It feels like the first truly social game, not play alone with strangers in the basement.
Have you heard of Ingress, Niantic's other social game? www.ingress.com
Yes, I'm somewhat bitter about Pokemon Go and the players overtaking the areas I play for Ingress. The unfortunate, but obvious decision was to use the same location for portals in Ingress, for pokestops and gyms in Pokemon Go. Pokemon Go is less of a social game when compared to Ingress. Pokemon Go is also a game that will be ruined by cheaters and people who pay to play. Ingress has it's fair share of cheaters but you can't buy things to give yourself an incredible advantage. While I don't like that aspect of Pokemon Go and is part of the reason I dislike it, I know it'll only support Ingress and it's development as well. It's a double-edge sword. The game also has helped Ingress gain more players but, because the games are much different in how you play and level up it's unknown if any of them will stick around. Most probably will think it's way too hard in comparison to Pokemon Go despite our efforts to help them. There are many overlaying aspects between the two games that will ruin Ingress for some (same locations and cooldown periods). Most people can handle the initial surge of people in the areas but if this keeps up, Niantic may have just shot themselves in the foot with Ingress and some of it's players.