Saturday 17 February 2018

Michael O'Doherty: 'Pokemon Go zombies show general population is far dumber than we all feared'

Game sees players walking around trying to catch characters.
Game sees players walking around trying to catch characters.

One would have thought that what the country needs least is another reason for phone-addicted cretins to walk out in front of drivers and cyclists, or bump into fellow pedestrians, unaware of anything going on around them.

So it's hardly a source of joy to witness the arrival of Pokemon Go, a phone-based game which encourages participants to walk around Dublin trying to catch imaginary characters in real-life locations.

I can offer little assistance in relation to the point of this game, nor do I wish to, lest I become a tiny bit more stupid in attempting to understand it.

Suffice it to say that it is a virtual reality game, essentially giving participants the impression that they are genuinely pursuing objects that exist, when of course they don't.

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You would think that it was the sole reserve of teenagers but judging by the number of ostensibly well-developed adults that I've noticed walking, zombie-like, around the city centre in the last few days, glued to their phone screens to the exclusion of all other external stimuli, it would seem that much of the general population is far dumber than we all feared.

One enthusiast was interviewed during the week about his obsession and was keen to plug its health benefits. "I've walked all over town," he explained, implying that it took Pokemon Go to get him up off his backside, and the thought of taking some exercise never previously occurred to him. And so, of the moronic followers of this game, I've only one thing to ask.

You may have stumbled, albeit accidentally, on a way of exercising your body. Would it be too much to ask for you to find a way of doing likewise to your brain?

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