Many heretics, religious acolytes, media outlets and indeed that guy at work that is always a little too insistent on touching my arm inappropriately have prophesied that this is the end of days. The end of civilisation as we know it. A momentous time in human industry where the time for repent is it hand, and they maybe right. Pokemon Go may very well have doomed the world to eternal damnation and accidental river wading as rumours persist that the potential Skynet of interactive gaming may contain Pokemon with localised exclusivity. Despite the splendorous potential of capturing a menagerie of erratically displaced critters in you’re local area, some may have been locked into specific continents, reputedly to assuage the number of obtainable Pokemon at such an early stage. Now I’m sure that this is all just a ruse to contort the fact that many Pokemon are rarer than Wayne Rooney not trying to make friends with a cabbage. But the idea of discrete continental viability is a concerning formality. I mean let’s face it, Nintendo were always going to restrict access to all 151 Pokemon species just for the benefit of increased monetisation. They want you to keep playing regardless of whether it’s inherently possible to catch them all yet, and as long as they can maintain the illusion that Rattatas will eventually be dispersed and replaced by less rabid creatures, your always going to need to be supplied with ample pokeballs, incense and other amenities to fund you’re excursions. Connectivity is crucial to its success, so encouraging you to buy more items with you’re own money is to be expected. But I do take objection to the imposed limitations relating to the location sensitivity Pokemon that has been touted. Apparently according to some sites (again conjecture) it’s purported that Taurus can only be caught in North America. The registered sex offender Mr Mime is exclusively located in Europe (not sure if this excludes the UK yet?) Kangaskhan is only available in Australia. And the one Pokemon I’ve specifically requested that I want to catch, the unequivocal god among lesser pocket monsters, the only Pokemon I’ve stated I wanted over all others is only available in Japan. The myth, the legend. The walking duck cuisine Farfetched can only be caught in Japan?! (refer to the image below for the range of Pokemon’s “apparent” availability).
Now through my investigatory sleuthing and extensive research, that equates to brief glimpses at articles in the first section of Google search engine has informed me that there is an element of truth to it. Though not specifically exclusive to their respective regions, they are however much more difficult to come by. Hatching 10km eggs appears to be the most effective way of obtaining these rarities, irrespective of what country you are from. So even though they can be secured in a fashion, it’s not the same as capturing one yourself. Being able to track down Farfetched…..s? was always my most compelling reason for downloading Pokemon Go. I wanted the excitement of seeing that vague silhouette nearby and hunting it down like a hungry lion. Trying to isolate it’s location, even if I have to track it into a neighbours back garden. Region locked Pokemon isn’t the first instance of fan speculation. We’ve already been inundated with highly dubious claims that MewTwo may in fact be excluded from areas outside of area 51. Now I don’t believe that you’ll have to scale Everest to snare Articuno or fly into outer space to acquire Mew (and let’s face it, you’d probably still be knee deep in Pidgeys before you even got a glimpse!) but the idea of area specific Pokemon, though fundamentally problematic does lend itself well to the notion of having to travel to register rare species into you’re pokedex. There are many potential innovations that could yet be applied to Pokemon Go and the introduction of legendary Pokemon like MewTwo, Zapdos and of course Farfetched may yet be the start of something truly defining. Perhaps even an innovation such as functioning servers. Could you imagine. What a time to be alive!
Have you played Pokemon Go? How much do you miss you’re life now that you’ve become a full fledged Pokemon Trainer? Let me know in the comments below. Cheers.