Pokemon Go

on Jul 23, 2016 @ 01:15 pm

What are your thoughts on Pokemon Go? 

I think it's great getting so many people out of their houses, walking around. I played pokemon games and watched the TV show as a kid so I was already familiar with the characters and story. I think it's a fun game and I know I've been doing much more walking since I downloaded the game. 

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. on Jul 23, 2016 @ 03:56 pm

I thought it was a fantastic idea at first as well and then you see all of these stories on tv of people getting in car accidents and walking into traffic because they aren't paying attention.

. on Jul 23, 2016 @ 06:53 pm

Don't let the increased amount of exercise fool you. This is mind control at its finest and sneakiest. I say this because the minute technology is doing the thinking for you, controlling where your feet go, you know society/humanity has hit an all time low. This game has been leading people towards so many dangers. Just a few days ago, police were called to deal with pedestrians blocking traffic in the downtown area of my city. It literally looked like a swarm of bees coming out of the hive. Gotta catch that Pokeman, but who cares if I get hit by a car or cause an accident! What's wrong with this picture? It's like a zombie apocalypse of sorts. Is instant gratification of getting rewarded for catching a fictional character more important than protecting your life and that of others?

The week it first came out, I told my family that I wouldn't be surprised if people started walking off cliffs playing this game. Low and behold, the very next day, they announced that two people did just that. The best part is, Nintendo has so many disclosures that won't hold them accountable in the event that someone gets hurt or dies in the process, so it's all the responsibility of the user. How many people actually read through the whole disclosure before playing the game?

Another thing I find disturbing is the fact that these Pokeman can be found in places of worship, study and on the private property of others. Is nothing sacred anymore?! There should be a fine line drawn as to what should be acceptable or not, but people are too consumed with that instant gratification to even care. What kind of culture are we developing in our society because of this? Is it right to walk on someone's private property, even into their homes in some cases, just for a game?

I'm sorry if this is a little deep, but I believe that sometimes we can get distracted from the truth and the truth here is that the only thing this game is doing is dumbing down our species. There's absolutely nothing stopping people from getting exercise, just pure laziness or health conditions beyond one's control. Pokémon Go's explanation of it being a motivation to get up and move is just an excuse. There's something deeper behind this whole phenomenon. It's a matter of truly understanding its real effects and when a game isn't just a game.


Well... on Jul 23, 2016 @ 07:30 pm

I suffer from agoraphobia, but I left the house twice last week to go to pokestops. It's something families and couples can do together.

As for the negatives, yes there will always be idiots ruining it for everybody, but that's true for everything and I feel like complaining about that or only pointing out the negatives is like doing the same for video games and the internet and not looking at the whole picture. So in that regard I, unfortunately, have to totally disagree with prettyrainbow.

Since playing Pokemon Go I joined the library for the first time as an adult, despite being a voracious reader and discovered an art show there too. Many of the pokestops are public art or spaces people don't realise are close to them.

I'm hearing all sorts of stories about people with anxiety and mental health issues making friends and being able to get out there with the help of this game, so I honestly think the good outweighs the bad. It might be an excuse to get outside that people are capable of doing without Pokemon Go, but honestly, sometimes when you're struggling or nervous or shy, you need that excuse. Feeling accepted as part of a community immediately helps you to overcome those hurdles (the same acceptance that church goers and other communities have found through their social outlets).

There are even groups dedicated to picking up trash as you walk for Pokemon Go and shelter dogs are being walked and adopted because of it.

I think it's a great force for good in the world and as the hype passes by and becomes less urgent, the people who are disrespectful and not taking care will move on, leaving behind a great tool for families and anti-social fans.

I think if you look at any tool or phenomenon it's easy to see the negative and write the whole thing off, but something like Pokemon Go needs to be looked at as a whole, beyond the scaremongering and fear or technology, I see that it's bringing people together.

I know there are also a lot of families out there able to bond over a shared interest between parents and kids.

So for me it's a definite good and while it hasn't been quite as big of a motivational tool as it was the first week I played, it gives me another reason to get out. It also means people aren't paying attention to me when I do go out and makes me less nervous.

I disagree that it's distracting to the degree that most people notice nothing. I've been taking so many pictures of amazing art, just because Pokemon has led me in that direction.

And honestly, take away the pokemon and it's not really any different from Geocaching, just looking for creatures instead of caches. If Geocaching had seen this kind of fanbase, you'd see the same problems.

wonderwhatif on Jul 23, 2016 @ 10:15 pm

Yes, it's very true that the game has tons of positive outcomes, there's absolutely no doubt about that. If it does help people socialize and get healthy, then I can't say that this factor in itself is not good - it is. If playing Pokémon Go is a strategy that is making your agoraphobia more manageable, then in no way am I trying to discredit it as a means for you to be able to feel more comfortable in public. Do what you need to do in order to get better.

