‘Pokemon Go’ Leaders Now Have A Purpose, Which Immediately Went Horribly Awry

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Despite the fact that the internet insists otherwise, the team you’ve joined in Pokémon Go doesn’t matter. It conveys no advantage, it says nothing about your personality, and basically is just asking you how you feel about colors and vague concepts. But with the new update, your team leaders can now help you evaluate your monster. Which would be great, except apparently Niantic is staggeringly naïve about what people name their Pokemon.

The new update allows you to consult with your team leader for “Implemented Pokémon Appraisal.” Basically, each leader will tell you about the strengths and weaknesses of the animals you’ve stuffed in your balls recently, and whether you should sell them for candy. The issue is that, as we all know, you can name your Pokémon anything you please, and your trainer will refer to that Pokémon by its proper name. In case you’re not clear on just what a terrible idea this is, this bit from Imgur should make it clear.

Back off, Spark. Kids play this game.

So, while we’re glad to see that your team leader now has a use beyond the terrifying fan art you’ll find all over the internet, we’ve really got to wonder why nobody at Niantic realized what was inevitable. Still, though, it’s nice that your team leaders are taking an interest. Just as long as they take that interest from about three steps away.

(Via Kotaku)

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