Wow. What a bunch of grumpy people.
I’m amazed at the number of folks who are hating on the new Pokémon Go game.
During a conversation about the game, a friend asked “What’s the point?”
The point? It’s a game.
“What’s the point of winning Monopoly?” I said. “You win, right? You don’t get a car or a trip to Italy or a shiny medal to wear on your lapel. You just win.”
I play a lot of solitaire – I win some, I lose a whole lot more. There’s no real “point.”
Same thing with this game. Now, I haven’t played the game, but honestly, it sounds to me like most of the folks complaining about it haven’t either. Maybe there is a big prize, but I’m guessing you play for the entertainment value.
Just saw a Facebook meme making its way around that exclaims the meme creator’s hatred for this game: “Get a life and stay out of my yard.”
It goes on to read: “This whole Pokémon Hunt(sic) is by far the stupidest thing I have ever seen, and I have lived through…” therein follows a list of silly things including Hammer pants, the Macarena and ten seasons of CSI: Miami. So maybe the whole meme is tongue-in-cheek. I hope so.
Just can’t imagine anyone getting that cranked off about the Macarena. Although I agree that Hammer pants were and always will be silly, unless you are at a costume party dressed as Aladdin.
A friend who always walks in a park, noted how many more people were in the park over the weekend. “There were lots more people walking around and looking at their phone,” she said. I told her it was likely the game and then tried to explain it.
She thought it was great that they were out and commented that it had been a long time since she saw that many people in the park. Yes, they were walking around looking at their phone – but they were outside.
Some businesses have used the game as a marketing technique, attracting new customers with news of an augmented reality character lurking in the parking lot.
As for those playing the game in Arlington Cemetery – wrong, go home. For those who fell off a cliff or walked in front of a car, well I say consider it a Darwinian exercise, a way of thinning the herd of stupid people. I mean honestly folks, look up, it’s just a game.
This game is all about nostalgia, but it’s nostalgia for the late 20-somethings who made this game a world-wide phenomenon in the late 90s. And now, those 20-somethings, who used to count on their parents for spending money, have dollars of their own. They grew up on digital games with Game Boys and various other gizmos providing their entertainment.
If you’re old enough to be nostalgic for the days of coming home when the streetlights came on, or playing Red Rover, Red Rover or riding bikes – it’s the same thing. Take a chill pill.
The world is full of smart people and stupid people. The same stupid people who text and drive are likely to be looking at their phones searching for Pokémon while driving. It’s stupid. It’s dangerous. We can all agree on that.
But it’s not the game’s fault.
It’s a fad. A trend. And eventually, this too shall pass.
Otherwise, as a wise friend recently pointed out, “we’d still be tapping a wooden hoop around the yard with a stick.”
Brenda’s column appears each Monday. Unless it doesn’t.