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Pokémon GO player exposes grim reality of rural areas, not a single Pokémon spawn in sight

Playing Pokémon GO in a big city is like hitting the jackpot. The game offers a ton of spawns, rare monsters, and shiny sprites right at your doorstep. Even if you’re not a hardcore player, the city’s got you covered. But if you’re living outside a busy city, it’s a different story.

Rural Pokémon GO players have been speaking up for a long time, but not much has changed. Niantic seems to focus on big cities, saying they have what it takes to support a lot of players. That’s not much comfort if you’re in a rural area. Sure, you can request new PokéStops, but the process is long and only works if other players help approve your request.

Having fewer PokéStops leads to fewer spawns, making the game less fun in many ways. It’s harder to complete tasks, level up, and get in-game items without spending real money. And while city players are enjoying new game updates, rural players are getting the short end of the stick. Niantic’s recent changes to remote raiding have made it even harder for rural players to join in on the best raids.

A recent discussion on the Pokémon GO Reddit shows just how tough it is for rural players. Picture this, you log into the game and see an empty map. No spawns, no PokéStops, nothing. It almost looks like a theme for the upcoming Halloween 2023 event.

This is why I have so much time to complain about how Niantic treats rural players. ‘Stop being lazy and waaallkkk’
byu/Glacial_Shield_W inpokemongo

Are you a rural Pokémon GO player? How do you deal with the game’s focus on city life? We’d love to hear from you. What suggestions do you have for Niantic to make the game better for rural players? Drop your thoughts below, and let’s make Pokémon GO better for everyone.

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Dejan Kacurov

Hey there, I'm Dejan! Let me take you through my life, where family, gaming, and CrossFit play prominent roles. Since day one, I've been surrounded by the love and support of my family. Growing up, every moment spent with my parents and siblings was filled with warmth and laughter, creating memories I hold dear. As a parent now, I've experienced a whole new level of love and responsibility. My two wonderful kids bring endless joy and a sense of purpose to my life. In the digital realm, I found my passion - gaming. Whether I'm conquering the world of Apex Legends or embarking on adventures in Pokemon Go, gaming fuels my sense of adventure and competition. Beyond the virtual world, I discovered the exhilaration of CrossFit. The challenging workouts, camaraderie with fellow fitness enthusiasts, and constant drive to push my limits have become an integral part of my life. Balancing family time, gaming, and CrossFit has been a journey of self-discovery. Each passion complements the other, bringing fulfillment and joy to my daily routine.

One Comment

  1. I live in a rural area on Missouri and the best way I can see to find a compromise is for them to drop the remote raid passes back to the price they where before the last price gouge and to give remote raid passes out in daily gifts again and make it so we can trade with our friends and lucky friends around the world without having to buy a plane ticket I know this won’t happen the game is getting to cash forward and the expectation of everybody that enjoys the game to be able to travel the world to collect Pokemon that will not appear anywhere else was until this game was unthinkable and even still it not possible for most of us to even go once somewhere. Especially out of the country

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