I've never finished a Pokemon game. I've never played more than an hour of any Pokemon game out there. I am, by all accounts, a Poke-novice. I've read all about the games and watched Wesley play through game after game, but I've never dedicated any of my time to the pursuit of Pokemon. Last week that all changed. Pokemon Go has brought me fully into the fold and though I know there is a serious difference between what I am playing and the other games in the series, I couldn't care any less. Pokemon Go has, so far, brought me closer to my community and gotten me up off my ass more than anything else has in the past three years.
I won't waste time explaining the way that Pokemon Go works because you've likely seen or played it already. It has absolutely taken over the mobile world. Nothing else can hold a candle to it at the moment, with its user base nearly exceeding that of Twitter in the US. Chasing little monsters throughout town is apparently bigger than anything else at the moment. I've seen people posting pictures of the groups that have come together around a single lure and the huge number of Pokemon, stops and gyms in larger cities, and I am very pleased that even my small town has a very lively community of players and a relatively large number of stops and gyms across town.
I installed Pokemon Go as soon as it was made available, fully expecting to write an article about how little I enjoyed the experience despite how much other seemed to like it. Within two hours, I found myself wandering the apartment complex barefoot, trying desperately to track down an Omanyte. The next night we ended up wandering the neighborhood with a neighbor before heading downtown to walk the streets in pajamas, battling Pokemon at gyms around town.
|The AR view drains your battery quite a bit more, but put the Pokemon in the real environment.|
|We've come a long, long way from Pokemon Blue.|
I have started looking into the purchase of yet another 2DS, for myself this time so I can play some of the older games, but I've been having such a blast wandering around town at all hours of the day that I am unsure if I want my Pokemon experience to include anything other than this. Games are at their best when they bring us together. Nothing in recent memory has done a better job of that than Pokemon Go. I hope that Niantic and Nintendo are enjoying the success they have so deservedly earned from the release of this game. I have never been so happy to be on my feet for so much of the day.