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Have you heard about Pokémon Go? The new augmented reality mobile phone game was released last week and already has millions of downloads—more people have installed Pokemon Go than Tinder, a popular hook up app. Social media feeds over the weekend were mostly about the Dallas shooting, police violence, and/or Pokémon Go. (Also sports stuff happened/is happening).

Pokémon Go, like a lot of cultural products, cuts across socioeconomic, racial, and other dividing lines drawn up and exploited by the political mainstream. As one prominent social media tech commentator noted, Pokémon Go is obviously only possible in a capitalist society, even if it's not necessary in a capitalist society to understand how capitalism works or even to support it (although when a critical mass of people neither understand nor support it, the political class can and does do serious damage to it.

I came across one story (it may be apocryphal—but even apocryphal stories exist because they make a relevant point, right? Anyway, I want to believe) that exemplified this disconnect between the culture and the politics and how the politics can inject paranoia, distrust, and tension into the culture and broader society.

The anecdote, via Reddit:

Ok, reporting in. Couldn't sleep so I downloaded the game and took a 3am walk. There is a little park a few blocks from me that had like three pokestops and a gym, so I wandered over there to see what the game could offer. Picked up an Evee outside my house and a couple of trash pokes on the way to the park.

So I get there and wander around a little checking out the stops and rustling around in the tall grass, then decide to go a few blocks away to see a couple more stops when I hear from the darkness a "Yo, my man!"

Turning I see two sketchy looking dudes sitting on a bench in the dark. I must have walked right past them without noticing them Great. One of them waves "My man, check over by the blue truck over there we got an onyx earlier."

So I wander over by the truck and sure enough there's a fucking onyx there. Awesome. So I end up chatting with the guys for a bit, told em where I got my evee, they convinced me to join red team when I hit level five so we could "lock shit down" in the neighbourhood.

Then the cop shows up.

Yeah, so it turns out two twentysomething black dudes and a forty year old white guy chilling in the park at 3am looks strange. It took a bit of talking to convince the cop we weren't doing a drug deal, and a bit longer to explain the game. Then the cop downloaded the fucking game on his phone and asked us how to get started.

Go red team.

The Pokemon Go game also cuts against the trend toward fearmongering over free-range kids, which is leading to more people calling for more police officers to enforce more laws on more children. Pokémon Go encourages people to go out, explore the world around them, and meet new people, instead of assuming everyone is a potential threat that only a strong government with powerful enforcement mechanisms can protect us from.

It may be possible someone has a hot take about Pokémon Go and how half the country is playing it while the other half worries about police violence. It's possible to do both, while that's the kind of black and white thinking that has made policy reforms that are tantalizingly achievable harder to attain. Those kind of voices should be rejected.

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  1. It is eerie how Pokemon Go has taken over my neighborhood. A week ago when I would walk my dog, I was most likely to see a bunch of old people walking their dogs. Starting on Thursday, I started noticing more and more kids walking around, skateboarding, sitting under a tree or hanging around on the excercise trail. I recognized one of the girls as a neighbor and asked her what was up. She (a high school sophomore) told me that she was hunting pokemon. I nodded confused and walked on.

    It is crazy watching these kids get out and about- talking to kids they probably never hang out with- as they share tips and tricks. It is amazing.

    1. I don’t see people out and about too often, but I saw a herd of teenage girls walking through my neighborhood yesterday, playing what sounded like this.

    2. It is eerie how Pokemon Go has taken over my neighborhood.

      Is it?

    3. So Pokemon Go has nothing to do with baduk.

      /runs away sobbing

  2. Pokeman WTF? Get off my lawn!

      1. Expect to see more journalists and pundits bitching about property rights and self-defense laws when discussing this game.

      2. . . . many parts of the US have laws that allow people to kill trespassers . . .

        Another moron – no part of the US does not have laws that prohibit you from killing simple trespassers (laws don’t *allow*, they prohibit).

    1. I hear you. I have no idea what this is or why I should care. But I’m getting the sense that it involves stupid young people walking around, staring at their phones, and not paying attention to anything around them. Uh, more than already.

      1. Sometimes the kids find dead bodies, and that is always fun.

        When I was younger my friends and I went on an adventure to find a dead body we had heard about. There was a gun and a junkyard and local toughs who tried to muscle in on our fun! It was quite the time.

