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Comment It's because the game has no long term goals (Score 3, Insightful) 194

Unlike Ingress, where there is a continuing story line influenced by how well the two factions are doing, and there is a global score that every player can influence, and an in game chat function so players can interact without knowing each other ahead of time, and the ability for huge operations involving dozens of players and the challenge of organizing such an operation (clearing lanes to make way for linking, capturing or destroying key portals, heading out to some obscure location in the middle of the night and feeling like a secret agent on a top secret mission), Pokemon Go really has very little to offer. On top of that, the tracking feature is not what the players wanted (and had at release). You basically go around capturing gyms, which serves no purpose... the xp gained is not worth the potions you need to use to recover from the attack, so unless you are trying to get on multiple gyms to get your daily rewards, there is little point. You also go around hunting pokemon, which is not multiplayer in the slightest, except for the fact that your friends can do it with you. And you can only hunt so many pokemon before it gets redundant... the xp requirements suddenly grow at a stupidly fast rate once you get to level 20. It is extremely difficult to find new players as there is no way to communicate with them unless you happen to bump in to them. If you live in a place far away from water, you essentially are locked out of some of the badges and pokemon (unlike ingress where all badges are accessible, even while urban play and rural play present different challenges).

Essentially, Pokemon Go has little to offer once the novelty wears off.

Comment What? (Score 4, Informative) 729

I mean, sure, occasionally a game like Doom 3 comes out that is beyond it's time in hardware specs, but my computer at home has 3 year old parts, and I have no problem playing new releases. Sure, sometimes I can't play them on the absolute highest settings, but I've never really felt that the game was less fun because of that. Also, the only real limiting factor to that issue is my video card, and a $200 could easily fix that if I felt the need - much cheaper than a new console.

Comment Re:Obama's officials covering up their failures (Score 1) 404

Yes but in those cases it's a matter of people using something (in the case, Scripture) to justify an pre-existing hatred. In the same way, many industrial capitalists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries used Darwin's work to justify horrid conditions for their workers, coming up with the idea of "social Darwinism". I don't blame Darwin or his works for that, and it would be equally stupid to blame the Bible on people being assholes as well. I mean, no one reads the book of Genesis and comes away with "Huh, I guess it's a sin for a white person to marry a black person". And yet racists in the late 19th and early 20th seemed to magically find this interpretation that just so happened to support their already racist worldview. In any Bible I've ever seen, where Jesus explicitly tells His disciples to "love thy neighbor", there is no asterisk to denote exceptions or conditions to that command. Some Christians seem to have mentally added one though.

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