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Upon making this entry, I realized that I haven't talked about Pokemon Go since last February. Let's fix that. Pokemon Go has changed a lot since Gen 2 was released. The gyms have been completely redone, and for the better IMO. Now they can only have six Pokemon in them, with none of them being duplicates of each other. Plus they count as Pokestops as well. You can even feed berries to the Pokemon in the gym if it's under control by your team, helping them stay in there longer and giving the player stardust in return. Their set up is a lot better than the gyms of old, as they can give a reason to use different Pokemon for gyms other than Dragonite and Gyarados if they are already in said gym. Players can now find shiny Magikarp and Pikachu in the game, though they are VERY hard to find. (You can also hatch a shiny Pichu from a 2K egg, though it is also really rare) They make for a nice surprise to find whenever you are on the hunt for Pokemon. But the biggest and coolest added feature IMO are the Raid Battles. These are where you battle super strong Pokemon, and a lot of them can't be beaten by one person. I actually joined a couple groups, one on Facebook and one on Discord, that have members post when they find an interesting Raid Boss. That way, people can plan to meet up to take on the boss. I've had a lot of fun meeting up with other players, sharing stories of our hunts as well as talking about the Pokemon we have caught. I've met some really cool people thanks to these battles. And with the Raid Battles came the Legendary Pokemon. Towards the end of the summer, Lugia and Articuno started showing up at gyms, with the latter only being available for a week. Moltres showed up the next week, then Zapdos. After that, all four were able to be caught until the end of last month. I wouldn't say I had the best luck catching these guys, but I did get at least one of all four of these Pokemon. As you can see, the game has had a lot of events going on recently, and it doesn't stop there. As of this entry, the Legendary Pokemon Raikou, Entei, and Suicune are wondering the globe. Raikou is in the Americas, Entei is in Europe and Africa, and Suicune is in Asia-Pacific. Ater this month, they will rotate to different regions, and than after that month they will rotate again. This gives everyone a chance to catch these guys. I already caught Raikou, so I just need to wait for next month to catch the next one. On top of that, EX Raid Battles are starting to show up. These give you a chance to catch Mewtwo. Though you have to beat a raid boss at a gym to receive an invite to an EX Raid Battle. That's the only way to participate in this one, meaning you need to do Raid Battles on at least a semi-regular basis to get a chance to get an invite. It's kind of tedious, yes, but Mewtwo's catch rate is higher than the other Legendary Pokemon that have been introduced in the game so far. So that's something. Overall, I've enjoyed playing the game with these changes over the last few months. It's allowed me to meet new people, join different groups online, and allowed me to explore my local area more than I probably would've otherwise. And of course, catching some powerful Pokemon has been great too. I look forward to catching the remaining Legendary Pokemon I need to catch, plus catching Gen 3 Pokemon when they arrive in the game. What are your current thoughts on Pokemon Go? Do you still play it? Have you caught any Legendary or shiny Pokemon?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_y1yuqwlko It's official, everyone. New Pokemon are coming to Pokemon Go! Later this week, over 80 Gen 2 Pokemon will become available to catch in the game. The baby Pokemon of Gen 2 have already been available to be caught from catching eggs. But these will be catchable by throwing Pokeballs at them. There will also be new berries as well as items that help to evolve certain Pokemon. I don't know much about them as of this entry, but more info will probably be released for them soon. I've been waiting for this announcement for a long time. I still play Pokemon Go on a daily basis. Not to the extent that I did a few months ago, but I play it enough to get the daily bonuses. This, however, will most likely give me a reason to play it a lot more, and I can't wait to get back on the hunt for catching new Pokemon. What do you guys think of this announcement? Are you excited that Gen 2 Pokemon are coming to Pokemon Go?
Not sure if this is the right forum for this, but hey, it's about Bionicle, right? So, unless you've been living under a rock or something, you might be familiar with the recently released AR mobile game called Pokémon Go. The internet is overflowing with information about the thing, so I won't write a book here detailing what it is, but basically you use your smartphone to look for and catch Pokémon scattered around the real world using Google Maps integration. It isn't out globally yet, but it has been sweeping through the USA and some other regions where it has launched. This gave me an idea - what about the same thing with Bionicle? Obviously this will never happen due to G1 having been cancelled and Bionicle, even at its peak, not having been even near Pokémon in terms of popularity, but hypothetically, would you play? Various Rahi would be "hidden" in the real world, and you would need your Rahi-Go app to find them. Instead of a trainer, you would have a Matoran avatar, and instead of Pokéballs, you'd be throwing bamboo disks at the Rahi. You could "tame" them by knocking off the infected masks using the disks (so gameplay-wise it would be the same as Pokémon Go) and use them to level up. Instead of Pokéstops you'd have Matoran settlements, and Gyms would be replaced by Kini. Pokécoins would be widgets and so forth. Much of Pokémon Go's praise stems from the social experience, so for the sake of argument, presume this game would be just as popular. The three starters would be Fikou, Kofo-Jaga and Gafna, while the fourth hidden starter would be the Ussal. Imagine traversing your neighborhood hunting for larger Rahi like Nui-Jaga, Kahus or Muakas. You'd need to find a lake or river to encounter a Razor-whale or Takea. Further from urban areas, you'd find Kavinika or Ash-bears. I think there are enough canon Rahi to make the game viable in the long run, and instead of joining one of three teams, you'd pick one of six elements to represent. Thoughts? Ideas? Would you play this?
Over the last few weeks, Pokemon Go has basically taken over whatever country it has been released in. There have been numerous stories that have been caused by the game. Everything from people snooping behind police stations to people falling off 100 foot cliffs to people even finding dead bodies! And those aren't even the craziest stories people have from playing this game. I started playing the game last week, around the time I went to Las Vegas. I had a lot of time to play the game at night while I was there, and I will say that I like the game a lot. I really like the idea of walking around, finding random Pokemon, and catching them by throwing Pokeballs at them. It's simple, but still a lot of fun! I also think its neat that actual locations are used for you to get items and set up lures where you can attract different Pokemon. I also like that any of the Pokemon in the game can appear to be captured. I was walking around one of those nights in Vegas and I found a level 306 Arcanine in a lure spot. That is something that would never happen in one of the cartridge games! Though if the Pokemon is rare enough, something could happen. But the best thing about the game IMO is that it gives people an incentive to go exploring and meet other people. I've read stories of people with different backgrounds coming together, sharing stories and experiences, and just having fun with the game. I think that is cool. Plus, it gives people a reason to go for walks. I personally don't exercise at all, because I simply just don't want to. But since I got the game, I've done a lot of walking. I actually took a walk through my whole neighborhood the day of this entry, looking for Pokemon and getting steps in to hatch some Pokemon eggs. I haven't walked through my neighborhood in years! (Even though its a small neighborhood, but that's beside the point.) Is the game perfect? No. I do think the egg system could be better. Having to have your phone on a certain screen for your steps to count to hatching is kind of troublesome. But overall I really enjoy the game and will continue to play it for the foreseeable future. What do you guys think of the game? And what team did you choose? I chose Team Instinct, but only because I think Zapdos is an awesome Legendary Pokemon.