Thursday, July 28, 2016

Like Zombies

When my best friend was in town last week, we took her downtown for dinner and after we ate we headed over to popular, waterfront Confederation Park, which is located across the street from City Hall.

And all of a sudden, 'they' began to arrive...


Gathering in groups.


Huddled together. Staring down at their phones.


Not paying attention to their surroundings, only what was happening on their screen.


It was surreal. And pretty creepy, too.


The most amazing man in the world and I have been to this park countless times in the seven years we've lived in this city and we've never seen anything like it. Masses of people being directed - and controlled - by a game!

Has the Pokémon Go craze invaded your area? That game that has people walking around in a zombie-like state? And searching for imaginary creatures? Are you a victim of this?

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  1. I think it's pretty funny overall. The Pokemon players I've seen around here don't look much like zombies but more like they are playing tag - they dart around, here and there. I've seen them in age ranges from small children to mid 30's. So far I haven't seen anybody do anything stupid, like walk into traffic, so that's good. I think it's kind of a fun thing to watch. I've heard other people complain bitterly about it though.

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    1. I find it funny. It has gotten a lot of people outside, particularly the young, so that's a bonus. Now if we can find a way to get them to stop staring at their phones and see the world around them...

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  2. Lovely post enjoyed it alot because recently while visiting in our lake view park my eldest son was in same situation and when i was being annoyed he said dear mom please let me catch few more as this vacation is the only opportunity when i can do this ,
    Oh God this game drove all crazy

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    1. My younger daughter is the same, Baili! She is really into this game. When I leave my home, I disconnect from all the electronic gadgets. They take up enough of my life already as it is.

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  3. I haven't played it, but a few weeks ago at the mall we were at you could see everyone who was playing it because of their intense looking at their phones. My daughter in law said her sister plays it and one time it had her going out in traffic, which she did not do. I am sure it is a fad that won't stick around hopefully for long.

    Betty

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    1. As long as people play safely, Betty. My younger daughter is a big fan of this, too, and I'm guessing all her friends are, as well. I stay away from stuff like this because computers and electronics have already infiltrated many parts of my life. When I'm outdoors, I want to enjoy the real world.

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  4. Oh yes, the Pokemon Go hordes have descended on Edmonton too. People get really pissed off at them, especially when they're out still searching and making noise in the middle of the night.

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    1. I imagine you'd get some of that in a big city. It's much quieter here and I haven't heard of any problems like that. Yet :)

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  5. My kids are trying to get me to play but so far...no. They even loaded it onto my phone!

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    1. I'm not sure about my older daughter because I haven't spoken to her yet but the younger one is a big fan. But it's not for me, Christine!

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  6. I am glad you got some pictures of this craze because when I was trying to describe the "oddity" of this to friends they all seem to say "it's not unusual to see people staring at their phones. That's true but this is different. It's more obvious than just people looking at their phones. More like HERDS staring at their phones. I am sure this too will pass but it is odd to see places that used to have a spattering of people to now have large groups milling around.

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    1. This is quite different, Cheryl. I had no idea what it was all about and had to look it up. But then my daughter came for a visit and explained it to me. She's a big fan of this fad but it certainly not of interest to me. Most of the time when my husband and I go out, I don't even take my phone with me. I need to disconnect from the computer, my tablet, my phone, etc, etc...and just enjoy my surroundings. The only thing I'm a slave to is my camera!

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  7. I don't play it. (I don't even have facebook!)but my 16 year old son plays it. Keep in mind, I live basically at the edge of a tiny village and a field, so he doesn't catch many Pokeman (Pokemen?) at home, but when we are in town for something, he has his phone out. I think it's kind of funny and like any new trend, this too shall pass. -Jenn

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    1. Like your son, my younger daughter is a fan. She lives in a big city now so you can imagine how many opportunities she has! Not for me, for sure. I don't even have a data plan on my phone!

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  8. It really is crazy but at least it's getting people outside instead of sitting on their butts playing video games. My son and his friend logged 8 miles one day trying to hatch some rare eggs on that Pokémon game.

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    1. That's quite a distance! I'm sure my daughter is doing the same. She's a big fan, too.

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  9. Amazing photos of these zombies in the park. Cell phone and all their apps may be destructive to personal relationships and the ability to observe the environment.

