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Pokemon Go Still Suffers from Connectivity Issues

Online games, especially when they are officially released, can get their servers congested. That is usually the case because of the game’s entry into the world of gaming.
Usually, online game servers stabilize after a few days (or 2 weeks) but unfortunately, that does not apply to Pokemon Go.
Pokemon Go is probably one of the best mobile phone games in recent history. This app has been downloaded millions on times for both the Android and Apple mobile phones.
Now, due to the massive influx, Niantic issues an apology stating that because of the sudden surge of players, their servers were not able to cope up.
This statement was released in the week that the game was released. Yes, I get that, because of the popularity of the game, there were connectivity issues. Yes, I truly admit that I was frustrated but what can I do, the game was still fresh.
Now that nearly a month has passed, the same problem still remains. People are still suffering from connectivity issues. Issues like slow connection, trouble connecting to the game, and even sudden disconnections are just some of the things people experience while playing the game.
Most people also experience loading screens that take almost forever to load. Some also experience issues with navigating the menus and just the overall feel of the game is a bit sluggish.
Well, Niantic did say that they are working hard to improve the game and their servers. Hopefully, they will address this issue as this can be a major bummer for players of the game.
We already know how hard it is to level up in this game and it can be increasingly hard if you get frequent disconnections.
The good thing about this is that Niantic is aware of this issue and are now working on a fix (hopefully, not a temporary one). They can implore the aid of Nintendo if they want help.
In other news, a startup company created a dating app called “Pokedates”. I know they are piggybacking on the success of Pokemon Go, but I think that this app really has something going for them.
The premise of the Pokedates app is that you set up your profile just like you would using other Dating websites.
The app will then scan people with the same interests and the same schedule as you’ve input on your profile.
After presenting you with some matches, you can then contact a particular person, set up a time and date for the meetup, and meet with each other in a location near you.
The first date is free of charge but the succeeding ones will cost you $20. If this app is successful, $20 is a good rate.
With the success of Pokemon Go, I really do hope that Niantic will solve all of the connectivity problems to keep this game moving forward.
Also, I cannot wait for the official release of the game worldwide. Pokemon Go is released only in select countries as of the time of writing this article.
Niantic said that they will be releasing the game worldwide after they finish rectifying connectivity issues.

Overwatch

Blizzard is one of the biggest PC gaming companies in the world. The gaming company is known for its huge gaming titles such as Starcraft, Diablo, and Warcraft.

They have since expanded their gaming lineup by introducing Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm.

The gaming company aims to expand their gaming lineup even more by releasing a new game this year. FPS fanatics would be pleased to know that they are going to be releasing Overwatch this May 2016.

Now, what is Overwatch? Overwatch is Blizzard’s take on the FPS genre. They already have games for the Action/adventure genre, RTS, and Casual, but they never had an FPS game.

The story of the game revolves around a group of heroes that was created by the United Nations to thwart evil beings. You see, the game is set in the future where the “Omnic”, an artificial intelligence, controls robots to do its own bidding.

In order to stop these menacing robots, the “Overwatch” was born. After quite some time battling these rogue robots, corrupt government officials want the Overwatch to be disbanded. The full story is still not known since the game is still not out yet, but at least, blizzard teased us with a little bit of the plot.

Now, the Overwatch is actually a little combination of Team Fortress and Battlefield where you take on roles rather than just selecting a character and doing what it is that you want.

But before I delve deeper on the different roles in the game, I am going to talk first about the different game modes.

The first game mode is the Assault. There are two teams: the attacking team and the defending team. The attack team must capture two points that are located near the defending team. The defending team’s job is to make sure that the attacking team does not acquire the two target points.

The second game mode is the Escort. In this game mode, the attacking team is assigned to escort a precious cargo. There is a time limit to which, when the time runs out, the attacking team must wait for another payload and escort it again. The defending team’s job is to make sure that the payload vehicles will be stopped. There is a time limit in this game mode so keep an eye on it.

The last game mode is the Control. There are certain control points that either team must get a hold of. The first team that gets their control percentage to 100% wins the game. This game mode follows a best-of-three format.

Overwatch is a unique game in that you will take on roles. These roles are the offense, the defense, the tank, and the support.

When you’re taking on the role of the offense, you will have the best mobility among all of the characters in the field and you deal heavy amounts of damage. The only drawback is that the offense has the lowest HP.

The Defense has the ability to control certain points in the game and should be the one that is tasked to defend a base.

The Tank has a lot of defense and hit points, but at the expense of having low damage. The tank’s role is to get the attention of the enemy while also protecting bases and points in the game.

And lastly, the Support character has all the utilities a team needs to win the game. They can either weaken the enemy or bolster your own team.

The Overwatch is a promising game and it will be released on the last week of May 2016.