Have you noticed something a bit strange over the past few days?
People around you taking photos of driveways and carparks? Strangers pausing in the middle of the road to snap a shot of seemingly nothing? Meetings cancelled? Brunches postponed?
It’s okay. It’s not you. It’s Pokemon.
The new game app Pokemon GO is bringing all kinds of Australian nerds out of the woodwork. Nerds? Yes, nerds. But no one is saying that’s a bad thing. In fact, the Pokemon GO players seem to be having the time of their lives.
Players are confessing all over Twitter that the app has quickly taken over their whole worlds. Some admitted to rescheduling meetings to catch more Pokemon. Others are having near-misses in traffic, playing while they are driving (GUYS DON’T DO THAT. YOU’LL KILL THE POKEMON AND THE REAL PEOPLE).
Why is Pokemon GO the first reason I have to actually see my neighborhood? My life.
— summit1g (@summit1g) July 8, 2016
The app was rolled out in Australia and New Zealand only two days ago, and the whole world (well, those who knew) felt jealous while we enjoyed the crap out of it before anyone else on the planet. Only 24 hours later it was released in the US, and it is ‘coming soon’ to UK, Europe and other markets.
If #PokemonGo isn’t out in the UK tomorrow I will be on the streets with a big net trying to catch your pets, you have been warned.
— Jake Notman (@LeFroggyPenguin) July 7, 2016