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    1. I feel the same but I guess it's a matter of opinion and what makes people happy. When I'm outdoors, I really want to immerse myself in my surroundings and enjoy what the world has to offer. Since you love taking photos, I'm guessing you're the same!

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  10. Oh yeah, Pokemon Go is alive and well here in Portland. Some of my 20-something coworkers are playing it. At least it's getting people outside and walking around.

    By the way - if you haven't already, comedian Deena Blizzard made a funny spoof of this game called "Chardonnay Go." Look up the video on YouTube - it's a riot!

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    1. Chardonnay Go...BAHAHA! I just watched it and it was so funny. Shows how nutty we can act with these things!

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  11. It is similar to Geo-caching and I think if it gets people outside instead of inside playing video games it is a step in the right direction.

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  12. I don't play Pokémon Go, but I do play a lot of computer games, my favourite being World of Warcraft which includes the ability to collect a whole lot of cute pets. I have 509 of them. Apart from it being sedentary (which Pokémon Go isn't) why do you make a distinction between having fun while outside in the "real world" (to you, inherently good) and having fun in a "virtual world" (to you, apparently, inherently bad). Why is it so different?

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    1. I don't think it's bad. My opinion is that when you're outside, there is a whole world to be discovered. When you're staring down at your phone it all passes you by. That's how I feel about it. Someone else will feel differently and I'm okay with that. We can simply agree to disagree. I play games, too, indoors.

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  13. I have no cell phone. I asked my grandson the age old question, If your friends jumped off a cliff, would you? regarding the game. Either he's not playing or he's not talking!

    Have you read the Stephen King novel "Cell"? It certainly makes you think about cells.

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    1. I haven't read that one yet, Gail. I'm going to have to! I like many of his stories and I have a feeling this one will be one of them.

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  14. Yes, pokemon is here and I see the same things. people pay no attention to me when I ride by.

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    1. When you're staring down at your phone it's hard to notice anything!

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  15. Oh wow! I've never seen anything like that. I think I've seen a few players, but not a group like that!

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    1. And this is a small bunch, Bethany. In the big cities there are much larger gatherings!

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  16. I actually have never played it but I enjoy the craziness its inspired

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    1. It's fun to watch the gatherings, that's for sure!

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  17. I wonder why they just didn't stay home.

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    1. Because there are certain locations that these imaginary creatures are found, so being outside is necessary!

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  18. Well, it gets people outdoors and provides distraction from what is going on in the world...not sure that's a good thing and as I'm a fifty-something, it really is not my thing. Have a good weekend!

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  19. This is crazy!! I seen the same thing in my city the other weekend. I called them "phone zombies". Im not playing the game. However, I did crochet some pokemon doggie hats to sell in my shop. I plan to list them on Aug 10th, thats when I will be returning from vacation. hahah.
    Lisa

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    1. Those hats sounds so interesting! I hope you do well with them.

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  20. Last Sunday there were suddenly groups of people walking to the back of the church parking lot. I suppose we could be mad about it. But groups of people were coming to our church. I wonder how we get them to put a Peekashu on our stage.

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  21. It really is rather astonishing. I often wonder if they aren't texting to each other instead of talking!

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    1. Well, they do A LOT of texting, from what I see with my own daughter, so nothing would surprise me.

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  22. Yes, they were at MacDnald House in the middle of nowhere looking to these things! Not wanting to SOUND OLD or anything but this is getting a little too controlling ......our kids are so easily maniplulated.

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    1. I think there's too much dependency on these electronics. It seems like it's an addiction.

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  23. I find this so weird and rather worrying too ...
    The dependency on phones/games/media of all types - I'm definitely getting old! LOL!

    All the best Jan

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    1. Well, I must be getting old, as well because I feel the same way, Jan! LOL... It's nice to disconnect completely sometimes and immerse yourself in your surroundings.

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  24. Don't they look like that on a normal day? lol. All I see are people with their heads in their phones, no wonder they get into accidents. As for pokemon, it's here in Aus but not in my suburb that I know of.

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    1. They do typically look like that. But now they're in groups! LOL...

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  25. i love pokemon! but the game is still unavailable here

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    1. Perhaps it'll make its way there and you'll have your own zombies!

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