Pokémon Go has officially won the weekend. You can’t go on any social media sites without seeing someone talking about that latest Pikachu they picked up at the local convenience shop that they walked eight miles to. In less than a day it became both the top free app and the top grossing app on the Apple App Store, and it hasn’t looked back. It’s still sitting there as we speak. What has the world so enamored with Pokémon Go? That’s what I’m trying to figure out after I just walked around my neighborhood in the triple digit heat for an hour and a half to rack up mileage to hatch my egg in the incubator.
It seems like ’90s kids are going crazy for this new app just as much as kids who are new to Pokémon are. I haven’t talked to a single person who has not, let’s just say, had fun with the app. Is it buggy? Sure, but it has absolutely revolutionized the world of Pokémon and global positioning gaming. It’s really an incredible feat when you think about it. Pokéstops are at landmarks in you neighborhood, kids you know are taking the gyms at the local lakes, and all around your neighborhood are Pokémon to discover and catch. It’s amazing! Another thing that this game has to offer is something that I don’t think many people gave a ton of thought: it’s getting us outside. It’s getting us to walk long distances around the city, and even though it’s not easy to get the kilometers to stack up, you have to work for it. It gives us reason to go outside. Also, this isn’t a gamer that you’re playing by yourself. It is a game that almost everyone is playing. It’s a very social game, and human nature says to go be the best that you can be! Why not get outside and search for eight Charmanders so that you can evolve your original Charmander into a full fledged assault mode Charmeleon or even everybody’s favorite Pokémon, Charizard!
This game has its problems. Some I have encountered are, of course, lagging, servers disconnecting, freezing, a weird bug that when I attempt to catch a Pokémon swallows my screen like a black hole, and what may be the biggest complaint so far of the app, the battling. the battling is essentially a speed game with no strategy involved. It is just tapping. Many gamers who have been loyal to Pokémon know that the game takes strategy and chemistry with your Pokémon, so with that being essentially left out, many complaints are currently being heard, so hopefully we will get to see some great improvements in the next update.
Nevertheless, I think that what Niantic and Nintendo have done with this game is stunning, and it has forever changed the way that we look at Pokémon. So let me know! What do you think of Pokémon Go? What is your best find or your coolest find? What are you most excited about? Have you found any hotspots in the area that may be better for finding rare Pokémon than others? Comment right down in the comment section and let me know! Now, go catch ’em all!