Why we want anomalies
At least this is why I like them, want more of them and a few questions about what is it that Niantic doesn't like about them.
This is why I like to go to anomalies and why the hexathlon idea really doesn't do much for me and many others. I would say this the idea of the anomaly is that we as a faction go out and prepare an army weeks before and being part of this army makes us, the players in our faction part of something greater than ourselves. We prepare, we we collaborate with our leaders, we form teams, these teams bond with their members and leaders. The preparation is a huge organized bonding between the players in each faction.
NONE of this happens when you go to a hexathlon. It's just individuals competing with only the game and stats. No bonding, no teams organizing, no leaders, this isn't a task that brings the faction together against a common opponent.
Anomalies are not about meeting the characters in the lore, don't get me wrong, we love meeting them, but that's only a small part about an anomaly that makes it so gratifying to be a part of.
I went to Umbra Sacramento. It was amazing fun and I had a great time. Yes, I know there were problems with the game, I had to reboot my game a lot of times, but that didn't detract from the game for me. I was there to be with my team, to fight for our team's cause, to be a part of something bigger than myself. And, I got that. I didn't need to meet any characters to get this rush from Umbra Sacramento. I did have a great time when I did get to meet them, but that's not what actually brought me to Sacramento.
When it was announced that we had to buy tickets, I just opened my scanner to the events and did it. $15 was worth it for me for this. My only reservation with this was that it was announced only a week or two before the anomaly. I don't know what's going on with that, but that is not good timing for people. But, I still bought my ticket.
As for the problems in Europe and Asia, that's just growing pains for the game. A lot of changes were made and it's hard to account for all the problems that can possibly happen. We fix them, we do better next time. There is no shame in that. That's all I ask for, just fix it. Move on and do better.
@NianticBrian I had heard somewhere that you thought Sacramento was some sort of failure, is that true? Why do you think that and for the record, I had a great time. What do you expect to see in an anomaly? Will there be more anomalies? I am deeply disappointed that there will not be an American anomaly this quarter. I'm not sure I want to go to a hexathlon, it isn't a team competition and I live for those.
Also, it was an honor and a joy to meet you at the ENL party, and I hope to meet you again in the future at yes, an anomaly.