Unless the coma you’ve been under recently is especially strong, the augmented-reality game Pokemon GO has kept the necks of North Americans craned squarely down since last Wednesday when it premiered. In the meantime, since I set out to find what downtown Lancaster City had to offer, Pokemon-wise, I’ve learned a lot.
I’ve learned that although teams don’t matter (Red/Valor, Blue/Mystic and Yellow/Instinct), they are a hilarious way to very quickly divide like-minded individuals.
I’ve learned that even though gamers are soon to achieve shredded calf muscles from all the walking they’re doing, there will be people that will yell at you to go get a job.
I’ve learned that being the best that no one ever was is a lot harder than the song makes it seem.
Thankfully, players around the country are learning the ins and outs of the game all at once, making Pokemon GO much more of a social experiment than a proper game. The next step in that social experiment is large scale player meetups to storm gyms and Pokestops.
At 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, players will be meeting up at Long’s Park to get better acquainted with nature, both real and augmented. According to the description, all 126 confirmed players (not even to mention the 410 interested) will traverse the city looking for Pokemon before ending for a group dinner at Roburrito’s. Much like Pokemon GO, the event is free, but you can pay to play (for tasty burritos, anyway). For more information check out the Lancaster Pokemon GO Facebook group here.