Thursday, 28 July 2016

Pokemon Go Without Data


So I've hopped on the Pokemon Go train, but my phone is incapable of accessing mobile data. I took it in and they don't know why it can't, suggesting it's just a glitch. Not wanting to be left out, I decided to try playing this using WiFi, which seemed like an interesting challenge. 


A reasonable number of pokemon just sort of wander into the yard, although mostly ratattas, pidgeys, and weedles. Fortunately I like the latter two pokemon, although I haven't much use for quite this many. The most pressing issue is pokeballs, because while levelling up gives you a bunch, levels become further apart as you go. People complain about the cap on items but I've never come close to hitting it. I usually have between 10 and 30 pokeballs and a bunch of revives and potions that don't mean much to me.


The solution to getting Pokestops and new geographical poke-locations ends up being pretty inane. Coffee shops, shopping malls, and libraries offer WiFi and are usually on or near Pokestops (as well as air-conditioned). The downtown is full of all three things, although as a suburbanite that means needing an excuse to be down there. So it's mostly the local library, coffee shop, and occasionally the mall. Ironically the closer Pokestops in parks are useless to me, but it doesn't affect things too drastically.


After 3 days I'd managed to swing this exciting team:

It's also pretty difficult to hatch eggs without disconnecting WiFi


Certainly not the 1000+ CP lists I've seen around, but I'm not in this to be the (very) best (like no one ever was). I understand that I simply cannot compete on that level, and life's a lot simpler when you can accept that. I'm more interested in the catch-them-all part of the game, and even THAT'S not going to happen, so it's more like... I'm going to catch a bunch of them? Have some nice birds and bugs? After 9 days I've managed level 10 and I have this... gang?

Still mostly unexciting, but slightly... better? I guess?


So not impossible, but not very effective either. But hey, it's a bit of entertainment and if this game doesn't last very long I'm glad I'm (mostly) in on the scene. If you live somewhere rural, I don't really have an answer. Just be the best Bird Keeper you can I suppose. 

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