What’s up? Pokemon Go is up.
So. A little bit of background. I grew up playing Pokemon on Man’s Nintendo Gameboy, but started doing so seriously when we figured out how to play the game on our PCs. After school we went to a Chinese store somewhere at Pudu to get Pokemon figurines for RM2.50 almost every day (back then it seemed like a huge amount of money lol) or went to the mall to buy Pokemon trading cards, both the boxed sets and the additional cards. We memorized the names of the Pokemon and sang the Pokemon song. Of course Man’s more extreme. He watched all the anime and bought the books. Later, he turunkan his ilmu to Asna (he often coached her).
When Pokemon Go hit Japan, I downloaded the app and started playing. Before I knew it, I became addicted. Tak pernah-pernah go running unless Reza ajak me to, but that morning, I felt the need to run. So put on my Onitsuka Tiger sneakers and ran 5KMs in the neighborhood, from the back to the front of Odaiba in search for Pokemon.
It feels like the real game, like I’m Ash and I’m traveling in the Kanto region, along the way, seeing wild Pokemons and crossing paths with other players.
As I stopped beside the road, I saw another guy, in full gear, a cap, a backpack etc. stopping, too, to catch Electrode.
Later, I ran to the beach at night, close to 10PM. Mindblown to see the number of players there, too, this late. There were hundreds of people of all ages playing it along the beach. There were men still in their suits, walking alone while their eyes were fixed to their phones. There were a group of teenagers running towards my direction, shouting “Nidoran!” because Nidoran was there at my spot. Cyclers cycling while looking at their phones and stopping when they found something (wish I had a bicycle too). There was a couple running toward one end of the beach, holding hands, with their other hands holding their phones, because like me, they knew Dragonair was there. Also, when I arrived at a spot where a Pokemon that I wanted to catch was located, two men arrived and parked their car illegally beside the road, immediately going out with their handphones, ready to catch the Pokemon.
Madness. It’s even worse and more stressful than playing the game on PC.
Although Pokemon Go had only been released 3 days before, the Pokemon gyms in my neighborhood were already conquered by super high level players with Pokemons with CPs of 1000 (mine was only 300 at that point).
So I told Reza:
“How do I win at gyms like this? Only 3 days and they’re already in Level 15!”
“Babe, you kena ingat you kat mana.”
He meant Japan, the otaku land.
“Orang-orang kat situ sanggup berhenti kerja kot untuk buat benda macam ni.”
But so far I’ve won 1o gym battles, so I think that’s okay.
As of today, I have 80 on my Pokedex, including all 4 of the beginning Pokemons — Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle and Pikachu. My most powerful so far? A Flareon.
But you know what, I’ll keep playing because it feels good. The game forces me to explore more places and so far it’s a good experience. I’m thinking I should really make use of this experience, because when I go back, I won’t have the privilege to run and explore places like this anymore.