Pokemon No-Go

Unless you’v been living under a rock the past few weeks, you are most likely familiar with the latest smart phone fad, Pokemon Go. Both new generation players and older enthusiasts who remember the first batch of Pokemon downloaded the app in droves, and it has since become a popular topic in our culture. Unfortunately, however, some individuals take the game too far and have been caught trespassing and harassing others for the sake of the game. More recently, a couple was arrested for neglecting their toddler in favor of going out to “catch ’em all.”

Twenty-seven year old Brent Daley and his twenty-five year old wife, Brianne, were taken into custody after a neighbor notified police that their young boy was outside in the heat with nothing but a diaper and T-shirt. When deputies arrived and found the boy outside, they attempted to call Brent who only responded with “whatever” before hanging up. The couple was taken into custody upon returning home to find their son with the police. Though initially they claimed to have gone simply to fuel up their vehicle, eventually the pair admitted to having gone out to play the game.

Incidents involving Pokemon Go are becoming increasingly common and have clearly escalated to the point of endangering lives. Regardless of your views concerning the app, it is clear that precautions need to be taken, which is why the app has begun urging users not to perform some of the acts that have gained attention. Only the future will tell what is next to come for Pokemon trainers.

Pokemon Go Gets the Chores Done

Pokemon Go can’t seem to stay out of the news. This latest app craze has some singing praises while others condemn it as the latest addiction. Hospitals have begun using it as a way to get patients out of their rooms, others are saving kittens while they play, and everyone else is using it because it’s just plain fun. One dad has created a modified game to get his kids to do their chores around the house.

Seth King saw the potential in creating motivation in his kids using the Pokemon Go app as inspiration. He made a chart with different kinds of ‘pokemon’ his kids could catch by doing their daily chores. Creatures such as Mowerlax, who mows the lawn, and Dismanitan who stays in the kitchen, now fill his house.

He’s capitalized on the fun nature of Pokemon Go and found a positive use for it. By appealing to his children’s natural inclination to play games, he’s tapped into a way to get the done around his home.

The creative thinking involved in the development of Pokemon Go is spreading. Once a good idea has come out, others will continue to find ways to adapt and improve upon it. With so many parents looking for ways to get their kids to do their chores without nagging, using something kids love to do as a motivator seems like the perfect solution. Now if Mr. King could only find someone to help him make an app for that.