        1. Did it involve quite a bit of walking on railroad tracks?

          1. And leeches?

            1. And 14-year-olds talking far too presciently?

              “These are good times we’ll always remember, guys.”

      2. The app does give due warning to players to pay attention. In rather a funny way, I think:

        http://9gag.com/gag/aeG7yN5/ leaked-pokemon-go-loading-screen- at-least-we-ve-been-warned-so-they-won-t-be-sued

    1. Here’s my shocked face.

      1. In East Baltimore where I must occasionally venture to see a client, the number one rule on the street is ‘Never take your cell phone out of your pocket, ever, for any reason’. I guess Pokemon Go is not going to catch on there.

        1. Or maybe it will solve that problem. People aren’t going to put up with thugs ruining their pokemon hunt.

        2. Someone clever would put a bunch of the Pokeman deals (sorry, too old and (((Jew))) to know the terminology or care) in Leakin Park. Please, please tell me they’re doing that.

    2. “I choose you, Pikachu Concealed Carry!”

      1. Glock 43 used Hornady Critical Defense. It’s super effective!

        1. I prefer the Glock 23 Gen 4 in .40 S&W.

    3. Police say the robbers got the victims to a location by setting up a beacon to a Pok?stop to lure more players.

      I’m suspicious of the veracity. Doesn’t Niantic (the company running the game) choose where the Pokestop landmarks are?

  3. First homicidal cops, then BLM. And just when I thought it was safe to go back outside again, this… this Pokemon menace! I’m calling my Congressman, someone has to do something!

  4. OT (Cuz who really cares about the Pokethingy?) [I KEED, I KEED]

    I realize this is old, but did Reason ever cover this?

    WA GUN OWNERS STAGE THE LARGEST FELONY CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE RALLY IN AMERICA’S HISTORY

    Around 1,000 gun owners rallied at the state capitol in Olympia, WA, openly armed, this past Saturday in defiance of the newly passed gun control law, I-594.

    “This isn’t just a protest. We are here to openly violate the law,” stated Gavin Seim, organizer of the event, named ‘I Will Not Comply’.

    At the end of the rally, gun owners burned their concealed weapons permits and signed a petition vowing to refuse to follow the new gun control law. The petition ended with the text, “We pledge our blood. We will not comply.”

    1. Yes, it was covered here. I’m not sure if Reason covered it, or a commenter posted a link, but it was discussed.

        1. There was this:

          I will not comply rally

          Not sure if there was a follow up or not.

    2. Evidence that all the talk about “law abiding gun owners” is just a pile of crap.
      I suppose that if these citizens can pick and choose the laws they want to obey then everyone else can too.

      1. SICK BURN YO

      2. You can. And you do. The law is a polite fiction.

      3. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.- TJ

        Disobeying an illegitimate law is no vice.

        1. Actually the Declaration was probably ghost written by Thomas Paine.

          1. Meh…I doubt it.

            But perhaps. Regardless, there isn’t enough proof to rewrite history.

      4. I suppose that if these citizens can pick and choose the laws they want to obey then everyone else can too.

        Look at this guy over here, who never drove a car over the legal speed limit.

        1. Doesn’t everyone commit three felonies a day because there are so many laws?

  5. BTW, are the Reddit kids hunting these Pokey things without a permit? Somebody wants the terrorists to win.

    1. Never mind the permits, they shouldn’t be hunting these poor defenseless creatures in the first place.

      1. Holy shit. I can’t believe this is real.

      2. Keep in mind, in the games, a Lv. 5 caterpillar has no problem jumping out and challenging you to a fight. They’re basically adorable Klingons. If anything, human-directed battles just keep things throttled back to non-lethal.

    1. When I was a kid, a boy playing this crap would have got their ass kicked. Now grown men are into it. SMDH

      1. “Tempora mutantur nos et metamur in illis.”

        1. Spouting fancy-pants Latin would have been good enough for a whuppin’ too.

          1. So you grew up among the stupid, is what you’re saying?

            1. Yeah, but this is Ohio upstate New York. I mean, if you don’t have a brewski in your hand you might as well be wearing a dress.

          2. Paddling a navicula- that’s a paddling.

  6. OT (you nerds): SunTrust Park parking restricted near Cobb County stadium

    Fred Beloin and his partners bought the office building on Heritage Court in 2003, long before the Atlanta Braves announced their intention to move in next door with a new stadium and sprawling mixed-use development.

