9 Gaming Groans about Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go is has been unleashed upon the public, expanding social activity and making Nintendo happy by forcing us to finally go outside and make them money or just prove that Pokemon is the most popular game franchise ever. But the game is obviously full of flaws, and I bet you and I have a lot of the same gripes. So here’s a rapid-fire list of some of my complaints about the app.


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Glitches are a number-one complaint with many games. The game closes out or stops functioning, usually at the worst time, like right after you throw a Poke Ball. GPS locations get lost, PokeStops don’t register… these are just off the top of my head.


Three key aspects of Pokemon Go are transferring, evolving, and powering up your Pokemon. Out of those three, the one you’re going to do the most is transfer Pokemon — ones you don’t need and only caught to exchange candy for stardust. It’s annoying when you have to load up the Pokemon you wish to transfer, then constantly hit “evolve” or “power up,” then get ready to transfer, only to have the button swapped for the Pokemon location map. And it’s all in pursuit of…


You should get more stardust per capture, or at least have another option for earning it.

Shop Prices

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I get it, it’s a free-to-play game, you need to make money from an otherwise-free experience, but the pricing is a bit too high for what is actually being purchased. If you don’t live near an all-important PokeStop and are forced to by Poke Balls, you should be given a decent amount of balls for your purchase — unless you’re Lance Armstrong, one ball rarely gets the job done.

Incompatible AR

The AR works fine on iPhones, but for my Android and others like it, its doesn’t. I like this feature, and you can play without it, but the selling point of the game is “Pokemon in the real world.”

Common Pokemon

If you’re a Pokemon Red/Blue fan, you know that, yes, Pidgey and Rattata are very common, but only at the beginning of the game. Other Pokemon are common in different areas; it’s not just useless Pidgeys, Rattatas, Weedles, Caterpies and Zubats everywhere. Why am I not running into Magikarps near bodies of water? I’ve never seen a Dratini despite my playing for hours, yet some people have Dragonites and Gyrarados.

Pokestop Locations

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If you live in a small town or a rural area, then you’re in a bind when it comes to the much-needed PokeStops. Mine are so few and far between that it’s not worth biking, running, or even driving unless you want to sweat or waste gas. This hurts more when you learn some people live next to PokeStops. Luckily, I commute to a bigger college town where the campus is full of PokeStops and Gyms, but unfortunately, I don’t live there (yet).


I still don’t understand tracking. I mean, I get it fundamentally, but there are plenty of times I go in numerous directions and never find the damn Pokemon I’m looking for. I walk several blocks without it getting closer, and then all of a sudden it’s at the bottom of the list. Why do some Pokemon pop up when not that close, while others require hugging distance?

Gym Holding

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It’s impossible to truly hold a gym. Even I, at a lower level, beat a high-level person’s Dragonite. You’re never going to get rewards for holding a gym because there are only so many hours in the day, so shortening the time to reap these rewards would be great.
These have been my gripes with the game, but what are yours? Battery life? Server issues? Something else? Let me know in the comments!


Article by contributor Cody Stovall.

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  1. Just in case someone doesn’t know, you get rewards immediately if you put a Pokemon in a gym, no waiting required. Just go to the shop and click the shield icon to get your Pokecoins. You can only collect once every 20 hours, but if you have 2 Pokemon in a gym or Pokemon in multiple gyms, you get 10 Pokecoins per Pokemon.

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