Bulbasaur sticker at University District

Pokémon Go

I work for a company that made an announcement that Pokémon Go will have a limited contribution to its earnings. The opinions below are my own.

I downloaded Pokémon Go as soon as it was released in the US. At first, I would walk around local parks, and perhaps run across a few other people holding out their phones in front of them. We would exchange knowing glances, that yes, we were catching virtual creatures on our phone. At some inflection point, the majority of the people I came across on my walks were playing the game.

Pokémon Go players at Bellevue Downtown Park
Pokémon Go players at Bellevue Downtown Park

I went to the Bellevue Downtown Park, which was thronged by players. The park’s traffic reached a peak. Someone would yell out a rare Pokémon, such as Dragonite, and a mob of over a hundred people would sprint across the park to that PokéStop.

My favorite feature by far is taking photos of Pokémon.

Jynx at Safeco Field
Jynx at Safeco Field
Gym leader of my gym
Gym leader of my gym
Vulpix at Snoqualmie Falls
Vulpix at Snoqualmie Falls
Bellsprout on a riverbank
Bellsprout on a riverbank
Krabby at Rattlesnake Lake
Krabby at Rattlesnake Lake

Eventually, I got tired of grinding for the ridiculous number of experience points needed to advance to the next level. The battle system lacks the depth that I enjoy in the core Pokémon series. So the game is uninstalled, for now.

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