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Pokémon Go: Thanks for the update, but still no thanks

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Pokémon Go is one of the most popular games available on smartphone, proven by the number of articles and comments from you on our website and in general across web. A while ago, we announced that Pokémon Go was going to get the biggest update in its history, and it's now it's here.

The update comes with many changes, mainly for the arena thanks to new systems for motivation, rewards, etc., but the biggest novelty is the raid system. This is a cooperative mode in which players can ally and fight together against a "boss", a little bit like Guild Wars, for those who might be familiar with that game.

Of course, we'll have to wait a while before we get to enjoy all these new features, but in the meantime it's still worth asking ourselves a simple question: what is the real goal of the game's developers with this update? Is it really just to improve the gaming experience of current players? This is important, of course, since the number of Pokémon Go players is still very high despite the anticipated decline in popularity at the end of the buzz. But perhaps there is another reason?

When I read about the concept of raids, I thought it might be able to lure in people like me: fans of multiplayer games but not competitors. With such a change in the game system, I thought this could be a good reason to reinstall the app on my phone. But don't be fooled, these raids are not the heart of the game - it's still very much based on competition between players: you'll still have to go outside to hunt for Pokémon and you'll still have to fight in the arenas against other players. The difference is that you'll have other reasons to do so (the rewards have been revised) and you'll be able to do it in a more pleasant setting (the arenas will be renovated, you'll get badges etc.).

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In short, many things have changed but the concept of the game is still the same, to the delight of fans of the game. As for me, it doesn't particularly entice me to start playing the game. What about you?

What do you think of the Pokémon Go update?
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Does this update pique your interest in the game? We'd love to know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Benoit is passionate about new technologies and everything related to computers. A big Android fan since 2011, he joined the AndroidPIT team to satisfy his passion and to share his knowledge on Android with readers.

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  • soheb jamil 1
    soheb jamil Jun 25, 2017 Link to comment

    Pokemon go is still pretty boring and time consuming for a lone-player ... Taking down the gym is absolutely monotonous. Have to defeat a Pokemon 4 times to kick him out .. so have to fight 24 battles 4*6 .... To take a gym which takes an hour if everything goes well and drains the battery drastically. And then in few minutes I am ousted by some unknown team whom I can't even see, though I am still there, so probably assuming spoofers. And then for no reason I am kicked out be error message in gym while fighting ... Heard that is bcos of GPS drift ... It gets absolutely irritating ... Never encountered such thing in ingress ... So it takes more than an hour if you really want to take down the gym ... I have given up the hope now ... Will only play in events and catch pokemons ...
    RAIDS .. the cp of the boss should be changed to the number of players participating .. yesterday I was fighting a 22k cp weezing alone killing all my 6 Pokemon ... So never going to raids anymore either .
    The gym fight is still unfair ... There should be one fight only ... If the defending Pokemon lose they should be out .. simple ... When an attacking pokemon lose it doesn't lose a quarter motivation it loses a whole health ... It's absolutely unfair ... I hope they fix this