Pokémon, also known as Pocket Monsters, is a brand that consists of merchandise, television shows, games, and movies. What started off as a little child’s hobby of catching insects in the back yard has grown into a huge media franchise.
Pokémon skyrocketed after its first video game debut. Game Freak released a series of video games for the Nintendo Game Boy system in Japan on February 27, 1996. Most of the games revolve around players catching, training, and trading over 150 different kinds of creatures in order to become a Pokémon Master.
Fast forward 20+ years and Pokémon is still as popular as ever. In 2016 the franchise proved that they were willing to adapt to modern times when they released the Pokémon Go app.
The mobile game quickly became the next biggest craze. You can find groups of people of all ages roaming local parks trying to “catch” a rare creature. This Pokémon phenomenon has not only brought people together but it has also changed how people play games on their smartphones.
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One player from Toledo, Ohio, proved that she wasn’t above breaking and entering in order to catch a Pokémon. A few days after she announced to Facebook that she would commit this offense, she broke into the Toledo Zoo.
The zoo banned her from returning, but thankfully they didn’t ban all Pokémon players. In fact, they welcome anyone and everyone who has paid admission to visit during normal business hours.
Falling Off a Cliff
Sometimes rare Pokémon creatures, PokéSpots, and Pokémon gyms can be found in public areas like parks, malls, and local businesses. Other times, they are more or less off the beaten track.
Unfortunately, two men who went looking for Pokémon in northern San Diego, California, fell off a cliff. One of the men was found 50 feet below the cliff while the other had fallen 80 to 90 feet. Thankfully, neither of the men died from their injuries.
It may seem by now that the Pokémon Go application has done more harm than good. However, that isn’t the case.
In fact, the Pokémon Go game was acknowledged for possibly saving the lives of a whole family. Two college students noticed a man bothering a woman and her child while they were out catching Pokémon.
As soon as they saw the man get physical, they apprehended the suspect until the police came to take over.
Don’t Pokémon and Drive
It may be obvious to say it’s never a good idea to play a video game while driving. A few months after the Pokémon Go game was released, there was an increased number of reports regarding people using their phones while driving.
It’s easier to tell when drivers are trying to catch Pokémon because they are normally driving around 10 mph or less. Needless to say, this kind of behavior isn’t only dumb but it’s dangerous for everyone involved.
There aren’t many mobile games that can cause your muscles to feel sore the day after playing it.
One of the best things about Pokémon Go is that it requires you to go outside to experience nature, breathe in the fresh air, and exercise. One Twitter user even tweeted, “I ran for a good minute or two yesterday for Pokémon Go and my lower legs are sore.”
There actually have been quite a few reports of sore legs due to the active nature of the game.