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6 legit annoying things you have to deal with playing Pokémon Go if you live in a rural area


Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm and, honestly, we completely get it. We’re pretty darn obsessed and we’re definitely rationalising the fact our phone is almost permanently stuck to our face with all the walking we’re doing so much of.

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But when you live out in the countryside, there are some issues that come with Pokémon hunting. And to general phone use actually, now you mention it.

1. The signal is pretty loopy.

Considering you need your data on to catch Pokémon, not having any internet connection can make things virtually (excuse the pun) impossible. Sometimes we don’t even have signal to send texts, let alone 3G. Pray for us.

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2. Why you gotta freeze like that?

OK, so sure, everyone has this problem. The servers aren’t exactly great with dealing with the demand of Pokémon Go players. But there’s nothing quite as infuriating as finally getting the slightest amount of signal on top of the highest hill in the countryside, finding a pretty sick Pokémon and then… BAM! It freezes. And you can bet even though you definitely caught it before it froze, it won’t be in there when you open it back up.

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3. Exotic Pokémon? What do you even mean?

In less you’re in the market for a Weedle, Pidgey or Zubat, then the countryside is not for you where Pokémon are concerned. Sometimes things can get a little interesting when a Spearow appears, purely because it’s not a godforsaken Pidgey, but that’s about as exciting as it gets.

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4. Pokéballs are basically rationed.

It’s been a long ol’ time since WW2, but sometimes it feels like rationing never ended when it comes to Pokéballs. Considering Pokéstops are about a hundred million billion miles away from where you live, it’s not always easy to stock up, so sometimes you have to question whether that Weedle is really worth it when a half decent Pokémon could be just around the corner. Doubtful, but we’ve gotta keep our hopes up here.

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5. Going to the nearest city is like having all your Christmases come at once… 

Whilst there’s about two Pokéstops to our one town, when we enter the big cities there’s one practically every step we take and it’s sort of overwhelming. Not only because we’re finally getting those sacred Pokéballs, but because the Pokémon our phones buzz with are actually new and unseen before.

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6. …And you can bet your phone battery isn’t up to scratch.

As soon as we finally start a good quest to find half decent Pokémon, there’s no doubt in our minds our phone battery will be flashing up with only 10% life. Brilliant.

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Do you have to deal with these serious Pokémon Go problems? Or are you one of the lucky ones that lives in a area overrun with some of the best Pokémon? If so, you probably shouldn’t tweet us @maximumpop because we’ll be seriously jealous.

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