So, I caved.
Well, to say I caved would imply I actually tried to resist. I didn’t. I’ve been waiting for some kind of real-time Pokemon game since I chose my first Charmander back in 1996. And now that it’s here, there was no way I was going to let it slide by.
And so, I did the thing to get it in the UK before the release date and, finally, I feel like a real Pokemon trainer!
Now, the amusing part. Pokemon GO is smarter than I gave it credit for. Advertising suggested that the wee beasties that you could catch would depend on where you were in the real world at the time.
“Surely it isn’t that good,” said the adult cynic that I have become since I first spoke with Professor Oak.
Turns out, it’s too damn good.
Pokemon GO has my home town down to a T. I’ve had nothing but Pidgey, Ratata and Weedle for hours at a time with the occasional Psyduck if I head toward the river. So…rats, pigeons, bugs and ducks. That sounds about right!
At this rate, the only way I’ll catch anything more exotic is at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park.
Wait…that’s genius! I’m going this weekend, for sure. Also, I’m yet to try out the local gym and see if I can catch a Machop. That’s a job for this evening.
The other thing I noticed is how much work they’ve put into making your home town’s landmarks important. The local church around the corner from my house is a pokestop (not sure why, but hey-ho). And all around the town centre are little things like statues and clocks that all have their names pop up in the app.
Now, you can tell that Niantic were struggling for landmarks of interest in Doncaster because some of the pokestops are things like “mushroom statue” and “street corner”. But, by God, they’re in there with a little photograph s you know when you’re in the right place. And that gives me a little shiver of excitement despite the lacklustre attractiveness of my home town.
Anyway, I’m off. There are baseball caps to wear backwards and backpacks to be filled with snacks for my next journey into the
unknown territories of Doncaster. Stay safe, fellow trainers.
Thanks for reading.