Pokemon GO is a mobile Pokemon game where you get off your butt and run around the neighborhood/city/country in order to find and capture Pokemon in the “real world.” It’s become somewhat of a phenomenon overnight, but I still hesitate to try it…
Rachel and I are definitely Pokemon fanatics. I personally have been playing the games since they came out for the GameBoy Color way back in late nineties. We were definitely among the excited crowd when Pokemon GO was announced!
Yet, neither one of us have downloaded the game since it came out a couple of days ago.
Granted, I’ve been hearing tons of feel-good stories regarding the game, most notably due to the fact that many credit it with getting them to go outside and not only exercise but also greet and talk to others, meeting fellow Pokemon lovers who, without the game, would have been merely strangers. Our brother-in-law has showed off his game, and it doesn’t look bad at all. It definitely sounds like a great social game, if nothing else.
However, there are a plethora of reasons as to why we haven’t downloaded the game yet. The first issue is the fact that it utterly drains your phone’s battery. I don’t have the option of carrying around an extra cell battery with me (which was seriously one of the suggestions I found when hunting down tips and tricks with the game).
Another reason is that I hear the servers are glitchy. Of course, that may be due to everyone and their mother downloading and playing the game. Still, for a game that eats the battery power with fickle servers makes me hesitate to download it.
The addiction to the game that so many others have found is another reason. I know, despite any other issues, that I’ll end up being glued to my phone, searching around for any new Pokemon to add to my collection. I don’t want to risk being late to work because I spent my lunch break chucking pokeballs at a Clefairy hiding in my yard.
Rachel and I will download the game at some point to give it a shot — we’re too nerdy enough not to. Have any of you downloaded and played the game? Do you think we’re silly for waiting a bit longer? I’d love to read any comments and opinions about Pokemon GO!