So I’ve been playing Pokemon Go for a little while. I actually don’t really know what I’m doing—I have to ask the high schoolers at church how to play it, while my husband has been trolling the web for articles on how to play—but it’s surprisingly fun.
I like how Pokemon Go is kind of like virtual geocaching. It’s fun to capture Pokemon types that I don’t have yet and finding out where all the Pokestops are near where we live.
The best part is that my husband and I have been making an effort to go out walking together, so it’s been good for exercise and also spending quality time together. He and I spent about an hour at the park on Sunday walking around, capturing Pokemon, and talking about trivial things.
I also like that I have something to talk about with the high schoolers at church. They spend more time playing than I or my husband do, but we’re not doing too badly considering we both work all day and don’t have as much time to hang out at parks or walk around town.
We had the youth group overnighter a couple weeks ago, and since the church is a Pokestop, we set lures and had fun catching whatever Pokemon showed up. We’d hang out in the sanctuary and chat while waiting for Pokemon. If we saw something, someone would say, “Hey, I just caught XYZ” and everyone would walk around so they could find it on their own phones.
I heard about some people on the news doing really stupid things while playing Pokemon Go, but I think that as long as you’re paying attention and not trespassing (or driving) while playing it, it’s a great conversation piece and a fun game that’s surprisingly more social than I expected it to be.