Please excuse twelve-year-old me screaming internally, but I simply can not contain my excitement. I can remember trading and battling in the school playground, staying out a few minutes past the bell because we just had to finish our intense battles to win the best and be the best there ever was. I remember the card game was such a huge thing that our local dollar stores sold them. Downside was they were selling fake cards. Nonetheless, our childhoods were amazing even if Pokemon was all some of us had. Now a bridge seems to have been gapped between those who grew up with the original 151 to the younger generations who can make fun of me for not really being savvy to the newest ones that have been added since my childhood days. I love feeling so free and happy in my adulthood because of Pokemon GO since I can run around catching Pokemon with my 10-year-old. Seriously this game is bringing people together and I can not be any happier.

Since Pokemon Go has launched people have been getting out in the world to catch them all, even those in the hot Arizona desert where I reside. I have been surrounded with Rattata, Ekans, Pidgey, and Growlithe in my neighborhood. Lucky for me there is a park across the street from my house with three Pokestops and a gym, so catching new Pokemon and leveling up is easy. From my understanding, what’s common in some areas are never often seen in others. Water types are few and far between where I live. To get those you need to travel to parks with ponds or head to one of our local lakes. Honestly the only water type I currently have is a Squirtle that hatched from an egg. Eggs are another thing that I just adore about the game. It gives you another reason to get out and about in the world if there just doesn’t seem to be any good Pokemon around. I usually just open the app and then run errands by foot if where I need to go is close enough where I won’t melt in the heat. I have hatched around 8 eggs and the only things I got worth mentioning is the Squirtle and Jigglypuff. But those were 2km and 5km eggs. I have three 10km eggs that I am just itching to hatch since those seem to hold the best options.

Pokemon Go

Since the apps launch most of the feedback has been extremely positive and well received by the public, but of course it hasn’t been perfect and some people have found ways to turn a beautiful thing into something of malicious intent using the lures at Pokestops to bring unsuspecting trainers into a trap to rob them. That’s why the buddy system is key to hopefully detour these attempts. Remember friends, Ash doesn’t travel alone so neither should you! Friends is part of what makes this game come alive. Almost every night at the park nearby you will see people walking around in circles going from Pokestop to Pokestop catching and leveling up so they can take over the Gym that bounces between the three team colors like a personal light show. Most of the time we are all in our own world, but every so often in the dark someone will shout out the name of a Pokemon and where in the park it showed up. We are slowly becoming our own little communities that are bonded by imaginary pocket monsters all over the world. It’s beautiful really. Not only are friendships blooming we are also healing ourselves from our mental illness. I was so overcome with emotion reading about the many people talking about how Pokemon Go has made them feel strong enough to get out of bed to face the world and once again become part of it. Who knows we might bring the world together one Pokemon at a time.

 

Autumn Barger covers Entertainment for MFST, you can follow her on twitter @wolvesnrubies.

 

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