    Beloin said they had planned substantial investment in the property because of SunTrust Park’s opening next year ? they’d need fencing, walls, and some combination of security gates and guards for the parking lot. The attorney had hoped to earn back a portion of that money by charging fans for use of their 100-space parking lot on some game days.

    But Cobb County shut down that idea, when commissioners in February quietly passed an ordinance that outlaws property owners within a half-mile of the stadium from charging for parking during games and other special events at the stadium. SunTrust Park is partially funded with $400 million from Cobb taxpayers.

    1. Brian Robinson, former communications director for Gov. Nathan Deal who is now a consultant on Lee’s political campaign, also contacted the AJC to say he had “concerns” about the AJC’s reporting on the issue. Robinson asked in the email if a specific property owner contacted by the AJC was made aware “that there’s even the possibility, given where they are located, that the Braves might partner with them to use their parking?”

      The ordinance would seem to give the Braves an upper hand in those negotiations, said Neil deMause, author of the book “Field of Schemes” and a blogger who tracks public investments in stadiums.

      “One good way to get leverage is to make the thing you’re negotiating for worthless to the other party,” deMause said. “And that’s precisely what Cobb County’s ordinance tries to do.”

      Rick Eckstein, a Villanova University professor who has studied sports stadium economics for 20 years, said complete prohibitions against private parking typically are meant to protect residential areas. Eckstein said he couldn’t think of another example of a clamp-down in an area that is primarily commercial with abundant lots.

      “Parking can be a big, big source of revenue, and this is a new twist on it,” Eckstein said.

  7. Sounds like geocaching but for losers. Also, I’m anti-anything that gets little hoodlums out walking around my neighborhood. I hate DST for the same reason. Young punks need to be inside being quiet. And turn down that damn bass!

    1. I jumped in to say the same sort of thing.

      Sounds like geocaching, which causes the same kind of strangeness–especially with the police.

    2. Geocaching isn’t for losers?

      1. good point

        I always thought it was supposed to be a thing for land-navigation/trekking in the wilderness. then i found out that people just do it in the suburbs.

        1. Both

          1. I think i’m actually confusing the “Geocaching” thing with “Geocoding”

            in particular what i’m talking about is the use of commercial GPS to provide better/richer mapping of wilderness areas – particularly features which aren’t picked by satellite or medium-resolution topographic data. .eg. “Trails” / Routes / landmarks / passes / aid stations / watering holes / fire-breaks etc.

            its like a wilderness “wiki”; public GPS maps which are constantly updated by users to provide constantly updated/corrected geographic info for hikers/mountaineers/trekkers, etc.

            I was first aware of it in the late 1990s when handheld portable GPS were more and more common and affordable for outdoors people. there was a collective effort to improve the basic maps.

            I presume most of the same stuff still applies, because Google maps isn’t going to help you when you’re 100 miles from the nearest cell-tower.

            1. Google Maps works just fine offline. Earth? Not so much

              1. (for navigation purposes)

      2. Well, it isn’t branded for pokemon, anyway.

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3YI3NYywg0

        I mean, how can being branded with that suddenly make something cooler than it was before?

        If a Brony and a genuine pokemon fan cross streams, it creates a tear in the space time continuum and transports them both into the lamest plane of existence possible. That’s the only way to save the rest of us.

        1. the lamest plane of existence possible

          Branson, Missouri?

  8. I hate to go all hipster here, but I’ve already been playing this game for more than a year now, except it was called Ingress. It’s made by the same studio, Niantic Labs, and Pok?mon Go is just using the portal network the Ingress players built in a slightly different manner.

    It’s kind of annoying when something millions of people have been doing for years is suddenly treated as amazing and new just because it got third party licensed art plastered over it.

    1. It a tree falls in the middle of a crowd, it doesn’t make a sound–unless a millennial is there to hear it.

    2. Everybody knows about Ingress. It’s just that the Black Watchmen does the alternate reality game thing better.

      1. The porting of Ingress portals has been a little problematic. Lots of bars and sexshops involved. I was just in Palm Springs and the little cluster of pokestops was outside right on top of the largest gay clothing optional resort in the Coachella Valley (and one at the Lutheran church across the street).

        I got back from a walk by there and the straight friends were chiding me for sneaking off to get laid. I was too embarrassed to tell them, I’d gone out to level up in a Pokemon-branded AR game.

