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Friday, 15 July 2016

Pokemon Go

I've managed to keep this blog going on a regular basis for two and a half years now. I've pushed through idea slumps, lack of readership and having 601 jobs and still managed to find time to keep this going. But now Pokemon Go has arrived in Australia and it's become the biggest threat to this blog since it started.

Any time I've got free time (and sometimes when I don't), I think to myself "I could be catching Pokemon now. I, like most of the players of the game, want to be the very best, like no one ever was. And I am doing pretty well. I'm at level 15 with a couple of Pokemon over 1000 CP. I've seen 65 Pokemon and loaded 63 of them into my Pokedex. That's reasonably close to half of the Pokemon that are currently available in the game.

I love this thing. It gets kids (and young adults) out of the house like nothing else has ever done. It's combined video games and fitness in a way that many have tried to do but ultimately failed (think the PlayStation Eye Toy, the X-Box Kinect and to a lesser extent the Nintendo Wii). And it's so much more social than I would have thought. On Monday I went to Unley with my friends Mitchell and Kelsey. We hung around the oval eating pizza, watching the Sturt Football club train and catching Pokemon as they appeared. After we finished our pizza, we got out of the grandstand and headed for the outside of the stadium, and we found it was surrounded by people who were also playing the game. They'd set down lures and were co-ordinating on which Pokemon could be found where or complaining about how hard some of them were to catch etc. There were dozens of them and I'm pretty sure I spotted some people I know.

I should have seen this coming. I've been intending to put some money in the stock market for a while. I knew this game would be popular, but it didn't click that its popularity would affect Nintendo's share prices. But in just the first week, the company's shares went up so much that the company as a whole became 10 billion dollars richer. That's right, billion. In a week. I certainly missed that opportunity.

Here are some pics  of my adventures so far.





11 comments:

  1. Just don't wander into traffic or off a cliff. (Which people have done.) Nintendo will need those billions with all the lawsuits against them now because of that game.

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    1. I think most of those stories are made up. I read one where a guy had supposedly caused a massive highway pile up and was quoted as saying "Gotta catch 'Em all". I call bull.

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  2. It's all the rage here in Canada too even though the game hasn't even been officially launched here yet.

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    1. Oh, I heard that the rwason our app keeps crashing is because people overseas don't want to wait ;)

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  3. I don't know anything about it, but it has apparently supplanted Donald Trump and terrorism as the primary topic of discussion on our news here.

    Still, it looks like people are having fun, so that's good.

    Happy hunting.

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    1. It is a shame Pokemon could become the new Republican candidate. It would be more reasonable.

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    2. Trump wouldn't like Pokemon because they can't speak English.

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  4. Both of my co-workers play it, and they're enjoying it pretty well. I haven't jumped in yet, though it'd probably be a game I wouldn't mind playing.

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    1. I feel like you'd have to have watched Pokemon as a kid to get the most out of it.

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  5. It sounds like a good way to get out of the house. But Alex's advice needs to be observed. I've heard of people getting into a pickle by looking at their phone and unaware of what is going on around them.

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