It’s been over a yr since Niantic introduced beta Pokestop Nominations for Brazil and South Korea. Since then 30 extra international locations have been added, with Turkey being the newest one. When first listening to about Pokestop Nominations I used to be so hyped. My city has a good quantity of stops and gymnasiums for its dimension, however there are additionally so many playgrounds, info indicators, historic landmarks that would simply turn out to be stops and would enhance the participant expertise right here massively. The solely factor I used to be anxious about again then, is that it could come earlier than I might hit stage 40 and subsequently nonetheless could not nominate stops.
Now we’re a yr additional, my nation does not have Pokestop Nominations but and I am solely half one million XP away from hitting stage 40. Where I assumed that I needed to wait a very long time to appoint pokestops as a result of I might not be stage 40 but, it turned out to be the exact opposite.
The worst half is just not even that my nation does not have it but, however for the international locations that do it does not work correctly. All I ever hear from different international locations is how horrible the expertise is, gamers have to attend weeks if not months for his or her request to get, if fortunate, accepted. And the weirdest factor about all of it’s that everybody is aware of the place to downside lies: there aren’t sufficient reviewers. Currently solely Ingress gamers who’re stage 12 or greater can assessment POI’s (factors of curiosity) and resolve whether or not they turn out to be a landmark in one in every of Niantic’s video games or not, which is simply a fraction of all gamers amongst all of Niantic’s video games. Especially for international locations that aren’t so densely populated in most areas (most Latin American international locations which have entry to Pokestop nominations proper now) the probabilities of there being a stage 12 Ingress participant round to assessment your nomination is nearly zero. I get that Niantic cannot simply throw new stuff our method on a regular basis however come one, Pokestop nominations have been in beta for a yr and Niantic has include zero options.
Then there may be the issue with having duplicate nominations. There is not any method for gamers to know if they’ll nominate a POI that has already been nominated, or already is a portal in Ingress however as a result of cell guidelines will not present up in Pokemon GO. It is basic math, if the identical POI will get nominated 7 occasions, it takes 7 occasions longer for different POI’s to get reviewed.
Now I believe that it could be unfair for me to only rant about Niantic’s method of dealing with this with out giving any options myself, and although I discover them not too onerous to provide you with, listed below are some from me and the neighborhood:
Simply give sure Pokemon GO gamers entry to the OPR system. The restrictions are as much as Niantic, nevertheless it may for instance be Level 40 gamers with a certain quantity of golden medals, or gamers which have X0+ million XP. Whatever it’s, it ought to solely give entry to skilled sufficient gamers however to not a too small group as nicely.
Niantic ought to launch an app form of much like OSM, the place everybody that passes a take a look at can submit POI’s. After all Niantic is aiming for probably the most full POI database as potential, so an app devoted to this sole function is in my eyes solely helpful for them. People can for instance turn out to be reviewers once they have a certain quantity of POI’s accepted. All POI’s will simply be on a map like OSM or Google maps, and new POI’s may be synched into Niantic’s different video games afterwards. This new map with all POI’s can in my eyes even be utilized by gamers and Niantic to stop duplicate nominations.
I am sorry for this lengthy submit however I actually wished to put in writing this as a result of it is a very promising function that I have been ready for for therefore lengthy, and but it nonetheless appears very distant. It simply appears so cool to me to catch some Pokemons, discover a cool new POI I’ve by no means seen earlier than and assist it make into the sport. Please let me know if I’ve damaged any guidelines by chance, spreading mistaken info or when one thing is unclear.