Pokemon Go apologizes for technical issues at its EU event by making the event a complete waste of time

    
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This was fine.

All right. Let’s walk back through this. Pokemon Go holds an event in Dortmund, Germany. Because this is Pokemon Go, the event hits technical snags, which at this point is more of a theme for the game than catching things or gym battles. But once the game works again, people get to enjoy things like catching the elusive Corsola, normally available only around the equator. To apologize for the technical issues, Niantic promises to add a limited-time event wherein everyone in Europe can catch… Corsola.

You know, the rare monster that was made accessible during the event, which many people traveled to Dortmund for and caught several of just to make for rare trades.

Needless to say, players are rather unhappy about the fact that the apology for technical hiccups at the start of the event is to make the entire event what amounts to an expensive waste of time. There were, of course, other incentives for the trip, but many players are understandably upset about this form of compensation for attendees and non-attendees alike. Based on the current track record, we expect Niantic to compensate for this new misstep by blowing up everyone’s phones.

Source: Eurogamer via VG24/7
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Nordavind

We have this years hyperbole headline for when you sum up the end of the year.

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People paid so much for accommodations and travel to catch one little digital creature for a game that might very well not be around in a year even before this debacle at it’s given decline and fumbles. Sorry if I don’t feel much in the way of compassion. This is where mobile/social media/gaming is showing it can hit it’s breaking point.

…Please tech gods make it plateau already. Not disappear altogether. Just down a notch.
Amen…spectacles…testicles…wallet and watch.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

Updooted for writing style.

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Ohhh Schlag, if I wasn’t in a bathtub with a glass of milk and a plate of runny wet spaghetti right now…

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Ben Stone

The events shouldnt give out rare pokemon anyway. That’s like extreme P2W. Those should be worldwide events available to everyone.

They should focus more on out of game swag and social functions.

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The problem is making these events about catching rare and elusive Pokemon super easily instead of, well, about the fans. Remember, I originally asked Global Product Marketing Lead Archit Bhargava about the nature of the event at E3 2017:

E3 2017: Pokemon Go’s raiding, gym revamp, badges, and an interview with Niantic

Bhargava assured us that those events are meant to help people meet like-minded players in a social environment, similar to the recent Ingress event, not to have their one and only shot at Mewtwo.

For those who don’t know, that Ingress event was less about “exclusives” and more about doing team-based, Ingressed inspired real-world events. Offline. Niantic even held the game in a dead zone to help control access to the game.

For Pokemon Go fans, some swag, an in-game event badge, and the opportunity to meet and trade with Pokemon fans from around the continent/world would be great as is. Throw in some petting zoos and label the animals after their Pokemon counter-parts. Maybe do literal rat races between domesticated blue-haired, cinnamon, and Argente “rattatas” people (especially kids) can cheer for. Do physical challenges for the teams. Do scavenger hunts/geocaching. If they really want to tie it to the game, give rewards based on that (from “The winning team will globally get +1 ball during raids” to “If the total push-ups among all three teams exceeds 5,000, trainers around the world get double stardust for a day”)

By giving out Pokemon (think weapons, units, or maybe even skins in other games), the event seems less social and more of an Early Access Deluxe Edition of the game, and that’s not what we were originally told the event would be.

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McGuffn

Kids cheer for rats now?

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Kids will cheer for almost any small moving object if you hype it up enough. So will adults, especially if you offer them booze first.

…perhaps we need Mo plushies that vibrate and screech for kiddos and our own beer brand. Mo Beer. We can switch from gaming journalism to a German-style beer hall. There could be good money in this idea. We’ll have to have the rat cheerers suggest it once we hype it and get them drunk enough.

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McGuffn

Fool me 10 or more times, shame on you.

Stop with the public event bait and switch catastrophes. Just release everything to the public parks in Wisconsin and let nature take its course.

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The Purge: Catch and Kill

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Remember when this game was released and actual local businesses would hold live Pokemon events? With a sign outside their place of business for everyone to see?

I do. There is no game in the history of the medium that wasted potential like Pokemon Go. Had they’d been ready we’d still be talking about it. Bree would put up a Daily Grind every month: Do you think your favorite MMO should add Pokemon Go-Style events where at least 80% of the populace would grumble…not for me thanks. f you get Pokemon go out of my game…I’m much more happy playing this thing no one likes…grumble grumble

But instead they did what they did.

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Nordavind

Adding. A. Lure. To. Your. Shop’s. Nearby. Pokestop. Is. Not. A. Live. Event. It’s called shitty marketing tactics from people wanting to ride the wave to earn more sales.

Community days that has been since January, now those are proper and local events.

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Cosmic Cleric

Based on the current track record, we expect Niantic to compensate for this new misstep by blowing up everyone’s phones.

Ok, this made me laugh. :)

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Next one I’ll bring a Galaxy note 7.

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Schlag Sweetleaf

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Colin Goodwin

I freaking yelled ?

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Cosmic Cleric

You sir, are the master of the “a picture is worth a thousand words”. Well done!

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McGuffn

are mokepon the new replacement for her monthly book club? Will charizards be on the list of her favorite things? I do hope so.

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You have one of these for every feasible scenario stored in an old bomb shelter from the 1950’s you found in your garden on a 100PB hard drive don’t you? Around the clock you are assisted with an indigenous tribe you brought out of the Amazon with promises of Jaffa Cakes if they utilize their Photoshop skills have you not?

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Stephen Goyette

I swear sometimes I have to check the date to make sure it’s not April Fools. For one I play Pokémon but don’t understand the excitement to travel abroad for something as small as these kind of events. And I also don’t understand the company’s inability to run/organize/follow through to make sure it’s not a shit show every time….

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Cosmic Cleric

I also don’t understand the company’s inability to run/organize/follow through to make sure it’s not a shit show every time….

If I had to guess, they overbook the capacity of their network access points, for their customers, again and again. They know what they are doing, saving costs. The bad PR blows over, eventually, usually.

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Nordavind

For one I play Pokémon but don’t understand the excitement to travel abroad for something as small as these kind of events.

Events in Pokemon and Ingress is anything but small. I don’t understand why people travel to lie on a beach for 14 days. YMMV.

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zoward

Sounds like a great way to build excitement for the next event (it could be a technical disaster! It could be a waste of time! Or … it could be both!). You have to wonder what they’re thinking.