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Pokemon Go. Is this the start of something new?

Over the past week, millions if not billions (the total number of daily pokémon users in the US alone is 4.3 million (iOS) + 5.25 million (Android) = 9.55 million total daily U.S. users ) of people have adopted an app and dived into it head first dedicating large amounts of their day into playing the virtual game.

 At first I was skeptical. I never was a huge fan of Pokémon as a kid, and I still haven’t played the game very much. From an outside perspective it's pretty absurd. People walking around trying to catch imaginary creatures on their phone. But think about the impact this game has had for a minute. Generations of young children have grown up on Pokemon and now these generations are all connected.  Pokémon doesn’t discriminate and with all the tension in the world its nice to see people of all colours, races and religions finding a way to connect and get along. Maybe this is the first sign of universal peace. It’s amazing that governments spend billions of dollars investing into wars and “peace keeping missions” every year and excuse my ignorance, I am not an expert on the matter but I only see 1 repetitive outcome of these missions. Death.  Now I’m not saying that Pokémon go is going to answer all the worlds problems and all the wars in this world, frankly there is too many large egos in the way of that. What I am saying is that it's amazing what a game on your mobile device can do. Maybe if we ignored our differences as humans in other applications of life we would be one step closer to world peace. Now GO CATCH EM ALL!  Check out the video Casey Neistat dropped this morning showing the impact of Pokémon in NYC.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOeZBW9Lwos

At first I was skeptical. I never was a huge fan of Pokémon as a kid, and I still haven’t played the game very much. From an outside perspective it's pretty absurd. People walking around trying to catch imaginary creatures on their phone. But think about the impact this game has had for a minute. Generations of young children have grown up on Pokemon and now these generations are all connected.

Pokémon doesn’t discriminate and with all the tension in the world its nice to see people of all colours, races and religions finding a way to connect and get along. Maybe this is the first sign of universal peace. It’s amazing that governments spend billions of dollars investing into wars and “peace keeping missions” every year and excuse my ignorance, I am not an expert on the matter but I only see 1 repetitive outcome of these missions. Death.

Now I’m not saying that Pokémon go is going to answer all the worlds problems and all the wars in this world, frankly there is too many large egos in the way of that. What I am saying is that it's amazing what a game on your mobile device can do. Maybe if we ignored our differences as humans in other applications of life we would be one step closer to world peace. Now GO CATCH EM ALL!

Check out the video Casey Neistat dropped this morning showing the impact of Pokémon in NYC.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOeZBW9Lwos

 

Alek Hoskins