View Poll Results: What do you think of PokemonGo

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  • The game should be banned

    5 20.83%
  • I survived Parachute Pants and Aquanet, I can survive this fad.

    2 8.33%
  • Nice to see kids out, even if its not my cup of tea

    11 45.83%
  • I (would) have a Pikachu tattoo.

    6 25.00%
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  1. #11

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    I love games, even video games, and while I've heard of PokemonGo I knew nothing about what it was, thank you Alexsmom for your description. And if indeed that is how it's played there's no way I'd be letting my kids play it, and that's an odd thing for me to say. The concept of having your attention glued to your phone/tablet while walking around or worse is horrible at best. I smell a lawsuit in the near future for the makers of this game. My kids are spacey enough when it comes to watching out for traffic and such without the added assistance of an app that requires their attention while they cross the street.

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    So I asked for clarification on how its played, if youre looking at the screen all the time or not....
    The phone goes in your pocket, and if you are out and about and come up on a pokemon, it vibrates to alert you. And you can capture it, then go on your way...

    The first version had a *tracker* thing where you could look at the screen and track down the pokemon. That went away with the first update.

    If you need to walk certain distance to make your Pokemon hatch, you keep phone in your pocket again. So you walk somewhere interesting (like a hike) because it is more fun than walking around the block to get your distances.
    And while you're out, you might find more pokemons.

    So no, you arent out on a hike, staring at your screen.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    We don't have iPhones so we're out of the loop anyway, but the privacy issues + yet another reason to be glue to a screen instead of living life make me very happy dd has no interest!
    Skrink - mama to my 14 yo wild woman

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    I play. My 13-year old and I go out a few evenings a week to walk. We spend time together. I even hatched a 10km egg. Better than a Fitbit for motivation. Also our favorite Pokestop is at the library and the librarians are thrilled; they've definitely seen a spike in people using the library.

    Regarding the posts about tracking -- this app does not run in the background. It cannot track distance unless the app is on. Believe me, I wish it did.

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    There are a ton of people looking (hunting ? - idk what word you use) for Pokemon at the park dd practices soccer. The people out are so friendly to one another - everyone is chatting. I overhear them helping one another or engaging in small talk. Though it is not my thing, imo people connecting over something not hate or fear based is a good thing.
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    I like it. It has to be on in order to track your distance to hatch the eggs. So I'll turn it on and turn the phone upside down for battery saver mode and go for a walk, or when I'm out shopping. If a Pokemon pops up it vibrates and then I can decide to stop to try to catch it or just ignore it because I'm doing something else. Or if I toss my phone in my bag upside down it will track the distance for the egg but I don't have to worry about being distracted by it vibrating. A lot of the problems remind me of the the articles that came out when texting got big. A girl walked into an open manhole while texing, we still have to warn people not to text and drive. It seems pretty obvious to most people that when you are driving that's what you should be doing but some people still need that reminder. Don't eat soup, don't apply make up, don't hold the phone to your ear, don't text, don't search for a cd in the back seat. There are many warning built into the game. Don't trespass, be aware of your surroundings, there's even a new warning that pops up if it thinks you are moving too fast. It tells you not to play and drive and then you click the "I'm a passenger" button to go back to the game. The game has plenty of warnings built in so I think they're going to be safe from lawsuits. At this point it's your own fault if you do some of these things.

    They're working on letting locations opt out, and I think they should also allow locations to opt in. Some business love it, we have this collection of stores, The Avenue, and many of the businesses there love the game. They are getting more customers, they set out lures to bring in even more people, the library system has fully embraced it too. They hold a Pokemon crawl on Fridays now, they set off lures or host games in the branches that are gyms. My husband has gotten back into walking on his lunch breaks now, and my daughter and I have taken to walking around the block in the evening sometimes because of the game. It makes a good excuse to get out of the house. We made a special trip to our favorite bakery to get Pokemon cupcakes, and got a discount that day because of the game.
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    Thanks RBM, I knew someone here could explain it better than I did 2nd hand!

    Its a relief to know its not tracking you while the game is off.
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    We don't have IPhones or anything like that, so we don't have the option, but we probably wouldn't play anyhow.

    Part of my husband's forest is a Poke Stop and he isn't happy about it. But he get's grumpy about selfies in the wilderness, too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyme View Post
    We don't have IPhones or anything like that, so we don't have the option, but we probably wouldn't play anyhow.

    Part of my husband's forest is a Poke Stop and he isn't happy about it. But he get's grumpy about selfies in the wilderness, too...
    Has the Pokestop brought more people in? Advocates of the gsme say it gets people out and about, instead of sitting at home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Has the Pokestop brought more people in? Advocates of the gsme say it gets people out and about, instead of sitting at home.
    I don't know. The place is already a destination by itself--the "I'm going to save up and go one day" kind of one. And it's summer, when visitation is already high, so I don't know if they will be able to really tell in the end. Theyare hhaving special walks/talks on the theme, so the attendance at those might give an indication. I'm sure your statement is what the big boss was thinking of. My husband, the grump, thinks the place has value ofits own and ddoesn't need "gimmicks."

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