Okay, as an outsider who was not actually at Pokémon Go fest, there is only so much I can talk about. I can understand though that it was probably a let down. However, you are talking about 22,000 people in a one mile long park all trying to use a small number of cell towers. Like, slow loading or log in times should be expected on that fact alone.
Also, Niantic does not have as many employees as you people think they have. This is not a game like Candy Crush or an app like Facebook where they’re operated by a large company with thousands of employees who can fix problems easily. We’re talking like 50 employees maybe working at Niantic, operating this huge game that is played by millions of people around the world. Like, give them a break! They can only work so fast to fix these problems, like dudes, chill. This is the also the first event they have ever done. They can only do so much testing and run throughs before they release a new update or host an event like this. They don’t know how the cell towers are gonna hold up to that sort of activity, or how they’re servers are gonna hold up. They are doing their best, they tried to work through it the best they can. They extended the radius and increased the spawn rate as a reward for y'all.
Another thing, it was not 94 or 95 degrees or whatever people are saying it was in Chicago. It was like 80. Me and my friends checked. Yes, 80 is a bit warm, and you might sweat, but as someone who lives in Oklahoma and played Pokémon Go today to get you Go Fest players those bonuses, I will have you know it was 104 today, with a heat index of 110. Y'all literally have no reason to complain about heat until you experience an Oklahoman summer. There was a reason Niantic chose Chicago, it would be COOL!!!!!! If they chose a city like Dallas, there would be people fainting or getting hospitalized from heat stroke or dehydration.
Also, they gave you a full refund on your ticket and $100 in pokecoins. That is MORE THAN ENOUGH to make up for the inconveniences some of you felt, but there were also plenty of people who did not have problems and enjoyed the event. It’s just the people who didn’t have a good time are the ones who are screaming the loudest. Also, tickets were like $20. Not their fault you people decided to spent hundreds of dollars on scalped tickets. Seriously not their fault that you decided to spend 300% more on a ticket than it was originally worth. I hope that in the future, they can prevent people from buying too many tickets, causing them to sell out in minutes, and then jack up the price to a hundred or two hundred or whatever dollars and scam these people.
Now, if y'all flew in for this event, I feel ya. I can feel your frustration and i understand it. But no matter how frustrated you are, no matter how pissed off you are, NO ONE DESERVES TO GET A WATER BOTTLE THROWN AT THEM AND I HOPE THE PERSON WHO THREW THAT WATER BOTTLE WAS TAKEN BY SECURITY AND KICKED OUT!!! Like that is just not something you do. That hostess most likely has no control over the glitches the game is experiencing. And booing the CEO??? Dude, not cool. And guess what? They also gave all of you who checked in a free Lugia. No trouble no hassle. And you’re getting the chance to battle Lugia and Arcticuno. Like, chill, you got what you wanted. We have legendaries.
Speaking of legendaries, we all know that Mystic has the most amount of players, I think they make up half of the player base? They should’ve done the percentage of team members who actually participated. Because I know that while Instinct has the least amount of members, we are incredibly loyal and have a lot of team spirit. So if the majority of Instinct was playing today while only half of mystic was playing? That would’ve changed the results. That’s how they should’ve done it, and maybe for the next event like that they’ll change it.
End of my rant I guess. I love Pokémon Go and I will defend it till the end of my life because this game has changed my life. It is so much fun and the augmented reality of it is pretty cool. And also? We’re incredibly close to the technology where we can see holograms and whatnot without headsets. There are contact lenses with technology that is operated by hand control. It’s this game or something called monster pet or something. If that kind of technology can be implemented for a game like Pokémon Go? That would be fucking amazing.
So I can understand your frustration. I truly do. If I went there and experienced those problems, I would be pissed too. But I wouldn’t complain too much because it is something I would expect. Niantic is a small company that released a game that became an overnight global sensation which they were not expecting. So, give those employees a break. Also, I want Spark back!!! Honestly, the funniest thing out of the Instinct team getting Candela instead of Spark have been all the reactions to it. I wouldn’t be surprised if people went around Go fest handing out missing person files with Spark on them.