Couldn’t really go outside, because of the weather if not the pandemic, so I caught all my shinies while watching The Crown.
Niantic is continuing to host a wide variety of events and announce new features for the millions of Pokémon GO players around the world. The developer of the immensely-popular mobile game has confirmed that Galarian Ponyta and Galarian Rapidash will soon make their Pokémon GO debuts. Galarian Ponyta is indeed the “beautiful, colorful Pokémon” that […]Niantic reveals first images of Galarian Ponyta in Pokémon GO — Pokémon Blog
[excited intake of breath]
Yesterday was Porygon Community Day and it was a success for me:
“Pick me! Pick me!”
What else have I caught recently? Well there was this unexpected shiny Raichu which was nice.
I got a ton of shiny Magicarps when their day came around, thus somewhat lessening the specialness of my original one, boo.
The pandemic has kinda dulled my Pokemon playing for obvious reasons. I still sometimes get some good ones in the house though.
Today is the anniversary of Pokemon: The First Movie!
So I thought I’d share some of the Pokemon I’ve been catching over the past few months. (Mostly in the house and garden for obvious reasons.)
Man even the Pokemon are social distancing.
Awww, so many balloons and hats!
I’ve been catching Team Rocket’s Pokemon but I dunno how to do the new quest.
I unlocked this map but I don’t know how to use it? Ah well.
Here’s a duck.
Oooh nice, can’t wait to meet them
Jessie and James have officially made their Pokémon GO debuts. Read on below to learn more:
Jessie and James have arrived in Pokémon GO
A mysterious duo has arrived in Pokémon GO via a…Meowth balloon? The two call themselves Jessie and James, and it looks like they’re up to no good! Prepare for battle, Trainers. Let’s work together to defeat these silly villains!
Battle Jessie and James by finding their Meowth balloon!View original post
Galarian Farfetch’d has come to Pokemon Go! And I can’t go outside cos it’s been thunderstorming for two solid days! Luckily he came to me:
He doesn’t look too happy about it…
We are witnessing an unprecedented movement that opposes the systemic racism that limits opportunity and oppresses billions of people around the world. Like many of you, I have struggled with finding the right words, emotions, and actions to deal with the unease and unrest we’re seeing as a result of the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, Nina Pop, and countless other Black people. As I said on Friday, the occasion demands that we rise up as an organization and marshall the power and resources that we have to be part of the solution. As a society, we can do better than we have in the past. As the past few days have made clear, we must do better.
The leadership team and I are aligned to do what we can to make the company a force for good in the world. At the same time, we want Niantic to be a source of stability and support in these troubled times. We face this heightened challenge on top of the physical and mental strain of our battle against COVID-19. We know that for many of you this has made an already stressful situation significantly worse. We want you to know that Niantic is here for you. So please reach out—to a colleague, HR manager, the leadership team—if you need support. If you’re in a position where you feel like you can’t stay in your place of residence, talk to your HRBP so we can help. The work in front of us to overcome these challenges is vast. The road is long. We want to help you take care of yourself so that you can be a force for good in the world.
So what can Niantic do? How can we use our platform to effect sustainable, long-term change? We already strive to make the world better by encouraging our players to explore the world around them and connect with their local community through physical interaction, to build a strong body and mind through exercise, and to build positive connections with fellow human beings through real-world social interaction. We think the next area where we can make a powerful, scalable impact is through the culture, ideas, and role models we help to create. To achieve that, we are going to fund projects from Black creators and will bring the best of those creations to a mass audience where they can shine a light on characters, story, and points of view that validate the lives and experiences of the Black community.
We’ll be donating Niantic proceeds from Pokémon GO Fest 2020 ticket sales, committing a minimum of $5 million. Half of the proceeds donated will be used to fund new projects from Black gaming and AR creators that can live on the Niantic platform, with the ultimate goal of increasing content that represents a more diverse view on the world. The other half will go to US nonprofit organizations that are helping local communities rebuild.
We’ll be donating $100,000 to the Marsha P. Johnson Institute and doing an employee match of up to $50,000. Black trans people continue to be killed at higher rates than Black cis people and non-Black LGBTQ+ people. In honor of the Black Lives Matter movement and of Pride Month, the Diversity and Inclusion team and the executive leadership team believe this donation is the right thing to do to support those who are most vulnerable to police brutality and other systems of oppression.
We’re also asking ourselves how we can take responsibility to better support our current and future Black and underrepresented minority employees as well as galvanize our non-Black employees to do their part in combating systemic racism and social injustice in both our industry and the community at large.
We’re developing new Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) training with a specific focus on allyship training. I cannot stress this point enough: it is not the responsibility of the Black community or our Black employees now to carry the burden of education. It is up to non-Black allies to educate ourselves and each other. We hope this diversity and inclusion training can help provide the tools and resources to make us all better allies. More details to come.
We’re upping our commitment to Treehouse, an organization dedicated to diversifying tech by making education more accessible. We are now committed to bringing on five UX/Designers and five QA analysts for apprenticeships, and hire 80-100% after apprenticeships.
We’re expanding our partnership with Gameheads a nonprofit that teaches kids how to develop games from beginning to end. This year, they are going fully virtual and taking the program global. We’ll be providing $25,000 in scholarships, sponsoring their annual showcase with $15,000, and donating $20,000 to create a new “Developing for AR 101” program where students can earn college accreditation in partnership with Cal State.
We know many Niantics are eager to get involved in rebuilding their community. Today we give employees four days per year to attend Niantic game events. We’re turning this benefit into Flex Days and adding a day, so you’ll have five Flex Days a year to attend a Niantic event or volunteer.
We will actively work to ensure accountability to all these commitments. We are formalizing our D&I council, and will use this group along with dedicated involvement from senior leadership to ensure accountability.
Lastly, we will take a public stance in support of the Black community and reject white supremacy, racism, and police brutality.
We also know that many of our employees are eager to be involved in helping, but aren’t sure where to start. With the help of the newly formed Diversity and Inclusion council, I’d like to share some resources that you can use as a starting point.
Educate yourself on the Black Lives Matter movement. We must educate ourselves and each other in order to support the movement as best we can.
Apply to be a Gameheads mentor. We need Niantics to volunteer and mentor the next generation of technology leaders.
Volunteer and join your fellow Niantics in organizing and contributing to the movement internally by filling out our form. The Diversity and Inclusion council will share opportunities for how you can get involved.
We are committed to this cause. These initiatives don’t end with an announcement. The work to follow through will require years of effort to yield the impact we seek. Along the way, we’ll be looking for even more opportunities to deepen these initiatives.
The heart of Niantic is our community of players. It is imperative that we stand up to support our Black Trainers, Agents, and Wizards. We aim to be a force of change committed to the long road ahead of rebuilding a more just and fair system where historical racial divides are overcome and where all are welcomed, valued, and have a fair chance at success. The first step is overcoming the racism and injustice that prevents members of our community from safely enjoying the freedom and pleasure of a simple walk or run outdoors. Black Lives Matter.
They’re donating lots of money, they’re supporting black trans people (this in particular made me almost want to cry in relief), they’re working from the inside out, they’re focusing on mental health…
I threw my heart into Pokemon as an 11-year-old, I looked up to it as a mentor and a teacher, and it fufilled its responsibilites better than some of the adults in my life did.
A surprising level of success!
Obviously no one can go anywhere right now but Pokemon Go has released a bunch of new Pokemon anyway? I find that sort of odd. I did however catch a bunch just in the garden (with Incense) so hey:
Ironically, I missed the last Community Day because of… a virus.