Introducing Ontario’s Newest City: PokemonTown

People on their phones playing Pokemon Go
Harbourfront, Toronto

So over the weekend, I went down to Harbourfront in the heart of downtown Toronto, and inadvertently discovered a brand new town – PokemonTown.

I’m not even trying to be funny. The picture above is merely a snippet of the degree of Pokemon chaos that was prevalent. Literally, hundreds of people had congregated to Harbour Square to just play the popular game. At every turn, someone had their head buried in their phone or was fumbling with their battery pack in case, God forbid, their phone died.

For someone who really hasn’t caught onto the game (I only got as far as downloading the app and catching a few Pokemon), I was just astounded by the sheer dedication – and addiction to the game.

Everywhere you turned, you would hear someone holler, “Yes, I got a Meowth!” Or “Look, there’s a Pidgey up ahead.” It really felt like you were in a different world with the inhabitants of this alternative universe speaking their own special language. It was quite amusing, to say the least.

While this game has done wonders in bringing the city together and has been a fun way to be active and expanding your social network, we must not forget, that at the end of the game, it really is just a game.

At one point, I observed one woman scream “Get a life!” to a bunch of people sitting on the curb playing – and while her attitude was less than charming, it did bode the importance that, as is the case with anything in life, it’s all about moderation. I can appreciate that because the game is challenging, it keeps you on your toes, itching for more every time, but if the game is beginning to disrupt your regular life and other responsibilities, then there’s a problem. So just be conscious of that.

And please, whatever you do, do not play while you’re driving! You would think this is an obvious one, but I’ve seen it happen, unfortunately. Not only does this defeat the purpose of the game but it is just a disaster waiting to happen. No Pokemon character is worth your own safety or the safety of others.

An article posted just today profiled a player who has apparently caught all the Pokemon available in North America – and lost 25 pounds in the process. Good job! You can read the story here.

It’s amazing how quickly this fad caught on nationwide, and it will be interesting to see how long it will last.

Now let me go catch that Weedle…

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