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.