Oh, that Pokemon Monster
by Bingo P. Dejaresco

A WORLD-WIDE PHENOMENON “Pokemon Go” is a monster game played over a smartphone.It is addicting both the young and not so young -since the Apps of Pokemon Go was made available a few weeks ago.

It is a simple enough game which produces a Pokemon creature on one’s phone to be located in a certain location. The game’s aim is to capture as many Pokemon creatures and do battle with other’s Pokemon creatures to death.

Foot traffic areas in malls and biking and walking lanes in parks filled now with zombie-like men are commonplace. Focusing on phones, people have suffered sprains and bruises -walking or driving while playing the game.But the craze goes wilder by the day.

Judges had warned they will expel anyone in their courts playing the game. Some of our honorable legislators who used to text their enamoratas, do deals on the phone. check home or dozing off in the session halls -are now wide awake- addicted to this Pokemon Monster.

Some people justify the game as taking them off from bed -in search of the creatures and a social networking tool as they meet the King and Queen of the other captured creatures.

William Goset reports that in St. Louis County-people were alerted to search a rare monster in a certain place- only to be trapped there by armed robbers.

A stampede of hundreds of people erupted near the Central Park in New York City and caused a monstrous traffic jam as people left their cars on the streets -just to capture a virtually exciting monster. In Illinois, the ruckus was caused by the presence of a rare creature called SNORLAX.

The world has gone crazy -no not over their pet dogs- but now over a creature captured inside their phones. Unfortunately, they have used this craze to escape from them confronting serious world issues like racism, the environment, ISIS,violence and criminality. Isn’t that a bit pathetic?

The game puts an anesthesia, as it were, on the senses and makes them forget the world’s grim reality and day to day problems.

Is this then not a good thing? Not if it consumes so much time. James Donlon reports American youngsters now spend 22 hours a week about 4.5 hours a day on such games – which is the time- equivalent spent on a part-time job. What a waste of time.

Video games including Pokemon is an escape from reality as they give instant gratification. Players begin to feel larger than life in searching and then capturing a huge creature and successfully do violent battles and winning over other creatures.

They feel a huge but false sense of accomplishment. Because in real life- accomplishment is tied to “reality, hard work, sacrifice and talent”. Very little of those are required to become a Pokemon Exterminator.

Worse, Pokemon Go like video games as “World of Warcraft”, ” Bioshock Infinite”,”The Law of Us”, “Grand Theft Auto”and “Fallout” contain some form of grave violence and criminality that being addicted to them might predispose one’s subconscious to actualizing their mental games.

It is in the sense of actualizing violence , (suicide,homicide ,murder,theft) forgetting the world’s realities and wasting a ton of precious time- that playing Pokemon Go and its related games -should be rationalized. They ought to be boxed tightly and then reviewed with the the prism of one’s nobler sense of priorities, decency and social concern.

Manage Pokemon Go, then, or it will manage you.

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