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I get it! PokemonGo is totally lame & for kids! It's also tied to the CIA, FBI & all the crazy stalkers of the world are going to be breaking down my door because I downloaded the app!!!
Normally I'm the tin foil hat wearing gal in the group & would be 100% on board with all you haters. For the first 5 hours after hearing of PokemonGo's existence I actually was & called all of you Pokemon lovers sheep for ignoring the real issues going on in this country. Our nation is going down the crapper & people rather chase cartoon characters around town than deal with real issues. But then it happened. Curiosity got the best of me!
I downloaded PokemonGo!
And you know what? I liked what I saw! After I caught my first Bulbaur in my living room, I was intrigued. It was a total blast from the past & brought me back to a simpler time in life. My pink Nintendo was probably the equivalent to a child's cellphone today & I had a blast playing Pokemon on that thing! I just had to show my daughter PokemonGo so she could hopefully have those same happy memories as I did years past.
After a very long giggle fest when Haylie saw her first few Pokemon, she was just as hooked as I was. We just had to catch em all!
1. FitBit? So Last Week!
Obviously it's a no brainier that this game has you moving & burning all those unwanted calories! I'm sure anyone with a Twitter account has even eyeballed various versions of the "Michelle Obama Who" tweets refering to the fact PokemonGo will potentially end childhood obesity faster than her program. I hate to say it, but it's true! My daughter & I try to go on daily walks, but they get boring. The same old walk loses it's luster after awhile. Not even my FitBit could make that walk exciting. PokemonGo now has us off our butts 24/7 adding endless excitement to those walks! Sure, to you haters it sounds pathetic, but I think it's pretty rad. If it takes catching Pokemon to get kids & even this mama moving, then so be it! I will have to thank the creators of PokemonGo for my perfectly toned legs & for getting my daughter of the couch, willingly, this summer!
2. No More "I'm Bored"
Lets's be honest here. After the first week (ok day) of summer vacation excitement, life went back to normal. Those first few days of waking up with a big ole smile, ready to take on that summer bucket list turned into a bunch of "I'm bored"s on repeat & you counting the days until that awesome yellow bus would cart your kid back to school! PokemonGo has given my daughter & I something new to bond over. When your mom is a blogger, craft time isn't a special treat, it happens daily, & one can only swim in the pool so much without that whole "drowning" fear, so PokemonGo has giving us another fun option for summer fun! We can even repeat a few of our favorite summer activities in hopes of catching a rare Pokemon or two. Heck, hitting up playgrounds we have been to a thousand times now sounds super appealing & like the best idea ever!
3. Early Bedtime
Yes, you read that correctly! All that walking & Pokemon catching is tiring! Since downloading this amazing app, I have had to force my daughter to stay awake long enough for her not to wake at the crack of dawn! Early Haylie night night time = early wine time for this mama! Heck, all this Pokemon catching even has me worn out to the point I'm wondering where my insomnia went since I've actually gotten real sleep this week!
4. Making Friends!
I have called my current neighborhood home for over two years now & have talked to my fellow neighbors more in the past few days than I have in all the years living here! I honestly thought I hated my neighborhood before realizing my neighbors are just as big of dorks as Haylie & I with their love for Pokemon! I even know the people down the roads names now. Young, old, rich, poor, PokemonGo is bringing people together! As dorky as it sounds, maybe PokemonGo really is the answer to world peace? Who has time for violence, hate & crime when you have Pokemon to catch ;-)
5. Creating Memories
Yes, I'm going there! Just call me a geeky sap!!! PokemonGo is helping create sweet memories. Who needs a million dollar world cruise when you can create just as sweet of memories in your very back yard? I know, I'm a world traveler so this might be a stretch, but still, the memories my daughter & I have created over the past few days will be something we remember forever! Do you remember when pogs were cool? Or Tamagotchis? PokemonGo will be the epic childhood game our kids joke about years to come. Long story short, make those dorky memories epic for them!
Wanna join in on the fun & catch em all? You can download PokemonGo for free in the App Store & from the Google Play Store
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7/13/2016 09:59:23 am
I heard on the news this morning that this game has surpassed Candy Crush in the app stores! Amazing. My grandson is playing it while on vacation.
7/13/2016 10:39:42 am
My daughter downloaded Pokemon Go so she would get mor exercise. I think it's a neat way to get kids outside. Plus, a lot of the PokeStops are at historic sites. When you're walking with your kids and they stop at a PokeStop that is a historic site or landmark, it's a great chance to tell them about the history and stories behind the place.
