A Guide to Pokémon Go Crashes

July 14, 2016 Pop Culture Comments (0) 988

The Non-Starter


You click the icon, you hope and pray that the servers might be up and you might have some fun. Nope. At least you get a reminder who’s responsible for your agony.

The Progress Bar


Will it or won’t it? You wait and watch that progress bar like you just pulled the handle of a slot machine. Sure is easy to stay aware of your surroundings when you aren’t playing Pokémon Go!

The Classic Taunt


This is as far as many players ever get. Squirtle, Psyduck, and Golbat are taunting  you. Pikachu looks like he’s rooting for you. Magikarp shares your frustration.

The Omega Mon


You’re in! Time to catch some…wait. Something is wrong. There’s nothing here! No Pokéstops, no gyms, not a single Pokémon. You’ve entered a post-apocalyptic landscape (Poké-pocalypse?) where all you can do is wander, aimlessly. Forever alone.

The Vacant Lot


Even the landscape has forsaken you. This is truly a disturbing universe.

The Blank Stop


You’re pretty sure there was a store here yesterday. Don’t you dare spin that circle yet, or you’ll get nothing. Nothing!

The Blank Stare


Look at the way he’s staring at you. Stupid Psyduck. Is there anything you can do about it? Nope. Sorry pal, duck season ended two minutes ago.

The Fight-Stopper (AKA “Pugilius Interruptus”)


Awww yeah, you’re all ready to get your fight on. Time to take down that gym! Ready, set, go! Go? Oh no! Time to force quit. Again.

The Mid-Capture (AKA “Blue Ball”)


Yes! You’ve got that legendary in the ball, and you’re just waiting for that third wiggle to prove he’s staying in there, and… No. No! NOOOOO!!!


Luckily, most of the time when you restart the app you’ll have that Pokémon safely in your collection. Probably.

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5 Things I Hate about PokémonGO

July 14, 2016 Pop Culture Comments (0) 687


This Paras was just hanging out in the shade in Central Park

I never played a Pokémon game until last week. Then, like most of America it seems, I threw myself into the addictive machine that is PokémonGO. I’ve now caught somewhere around 200 Pokémon (it’s hard to count because I’ve traded many of them to upgrade others) and walked (or run) something like 50 miles in search of the wee beasties. As much as I enjoy the game, I like most users find aspects totally frustrating. Here’s the five things that bother me most.

1. The Servers. The Servers!

989a0243-7df9-416b-97a9-3362b7b9fc92You know this had to make the list, and I’m putting it first because everyone knows what I’m talking about and we’re all sick of hearing about it. How is it the servers always seem to wait to crash until you’re already far from home–or, God forbid, have traveled to a specific destination in search of that legendary Pokémon?

It seems to me that to publish a game that mandates introverts leave their homes, and then have the game crash every time they get a mile from home, is a form of bullying.

And can we agree that when you’ve licensed the rights to the most popular video game franchise in the world, your servers shouldn’t come from GoDaddy? Continue Reading

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How many stories can a person hear at once?

February 5, 2015 Personal, Pop Culture, Writing Comments (1) 607

Tragic_Life_StoriesSomething I got thinking about today:

How many stories is the average person currently holding in abeyance?

If you’re like me, you’re currently reading at least one novel, watching a couple of episodic television programs, playing one or more narrative-based video games, and viewing a couple of movie series that stretch one story across multiple films (Hunger Games, Divergent, and the like.) Add in other long-form or serialized narratives (comic books, web series, podcasts and radio programs) and you have maybe a dozen or more stories that you’re partway through.  Continue Reading

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The origin of the Darkspear Troll?

February 11, 2013 Pop Culture Comments (0) 456

Mask from Metropolitan Museum of Art


Seen in the Pacific Island wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

And in Azeroth.

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