On any given day on my Facebook wall, I’ll see two extremes…people that make fun of Pokemon Go players and people playing Pokemon Go. The new gaming app sensation has definitely made a mark regardless on if you love it or hate it. At a time where personally I had stopped playing games on my phone. I installed Pokemon Go to give it a shot while at the playground with my daughter and it has now taken over our family.
Which is my main point… families are playing. In-between the memes and the bad press are wonderful stories of families playing together. Not just playing together, but going on Pokemon Go walks. My friend, Carolyn West (who dons many hats but blogger at ThisTalkAin’tCheap.com has a great article about how her family started playing Pokemon Go. While she’s not an avid gamer, her daughters play Minecraft and now they are playing together. As a family going around Poke-hunting. Anyone with teens, can appreciate a product that makes the teens want to hang out with their parents.
I started out slowly, just using it here or there. When I take my phone out around Pumpkin, she tends to want it to watch YouTube videos, so I tend to not take my phone out often. But my husband downloaded it and we decided to try it out at the local park. It was AWESOME! There was a stop to get items there and Pumpkin wanted to walk around the park to catch the Pokemon. It was so much fun and cute how she loved the idea of catching them. Never mind the sheer amount of walking we did. Last weekend we went to the LA Zoo, which is covered in stops and tons of great Pokemon. My husband played there but I didn’t. It was tough for us to play there as a family because of the crowds and just making sure she stayed close.
We may not be playing Pokemon Go forever, and I have no idea how to fight at a Gym, but at least for now, I love that there is an app we can all play together.