I can’t get enough out of people who think Pokémon Go screws with some people’s minds. Slate has a post that quotes itself in large typeface Pokémon Go is turning a traditionally sedentary pastime into an active one. This month’s theme was gaming history and culture, a theme that this blog is about one-fourth about, and I went through very shortly on how gaming was always about going out there and meeting with people. Saying that Pokémon Go is suddenly turning something that has always been about mingling with people into mingling with people is absolutely ridiculous.
This is what a hardcore gamer sounds like, unable to understand that gaming has been a social interaction first and foremost. Traditionally you had to go outside to play games. It wasn’t until home game consoles before you could play electronic games inside.
Nobody is playing inside here, they had to come here somehow, most likely by walking or bike. Go back thirty years and you have people playing pinball
Hudson’s post on Slate also somehow implies that going outside is risky. There have been the occasional freak accident, but those are nothing out of ordinary. People finding dead bodies is uncommon but it happens, Pokémon Go or not. The same applies with muggings, people getting hit by car and so on. Complaining that augmented reality makes you vulnerable to the real world is idiotic at best. It goes without saying that you should always mind your surroundings, no matter what. It’s not the game’s fault if people are stupid enough not to do that.
Then you have the argument about some people not being able to play Pokémon Go. Let’s be fair, there are some people with certain disabilities that most likely can’t enjoy the game, yet that should not be taken from the those who can. Just like how a man couldn’t go outside and play Pokémon Go because of his skin colour is wondrous example of co-opting a game for your agenda because of its popularity. Hell, this news even leaves out the ending of that Reddit story about police coming to bunch of people playing Pokémon Go, where the guys show the cops how to play the game and start doing so. If anything, the game has shown a way to break down boundaries and connected people from all walks of life.
The whole Mary Sue article cited towards the end of the post raises more questions about the social anxiety issues Myers has than anything else. Talking to people is normal, pretending to do others things to push people away is just sad. Nothing ever prevented Myers from asking what this man wants, and proceeding to ask him not to bother her. These are the kind of people who find everything offensive, and it’s a riot to watch Pokémon Go messing with them. If people can’t do normal social interaction, perhaps it is best to stay inside. Except, like I mentioned in the previous post, people have been getting over their anxieties with Pokémon Go. This hobby has been traditionally moving people out of their home even before it had mechanics or electronics embedded to it. We’re seeing yet another rhyme in history. After all…
And we know what others wanted to do to pinball.