If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past month or so, you’ll probably be aware of a game called Pokémon Go. I’m not ashamed to say that I’ve been a fan of Pokémon since I was about ten years old and I got a copy of Pokémon Red to take on holiday with me – I guess you could say it was love at first sight, and the feeling never really left. I’ve played every generation of Pokémon game since, and this new evolution is very exciting, so I just wanted to talk about it a little bit.
I love this game. I’ve been following the idea since it was announced by Niantic Labs back in 2015 and honestly, part of me didn’t think it would ever happen – and the part of me that still hoped and dreamed that it would eventually be released did not think for one second that it would be as good as it ended up being. It’s such a huge undertaking – the concept of actually getting off your posterior, going out and catching Pokémon
in the real world based on Google Maps data is such an original spin on a game series that’s been going for over fifteen years. It also lets you feel a little bit closer to your fuzzy, scaly and fishy friends – I’ve nicknamed all of my Pokémon because these are mine, that I caught myself, so obviously I feel more attached to them, despite them just being pixels on a screen. And although you didn’t ask, you can see my six best ones so far over to the left.
I don’t think even Nintendo or Niantic had any idea how popular this game was going to be – as evidenced by the frequent server outages when the game had its soft release in early July. And obviously with notoriety, there will obviously be a wave of negativity because that’s just how our society works; and honestly, I just don’t understand what their problem is. Aside from the obvious health benefits (I have actually lost 4kg since I started playing!) and its implications for the current epidemic of childhood obesity, surely getting kids to go out and play instead of sitting inside glued to a games console or a television is what parents all over the western world have been crying out for?
I’m excited to see how the game develops. As some of you may know, there are currently 721 Pokémon with a further generation to be released in November of this year as part of Pokémon Sun and Moon, but only the original 151 are available in this game, so I would assume that there will be plans to add the next generations as well. As a next generation of the game – if indeed there is to be one – I would love to see a virtual reality version, that would be played with a headset… though obviously there are a lot of safety issues to iron out with that, and it would have to be incredibly popular from the get-go to avoid any sort of embarrassment about wearing a VR headset in public.
But what about you guys? Are you playing the game? What do you think? What’s your favourite Pokémon? Mine are Starmie, Porygon (later Porygon-Z) and Magneton. Leave me a comment down below. And until then, thanks for reading. See you next time.