Let me preface by saying, I collected all 150 original Pokemon cards in the 90s.
I have 4 rare holographic Charizard cards and I have obtained all of the “gym badges” from the Books-a-million Pokemon league.
Yes. When I was 9, I was a nerd.
However, now in my mid-twenties, my inner-nerd is coming out thanks to the new Pokemon Go app for smartphones.
I downloaded the game this past weekend and found that unlike the original Gameboy video games of the 90s and 2000s, Pokemon Go requires you to…well…go.
It’s based off your location and requires access to your location services of your phone. As you move, your avatar moves along the map. You are able to see different locations where you can capture Pokemon, obtain more items, and battle gym leaders to become a Pokemon master.
I played the game for 30 minutes last night and my phone recorded the distance I walked.
In just 30 short minutes, I went from level 1 to a level 2 Pokemon trainer, I captured 3 Pokemon and I also walked about a mile and a half.
The actual distance I walked was 1.3 miles in 27 minutes.
This game is genius. It requires you to explore. It requires you to be active. It requires video game nerds like myself to get off our couches and go outdoors.
As a Poke-nerd, I give this app a 8 out of 10 stars. Mainly due to server issues and a few things I’ve noticed. However, I can safely say that this is the game that will get the couch potatoes off the couch and unknowingly exercising.
Also, I named one of my Pokemon Eggy Azalea thanks to the fact that I had just listened to Iggy Azalea on Spotify.