This week I thought I would take a break from my normal book blog and touch base on a topic that everyone is talking about, Pokémon Go. I have personally found myself distracted from my reading because I’ve been spending my evenings after work searching for Pokémon. I’ve now been playing it for a week and I just can’t get enough of it.
For those of you who live under a rock, or in this case, with your nose stuck in a book, here’s a link to explain what Pokémon Go is. Now that we’re all caught up, let me first explain my relationship with Pokémon. I was about 9 or 10 when I remember Pokémon coming out, I collected the cards (I still have my binder full!) but that’s about it. I thought they were cute and fun to collect. All my friends were collecting them and battling but I never figured out how that worked. I also played some of the video games on N64 and Gameboy Color. I also remember seeing the movies in the theatre and my grandma falling asleep but my eyes never left the screen!
Eventually I grew out of the Pokémon phase, just like my parents told me I would when they complained about buying a pack of cards or a special one I just needed to have. I think they secretly enjoyed the Pokémon fad too though because when Burger King was doing Pokémon kids meals, you bet my mom drove me to get one! Sadly, those were recalled due to a choking hazard, yikes!
Now, here I am, two months shy of my 26th birthday walking around staring at the GPS on my phone until a Pokémon shows up on my radar. So why is everyone complaining about adults (and kids) playing this game? Yes, I get the stops and gyms are in some strange places like cemeteries or churches but those are public places. I personally just pull up to the stop, get my goodies, and drive off. I also don’t ‘catch and drive’. My husband drives and I’m the designated catcher, we’re being safe about it. Kids are running around the neighborhood at night unsupervised and you almost ran over them? That’s not the games fault, maybe you should check out where the parent is.
With great power comes great responsibility…or at least just make sure you’re paying attention to where you’re going and who is around you. There are some punks out there that have been using lures to draw people in and rob them IRL (in real life), and there have been some accidents or children getting hit at while playing. Here’s some tips, if you’re in a public place, don’t carry any valuables if possible. I never carry my purse on me while out playing because of the robberies. If you’re playing at night, wear reflective clothing. Always go out with at least one other person, whether you’re a child or adult, male or female. It’s more fun and safe with friends. If you’re driving, have a DPT (designated Pokémon trainer) catching your Pokémon and getting your goodies from the Pokestops. Parents, if you don’t like your child going out and playing this game, go with them! I’ve seen so many families out playing this together!
Pokémon Isn’t Just for Kids
I grew up on Pokémon, I was in elementary school. Now me and my friends are in our mid 20’s and eating this game up. If you asked my opinion (you’re reading my blog, of course you want my opinion), I’d say this game is for the ages of 13 and up, or maybe even 17 and up. I only really say that because I don’t think anyone under that age should even have a cell phone. I didn’t have one until I was 15. You have to be able to travel for this game, so you can’t really send your 10 year old out to play, at least, not where I live. It’s a great game to play as a family on the weekends when you don’t have money to spend or have no idea what to do. If you’re an adult (or anyone) bashing this game, at least try it before you judge. It’s so much fun and gets people active! I’ve talked to my friends more in the last week since we started playing, than I have in awhile.
Promoting Exercise and Mental Health
I’m not a very social person, I love my friends to death, but I would honestly rather stay in and read because I fear going to bars to socialize. This app is helping people that have social anxiety and depression get out and meet new people. My husband and I keep to ourselves but as soon as we started playing Pokemon Go, we went outside and started talking to our neighbors who were playing this game. We go hang out at stops with lures and talk to other players. Yes, to some it may be strange seeing some people stare out there phones while walking around, but weren’t we all doing that before this game anyway? More people are getting outside an walking more too. I have a Garmin Vivo Fit that tracks my steps and I’m actually back to meeting my daily step goal thanks to this game.
Do you play Pokemon Go? What are your likes and dislikes of the game? I personally wish it were easier to log in and didn’t lag so much. Hoping they can work out the rest of the kinks in this game! I’m also loving all the memes for Pokemon Go. This FB page has my favorite.
Don’t be a jerk and complain about someone else’s hobby. Have fun sitting on your couch all weekend, wasting away while we’re all out having fun and catching these cute little creatures.