It's been less than a week, and Pokemon Go has thousands taking to the streets to participate in the most recent cultural phenomena 20 years in the making. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Pokemon, Nintendo released Pokemon Go as an App on both iOS and Andriod in select countries, including the United States. For many long-term Pokemon fans, our childhood dreams are literally coming true as we leave our homes on a mission to become a Pokemon Master and catch 'em all. That being said, we would sacrifice a lot to make our childhood dreams come true, meaning that the things we would do to catch 'em all rivals the things we would do for a Klondike Bar. Here are some of the things that you would probably do to catch more Pokemon:
1. Leave your house.
The fact that people are physically leaving their houses to use an app says everything you need to know about the game.
2. Walk around the woods.
Those grass types aren't just going to wander up to you on the street. You need to move to them.
3. Wander into dangerous neighborhoods.
It's not your fault they put a PokeStop on that road. It's just your responsibility to go after it.
4. Use up all of your phone battery.
Since this game requires use of both your phone's GPS system and the camera, it drains a lot of battery and data in a very short amount of time. Good thing there's a battery saver mode already built into the game.
5. Pull over on the highway because you saw a rare Pokemon on the side of the road.
5. Cause a car accident.
The loading screen reminds you to be aware of your surroundings because Nintendo knows that someone is either going to get hit by a car or hit someone else. Just don't let that be you.
6. Officially come out as a nerd (possibly before you're ready).
Maybe your current friends didn't know that you're secretly still obsessed with Pokemon, but soon you won't be able to resist playing when they're around or talking about it incessantly. But if they're not equally as excited as you, are they even really the friends you should have? (No.)
7. Trespass on private property.
But we can get to the rustling grass so much faster if we cut through these three lawns and this one construction zone. They'll understand.
8. Blatantly ignore other people for virtual animals.
That person will still be there in five minutes, but that Tarus might be gone forever.
9. Drag your non-Pokemon Go friends around the city or town against their will so you can play with your phone.
I feel sorry for my two friends that have to listen to everyone else play, but then again it is their fault for not joining in the first place.
10. Become completely antisocial.
Going places? Sure. Going places to communicate with human beings? Not worth it.
11. Allow an App to consume your life.
12 . Actual physical activity.
With all of the walking that Pokemon Go is forcing everyone to partake in, I'm still not convinced that it's not a giant conspiracy headed by Nintendo and Michelle Obama to force people to exercise.