Okay. For the past few days, everybody keeps talking about the new hype: Pokemon Go. For those of you who have been living under a rock, Pokemon Go is a new GPS-related game by Niantic to catch Pokemon in real life. Yes, they will use your GPS to track Pokemons all around your neighborhood, and will use your phone camera to view a Pokemon nearby. Looks pretty neat and high tech, right? Some people actually love it because it brings the childhood memories, others just want to be in the trend.
On one side, I sense a good thing about this game. People start to actually go out to parks and places they never imagined before just to catch Pokemons and be like Ash. However, I refrain myself from playing this game. These are the reasons.
1. Pokemon is not something I like in my childhood
I remember I was 8 when Pokemon trading cards took over my school. Boys in my class would spend their recess time gathering around someone’s desk and they would play Pokemon trading cards for 15 to 20 minutes. School began banning students to bring Pokemon cards. Trades happened everywhere. Kids around my age began distinguishing ‘real Pokemon cards’ to ‘fake Pokemon cards’ (come on, I used to live in Indonesia, the country where real stuffs and fake shit went hand in hand). There were even some issues around Jakarta that said Pokemon was a tool from Satan to lure kids to do bad deeds (which I cannot find the true source of the gossip until now).
However, I was never in the trend for Pokemon. I watched the movie, but I didn’t find it suitable for my taste. I never joined any trading card matches at school. I don’t know… I was just thinking that I didn’t like Pokemon.
Now I’m 25 years old and most of my friends around my age are feeling like they are reminiscing their childhood with Pokemon Go. It wasn’t really something I liked when I was a kid, so why should I join Pokemon hunting?
2. It’s just too mainstream…
Here’s a very bad trait of mine (sometimes I think of it as a strength, though). With more people start to play Pokemon Go, everything becomes too overrated. My best friend always screenshots his Pokemon catch of the day and posts them on Path (a social media popular among Indonesians). Some friends also like to screenshot their game and post the map to said social media.
I have never wanted to map myself in mainstream society. So whenever I find something I like, I would dive deeper into it, but when other people start liking it and it becomes super overrated, I leave the trend. I never want to like and to play Pokemon Go in the first place, so why should I join the massive hype which I’m sure will only last for a few months?
3. It messes around with your online presence
Okay, let’s talk geeky stuff. We’re talking about a very big deal here: DATA SECURITY. (Cue Hitchcock’s ‘Psycho’ theme)
When you download and start playing Pokemon Go, I’m pretty sure that you will be redirected to a page which state that the said company (or the app) has permission to see your e-mail address or any kind of social media account that you’re using. That’s the problem. So far, I haven’t seen news that says Pokemon Go (or the company who made it) will keep your data confidential. What happens if they have a massive data bank of their players and decide to sell it to other companies or (even worse) surveillance companies around the world?
I just don’t feel safe playing a game where I have to trade my online presence with fun, except if they have made a written official statement that they guarantee the confidentiality of their players’ online identity.
Identity theft is real, people!
4. It’s gonna fade in a few months
Remember Flappy Bird? That game took the world by storm a year or two years ago. And the hype just lasted for a few months, before the creator of the game finally decided to delete the game from app stores in smartphones.
I bet this is just going to be a sudden hype then it will fade.
5. I have other more important things to hunt than a virtual Pokemon!
That one speaks for itself. I just doesn’t feel it’s healthy for myself to feel accomplished just by catching a rare Pokemon. It’s virtual, people! It’s not gonna show up by your door step in real life! So instead of wasting your phone battery and your data plan to hunt for something virtual, why not go hunting other things such as job hunting, boyfriend/girlfriend hunting, or real animals hunting?
Those are my top 5 reasons why I don’t play Pokemon Go. I make this list not because I hate this game genre, I just need to give my reasons that not all people play Pokemon Go. Do you or do you not play it? What are your reasons?