As usual Kristin Lamb’s blog is verbose and intriguing. Is PokemonGo killing Facebook? Read her blog here.
Pokemon Go really is a fascinating concept. It’s getting people out of the house, like medium sized people also known as teens. Teens that were previously trolls living in the caves of their bedrooms with their computers are invading outdoor spaces and interacting with other players.
In my personal experience, it’s not just teens. I’m a geek. I love technology but for whatever reason, I was never a gamer. I get too stressed trying to do battles and frankly, I’d rather be reading or writing. BUT, I play PokemonGo. I need to feed that craving. Those eggs aren’t going to hatch themselves and I’m determined to figure out the gyms so I can finally master a stupid game. But it’s not really stupid. There is genius hidden behind those PokeStops and gyms. And those little buggers have good taste in books.
What’s next? This technology could be used in so many different ways. Bookstores could lure in readers with the ability to interact with virtual characters. Want to meet your favorite book boyfriend? Come on into IndyBooks and make it happen. Better yet, collect all your favorite BBs and start your own Fan Fiction world with you as the leading lady. Or man, whichever way you roll. Virtual meetups could morph into real-life gatherings of people who love a character, series or book.
Ask the avatar in the fish isle which Salmon is best to eat both for nutrition and sustainability. That person next to you might just listen in and before you know it you’re having an actual conversation. With another human. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want to convo with everyone, but a way to find peeps with similar interests seems like a good thing.
Yes, people can abuse the technology and already have. Yes, it’s new tech and prone to crashing ALL THE TIME, but it’s a new thing with the potential for being a game changer. I’m happy to hang out or hang on and go along for the ride.
What do you think about PokemonGo and where do you think the technology could lead in the future?