        1. Brock out with your cock out!

          1. /fist bumps HM

        2. pokestops

          If you asked me to guess whether that was something to do with “pokemon” or “gay porn” i’d probably go for the latter.

          1. Or perhaps a Hawaiian take on fish tartare?

            1. You completely lost me with that. Is “poke” a kind of fish?

              ah

              Poke (fish salad)

              Poke /po??ke?/ is a raw fish salad served as an appetizer in Hawaiian cuisine. Pok? is the Hawaiian verb for “section” or “to slice or cut”. Traditional forms are aku (an oily tuna) and he’e (octopus). Increasingly popular ahi poke is generally made with yellowfin tuna. Adaptations may feature raw salmon or various shellfish as a main ingredient served raw with the common “poke” seasonings.[1]

              So, “Pokestop” would be like a hawaiian fast-food joint

              I have mixed feelings about the Ceviche parts… but the more-gazpacho looking bits are appealing

              1. Poke restaurants have been opening up like crazy in my area. I still haven’t been to one even though I like ahi poke.

    3. I’ve already been playing this game for more than a year now

      LIGHTNING BOLT!! LIGHTNING BOLT!!!

      1. Actually, that’s not too far off, except in ingress, they’re called Ultra Strikes.

        But you do have to play with headphones or with the phone muted, because it does say the name every time you use one…

        1. DORK SHIELD UP!!! DORK SHEILD UP!! INVISIBILITY, ENGAGE

    4. But, but, but – Ingress only had you go to locations to tag them. Now *you can use your camera to capture Pokeman there!*

      That’s, like, totally different.

    5. Join the Resistance!

  9. It took Nintendo 24 hours to do what Michelle Obama has been trying to do for 8 years.

    1. true that.

      god i hate the whole “MOM OF THE COUNTRY” first-lady routine. If there’s any upside to the coming Hillary Dystopia, it will be the humor of Bill being caught molesting children and saying quasi-racist things.

      1. The private sector vs, public sector influence on “public” health, cultural trends, etc. thing was what I expected the first article on Reason about Pokemon GO to be about.

        1. To be fair, I tweeted ed that Pok?mon go could solve urban crime this afternoon… so I might have leapt the private sector obesity idea…

      2. Isn’t that what Joe Biden is for?

  10. Where’s my Pokemon OK Go video?

  11. This is the hope for the “‘Libertarian Moment”‘?
    We are so DOOOMED

  12. So far, I’ve seen something like 50 people out searching. I have definitely taken longer walks this weekend for it. There were some dude Bros skating in the park that I ran into. They were very nice, and told my girlfriend and I which way to walk next.
    At the movies I saw a group of 9 college kids running down the stairs, all very excited.

    1. I set a lure and there were 14 people there within 10 minutes. It was unlike anything I’ve seen, but in a good,and happy way.

      1. So many people are going out of their way to walk downtown today. It’s really nice to see.

  13. I finally laughed at a promoted comment.

    1. Tell me you’re laughing at Sheldon, because i did.

      I thought maybe he’d find some connection between Pokemon and the occupation of the West Bank

      1. Yes. It was the use of the term “acreage.”

        1. “infernal” was a nice touch. it suggests “cane-waving”-anger

  14. Then the cop downloaded the fucking game on his phone and asked us how to get started.

    No knock raids suddenly increase exponentially.

    *Police burst into random home, waving phones around*

    “Police! Up against the wall, we’re here for the Clefairy!”

    1. So finally cops will be facing the music for their actions!

    2. I’m thinking that part of the story – at the very least – didn’t actually happen.

      1. You’d be surprised. I was in Manitoba the last couple months and the Ingress game around Winnipeg is basically a two-way fight between the local cops and utility workers.

        1. Maybe it’s a regional thing? I never heard of it here in NYC. I may be shaking my cane at this but I’m not that old.

  15. Holy shit, Portugal beat France without Ronaldo on the field? Damn.

    1. USMNT would have gotten further in the euro than the america…

    2. He was on the pitch but a moth got to him.

    3. I couldn’t decide which team to hate-watch harder so I skipped it.

      1. France, sure. But what you got against Portugal?

        1. Several players I don’t like.

        2. Cristiano Ronaldo.

          1. That’s one.

    4. Only because of a bad hand ball call.

  16. Sometimes I think I’m the only one here trying to class up this joint.

  17. I remember Pokemon way back when there was 150 and I was trading with friends on our Gameboys but haven’t paid attention to it in years.

