Almost the minute I posted my last essay on Pokemon Go, I stopped playing. I had just risen to level 21 which took almost an entire week to reach from level 20. My goal was to level up maybe once a day to catch up with all the other players who had been hitting the game hard since day one. But as I progressed through the game each level became more grueling. Level 20 seemed like a good goal post because of the new Pokeballs that you could unlock.
I also got a full time job and Pokemon was definitely not high on the priority list. So it sat there for a few weeks. Meanwhile Niantic kept issuing updates and occasionally I would check in on them. I heard through the interwebs that the Halloween update would give out free Pokemon candies and the ghost characters would be more prevalent. I was excited to play again but the game just kept crashing. I had grown used to the idea of not evolving my pokemon because there would be a 80% chance the program would crash. But it was getting worse. Now the app would shut down without cause. It had become almost unusable.
But I did want to take advantage of the Halloween update and so I pressed on. Quite frustratingly I had just dropped my phone and cracked the screen. It was still functioning and I didn’t let that stop me. But finally the program made itself unusable when quite suddenly the screen went completely blank. I was a passenger in the car (Yes my wife was driving) and I pressed the “Yes I’m a passenger” button and went on my merry way. But instead of seeing my avatar stall and suddenly lurch forward like usual, a big blank screen covered up the game. Nothing I could do would change it. I kept logging in and logging out and I kept getting the same screen.
Finally after pressing down on the screen I found a curious picture of Magnemite. No words no explanation. Just his curious and beady eye. Something was up. I took at screenshot and googled the image. It turns out that it was part of a Google Captcha program that was unable to load completely. The check box would not load and I could not move on to the next screen. So Pokemon was now dead. After so much enthusiasm I was ready to give up.
Well I’m happy to say that I was able to upgrade my iphone 4 to and iphone 5 and my experience so far has been night and day. I was pushing my luck using the iphone 4 for so long. When it was working it was one of the most fulfilling games I had ever played. I hope that with the Gen 2 characters coming into the game that I’ll get back that spark I had from the beginning. Finger’s crossed.