Hey everyone, and happy Saturday! I won’t lie to any of you; I’ve had a little case of writer’s block. I try to write once a week, but as the weekend arrived I had no idea what I was going to write about. Eventually, everything worked out in my favor because all of my news feeds across various social media platforms started to be filled with the subject of Pokemon Go. It’s a Pokemon game that seems to be getting a lot of attention and generating a lot of memes. Of course I had to get to the bottom of this game craze because I’ve been seeing it everywhere. If a game can get so popular shortly after its release it must be great right? Just for some background, I used to watch one of the Pokemon shows that were on back in the day. I know there are several versions of the show, and probably some recent versions too, but I watched one of them. (Pokemon Gotta Catch ‘Em All anybody?) I also used to have the trading cards wayyyy back when. It was more something my older brother was into, but I can definitely recall a time when I was trading Pikachus and Charizards on the bus. Of course that is deep in my past, and even then I was probably into it for a month or so. You’d think Pokemon is for younger kids or preteens, but not Pokemon Go; everyone from all age groups is playing it. I have no games on my phone; it just isn’t something I do to pass the time. However, today I downloaded Pokemon Go, and it surprised me.
So,here I am waiting in anticipation for this game to download. I hadn’t done any previous research on the game. I just relied on my observations. I did hear that people like to play it outside, which was weird. Why play a video game outside? It finally downloaded and I signed up. The app lets the user pick their character and then customize them.
Okay, so my character was all ready to go. There’s a guide that talks to you as an introduction, and then he sends you off to catch your first Pokemon. After many failed attempts, I finally caught Squirtle. Isn’t he a doll?
Here’s the thing about catching Pokemon though. You can catch them in “real life”. All this means is your camera from your phone shows your surroundings (obviously) and then the game places a Pokemon in the real world. Fun stuff. After capturing your first Pokemon the guide sends you on your way to go catch some more-literally. The game said you need to get up and walk around for your character to move, so I started walking around the house. My character wasn’t moving though. I mean she was moving but it looked like she was in a small square that I soon realized was the house. There were other squares of different sizes around so that symbolized the other houses, and there was a road. Pokemon Go isn’t played outside necessarily for fun; the game makes you go outside. Hence the “Go” in Pokemon Go. In order to catch your Pokemon, you have to move, so I made my way out the door, and then my character began to move. The game said access to location was crucial to play, and I didn’t think anything of it. Most apps want to know you’re location, but Pokemon Go uses it as a GPS, placing Pokemon in random places near you.
It was unexpected for me to go outside. I’ll tell you that. The game placed a Pokemon near a seven eleven on the highway, and quite frankly I didn’t want to walk that far. It was 90 degrees, and how dumb would I look showing up in a seven eleven looking for a Pokemon. Talk about interactive gaming.
I can appreciate what the makers of Pokemon were trying to do. They’re getting people outside and off their couch to go adventure. That’s pretty cool. My issue is that the game will take you literally wherever it wants. I read that a woman in Wyoming found a dead body playing Pokemon Go. That was most likely coincidental, but I’m sure it could take you to sketchy places. The game warns users to be “alert at all times and be aware of your surroundings”. No kidding. Another alternative to walking would be driving to find your Pokemon, but that would defeat the purpose of exercise and would use up gas. Not to mention how dangerous that would be. I guess that depends on your level of boredom and commitment to the game though. I’ve also read that the game has brought more customers to businesses and that’s alway’s great. There are pros and cons. Maybe one day when I’m super bored and I have a buddy I’ll try it out again, but catching Pokemon just isn’t that important to me. Exercise is important, but there are other means of getting exercise. I’m not here to hate on Pokemon Go. I think it’s a cool concept, but it has its risks. The scenarios and award situations it could lead to make me laugh, and it’s a good way to connect with people. If only the server would connect…..
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