray to god we even have grandchildren to ask us these questions. The world is now a frightful hellscape, and it’s my job to help you navigate it. This guide is for both trainers and NPCs (those not playing the Pokemon Go).

Dead bodies

If you are a trainer, you most definitely will discover at least a few dead bodies. That’s just life now. Our world is filled to the brim with corpses. For the most part they happen to be nice and out of the way. Tucked into our beautiful rivers and neatly filed away in our nations landfills. Now that you are out hunting Pokemon you’ll stumble upon these homes of the dead, and have to come face to face with what lies right out of sight for normal people. The best way to deal with a corpse is to leave it where you found it. Despite what you think there probably isn’t a Ghastly hanging out inside that dead body. You can call the cops if you want, but I’m sure they will tell you the same thing. Your best bet is patience. Over time, the dead bodies will stop freaking you out and they’ll just be a usual part of the experience. Who know’s you might even grow to like them.

Home/business Invasion

this section is mainly for those not playing, but I feel like the information here could benefit everyone. There are going to be Pokemon trainers in your home or business. There is no getting around this. They’ll creep in and start catching Pokemon, bothering everyone around them. You can put up your “Pokemon are for paying customers only” signs, or try to keep them out of your police station, but other than sheer violent force, there is nothing that will keep them away without proper protections. So let’s talk about barricades. If you can afford reinforced steel, I’d say go for it. Better safe than sorry. It’s like the Purge out there. Heavy wood is also a good bet. Don’t use plywood though, kids can tear that shit down in seconds. Remember to line the tops and sides (any vulnerable area really) with Razor wire. Now if you are still wanting to let people in to your establishment you’re gonna need a door in your barricade. The rules above still apply and it wouldn’t hurt to set up a Signal Jammer to cut off trainers from their precious phones.

Pokemon Gyms

One of the more ruthless mechanics of Pokemon Go is that it divides players up into three teams. These teams are then pitted against one another for the control of Pokemon Gyms. The team who controls the most world wide is clearly the best. Pokemon Gyms tend to be in highly populated areas like parks or shopping centers. God help you if your place of business is a Pokemon gym, and please refer to the above section for some instruction. If you are a trainer trying to take a gym please be careful. Make sure you bring some of your team members with you and always be on the look out for rival gangs, I mean teams. Fighting over a Gym is bound to occur. Since there isn’t player vs. player fight in the game, these fights will definitely be real. It’s advised to bring a knife with you to these events. Here a knife will serve two purposes. It’ll put the other team’s players out of commission faster, and will also server as a form of protection, since the other team will most certainly be carrying knives as well. Good luck, and go get those Gyms.

Overcrowding

The biggest phenomena caused by Pokemon Go is the staggering amounts of people now leaving their homes. While normally people wanting to play would be safely hid away in their own house now are venturing out into the world to catch their Pokemon. This means places that were normally pleasant to attend are now viciously overcrowded. Parks are now essentially shanty towns set up by Pokemon Trainers. Now these can be a safe place to live. You’ll be around members of your team and other trainers are usually willing to share a bed or a tasty bite to eat with a fellow teammate. However, there tend to be Gyms in these locations. Getting too close to Gym without being prepared could result in a stabbing. There are also constant border wars between the established territories of the teams. Remember where your borders are.

 

The Pokemon Trainers Arsenal

Here is a list of useful equipment that every Pokemon trainer should be carrying.

  • A Backpack
    • this is useful for carrying all your other stuff. It might even have a sandwich you forgot about in it.
  • Your Phone
    • This is the primary means of being a Pokemon Trainer. You catch Pokemon and Control Gyms through the use of your phone. Remember to keep this close to you AT ALL TIMES.
  • Pokeballs
    • to be fair this is part of the phone but they are an important resource to keep track of.
    • Now as a Pokeballs are expensive you you’ll need a hefty amount of money to pay for these. Luckily there is an easy solution. As a dedicated Pokemon Trainer you’ll be spending all of your time outside. The life of a Pokemon Trainer is the life of transience. Therefore a home is more of a burden than a necessity. So sell your house and all your things, the money you get from that should be enough to pay for all the Pokeballs you’ll every need.
  • A knife
    • Your life is about to become a lot more dangerous. Living the life of a Pokemon Trainer means you’ll need a way to defend yourself or in some circumstances intimidate others. A knife is a great way to accomplish or prevent muggings.
  • Food
    • Trying rationing your food to make it last longer.
    • Share with other Trainers for a more varied diet.
  • Time
    • The most important resource is time. You’ll need to be spending as much time as you can catching Pokemon, getting items from Pokestops, and Capturing Gyms. A Job will most likely get in the way of this. If you are a true Pokemon Trainer work will just slow you down. Plus without a house to worry about you won’t need much money. Soon you’ll be living just like Ash Ketchum.

