Pokemon GO Fest 2020: Why trainers have mixed feelings about the event

Published: 26/Jul/2020 21:54

by Paul Cot


After all the hype Pokemon GO Fest 2020 is now in the books, but trainers seem to have mixed responses to the huge event.

The 2020 edition of Pokemon GO Fest was the first to take place virtually. Previous events had taken place in specific locations but this year’s was available to all players.

This seems to have been welcomed unanimously by trainers – after all, the more the merrier, right. The full experience was behind a $14.99 paywall in the form of a ticket but nonetheless there was plenty of value to be had.

It was arguably the biggest event in the world of Pokemon Go in all of 2020. As such, it will come as no surprise trainers were more than willing to share their thoughts on it. These ranged from loving it to harsh criticism.

Shiny luck

One trainer was delighted with their Shiny haul over the two days. We’d all be loving GO Fest 2020 if we got the 25 (or more) Shiny Pokemon Gary got.

However, Shinies were hit and miss among trainers. While some players were obviously lucky like Gary, others bemoaned their inability to get more than even a couple.

Val Josh remained upbeat about their two Shinies, sharing on Twitter: “Not the best ONLY 2 shiny 🙁 but it could of been worse. Thanks Pokémon Go!”

Meanwhile over on Reddit Izzynewt was unlucky enough to get zero Shinies. “I feel you, I got 0 shinies and that makes me really sad, like at the end I just closed the game feeling kinda empty…”

Anecdotally, trainers that walked around, as opposed to just staying at home, seemed to catch more Shiny Pokemon. The use of Incense also seemed to make a big difference.

We’re unsure if this was intentional as we doubt Niantic will have be wanting to encourage trainers to play outside given the nature of the event in the first place. With that said, there are far less restrictions across the world than there were just a few months ago.

Despite the array of bonuses on offer, trainers pinpointed their enjoyment on their Shiny success, which always come down to luck. This was summarized well by another Reddit user, OhMyGoth1 who said: “I mean, for people who had good RNG, it was probably amazing. For people like me, who went nearly 5 hours between shinies, it was pretty disappointing.”

Server issues

Few players complained about the bonuses themselves. There’s no doubt they were plentiful and the Day 2 Special Research even offered five Mythical/Legendary Pokemon as rewards. That was in addition to the boosted rare spawns such as Gible and Togetic.

Server issues plagued Day 1, though. Pokemon that were already caught remaining on screen and being unable to access the Friends list were just a couple of the highlighted issues.

Then, perhaps more annoyingly, was the Remote Raid Pass issue. Trainers reported using them and being quit from the Raid due to the aforementioned server problems. “I’ve wasted at least 3 over these 2 days due to it being buggy not keeping me in the raid,” HungryRaichu said on Twitter.

There was always going to be contrasting opinions on how enjoyable Pokemon Go’s GO Fest 2020 was. The overarching feeling on the event was positive, which given how difficult that is to achieve, Niantic should be commended.

Given the overall success it will be interesting to see if GO Fest reverts back a physical event in 2021 or carries on virtually. They may well consider the latter after seeing how popular it ended up being.


Pokemon releases Pikachu ASMR and fans are loving it

Published: 4/Dec/2020 20:41 Updated: 4/Dec/2020 21:09

by Brent Koepp


The Pokemon Company surprised fans on December 3 with a special ASMR video hosted by Pikachu. The odd YouTube upload went viral after players of the Nintendo RPG couldn’t get enough of it.

Pokemon made its debut in 1996 and quickly took the world by storm. Decades later, the Nintendo property has surpassed titans such as Disney and Marvel to become the highest-grossing media franchise of all time. From cards to t-shirts, consumers can’t get enough of the beloved series.

On December 3, fans were surprised when the series’ mascot, Pikachu, hosted an ASMR video. Players unfamiliar with the audio phenomena that has swept YouTube and Twitch found themselves surprised by how much the Electric-type’s sounds made them feel relaxed.

Screenshot of Snorlax sleeping in the Pokemon anime.
Game Freak / The Pokemon Company
Pokemon fans can now lay back like Snorlax with Pikachu ASMR.

Pikachu relaxes Pokemon fans with ASMR

ASMR, which stands for auto sensory meridian response, is a phenomenon where certain sound frequencies cause listeners to get tingles or chills. The category has exploded on sites like YouTube where millions tune in to watch personalities whisper into a mic – yeah, it sounds weird on paper.

Now, The Pokemon Company has shared their own take on the medium by releasing an upload that features lovable mascot Pikachu. Despite only being out mere hours at the time of writing, the video has racked up over 369k views.

For over 15 minutes, the Gen I character interacts with objects around the room, while also shuffling and rolling across the floor.  The adorable ‘mon even whispers its iconic “Pika Pika” catchphrase from various angles.

Despite not being the usual content the Pokemon community expects, fans absolutely loved it. One user exclaimed, “I never knew I needed a Pikachu ASMR!” Another viewer agreed and wrote, “The comfiest thing I have ever heard.” Some even wanted more ASMR content featuring other Pokemon: “I need the Eevee version of this.”

Pokemon fans comment on ASMR Pikachu YouTube upload.
Fans absolutely love the video.

While ASMR isn’t for everyone, the unexpected Pikachu video has been a major hit with the community. Maybe Nintendo was actually onto something big with their Pokemon Sleep project after all.

Despite releasing over two decades ago, the Game Freak franchise has never been more popular. Fans have a lot to be excited for as the series will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2021, with many surprises to come.