Pokemon Go to Pokemon Stop

Posted by  on July 17, 2016

I’ve never played Pokemon…

Yep, that’s right, I’ve never played Pokemon before. It’s one of those games that just didn’t appeal to me, that is until…

Pokemon Go

The fascination people seem to have with this game intrigued me and curiosity got the better of me so I jumped in head first. I downloaded the game late Wednesday evening using one of the server tricks to allow my iPhone to download from the U.S. Apple store.
The game itself seemed simple enough and I got stuck in. Everything was going great until the weekend when a wild ERROR appeared!

Pokemon Go Error

OK, the servers were apparently subjected to a DDOS attack on Saturday and, having worked in I.T. for nigh on twenty years, I can sympathise with the poor suckers (@PokemonGoApp on Twitter) having to get this sorted.
It’s now Sunday and my Pokemon gaming today has gone as follows: –

  • Tried to login, crashed
  • Success, logged in
  • Ooh, caught Voltorb, crashed and lost Voltorb
  • Caught Venomoth, crashed and lost Venemoth
  • Caught several others, crashed and lost them
  • Just sat there with the game open, crashed
  • Tried to buy an item in the shop, crashed
  • Used incense, got 7 minutes in and crashed. When I finally managed to get back in I had just over 1 minute left of incense.
  • Walked out on to my drive to catch a Pokemon in the street, froze, had to end app.

Now, like I said, I’d never played Pokemon before but I was at least familiar enough with the game to know why it is so popular but, had I not been familiar, this experience would have really put me off. I’m just glad I got a few days enjoyment out of it before the hassle of constant server crashes.
I’ll stick with it and ride out the server crashes because on the whole it’s quite enjoyable and makes my trips here and there more tolerable.


Nintendo Announce Nintendo Classic Mini

Posted by  on July 14, 2016

Nintendo Classic Mini: NES

The classic Nintendo Entertainment System is back in a familiar-yet-new form as a mini replica of the original home console. Plugging directly into a high-definition TV using the included HDMI cable, the console comes complete with 30 NES games built-in including, Bubble Bobble, Castlevania, Donkey Kong, Final Fantasy, Galaga, Ghosts & Goblins, Mario Bros., MEGA MAN 2, Metroid, Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3, The Legend of Zelda, Zelda II: The Adventure of Link.

Nintendo Classic Mini NES

The Nintendo Classic Mini: NES comes packaged with an HDMI cable, a USB cable for powering the system, and one Nintendo Classic Mini: NES Controller. And whether it’s rediscovering an old favourite or experiencing the joy of NES for the first time, the fantastic collection of NES classics included with each and every system should have something for all players.

Nintendo Classic Mini NESThere’s no USB PSU adapter included though so if you want to power via the mains you’ll need to fork out a bit extra. On the plus side the controllers are compatible with Wii and Wii U Virtual Console via a Wiimote.

The original announcement can be found here along with a complete list of games.