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Tycho / on Fri, Jul 8 2016 at 10:31 am

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Portable Demons

My experience with the launch of Pokemon GO has been kinda rocky; sometimes it only wants to be a loading screen and not a game.  Obviously, I respect its decision.  Freedom is the right of all sentient beings.  But it does make it harder to play.

I’m heading to a barbecue in a park this weekend, and I have the expectation that I will see many, many people looking down at phones in an effort to snare various ‘mons.  Whatever might have happened with the launch, which was almost certainly the result of a globe’s worth of people all kicking the shit out of their backend at once, this isn’t a small gesture and they’ll never be done with it. And I think I might have found some kind of secret ‘mon when I was messing around with it earlier, so yeah.  Pretty excited.

I would charge your shit before you start on walkabout, though: the game has a case of the vamps with its dark thirst.  Anker should probably consider a branded peripheral, I’m just saying.  I read a few guides on how to save power, and most of them were essentially “deactivate the features of your phone that make it a useful device.”

Our mini-documentary series Welcome to PAX(!) has moved on to PAX East now, with several uninterrupted minutes of Pin Porn:

I can’t stress enough that it’s actually like this.  It could have been anything, in our case its pins, but just the fact of these tokens has catalyzed a lot of authentic relationships.  And they make meeting people - for some, an almost insuperable barrier - conceivable at all.

(CW)TB out.

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