7/13/2016 12:15:19 pm
They talked about this game on the news. I've yet to try it but I'm sure my son has.
7/13/2016 01:14:06 pm
My mom won't let me get it because she says I walk into enough walls already. I'm bringing this TERRIFIC post to her in my defense!
7/13/2016 03:35:40 pm
At first I was like "nope, nope, NOPE" but now...I think it sounds kind of fun and will probably try it out. Have fun!!!
7/13/2016 04:37:58 pm
My kids and my husband are so into this game. My youngest has confiscated my phone since she doesn't have one yet for her own Pokemon Go. We did it all along our road trip this weekend. It definitely wore them out!
7/13/2016 05:12:11 pm
While I'm still not sure I will ever download this game, I think the technology is pretty cool. I've waiting to see Augmented Reality put in to more use, and if this game gets people moving out and about, I'm all for it.
7/13/2016 06:39:22 pm
Totally not interested in this pokemon game. I want my kids outside more and playing and getting exercise but not on phones or anything! We'll continue our walks and trips to the park, but I won't be downloading. My oldest is waiting for it to hit Canada, and iPhone so he can check out all the fun.
7/13/2016 06:52:35 pm
This sounds like such a cool app. I'm always looking for fun apps like this that could make my life easier. This is definitely worth checking out.
7/13/2016 07:04:53 pm
I am so with you--we need to have a distraction in this crazy crazy world. So be it if its staring down at your phone chasing something virtual--we need to take a break from all the hating/ dividing going on in the world and hopefully this will make people kinder and more friendly towards others!
7/13/2016 08:34:51 pm
ALL I've heard about in the past (almost) week is Pokemon Go haha! Pokemon was in my childhood, but I don't have any interest in playing this time around - these are great points though! As long as kids are safe about it - too many accidents already!
7/13/2016 09:09:07 pm
There's no doubt that it's a hit with the kids and the parents as well, actually, with anyone! It brings back the gentle years when Pokemon was the trend. It's definitely here to stay so why not just enjoy the perks, right?
7/13/2016 09:13:58 pm
My only complaint is that there are already people figuring out ways to cause harm to others playing this game. In St. Louis a ring was busted who were luring people in and then robbing them. Good grief!
7/13/2016 10:35:38 pm
Pokemon GO! Has taken off around here where I live. I guess that's pretty much the story nationwide, though. I am not a big Pokemon fan, but to those who are I say, play away!
7/13/2016 10:55:03 pm
ALL of my friends are talking about it and I've totally been avoiding it like the plague...your post has me seriously considering it, though! :)
7/14/2016 12:00:52 am
I have never heard of it! Thanks for this fun info!
7/14/2016 12:25:55 am
My `18 year old son and his friends have been playing. I can't wait to get my new phone so I can play too.
7/14/2016 01:07:09 am
I am sure this Pokemon Go will be another internet craze! Looks like a fun game to me.
7/14/2016 01:24:39 am
I'm sure a lot of people are going crazy over this game and it's hard to deny why! It's been years since we had a game that would make waves around the world like this! It's definitely worth a try.
7/14/2016 01:49:36 am
I actually think it is great that everyone is up and going, but the lack of attention and the boredom being solved by technology is concerning. I've seen kids walking with their heads down everywhere and it's scary for drivers!
7/14/2016 02:02:52 am
Anything that gets people and their pets up and moving I am all for. Way to go with this savvy game!
7/14/2016 02:07:03 am
This are a trending game now. I love Pokemon Go
7/14/2016 03:34:30 am
Hahaha, you are so right! My son love this game and now he is not telling me he is boring anymore.
We went to the park tonight to eat our dinner; my son and husband have been playing PokemonGo ... and I kid you not, at least 60% of the people at the park were all playing. We could NOT believe how many people had phones out, were talking about the Pokemon they'd caught, and how they were out walking. And, these folks didn't go to the park together, they were just out playing and started talking to new people. I was blown away.
7/14/2016 09:41:10 am
I heard so many good things about Pokemon Go. Almost all my friends are playing it!
7/14/2016 10:21:13 am
This game got popular fast - in both good and bad ways. Not much of a video gamer, but I know alot of kids are into Pokemon.
7/14/2016 10:35:01 am
I have to admit I am a little curious to see what all the fuss is about. So far we have dodged this bullet but it's only a matter of time before the kids are going to want to try for themselves!!
