Putting the ‘yes’ in nostalgic

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Putting the ‘yes’ in nostalgic

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Everyone loves Pokemon Go – except the people who vitriolically hate it. Those people are likely to say things about how lazy the augmented reality game players are, even though the game nearly literally forces people to get out and walk.

Pokemon Go is the second game from Niantic Labs. The first game, Ingress, was quite similar. Both are augmented reality games, meaning your smart phone is your gateway to the virtual world and lets you see things that are otherwise not visible. If you are/were a Star Trek fan, think of your phone in these games as a tricorder.

But Ingress was much more in depth than Pokemon Go. In Ingress, there were more ways to interact with the portals than there are to interact with Pokestops. The gameplay was also more complicated, with the ability to link portals; if you link three portals together and create a triangle, you get points proportional to the area of that triangle. Micropays were similar in Ingress as compared to PoGo.

The major difference is the license. Ingress did not depend on a pre-existing brand – Pokemon Go uses the hugely popular Pokemon brand. Frankly, I love Pokemon Go, and I think it has introduced casual gamers who never delved into anything more difficult than Candy Crust to a new type of video game. At the same time, it’s a bit of a shame that this more simplified version of Ingress is orders of magnitude more popular.


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