Do You Pokemon?

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Did you Pokemon as a kid? I was too old for the cards and the TV show however my little brother was their target audience so there was a lot of Pokemon talk in my house. I played the video game with him on the N64 and eventually got REALLY in to the Gameboy Advance version which I still play to this day. In fact I recently purchased an old Nintendo DS to play the game only for Pokemon Go to be released a couple of months later and the franchise be totally reborn.

It feels bizarre to me that I’ve lived through such an amazing evolution of technology, I had a games console with wired controllers and now we have augmented reality on our PHONES.. it’s insane! The game knows where I am and I’m walking through the real world to play it, encountering fellow gamers along the way. The general concept is so mind blowing to this 80s child I couldn’t not be entirely sucked in by it. As this goes live I’ll be in New York where I’m hugely excited to play and catch Pokemon and see how the game differs from my small home town.

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What I have encountered a lot of in the short time the game has been online is judgement. It’s kind of mad to me that anyone would care about a game that someone else is playing but it’s been dubbed as childish, ridiculous, dangerous even and there’s a general vibe of ‘I just don’t get it’ from a lot of people who, well.. just don’t get it. If someone said they’d stayed home and powered through 3 seasons of Breaking Bad on Netflix that would be met with a more positive reaction than ‘I walked 4 miles catching Pokemon yesterday’. I personally don’t get the fascination with Candy Crush but I’m not about to call people stupid for playing it!

The only difference can be the social media attention Pokemon Go has garnered that is irritating people. I felt a little of this during Love Island, I’ve never watched an episode but the number of people talking about it in my twitter feed made me HATE it! Totally irrational but I think I can relate to the Pokemon No crowd via this analogy.

As a stay at home blogger (i.e.: not an event attending blogger) I am not particularly active, I am home most days and the most exercise I get is walking the dog when Lee isn’t around but this game has had me out and about more than ever before and excited to get moving to level up and achieve goals. Ok there are people that have gotten in to trouble playing because they have zero common sense or awareness of their surroundings but you can’t blame the game for that.. it’s modern day natural selection.

At the end of the day it’s just a game, it’s a huge game that I can’t believe is a reality in my lifetime and has the potential to get even better but it’s just a game.. do we need to fall out over it? Do we need to judge others because of how they choose to spend their free time?. I’m 30 years old and I enjoy it, my Mum is 56 and she’s been playing too.. as has my 4 year old. The only reason to care if someone else is playing it and you’re entirely disinterested is because you feel left out of something. Well that’s me when everyone’s talking about Game Of Thrones and Downton Abbey.. you do you and let me do me!

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  1. 20 August, 2016 / 8:05 am

    Love this post! Me and my brother used to play all the Pokemon games when we were younger and now it’s like going back in time but better! I love that it’s a game getting people up and active and I think the hate it gets is a little extreme x

    heart-autumn.co.uk

  2. Alternaria
    20 August, 2016 / 11:45 am

    I’m about your age and I love Pokemon GO:). I am unemployed, without kids and pretty asocial and before the game I spent most days at home. Now I walk more than 10km per day, go and see different areas and landmarks in our country. Unfortunately I have a feeling it’s just me and 15year olds playing it. Most people here are against it. In bars there are signs saying: “Playing Pokemon GO causes brain damage” and “Pokemon GO players not welcome.” But yeah, playing Candy crush or Farmville is totally acceptable (rolling my eyes)… Anyway, I love the game and I like you ever more now:D. Hope you catch some awesome pokemon in NY! And enjoy the time with your family of course!

  3. 20 August, 2016 / 2:36 pm

    I love it and have been playing it quite religiously! As a 90s kid I loved collecting all the cards and still have them lol. I don’t think criticism can really be justified when it’s getting people out and about doing some exercise, especially young kids like my 13 year old brother who would otherwise be glued to his Xbox all day everyday! Like you say, any problems have been caused by a lack of common sense! And LOL about Love Island, I felt exactly the same as I wasn’t watching it hahah xx
    Nicole | Nikki Bays

  4. Jennifer
    20 August, 2016 / 3:38 pm

    I completely agree. I’m not playing it myself, but then again I never played it when I was younger. I don’t get how people going out and walking around can be considered a bad thing but when pokemon are involved people consider it childish or nerdy. Everyone always go on about how kids never leave the house or get exercise but if this is doing that then let it continue as far as I’m concerned.

  5. Jodie Wright
    20 August, 2016 / 7:04 pm

    I play pokemon go. I’ve been playing the handheld games since I was 9 so this game is like a dream come true. The amount of hate it gets is just mind boggling. For years people have whined about people sitting inside playing games and now that we’re going outside to play games they’re utterly enraged. Maybe they don’t like it because everyone is talking about it and they don’t get it, but I don’t whine and post passive aggressive insulting comments when everyone talks about football. Maybe they think it’s a game for children, but what exactly is a game for adults? I think they’re just jealous that people are finding joy in nostalgia or in an exciting technological development and they have nothing better to do than sulk and judge everyone else.

  6. 21 August, 2016 / 3:35 am

    I love this post! I’m not a Pokemon go player and have no desire to get involved but I don’t understand why people hate it so much. People just need to chill and stop worrying so much what others are doing.

    Nicky Zeeb xx

  7. 21 August, 2016 / 4:13 am

    Love this post! I’ve been addicted to Pokemon Go since it came out. Today I went to downtown Toronto and it was insane! There were so many trainers by this ferry terminal. As for the pokemon, they were popping up from left and right nonstop! Personally, I think Pokemon Go was a great invention. It gets people moving, you can meet and make friends with other trainers, and it’s fun!

    Nicole | http://www.inthelifeofnm.blogspot.ca

  8. 21 August, 2016 / 10:05 am

    I don’t play and have no issue with those who do. In Dundee we have had a lot of issues with one area of town where there is a poke gym or stop is in an residential area which is used to quite there have been supposedly a lot of teens rocking up music blaring and disrupting them. So maybe the makers need to look to where these things are placed.

  9. 21 August, 2016 / 4:55 pm

    I, like you, can understand the annoyance at constantly hearing about it. Seeing Big Brother tweets all over my time line just doesn’t interest me & can be irritating. But those people aren’t hurting anyone by watching it & tweeting their thoughts. They’re joining in with the interactions social media has afforded us. I don’t think or say that people who watch Big Brother are stupid just because I don’t see the appeal any more. I think this goes back to the old saying “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” Yes there are people who do silly things because they have no common sense, but there are a number of positives from the game too! People are exercising & it’s helping some people with conditions like anxiety & autism to get out of the house while still feeling safe! I would like to see some adaptations for those of us who are less mobile though! Xx

    Tania | Pokemon Go Disability Hacks

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