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The Phenomenon that is Pokémon Go

7/18/2016 11:05 AM

I have heard people EVERYWHERE on the radio, television, family and friends all talk about this. I have also seen groups of people walking together around parks, neighborhoods, city or town streets, everywhere they can possibly go to "catch 'em all."

Yes, I think you know what I'm talking about: It's Pokémon Go.

And yes, I am proud to say that I play this game, and I was ADDICTED right away. I have been a fan of Pokémon since it first came out. I have watched the TV show, the movies, collected the cards, played the video games, etc. Like a lot of other kids, it was basically my childhood.

When I commute to New York City and walk to work, I cannot tell you how many people I see playing this game. It makes sense though, because the city is a MAJOR area to find all kinds of Pokémon that may be harder to find elsewhere. There are Pokestops at basically EVERY block so you can get free Pokeballs, eggs, potions, revives, etc. Pokelures (used to attract many Pokémon to a certain area for a half hour) are used in A LOT of areas. The Pokémon Gyms (the one that I see the most is the New York Times building) constantly hold battles and changes colors for teams red, blue, and yellow very often.

There have been both bad and good things that have come out of this, and it hasn't even been that long since the release of this game! On the bad side, people are very distracted. Whether it's driving while playing, biking while playing, or walking and playing, people seem to not pay a lot of attention to the warning that ALWAYS appears when the game loads, which is to BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS. 

On the good side, this game has helped businesses GROW if they are considered a "hot spot" for either finding Pokémon or battling a gym. It also has gotten kids to GET OUTSIDE more often, spend time with friends, and get some exercise through walking. And, being that the release of this game was in the summertime, it gives kids all the more reason to be outdoors.

Despite the problems this game either has (like the server crashing at times) or has caused, it has become VERY POPULAR, VERY FAST. The timing was perfect, and fans all over the world are pretty happy that their life long dream of being able to become Pokémon trainers has come true.

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