Pokémon State University

Everywhere I look, I see people playing Pokémon. It’s so… surreal.

Sometimes it feels like I’m in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (the one with Donald Sutherland), but with Pokémon Go. Invasion of the Poké Catchers?

I will admit, though, that I do play. As a lifelong Pokémon fan, I couldn’t pass this up. And it’s pretty fun. I love walking around campus and experiencing what I always wanted to do as a kid. It’s probably the closest I’m ever going to get to catching Pokémon, and I’ll take it.

The best part of the game is how many people around you are also playing. I was walking around campus at night, and there was a huge group of people in front of the SHAC fountain (that’s a hotspot for PokéStops).

As I’m walking, everyone starts freaking out and shouting, yelling about a Dragonite. Of course, I pulled my phone out and tried to catch it, because I’m not going to pass up a chance to catch a Dragonite. I couldn’t do it though. It ran away, and it took my broken heart with it. A friend who was with me managed to catch it, and he would not stop bragging about it. After things settled down, we talked to some of the people who were there. I and others lamented the fact that it escaped, and my friend bragged to everyone about his new Dragonite. This game just adds to why I love PSU. The community is welcoming (although I don’t know about Team Mystic), and the fact that I can find something to do by just walking around campus at night.

There’s never a dull moment in the city and Pokémon Go has made that even more true!

I realize this game isn’t for everyone, but even if you don’t play, this game is a great spectator sport. It’s especially entertaining to watch someone suddenly stop as the try to catch some Pokémon, and it’s even better when the person behind them bumps into them. It spices up people watching, which you can’t get enough of in Portland.

Pokémon Go is huge, and I could see it getting even bigger. I know I’ll keep playing; it’s great for exercise, and just something to do during downtime.

However, let me take this time for a friendly PSA: don’t Pokémon Go and drive. It doesn’t count towards egg hatching anyway.