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firejuggler 2016-07-16 19:21

Pokemon go and the curse of the french fries
 
So, apparantly, Pokemon go is officially released in all of europe.. well.. except France.
Due to the recent terrorist attack, the official release is delayed.. until further notice.
For those still unaware of what pokégo is, well... it is a game with an augmented reality twist. you have to get to poké stop ( usually monument, statue, plaque and castle entrance,..) to get consummable. The pokémon themselves are caugh in the "wild". IE you walk down the street and ding, a pokemon spawn. You use consummable to catch them. The problem is that you can use "lure" in pokestop. they make the pokémon spawn right near the stop. And generally, where tthere is a lure there is a crowd. And these crowd are easy target. Those are the official reason.

Another good thing is that the stops are giving "eggs" that spawn pokemon. the way to hatch those eggs is to walk. Those egg come in 2km (1.25 mile) , 5km ( 3 miles) and 10 km (6 miles). Thats good for me.

Well.. officially I shouldn't be able to play it. But a tweaked Bluestack (android emulator) allow me to do so. on my phone too but... shh

Batalov 2016-07-16 20:26

I was wondering what that game was...

Sounds exiting (just read this in the local news)! -- [URL]http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-san-diego-dead-body-pokemon-go-20160715-snap-story.html[/URL] :unsure:

firejuggler 2016-07-16 20:36

I assure you, dead body drop only for the most infortunate players. I have encountered none yet.

VictordeHolland 2016-07-17 07:50

I haven't found any dead bodies yet with Pokemon Go. There are only bugs (Weedle/Caterpie), rats (Ratata) and birds (Pidgeys Spearrows) nearby. The game is fun for a couple of hours, but those nasty teenagers have way more spare time to "gotta catch them all".

Even my father finds the game amusing, but he has worked in the Geo information busniss his entire life :).

ATH 2016-07-17 17:30

At first I was annoyed it is not coming for Windows Phone, but I probably should be glad. It is a mad world out there:

3rd corpse found by Pokemon Go players: Nashua, New Hampshire:
[url]http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3691087/Another-Pokemon-player-finds-dead-body-floating-river.html[/url]

2 men falls off cliff while playing:
[url]http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-pokemon-go-players-stabbed-fall-off-cliff-20160714-snap-story.html#nt=storygallery[/url]

2 former marines find murder suspect while playing:
[url]http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-pokemon-go-attempted-murder-fullerton-20160713-snap-story.html#nt=storygallery[/url]

People getting robbed while playing:
[url]http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-pokemon-go-players-robbed-carjacked-20160713-snap-story.html[/url]

Man stabbed in Park while playing:
[url]http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Man-Playing-Pokemon-Go-Stabbed-in-Anaheim-Park-386752671.html[/url]


[url]http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-pokemon-go-roundup-20160713-snap-htmlstory.html#nt=storygallery[/url]

firejuggler 2016-07-17 17:47

Well... the dead body... and the murder suspect could have happened anyway without this game.

science_man_88 2016-07-17 18:41

[QUOTE=ATH;438323]At first I was annoyed it is not coming for Windows Phone, but I probably should be glad. It is a mad world out there:[/QUOTE]

yes it is:

New Hampshire city police use Pokemon Go to lure fugitives:
[url]http://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/new-hampshire-city-police-use-pokemon-go-to-lure-fugitives-1.2990342?hootPostID=652d81c60a73ab9b15a0b14be687b904[/url]

Xyzzy 2016-07-17 20:47

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jasong 2016-07-18 02:50

[QUOTE=firejuggler;438273]I assure you, dead body drop only for the most infortunate players. I have encountered none yet.[/QUOTE]
That's the new, yet-to-be-released feature. You can also spawn hookers, rapists, policemen, firemen and more minor stuff like people to do your laundry and wash your dishes.

The really fun thing is to pit the policeman against one of the criminal pokemon and see who wins.

Good times.

