To The Pokemon Party Poopers Out There

Does what others do in their free time really matter to you? What is it about someone having fun with something you don’t care for that bothers you so much?

It’s amazing to me to see so many aggressively uninterested people on the attack. Maybe it’s me. I don’t like watching golf, nor playing it, but I don’t get on Facebook and write long posts about how awful it is that others like it and play all the time. I am not into racing but I don’t tweet negative crap about the people who are.

There are things out there I actively despise, such as really badly written books some women obsess over that get made into really bad movies. But I don’t hate the authors or write about how terrible the obsessed ladies are just because I don’t understand the appeal. So yeah, it could be I simply have no experience with this kind of nastiness, except what I’m seeing.

Someone I know recently posted a rant on Facebook. It consisted of all the things they were fed up with, including politics, hatred, etc. In the list was Pokemon Go (which inspired this post). Now this particular person had a negative experience with someone playing the game so I understand her frustration and I want to address the bad stuff about it, especially because I expect to be yelled at for all this.

Any leisure activity taken to extremes is bad. Obsession to the point of neglecting responsibilities is stupid and destructive. When I gripe about Pokemon haters I am not talking about the ones who are upset because someone took it too far.

I’m talking to the casual haters. Like the older lady at the gym who gave me the dirtiest look as she watched me catch a Pokemon in the locker room. I was standing in front of my locker, nowhere near anyone or blocking anything. I was hurting no one and affecting no one. She looked at my phone, glared and turned to her friend to piss and moan about how kids these days should find better hobbies. She talked about some girly things and they walked out in a huff.

First and foremost, I wanted to thank her for calling me a kid. I said she was older but I mean maybe 20 years older, not old. As a 40 something woman, I will never be upset at being thought of as younger.

Second, piss off lady! I can’t stand to do needle work or crotchet. I don’t want to make quilts or play whatever the hell card game she mentioned. I didn’t give her a dirty look and disparage her hobbies.

I just don’t see how playing a game, any game, for fun is any different from what others do for entertainment/hobbies. Do you come home from work every day and watch an hour or three of TV? What are you accomplishing while sitting on the couch for so long? Relaxation and fun is what you’re accomplishing, just like me when I’m playing games.

Are you watching every baseball/basketball/hockey/football game of the season? What do you get out of it? Recreation, fun, excitement, whatever, same as me and my family when we’re playing or talking about our games.

Do you play golf? You know what I’m going to ask here. Well, my son and his friends, including the new ones he’s made playing, get what you get, they have fun, competition, exercise in the form of walking and possible sunburns, just like you!

So why are people so irritated? Sometimes I think most simply want something to be pissed off about. Other times I think it’s misinformation. Such as the assumption it’s only young people who play the game.

My whole family plays. One of my writer friends posted about seeing a group of nurses who roamed around the park for part of their lunch break catching Pokemon and having a blast. I caught two at the gym, taking all of 30 seconds before I began my work out. Another writer friend played when she couldn’t write and wasn’t at work, affecting no one. I personally saw a man pull up to a Poke Stop with his family in the car. They all were clearly having fun as they played. Oh and the man old enough to be my father I saw playing seemed to enjoy himself too. I should ask him to come to the gym and meet quilting lady.

So to all the Pokemon party poopers out there, you do you’re thing, I’ll do mine. I promise not to get angry at your hobbies and you will probably continue to be negative and unhappy (and I’ll keep not understanding you). All the while I’ll have fun and bond with my children and enjoy the silly times with my husband as we keep playing Pokemon Go until we get tired of it, if we do.


The picture is of the beauty I caught at the gym, Planet Fitness, not a Pokemon gym.

 

 

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10 comments

  1. Haha, you’re so right. I must admit only yesterday I had a go at a friend on facebook, about playing it, without really knowing what it is all about. I really hated the nintendo games, still do and never could understand why my kids would play them, still can’t, to be honest. But I can see your point as well. You do your thing and I ‘ll do mine πŸ˜‰ And at least it get’s people out of the house instead of sitting in front of the pc or tv. Maybe I should try it, I sure could use the excersize…

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  2. I must admit that I hardly know what it is, yet I know that one of my children is playing Pokemon Go. I assume this falls under the category of “you should check into this since your kid is doing it” online category? πŸ˜‰ I must also admit that I am not very good at any of that–but I have not had to be. I only have 1 kid (The Baby) who is smitten with video games-he is 8-and he is NOT the one who is playing Pokemon Go-the 18 year old is! Go figure. I have never been good at any video games-ever. I have always thought if I managed to get my kids raised and they didn’t get consumed with Dungeons and Dragons and kill us, then I was doing just fine. I’m going to stick to that thought and let everyone play Pokemon Go and have a good time–because that is what they seem to be doing! Having FUN! And MOVING! And moving seems to be a rarity with this current kid generation….at least around where I live. My only reservations are that I do think that it is a huge aid for child predators, so that does bother me. Other than that-I’m down with it πŸ˜‰ Sorry for the rambling! It’s late and I’m old.

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  3. Kristi, the “older woman” was out of line. Like her, I’m roughly 20 years older than you. When I could do it, I liked crocheting and needlepoint. However, I always did it within the enclosure of my own home. Some people take their hobby with them when they go out. I’m just not one of those people. I do like watching the occasional baseball game, especially if it’s in person, but I’m not what you’d call a fan really. People who hate the games and hobbies of others and show it so blatantly, actually hate something deep inside themselves.

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  4. It’s getting people up and outside. That’s good. I say let everyone who wants to play.
    The only issue I have is with the game creators that put pokemon (a light fun critter game) in places that should be reserved for somber respect like graveyards and memorials. Outside the site may draw people to those places, but sitting on a grave in Arlington National Cemetery is a bit tasteless.

    BTW, my kids and I would love to play, but our phones are too old.

    Happy Hunting.

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