Although Pokémon Go hasn't been out for a full month yet, recent software updates along with the game's persisting flaws have inspired players to dream up ways for the game's developer to make you quest to catch 'em all less frustrating and more fun. And yes, many of them involve fixing the 3-step Nearby tool.
Just days after Niantic Labs released an update to the game that "nerfed" Vaporeon, broke third-party Pokémon tracking cheats, rendered the 3-step Nearby tool useless, and did away with Battery Saver mode, the company updated players via Facebook on Wednesday, saying an avalanche of feedback has promoted it to reinstate Battery Saver mode in the next "several days."
But, if you've ever tossed a Poké Ball, you know damn well that Battery Saver mode is small Pidgeottos (OK, we'll show ourselves out now), when compared to other issues plaguing the game. Thankfully, the hive mind of the Pokémon Go subreddit has given rise to several brilliant, practical, and most importantly, fun suggestions for Niantic to make the game better. Here are just a few of them:
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1. Change the 'Nearby' Pokémon tool... so it actually works
2. Improve the way Incense works
3. Make the grass movement animation meaningful
5. An in-game social media network for trainers
6. Proportional candy payout for transferring evolved Pokémon to Professor Willow
7. Flares to alert other trainers of rare Pokémon nearby
8. The ability to turn on augmented reality with Pokémon you already caught
9. A dedicated Pokémon candy tab
Bonus: The introduction of a certain "team"
Of course, it's worth noting that Niantic has already promised to roll out exciting new features like Pokémon trading, the addition of newer generations of Pokémon, and major changes to the way Pokéstops work, among others.
Frustrated all these features don't exist yet? Well, just remember the game has only been out for about a month now. In the meantime, have fun hoarding zillions of Pidgeys, Rattatas, Weedles, and Zubats.
Also, what are you suggestions for improving the game?
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