Gotta Catch ‘Em All!

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Gotta Catch ‘Em All!

Ronald Crivello-Kahihikolo, Writer

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“Gotta catch ’em all!” Pokémon Go, a global sensation, emerged on the iTunes App Store on July 6, 2016, then appeared on the Google Play Store. The mobile app was downloaded over 7.5 million times in a matter of five days! Say what? Five days! It’s been reported by several resources that the creator of the game, John Hanke, is making an estimated $1.6 million a day. Talk about cha-ching! According to Matt Peckham from Time Magazine, John sums up his reaction to the growing popularity of the game in two words: “Mind blowing!” 

Within two weeks of its initial release, 21 million users and growing were already hooked, and developer of the game promises to release additional updates to make the game more engaging and fun. The mobile game is breaking the App Store analytics and has been downloaded more than regular apps that have been around for quite some time, such as Tinder! You know… The swiping left to right dating app that everyone uses. Well, used. Pokémon Go has been heavily advertised on all platforms of social media, and people were eager to download the game.

However, a burning question that one may be asking is… Why? Why is it so popular? It all goes back to the sense of responsibility and adventure. In the previous Pokémon games created in the past, Ash Ketchum (Satoshi in Japanese), a Pokémon trainer, goes on a fun, twisted, and exhilarating ride around his region while catching Pokémon, battling other trainers, and making innumerable friends along the way. Which takes us back to our present time, people have been getting tons of exercise and have made many friends. Strangers are being brought together by the global phenomenon. They also have the three options for teams to join: Valor, Mystic, and Instinct.

However, there have been quite few downsides to the popular game that has been made public to the whole world… There are dead bodies being discovered by strangers tracking down Pokémon. How crazy is that!? Pokémon Go players have also gotten themselves into car accidents, and unfortunate injuries while roaming the streets because they aren’t paying any attention to their surroundings, despite the warning in the game.  It’s also been reported that people are being mugged. Battery loss has also been an issue to be known to all players. So, the next time you’re walking around town or the streets near your home, don’t be surprised if you see a group of people running around, because they’re probably playing Pokémon Go.

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