    That said I think it’s a neat idea and stories concern trolling about idiots getting hit by cars or trespassing are needlessly cynical.

    1. So far, I’ve only seen the original Pok?mon. Which is nice, because that’s what I know.

    2. Back in my day, we traded Pokemon via shitty proto-usb cable, as God intended.

      Also, if the developers of PokemonGo know what they’re doing, they’ll make running back and forth on some random beach spawn a MissingNo.

      1. Yes, I remember using the MissingNo to create an infinite number of those super Pokeballs, the ones that capture any Pokemon guaranteed. Easy way to cheat the game.

        1. I remember catching the MissingNo, and upon viewing it it completely messed up my game so that the file save system wouldn’t work.

    3. To be fair, there is always that one guy that ruins it for everyone.

      A few years ago, there was an Ingress player that got arrested after jumping the fence at a nuclear power plant.

  18. OMG, there really are pokemon people here?

    For the love of Jesus, if there are any long time commenter, closeted bornies here, please don’t tell me.

    I don’t want to know.

    1. Is a Bornie a Brony who supports Bernie?

      1. Crap, now I just had a mental image of “The Bernie Identity”, which would be just like a Jason Bourne movie except he’s an alte kacher that spends the entire time complaining about EVERYTHING.

        1. Nobody needs 23 different judo chops.

    2. Check out Stan Gable over here.

    3. There is at least one openly brony commenter here. There’s some furries too.

      1. Maybe they’re the same person.

        Maybe it’s Tulpa.

        I could live with that. If the brony and the furries were all Tulpa.

        1. Wait, I thought Stormy was a furry. That or an Ultima fan.

          1. Ultima fucking rules!

            Stupid moon phases…

          2. A dragon with fur would be ridiculous.

  19. Ok, I caught a charmander. What the fuck does that mean? I’m so fucking old.

    1. Once you reach level 5 you can join Team Red or Team Blue and go to designated “gyms” and battle other people’s Pokemon.

      A nice reminder that Pokemon is essentially a world where people capture wild animals and force them to fight for the amusement of crowds.

      1. 1’s and 0’s, GMSM

      2. I still don’t know how the pokemon with Cards was supposed to work.

      3. a world where people capture wild animals and force them to fight for the amusement of crowds.

        I approve. I’d be more enthusiastic if real animals were fighting.

        1. +7 Michael Vick

      4. The guy who first thought of Pokemon, as a young lad in Japan, used to capture insects with his friends, and then they’d make their insects fight to the death.

    2. I’m not sure- apparently I liek mudkips, so Charmanders are a bit out of my area of expertise.

    3. Means you made the wrong choice for the first two gyms, but when that thing gets to Level 36 it’s going to kick so much ass.

      Oh god, Pokemon came out twenty years ago, now I feel old.

    4. salamanders are for some reason associated with fire. char. voila.

      lrn2chinpokomon

    5. Ok, I caught a charmander.

      Please don’t squeeze it.

  20. This reminds me of the old joke:

    What does a libertarian Pikachu say?

    1. Taxation is theft?

        1. He’s like Hodor?

        2. The Team Rocket Meowth could talk. I guess that makes him the Howard Roark of Pokemon.

      1. No, it says “fuck off, slaver!”..

  21. Pokemon is essentially a world where people capture wild animals and force them to fight for the amusement of crowds.

    *perks up*

    Well, in that case, carry on.

  22. In my town there is really only one bar safe for adults- it’s a little place inside a coffee shop that specializes in havnig a much better selection of Whiskey and Whisky than you might expect from a bar with 10 seats.. I found out about Pokemon Go when I went there the other night and the entire staff was playing Pokemon Go. I’m pretty sure someone dropped a crate of glasses because they tripped over a Binacle or something.

    I found it disturbing, first because it reduced the attention paid to me, but also because… not to be hipster about it, but I’ve been expecting augmented reality to be a big deal for a while, but I didn’t expect it’s advent to be heralded by fucking Pokemons. I expected it to be used for important things.

