It’s crazy how a little app on a phone can take over the world in just a few days. This week, Pokémon Go became bigger than Tinder; even although it was not available in as many countries. By the way, if you haven’t downloaded it yet don’t worry, this text wont go too deep on the details of the application. I wanted to talk to you about the general hype surrounding the game.
If you used social medias this week, I’m sure you realized it; Pokémon Go is viral. Zombie apocalypse level of viral. It’s on the feed of every platforms you can browse. I’ve even seen adult versions of the game, and NO, I don’t mean 18+ version of Pokémon (those were already, let’s say, unsettling popular); I mean actual porn parodies of the game.
It’s everywhere. The message boards, memes and I’ve seen my first T-shirt of Team Valor the other day. And that’s the point of my text this week. IT’S TAKING OVER REAL LIFE (And I’m ok with that)
Quick recap of my experience. On the first day I heard that the game wasn’t available in Canada yet. I know how the Internet works, so I came online to find a way to ”bypass” Google store and get the application. Bingo! First step done! I can now be the very best.
I caught my first Pokémon (a Charmander named Hyper) in the bathtub. The memories man. The memories. It was like catching my first Charmander 20 years ago. I have a text on that actually, let’s see…oh! There it is right there, click this link yo.
Doing more research online I found out that nobody in my group of friends knew how to get the app. A quick Facebook post later (and 50+ likes and hundreds of comments) and we were a small army. Friends asking me questions, old classmates talking to me after years of silence for questions about the app, and even family members (my aunt wanted a Pikachu). I became the reference overnight; the only problem, I don’t actually know much of everything about the game. And that’s the cool thing! NOBODY KNOWS ANYTHING YET. We were all learning stuff together, and we still are!
Friend : There is an Oddish here.
Me : Alright cool, let’s catch it! *spinning the ball to do a curve ball*
Friend : YOU CAN DO THAT!?!?!?!
I was in a bar after a show Saturday and we went exploring for Pokémon in the streets, isn’t that awesome? Like a real hunt! Like we imagined when we were 8 years old.
I know that in a week or two everything will calm down – the game will still be played but we won’t be flooded like we are now. The next big thing will come and go as usual. The next killer app will take over and it will all start again. But let’s focus on this one for now. Savor the moment. Enjoy every piece.
This week I went everyday to a small Gym with two Pokéstop. It’s five minutes away from home and since I’m bad at throwing curve balls I need to go there often to refill. While walking (or taking my girlfriend’s bike, let’s be honest) I came across other trainers. I’m in a somewhat small town so I thought I would be the only one going there. I still can’t believe it. So many people play that ”unavailable” game.
One night it was kinda late and there was a girl coming my way on her bike. At first she stopped when she saw me, maybe fearing that I was a weirdo. Seeing that I’ve called out: ”I’m looking for a Bulbasaur, don’t worry, I’m not a creep!”. Never I thought I’d say that out loud in my life. (And of course she came and we caught it together).
I think that sort of app will bring people together. So many apps did the opposite in the past years. I really love hearthstone but when I’m playing, I’m closing myself from the outside world.
Pokémon got us to go outside, socialize, discover, learn, play…ect.
The game is not perfect, but it’s the game that we needed on cellphones. I’ll leave you with this, because there is a Jigglypuff across the street. Gotta catch what I can.