Pokemon GO came out not too long ago and like everyone else, I’ve been playing it. Not as much as most people who have Pokemon with absurd combat power, but enough to still have fun.
However, today I decided to take a trip around town with a friend and find the nearest PokeStops and gyms. My house doesn’t have any Pokestops or gyms near it, so I figured I might as well do this now.
Long story short, I ended up driving to the park just about 15 minutes away. As I got out of my car, there were at least 100 people walking around, staring at their phones, playing Pokemon GO! It was insane.
As we walked around the park, I overheard people talking about the Pokemon they just caught, or know is nearby. One person drove right on by the park, rolled down their window and screamed “Gotta Catch Em All!” and kept driving. Others were just sitting around in a huge group (probably 25+ people!) two PokeStops that were close to each other and had lures on them for hours. We even ran into a few friends in town that we didn’t expect to see. Pokemon Go is surreal and mind-blowing for what it’s doing.
Our park is apparently littered with Magmar and Jinx. I caught both, along with a Seel. The park has about 5 or 6 PokeStops for all the various signs, memorials, and other landmarks, and we walked to all of them and got our goods. I even learned that our park has a famous “Civil War Campfire” spot. Rad.
Pokemon GO has done something amazing that no other game or app has done. It’s bringing not only gamers, but our local communities together in ways that no one could have predicted or purposefully sprung upon us. It’s very exciting.
What has been going on this past week, and still continues to go on, is magical. I’m scared of the when Pokemon GO’s “fad” wears off. It’s only a matter of time until the masses move onto the next big cultural phenomenon and stops playing Pokemon GO like they are today. The connection I felt to just about everyone at the park today was strange, yet wonderful. I don’t want it to end.