Week of Geek: Pokemon Go – An Noob’s Perspective

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So I’m sure you’ve heard about this newfangled thingymabob out there called Pokemon Go.  I think it’s a game you play on your phone or something?  Makes you go and walk outside?  Get some fresh air and exercise while still staring at your screen and potentially falling into a pond (or worse)?  You know the one.

Now, here’s the thing.  As far as your favorite geeky librarian (yo!) is concerned, Pokemon was never really one of my fandoms *shrug*  I remember when they first came out, about the mid to late 90s when I was still a teen.  I remember my youngest brother in particular was a fan, and still is to this day (he and his fiancee have their phones out all the time looking for them).  But aside from my brother watching the show and playing the games and collecting the cards, it just never really kept a firm footing in my orbit.  As far as anime goes I was more into Sailor Moon at the time.  That was my thing, and Pokemon was his thing (our middle brother must’ve thought we were both nuts).

I hadn’t given the pocket monsters much thought in my adulthood.  I noticed that kids were still asking for Poke-books in the library, so I knew it was still popular to some extent.  And I knew my brother was still into it.  But that was pretty much it.

And then this game came out a couple months back.  And I’m pretty confident that you’ve heard what the response has been by now.

While I admit this whole augmented reality is pretty awesome, the response to this game has been mind boggling.  This is all anyone seems to be able to talk about, in fandom communities and beyond.  Everyone is playing this game!  People are putting themselves in mortal danger (please don’t do that!  Be aware and be careful).  People are staying up to the wee hours of the morning in public parks hunting Pokemon.  People are trespassing on private property to find them (please don’t do that either).  And as the above video from Central Park in New York demonstrates, people are full-on stampeding to catch Pokemon.  Everyone knows about this and almost everyone is getting in on it.

And even though I don’t know my electric Pokemon from my psychic Pokemon, even I have downloaded the app.  So how’s it going?  After maybe six weeks I’m still on Level 4, which apparently is very sad.

I really only turn the app on if I think of it and have a moment.  It just ain’t my thing, not yet anyway.  And you know what?  It’s OK.  If I had listened to the majority back when I was younger I wouldn’t be the fangirl I am today.  I’m stoked that this is so big and awesome for so many people, and anything to get nerd communities on the map is always good, but I don’t think I’ll be a full fledged trainer anytime soon.  And that’s OK.  You don’t have to love everything.  We must not mock those who do not share our fandoms.

But if you want to (gently) tell me why I’m wrong, go ahead and post away in the comments section.

I will say this; Pikachu is my fave.  He’s so cute!  Look at that little yellow rodent!  With his red cheeks and his lightning tail!  Come on!

So if you’re looking for more Pokemon fun, we’ve got you covered.  We’ve got lots of DVDs, a Blu Ray, a video game and just… so many books.  Handbooks and graphic novels and yet more books.  And if all that weren’t enough, at the Civic Centre Resource Library we’ve got a Pokemon League happening.  Fans of all ages are invited to come and work your trainer magic with card decks and online games (if you have your own cards you are very much encouraged to bring them; if not we’ll let you borrow some).  The next meeting is August 25th from 6 – 7:30pm.

BTW, a lot of fans from other franchises have been vocalizing their support for a similar game for their fandoms.   One of the loudest group of cheerleaders is for a Harry Potter themed augmented reality app.  Could you imagine?  Dueling other players with your phone?  And it would tie in perfectly with this fall’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them movie.  You could collect your own fantastic beasts in your own bottomless suitcase.  NOBODY WOULD GET ANYTHING DONE WE’D BE TOO BUSY PLAYING THIS GAME MAKE IT HAPPEN!

*ahem* Be safe Pokemon trainers, be respectful, have fun, (also, don’t forget about TSRC) and until next time, End of Line.

One Response to “Week of Geek: Pokemon Go – An Noob’s Perspective”

  1. BNuts Says:

    Ah yes, Pokemon Go. I downloaded it so I could use lures to bring more people to the library. Thing is that the incense you get in the early levels only seems to work for you. The lure modules work for others too, but I’m pretty sure you only get them after level 10, and I’m lv 7. I only connect to the net through wi-fi, you see. That means the eggs you’re supposed to hatch by walking are going to take a long, long time to hatch.

    Even more so since the game only responds when it’s logged in, connected, and on-screen, and it always drops if it’s been off for a few minutes, and then it takes forever to reconnect. It’s frustrating at times, but I’m super-persistent. I will get enough Eevees to try all three evolutions.

    Speaking of, here are some tips:
    1. The more the green circle in capture mode shrinks, the more likely you are to capture your target.
    2. You can also get a better chance by spinning the ball to throw a curve ball.
    3. To use a PokeStop, click on it then swipe the middle section to either side to spin it. You’ll get 3-6 free items. Do this to 10 different PokeStops without repeating and you should get 6 rarer items.
    4. Combat Power isn’t the only stat that matters. Check out your Pokemons’ attack stats in the bottom section of their screens. You can transfer unneeded weaker monsters to Professor Willow for extra candy to power up or evolve your stronger monsters, but…
    5. You may catch a stronger version later on anyway, so be cautious about powering up and evolving.

    Tracking is pretty much non-existent in the game right now, and I don’t go out of my way to catch anything. All the same, I did catch a Pikachu and a Meowth recently at the library, so good luck to all you trainers out there!