Heya playa, are you obsessed with Pokémon Go, because I know I am. But would you believe there are people out there who just aren’t convinced enough to play? So to all those Pokémon Go players out there, hit the thumbs up. And to all those who don’t play, I have 5 reasons why you should start playing today.
I’d like to take a few seconds here to explain what Pokémon Go is to the people that don’t really know. Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game that you play on your phone. You travel around to different parks, libraries and churches catching different virtual Pokémon and fighting in different Poké Gyms.
That’s a very general overview though. If you want to learn a little bit more about the game, check out the links below. Now what makes Pokémon Go so freaking awesome is that this is the Pokémon game we’ve been waiting for for years. When Pokémon Red and Blue were first released, we were all so amazed. And yet secretly deep inside, we wanted that actual ability to travel around our schools and catch real Pokémon. And finally now after 20 years, it’s a real thing.
So if you’re not playing Pokémon Go, here are my 5 reasons why you should.
Number 1: Pokémon Go gives you a reason to get out of your house.
There have been tons of articles that I’ll link below that show that Pokémon Go is great for people with depression, anxiety and the fear of leaving their own home. Pokémon Go is working wonders for mental health. The whole purpose of the game is to go outside, to travel across the land, searching far and wide. For many people with mental health issues, sometimes even getting out of bed can be hard. But now that the game has intersected nostalgia, gameplay and social activity, it’s a lot easier for people to go outside.
Number 2: Pokémon Go helps connect people with other like-minded people.
Now I have to admit, at first I thought it would be weird running into other people playing, but when I actually did, it was kind of awesome. Everyone playing has the same goals: to catch rare Pokémon, to level them up and to be the leader of your own gym. And meeting someone else on that journey is super cool.
Whether it’s standing around on a street corner after a lure module has been launched or watching a bunch of people run over to go catch a rare Pokémon, there is a sense of unity that’s shared amongst the community. Everywhere I go, I hear people talking about Pokémon Go. And just hearing them talk about the things that they’ve caught and the different gyms they’ve fought at, makes me really feel like there’s something big going on that we all share.
Number 3: Pokémon Go makes you get up and go exercise.
Along with meeting other people, you have to travel around to catch things. In some cases, that means walking 2, 5 or 10 kilometers just to hatch your Poké Egg or walking up and down different blocks just to catch the rare Pokémon that you see in the bottom right hand corner of your screen. Some people even say that playing Pokémon Go is the most exercise they’ve gotten in a long time and this is something we can all benefit from. Being able to play video games and get a workout in.
Number 4: Pokémon Go builds a sense of camaraderie amongst people.
Whether Team Valor, Team Mystic or Team Instinct you feel like you’re a part of something and you’re fighting for something big. With the Poké Gyms, seeing one that’s owned by your teams and working to defend it and build up their rep really makes you feel like you’re fighting for your team. Not to mention people that you meet in the streets that are part of your team and are fighting to protect that gym, there is no quicker way to build a friendship.
I can’t overlook the fact that fighting against different teams is a competitive thing and might drive people to be a little bit too competitive, but there is something about raiding another teams gym and taking it over that feels so good.
Number 5: Pokémon Go opens you up to a world of landmarks that you never even noticed before.
One awesome thing that Pokémon Go has done is that it’s highlighted landmarks in my neighborhood that I never noticed before that I no regularly pay attention to.
From wall murals, to statues to park signs, these are things I’ve never really noticed before. But now that Pokémon Go has marked them as Poké Stops, I always regularly stop at them, check them out and admire them a little bit. Sure, most of my attention is focused inside the game but now that Pokémon Go has highlighted all these different Poké Stops and landmarks around me, I actually go out of my way to find them and to see what they actually look like. Areas I’ve completely breezed past before are now an open world for me to explore. What do you think, do you play Pokémon Go?
Have you had any run ins with other real life players before? Leave your comments below and we’ll talk about it.
You know, it’s been a while since something like this has come out that has really brought in so many diverse groups of people together. I think right now in time represents a really cool moment in history. It’s a moment we all share and can all collectively experience. So for those of you out there who still don’t want to play Pokémon Go, there’s always Bejeweled and Candy Crush.