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Can Pokémon Go Survive Until August?
By: Contently
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Since Pokémon Go came out last week, I’ve been obsessed. I’ve been getting off the subway one stop early to hatch my eggs in new places and look for Pokémon. Last weekend, I went to Central Park to look for rare Pokémon with my friends, only to find hundreds of other people doing the same. Even while writing this article, I kept taking breaks to check if any new Pokémon stumbled into the Contently offices. (Nothing great, just another Doduo.)

I know I’m not alone. It seems that every millennial has been running around trying to catch ’em all. The app has already been downloaded more times than Tinder, increased Nintendo’s value over $7 billion, and received relentless coverage from just about every media publication. Stores are putting up signs that read “Pokémon for paying customers only.” Police departments are telling people that they can catch Pokémon perfectly fine outside of law enforcement buildings.

I hate to rain on anyone’s parade here, but how long will this last? Because as ubiquitous as Pokémon Go is at the moment, there are a number of issues with the technology and design. This isn’t the first mobile game to completely capture the public’s attention. And its predecessors eventually fell by the cultural wayside weeks later. Remember Flappy Bird? 2048? Candy Crush? Words with Friends? Farmville? Nintendo’s previous big mobile game, Miitomo, blew up for a week before everybody just got bored of it.

Despite its popularity, Pokémon Go is not a well-designed game. Its only real mechanics are walking and swiping, and the reward mechanics are screwed up. Unlike previous games in which a Pokémon’s rarity correlated with its strength, in Go, the strength is dependent on how many times you collect a particular Pokémon.

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This article was first published by Contently.com. A link to the original can be found at the bottom of the post. www.contently.com
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