He walked up the street. He walked down the street. Up, down. Up, down. Those of us in the office kept an eye on the “tween for over two hours as he searched diligently, looking to capture that elusive creature that Nintendo has created.
The original Pokemon emerged in the mid ’90s as video games and card trading. What has spawned recently is way more interactive, some would say it has a broader audience (you can see 10 year old kids along side 60 year old adults), and definitely is a worldwide endeavor.
What began as an April Fool’s joke has morphed into a global phenomenon. While it may be entertaining and a way to connect with friends and even strangers across the country, it begs the question, “where do people leave their common sense, when playing this game?”
Getting back to this little boy, he walked up and down the sidewalk, unmindful of the fact that he was so engrossed in his task (looking at the screen of his cell phone) that he never would have noticed a stranger approaching him, could have walked off the sidewalk, literally, or any other number of dangerous scenarios. What was great, was seeing him outside on a sunny day rather than sitting inside watching TV.
Pokemon is a great way to spend time, allows for exploring, and creates camaraderie. It just needs to be played with care and awareness.