7/14/2016 10:40:30 am
Hmmm, ok I'm intrigued. My son and my husband just started talking about this and I rolled my eyes Maybe it's not so awful :)
7/14/2016 11:19:25 am
It amazes me how fast this game has exploded! It seems like it was overnight. It is such a great way to get kids (and adults!) out and moving, though!
7/14/2016 11:52:40 am
My cousin messaged me last night asking if I played. It is making kids active while having fun. This is only the beginning for these type of games.
7/14/2016 01:24:28 pm
PokemonGo is definitely an addiction. Once you get started it is so much fun.
7/14/2016 01:25:24 pm
My kids and I love Pokemon and so when this game came out we were so excited. It got them so active with a game that they already love.
7/14/2016 01:26:19 pm
It's amazing that this is a worldwide phenomenon. People are also playing here in the UK.
I've been seeing a lot of this in my feed lately and I never understood how it works - until reading this post. So thanks for that! I think the whole point is that you and your daughter has a new thing to bond over with. This seems like fun - but I'm afraid to get 'hooked' like you both. xx
7/14/2016 03:10:52 pm
I really like the way you look at it. As an adult I'm not using it, I never liked it as a kid either but I love that it gets people out and moving.
7/14/2016 03:17:50 pm
wow i was not aware Pokemon was coming back in style - very goos initiative
7/14/2016 05:24:14 pm
Pokemon GO has FINALLY COME TO THE UK TODAY! Can you tell that I am excited? I can't wait to download and play!
7/14/2016 05:34:49 pm
Bwwwwwahaha!!! you have no idea how much i loved reading this.
A game my daddy friend doesn't like his kids to play as he finds it dangerous. For him, it may cause accidents as youre all glued on your cellphone screen and you might bump or meet an accident. I love it that you find something positive about the game. Honestly, havent seen this app yet.
7/14/2016 06:33:56 pm
Yes! I agree! I have Pokemon Go on my phone and my husband has made fun of me but I really don't care! Yay!
Michelle Gwynn Jones
7/14/2016 09:29:21 pm
There was a family in the store yesterday who were buying snacks before they went on their "GO"
7/14/2016 10:13:16 pm
I downloaded it on my phone too and I love it. I let my son catch Pokemon on it while I am driving and he is sitting in the backseat.
7/14/2016 11:59:13 pm
I saw a dad walking around with his kids at Walmart playing today - loved it!
7/15/2016 03:09:04 am
I have heard about this game but never tried it. I will download this game straightway to experience it!
7/15/2016 11:17:27 am
We're playing too. I think it's really fun. ;)
7/15/2016 02:38:20 pm
My daughter loves Pokemon .But we haven't played the game.Sounds like something she will enjoy
7/15/2016 03:37:51 pm
I love the idea of how it gets people up and moving. But some people do dumb things. I just read where two guys fell off a cliff while playing.
7/15/2016 06:11:00 pm
I think Pokemongo is a great app and should be totally fun! So many people are completely sucked into it and it's getting people up and out and moving. As long as people stay smart about it, it should be great!
7/15/2016 10:55:21 pm
We are loving this game! I love it as much as the kids do!
Kathy Kenny Ngo
7/16/2016 07:52:00 pm
Pokemon go has no age requirement! It's for all. Cheers for all the pokemon masters out there like me.
Leigh Anne Borders
7/17/2016 12:28:42 pm
My kids grew up with Pokemon and played it well into their college years. I can only imagine they must be doing this now.
7/17/2016 04:50:04 pm
My two sons loved playing Pokemon when they were young children. Now, they stopped playing and they ended up playing games in their computer, they are growing up boys :-)
7/18/2016 11:27:41 pm
lol... loving your sense of humor!! this sounds intriguing, I might just give it a try :-)
7/20/2016 01:49:47 pm
Pokemon Go! is all the rage lately! Most of my family members and friends are playing it! I haven't jumped on that bandwagon yet...afraid I might get addicted.
7/21/2016 11:59:35 pm
Okay, so I haven’t allowed my daughter to get into the Pokemon Go craze because I’ve been trying to sit back, analyze, and decide if I really want to give her more screen time. Maybe we will let her give it a try this weekend with some rules. Maybe it would allow her to make some new friends and have some new fun!
7/26/2016 09:32:24 am
I love Pokemon! Wish i could play this here in philippines!
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