LeFish Pokémon Go was a moment of bizarre engagement at best. I lived in a mid (now late mid) gentrification suburb with a bit of a downtown, and people went wild. There were huge throngs of people when the thing first came out. I legitimately think it was a really cool thing the summer it first came out. I knew people who were bartenders and ran special prices or menus for Pokémon Go players. I even have a friend in town who made some dough bushing with his saxophone by the clocktower on my street that happened to be there convergence of the Pokéstops.
And now it’s just kind of a thing. The best thing that the game had going for it was just that people were playing it. It’s like playing Candyland with your friends: a dumb game that gives you a good opportunity for conversation. For a bit it had a shallow ethos of exercise or outdoorseyness to it, but my roommate and I eventually realized that people were just spoofing the servers from their house and preventing us from taking down their gym occupations. So yeah it was cool but it’s not at all fun on its own.
esper What are the best uses of the PocketStation and VMU? (51:08)
I don’t have a clue what the pocket station is and almost know what the VMU is, but my experience of dinkin around with Chao’s was on my GBA through the link cable. Obviously this is a separate thing, but the GBA to GC cable saw a lot of use in my house. Pokémon, in case you couldn’t guess, was a really big deal for me growing up, and I played Colosseum as my first entry. I later got the GBA games and had a grand old time trading all my top mons back and forth when I was going to stay home or have to go somewhere.
I think Frank mentioned using a smartphone as an additional game resource in a game, and Pokémon is also my answer there. My later teenage years, I had a number of friends who were somewhat serious about competitive mons, and I learned a lot about breeding Pokémon for stats, which is more than somewhat tedious, but I’ve enjoyed it thoroughly. That definitely requires a screen just for Bulbapedia and/or Smogon.
-also, re band names, I play guitar/trumpet and live with three other guys who play guitar/something and we pretty much incessantly call out dumb phrases as a band name
and they all suck. My own band members were unhappy with the moniker We Have Your Grandma, so I eventually convinced them to change it to Speaking of Elephants, both of which I think are pretty good