Sourav “Teddy” Biswas
Satoshi Tajiri might never have thought that his Pokémon would consume the world again in the craziest way possible like it has now. Neither did Niantic anticipate this mass popularity of their game before releasing it during July 2016. The line “Gotta Catch ‘Em All” is definitely becoming the burning motto of the world of Pokémon Hunter. The 80s and 90s’ nostalgia of entertainment beyond the realm of four walls is surely coming back with this game. Just when the idea of game and playing, got saturated to just sitting in front of a screen and pushing some random buttons, Boom!! And suddenly nobody cares in becoming the protagonist of their high definition gaming world! So, Pokémon Go is the best thing that has happened to the world right now! Or is it?
“Shit if you wanna catch them all you gotta risk it all…” said 26 year old Lamar Hickson, but what was the risk that he took?, He caused one of the worst highway accidents in Massachusetts because this man stopped the car in middle of a highway to catch a Pikachu. Not only this, a group of armed robbers in Missouri lured and targeted people who had wandered off to strange locations for this game. Thankfully, the robbers were caught by the police but investigation says they have robbed as many as eight people.
Andrew Hollinger, the communication director of Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C shares deep concern when people are coming inside the museum just to play the game while the memories of Nazism and its victims lay untouched in the background. In response to the series of troubles related to this game, lawmakers are now considering setting regulations for players. Felix Ortiz, Democratic New York assembly man, Senator Al Franken, and members of Congress like Rep. Patrick Meehan, are some of the people who are getting in touch with the developers and seriously working on imposing proper regulations to ensure public safety.
Before the Poke lovers face new sets of restriction, let’s ponder on some positive outcomes of this game. John Seo, from New Jersey told the Wall Street Journal that he found a date while hunting for Pokémon. Yeah! People are getting together and as strange as it may sound, this game is actually bringing people together and making them socialize because in order to play this game, you have to get out of the house and explore outside to catch your favorite Pokemons. Not to forget the long distances that one has to traverse to find new Pokémons and rank up in the game.
So guys! If you need an excuse to work out by walking to shed off that extra weight, this game might be it. This game is reportedly helping people with depression and anxiety to come out and meet with others. On the other side small time business are making some extra bucks with this game. With $20-$25 to spend per hour, a driver will chauffeur around the city like New York, Baltimore and Portland with people inside to help them catch Pokémon.
As rightly said by Clive James, “It is only when they go wrong that machines reminds you how powerful they are,” and it is not long that we will be reminded of the limitation of human ignorance and power of internet to disseminate our privacy, if we don’t stop chasing the limelight of this game. It will be long in the future before machines can think and technology can control human lives, we would all undoubtedly agree to this fact, isn’t it? But wait, just for a moment look up and watch a Pokémon hunter mindlessly playing the game in front of you and rethink how much does the statement holds true!