We've all done it. When you're out and about on a family trip it's all too tempting to pull out your phone, fire up Pokémon GO and check to see if there are any rare 'mon lurking nearby.
However, for one father on a visit to the British seaside town of Holland-on-Sea, getting a catch was more important than his offspring dipping their toes in the wet stuff. When his kids couldn't find a single Pokémon, he complained to Tendring District Council.
Council spokesperson Nigel Brown confirmed that an officer conducted an internet-based search into why Holland-on-Sea was so light on Pocket Monsters:
Our research found the locations of Pokemon Go characters is all down to Google traffic. We did get the request as to why there were no Pokemon characters in Holland on Sea from a father who had been out with his children.
Basically, the reason is that there's not enough people using Google along the beach and you cannot actually request characters.
After all, no family holiday is complete without someone staring at their phone and ignoring the gorgeous scenery, right?
Family ruined by Pokemon GO. Niantic, you incarnation of Satan.
Give it a few Generation updates, its soon be crawling with that haunted sandcastle Pokemon that eats kids. ;P
Shakes head in disbelief...
Life's a beach am i rite? (Sorry. Maybe.)
I thought they were terrified of it.
OH MY GOD This guy is one of the most idiotic in the world. And does he even know about the mainline Pokémon games with a zillion more Pokémon?
My sister gives her her boys a few minutes to play pokemon go on her phone when they're out. If they can't find pokemon, are they dissapointend? Yes. Would they complain to the local council? No. They know it's just a game and will try elsewhere.
This story just proves that people get too obsessed over these things.
Might want to step back and evaluate your life if Pokémon is all you can think about on your beach trip.
I predict the comments here will be over-reacting more about a father asking about a lack of Pokémon on the beach than the father himself "complained". For all we know, he just asked somebody why there seemed to be a lack of Pokémon around, maybe he was inquiring to see if the beach town had banned them like some churches and cemeteries had requested.
Whenever we go on a family vacation we always stop at Cracker Barrel for breakfast (it's a restauarant chain in the US) and I always complain about the lack of WiFi, it's practically the last retailer in the states w/o it, as I try to check the traffic and weather on my smartphone or tablet, whichever one I bring in with me.
So unless the father was arrested for beating up a town councilman due to the lack of Pokemon, I'm just chalking this up as yet another overblown Pokemon Go related story, both on here and in the actual news.
NX better play Pokemon Go out of the box, it will be the only way to guarantee it sells. And maybe SMR.
They say that, but then you get masses of Pokemon in parks, along rivers, etc. where Google traffic shouldn't be any different to what you get at the beach.
The way pokemon encounter rates were designed is just dumb. The game is nowhere near as fun if you happen to be somewhere with no nearby pokemon.
However, complaining to the council seems very self-entitled.
Don't go to British seaside towns anyway. Almost none have good beaches and the water colour is half way between grey and dark grey.
I don't use this a lot, but seriously: #firstworldproblems.
There is a side to this that isn't ridiculous though. My family and I roam around places with Pokémon concentrations more than others. We play together, so it is family time. The business side is that commercial property can be more valuable if you attract people and this phenomenon is favoring some far more than others. That McDonald's deal in Japan makes so much sense for everyone really. For players of the game the benefit can be that businesses and governments that use the game as an attraction (by paying Niantic) can help reduce the burden of pay on the players. That would be great for the game and the players and even the businesses and local governments potentially.
So, it's silly and maybe a bit sad that someone complained about not enough pokémon on their vacation, yes, but it does point to some opportunities.
What a plot twist.
Most of the time when "adults" complain to their local government (or is a member of the government), it's about either people playing too much Go or Pokemon showing up in certain parts in general, even if it's a public place (like a public park close to someone's house).
First world problems at its finest.
So. Google activity = more Pokemon activity. Interesting.
@BLPs Terrified? nah we drove the sea out half of our country so we could live there, we conquered the sea so to speak.
...People still play Pokémon Go?
You know what I used to do when I went to the beach? I layed out in the sun, walked through the sand, ate some local food (esp. the french fries and hot dogs), swam, maybe boogie-board during the breif period when that was considered "cool". If there was a quiter part I could get to, I'd fish or make a sand castle.
I have had plenty of beach trips ruined by sunburns, sharp rocks, sandy food, disgusting and/or cold water, wipeouts, crumbled sand castles, and 3 unmatching pairs of old boots...but never once did I get to say: "There weren't enough Pokemon."
...I envy that guy.
With each passing day, human stupidity reaches a new high....
Its fine to complain and joke with your family, but complaining to the council about a mobile game? Seriously, how far does entitlement goes?
A family Pokémon Go adventure would be amazing, I can see scenery anywhere.
IGN's mantra of "too much water" seems to still be in full force.
Ugh. What...this is just...sighs and facepalms
The town kinda sounds like a Broadway play made by Monty Python. "Holland-on-Sea" now live on at Broadway! Tickets now available!
LOL THIS IS HILARIOUS
@BaffleBlend my thoughts exactly
@BaffleBlend lol just cause you dont doesn't mean everyone stops lol
There was an episode of The Middle where they're on a family vacation and Brick is reading a travel book about the area. The dad says, "Look, Brick! It's the oldest tree in the state!" He says, "Eh, I don't need to look. I can see it in my book."
people complain about anything these days.
I have nothing good to say about this. If I go to the beach, I go for the beach. Not a dinky phone app game.
If there is no Pokemon on the beach, try different place.
Or i can do something else rather than complaining about lack of Pokemons on certain places.
Lmao, that's hilarious. Maybe go somewhere else if you want some Pokemon?
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