As netizens across the world have been taken over by the Pokemon Go mania, those in Nashik are a little subdued because of poor 3G connectivity on cellphones — a must to play the augmented reality game.
Though it is yet to be officially introduced in the country, enthusiastic youths have downloaded the pirated version of the unique game that has taken the social media by a storm, just over two weeks into its launch in some parts of the world.
However, it seems poor network and internet connectivity are acting as a spoilsport in allowing players to move around the city in their bid to track and capture enough virtual Pokemons and graduate to the subsequent levels.
“I was somehow able to downloaded the game. But due to poor 3G connectivity, I can play it only in the prime areas of the city. I was only able to hunt down Pokemons only on College Road, Mahatma Nagar and Gangapur Road,” said Ajinkya Deshmukh, a Class XI student, who has been glued to his phone ever since he started playing the game.
The fad has picked up fast among youngsters, who can often be spotted walking around College Road searching for the elusive Pokemons. The group discussions include locations where Pokemon characters could be found in Bunch and the number of levels completed by the players.
“It is purely a GPS-based game and will not download if it cannot detect GPS. It needs continuous 3G connection to sustain. Here, I failed several times locating nearby Pokemons since my location was not updated quickly. I ended up losing some Pokemons. Without good 3G speed, there were times my profiel would refuse to load, and at times, after catching the Pokemon, the Pokeball would freeze, resulting in its loss. Besides, I was unable to load all the items on reaching a Pokestop,” explained Ketaki Jakate, an engineering student and obviously, a Pokemon fiend.
“Pokemon GO requires you to enable your location and GPS, and internet connectivity of 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi, that too set to high-accuracy mode. Fulfilling these criteria is as one moves further away from the city,” said Arif Pathan, a science student from MVP College.
According to some experts, the official launch of the game in the country could offer solutions on these issues. “Once the game is be officially launched in India, they may offer some solutions on hi-speed internet problems. I would suggest people to wait until that time,” said software engineer Ankit Gutkhe.
The Pokemon GO mania has, meanwhile, definitely been successful in pulling youngsters, often seen glued to their iPads and cellphones, out of their homes and into the open. It’s not hard to spot college and school goers walking long distances just to capture the Pokemons.
A group of college students has even combined the Pokemon GO craze and fitness. “Last Sunday, we organized the first Pokemon Walk, a 5km distance from College Road towards Gangapur. We asked our friends to walk together while playing the game. We could walk till about 3km before poor 3G connectivity started creating problems. We are, however, planning more such Pokewalks in different localities,” said Chaitanya Amrutkar, another college student.