An Open Letter to John Hanke & Niantic
Yang Liu

Pokemon Go took me into the mall for the first time in three years. The mall that is less than a few miles from my house. We took the kids to the Rainforest Cafe with three PokeStops four times in 10 days — two more times than the total of six years that we have had kids. We took the kids to the parks around our house every night after work. But after walking the pond twice and only catching one ratatta, we grew frustrated. Screw the Texas heat and 15 minutes of putting sunblock on everyone before we went on a walk to only catch a level 22 ratatta. Then we discovered PokeVision.

Thanks to PokeVision, my husband and I ran around out neighborhood to catch that Psyduck or Eevee just a street over. This morning, a Volpix popped up on my viewer. I ran to my computer to load PokeVision so I could go find it and it was offline. So instead, I played on my computer for a bit instead of going outside to track it down because I didn’t even know which way to go.

PokeVision was a temporary fix to help us find where to go, since the game didn’t do that. PokeVision made the game more fun, because it was like a treasure hunt. I miss it.

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