Pokemon Go… ***k yourself

With no Facebook or Twitter, I have no place (apart from the real world of course) to bitch and complain about the latest fad that has hit Japan.

Yes, I’m talking about Pokemon Go. I know it’s been in other countries for a little while now, but Japan (yes, the Land of Pokemon ironically) was only granted access to the game on Friday.

I wasn’t aware of that because A. I don’t have a Pokemon addiction B. I don’t care C. I don’t play online games and D. I don’t care. Have I mentioned I don’t care?

Anyway, yesterday morning as I strolled through the Peace Park at some ungodly hour of the day, I wondered why there were so many young people out and about. Normally at that time there’s a few drunken people heading home after a night out, but the Park is usually a place for older people who like to keep their fitness up or are maybe a little more aware of their mortality than younger folk.

Then it hit me. They all had their phones out and were staring at their screens. It was like a zombie apocalypse. No one was talking to one another, everyone was completely entranced by what was in front of them and later on in the day, people were just randomly stopping in the middle of the road, walkway, park etc., to click their damn screen.

This morning at 4.45am (YES, 4.45am!) it was the same. Except there were more of them. More zombies. The plague is spreading.

The thing that really pisses me off is that the Peace Park is a sacred place; sacred land that has suddenly been turned into an otaku (nerdy guy or girl who is obsessed with some type of game, hobby etc.) playground. It’s disgusting.

I have to laugh at the creators of the game and indeed, the dickheads playing it who justify it by saying, “It gets me out and about and active.”

BULL-FUCKING-SHIT.

If by active they mean outside, breathing real air rather than the stale air that is trapped in their computer room, then yes, they’re being active. I think though, by definition, active means movement is involved. There isn’t any movement here, apart from their eyes blinking occasionally and scanning the screen, or their fingers tapping on a creature.

Get a fucking life people. Go out and talk to someone. Hug someone. Kiss someone. Make actual contact with someone. That is living. That is what life is all about.

This rant isn’t over.

Jade Brischke

Jade first visited Hiroshima with a group of her students from Australia and after falling in love with the city, vowed that one day she would return to live and work. It seems dreams really do come true! When she's not writing she's out and about with her camera, walking and exploring the streets or some may say, wandering aimlessly. She, however, doesn't believe any wandering is aimless. Jade blogs regularly at jackcrispy.com.

8 thoughts on “Pokemon Go… ***k yourself

  • July 28, 2016 at 10:14 am
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    I feel your pain, but mine is more about doing this activity in a solemn place that should engender quite a bit more respect than that stupid company has given it. I love Hiroshima and have visited that city five years in a row. I love to see children at the Peace Park with their schools, but this is not an activity that should be done there.

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  • July 28, 2016 at 10:44 am
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    If it makes them happy, then just let it go.
    I don’t get it either, but I don’t see the necessity to hate on others. There are far worse things happening, like the incident in Kanagawa.

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  • July 28, 2016 at 11:33 am
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    Like it or not, Hiroshima is a modern city and the residents of that city are free to use the public facilities provided to them to pursue their own interests.

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  • July 28, 2016 at 11:39 am
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    I do agree on the fact that playing Pokemon Go in Peace Park is rather disrespectful, that’s not really the place to play anything actually. Quite surprising and disappointing.

    But the rest of the article, honestly ? Sounds more like granny bullshit to me.
    Look how foolish some young people are nowadays, always on the internet, playing video games, not even able to meet people in real life. Please. Quite aggressive for someone who says she doesn’t care in the first place.

    I personally am not that much into Pokemon but I think that this app is a great technology advance, what’s so wrong with it ? You did caught on a bad exemple of socializing, but hey, society is evolving with technology now, and virtual socializing is part of it ! Something the author may not be aware of since she doesn’t have any social media. No shaming, just a proof you are maybe getting irritated by things that outstrip you.

    Don’t get all sanctimonious or patronizing because you are not into it and know “the real things of life”, on some other people point of view you probably just sound soured and outdated.

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  • July 28, 2016 at 2:59 pm
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    I literally have less than zero interest in Pokemon Go but boy oh boy, why such hateful speech? You do realize these are human beings you are talking about? What gives you be right to dictate what “life is all about” for someone else? For not caring about it you sure are letting it fill you with anger.

    If you take umbridge with someone’s behavior or choice in hobby, let’s talk about it. But to result to name calling and bitter stereotypes… Hate begets hate. How about some compassion instead?

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  • July 29, 2016 at 1:37 am
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    This is a good article. I would argue that the issue of people with their faces stuck in their phones is far deeper than just Pokemon Go. This is a huge social issue as more and more people are completely disengaged with the real world and fully immersed in whatever app they’re using at the time.

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  • August 1, 2016 at 2:22 am
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    Terribly written article

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