Pokemon Go

I honestly didn’t think Pokémon Go would be as big as it is. I didn’t realize it would be mentioned on major news outlets, so all I can say is kudos to Nintendo/Niantic/Game Freak (or whichever entity/entities developed the game) for quite possibly creating a Pokémon renaissance twenty years after the original games came out in Japan.

I have not played Pokémon Go, and I have no intention of doing so, mainly because the idea of wandering around with my head glued to my phone is repugnant. I do think that the game could be great for kids because it will encourage them to get out of the house, get some exercise, and possibly meet new friends while trying to become “the very best, like no one ever was.” (However, parental supervision is obviously a necessity.)

In a way, the new “augmented reality” genre of the game reminds me of the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, where animated characters are superimposed into real-world landscapes. Only now with Pokémon Go, you can harness the power of these cartoonish images and have a truly interactive experience with other players, thus erasing the stereotype that video game players can be found only in dark, grungy basements. It’ll be interesting to see what other augmented reality games or programs are developed in the future.

Have you played Pokémon Go? What do you think?

9 thoughts on “Pokemon Go

  1. I’ve not played it yet (I doubt my phone would run it, and it probably eats a ton of data, so…) but my fiancee just downloaded it today, as it was finally released in the UK. I don’t have anything against it, and I can see the benefits.

    Not only does it encourage kids to go outside more (who was it that pointed out that PG is doing more to fight obesity than Michelle Obama’s attempts?), but it’s also really good for people with depression. Many sufferers have already chimed in on the topic, expressing that it does help their mood and get them outside more.

    Obviously, there are potential dangers, but that says more about the people playing it than the game itself.

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    1. At this rate, anything that gets people outside is a good thing. It’s just ironic that it’s a technology-based thing that’s getting them there.

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      1. That’s what occurred to me — it used to be that we went outdoors to play because of the fact that it was, you know, outdoors.

        What I’m finding entertaining is seeing people post things on Facebook like: “Well, I’m an adult, so I’m very busy doing adult-type things, and I’m not wasting my time with this sort of childish foolishness, being, as I said, an adult.” And sometimes they make up complex graphics of all the adult-type things they prefer to Pokémon Go.

        Me, when I’m not interested in something (and the list of things I’m not interested in is pretty much endless), I focus my attention on things that do interest me — I don’t issue elaborate proclamations. 🙂

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        1. Right–and the outdoors is still just as fascinating now as it was then. 🙂 And sometimes those “adults” don’t know what they’re missing out on!

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  2. I think a lot of people have just hopped on the bandwagon not knowing what Pokemon is. Just goes to show you, mob mentality is real! I grew up Pokemon and loved it as a kid. Everyone’s calling it breakthrough technology which isn’t true. All Nintendo did was convert their platform away from the DS to the smart phone and slapped a Pokemon label on it. “Breakthrough”? Methinks not. LOL

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