Turning A Wasteland into an Oasis in Pokemon Go

In March of 2020, I moved away from the city center towards the outskirts of the city. I use the term city quite loosely here, because where I live is still quite small and rural. But either way, Pokemon Go was not much of an option. From where my new apartment was, I could see one gym and four Pokestops (and one more just on the horizon). All of which were a ten minute walk away, but doable. The fact that we had a gym at all was incredibly impressive. But for a slightly-more-than-casual player, those Pokestops just weren’t enough.… [Continue Reading]

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On Having A Lack of Points of Interest

The way Pokestops work in Pokemon Go is that they exist on real-world locations. These locations are called Waypoints or Points of Interest. Most of these have been nominated by local communities, because, well, they’re points of interest. Many of these Pokestops tend to be things in reality that are pretty cool. Things you’d point to and say “look at that!” Of course, with the option for the general public to submit Pokestop nominations, you’re going to get people submitting, well, crap. Which means that people reviewing the nominations have to, well, review that crap. It’s a pretty regular thing… [Continue Reading]

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Reviewing Nominations with Niantic Wayfarer

Now that I am level 40, I can now submit my own waypoints in Pokemon Go, to be reviwwed. But I can also go to Niantic Wayfarer and review other people’s waypoint submissions. It’s all a rather simple, clean layout on wayfarer.nianticlabs.com. And I think it’s worth looking at. Niantic uses Wayfarer to determine whether points of interest in the real world are any good or not. By giving you a photo, a description, a picture of the surrounding area, some Google Maps and a 5-star rating system, you can judge on interesting things nearby. Sounds simple, right? Well, before… [Continue Reading]

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