By: Christina Keasler, Middle School Librarian
I was introduced to Pokémon in 6th grade. I loved Team Rocket. I thought they were hilarious. Pokémon was my gateway anime. After that, I watched Dragon Ball Z, Cowboy Bebop, Fuli Culi, and a few more. But I never forgot my Pokémon roots. I’ll randomly spout out a Pokémon fact without thinking about it, and I’ll always have love for my favorites. I was actually planning on going as Misty for Halloween before the craze happened.
Now Pokémon Go has conquered the world. It makes approximately $2 million a day. With the new game, all of my memories are flooding back to me. I am completely on board. I have two Pokéstops across the street from my house, and enjoy the two Pokéstops at the library.
As with anything as big as Pokémon Go, there is a lot of news about it. Many have been talking about the positive and negative things related to the phenomenon. Four teenagers were lost 100 ft. underground in a cave, people are upset about trespassing, robberies, safety, and appropriateness of Pokéstops and gyms.
With the bad comes the good. Pokémon Go has made kids of all ages go outside again. People are reliving the 90s – not just because they’re playing with the little monsters, but it’s the last time they’ve seen so many kids outside.
Nostalgia aside, this is a great way to motivate yourself to get outside and explore new places, or appreciate spots you’ve taken for granted or overlooked. Whether you play on your own device, or a grown up’s, make sure you are being safe and aware of your surroundings, just like the Gyarados on the loading screen says.
If you play, you may have heard a lot of tips and tricks of what to do in the game. Some of these have been tested, and they’re not all true. When you’re trying to catch a Pokémon and they’re annoying and dodge away from you, it’s been said that you can tap on the rolling ball so you don’t lose a Pokéball. I have personally tried this, and it has never worked for me. I tried multiple times because I really really wanted this to work.
However, naming your Eevee a certain trainer name has at least somewhat accurately generated a specific evolution. Rainer makes a Vaporeon, Pyro makes a Flareon, and Sparky makes a Jolteon. Unfortunately, I already had two Jolteons before I learned this trick.
Make sure you play at different times of the day – different Pokémon come out at different times. You’re not likely to find a Ghastly around noon! Also note that being by water will attract more water-type Pokémon.
The library has accepted the Poké-craze. We’re going to put lures up at our Pokéstops, and we’re going on Pokéwalks July 28. Be sure to join us as we catch ‘em all! And just remember to be safe while having fun!