    1. For instance- let’s say I’m at the bar and see an attractive woman. I’m unsure whether or not to approach- after all, she might be married, and my vision isn’t good enough to see if she has a ring until I am embarrassingly close. I might surreptitiously look at her through my phone’s viewfinder and see alerts pop up over her head indicating that she is married, but an analysis of her social media accounts indicates that she has almost certainly cheated on her husband twice. Bellying up to the bar I smoothly order an unaged Rye (don’t ask,) turn to her and say “Third time’s the charm, right baby?” And we’re wasting all this potential on Pokemons…

      On the other hand I do like the feature that lets you take pictures of Pokemons. Anything that gets people to turn their cameras away from themselves for even a moment seems like a public good to me. Also, it makes it easier to surreptitiously point my phone at people when more important applications eventually come along. “You? No, I thought there was an elusive Vibrava perched on your shoulder for a moment there.”

      1. “I might surreptitiously look at her through my phone’s viewfinder and see alerts pop up over her head indicating that she is married, but an analysis of her social media accounts indicates that she has almost certainly cheated on her husband twice. Bellying up to the bar I smoothly order an unaged Rye (don’t ask,) turn to her and say “Third time’s the charm, right baby?” And we’re wasting all this potential on Pokemons…”

        I had to reread this in Archer’s voice because it sounds exactly like something he would say/do.

      2. when can we expect TagoreTags on the appstore?

        1. Sadly they are unlikely to ever see the app store. While my fideliFidelity algorithm (motto: “You can’t be too sure when it comes to being unsure.”) is coming along nicely, the latest version of XCode just won’t run properly on my very recent Mac. What I can’t figure out about Apple is why they _require_ that professional developers use their hardware and software, but refuse to release any combination of hardware and software that is suitable for professional developers.

          My (admittedly paranoid and egocentric) theory at this point is that because because Tim Cook is a gay billionaire he has little need for TagoreTags or the fideliFidelity algorithm. I am thinking of releasing an Android-only app called “foregoneConclusion” just to spite him.

          1. your developer newsletter, my subscription.

            1. I think you’ll like the next issue. It has an article about market testing the Android app we initially called “foreskinConclusion.” We changed the name because it tested badly with Jews and most gentiles, and turned out to be a very sensitive issue with everyone else. Sometimes you just have to cut off a promising line of development.

    2. Eh. I didn’t really expect digital photography + Internet to = several billion cat pictures. Not that it isn’t also used for important things, but the bandwidth got allocated by the cat memes.

  23. I once had a conversation where someone was basically trying to justify single payer healthcare “because that’s how it works in Pokemon!” and people wonder why I’m a misanthrope.

    1. You know- now I kind of want to learn everything I can about Pokemons, so I can see if I can make sophisticated political arguments in Pokemon terms, and see if I can manage to be taken seriously. I mean sure- if I’m all like “In Star Trek *cough* Pokemons everyone gets free health care” I’ll be viewed as an idiot by most non-Pokemons/non-Pokemon enthusiasts.

      But what if I’m like “sure, it _seems_ stupid- but Pokemon is deeper commentary than you might think at first glance. Of course Pokemons is fantasy- we know that. But I think there’s something to be learned by considering the nature of healthcare in Pokemons.”

      And if I become an _expert_ on Pokemons I might be able to have dialogues about Pokemons vs Magic: The Gathering (Was Legends, given its emphasis on very powerful multi-color heroes more or less egalitarian and anti-racist than later sets? What is the role of Lesbianism in Pokemons? Is their ‘presumed’ asexuality vs the rather aggressive male gaze of Magic a major factor in the pastel nature of the former?)

      If I became a real expert I might get to have dialogues like this: http://marginalrevolution.com/…..ently.html . I think I’d enjoy that.

      [I should add that I have no malice toward Tyler Cowen or his interlocutor.]

      1. We’re going to need you to arrange your time to be able to comment in A.M Lynx going forward.

      2. Single payer healthcare in Pokemon is just a subsidy to promote amateur crime fighting. Free healthcare allows more children to raise Pokemon, and in return, skilled children use their monsters to take down criminal organizations.

    2. “because that’s how it works in Pokemon!”

      “Maybe so, but in that world they have things like teleportation, cloning, what are almost certainly replicators, and can create sapient digital programs. Get back to me when we can do all that.”

    3. And evolution only happens after you beat up enough other people, just like in Pokemon.

      1. Also there WERE NO HOSPITALS in any Pokemon game I can remember!!

        Just Pokemon centers.

        If we’re going to use the logic of a video game for our healthcare policy, we need single-payer VETERINARY services and then demolish every hospital in the world.

