Raids, the Savior of Pokemon Go?

A long time ago, when Pokemon Go was just a secret wish in the hearts of Pokemon fans, I longed for a co-op game based in my favorite monster hunting universe. A game in which I and my friends could go out and capture lightning mouses and annoying pigeons together. Then, as if out of nowhere, Niantic swooped down and graced us with an AR game like no other (if you refuse to count Ingress).

Enter Pokemon Go in the summer of 2016. PKGO was a buggy mess that was mostly used for capturing rats and birds, yet there was something about it that made the game a hit. If I had to give it my best guess, it would have to be the player interaction. Even though we weren’t really playing together it sure did feel like we were. Now, with the launch of Raids and Gym upgrades, I am starting to see some of that magic that I did the first night I went out to play.

Let me start by saying that Raids are a ton of fun. Even though my first one ended up being a Magikarp, (something that made me laugh harder than it should have) I had a great time planning out my team in order to take down the super-powered fish of doom.

The game is set up to where you can only get one free Raid Ticket per day, however, you can buy extra Raid Tickets from the store for only 100 coins. That means that for $0.99, plus tax, you have the potential to score a super powerful Pokemon and some pretty sweet items. I got two rare candies, a golden razzberry, and 3000 experience from beating that fish into the dirt. Then, after ti was all over, I got to throw balls at it until it decided to do my bidding. Great times were had by all.

I can already tell from my short experience with the Raids that they are going to be better with friends. The feeling of taking on a big challenge with fellow players is something that Pokemon Go was missing. Now, I can finally do something with those heavy hitters I have been working on. (Bellossom has now been renamed DeathPlant).

With that being said, the Raid system isn’t perfect. Far from it if you ask me. Battles are way too glitchy and the bosses tend to flop from easy to overwhelmingly difficult without any real middle ground. It would be awesome to see Raids adjust to the level of the player but this seems to be wishful thinking. For now, Raids are a great excuse to get out and play again.

10 Reasons: The Magicians

Have you heard about The Magicians? That new show on SyFy that is frickin amazing? If not, shame, shame on you and everything you stand for as a person. The Magicians, another show that is based on a novel, can only really be described as a mixture of Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia. Quentin Coldwater has just been accepted into Brakebills, a school that trains magicians. He feels like his real life is about to begin, but knowing about magic is only the beginning of this crazy ride. So let me give you 10 reasons why you should watch this show.

One: Magic! Duh


What would a show about magicians be without magic? Well, a show about crappy magicians but that is beside the point. The visuals in The Magicians are simply stunning. The show seems to capture the wonder and excitement of doing magic. Not just something you can see, but something you can feel.

Two: Hogwarts For Adults


Magic isn’t for the lucky, it belongs to the incredibly disturbed. The sad and the longing. Magic is born out of pain. Brakebills isn’t a happy place filled with mystical wonder. It’s work.

Three: No Good Guys


It would be hard to find the “good” side in The Magicians. Every character has their own selfish goal that they are trying to build to. No overwhelming moral compasses here. No one is trying to fight the greater evil, (I mean they are but not really) most of them are following a path that becomes visible with time. In fact, the main bad guy only brings them together in the end.

Four: Interesting Secondary Characters


Most tv shows are broken up into acts. They follow both what the main characters and what the side characters are doing. In some cases, this leaves us with an interesting and a less interesting storyline. That is simply not the case here. We are getting to know the entire magical world as all the characters figure out what magic means to them.

Five: Brakebills


No one is holding your hand here and spellwork is known to kill. If you are attending Brakebills then you are proceeding at your own risk. No one is holding your hand here, which only makes the situation even more intense. Plus, look at that beautiful campus.

Six: Bad Ass Women


If you were looking for strong female characters kicking ass then look no further. Most of the girls on this show are running things, with the best magician being Alice of course.  I wouldn’t want to be on the bad side of any of these women.

Seven: A Beautiful Adaptation


Nothing will ever follow the original source material to the letter. That being said, The Magicians is actually a pretty good TV adaption. There are some choices that made me scratch my head a little, (why the hell is Josh only in a few episodes), but for the most part, the path that they follow works. So much so that the two could possibly be in the same timeline. So to speak.

Eight: Real Consequences


For the most part, no one is swooping in to help. You won’t see an older magician come in the nick of time to save the day and if you do it won’t go the way you think it will go. This has managed to always keep me on my toes. For the most part, everyone is fair game. Everyone isn’t getting a happy ending here, but that might not be a bad thing after all.

Nine: The Feels


The show manages to make you feel for a different character each episode. Whether it is bad ass Penny, neurotic Quentin, lonely Alice, elegant Eliot, or smart mouth Margo, each character brings something to the table that makes you want to just give them a hug. Magic is pain remember.

Ten: It’s A Great Guilt Pleasure


You will laugh. You will cry. You will cry again. You will cry a third time. You will curse yourself for laughing in the first place. You will forget what laughter felt like. What it sounded like in your hollow voice. How it made you feel. Then, you will slumber. It’s a great time.