Last month, we had three great posts about the new big phenomenon – Pokemon Go. I’ll include a link to each of these at the end of this post. But it’s been a month and a half or so of the game now… where is it now?
I think it’s lost a lot of people, certainly a lot of daily constant play and obsession. It certainly lost Holly and I. On the other hand, I know of people (like podcast hosts I hear from) who are still playing, or in fact one at least who hasn’t returned to podcasting yet because of the game.
In many ways, it sounds like an incomplete game, with plans for future features. During this time, they were working on rolling out internationally and dealt with some of their big initial problems. It’s like the initial release of a game like World of Warcraft – big group expecting it, big group at the start, more than they expected. And the growing pains to go with that. We got into that game much later, which is a good time to get in, because those early growing pains can be difficult.
And that’s still the future, really, as far as Pokemon Go is concerned. Still coming together. Will the users come back as they drift away? Maybe.
Saw this today on Facebook. Other than being touching, it reminded me of something super important here: school’s starting. And there’s Pokemon Go. I work on a university campus, and it’s been sleepy over the summer… it’s going to pick up now! And lower grades as well, friends coming back together, and something to unite their summer experience: Pokemon Go. If something keeps this game alive, it’s going to be the social aspect, and as people come back together, that’s exactly what might happen.
So how about you? Still playing Pokemon Go? Picking it back up now? Waiting for a new feature? I’m really curious – let me know in the comments below! And now, links to those posts from last month: