I honestly didn’t think Pokémon Go would be as big as it is. I didn’t realize it would be mentioned on major news outlets, so all I can say is kudos to Nintendo/Niantic/Game Freak (or whichever entity/entities developed the game) for quite possibly creating a Pokémon renaissance twenty years after the original games came out in Japan.
I have not played Pokémon Go, and I have no intention of doing so, mainly because the idea of wandering around with my head glued to my phone is repugnant. I do think that the game could be great for kids because it will encourage them to get out of the house, get some exercise, and possibly meet new friends while trying to become “the very best, like no one ever was.” (However, parental supervision is obviously a necessity.)
In a way, the new “augmented reality” genre of the game reminds me of the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, where animated characters are superimposed into real-world landscapes. Only now with Pokémon Go, you can harness the power of these cartoonish images and have a truly interactive experience with other players, thus erasing the stereotype that video game players can be found only in dark, grungy basements. It’ll be interesting to see what other augmented reality games or programs are developed in the future.
Have you played Pokémon Go? What do you think?