  24. A ten year old running around in a world ruled by roaming bands of violent thugs who periodically try to take over the world, where one company has a monopoly on what are basically the most essential goods imaginable, where an entire race of creature is enslaved, where most of the infrastructure outside of cities looks like something out of a 16th century fairy-tale and where the best you can hope for in terms of public transportation is a bike that costs $9,999,999 but is given free to certain privileged individuals? What’s more libertarian than that?

    I kid, I kid…

  25. So, I just walked to the grocery store and passed through a park and it was PACKED with teenagers and pasty nerds constantly checking their phones but otherwise getting fresh air, exercise and some D. I’m gonna call this at least a temporary win for humanity.

    1. My daughter is off in colorado with her grandparents, feeling all mopey and homesick. I got her to download this, and for the last two days she is running around the neighborhood with her grandma and aunt, having fun. Back home, for the first time in ages, I haven’t had to switch off the main breaker to get my other kids to go outside.

      Would I like it if these kids instead went out for a pick up game of streetball? (No, actually) This is awesome. For once they aren’t just walking outside to humor me, picking the quickest route home. They want to sit outside under trees and talk to their neighbors.

      It’s like those stupid games that the event organizer always sets up at the start of large corporate events where they get a “secret” about everyone, and tell you to go find out whose name goes next to each secret. Except it is my entire damn neighborhood. Little kids are walking up to highschool kids, and talking about places in the neighborhood to go to.

      1. Outdoor videogames. Could be the next big thing. Prolly a step in the right direction, in some respects.

        1. Until some kid steps in front of a Toyota and the family sues.

          1. Darwinism, my friend. Did you really want that kid to reproduce anyway? The able will survive.

      2. All joking aside.. Pokemon Go is great, because a lot of people enjoy it. I happen to think it’s the dumbest thing ever, but…

        The hardest lesson I ever learned, and maybe the most important thing I ever learned, can be boiled down to a sentence: “You don’t get to decide what other people value.” I’m a snob- I’ll admit that, and I suppose I’ll always be a snob. And I think that’s OK, as long as us snobs understand that if Miley Cyrus makes a lot of people happy… well, she does, and while I might not like the fact that Miley Cyrus is a superstar and Sonny Rollins lives in a nursing home.. well, I don’t get to decide what other people value.

        This is why I am skeptical of people who say that they are libertarian, but maybe not economic libertarians. People will tell you all kinds of things about what they prefer, maybe influenced by snobs like me. Talk is cheap.

        If you want to know what people want, ask them to spend scarce resources on a limited number of options. It would take someone meaner than me to deny them happiness just because I thought their values wrong. And it would take someone less self-conscious than me to think some snobbery really justified.

        I think, in the end, that we ought to actually really like Pokemon Go, as so many people enjoy it. I have no idea why they like it, but I don’t have to, do I?

      3. I like to yell “I see you Pok?mon Trainer!” then I get close and whisper “I Like To Wear Shorts! They’re comfy and easy to wear!”

  26. I’m 30, never played Pokemon, but am getting into this. I spent more time exploring the area around my house in the last weekend than in the last year, and it’s bringing all sorts of people together.

    Now I already hear the stupid comments about how this will help pervs and is a danger to children, etc. Seriously there’s no reasoning with these people. This game has done more to get people and kids outside and walking than 8 years of Michelle Obama

    1. I’m the same age and when we were 12 Pok?mon Blue was the best, the best! I played the everloving crap out of that game and even organized tournaments (for petty cash) with battles in the back of the school bus. This game takes me back to that state of youthful joy. Every interaction I’ve had with other trainers out there has been overwhelmingly positive. Maybe most people actually are nice and want to be helpful and friendly. Crazy thought, I know.

  27. They busted some teens in St. Louis who were luring people to a spot to rob them via Pok?mon Go. Get ready for a task force to be formed to create laws that prohibit robbing people via apps. They probably also create some regulations to force game makers to create games that don’t lead kids outside in this horrible world full of rapists and robbers.

    1. That’s pretty funny. When my friend first explained Pokemon Go to me she was like “and there’s a Pokemon gym in X business, right next to my house!” I recall thinking “This is bound to lead to at least some trouble.” Well, most things do.

  28. There are lot more apps and games like PokemonGo at Apps for PC. Different trending apps available.

  29. “3am walk”? sounds great!! but sometimes I think it’s not safe :)) Remembering when Pokemon Go was released, I see every young people in the street with the phone and this game turned on :)) especially around Poke-stop and Gym.

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