Niantic shoved its baby bird, Pokémon Go, out of the nest much too early. Since then, it has been on the defensive, trying to fix all the damage it has caused while trying to introduce new features into a flawed interface. Despite the staggering number of technical issues surrounding the game, its effect is undeniably overwhelming. On a personal level, this game has created a phenomenon that I never would have expected from it. I spend more time outside, getting significantly more exercise in the last few weeks than I have in the last few months. I have met new people and made more friends through random Pokémon-related encounters on the street than I have in random bars. With that sort of inspiration, I can’t help feeling anything but optimism for the future of this game. Not enough optimism to go out and buy the Pokémon Go Plus accessory, especially knowing how bugging it will likely be, but enough optimism to keep playing. Not only has it brought a community sharing the same fandom together, but more importantly, it has done this for free. Did I mention it’s free to play?
Rating: ★★★★★★ (6/10 stars)