Why are Niantic so stubbornly intent upon forcing us to play in the streets – as opposed from the comfort of our own home?
Has Niantic forgotten that their initial goal for this game was “Gotta Catch ‘Em All!”.
Surely, it’s up to the players to decide how to do this!
Niantic seems to have conveniently forgotten that not all their players live in cities or even in towns. A lot of us live in villages, or even hamlets, in the countryside.
In the countryside, pokestops are few and far between. And pokegyms are even rarer! In the countryside, physical interaction with other players is simply impossible.
How on earth are you supposed to organise a face-to-face raid when there is no pokegym within 5 miles and that you don’t know any other POGO player within 10 miles of your home???
Let’s have a look at what’s needed:
- Hatching eggs. Fair enough, you can walk about hatching them whether you live in a town or in the countryside.
- Raids in pokegyms. Impossible to do in the countryside if there isn’t one near you!
What is your alternative then if not using a remote raid pass? But, right now, Niantic are doing everything they can to dissuade us from using them by increasing their price… Go out and find a pokegym, they say… For many of us, it’s simply not a practical solution…
- The incense. It was a nice solution to attract pokemons for those of us who couldn’t go out to find non-existent pokestops. But, once again, Niantic has reduced the effectiveness of these incenses. If you don’t walk at least at a speed of 5 miles an hour (which is pretty fast), your incenses will suck…
Once again, why force us to go out and walk? Why do Niantic force us to play the way they wish us to play and why don’t they give us the option to play as we wish to play???
- Trade. This is a joke for those of us living in the countryside. I’m level 45 and I haven’t been able to do yet a single trade because, simply, I don’t have any friend living near me.
What’s the alternative then? What’s my alternative?
Niantic should fully cater for all their players: those who live in cities/towns and those who live in the countryside. It’s so obvious that I really don’t know why I should have to write it…
What do you think?