MooMoo2 2016-07-22 19:32

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[QUOTE=ATH;438323]At first I was annoyed it is not coming for Windows Phone, but I probably should be glad. It is a mad world out there:

3rd corpse found by Pokemon Go players: Nashua, New Hampshire:
[url]http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3691087/Another-Pokemon-player-finds-dead-body-floating-river.html[/url]
...[/QUOTE]
It's good for adding excitement to your day. You can find all kinds of stuff that you never knew existed.

But sometimes it's enough. There's a point when the best thing to do is to sit down, rest and chill out.

The Carnivore 2016-07-22 20:17

Am I the only one here who thinks that prime hunting and pokemon finding have a lot of things in common? Consider this:

* Small primes and weak pokemon are common and easy to find/get.
* Big prime candidates and strong pokemon take a long time to test/encounter. Once tested/encountered, the likelihood of primality/capture is slim.
* You get bragging rights if you discover a large prime or capture a strong pokemon.
* The discovery of a large prime or the capture of a rare pokemon by itself is of no practical use. But the by-products of the quest do produce some real-world benefits and drawbacks.
* A good by-product of finding primes is stress testing hardware and finding bugs. A good by-product of finding pokemon is getting exercise and meeting people.
* A bad by-product of finding primes is the environmental impact of the increased electricity use. A bad by-product of finding pokemon is an increase in accidents. Both by-products can be mitigated by getting your power from renewable energy for the former and paying attention to your surroundings for the latter.
* You can spend as much or as little money as you'd like on both pursuits. Spending more money speeds up your progress on both.
* Both activities were popularized in the mid 90s and have a "level cap". At that time, you couldn't get a pokemon beyond level 100, and you couldn't test primes with exponents greater than 79.3 million.
* Both pursuits are susceptible to cheating. Cheaters for both pursuits will be banned if caught.
* Over-zealous participants of both activities can get into legal trouble. Prime finders aren't allowed to run their programs on non-authorized computers, and pokemon hunters aren't allowed to trespass.
* There are different types for both. You've got water, fire, electric, etc. types for Pokemon, and different bases and +/-1 for primes.

LaurV 2016-07-23 07:20

[QUOTE=Xyzzy;438339]re:6th walk[/QUOTE]
How come you don't know? You gave me that freaking icon! (or, was it Serge? :razz:)

:laurv:

(hehe, first time since I have it when actually find a use for it)

LaurV 2016-07-23 08:53

(time limit, sorry for the double post)

Mrs LaurV's favorite joke for a while now:

The wife sees the husband ready to go out and asks (a bit irritated):
"Where are you going?"
The husband (a bit grumpy):
"I go to meet my mistress".
The wife (now terrible angry):
"You are lying! You go hunting pokemons!"

MooMoo2 2016-07-23 18:20

I played Pokemon while driving earlier this week. I don't know which is worse:

1.) Playing while driving on the freeway/motorway/expressway not just for a minute or two, but for a continuous 25-30 minutes.
2.) The terrible traffic that made #1 not that dangerous. There were 8+ total lanes (4+ on each direction), no accidents or construction, and my max speed was probably 3 mph/5 km/h while I was playing. The worst accident that I could have caused would have been a minor scratch on my car or the other person's car.
3.) The fact that my speed was slow enough to make the game think I was "walking". So it counted several km towards hatching an egg, which felt like cheating.

science_man_88 2016-07-23 18:28

[QUOTE=MooMoo2;438598]I played Pokemon while driving earlier this week. I don't know which is worse:

1.) Playing while driving on the freeway/motorway/expressway not just for a minute or two, but for a continuous 25-30 minutes.
2.) The terrible traffic that made #1 not that dangerous. There were 8+ total lanes (4+ on each direction), no accidents or construction, and my max speed was probably 3 mph/5 km/h while I was playing. The worst accident that I could have caused would have been a minor scratch on my car or the other person's car.
3.) The fact that my speed was slow enough to make the game think I was "walking". So it counted several km towards hatching an egg, which felt like cheating.[/QUOTE]

the last sentence in #2 isn't exactly true technically if someone rams the back of close vehicles at highway speed and it hits another and another you have a chain reaction multi car pileup with many possibly dead.

