If you haven’t heard about Pokémon Go by now, there’s a huge chance you are living under the rocks. The game broke records, and there has been no augmented reality game that became so widely accepted. Perhaps it was due to the nostalgia it aroused, people like me still remember vividly our favorite characters from the cartoon. How could I ever forget Squirtle, saying nothing but “Squirtle, squirtle, squirtle” all along?
It might also be the fun we get from catching these imaginary creatures in our own world. I’ve started taking long walks, tracking down Pokémons and hoping to find one I’ve never seen before.
For a while, I derived pleasure playing this game, but I realized this morning I had to uninstall it. If you’ve never felt the need to install the game, good for you. Maybe you shouldn’t even bother.
Although the game doesn’t give you much clue when you launch it for the first time, it becomes quite obsessive when you finally get the hang of it. You start doing strange things, taking walks unnecessarily, suddenly stopping in the middle of the road, reaching for your phone in uncomfortable places just to catch a rare Pokemon you’ve never seen before.
This kind of obsession isn’t for me. I’m too busy for this and the game was becoming a distraction.
This is Lagos
Unless you live in GRA where there’s peace and quiet or you stay somewhere in VGC, you may live to regret playing this game in certain areas of Lagos. It’s simply madness trying to find Pokémons in certain locations. I use an iPhone 6s Plus as a primary device and I still carry a Huawei Honor 6 Plus around, these are definitely not cheap devices.
If you’ve ever been stripped of your belongings before on the street, you should have a deeper understanding of what I’m trying to say here.
Besides, this game makes you behave in strange ways. Pokémon Go is not available in Nigeria yet, how are you going to tell strangers looking at you in a weird manner that you are only trying to catch a Pokémon?
I will never win
I got to level six before quitting. I realized I may need to spend some money as time goes on. In-app purchases is not what I always do when it comes to gaming. I will definitely pay to unlock certain features in productivity applications, but game developers will make you spend up hundreds of dollars once you get hooked.
Again, there are very few Poke stops in Nigeria to collect free items. All these while, I found only one in Ikeja. I may reach level 10, but I became even more certain this would be one eternal loop in which I may become trapped.
It’s gone for good. I’m done with Pokémon Go. It was fun while it lasted.