As I drive through the streets of my beloved city of New Carlisle, I notice something that’s long been missing. At first I thought maybe it was just a fluke, but for days straight I saw the same thing: people were out and about having fun and interacting with friends and family! This wasn’t the result of sunny weather or people wanting to boost their exercise regimen. It’s the latest and greatest technological sensation to hit our town: Pokemon Go.
Pokemon Go is a game that integrates real world maps and the popular game Pokemon to make a unique game that is fun; without knowing it, you are getting exercise that most of us desperately need.
Unfortunately, everything is not biscuits and gravy. Sometimes it’s biscuits and bullcrap.
Many of New Carlisle’s citizens are attempting to skirt the whole EXERCISE aspect of the game and play the game while driving cars, mowers, go carts, and even construction equipment such as bulldozers and loaders, all in order to avoid exertion and to collect as many Pokemons as possible. Guess what happens when you’re behind the wheel playing Pokemon Go:
Most of the locations tagged are churches, with the exception of a few places such as the Desert Storm sign/memorial and NC’s claim to fame: The Dillinger Bank. Hang out for a few minutes at each of these and you will be surrounded by a plethora of tweens and adults alike waiting out the time between collecting Pokeballs. These are the folks playing the game the way God meant it to be played. But look at the traffic in the street.
What you will see is some of the most insane driving ever. At first you might suspect they’re pizza drivers who already have two strikes against them for not getting the pizza there in 30 minutes or less, but after the tenth car stopping traffic or swerving to the curbs you will see that these are our people playing the hip new game.
In the old days the citizens wouldn’t stand for it and would take matters into their own hands when someone was a danger on the road. Sure, there isn’t specific language in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution that says you can use arms against gamers driving recklessly. But I think we all agree that you have a right to protect yourself and your family from Pokemon Go playing crazies who are driving around swerving like a Bengals player come the weekend of the second round of the playoffs.
Unfortunately, those days are behind us and we have to go by the book to try to keep our town safe.
Worse yet, other cities have reported criminals targeting gamers by luring them to special spots to rob them. St. Louis County, Missouri, an otherwise peaceful place where hardly anything goes wrong and the police have a wonderful relationship with the residents they are sworn to protect, has already seen a group of four men arrested for robbing Pokemon Go players at gunpoint after the game brought them to a designated area to receive in-game rewards. Call me crazy, but I wish “catch ’em all” was the attitude we took with criminal thugs instead of weird video game animals.
What’s the answer, folks? Is Pokemon Go going to have to end lives before we recognize its dangers or do we just look the other way because at least people are getting out of the house? What good is being in shape and thin if you’re just going to get mugged and/or murdered every time you try to find a Pokemon?
Hit the comments below and tell me what you think New Carlisle should do about this problem.