Pokemon Go dropped into our laps last week and it is becoming quite the phenomenon. Numbers reaching higher than Twitter, everyone wants to catch this game. On the streets, you can see 20-30 somethings sitting in front of churches buried in their phones, clearly not looking for Jesus. And oh the memes! Hilarity has ensued in the wake, as grown men and women fall in deep with the nerd-stalgia*. Everyone is talking about this game from kids on the playground to the Grammas and Grampas.
*Nerd-stalgia – The feeling of sentimental longing or wistful affection felt when reminiscing about things of a nerdy persuasion.
Alright, alright, I admit it, I am one of these nerds. But, I am one of the ones that raised, fed and nurtured an excuse to be a grown man playing Pokemon. My 5 year old son, Zyler, is at the perfect age, to explore the Pokedex or hand him my phone in the car and he will catch me a handful of critters before we reach our destination. He is not old enough for his own phone, thus, I can capitalize on the free labour. It’s fun to share with him, together we can visit a game with features I enjoyed when I was a little older than he is now.
My nightly walks now have a new purpose as I hunt for the cartoons and attack the local gyms. Jenn is shaking her head at me, as I admit, I may be a little old for this stuff. The novelty will wear off eventually, hun. I am not, in any sense of the word a gamer. I will enjoy some Mario Kart once in a while, and dabble in a game on my phone for a couple weeks, maybe 2 or 3 times a year. The only reason we have a modern Wii U is for the kids, and glorious Netflix; the two best ways to keep kids still for an hour. I know my interest will eventually wain, so for now, catch them all! Sorry, Jenn.
I was anticipating this game just as much as a solid Nintendo fan. The trailer released ages ago made Pokemon Go look like an epic experience. Despite the actual game missing promised features like trading and massive Mewtwo killing parties, it holds up to hype. Last year to prepare myself I even took a run at Ingress, Pokemon Go’s technological predecessor. After experiencing both, honestly, Ingress was much better. Featuring its own story, theme, and design, which was original and entertaining. That experience did help, in once Pokemon Go came out I already knew where all the gyms and checkpoints were located.
The flaws are numerous, hopefully most will be worked out. Such as, server failures, freezing, or battery drainage. The practical issues will lead to my eventual deleting of the game; the battle feature is… well its not fun. But there are some bigger issues, like with car accidents going up all over the place. I have even been scared off from nearing a gym because of a group of unapproachable youths were standing physical ground. Again, lots of this will fade with time, it’s mostly my data plan that won’t be able to last.
I am enjoying the real world application, and grateful that I already made hiking part of my daily routine. What is really fun right now is that the game only features the original 150 creatures. If they incorporated the countless new Pokemon, I would be lost and the game would not be as fun.
All in all, the game is a fun little experience. I am already at a level 12, mostly due to many egg hatchings and catching a hundred Drowzees. It may not be part of my modern literature theme, but I’ll give Pokemon Go a 4/5 and recommend giving it a throw. There are a lot of nay-sayers right now, but they all played Angry Birds at one point too.
Thanks booknerds, ahh Poke-nerds, happy hunting.