Hey everyone. My name is Hannah and I am the intern here at The Social Television Network. I want to talk a little bit about the newest technological trend that has taken the world by storm. I'm talking about Pokémon Go. As a 90’s kid, I am familiar with the Pokémon craze. I did occasionally watch the TV show and would help my friends collect some of the playing cards. However, I never really got into all of the hype of watching disproportional animated characters with crazy hair run around capturing these innocent creatures, collecting them like trophies, and making them fight each other. Conceptually, it made no sense to me, so I never became a real fan.
As I got older, it seemed like Pokémon became just another past fad that ran its course, something that I was okay with. A few days ago I went onto Facebook and was immediately confused by my friends' posts. My friends were going crazy. All of a sudden Pokémon was cool again. I don’t really know how that happened, but I saw all of my friends were posting statuses about an app called Pokémon Go. After getting past the initial shock that Pokémon had made a miraculous come back, I decided to investigate. I mean, what is Pokémon Go?
I did a lot of extensive googling. I had to know what all of this meant. I first learned Pokémon Go is a free app that is meant to bring 20-somethings dream of living in a world inhabited by Pokémon to reality. Upon reading this, I was somewhat offended. As someone in their 20’s, I can confirm that this was not something that I dreamed of. I am sure there are many people, some even in their early 30’s, who were overjoyed when this app came out, I just was not one of them.
The way this game works is by using augmented reality to hunt for these Pokémon. By doing this, it makes players feel like they live in the world of Pokémon. The app uses the GPS in your phone to help you track these Pokémon critters. So no matter where you are, you can always be on the look out for these fantastical creatures.
The games goal is to collect all of the Pokémon characters by traveling the world. You may hear players using the phrase “gotta catch them all,” in reference to collecting all of the Pokémon. Upon collecting Pokémon, players can train at of their creatures at gyms and practice battling. Again, the point of the game is to catch all of the Pokémon in the world. If you actually have enough time and money to travel the world in order to seek out all of the Pokémon, you automatically win bragging rights and the tittle of Pokémon Master! That’s basically what Pokémon Go is. It seems pretty harmless right?
Well, it seems players have really committed to the game and have been seeking out Pokémon everywhere including trains, bathrooms, parks and beaches. However, some players have really gone out of their way to “catch them all.” Reports of players hunting for Pokémon creatures in inappropriate places have been made. Locations such as cemeteries, war memorials, and even the holocaust museum have been unknowingly housing Pokémon and are drawing in players. Currently, these places are trying to contact the game's developers to try to get their locations taken off the game. While this is wrong, it just goes to show how wildly popular Pokémon is and the commitment fans make to be apart of the Pokémon world.
So now that you know what Pokémon Go is, are you going to download the app and start playing? Maybe? Well if you’re not, that’s okay. You might have read through this blog and be thinking to yourself, I still don’t understand why this is so popular. There is no real point to this. If that’s what you are thinking, you’re probably right. I can’t explain why people are so obsessed with Pokémon. It would be like explaining why people were obsessed with leg warmers and shoulder pads, beanie babies, or even Furbies. There really is no explanation – it just catches on.
Pokémon Go brings back nostalgic memories for those who were big fans and allows a younger generation into the world of Pokémon. Hopefully, now you have a better understanding of Pokémon Go and its growing popularity.
Want to see more? Click here and watch me try to explain Pokémon Go to Eric and Chris.