Thursday, 21 July 2016

A positive look at Pokemon GO

I am sick and tired of people whining about Pokemon GO. Why not just put up a big signs saying "No Having Fun At All Ever" and be done with it? OK so you think it's pointless. Actually to an extent I do too but everyone is entitled to their own life.

Pokemon GO screenshot

My children love the game. If you still don't know what it is (have you been living in a cave?) read my post about how it works and some of the potential pitfalls, especially for younger children.

One of my offspring plays with his friends. They are all in their 20's. Don't judge them. It's harmless fun and I would rather they were out walking and chatting than propping up a bar somewhere. In fact at the last count my son had walked almost 50 kilometres hunting Pokemon. Impressive!

walking round reservoir hunting for Pokemon #PokemonGO

Anyway, during one of their late night hunts/walks he and his friends spotted a glow inside a wine bar in our local High Street. They went to look closer and realised there was a small fire. It looked to them like a candle had been left burning on one of the tables and had actually set the table alight.

They called the Fire Brigade (is it still called that?) who duly came along and put the fire out. Their "silly" game playing meant a potentially disastrous fire was prevented.

A couple of people I know who play Pokemon GO suffer with depression and anxiety and I have noticed that getting out and about in the fresh air and sunshine, walking, chatting with friends has lifted their mood far more than counselling and medication had managed to do. Tell me that's a bad thing?

I have heard anecdotal evidence about people walking into the road, into rivers, crashing cars etc but as yet this has not happened to any of the many children and adults I know who enjoy the app.

So let's give Pokemon GO bashing a rest. It might not be your thing but it doesn't mean it isn't important, interesting or entertaining to others. Bloggers in particular should get this - I'm sure I am not alone in having friends and family loudly proclaim they think what I do is pointless.

Happy hunting Pokemon trainers.

4 comments:

  1. I am 31 and I am LOVING Pokemon GO. I used to go to work and eat lunch at my desk, then go home and eat dinner in front of the tv before going to bed. Now I go out for half an hour Pokewalk at lunchtime and then an hour when I get home from work. I have almost trebled my daily step count, I feel healthier and I am sleeping better. I don't watch or like soaps or TOWIE-type programmes, but I don't insult those that do, that is their choice, and this is mine!
    I cannot understand why people dislike it or want to insult it so much. Do they think that not following the crowd makes them 'cool' or 'different'? The way I see it Walking = Good. Fresh Air = Good. The younger generation learning basic navigation skills = Good.

    I think its a great game.

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    1. Thanks for your comment Deanne. I'm glad I am not alone in this!

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  3. YES!!!! This!
    I've just written my own post about how it's changing my life by helping me deal with my anxiety!

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