More details on Pokemon Go’s upcoming trading system have been unveiled. Product manager Tatsuo Nomura has stated that if the Niantic team doesn’t get trading right, it does have the potential to kill the game.
To make matters even more tense, now game writers are saying there is absolutely no way that trading doesn’t kill Pokemon Go. But why?
“Because this A) has the potential to dramatically unbalance the game, B) takes away the sense of achievement of actually playing the game itself to earn rewards and C) has the potential to create an out-of-game black market that not only goes against the spirit of the game but could actually endanger players.”
But Would These Issues Apply?
Despite Pokemon Go’s emphasis on social interaction as a means of gaming, these issues could honestly prove a reality for Niantic if they were to continue on with the trading system. If anything it’s that same social interaction that would do them in.
If the team opted for local trading, it would lessen the risk factor, but making it over the internet would surely lead to black markets. Catching pokemon the right way, the intended way, would be a thing of the past. And since that is the entire basis of Pokemon Go, to catch pokemon, it would essentially kill the game.
Even if it was created as local trading, you’d essentially have an easy time setting up a meeting with another player, and exchange a pokemon for cash. This could lead to a series of safety issues, since it would be easy for someone to use the game as a means of stealing from someone, if not worse.
What do you think would happen if Pokemon Go proceeded with their trading system? Is it a wise idea, or will it kill the game?