I’m not going to get into what Pokemon Go is, because the app is already surpassing Instagram and Twitter. I was reluctant to write about it because I hate jumping on the hype train but I can’t resist. I was extremely excited about this game last year, but didn’t think it would become so insanely popular that I find myself constantly bumping into people who are also playing… because I’m actually getting out of the house on a consistent basis and looking forward to it.
I discovered this really pretty rest stop with a water fountain I must’ve passed a thousand times and enjoy opening modules and watching other Trainers flock.
I’m pretty introverted, and when I say I have no social life I mean it. Unless you count the small talk I have with my apartment manager who is also a gamer when I drop off the rent check, or the barista at my Starbucks drive thru. 100% of my social life is online through gaming and Twitter. I work from home, work for myself, and aside from a couple of e-mails per month to my editor, that’s my limit of social interaction. I also have no family nearby and I do my best to dodge holidays. Goddamn Bird Flu!
However, this past week has been pretty intense. I went for a hike near the river in my area and chatted with almost 10 people within 2 hours who were also Pokemon hunting. We were all searching for water type Pokemon, and some of us were exchanging tips on where we found certain ones. I didn’t quite catch many water type… but I did catch a Ponyta galloping on the sparkling river which wasn’t expected.
I got so excited during my adventure because I found a wild Snorlax. I even yelled, “OMG SNORLAX!” Thank god a fat weeabo (literally me) didn’t walk past because I wasn’t in the mood to have someone level up on my ass and call me a fat shamer. You know how Peter Griffen thinks out loud? That’s been me this week thanks to Pokemon Go.
I see what you did there…
Yesterday I was waiting in line at my local grocer because the self check out was out of service, and the cashier said to the gentleman in front of me, ” I know you aren’t playing Pokemon in my line!” He promptly turns over to me and humorously accuses, “So is she!” The gentleman had confessed that Pokemon Go had improved his mood and for the first time in a few years he’s been out of his house. That made me legitimately happy for him and I wished him all the best.
A Wild Amby Appears
I’ve had quite a few short and semi-long conversations regarding Pokemon since the game launched here in the U.S. and I admit, it’s been nice getting even more exercise, some much needed sunshine, having a mental break outside and socializing a bit. I love the universal bond so many of us share and would be unaware of if we were simply passing each other faceless while we run our errands. I’ve been learning more about my district than I knew existed. Psyduck has me taking midnight walks around my block too! “Psy! Psy! Psy! Psy! Psy! *promptly waddles away*
Thanks Pokemon Go! Be safe trainers and have fun okay?