swindle soiree wrote:I'd still trade Pokevision and these maps for the in-app one to work again.
When people ask me whether Pokevision counts as cheating this is the general thrust of my response.
Sharkey wrote:I think people are annoyed about shutting down a third party service that provides functionality that should already be in the game, at the exact same time that they decided to remove what meager critter-finding functionality was already there. When the big criticism is lack of features it doesn't impress anyone when you take out features you already had while shutting down alternatives. Yeah, they could probably call the thing out as violating a EULA or whatever. They'd also be within their rights to shoot themselves directly in the dick. Doesn't mean it's a great idea.
Meanwhile, I hear they're hiring a community manager. Because apparently they never saw the need for such a thing before now. All together it leads me to the inescapable conclusion that they're not very fucking bright. Or at the very least didn't anticipate the necessary care and feeding when they were handed the goose that lays golden eggs.
nosimpleway wrote:You can't convince seven million people to play Marco Polo, then remove the Polo part and expect interest to remain high.
Grath wrote:The Three Step 'Bug' was a server feature that was turned off after the first few days because, presumably, it was causing too much problem. Then they removed the non-functional display and everyone threw a fit. They should've said "we're fixing it don't get your panties bunched", sure, but they did open up communication now.
Brentai wrote:They could have used any number of valid justifications but instead they just silently broke it all as part of a much larger set of updates that mostly made the game less fun. The playerbase may not have been wronged per se but it has been very much disrespected.
John Hanke, CEO of Niantic, on Thursday wrote:Yeah, I don’t really like [tracking sites]. Not a fan.
We have priorities right now but they might find in the future that those things may not work. People are only hurting themselves because it takes some fun out of the game. People are hacking around trying to take data out of our system and that’s against our terms of service.
Sharkey wrote:Grath wrote:The Three Step 'Bug' was a server feature that was turned off after the first few days because, presumably, it was causing too much problem. Then they removed the non-functional display and everyone threw a fit. They should've said "we're fixing it don't get your panties bunched", sure, but they did open up communication now.
Yeah, it's the "presumably" that's the problem. There was a necessary feature there that worked(ish), then it was outright broken, then it was removed, then they shut down the third party gadget that served a similar function. Those things combined with an utter lack of communication led to pissed off users, which is really just... holy shit, do you fucking think? If players are annoyed it's not because they're entitled little assholes, it's because the developers were in way over their heads with this and are only just thinking "you know, maybe we should tell people what we're doing." It's great that they're doing that now. I'm just kind of awestruck that they didn't anticipate any need for a bloody community manager before shit hit the fan.
I don't even have a horse in this race. I'm still level bullshit and my biggest poke man is a pointy worm. But from the sidelines it really looks like they handled the first few weeks of this thing in the most bumbling, amateur way possible.
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