The world is a different place now and the best thing you can do is arm yourselves with Knowledge. You either play the game now, or you don’t. Either way you need to take precautions. Follow the steps provided and you should be on your way to better survival.

Whatever happens out there, Good Luck.

-Jordan Kamm

Haven Review: Pokemon Gold and Silver

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Greetings trawler and welcome to the magical word of Pokemon, a place of untold mystery filled to the brim with mighty beasts, fluffy critters, a bucket load of weird things and a fair share of Eldrtich abominations wanting to feast on your soul. In this lovely pastel-colored world, children as young as ten are sent out to become a Pokemon trainer; someone who can wield the mighty powers each Pokemon contains. However I have a sneaking suspicion that it’s mostly children who did badly on their aptitude tests that have to travel across the land. This might also explain why fishermen with only “Magicarps” are in the party. In other words, these poor uneducated buggers throw fish at you…weak aquatic creatures that flop around on the ground.

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A move that involves only flopping and Splashing around in front of the opponent. It has no effect. Image found on Google.

As Pokemom participate in vicious fights against other monsters, they will eventually become stronger and “evolve” into a bigger and much more vicious version, though the process should be called a metamorphosis. After all I was taught that evolution was something that happened over a very long time through generations. But I’ll crack that up the likelihood that the local scientist in town could quite possibly be bonkers with no formal education. So I’ll stick to the term “evolution”.

The most common way to proceed through the game is via combat, though some rare exceptions occur. Either through elemental rocks or when night sets, some evolve through trading with other trainers, and a selective few by holding an item while being traded. These also seem to grow strong faster, as well. A new trend that recently occurred a well, is the ability to breed Pokemon by putting two of the same gender at the ever-friendly Caretaker’s place. Eventually they lay an egg that will hatch into baby, and if its nature is right will get a little stronger than the rest, by fighting certain Pokemon. Rumor has it that a Pokemon with different color might just appear…and it’s ultra rare! On my journey I got some new tools, as well. This includes a snazzy phone with a map function, though I’m not sure why these deadbeat trainers I fought on the way want to have my number. It’s not like the eventual rematch will be any less one-sided.

Fact of Pokemon life.
Fact of Pokemon life.

Unless you’ve lived under a rock for several decades or in The Congo, you have probably heard of or seen a Pokemon product. Whether this is a good thing or not is for you to decide. My first encounter was the pesky Trading Card Game (TCG), which almost no one played (yet everyone and their mother had a card or ten). I was clearly a target demographic when Nintendo launched its nefarious plot to make money off funky critters that fought each other in an arena…essentially a combination of cock fighting and match of rock-paper-scissors.

The old and the new version.
The old and the new version.

The first in the series I actually played through was Pokemon Gold, the sequel to Red and Blue, which added more of everything; new monsters, new locations and a lot of post-game content. The formula mostly follows the idea of fighting eight gym leaders, then challenge the elite four and lastly the champion. As part of the post-game content, there were eight more gym leaders to beat and to have a climatic battle against. Red was the champion from the previous game.

Slightly upgraded graphics.
Slightly upgraded graphics.

Eventually Gold and Silver got a remake named Soul Silver and Hearth Gold, which included a lot of the new elements introduced in later games. This includes Pokemon that need a certain level of happiness to evolve. Aside from better graphics and the addition of some mechanics the game includes a pedometer, a device that counts the number of steps the user has taken during a walk. It is also possible to transfer a Pokemon into the device to level it up while walking, and trade a random item with another person who also has such a device.

The main series is formulaic as all hell and is an example of how to make a highly addictive, turn-based role playing game correctly.

Disclaimer:  We received this game for review purposes only. As such, all views in this article are our own. No money has been exchanged for this review.

While you’re at it, check out this Pokemon fancomic.
http://pokeventuras.smackjeeves.com/

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