July marks the 2 year anniversary of Niantic’s game-changing success title, Pokemon GO and while we’re definitely over the hump, nearing the end of summer, the AR adventure RPG is in its prime season, reaching a “$1.8 Revenue milestone” earlier this month.

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While it’s clear all of the bumps and bugs of the early gameplay from the millions caught up in the hysteria of it all two years ago, at launch – coupled with the boring, mundane metagame for the first year leaving only the hardcore pidgey-grinders – alienated the growth potential of the pokemon community, 2017 was definitely a year of lessons learned forcing Niantic to switch up their game plan (literally) and now the Pokemon GO community has reached a balance, all thanks to the base of hardcore fans who day-in and day-out keep the metagame thriving.

And by hardcore, I mean if you are one of these dedicated gamers of this community, then you already know this game greatly changed the way you go about your life on a daily basis. If you don’t know what I mean, here are the 10 Signs You Might Be Hooked on Pokemon GO:

  1. A Mophie Juice Pack (or other battery backup) has become part of your normal daily accessories just like your phone, keys and wallet/purse.

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2. Your daily commute to/from work and/or school has been adjusted to the most efficient route that balances replenishing your in-game inventory while getting you to work, just late enough that no one will complain.

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3. When your clothing on weekend and other leisure days is slightly influenced by your in-game team’s color.

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4. If you know what the phrase “Have you checked the Discord?” means and you  know exactly the process by which to answer that question.

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5. If the idea of getting a phone call during a raid/rare catch causes you a slight anxiety while reading this. Sorry…I had to do it.

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6. If you have a Mew or Mewtwo in your Pokedex. Just to get one of these, is a huge investment in time.

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7. If owning a phone harness was something that became essential to help you swipe pokestops quickly and safely (while obeying all traffic laws, of course). BONUS HACK GIF BELOW

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8. If you get excited after that direct deposit hits because you need to hit that in-game shop up.

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9. If you can’t go for that morning/afternoon walk or jog without checking your incubators and occasionally popping a lucky egg to get the most XP…OR…or…you started an exercise regiment based around hatching eggs.

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10. And the MOST hardcore symptom of them all….If you have planned a vacation in the last year that is influenced by a regional exclusive Pokemon.

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Written by PYW Network

The Play Your Way Network Admin Team

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