Pokemon Go is a game that has literally changed the game. Which ever way you look at it, the game has had an effect on an international level. Take international law. Iran banned the game because the government deemed it intrusive. Take crime. The game has indirectly led to robberies, death, a shooting and even the discovery of two dead bodies, one in Wyoming and the other in New Hampshire. Players have been known to wander in to other people’s homes, cemeteries, memorial museums and have even jumped off cliffs while looking for Pokemon. People have been banned from playing the game because they’ve been using bots to cheat through it. Wow, that’s a lot of bad buzz. But with all that not everyone knows that Pokemon Go has had a very positive affect on the general public.
Pokemon Go Has Encouraged Social Interaction
You might have noticed a lot more kids roaming around your neighbourhood these past few days. These “pesky” kids will usually be staring at their phones like zombies and chasing after invisible pocket monsters. They’re playing Pokemon Go. But hey, they’re actually gathering in groups, talking to each other and laughing and interacting. Wait, how did that happen? It turns out that Pokemon Go has been one of the biggest promoters of socializing in recent memory. And you won’t believe what has happened as a result.
There are stories online of people getting over social anxiety and depression as a result of playing Pokemon Go. Some have even described it as better than anything their therapist ever gave them. Even the New York Times has a short piece on how its encourage social interaction. In another inspiring story, Ralphie Koppelman, a 6 year old autistic boy socialized with other people for the first time in his life while playing the game. The Carroll County Public Library in Kentucky, USA has started receiving more readers because it’s a Pokestop.
This is a welcome change in a generation obsessed with themselves, taking selfies all the time and barely leaving their rooms.
Then There Are The Health Benefits
A friend of mine recently said he hates Pokemon Go. I asked why. He replied, “You have to walk.” I chuckled, not just because of how lazy my friend was but because I was really happy. This was a game that actually got you off your ass. Obesity rates have been rising steadily across the developed world and it’s because we’ve all become couch potatoes, shifting screens the entire day. But here comes a game that makes you move. In a peer reviewed publication call Games For Health, a study was published glorifying Pokemon Go for increasing the physical activity of players. There are stories online that speak of weight loss as well as improvements in those afflicted with chronic pain.
The Economic Benefits
Due to all the traffic around public places because of Pokemon Go, establishments have been paying for lures. This attracts more Pokemon to those places, hence more players. McDonald’s has been making special happy meals in Japan for the game, city wide bus tours have opened up to take people to hunt Pokemon, Hotels are promoting themselves by offering free Pokemon lures and there’s even cafes that are changing up their look to attract players.