In case you missed it, this week saw the release of 'PokemonGo' in the UK. An augmented reality smart phone game, this little app is causing quite the stir with stories of people getting lost in caves, being mugged or simply being mercilessly mocked on social media for having the temerity to actually play the game.
When I first heard about this game I was a little confused. I remember playing Pokemon when it first came out on the Gameboy about 20yrs ago. It was alright, a bit of fun and a good way to spend some time but nothing special. I was more of a Championship Manager fan but that's not really the point of this blog post so I'll push on before getting too geeky...
Anyway, I didn't really understand what the point of the game was. So rather than making stupid remarks on Facebook or Twitter, I thought I'd download it myself and see what the fuss was about.
Essentially it's a geocaching game where people have to search for and 'catch' Pokemon in the local area. Not that I've done it yet, but i also understand that you can collect eggs that you then have to walk a certain distance to hatch.
I can only see the positives of this. If we're honest, this game is aimed at kids but it seems there are just as many adults playing it at the moment! I'm not going to get into whether or not adults 'should' be playing games (although frankly I don't see why the fuss with this but Candy Crush is fine) but what I do want to point out is the amount of people that are going outside and actually getting some exercise by playing this game.
I don't see where the harm is in that.
In fact, I think it's absolutely fantastic. I do believe that this kind of 'game' could be a welcome addition in the fight against obesity. With the addition of 'gyms' where groups of players meet to battle this will this encourage people to not only get out and do some walking but there will also be a social element to it as well.
Seeing comments about people being 'zombies' or 'sad' for playing this game is just a bit pathetic. If someone can come up with a decent reason as to why this game is actually a bad idea, let me know. If someone can come up with a decent reason as to why it's OK to mock people that do want to combine playing a game and getting some exercise at the same time, let me know.
Or, if you don't like it, suck it up and move on. People will soon get bored but maybe, just maybe, they'll have built up some habits and they'll carry on walking and exploring the local area. So grow up and don't play it if you don't want to or grow up and do play, get some easy & cheap exercise and have fun exploring.