“You say, “I am allowed to do anything”–but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”–but not everything is beneficial.”

(I Corinthians 10:23 NLT)

And I saw groups of youngsters in the center of the park with phones in their hands, whatever they were doing was definitely consuming all of their attention, then I moved towards them with my phone to call a friend I was supposed to meet at the park. As I scrolled through my gadget, “a young man moves close to me and murmurs something in Dutch and I respond in English,then he exclaimed “Ah I thought you were playing the same game as I” …what game? Pokémon Go.. oh sorry I ain’t playing no game friend”

So what is this craze that is taking over the world?

Pokémon go is a location-based augmented reality game that dares users to find and catch little monsters in their real world surroundings. I visited its official website in my quest to know more about the famous game,  choose my location and this message popped up

“get up and go on discovery, explore cities and towns in your area or anywhere in the world and catch as many Pokémon. During your quest in the real world, your smart phone will vibrate when there is a Pokémon nearby.”

Honestly I do not understand the whole augmented reality language and how you have to catch these monsters but I have been reading a little about this game, the negatives so far outweigh the positives. It is hard not to notice people playing this game, in the parks, on the streets, trains, everywhere. According to the official website of Pokémon Go, Pokémon love habitats, places like parks and recreation. So the next time you visit a park I can assure you, you will encounter Pokémon players.

Players do well to sing praises of the game:

“It is an excellent way of meeting and making new friends”

Players just seem to start conversations easily with fellow players. A colleague told me it is a super social interaction tool, you don’t need to be polite when approaching someone playing the game. More So, it is said to have helped loners come out of their cocoons to interact with others. Oh wow! That must be some life saver game then.

It is also said to unite people of different racial backgrounds. Clearly from the above few testimonies there seems to be some good aspects about this game… on the other hand, it has its bag load of negativity:

  • It has created addiction and anxiety in children. I have read reports of kids who couldn’t sleep at night due to this game. Why will a young man be out in the park at 3 a.m in search of little creatures all in the name of a game? This doesn’t sound right to me
  • An adult man quit his job in New Zealand in order to focus on catching Pokémon, and he had an outpouring of support from other players on the social media, so I guess at this rate, more players will quit their jobs in the near future. Imagine the down-spiral on the labour force.
  • A number of accidents have been recorded, thanks to Pokémon Go players who were lost in the game.
  • Players consumed in the game have found themselves standing before dead bodies.
  • According to some news reports ”three students were robbed at knifepoint for their mobile phones while playing Pokémon Go in Manchester”.
  • Four teenagers got lost in a cave while hunting for Pokémon, this is what the game commands, “get up and go on discovery” even if it means in the river.  you ‘Gotta catch ‘em all!’ The list goes on…

It may be an amazing game but as for me and my household Pokémon Go is a NO GO game given the number of mishaps surrounding its use. Besides this new hype, there exists other games out there with concealed mishaps, hopefully we will dwell on these in another post.

I am allowed to do everything, but not everything is beneficial.