The Carnivore 2016-07-24 20:09

[QUOTE=Xyzzy;438339].("WTF is a Pokemon")[/QUOTE]
Pokemon are similar to animals, with one main exception: you can capture pokemon in pokeballs and get them to fight for you.

Currently, research is underway to modify pokeballs to catch humans. These are called "Humeballs". They're still being perfected, but early results are promising: [url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5nehSs8PdQ[/url]

kladner 2016-07-25 00:38

[QUOTE=LaurV;438565](time limit, sorry for the double post)

Mrs LaurV's favorite joke for a while now:

The wife sees the husband ready to go out and asks (a bit irritated):
"Where are you going?"
The husband (a bit grumpy):
"I go to meet my mistress".
The wife (now terrible angry):
"You are lying! You go hunting pokemons!"[/QUOTE]
LOL! :tu:

MooMoo2 2016-10-28 17:58

[QUOTE=VictordeHolland;438298]I haven't found any dead bodies yet with Pokemon Go. [/QUOTE]
I got close.

I took a mini-road trip last Saturday. On my way home, I passed by Long Beach, California and stopped by since it was rumored to be a Pokemon hotspot. There were about a hundred people there even at 11 PM at night.

I played for a while, and a few minutes before midnight, a Lapras showed up. I was happy catching it, but what really made me smile was seeing everyone run towards it and hearing the cheers and excitement.

I went home right afterwards, and within a few minutes, I saw a wrecked car on the left side of the road. One ambulance was near there, and there were lots of sirens in the distance. The next day, this was on the news:
[url]http://lbpost.com/news/2000009818-man-dies-in-long-beach-car-crash-that-leaves-3-passengers-critically-injured[/url]

[quote]A 22-year-old South Gate man was killed after he crashed his car into a palm tree while exiting the 710 Freeway in Long Beach over the weekend, according to authorities. His three passengers were critically injured.

Police were dispatched to southbound Shoreline Drive just north of the Broadway exit of the Long Beach (710) Freeway, regarding a single vehicle injury traffic collision at 12:05AM on Sunday, October 23, according to a release from the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD).

Arriving officers found the vehicle in the grass center median just east of Shoreline Drive and north of the Broadway exit, officials stated. They located three critically injured passengers and the deceased driver.[/quote]
[quote]11:57pm, 3 critical & 1 DOA @ 710 fwy/Broadway Exit. Single car crash into tree. Jaws of life used for extrication. LBPD investigating.[/quote]
It seems a bit unreal that happiness and tragedy can strike at the same time, so close to each other. People were jumping and cheering while someone died a mile away. The Lapras might have spawned at the exact same time of the crash.

MooMoo2 2016-11-03 05:40

In case anyone's curious, I finally got all 142 pokemon that were catchable in North America. It took me about three and a half months and ~5 hours of play time a week. I didn't make any in-app purchases, but I did spend quite a bit of money on gas, parking, pokemon-related gear, etc. The experiences I got made the whole thing worth it, though.

henryzz 2016-11-04 20:12

[QUOTE=MooMoo2;446307]In case anyone's curious, I finally got all 142 pokemon that were catchable in North America. It took me about three and a half months and ~5 hours of play time a week. I didn't make any in-app purchases, but I did spend quite a bit of money on gas, parking, pokemon-related gear, etc. The experiences I got made the whole thing worth it, though.[/QUOTE]
Now to start travelling the world to catch the last few. Gotta catch em all!!! :laurv:

jasong 2016-11-10 11:43

I want a version of Pokemon Go that uses a treadmill or a stair-stepper and just virtual wandering.

Not even asking for teleportation, although plane rides to other continents would be nice.

