Hello, my name is Jollyrandom…
and I’m addicted to PokemonGo.
What is this cultural phenomenon, and why does it seem so familiar?
Pokemon became part of our lives in 1996, marking this year as the 20th Anniversary of the series.
It began with Pokemon- the First Generation, which was released on the GameBoy. This saw the genesis of Pocket Monsters Red and Green, followed by Pokemon Blue. This was all between the years of 1996 and 1999.
The first generation of games introduced the original 151 species of Pokemon and as time continued, more were added to the list.
These celebrities make a refreshed appearance in Niantic, Inc’s Pokemon Go (the effects of which we’ll discuss a little later)!
The generations continued, until the 7th generation (which is right now), with Pokemon Sun and Moon anticipated for release in November.
Here is a Timeline of all the games released by Nintendo from the companies first game in 1996, until now.
So how is Pokemon attracting new fans?
Pokemon Go is in an incredible smart phone application, that is bringing people together across the globe! It uses Google Maps to use your real location and augmented reality to make wild Pocket Monsters appear in the real world.
Lets localise the sensation to the central west.
To give an example of how big this game is becoming in the central west, I’ll first need to explain what a lure is.
A Lure Module is a item that can be attached to a Pokestop in order to attract wild Pokemon. A Pokestop is a place of significance, that when visited, will give a player rewards, such as extra Pokeballs or eggs. Putting a lure on a stop will also attract people.
Below is a screenshot of all the Pokestops at Machattie Park, in Bathurst. Note that they are pink, that means that players have used Lures to attract Pokemon.
Pokemon Go is having an unbelievable effect on the world. This is evident by how many people were at the park on the day I took that screenshot.
My brother begged me to pull over, after he saw the amount of lures placed and to humor him (and potentially catch something awesome), I did. I made friends that afternoon. I had conversations, shared cheeky glances, and giggled at strangers who missed their initial catch.
This game is bringing people together.
Sure, the game brings with it some dangers, such as hunting while driving, or being careless while staring at a phone screen, but this app is more than that.
It’s a revolution that is bringing all sorts of people together.
It’s starting conversations with people I never would have spoken to otherwise. It’s allowing my friends and I to have strange, night time adventures, out in the winter cold. It’s the motivation to exercise, to hang out with younger siblings, and to walk around the park.
It allows me to joke with the kids in my neighborhood, that I found more Pokemon then them.
“You’re older!!” They yell.
And we laugh and I teach them all the tricks I’ve picked up along the way.
Some people have a lot of negative things to say about technology, but I think this is something I will look back on when I’m older, and reminisce about.
It’s bringing the community together, and I’m proud of that.