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Pokémon Go







My kids were and are big Pokémon fans, and I have great affection for the game and creatures. I was closeted at home, working, when Pokémon Go went live, but on Monday, when I got out to do stuff in town, I saw crowds of people running around, chasing unseen-to-me things with their phones. The excitement and enthusiasm--so infectious! I felt like I'd stumbled upon a festival, a festival of clairvoyants, for whom a whole nother world is present that I'm unable to perceive. I couldn't stop smiling. I assume the craze for it will wear off, but right now it's great.

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queenoftheskies
Jul. 13th, 2016 01:57 pm (UTC)
I love it. So much fun! I've been hunting down Pokémon with my kids and we've met so many nice people at parks and yesterday, at the mall.

When someone finds something cool, they want to share with everyone else and that makes it exciting.
asakiyume
Jul. 13th, 2016 01:58 pm (UTC)
Such an awesome way to bring people together--I love it!
haikujaguar
Jul. 13th, 2016 02:17 pm (UTC)
I am hanging out at the day hobby with my coworkers and in our building's courtyard is an enormous and very hotly contested gym. We can watch it change teams just by staring at the phone for a few seconds. The sense that while we are calmly having coffee and discussing web server stuff, this intense battle for possession of our building is going on RIGHT BELOW US and we can't see or sense it is wild. :D
asakiyume
Jul. 13th, 2016 02:54 pm (UTC)
Yes, you're sideline characters in a world- (or at least gym- ) shaking battle!
thewronghands
Jul. 13th, 2016 04:54 pm (UTC)
Hah, this is fantastic. I love the idea of alternate reality games in general, but it's particularly fun to see lots of people at once really getting into it.
asakiyume
Jul. 13th, 2016 05:05 pm (UTC)
I just heard a great news story--some folks were playing Pokémon Go in their (postindustrial, somewhat depressed) city's downtown, and in addition to finding Pokémon, they kept on noticing historical markers and interesting buildings and so on. So now the historical society is hosting a catch-Pokémon-and-learn-about-your-city walk ^_^
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gracegiver
Jul. 13th, 2016 11:51 pm (UTC)
It's refreshing to read a positive comment about what we're seeing out there. There seems to be so much worrying going on!
asakiyume
Jul. 14th, 2016 01:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, it sounds like some people are being silly (playing while driving), but seeing the folks out playing the game as it's intended is just wonderful.
pdlloyd
Jul. 14th, 2016 12:40 am (UTC)
I'm loving all the fun stories about people playing this game. It feels like the future happening because I can totally imagine a story set on a space station or on another world in which a game like this is played. But, it also feels like Faerie has suddenly invaded, and only those with The Sight can see the newcomers. Exciting, but with an edge of danger, too, if only for the way in which so much has changed so quickly.

Earlier today I read a story from a mother with a child with autism, who was thrilled with the way this story had her usually reticent and stoic child chattering happily with complete strangers, young and old. Such joy!

Yesterday, it was a story of a middle-aged man who couldn't sleep. So, he downloaded the app and went pokemon hunting on darkened city streets, winding up in an urban park. There, he encountered two young men who directed him to new finds. But, soon, a police officer was there, certain that it was a drug deal that had a 40-something white man interacting with a couple of black youths at 3 a.m. in the park. This story has a happy ending. The unlikely threesome were able to convince the officer of the beneficent nature of their presence. In fact, they were so convincing that he downloaded the app and was immediately enthusiastic about the game.

But, despite enjoying the delight of so many, I can't help but see the potential for trouble. Perhaps it's the resemblance to what I imagine might be a child's reaction to the call of the fairies, as in Yeats' poem, "The Stolen Child."

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Edited at 2016-07-14 12:40 am (UTC)
asakiyume
Jul. 14th, 2016 01:39 pm (UTC)
Oh that story about the cop and the players is so, so encouraging. I hope that makes it far and wide, because we really do need stories of goodwill like that. And how encouraging and cheering about the child with autism, too. Such great stories. Thank you.

When you say potential for trouble, you mean like kidnapping? It's true that there are always people who will try to take advantage of others, but hopefully that won't happen any more frequently through this game than it already does.
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teenybuffalo
Jul. 14th, 2016 02:39 am (UTC)
There's a corner park near my house, and when I biked past it last night at eleven p.m. I saw about fifty people in various small groups crowded into it, whispering together, heads bent over their phones. It was delightful--yes, I did feel like I was witnessing a clairvoyants' meetup group.
asakiyume
Jul. 14th, 2016 01:42 pm (UTC)
I don't want to actually play the game, but I love being around others who are playing it, and I wouldn't mind accompanying someone who was playing it. So fun!
khiemtran
Jul. 14th, 2016 09:42 am (UTC)
The whole Pokémon Go thing makes me smile. I love seeing infectious enthusiasm and people going out and doing things spontaneously together (benevolent things, anyway). It was also highly amusing watching my Facebook feed this week alternate between people mocking adults for taking part in what they considered a children's activity and cheering on grown men kicking a leather ball around a grassy rectangle.
asakiyume
Jul. 14th, 2016 01:44 pm (UTC)
I love seeing infectious enthusiasm and people going out and doing things spontaneously together (benevolent things, anyway). --Yes! Exactly this.

And too right about the leather ball on the grassy rectangle!
yamamanama
Jul. 14th, 2016 11:36 pm (UTC)
I thought about #pokemonabook but then I realized I can't actually name any pokemon. Except for Pikachu, who isn't a pika at all but a mouse.
asakiyume
Jul. 18th, 2016 03:54 am (UTC)
If they have a pika, they'll have to give it a name with "mouse" in it to keep the balance...
roseneko
Jul. 15th, 2016 01:46 am (UTC)
Although I'm not a player myself, I'm entertained by the concept - and if my friends list is anything to go by, it's a lighthearted collaborative distraction at a time when it was very much needed. I think what makes me laugh the most, though, is the similarity to the imagination games we all (I hope?) played as kids. "Don't step there, Mom, there's a Rattata! He'll bite you! Quick, let me catch him!"
asakiyume
Jul. 18th, 2016 03:55 am (UTC)
Definitely a similarity!
browngirl
Jul. 15th, 2016 06:47 am (UTC)
I was just about to post about this. I've been loving what I've been reading about it, even in complicated ways.
asakiyume
Jul. 18th, 2016 03:56 am (UTC)
I'm interested in the complications, if you feel like going into them (as and when--only when/if you feel up to it)
yamamanama
Jul. 17th, 2016 01:22 am (UTC)
Off topic but you'll be happy to know both Amy Kucharik and Atlas Lab are working on new albums.
asakiyume
Jul. 18th, 2016 03:57 am (UTC)
Excellent! How about Rose Polenzani? I'd like her to produce more, too.
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xjenavivex
Jul. 17th, 2016 03:14 am (UTC)

That's really cool

asakiyume
Jul. 18th, 2016 03:57 am (UTC)
Have you seen folks playing in your neck of the woods?
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moron_reloaded
Jul. 18th, 2016 01:09 pm (UTC)

This is such a happy post. Thank you! :)



Edited at 2016-07-18 01:09 pm (UTC)
asakiyume
Jul. 18th, 2016 08:54 pm (UTC)
My pleasure! A little more joy is a good thing.
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