I’m obviously not the only one who had a problem with the gyms in Pokemon Go. So it’s cool to know that Niantic is changing them (among a lot of other upcoming updates). The new “motivation” system could be an interesting way to make gyms fresh again, with Pokemon becoming easier to defeat and, if I understand correctly, dropping out of gyms as their motivation becomes depleted–although I could see this becoming yet another system to reinforce the heaviest players and biggest payers (given that motivation can be renewed with special items). Maybe this will help fix the gyms, even if combat stays the same, but I have my reservations.
Then again, I’ve once more fallen away from regular Pokemon Go play, so I’m probably not the target audience. Maybe it’s a little silly to demand a space to be carved out for more casual players…
I never really got into gym battles in Pokemon Go, and maybe I’m fairly alone in that attitude among regular Pokemon Go players. I thought, after playing Pokemon Go more regularly with my walks home from work, that maybe I’d give it another try. But it’s just daunting now. That screenshot up top is of a gym near me, taken at the start of the week. I thought I was doing well when I started catching and evolving Pokemon with CP’s in the mid-1000’s. Boy, do I feel under-powered now.
I guess I have to put in a lot more hours into the game. I’d feel completely discouraged if it weren’t for the fact that I was walking a decent distance anyway. It’s easy to just progress at my own pace, hatching eggs in the background, walking with my Pokemon, occasionally catching something new or checking into a PokeStop.
And I guess there’s an end goal, what with the level cap at 40–for now, anyway. Not that I anticipate getting there any time soon, and I sort of suspect that if I do get there, the goal post will have moved again.
I think it would be nice if there were an easier way to get into gym battling–perhaps some sort of tiering for players of certain levels. Maybe separate gyms for those Level 1 to 10, 11 to 20, 21 to 30, and so on. Otherwise, I think only the most hardcore, determined players (or, to be honest, those who simply have played more consistently since the start of the game) will ever really be all that competitive in taking and keeping gyms.
Okay, now to wrap this post up with a picture of my avatar with my trusty Bulbasaur pal, fittingly named Aizen (after my cat), from the start of this week: