Niantic, You Don't Own Pokemon

Niantic, You Don't Own Pokemon

Neither do you, Nintendo.

Niantic recently has been caught under fire for changing some specific aspects of Pokemon Go, like the tracking, and apparently you no longer receive XP when you have a good throw (I've heard this in passing). While I am not hugely involved in any community of Pokemon players, I just felt this was an extremely depressing development in the Pokemon Go saga. Niantic removed some pretty big aspects to Pokemon Go, and some users are even demanding refunds because of the lack of tracking. In addition, some people reported their accounts were reset back to level 1 and they couldn't fix it at all. This is why we can't have nice things, isn't it?

It feels as though the same thing my generation hates has now touched something many of us hold dear: nostalgia. I wrote an article about the addictive qualities of Pokemon Go, and many people (some politely, some not), also reminded me that Pokemon Go is nostalgic for them. This is also true and something I also completely forgot about. I still have my old Gameboy color, as well as all of my Pokemon cartridges that still work. I have a binder full of Pokemon cards, filled with Pokemon stickers all over the covers from my childhood. Nintendo has managed to permanently brand our brains with Pokemon nostalgia because of our childhoods. We are okay with that. My generation, the millennials, love nostalgia, it seems. Even on Facebook, I see a "You Know You're a 90s Kid When..." meme every other day, or I see a "90s Kid Starter Pack" meme - or just about any meme related to the 90s. We miss our childhood because we loved it. We miss being a little oblivious to the Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton fights that now so often grace our Facebook timelines.

Niantic removed PokeVision and the other trackers, in my opinion, for no other reason than the same thing that has been plaguing my generation from the start: greed.

The more you play, the more money they make. All the people who live in rural areas won't have a choice but to buy more Pokeballs and lures and incense, because there's virtually no Pokestops anywhere. The more you play, and the more you wander and go about your daily business, the more location data they can sell. You're going to a bike shop? You can probably expect someone will be sold that data and you'll see bike ads come up somewhere. It is a free app, after all, and they want to make money somehow.

But people don't dedicate hours and hours of time to playing a Pokemon game. It is how they make money, but we have to make money as well. We need to work, and do other things than play Pokemon. I like to play it, but there's quite literally days I do not even eat regularly. There's days I'm awake since 8 AM and go to bed at 1 AM. Our days are long, and the Pokemon we catch are a little bit of a bright spot in our day.

Niantic, you don't own Pokemon. We do. Even Nintendo doesn't own Pokemon. We own it with our love of it for other reasons than money. We love it for the feelings it stirs up, for the nostalgia we experience, and for our books and books of Pokemon cards. We own it for our stuffed Pikachus we had as kids, and our favorite Pokemon we used to catch on our Gameboys when we were ten. We own it for adopting your game, you made, and you're benefiting off of our nostalgia and our love for a series.

We don't need your game to love Pokemon. All we need is our stuffed Pikachus, our 90s trading cards, and our old gameboys. The same way we raised up your game, we can take it down.

Listen to your userbase. We appreciate Pokemon, not you. Our loyalty is to our nostalgia.

Not your greed.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Antonio Brown Vs. JuJu Smith-Schuster

AB's low-blow at JuJu has put a target on his back for the impending 2019 season.


Recently, Raiders wide-receiver Antonio Brown initiated a Twitter "war" after Steelers wide-receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster was named MVP for the 2018 season. Brown retaliated with a response to a tweet shared by a fan that sparked a fire and brought emotions to an all time high within the NFL fan base. All of which took place after the former wide-receiver for Pittsburgh previously tweeted "Keep your emotions off the internet" just hours earlier, acting as if he is the herald of good advice. Ever since then AB has been nothing but emotional, even taking down a former teammate in the process.

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We've all been exposed to AB's attitude since he was drafted to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010, but it's gotten worse over time. Still, Pittsburgh fans disregarded his actions for a while because of his skills on the field and million dollar smile. His charm and endless pictures of his children always, if not most of the time, managed to get the fans of Steeler Nation to turn a blind eye to his mischievous ways- at least until the past few seasons. It seemed that his attitude had gotten worse, along with his sense of entitlement and spreading of hate and jealousy toward his fellow players. His attitude and purposeful actions eventually granted his wish of being traded from the Steelers, ending up as the Raiders' new wide-receiver. Ever since the trade, his ruthless attitude and ongoing hypocrisy continues to ascend to greater levels than before, after JuJu fired back at Antonio with a dose of his own medicine.

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Immediately following, JuJu expressed the betrayal and disrespect he received, regardless of the fact that he practically idolized AB since he got drafted in 2017. The rookie MVP called out the Pittsburgh veteran for the size of his ego and ability to fire shots at people that adored him. If anything, this debacle was an enlightening event for the young WR and is now aware of what kind of person his former idol is.

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Following this, AB decided to take advantage of one of his known slogans #CallGod a few days after the fact. Instead of continuing his antagonizing behavior, he decided to quote the Bible as if it would excuse his initial shot toward JuJu. In doing so, he decided to carefully pick verses from Luke 6 in order to fit his own egotistical agenda.

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"But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return." Luke 6:35, a verse that is visibly ignored to avoid contradictions for his recent actions. As we can see in the tweet thread, fans are recognizing the hypocrisy that Antonio Brown is proudly exuding and are emphasizing it. AB's repugnant attitude and "preaching" has pushed fans to see that Brown will betray anyone who attempts to take his spotlight, regardless of him making the same mistakes in past seasons. The once-beloved, former Pittsburgh WR is ready and willing to place blame on fellow teammates but will very rarely take blame for his own faults. Because of this trait and actions that have followed, Brown now has a target on his back for the 2019 season.

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The NFC is ready to avenge JuJu Smith-Schuster and I don't believe Antonio realizes what he's gotten himself into. It's no secret that Brown has quick feet and can run across the field with great speed and agility, but people always find a way when rage drives them. It seems as if JuJu has great support across the entirety of the NFL, regardless of rivalries that exist.

Let's remember: Antonio Brown was in his prime with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Raiders are getting the aftermath that won't last much longer. It wouldn't surprise me if the Raiders make arrangements for someone to buy-out his three-year contract if his attitude doesn't improve. No team, no coach, will tolerate Antonio longer than Coach Tomlin did. Regardless, AB better start taking his "Call God" slogan seriously because he might need the Big-Man soon if he continues his disgusting and childish shenanigans.


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