"The fad's long gone, but in the bleak dystopian future that we're (maybe?) hurtling toward, we'll remember Pokemon Go as the last time nearly everyone was unified by an interest in something joyfully superfluous."Xiomara Blanco - associate editor: "I gave "Pokemon Go" a chance for about two weeks, but it drained my battery life too often. 'Sorry, my phone died because I was playing a free AR game where I capture imaginary creatures that are mischievously wandering around' is never a good excuse for anything, ever."Rebecca Fleenor - executive assistant: "It's not exactly a fond memory, but Pokemon Go was released the week my boyfriend (of four-and-a-half years) and I broke up. Honestly, the game was a really helpful distraction. Weirdly, my apartment seemed to spawn a ridiculous number of Magikarp. So while my ex was sleeping on an air mattress in the spare room, I was catching Pokemon alone in bed. Unsurprisingly, digital fish monsters cannot be cuddled."Jason Parker - senior editor: "My experience with the game was over pretty fast, actually. I downloaded it on the first day wanting to know what I had been missing out on. I never had played a single Pokemon game before. There was a Pokestop right near the office, then I saw there was some kind of monster on the next block. It was a Pidgey. So when I got there, I started flicking the ball at the Pidgey and after about seven misses I had a sudden moment of self-realization that I was standing on the corner of a busy street in San Francisco flicking my finger trying to catch a dumb little monster. I closed the game, went back to work, and never opened it again."Carrie Mihalcik - associate editor: "I jumped on the Pokemon Go bandwagon and enjoyed playing the game for two or three months. I quickly turned off AR once I learned it made catching Pokemon easier. I was in no way good at the game (my main fighter was a Golduck) but still thought it was fun.
"In the end, the active nature of the game didn't really work for me, I wanted to play while just sitting around my apartment -- but Zubats were the only Pokemon that every showed up there."There's something about battling a giant horned Pokemon iphone x case with glass screen protector - olixar sentinel next to a woolly mammoth, Tania Gonzalez - audience development manager: "Pokemon was not my thing growing up -- I was into Dragon Ball Z -- but last year's fever for Pokemon Go took over the world and I had to try it with augmented reality, I did not get into the game itself, but I happened to be covering Comic-Con a few weeks after the craze began and it was something to remember..
"I was having dinner with the CNET team at the Dublin Square Pub in downtown San Diego when we noticed people getting loud and excited about something. I honestly thought there was some local sports on the TVs, but then we noticed that people were actually cheering for Valor or Mystic. After paying more attention, we realized that the bar was actually a gym and that the teams were gathering to fight over it. They even had special t-shirts for each team. "I stood up to take some pictures and CNET News' Rich Nieva wrote about it because it was just incredible to be in the middle of this passionate crowd. It was as though the whole bar turned into Pokemon Go world."Sean Hollister - senior editor: "I've been covering Pokemon Go since day 1, and it's been surreal -- but the craziest part was visiting the La Brea Tar Pits in the middle of Pokemon fever. There's nothing quite like finding a giant horned Pokemon right next to the remains of an actual woolly mammoth, or a Grimer floating on top of an actual pool of muck, or simply enjoying the irony of people walking about blindly, staring at their phones, right next to signs that describe just how many careless animals died by stumbling into the tar."Pokemon Go turns one: an interview with CEO John Hanke.
Pokemon Go's recent update: Pokemon Go adds battles that actually make sense, We went around the office and asked our coworkers their memories of the Pokemon Go phenomenon that took over the world a year ago, It's hard to believe it's already been a year since Pokemon Go (iOS/Android) took the world by storm, It happened in a matter iphone x case with glass screen protector - olixar sentinel of hours after launch: groups of people started coming outside in droves to catch Pokemon with their friends, compare notes on where to go around their respective neighborhoods, and even passed on tips about the right type of flick to use to catch Pokemon the most efficiently, Then, only a few weeks later, it was mostly over, It was a phenomenon that went viral quickly, burned hot for awhile, then slowed down considerably over the course of weeks..
Fender Play will have to fend off YouTube, and also IRL instructors. Fender Play has lessons in both acoustic and electric guitar, spanning multiple genres. It also licenses well-known songs as the basis for its lessons, from groupls like Foo Fighters to Carrie Underwood. The app has artist and genre search for its catalog of songs, and bookmarks progress over time, but requires LTE or Wi-Fi to use. Fender's video of how it works is below. The service runs on an iPhone app, or via desktop browser (play.fender.com). It's not cheap, but it's also less than regular guitar lessons -- which, eventually, this service hopes to dovetail with. I'll be trying it out for a month or so to see how the lessons work.