If you know me or have been following me on social media for any amount of time (even a day, probably), you likely know that Pokemon is a huge part of my life. Yes, I’m in my late 20s and have been playing it for 20 years and yes, I still love it probably even more than I did when I was just a kid. But whenever someone finds out that I love Pokemon, it’s not my love for the franchise that they’re surprised by, it’s my love for a very particular game within that franchise – Pokemon Go.

I’ve played Pokemon Go since day one with several extended breaks during that time. The game has had more than its fair share of problems. There’s no real way to “win.” And yet, despite all of these things it’s still probably my number one used app on my phone and honestly this goes beyond just my love for the franchise.

Here are just a handful of the reasons why I love and continue to be an active player of Pokemon Go –

I’m lucky enough to live in an area that makes it fun

Since day one of the game’s release, those that live in more residential areas have complained of the few numbers of Pokemon spawns and gyms/stops. Thankfully, living in San Francisco I have the opposite problem – I often run out of Pokeballs needed in order to catch everything that I come across. Plus, the large number of people in the area means that there are usually others to take down raids with which is a major bonus.

I enjoy having something to work toward

Although I wish they’d raise the level cap from 40, I’m only at nearly 31 so I still have a long ways to go. I know it’s just digital points at the end of the day, but my motivation to get out catching Pokemon and spinning stops is often enough to get me out of the house. On days where otherwise I might have chosen to be lazy and get nothing done, I can at least feel like I worked towards a goal.

I’ve met some cool people through playing

Although I haven’t met anyone I’ve stayed in touch with (read: shy), some of the people that I’ve met during raids or special event days have all been really cool and interesting to talk to even if for a few minutes. Since I work from home and don’t come into contact with tons of people, it’s always interesting to hear why other people continue to play.

It’s always fun conversation with other friends who play

Several of my friends still play actively, so it never fails that whenever we see one another we immediately ask how one another’s games are going. It’s fun to have a level of friendly competition where you can also team up and work on making progress together – even if we ARE on different teams because they chose the wrong one!

Hatching eggs is great exercise 

A while back I decided to purchase a Pokemon Go-Tcha bracelet. How you choose to use it is up to you – it’ll automatically spin stops for items, automatically catch pokemon that you come into contact with, etc. But what I use it for most is tracking movement so that I’m able to more quickly hatch eggs while I’m just going about my daily activities. If you’re an avid player, I recommend looking into the device. It’s been great motivation while healing from surgery and getting me to stay active.

Community days show that I’m not the only one

Above all, whenever there’s a special event I love walking around town and seeing tons of other people playing Pokemon Go too! Not only does it instill a certain amount of community spirit knowing that other people are enjoying the game too, it’s reassurance that the Pokemon love is still alive and well! Nothing like getting out on a nice day and participating in a fun activity! Just don’t forget to look up from your phone and enjoy the day on occasion!

 

Do you still play Pokemon Go? What keeps you playing? Or alternatively, what made you stop playing?