Thursday, July 14, 2016

Tips To Be A Polite Pokemon Go Player




Picture this: it's like 96 degrees outside. You're jogging, because you need to be able to fit into your pants AND eat the delicious chocolate cake. There's a dude in front of you on the sidewalk staring at his phone. You think, "Cool, I'll go around him." But then he moves to the left, smack in your path. So you move to the right and then he's over there too.

"WTF?" you mutter, as sweat drips off your forehead.

He shifts direction again. It takes all your strength not to tell him to PICK A SIDE! It's too hot for nonsense.

You eventually squeeze past, but he almost collides into you. Still gaping at his phone. No apologies. You take a peek at the phone. Maybe he's learning about a sale. And if there is a fabulous sale going on, maybe he can tell you about it. But no, you see this:




He's on that Pokemon Go app!

It's the app that's been sweeping the nation. Everyone seems to have it. Well. Everyone but me. I refuse. I don't want to spend my time catching fictional creatures. I'd rather read about fictional characters if it's all the same. Honestly, I don't mind the app much: it's getting people outside. They're bonding. But. Some are distracted. And it's the distracted ones that annoy me.

The guy on the sidewalk wasn't the first. I've seen people in stores all over the place. One nearly smacked into me at the commissary. She mumbled something about a Squirtle right outside the entrance.

"Excuse me," I said pointedly, but she was already gone.

So America, please follow some simple rules to not drive everyone crazy:





1. Be aware of your surroundings. Don't just stare at your screen and walk into someone else's path. If you do, say "excuse me." Mistakes happen. Trust me, I have kids who used to dart in front of people. It happens. But have manners.


2. Do not go into other people's property. It hasn't happened to me yet, but there have been people in my neighborhood reporting strangers in their backyard catching Pokemon.





3. Always bring people with you if you're going to strange locations. I've read stories of robberies occurring when people follow a "lure" to an abandoned place. Pikachu is not worth it if all your belongings are gone. I promise.


4. Do NOT drive and Pokemon Go. You might think you can handle it, but you can't. Put your phone away. Do not kill others for a ridiculous game.


5. If you work on a military base, please don't wander into restricted areas. I'm not kidding. This has happened.


6. Basically, if you're at work, put the game away unless you have a cool boss.


7. Make sure you're paying attention to your kids if you take them to the park to catch Pokemon. There was a story of a little one wandering off while Mommy played the game.



So please remember these tips. Remember basic manners and everyone can get along, I promise!

Good for you for going out and getting some Vitamin D.

27 comments:

  1. This app is the stupidest shit on earth.
    Lol

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  2. I heard that Arlington cemetery had to make a no Pokemon go policy. Duh.

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  3. Oh my god. You mirrored my thoughts!!! I 100% agree with this!!!! I was trying to run last night at the waterfront near my house and there were like 250 people standing around and walking around playing this!

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    1. Oh man! It can get tough to dodge everyone.

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  4. We have had people come into our fenced in yard, we live on a military installation and that just blows my mind that people are being so careless.

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  5. My boys are playing it and they have to either go together or I have to be with them... because one of them almost walked into a mailbox because he wasn't paying attention.

    I'm wondering how long this is going to last!

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  6. No interest in playing this at all and I'm not trying to be facetious either. In any case, I like your list.

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  7. We are playing and having so much fun. Although I did have to remind some college students not to Pokemon GO in the street! I called myself the PokeMOM!!

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  8. I have to admit, we are loving it, but seriously your tips are needed by some! The game even warns you to be aware and honestly, there are just some places that you shouldn't be Pokémon hunting at. However, we have been going on 2 mile, post dinner, Pokémon hunts as a family and I think it's great!

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  9. I have to admit, we are loving it, but seriously your tips are needed by some! The game even warns you to be aware and honestly, there are just some places that you shouldn't be Pokémon hunting at. However, we have been going on 2 mile, post dinner, Pokémon hunts as a family and I think it's great!

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  10. Omg, it's going to be even worse trying to navigate the streets of Singapore when this app comes out here. Its hard enough to walk here as people are constantly on their phone whilst walking and they seem to have eyes on the back of their heads so when you try to overtake them, they know how to get in your way.... ARGGGGHHHH

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  11. I'm not playing but my daughter is-Son is too young, and to be frank-he'd walk into the street after a basketball...couldn't IMAGINE playing on his tablet! She always goes with me or friends--she has been "hunting" while I was driving and spotted a PokéStops and because we were in no rush and it was at a restaurant we stopped.

    We talked about were others were--two were at churches, and one was in front of the airport on a tiny patch of grass with NO SIDEWALK AROUND IT! --WHAT!?! NOPE...I know the players should use common sense and stay off private property etc, but who ever is putting out these PokéStops has a real life photo DO THEY NOT SEE some of these spots are DANGEROUS.

    I'm sure this fade will only last about two more months anyway and then we can get back to POKE FREE LIFE!

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  12. I don't even know what Pokemon Go is, but from the way you've described it I'm picturing Andrew Wiggin in Ender's Game...

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  13. I haven't played and I'm not sure I will, but people really show their obliviousness sometimes! I live in four acres and we haven't had anyone on our property trying to catch Squirtles but it would surely startle me! ha!

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  14. This is a worldwide craze that is even getting covered on our national news. I've just written a blog post about something that gets you outside but is so much better that Pokemon - but you can only play in my hometown.

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    1. It's crazy how it seems to be everywhere!

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  15. I just wrote a pokemon blog myself and this is the perfect compliment to that. I think the game is bringing people closer together, but I agree, you do have to watch where you're going and use basic good judgement.

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  16. Wow...sounds like a very nutty game. I don't think this one is so big here in Sweden, hopefully it won't be it eather :)

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  17. Like all trends this one will fade out too.

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  18. I am not big on the pokemon thing! It just never pulled me in.

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  19. I should be jogging but instead I am the mom of Pokemon crazed kids trying to keep them in check. They do get overly excited when they are trying to catch them. Will keep these tips in mind

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  20. This is a great post - it is amazing some of the places people have ended up when they have been playing - you would think they would pay more attention. x

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  21. I don't play the game but my brother does and it's good to be aware of everything around you while playing the game. It's important to be sensitive so that you won't bother people on your way to becoming the best trainer that ever lived! Lol.

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  22. I haven't try this app but my hubby and my brother would addicted to that game.

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  23. good tips there! I have so many friends who barely use pokemon app now. but still some that stumble upon to pokemon stops and catch pokemons which is good. these tips are very handy for them specially dont drive and catch one haha

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  24. My husband will surely love these tips! He is a certified Pokemon Go player. Thanks for sharing!

    Mhaan | www.mommyrockininstyle.com

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  25. I am not really into this app. As long as people are responsible and enjoying it, I do not see what they can't enjoy it.

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