A few weeks ago, my mother and I were standing by the marina in Oriental, North Carolina, when a car full of people pulled up to the curb. Soon, another couple walked up and then another. “Playing Pokémon?” they all asked. The group gathered by the water catching Magikarp ranged in age from 25 to 65. One couple left their kids in the car to amuse themselves while they joined all the other adults playing Pokémon Go. I was stunned. Chairs were grabbed from trunks. Lures were set. Snacks were offered, along with Pokémon-related commentary and advice.
I was a Nintendo girl growing up but too old for the Pokémon craze when it first swept through the culture. I still don’t quite understand what they are or what their purpose is … or how a whole movie was made about them.
But I know how to catch them, how to hatch them, and what to do at a PokéStop. The game is great. Don’t listen to the haters. Read more