Is the wildest ride of 2016 over already? Last week articles began declaring the passing of “Peak Pokémon”. How did we get to this point so quickly?
- Pokémon Go gets less fun the more you play!
- You can’t play when you want to.
- Pokémon types are tied to specific locations — meaning you see the same Pokémon day after day at work, at home, at your gym, etc.
The higher your level as a Pokémon trainer, the harder it is to catch new Pokémon and the harder it is to find Pokemon at all. When I first started playing I could catch 4–5 Pokémon on the walk from my parking garage to my office. Now I’m lucky if I see one!
Like most casual gamers, I want to play Pokémon when I have a few minutes of free time. Mostly that happens at work and at home, but since neither place has a Pokémon gym, I can’t battle anyone. I can only engage in battles when I walk or drive to a gym and, believe me, I don’t need another gym that I never go to in my life.
In my first four weeks of playing Pokémon I caught 83 types of Pokémon and felt like I was making real progress. However, I’ve completely stalled out because I see the exact same Pokémon day after day at home and work. I have a job and a family. My ability to go to new places everyday is not high. I’m bummed I can’t keep finding new Pokémon in my ususal haunts.
Can Pokémon be Saved?
Well of course, but some big changes need to be made. Here’s how to make Pokémon a game for the ages:
- Allow people to trade Pokémon. My kids (and co-workers) would love it if we could trade with each other.
- Allow people to battle 1:1 and/or allow them to build gyms. I want to battle with my friends and family and that means direct combat or putting gyms where I live and work.
- Create a special, if rare, lure that brings Pokémon from other countries to your area.
It’s simple really — create a sense of community around trading, allow 1:1 battles and create fun ways to catch rare Pokémon. Those 3 changes would make Pokémon a game that’s talked about 50 years from now.
Are you listening Niantic?