about Pokemon Go...

(38 Posts)
VelvetSpoon Fri 15-Jul-16 23:28:06

Not an anti post, quite the opposite.

I did the whole Pokémon thing with the DCs years ago. Used to watch the cartoons with them, even saw the film. Helped them organise and swap their hundreds of cards. Know a charmander from a charizard etc.

Now they are mid/ late teens and have this week walked about 15 miles tracking Pokémon. This is amazing as DS2 in particular can't be prised from his bedroom normally, I don't think they've had this much fresh air in years grin

But I can't bloody join in because there is no app for my phone <stamps foot>. AIBU to think this is grossly unfair?!

Ds1 has been surprisingly sympathetic for a teen and offered me to come with him and catch some on his phone but it's not the same!

EveOnline2016 Fri 15-Jul-16 23:34:45

I have walked 20 thousand steps today because if this app

Imnotaslimjim Fri 15-Jul-16 23:46:50

I'm with you! MY DC are too young to have their own phones but really want to join in. Apparently my phone isn't compatible though I can't figure out why!

ladyjadey Fri 15-Jul-16 23:54:29

It is available on android and iOS. It is amazing, dds and I have walked miles the past few days. We have also stroked dogs, cats, had random chats with strangers and met neighbours we have never seen before. What a great way to get people outside!

MooMooCowFace Sat 16-Jul-16 00:00:13

DD2 and her boyfriend (both 19) have only just got in from wandering about town catching Pokemon. It's hilarious. Apart from Pokemon they saw a hedgehog and an owl.

DS2 (21) and DD2 both still play Pokemon games on their game boys. I presume they will grow out of it one day. grin

Idontknowwhoiam Sat 16-Jul-16 00:03:16

We've walked 6000 steps today. My dc are 6 and 4 and we're not exactly an active family.
We're all (except dh) looking forward to a long walk by the river tomorrow in the hope of catching water pokemon!!!

VelvetSpoon Sat 16-Jul-16 00:37:06

I have a Windows phone. There is no Pokémon app on here.

Glad you're all enjoying it, just a bit sad I won't be able to join in.

bloodyteenagers Sat 16-Jul-16 01:15:50

It's brightened up my walk to work. I mainly walk two routes and theres loads of pokestops. So now I walk both routes. Where I work I have several pokestops around me and I just have to walk around my building which I do anyway. It was pretty funny this morning. Loads of people standing by the water, phones out. I carried on walking, caught 4.

My distance isn't being properly tracked though. One of the eggs I caught this morning, had 5km to hatch. I have walked beyond this yet less than a km has tracked.

WhyCantIuseTheNameIWant Sat 16-Jul-16 08:11:56

What phone do you use op?

Can it make a hot spot?
Do you or kids have ipods or tablets?

Can you get the app on an ipod and wander with a hot spot?

NeedMoreSleepOrSugar Sat 16-Jul-16 08:22:11

Phone has to have 2mb ram to play too. Mine has 1.5 sad dh is emoting it so much he suggested I get a new phone to play! confusedgrin

Energumene Sat 16-Jul-16 08:32:38

bloodyteenagers it only logs distance while the app is active, so you may want to check your power saving settings.

It's an odd one. I've been playing Ingress - which is the game that provided the foundation for PoGo - for 3 years now. As fun as PoGo is I'm not sure it has the depth of play of the original so I'm hoping Niantic find a way to keep it interesting once the first few weeks are over.

SlinkyVagabond Sat 16-Jul-16 08:41:33

Don't count on it Moo, mine are 25 and still play. Ds1, who suffers from depression and anxiety and leaves the house only under duress, walked 4.5 kilometres yesterday. I only have a small amount of data each month, but I'm sadly considering buying some more.

Badabingers Sat 16-Jul-16 08:43:06

ener another ingress player!!

Energumene Sat 16-Jul-16 09:01:39

Bada I now hesitate to ask, but... Smurf or Frog? grin

troubleinstore Sat 16-Jul-16 09:03:25

I'm on holiday.... just got the app... found one in my bedroom and a bit disturbed

antimatter Sat 16-Jul-16 09:05:56

I need more data too! I think it's an excellent idea.

OiWithThePoodlesAlready Sat 16-Jul-16 09:07:16

I was out for hours in torrential rain with dd1 in her full waterproofs and baby dd2 strapped into her baby carrier. It was great fun and got us out the house on a day when we would have otherwise just sat in getting bored.

I think you'll need to get a new phone grin

queenoftheboys Sat 16-Jul-16 09:16:40

My phone is no longer my own because it's the only one it works properly on - their phones/iPods etc don't have GPS so don't show location accurately enough, even when hot spotted to mine apparently.

I have to wrestle it back off them when I get a text or call. And they each have their own accounts, so every time they find something they have to switch accounts on my phone so they both get it.

The novelty is wearing off fast for me smile

treaclesoda Sat 16-Jul-16 09:20:24

My neighbours have a teenage son who hides in his room a lot, and complains that his younger sister is a pain etc (fairly standard teenage behaviour I'd imagine). The other evening I saw he had taken her out for a walk to go Pokemon hunting (the younger sister told me that's what they were doing) and they were walking along and chatting and laughing together and it gave me a bit of a heart warming moment!

VelvetSpoon Sat 16-Jul-16 09:21:58

I only got this phone (contract) a couple of months ago. It's great in every other respect.

I'm just gutted there's no app for it sad

Bugger.

Piemernator Sat 16-Jul-16 09:24:34

I actually bought a new phone yesterday so its easier to play. My new sim arrives this morning.

Madhairday Sat 16-Jul-16 09:29:31

Ds has a windows phone and has been asking me the past couple of days if I am thinking about upgrading from my Samsung grin

No. No I'm not.

He is not happy.

Mamagin Sat 16-Jul-16 09:37:45

Another ingress player here. (Frog)
Brilliant game, takes you world wide - so far have been to organised meetings (called Anomalies) in London, Edinburgh, Orlando and next month to Cologne.
This article explains the difference very well.
www.polygon.com/2016/7/15/12188262/pokemon-go-ingress-niantic-nintendo

jay55 Sat 16-Jul-16 09:45:31

I'm being very lazy and have only caught them from the bus so far.

AliceInUnderpants Sat 16-Jul-16 09:45:45

My autistic 11 year old is obsessed with Pokemon and has been for the past couple of years. Her classmates are very kind with her and sensitive about her obsessions. This is only going to make her closer and more accepted in society. I love it.
Sadly, the DC have been at their dad's all week and not due back until tomorrow. I can't wait for them to get home and we can start hunting Pokemon together I may or may not have made a start for her She's hoping for her own phone for Christmas, and this is one reason I'll move heaven and earth to provide one for her.

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