I think it could greatly improve the game. Let me explain.
Groundspeak has officially killed the aspect of geocaching known as Challenges. There stance is that it is not in line with the game of geocaching and they no longer think that supporting the endeavor is a good idea.
Challenges were controversial among many hardcore or traditionalist Geocachers for a few reasons. They were being constantly compared to the “old virtuals” and were said to have no accountability. I have read these two complaints at least a hundred times, conservatively, on the different forums. Enough so that I was tired or reading people complain about them – and apparently so was Groundspeak – because they deep-sixed the project.
Does anyone care? Probably not a whole lot but there were some that liked them. I don’t think anyone will quit geocaching over it though. I will be curious to see if those of us that did complete them will get to keep our stats? Anyway…
My real question however is this: Does this make way for Munzee to take over the smart phone geolocation portion for us adventure seekers?
Munzees are neat because they are quick and can be done on the spur of the moment without any extra equipment except for your droid or iPhone (no pen is needed). For now, geocaching doesn’t have that. Maybe that’s a good thing and it will help set the two apart. It wouldn’t be the worst thing if this created a distinction and Munzees were made for instant gratification and geocaches moved to being elaborate adventures.
In fact, I think that is how it should be. Maybe this will put an end to the geocache that is nothing more than geo-litter. After all why would you go for an LPC or another nanotube hanging off the back of a stop sign if you could be grabbing a Munzee and gaining points.
Munzees can satisfy the number hounds and Geocaches can be for when there is time to complete an interesting family adventure. My plan is right along these lines. Grab the Munzees on the fly and reserve my geocaching runs for those that involve Puzzles or an off road adventure.