Right from the start I am a Pokemon idiot …. No clue no concept on this game or any other video game. My buddy Willy plays Railway Conductor 12 hours a day and it baffles me.
How this all started was I noticed a bunch of cars late at night parked at the Discovery Centre so I called Brandon Police Service and the woman says “oh I bet they are playing Pokemon” …. Once again baffled.
1 – Tinder is one of the worlds most used APP’s …. Pokemon in the last 7 days has blown them out of the water with almost double the numbers that Tinder would normally have.
2 – Local Best Buy can not keep enough external batteries on their shelves because people need more battery power for their phones when they use their GPS.
3 – FBI and CIA are loving this because they can trace criminals better when they play the game ( yup sounds crazy I know ). FBI officials say they can track their steps legally now.
4 – Local Vancouver Hells Angel clubhouse was a surprise Pokemon Go Gym stop ( not sure what that means ).
5 – Nintendo shares increased 115% in the last week.
So today I went to Discovery Centre to see what the hype is all about.
BDNMB – Explain to me how many hours will you spend on this?
Mike – 4 hours today ….. I work during the day so I do this at night.
BDNMB – Is this addictive?
Lisa Van De Kercouve – yes for sure the Pokemon jump out and it is great and you are out and about.
BDNMB – have you done something like this before?
Brianna Dyck – I enjoy this very much and my friends at school love this.
BDNMB – are you worried about data charges?
Rebecca Porteous – when I first heard about it I was against it but all my friends were on it and everyone is really enjoying it.
BDNMB – is this a flash n the pan?
Rebeeca Porteous-It will taper off for sure when you end up capturing a super rare Pokemon then you will be Elite.
BDNMB – Pokemon idiot whats an Elite Pokemon?
Mike – rare spawn that you have that your friends won’t have.
BDNMB – when did you start this Pokemon thing?
Chris Tataryn – since I was 10 years old and have been playing the game for a week and I go for an hour walk each day.
BDNMB – interesting to see kids walking around and they are out and about.
Chris – some people will hate it because they hate new things….. Sure its a stupid video game but at least people are out.
BDNMB – people are doing something other than being trapped in front of their phones and screens at home.
Chris – for sure its fun and I have been a fan my entire life its entertaining and a reason to go outside.
BDNMB – this is what you expected?
Jarred Murray – the game is getting better but I am enjoying it.
BDNMB – how much time do you spend at it?
Jarred – 4 hours at a time at night with friends
BDNMB – have you met people?
Jarred – I have had lots of interactions.
BDNMB – do your friends Facebook and text about this?
Kylie – its amongst our friends so we plan to go out and do and we communicate and lots of fun.
BDNMB – do you feel like you are more social?
Kylie – I get out more with friends that's really nice.
Bottom line is perhaps people will get out of their homes and actually meet people face to face and that is a huge positive in my opinion.
Darryl for BDNMB.CA