Walk, stop, drop and catch.
By now, if you’ve not heard of Pokemon GO, you should probably think about getting your Internet fixed. Regardless, we’re feeling kind despite it being a Monday so here’s what it is for those of you who don’t know. Pokemon GO, an altered reality game made by Niantic and the Pokemon Company was released last week (although, sadly it hasn’t reached our shores/roads yet) and ever since, has been already caused Nintendo’s stock to jump by 10% and is already at the top of Apple’s Top Free and Top Grossing charts in the U.S. The game allows you to hunt Pokemons (pocket-sized monsters, jeez do we really need to even tell you this?) in real-world locations. These little monsters appear on your phone screen (unless you’re on a Nokia 3310) through your camera as you walk around the street. Yes folks, we’ve now come to a revolutionary chapter in technological advancement where if it’s raining, people can’t go out to play video games… but on a brighter note, what a way to battle obesity, eh?
Ever since the launch of Pokemon GO though, heaps of funny and some dangerous stories have emerged. Here’s a compilation of some:
When the game was launched, the Darwin Police Station in Australia had to post a friendly reminder on their Facebook page because way too many people were barging in to catch Pokemons.
Then there was this story about 26 year-old Lamar Hickson who apparently stopped in the middle of the highway to catch a Pikachu (priorities, right?) and caused a massive highway accident. The hashtag #dontpokemongoanddrive has since started trending. Okay, we're kidding. This is the same site that says ISIS is responsible for the game's log-in issues, so go figure.
In another incident, 19-year-old Shayla Wiggins was trying to get a Pokemon near a river and instead stumbled upon a floating body. "The Pokemons are all over Riverton," she said. "I was trying to get a Pokemon from a natural water resource. I was walking towards the bridge along the shore when I saw something in the water. I had to take a second look and I realized it was a body." "It was pretty shocking," Shayla said. "I didn't really know what to do at first. But I called 911 right away and they came really quickly."
But the best story yet is probably by Redditor Jonathan Theriot, who snapped a picture of a Pokemon (Pidgey, in case you were wondering) hanging out on the bed while his wife was giving birth. Yeap... A mix of questions like "Was it a boy or a girl" and "Did you catch it?" were asked.
Okay, fine and it actually helped one guy land a date. Daww, nothing like geeky love.
I was about to start walking back home then some girl asked, "hey, are you playing Pokemon Go too?" Then we just talked about Pokemon. I didn't play Pokemon past Ruby version, so my knowledge of Pokemon was a bit dated, but I think we still had a good time. Her Pokemon Go collection was far superior than mine... She already had Zolten(I swear I meant Jolteon.) and Flareon, while I have two sad Eevees sitting in my bag... But the important thing is that I am meeting her again tomorrow! I asked her out on a date and she said yes! Thank you Pokemon Go!
This is the start of something funny, exciting, healthy and potentially painful. No word on when Pokemon GO arrives in Malaysia just yet, but believe us, we’re probably more excited about its arrival than the next season of The Walking Dead. How psyched are you about Pokemon GO? Have you made up your mind on which team you’ll be on?