Archive for July, 2016

GOing for the dream!

Posted: July 14, 2016 by hieiyyh2 in Gaming
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Starting your journey Imagine if you will, you are young and experiencing the game of pokemon for the first time.  The graphics for the time are what you would expect of a Gameboy/Gameboy Color/ Gameboy Pocket.  You are thrown into the world of pokemon and you are faced with a choice.  Picking your first pokemon has always and will always be one moment in any of the games that will stick with you.  As you play you imagine what it would be like if you were actually part of this world, only to come crashing back to reality that no pokemon are not real.  Twenty plus years go by and you are greeted with a new game called Pokemon Go.  An app/game where you walk around and collect the characters from your childhood.  But why would you play it.  Why would you throw yourself back into this world.  Well lets see.

1.  It brings you out into the world and not just on your phone trading pokemon via the global trade station (gen 5 and up….. I think).  You get to experience pokemon in the real world for the first time to capture that dream you had so long ago.

2. It’s a couples game.  You’re on a hike in the woods with your sweetheart and one of your phones go off and she excitedly exclaims that she has found a puffy purple thing.  Being the nerd you are you smile and tell her it is a Venonat.  It is bringing couples to places on hikes and walks together.  With charging stations at local monuments and places of importance not just to yards or around your house.  You can litterly go to places of historic value in your town to learn about things.  Parents it will give you a chance to bring your child to places like Washington D.C to the monuments to find pokemon and they will see things that were once boring to them because.  Hey I just caught a Charmander on Abraham Lincoln’s Knee!
2a. Now let me be clear this does not mean you should go traversing through strange people’s yards and you should always be on the look out for danger around you.  But the news is focusing on the bad because it gets more views.  There is danger in no matter what you play or do.  A guy searched a 10 year old’s IP address location and went to the kids house and killed him for headshotting him in a Call of Duty game or whatever First Person Shooter game it was.  So yes there is danger.  Will everyone heed warnings no but that is on them.

3. It’s bringing the nerd community out and about.  With the ability to travel across the land (yes this pun is intended). Nerds are coming out of their dens and dwellings to find things they love.  Someone has asked “Oh how come it takes an app to get people to go outside?  That’s just sad.”  Well my answer to this is.  “Perhaps said person who doesn’t go outside perfers not to deal with people in his area because of being ostracized while young?  Or they feel like staying inside to play console games and interact with the world via microphone and controller.”  This game has given people with anxiety and depression a chance to go out and not feel like they are being judged for enjoying something they love.

While there is strong haters of this game and their points are valid but it doesn’t mean you should hate on it because either you didn’t play it when you were younger or you feel it is endangering peoples lives.  If you are worried about such things.  Play in wide open public places or on hiking trails.  Or at parks.  You don’t have to have your face in the app all the time.  You can set the sleep feature on your phone and put it at your side and it will vibrate when something is close.  (You don’t have to be on top of it to catch it.  You can be a good distance away and still get a chance to catch it.)  As the game states always be aware of your surroundings.

Now get out and GO! If you don’t want to play it.  That is fine and that is your choice.  🙂 I for one am having fun with it.