Pokémon Go – Niantic is killing the Golden Goose

I was in quite early on Pokémon GO (if only GO stood for Global Offensive) as far as the craze in the UK; I was the first that I knew of to sideload the files needed onto my new Nexus phone and was playing along with everyone else. I had a moment of total nostalgia when my parents got me Blue and I was one of the ‘in kids’. More of that is in this entry but my point is that I was on the bleeding edge and learning with everyone else. We learned how to catch, how the gyms worked and until everyone else had it, I felt like I was part of a club. Yes, a very nerdy club, but an exclusive club all the same.

I was ecstatic when the game finally hit the UK, despite the servers still being more unstable than your typical psychiatric patient, everyone was talking about it. I’ll even admit that GO was the tipping point for me to upgrade my four year old Nexus 4 to a Nexus 6P.

Nintendo’s stock went up by 30% to the point where it’s company value was higher than Sony’s, this despite Nintendo only licencing the assets and such to Niantic, a company under Google/Alphabet’s umbrella that developed the AR game Ingress prior to taking on GO.

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Once More Unto the Breach

So, here we go again on the moving wagon. I mentioned in my last post that I was seeing a flat and that while it was originally thought of as a place for two as opposed to one, I saw it and I still liked it. Of course my parents wanted to see, so they both came along to the second viewing. Learned a few bits in regards to getting my deposit back from my current landlord, and honestly it should be a breeze if everything goes well. I’ve had a couple of viewings in this place and they’ve not gone as well as the letting agency hoped; too small is the consensus, and I agree. It was a great place to get started but I’ve outgrown it. Today I begin packing, and on Friday I pick the keys up.

There’s a lot more to follow up on this time and I’m sure I’ll forget some of it. Utilities, the ever-punctual council tax, all the stuff for my bike (they may cancel my policy again like they did last time when I moved), but I’m also looking at it as finding a happy medium between what I did when I was at home, and what I do now I’m out on my own. I pretty much left my D&D group with very little notice, and while I know Guy will happily put me back in because I tried to help with what knowledge I had, I still feel somewhat guilty for just upping and leaving. There’s that and I need to finish my RC car and actually start racing it. The lack of space here has made building it almost impossible. Couple that with not wanting to damage it and it’s still on the shelving.

This is a way of shedding most memories from living in this place, because honestly a good chunk of them are no longer worth keeping. I have plans to go see part of Europe in a couple of months (give or take), and I need to regain a sense of perspective by the time I return. Call me selfish, but right now, this life is mine and mine to choose whom to share it with. A friend told me that we’ve got eighty or so years on this earth and a good many more buried under it. Time to start making the years count.

VIDEO – Brexit: The Movie

“The EU isn’t undemocratic. It’s anti-democratic.”

I guess just by the title of the video you can guess where I stand on the matter. I actually had to re-sign the electoral register since I’d moved out of my local borough, and I did it specifically because while I’m not necessarily into the political system (though I talk about political ideals), I feel obliged to vote in the EU referendum in July.

This movie had to be kick-started. There was no government funding involved, and it shows a side to the EU that the bureaucrats don’t want us to see. The EU is at odds with the UK political system because the MEPs have no real power, and those within the EU that have said power cannot be voted out like we can remove a party from power in the UK. The referendum is, as a generation, our only chance to do what our parents and grandparents didn’t.

The movie is an hour and eleven minutes long, but the Brexit: The Movie website has the full film broken down into chunks for sporadic viewing.

I implore everyone to watch it before they vote. Whether it changes minds or not is inconsequential. The Remain campaign has done it’s best to monopolise the media with celebrity personalities and (in my opinion) wanting statistics. There is little information available for the Leave campaign that isn’t dismissed as xenophobia or right-wing drivel. If you can vote in this referendum, you have an obligation to learn and vote in a way that suits your morals and standards, no matter what they are. If you forgo your right to speak, you may find that right is no longer yours to have.