Why I Have Not Downloaded Pokemon GO

Double Jump Kris MiiPokemon GO is a mobile Pokemon game where you get off your butt and run around the neighborhood/city/country in order to find and capture Pokemon in the “real world.” It’s become somewhat of a phenomenon overnight, but I still hesitate to try it…


Rachel and I are definitely Pokemon fanatics. I personally have been playing the games since they came out for the GameBoy Color way back in late nineties. We were definitely among the excited crowd when Pokemon GO was announced!

Yet, neither one of us have downloaded the game since it came out a couple of days ago.

Granted, I’ve been hearing tons of feel-good stories regarding the game, most notably due to the fact that many credit it with getting them to go outside and not only exercise but also greet and talk to others, meeting fellow Pokemon lovers who, without the game, would have been merely strangers. Our brother-in-law has showed off his game, and it doesn’t look bad at all. It definitely sounds like a great social game, if nothing else.

However, there are a plethora of reasons as to why we haven’t downloaded the game yet. The first issue is the fact that it utterly drains your phone’s battery. I don’t have the option of carrying around an extra cell battery with me (which was seriously one of the suggestions I found when hunting down tips and tricks with the game).

Another reason is that I hear the servers are glitchy. Of course, that may be due to everyone and their mother downloading and playing the game. Still, for a game that eats the battery power with fickle servers makes me hesitate to download it.

The addiction to the game that so many others have found is another reason. I know, despite any other issues, that I’ll end up being glued to my phone, searching around for any new Pokemon to add to my collection. I don’t want to risk being late to work because I spent my lunch break chucking pokeballs at a Clefairy hiding in my yard.

Rachel and I will download the game at some point to give it a shot — we’re too nerdy enough not to. Have any of you downloaded and played the game? Do you think we’re silly for waiting a bit longer? I’d love to read any comments and opinions about Pokemon GO!

5 thoughts on “Why I Have Not Downloaded Pokemon GO

  1. I think it’s okay to not download it, if you want to not be sucked in by its addictive nature. From my experience in the past few days, the game rarely glitches anymore, so if that was holding you back, then now is probably a good time to get into it. As far as battery goes, it does drain it, but there is a battery-saver mode that allows you to put your phone upside down to activate a black screen that will still tell you when there’s a Pokemon nearby. I think it works better for small bursts of time anyway, like if you’re going on an hour walk.

    I’m enjoying the app so far, though there were certainly server problems in the beginning. I think the biggest part is just having a communal experience with others. It’s great to see other trainers around, working together to find Pokemon and hang out at Pokestops. It’s also a nice challenge to just keep up EXP-wise with other trainers, so that you can challenge gyms more easily. Nobody can know for certain if this game will still be popular in a month, or even a week. But my recommendation is if you’re going to download it and get into it at all, it’s better to do it while people are playing it, simply for the shared experiences.

    • Thanks for the wonderful review! We’re very close to downloading it, but we’re also concerned about some security issues that have cropped up (not that we don’t trust Nintendo, but still) along with our data plan. Our data plan is shared by six people, so there’s not much extra to go around if we don’t want higher bills! XD Still, we’ll probably cave soon. 😉

      • You’re welcome! I definitely understand your concern about security issues, though Niantic has said that they aren’t accessing your Google profile or anything like that. Also, nothing has happened to the millions of people, so you should be fine. As an alternative to using your Google profile, you can actually use a Pokemon Trainers Club account, which is something you may have made if you’ve ever used Pokemon Global Link or connected your mainline games.

        Despite what it seems, Pokemon GO doesn’t actually use as much data as you may think. You’ll definitely want to see what it’s like for your data plan, but I can tell you now that I’ve played for lots of time in public wifi-less places for over a week and it has not reached 1 GB of data. Whereas Twitter and Facebook have amassed well past several GB this week despite using it less.

        Definitely look at your options first, but I do recommend getting this before the hype dies down as the communal aspect is one of the biggest draws to this game. 🙂

  2. Haha nope I haven’t downloaded it either and some of those points you mentioned are my reasons too. And I know eventually I’ll get but for now I’m watching the spectacle.

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