OT: Pokemon Go- have you played it?

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on July 19th, 2016 at 2:21 PM
Although it's nowhere near popular as the original craze back when I was a little kid and hooked like every kid in America, this game is pretty popular. For better or worse, as accidents pile up.

I'm curious to see how many on here have or are actively playing it. I love it because I'm getting some needed exercise while playing.

I caught a Pikachu on I-75 on Saturday. I was in the passenger seat.


Wolverine In Iowa 68

July 19th, 2016 at 2:24 PM ^

no interest, but my 15 year old daughter recently gave in and started.  The library in our town is a drop stop to get stuff you need, so it gets her out of the house and to the library, so it's not all bad.


AND she's promised not to walk into traffic while playing, so that's good...


July 19th, 2016 at 2:26 PM ^

Yes, I have. Not very much though.

There seem to be HUGE benefits and HUGE downsides from the game.

Benefits: it is getting kids outdoors, getting people to hang out, encouraging shut ins and depressed people to leave their homes, etc. It is turning into a very healthy activity for many people.

Down: Traffic accidents, deaths, and general idiocy.


July 19th, 2016 at 2:26 PM ^

I've been playing it a lot. I'd say it's been more popular over these past two weeks than Pokemon Red/Blue were at the time if only because it is bringing in nearly everyone below the age of 30 and plenty of people older as well. This is like the Wii which targeted everyone as opposed to the original games which were mostly children. I'm sure it'll drop in popularity over the next couple weeks though.

Blue Baughs

July 19th, 2016 at 2:29 PM ^


I have a 14 and 16 year old. I figured if im gonna have to drive them everywhere i might as well play with them.

900 people in Bronson Park downtown Kalamazoo on Sunday.

James Burrill Angell

July 19th, 2016 at 2:50 PM ^

He had to put it on my iPhone so in that regard, I'm playing with him. From a middleaged father standpoint its not bad because its forcing him to spend to time with me and me with him since he needs my phone and I walk around with him making sure he doesn't walk into traffic. I'm not playing the game exactly but we're talking about it and I'm making him explain to me which way he wants to go on the map using north, south, east and west. I'm also making him tell me where the Pokestops are (the churches and historical landmarks) so he at least has some idea what's around him. 

Truthfully, you can't keep the kids from videogames and I'd sooner him be outside doing it than in the house.

Goggles Paisano

July 19th, 2016 at 2:39 PM ^

What is a Pikachu and is it a big deal to catch one?  Heck I don't even know what Pokeman is. I grew up with the Flintstones, Gilligans Island, Brady Bunch and baseball cards.  

Get off my lawn!  Maybe that should be for the colloquialism thread?  


July 19th, 2016 at 2:39 PM ^

I'm playing it as another way of connecting with my daughter.  Otherwise I never would have bothered.  But it's been fun walking around town with her people-watching as everyone plays.  I think it's largely harmless, and the fad will soon pass.


July 19th, 2016 at 2:52 PM ^

I just downloaded it so I could play with my son.  I am looking forward to wasting time learning about something that came out after my time originally (Pokemon) and now is having a resurgence.  Being cool has nothing to do with it....


July 19th, 2016 at 2:40 PM ^

You know you're getting old when the thing that you were too old for when it first came out is seeing a resurgence 20 years later