MooMoo2 2016-11-16 06:04

[QUOTE=henryzz;446432]Now to start travelling the world to catch the last few. Gotta catch em all!!! :laurv:[/QUOTE]
This guy did:
[url]https://www.reddit.com/r/TheSilphRoad/comments/5chgri/flying_to_japan_from_canada_to_hunt_lapras_this/[/url]
[quote]
I've never done anything so ridiculous. Made a snap call at 10:30pm and was in the air two hours later. In a layover now. . I'm still not sure it was a good idea but I'm well on my way now. Things I need help with:
1) SIM card to get?
2) Least travel time to get some serious Lapras action
3) somewhere to stay[/quote]
Items 1) and 2) take priority over item 3) :max:

henryzz 2016-11-16 10:31

[QUOTE=MooMoo2;447285]This guy did:
[URL]https://www.reddit.com/r/TheSilphRoad/comments/5chgri/flying_to_japan_from_canada_to_hunt_lapras_this/[/URL]

Items 1) and 2) take priority over item 3) :max:[/QUOTE]
If someone on the internet can tell him where there is a lapras nest then he should be able to doing it in less than a day.

MooMoo2 2016-11-26 07:01

[QUOTE=henryzz;446432]Now to start travelling the world to catch the last few.[/quote]
Ditto was released a few days ago. Got him earlier today as a disguised Rattata. I caught 50-60 other pokemon before stumbling upon him.

[quote]Gotta catch em all!!! :laurv:[/QUOTE]
Catch em all? Catching a few is good enough:
[url]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zItKxjn57YQ[/url]

MooMoo2 2017-11-03 06:16

[QUOTE=MooMoo2;446307]In case anyone's curious, I finally got all 142 pokemon that were catchable in North America.[/QUOTE]

[QUOTE=henryzz;446432]Now to start travelling the world to catch the last few. Gotta catch em all!!! :laurv:[/QUOTE]
I still play once in a while. I made some progress towards that goal and got a few interesting stories out of it.

[b]Kangaskhan:[/b] Normally available only in Australia, but was available in Anaheim, California from August 18-20. The round trip would normally be doable in a day from where I live, but by the time I found out about the event, I had to be in Boise, Idaho to watch the total solar eclipse. My friends told me that it came down to either catching Kangaskhan or watching the eclipse, and I had to choose quickly.

Not to be deterred, I tried both. I took on the 2200+ mile endurance test on the road and saw a good part of the US in slightly less than three days. By the time I was done, I was awed by the sights I saw and humbled by the immense vastness of the country. It felt like I'd been on an international flight and just arrived from the opposite side of the world.

Oh, and BTW, I did get both Kangaskhan and a cloud-free view of totality.

[b]Mr. Mime[/b] (available in Europe): Caught during a trip to Iceland. Everything (food, hotels, gas, etc.) is super expensive there, but the scenery and adventures you can do makes it worth the cost. It felt a bit odd to see the midnight sun (sheep were still actively wandering around at 10 PM), and the noontime darkness (during the solar eclipse) within the span of a few weeks.

Almost all Icelanders can speak fluent English, which is useful since there were a lot of places where the tourists outnumbered the locals. It wasn't like that until quite recently, so I wonder how Iceland will be in a decade or two.

[b]Zapdos[/b] (legendary Pokemon): This recently released Pokemon was a bit different. Unlike most pokemon, you had to defeat an ultra-powerful version of Zapdos before you could catch him, and this usually required several people.

One day, I was exploring the state capitol and didn't have my phone on. Soon, I noticed a group of 15 or so people standing aimlessly in a loose circle and checking their phones once in a while. The nearby tourists were oblivious to that group, but I suspected that they may be Pokemon players trying to defeat Zapdos. So I turned on my phone, and sure enough, Zapdos was on the screen. We defeated him, and I caught him shortly after.

[b]Suicune[/b] (legendary Pokemon): Like Zapdos, you had to defeat a powerful version of Suicune before you could catch him. I encountered a group of 8-9 people standing next to a church who was also looking to defeat Suicune. We had enough people and enough strong pokemon, but one person in the group wanted us to wait a while until his friend arrived.

None of us were in a hurry, so we agreed to this and chatted for a bit. But after 10 minutes, a cop car pulled up. He parked his car and asked Steve, the only black guy in our group, what he was doing and why he was there. One of us spoke up for him and said that we were just playing pokemon. The officer then said that he was investigating because someone complained that there was a suspicious person wearing a hoodie and shorts who was loitering and going door-to-door. Another one of us told the officer that Steve wasn't going door-to-door, and that he and the rest of us would only be there for a while to catch pokemon.

