Pokemon Go: America’s New Pastime

Who would’ve thought that 9 year old me would be this excited about a game?!

When I was in elementary school, I collected Pokemon cards. I collected all 150 original and I even mastered a Pokemon league. Yes, I was a nerd.

Now that I’m in my 20s and have “grown up responsibilities” I find myself usually tired, stressed and plopped in front of the couch after a hard days work.

Not lately. Luckily I live in a downtown environment and that is where the new game “Pokemon Go” thrives. Everywhere I turn there are Pokemon gyms, where you can battle leaders and obtain higher levels.

There’s also Poke stops, where I can collect Pokeballs and other necessities to keep my Pokemon dream alive. And Pokemon…boy are there plenty for you to catch!

But, something I’ve noticed lately doesn’t involve a controller, television, and a couch.

People are outside. They’re talking to each other. They’re happy.

In our current world, which is filled with hatred and fear, people of all ages, colors, races, religions, etc are coming together to capture fictional characters.

If that is what it takes for our world to be happy, then damn it, let these people catch their dang Pokemon without ridicule.

So what if we’re 26 and playing this game at 8:30 at night. It has been said for the past decade that my generation (millennials) need to get out of the house and interact.


So, if it takes a free app on a smartphone to get people outside, talking, and smiling…then I’m all for it!

Besides, I’m a level 5 and want to be a level 8 by Friday, so if you need me after work hours, I’ll be by the lake catching Pokemon.



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