Pokémon Go (Kill Yourself): The Ultimate Darwin App?

Katie and The Fuboo drag LaughingMan with them to a discussion about Nintendo’s newest app, Pokémon Go. An overnight success, Pokémon Go was downloaded over 7.5 million times, and has passed both Twitter and Tinder in daily users since its release last month.

That said, although the game is very popular, it’s been surrounded by various controversial stories and rumors almost since day one. Most of which are nothing more than overdramatic, clickbait-y news headlines. But hey: when little Sally gets hit by a car, of course she doesn’t want to take responsibility for her negligence. Why admit personal fault when she can just blame it on an innocent game?

Overall Pokémon Go has been a positive experience for both Katie and the Fuboo, and LaughingMan even has some good things to say about it. Then again, this After Hours episode was recorded BEFORE the release of the latest patch which removed 3rd Party Pokémon Go tracking sites from the game. In all honesty, though: this doesn’t change the fact that Pokémon Go is doing wonders for all us lazy nerds out there by actually making us exercise and socialize with other people. And that’s pretty darn cool! (#Nerd-shaming)

References:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/jasonevangelho/2016/07/10/pokemon-go-about-to-surpass-twitter-in-daily-active-users/

https://www.destructoid.com/hillary-clinton-wants-you-to-pokemon-go-to-the-polls–375040.phtml

http://www.digitalspy.com/gaming/pokemon/news/a801565/pokemon-go-causes-mass-hysteria-in-central-park-as-people-rush-to-catch-a-rare-vaporeon/

LaughingMan

The loveable lunatic with the foul mouth and the iconic laugh, Laughingman is the founder of CCS. With more coffee than copper in his bloodstream, he's a full-time website developer by day, and a gamer, editor, and fiction writer by night.

Katie_B

Katie B is a professional Flash animator from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She loves Stoicism, birds, and convincing people that the only good Silent Hill games are 1-4.

The Fuboo

Artists, Wife, Mother of three, aaaaaand full time dork. WARNING: Easily Angered. http://inverted-mind-inc.deviantart.com/

One Comment on “Pokémon Go (Kill Yourself): The Ultimate Darwin App?

  1. Oh the great evils of being outdoors! The fun fact is our lives are now so overcushioned and overprotected, that any time a brick falls on someone’s head, it is viewed as an outrageous, terrible and totally unacceptable public safety blunder. And that may actually have some grounds to it, since buildings occasioanlly have inspections. Being hit by a car because you were staring in your phone? Not even close.

    Being outside on a bike, or hiking, or even spending a night in a forest was perfectly permissible and “normal” when I was a kid. Not saying I was doing the latter part, but I know folks that did all these together, and, last I checked, they were still alive. Of course, this kind of “risky” life meant an occasional bruise, but that didn’t deter anyone.

    I’m surprised how anything these days that has even the slightest potential of interfering with our precious selves, be it physically, or on any other level (you’ve actually covered the latter part fairly well in your other podcasts), is immediately goblin. Heck, goblins are bad too, because DnD, you know 🙂

    That said, I am not a fan of the whole pokemon “culture”, to me it is not that far from the pony thing, just different. Still, your phone is your phone… or not, if Google has its way, with “all or nothing” permissions and an active stance against ad and tracker blockers.

    But whatever floats your smartphone. Speaking of which, if, after my ancient WP7 device is gone (it’s one foot in the grave now), I am getting a Lumia, despite this Pokemon stuff isn’t supported there, it probably means how much I /care. In fact, what sold me on it is the promised choice of what part of my data to share with which app. Will MS still get info about me? They will, and there’s nothing I can do short of moving to Linux on my PC anyway. But, at least, I get the decency of being presented an illusion of choice.

    Finally, about the “power over crowd” thing. It is potentially dangerous, true. But is it new? If some artist was to announce a free concert, wouldn’t that have a similar level of effect? Perhaps not at the scale, but the only real difference that matters to me in this case is that the former can be done 100% digitally, without even leaving the office or having an actual event, while the latter requires both being physically present and having a local authority’s permission. But would a potential terrorist actually need either? People gather in specific places all the time by themselves. It’s called “shopping”.

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