I’m going to Oreo cookie this.
The good: This game encourages you to do two things: go outside and be social. And it’s working. I live in a city where social life is very clicky and if you don’t fit into certain types of lifestyles, then you’re not going to have much of a good time. However, I spent the last couple days actually playing PokemonGo as it is meant to be played, and I had small conversations with people I’ve never met. We were all having a good time at a park and I even ran into a former coworker. She was walking around another park with her son. It was quite cute. I am fascinated how much this game has affected the lives of its players for the better in such a short amount of time.
I tend to use humor to mask my true feelings. I throw around a lot of jokes about this game in particular but this is really a strange phenomenon to me. And while I was still being cautious, I didn’t feel threatened by people around me. Last night, I forgot I was in my city. A city that taught me to never trust people. A guy walked up to me and asked me about a gym and I didn’t automatically believe he would hurt me. This is definitely a game where you need to use caution, but at the same time, I’m amazed at the camaraderie and fun innocence I’m seeing. My mind is blown. Bless this game.
The bad: On the real with PokemonGo, it’s a fun game. It’s a game that encourages you to be social, but at the same time you HAVE to use caution when you run into other people. The reality is that just because someone plays the same game as you, it doesn’t mean that they are good people. This is no different than going about your everyday life. It’s fine to meet people, but don’t tell them where you live, where you’re going to be (especially if it’s a location out in the middle of nowhere) or where you plan to be every day and night. Use caution. People are already exploiting the hype around this game and police stations are issuing warnings to people to be careful when interacting with strangers. People are leaving lure modules in Pokestops and robbing them when they show up. Yeah, that’s the kind of fucked up world we live in. We can’t even truly enjoy a game that focuses on social interaction and going outside to be healthy.
Enjoy the game. Just be careful. Please.
Back to the good. Here are some moments I’ve had/created while playing Pokemon Go.