The officer left, but before we defeated Suicune, Steve thanked us for standing up for him. At least three of us also matched the officer's description (hoodie and shorts), but none of us were even questioned or looked at suspiciously. He said that with all of the controversy regarding racism and Black Lives Matter, he was just glad that he didn't end up beaten, shot, and/or in the back of the patrol car.

So, out of the original 151 pokemon, I'm now down to just Farfetch'd (only available in Asia), Mewtwo (requires lots of luck and/or gameplay time), and Mew (not released yet). 148 caught, 3 to go....

MooMoo2 2018-06-01 03:57

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[QUOTE=henryzz;446432]Now to start travelling the world to catch the last few. Gotta catch em all!!! :laurv:[/QUOTE]
I finally got all 151 pokemon earlier today!

The Carnivore 2018-06-01 17:00

[QUOTE=MooMoo2;488802]I finally got all 151 pokemon earlier today![/QUOTE]
You found the 151st pokemon on May 31, the 151st day of the year. Congrats!

The Carnivore 2021-01-17 17:49

Anyone in 2015 would be completely baffled by this headline and article:
[url]https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-55648546[/url]

LaurV 2021-01-18 05:01

[QUOTE=MooMoo2;470877]One day, I was exploring the state capitol
[/QUOTE]
What day was that? January 6? You can tell us... :razz:
[QUOTE]But after 10 minutes, a cop car pulled up. He parked his car and asked Steve, the only black guy in our group, what he was doing and why he was there. One of us spoke up for him and said that we were just playing pokemon. The officer then said that he was investigating because someone complained that there was a suspicious person wearing a hoodie and shorts who was loitering and going door-to-door. Another one of us told the officer that Steve wasn't going door-to-door, and that he and the rest of us would only be there for a while to catch pokemon.
The officer left, but before we defeated Suicune, Steve thanked us for standing up for him. At least three of us also matched the officer's description (hoodie and shorts), but none of us were even questioned or looked at suspiciously. He said that with all of the controversy regarding racism and Black Lives Matter, he was just glad that he didn't end up beaten, shot, and/or in the back of the patrol car.
[/QUOTE] Dafuk man, didn't you take a photo of the license plate of that racist SoB? (if you did, pass it around!)

MooMoo2 2021-01-19 05:02

Ah, those memories
 
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[quote]One day, I was exploring the state capitol[/quote]
[QUOTE=LaurV;569574]What day was that? January 6? You can tell us... :razz:
[/QUOTE]
It was August 12 2017, the same day as the Charlottesville far-right rally:
[url]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unite_the_Right_rally[/url]

Nothing much was going on at the capitol at that time. It didn't have more security than a typical museum, and crowds were minimal.

[quote]
But after 10 minutes, a cop car pulled up. He parked his car and asked Steve, the only black guy in our group, what he was doing and why he was there. One of us spoke up for him and said that we were just playing pokemon. The officer then said that he was investigating because someone complained that there was a suspicious person wearing a hoodie and shorts who was loitering and going door-to-door. Another one of us told the officer that Steve wasn't going door-to-door, and that he and the rest of us would only be there for a while to catch pokemon.
The officer left, but before we defeated Suicune, Steve thanked us for standing up for him. At least three of us also matched the officer's description (hoodie and shorts), but none of us were even questioned or looked at suspiciously. He said that with all of the controversy regarding racism and Black Lives Matter, he was just glad that he didn't end up beaten, shot, and/or in the back of the patrol car.[/quote]
[QUOTE=LaurV;569574]
Dafuk man, didn't you take a photo of the license plate of that racist SoB? (if you did, pass it around!)[/QUOTE]
Nope; most of us were too stunned to do anything.

Dr Sardonicus 2021-01-19 17:29

[QUOTE=LaurV;569574]<snip>
Dafuk man, didn't you take a photo of the license plate of that racist SoB? (if you did, pass it around!)[/QUOTE]Assuming the cop was, as he indicated, responding to a call for service, perhaps the real "racist SoB" was whoever made the call. Whether the caller specified the "suspicious person's" skin color, or that was "understood" by the cop, is a matter of speculation.


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