With that being said, what I was trying to say was that I have more of a general concern as to where this is ultimately leading. What I'm more worried about is how much our society is being molded into relying on technology for us to be able to do the things that should come natural to us as a species. Why did we come to need a game like Pokémon to actually walk outdoors or go to the library? Those are things we should be doing on a daily basis on our own. To think that we need a game to encourage us to do this is what I find worrisome. I don't think it's scaremongering, but rather a reality we should face before our species becomes so reliant on technology, we won't be able to think for ourselves nor develop and grow.

What I'm seeing is a backwards society. Did we need technology to encourage us to be active 20-30 years ago? Why now? I think it teaches future generations the wrong message and it's contradictive to our natural way of being. I know we need to move with the times, but where do we draw the line?


... on Jul 23, 2016 @ 11:30 pm

If people enjoy it that's good. I myself am not interested, not really into games and would rather do other things with my time.

. on Jul 24, 2016 @ 01:53 am

I agree with @prettyrainbow, I thought of downloading the game because it will force me out of the house and go for walks. I thought about the danger and went against it. Prettyrainbow is right, if going for a walk will help better my mental health, I think I should force myself to go out for walks naturally.

So many people are into this game, it's not even funny. Everyone was swarming around a mall in my city, it was insane! Yes, if people enjoy it, than that's good. I have to steer clear before I acquire an addiction. :)

Oh boy on Jul 24, 2016 @ 04:48 pm

My 16 year old son has this game and I laughed at him at first but he is seriously addicted to it. It is true that there are some places at. Churches my son told me there was a few at the church around the corner and the elementary school. He thankfully doesn't have internet on his iPhone once he leaves. Can you imagine what data charges people could get ? I'm not a huge fan of Pokemon having had 2 of my kids obsess over it was more than enough for me. So because my son has no data on his phone he has found some other app that allows him to not have to leave the house to play it which I'm greatful for. I'm not keen on apps having such control over our phones personally or even our life. I suppose I just have started by saying I at one point was a FarmVille fan and it started to take over so I quick cold turkey beat decision I ever made lol. I guess my point is sometimes these mind dumbing games can be addicting

Pokemon Go on Jul 24, 2016 @ 07:42 pm

I must say,this is quite the conversation you have going on here Ladies.Even though it all sounds very interesting to read,I myself and I do mean and speak for myself,think ,to each his own.I am not interested in Pokemon Go or any other game.I don't play games,having said that,I still have my fun other ways.I like what I am doing now,but I'm not addicted.I really don't know what this world is coming to it changes so fast.I think it is starting to get a little scary because,you don't know what's next.I say,thank God we don't.I'm not a serious person and I love fun like the next but sometimes,we have to put our foot down and say no.

... on Jul 25, 2016 @ 12:06 am

I won't even try, just in case I get so crazy, I don't have that kind of time to be wasting it like that. Besides, people are going way too crazy about this game.

. on Jul 25, 2016 @ 11:25 am

I like this discussion and I find it interesting hearing everyone's opinions. I like hearing what people have to say about it, the positive and the negative. Maybe I tend to be more optimistic about things, but I really do see more positive than negative with the game. I think it can be great to get out and see nature, landmarks in your community, socialize with other like-minded people, and the biggest benefit I see is that it is increasing physical activity for many people.

I think Pokemon Go is more for people who enjoy games or video games and people who don't enjoy these games will find that it may not be for them. The way I feel about it is, what is better? Playing a video game in your basement alone sitting on the couch, or playing a video game outside, walking around, getting some exercise? I think going outside playing the video game is MUCH more healthy. We have an obesity academic that people don't seem to want to address, instead they want to find fault in other things, such as technology. I would be surprised to see people find fault with someone going to practice with a soccer ball outdoors in the evenings, but why are they so quick to judge someone who spends the same amount of time playing a pokemon game outdoors in the evenings?

I think the game is a great way to promote physical activity. Some people like playing sports, some people like going to the gym... but not everyone enjoys these activities. For the people who enjoy video games, this is a great way to promote physical activity. There are guidelines that the government gives Canadians about how much physical activity they should have included in a healthy lifestyle. Only a small percentage of Canadian were meeting the recommended guidelines for physical activity, and most Canadians found the guidelines to be unattainable, so a few years ago, they had to lower the recommended amount of physical activity so Canadians could have a chance to reach the goal. The old guidelines suggested adults should be getting 60 mins of physical activity per day. The new guidelines suggest adults should be getting 150 mins of physical activity per week.... which equals about 20 minutes per day. Isn't that crazy that the guidelines went from suggesting 60 minutes per day to 20 minutes per day?? And there are so many Canadians who are still very far from reaching the new recommendations for physical activity!! If a pokemon game can get people out and moving for at least 20 minutes per day, I see that as a very good thing! If it can get people out for 60 minutes a day, that's even better! I think the real point is, that it doesn't matter so much what kind of activity you like that gets you moving, it matters that you find something that you enjoy that will help better your health.

Of course, the game isn't for everyone. Just like hockey isn't for everyone. Or not everyone enjoys jogging, or dancing, or swimming, or biking. We all have things we enjoy or don't enjoy. We have to find those things we like and can get us moving and healthy. But I do think this game is a really neat concept and I think it is a leap forward for technology and video game design.

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