Video Game Tuesday: Pokemon GO Stories

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This week I’m going to talk about some of the weird stuff I’ve personally run into the last couple weeks for this week’s Video Game Tuesday! It’s Pokemon GO Stories!

Stories?: I’ve encountered some weird stuff the past few weeks regarding the latest Pokemon craze. They’re all pretty amusing.

“Get that Ratatta in the Aisle!”: A few days after the launch of the game I was shopping at my local grocery store around 7:30 AM (It’s my typical time to go to the store) and I was walking up to a checkout stand when I overheard one of the older store employees, easily in her 60’s, yell to another elderly employee to “Quick turn around and get that Ratatta in the aisle”. I nearly ran into a stand of chips after hearing that out of shock. I was fairly amused and a bit surprised that even people over twice my age had been playing Pokemon GO.

“Where’s the nearest Pokestop?”: A few days after the “Ratatta” incident I was walking to the store again and passing by a Mobile Home complex when some random dude on the street waved to me and asked me where the nearest Pokestop was. At that time the servers had finally stopped giving me issues so I had caught my starter ‘Mon and visited the closest Stop (very conveniently located in between where I live and the grocery store). So after giving the guy an odd look I told him it was just up the road. I’m not sure if I was more surprised that I was noticed at all or if I was surprised at the question. I’ve frequently had issues with people noticing me, even if I try to attract attention. I’d frequently have to repeatedly say “Excuse me” during lectures in college when I had a question, because the teacher wouldn’t notice me or would walk by while we were working on something in classes in High School. It’s also caused me a few headaches when I’m walking across crosswalks on busy streets because people just don’t see me, even if I’m wearing an attention grabbing color like my red raincoat. Either way though I thought that this incident was funny.

My last story is regarding the nearest Gym, which is also really close to the grocery store, but across the local 4-lane highway in the area of my local town that a bunch of elder care homes are located. The gym as of last Thursday still hadn’t gotten anyone to take over it, and I’m assuming that it’s due to the fact that it’s located in an elder care facility. That and around where I live the population isn’t incredibly dense.

Do you have any funny stories regarding the latest Pokemon game? Share them below!

Video Game Tuesday: Launch Day Madness

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Hey all for this week’s Video Game Tuesday I’m going to cover a topic most of you will probably be familiar with after last week. It’s all about Launch Day Madness!

What’s Launch Day Madness?: Well it’s just a made up term I use when talking about a launch of a particular game and the breaking of various things that occur on that day.

Like what?: Well, for one and probably the one most people are familiar with after last week’s launch of Pokemon GO, the servers are down, or busy. The reason behind this is fairly obvious, too many people at one time. Even if some people get in just fine it’s more due to their own luck, or foresightedness at logging in early, rather than you just being unlucky. If a game can’t handle the massive amount of people logging in when brand new content launches than the IT team behind the game has severely miscalculated the anticipated user base, or it’s increased influx. That was the case with Pokemon GO for most people that I know, and myself personally. I still haven’t caught a single ‘Mon myself yet. The server went down before I could catch my first one.

What else?: Well it could also be the website used to register users can be down, another thing people are probably familiar with after last week’s launch of GO. Sane reasoning, although not to the same extent, probably only up to 80% of the user base if it’s a new game. It can also be that certain parts of the game don’t work, like Instances in World of Warcraft’s The Burning Crusade or Wrath of the Lich King expansion launches.

Even if it’s not people having issue logging in, the servers might be unable to handle a certain amount of players in one area and that area’s server might go down. Like the Eastern Kingdoms going down during the Wrath launch.  Or it may cause server restarts causing people to quit the game and stop playing for up to a few hours.

That’s it for this week’s Video Game Tuesday! Do you have a favorite Launch Day Madness story? Share it below!