Pokémon Go: From ground breaking records to dramatic decline

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Photo: Nyana Harper

[Graphic by Preston Collins]

The week that the game company, Niantic, released Pokémon Go, the Apple App Store and Google Play broke. Only two months after the app was first released, it went from number eight to number twelve on the “top free in Android apps” chart within a week.

Pokémon Go was released in the U.S. during the first week of July, and it seemed everyone was playing it. There wasn’t a place anybody could go without seeing someone blindly walking around immersed in their phone. There used to be a lot of hype about “catching them all,” however, now it appears that Pokémon are being caught less often.

Age 14, Team Mystic member, Cameron Bonner, no longer plays Pokémon Go despite use to having played it every day. “I just didn’t feel like walking,” Bonner said, “It started to die down and it just became less popular.”

Unlike Bonner, some people don’t have an issue with the fitness portion of Pokémon Go. However, there are many other reasons as to why Pokémon Go is played so much less than when first released. Some of the reasons include lack of time in the day and the large amount of data the game consumes.

The responses are varied as to whether Pokémon Go has changed people’s overall perspective on Pokémon. “Yeah- it’s not that bad,” Bonner said, “[Pokémon Go] was really nerdy, but now it’s improved.”

Age 21, Team Valor member, Augustina Romine, agrees with the opinion that Pokémon Go is just another big trend that eventually fades, and like most players, deleted the app. “The excitement died off,” she said, “People are only into apps for the hype and trend.”

Romine, like many, has had previous experiences with Pokémon. She watched the popular television show and also played the Nintendo games. “The show is better than the game,” she said.

In regards to the international aspect of the game, some Pokémon only spawn in certain countries. Players may have to travel the world to catch them all which is unrealistic. An update for Pokémon spawns would appease much of the player populace.

Some would like to see other features for players with the new. “I’d like for newer Pokémon to be able to be caught as you level up,” Romine said. She also explained that she wants to be able to see new Pokémon, and not continue catching the same ones.

Bonner agrees with how the game has already started updating in a positive way. “They’re listening to what people want- and they’re making it better,” Bonner said.

Age 61, Team Mystic member, Michelle Cooper said, “[Pokémon Go] is very addictive, and I just had other things to do, so I had to let go of that.” Cooper, unlike many others, disagrees with Pokémon Go being described as hype. “People still play it,” she said, “I just don’t think they play it as much as they did when it first came out.”

Pokémon Go might just be waiting to be replaced by something different. “The novelty wore off,” Cooper said, “something newer is always going to come out and catch people’s attention.”