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#1 neutralist

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Posted 10 June 2017 - 11:27 PM

http://pokemongolive.com/fest/

 

The first ever real-world event is going to be in Chicago (Grant Park / Millennium) on July 22nd. Hotels for the days around near the area are sold out, and event tickets are not even on sale yet. Millions of people from all over the country and overseas are expected coming to catch potential "legendary" pokemons, according to city event permit applications.

 

Chicago being the largest railroad hub of the nation, shouldn't Amtrak start promoting train travel into Chicago for the event? Most social media are filled with comments about how airfare was expensive during that weekend.....


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Posted 11 June 2017 - 01:59 AM

The first ever real-world event is going to be in Chicago (Grant Park / Millennium) on July 22nd. Hotels for the days around near the area are sold out, and event tickets are not even on sale yet. Millions of people from all over the country and overseas are expected coming to catch potential "legendary" pokemons, according to city event permit applications. Most social media are filled with comments about how airfare was expensive during that weekend.....


Let's see...

+ First event of its kind
+ Based on a freemium mobile game
+ Hotels are sold out before first ticket is sold
+ Potential customers are complaining about costs

Nah, I don't think Amtrak is missing out on anything.

If we're going to criticize Amtrak for failing to fully market themselves maybe we should stick with one of the routine high volume Chicago area events that have been attracting thousands of attendees for decades rather than some heretofore unknown event of undetermined significance. I feel the same way about the thread criticizing Amtrak for not doing enough to chase solar eclipse viewers. It's a one-off event of unknowable significance that could be ruined with nothing more than a few random clouds passing by at the wrong time on the wrong day.

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 07:03 AM

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 07:48 AM

I wonder if the OP posted this as a tongue in cheek play on the eclipse thread.

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 07:58 AM

I was wondering the same thing. Nothing seems to be more incompatible to Amtrak than a bunch of 20'something people stumbling around, not watching where they are going, looking at their mobile phones instead of the crosswalk and ACK! Stepping in front of a train...

I saw the people wandering around DC when the last Pokemon craze was in full swing, it was amusing and kind of sad, at the same time. They were of the world, but not quite, so to speak.

 

 

I wonder if the OP posted this as a tongue in cheek play on the eclipse thread.



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Posted 11 June 2017 - 08:25 AM

Now now. Enough of '20s bashing already. ;). Besides, bear in mind that there are several Pokemon aficionados among us on AU who are way older than 20's too.

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 09:01 AM

Mea culpa. That was a bit of a low blow.

I think it was last summer when the fad hit my area, and that was my first impression.  Some of the players weren't exercising good situational awareness, but not all.

 

 

Now now. Enough of '20s bashing already. ;). Besides, bear in mind that there are several Pokemon aficionados among us on AU who are way older than 20's too.



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Posted 11 June 2017 - 09:18 AM

Pokemon Go ---- is that still a thing? 



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Posted 11 June 2017 - 09:47 AM

Pokemon Go ---- is that still a thing? 

Fads come and go, but "Rock and Roll Will Never Die!"😄
 
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Posted 11 June 2017 - 10:12 AM

I wonder if the OP posted this as a tongue in cheek play on the eclipse thread.


All I did was just Ctrl+C then Ctrl+V part of the title :P

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Posted 11 June 2017 - 10:15 AM

I was wondering the same thing. Nothing seems to be more incompatible to Amtrak than a bunch of 20'something people stumbling around, not watching where they are going, looking at their mobile phones instead of the crosswalk and ACK! Stepping in front of a train...

Well those could be our next generation of potential Amtrak riders so great way for "Introduction to Trains 101".

Edited by neutralist, 11 June 2017 - 10:16 AM.


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Posted 11 June 2017 - 01:24 PM

Pokemon Go ---- is that still a thing? 


When we still see people driving 2AM at night taking down pokemon gyms, it looks like it is going strong. Besides from official stats, they have 65 million active players world wide.

Edited by neutralist, 11 June 2017 - 01:25 PM.


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Posted 13 June 2017 - 02:34 PM

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Posted 13 June 2017 - 07:46 PM

As PT Barnum may have said?; "There's a Sucker born every minute!"😄
 
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Posted 16 June 2017 - 12:10 AM

That will be a good week to NOT go to Chicago and for those who live there to find somewhere else to go until things return to "normal."



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Posted 16 June 2017 - 01:21 PM

I know I'm going to "out" myself as a complete and utter nerd, but I play PoGo (not as much as I did when it came out, because I have a life most months of the year). If Amtrak REALLY wanted to make bank during this event, they'd have a train run a loop going about 6 miles an hour. The game tracks your walking distance progress and the distance walked translates into progress in the game. The fastest you can "walk" and have the game count it is around 6.5mph. If they ran a train at 6mph, sold tickets and then just sold tons of food and beverages onboard (and even better, wifi and air conditioning) PoGo players would camp out in there all day. I mean, you'd need a dedicated track, but it would be a great move if they could pull it off.

 

They did it in Germany and had great success with it.


 
 
 
 
 

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Posted 16 June 2017 - 09:48 PM

I know I'm going to "out" myself as a complete and utter nerd, but I play PoGo (not as much as I did when it came out, because I have a life most months of the year). If Amtrak REALLY wanted to make bank during this event, they'd have a train run a loop going about 6 miles an hour. The game tracks your walking distance progress and the distance walked translates into progress in the game. The fastest you can "walk" and have the game count it is around 6.5mph. If they ran a train at 6mph, sold tickets and then just sold tons of food and beverages onboard (and even better, wifi and air conditioning) PoGo players would camp out in there all day. I mean, you'd need a dedicated track, but it would be a great move if they could pull it off.
 
They did it in Germany and had great success with it.


I'm a PoGo player, too (when I have the time to do it) and that's the most genius marketing idea I've ever read. Though I'm not sure that it would gain any "normal" riders.

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 05:55 AM

This might explain the "pokey" speed of the Washington DC streetcar. It was famous for taking a whopping 26 minutes to cover just 2 miles. I think it has sped up a bit of late, though.

 

https://ggwash.org/v...er-than-walking

 

I know I'm going to "out" myself as a complete and utter nerd, but I play PoGo (not as much as I did when it came out, because I have a life most months of the year). If Amtrak REALLY wanted to make bank during this event, they'd have a train run a loop going about 6 miles an hour. The game tracks your walking distance progress and the distance walked translates into progress in the game. The fastest you can "walk" and have the game count it is around 6.5mph. If they ran a train at 6mph, sold tickets and then just sold tons of food and beverages onboard (and even better, wifi and air conditioning) PoGo players would camp out in there all day. I mean, you'd need a dedicated track, but it would be a great move if they could pull it off.

 

They did it in Germany and had great success with it.


Edited by Ziv, 17 June 2017 - 05:58 AM.


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Posted 17 June 2017 - 07:04 AM

That will be a good week to NOT go to Chicago and for those who live there to find somewhere else to go until things return to "normal."

Fortunately, you're not the arbiter of what's normal and what's abnormal.
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Posted 17 June 2017 - 04:32 PM

A lot of people coming to Chicago over a summer weekend to walk around with their noses buried in their phones the whole time?

Sounds pretty normal to me!




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