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Pokémon Go- the massive world-wide phenomenon. I’m sure you’ve

 

Pokémon Go- the massive
world-wide phenomenon. I’m sure you’ve heard about people heading out in both a
virtual world and the physical world, wanting to capture the infamous Pokémon.
But is it really worth all the hype?

 

Since its release, Pokémon go has
been downloaded by more than 50 million people, with the figures still rising. I
mean, when I first downloaded the game, I too was a victim of this Pokémon
plague. I recall being a part of this sensation, wildly running to locations to
capture mythical creatures, until I realised how stupid I must have looked in
the eyes of many. I realised that I had spent about three quarters of my day on
a game whose servers aren’t even active about 99.9% of the time. I could’ve
spent my time on something much more productive, rather than goof around
pointlessly. The game isn’t even available all around the world! I’d have to
use a foreign account to download it, and this process is very unsatisfying
especially when after going through the extremely tedious process of
downloading it, you only find out that the servers are down, and are hence only
left with the intense feeling of smacking Nintendo in the face with your phone,
very hard.

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Furthermore, I believe the game should
be banned as it is honestly a public disturbance. According to resident Joyce
Wong, her quiet neighbourhood was transformed into what she describes as a “place
of carnage” with hundreds of people wandering around like “zombies”. “The car
hooting noise was incessant, on weekends you felt like you were under siege and
the rubbish and litter all over the public areas was terrible” she says. Another
point that I would like to raise regarding this atrocity, is that there is
always the risk of the public being in danger. You would think that adults are
responsible right? Well think again. A couple in Arizona left their 2-year-old
child at home to drive around and play Pokémon Go. The parents were arrested on
child neglect charges. Is this really the world we live in? Where even two fully
grown adults would ignore their own child to take part in something that has no
real effect on reality. Another incident that proves the dangers of Pokémon Go,
a teen was shot dead when he broke into a home with his 17-year-old cousin
while playing the game, according to local reports. The residents of the home
mistook him for a burglar. This implies that game is teaching young individuals
to commit various crimes, each being more horrifying than the next. I myself,
have seen people get bullied because of the team they’re on (yet another
pointless feature of the horrendous game), and I do think they’re pitiful,
especially for not taking a hint and realising how malicious the game truly is.
As Pokémon Go is also classified as a video game, it wouldn’t be wrong to say
that it has a negative impact on academic success. According to a study
conducted to observe the effect of video games on academic performance, the
following conclusion was reached: “For children without games, scores go up
over time, for boys with games, scores remain relatively stable. You don’t see
the typical development in reading and writing.” said Robert Weis
co-author of the study. This is due to children playing video games so often
that it eventually results in addiction, and as a consequence they neglect
their studies.

 

 

Although most of you would say
that the game is an “advantageous” contribution to society as it serves its
purpose of motivating people to be more physically active, I for one think
otherwise. If you’re an avid user on YouTube, you may have come across various
videos that show you how to ‘hack’ the game by using a joystick, to control the
character. This allows the player to play the game without actually doing any
work, hence having no positive aspect to this trend. So it goes without saying
that there is utterly no point of this game, since even it’s only beneficial
feature can easily be rendered to be completely futile. Taking this into
consideration I’d also say that playing this game is almost equivalent to
slumping on your couch, with an extra-large bag of potato chips, binge-watching
a T.V. show you aren’t even interested in, despite having an important deadline
tomorrow.

 

In conclusion, Pokémon Go is just
a waste of time that’s been given more attention than it needs to have been
given, distracting students from important school work, and adults from
important responsibilities. I would strongly advise people to not go anywhere
near this abomination referred to as a “game”.

 

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