This week, us Canadians finally got the chance to legally download Pokemon Go… Mind you, the fact that it wasn’t officially available in Canada didn’t stop a bunch of people from finding ways to get it sooner. In fact, Monday night I was chatting with an acquaintance who had already spent quite a bit of time playing, and that was only a day after it was released – he had been playing a while. I’ve seen plenty of people posting online about their teams and what not, but I have yet to actually try the game myself. One reason is that I don’t want to get addicted. I mean, I’m already addicted to playing MLB The Show 16 anytime I’m at home – the last thing I need is a game to hook me anytime I’m out of the apartment.
I get the appeal, though. Pokemon first became huge when I was a kid, so I’m right in the middle of the generation of people who would be all over this. In addition, not only are you playing a game, but you’re getting exercise while doing it. What’s the downside? Well, there’s always the potential for people to pull a prank to try and make you lose your cool like this guy. Watch:
I’m kind of amazed at how quickly he goes 0-100, from “Hmm, that’s weird, I’ll try again,” to smashing his phone, all before his girlfriend and sister could say “It’s just a joke!” Some people in the comments section have suggested this is fake, because of that (and also because the description of the video has a little section on licensing, meaning they want to make money off of it). At any rate, it’s a pretty entertaining video… And it’s hard to feel bad for that dude, who was willing to smash his phone over a game. A game he’d invested 60 hours in, no less – but still, a game.
At any rate, this seems like the ultimate in “It’s just a prank, bro!”
So I guess before you try pulling something like this on one of your friends, 1) make sure they’re not prone to smashing phones and 2) make sure you’ve got a camera rolling!