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Drewdane
07-12-2016, 01:19 PM
I figure it's only a matter of time 'til someone posts up in "Missed Connections" about a near-miss involving someone cutting across the ROW while hunting digital critters. :D

ursus
07-12-2016, 04:42 PM
I figure it's only a matter of time 'til someone posts up in "Missed Connections" about a near-miss involving someone cutting across the ROW while hunting digital critters. :D

I avoided a group of four or five young, overweight Pokémon players today on the W&OD, east of the Custis cutoff at mile 4.

KLizotte
07-12-2016, 05:32 PM
Oh lordy, Pokemon on the MUTs now. Hopefully this fad will die out as quickly as it became popular.

dkel
07-12-2016, 07:40 PM
I avoided a group of four or five young, overweight Pokémon players today on the W&OD, east of the Custis cutoff at mile 4.

Maybe a benefit of this is that it will get some people to get outside for a change. Hopefully, it won't get them killed.

trailrunner
07-12-2016, 07:59 PM
I came across two boys lost in their phone on the path on my way home today. My loud warning that I was passing them surprised them. I presume they were playing this game.


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OneEighth
07-12-2016, 08:36 PM
I wonder what kind of liability the creators of the app could have...

vern
07-12-2016, 09:52 PM
Maybe a benefit of this is that it will get some people to get outside for a change. Hopefully, it won't get them killed.

I kept saying this to myself as I encountered packs of aimless kids, staring intently at their phones, otherwise unaware of their environment and who/what was in it. Most were on foot, but a couple groups were on skateboards, which to me, isn't a good thing to be on whilst staring at the phone. But I'm old...

TwoWheelsDC
07-12-2016, 10:10 PM
I wonder what kind of liability the creators of the app could have...

My understanding is that they have a robust disclaimer when the app launches.

Drewdane
07-13-2016, 07:50 AM
Oh lordy, Pokemon on the MUTs now. Hopefully this fad will die out as quickly as it became popular.

I don't. I'm having a lot of fun with it, and it's actually getting me out from in front of my computer during lunch. However, I'm also looking up from the phone on a regular basis to make sure I'm not about to step off a cliff or onto a busy freeway or whatnot.

Henry
07-13-2016, 12:50 PM
Yep. Evening commute yesterday, approaching bridge over Rt 50 near TJMS, young lady right in the middle of the trail, complete with large ear-muff sized head phones to block out all external noises like my warning bell, going "DING-DING-DING-DING!". She looked up when I was about three feet from her and at a near stop by that point. Judging from the smile on her face, she looked to be having a good time. Glad one of us was.

rcannon100
07-13-2016, 01:05 PM
Okay, clearly we need to add to the forum lexicon. This is going to require some serious collaboration and creativity as we move to a consensus definition.

I'll start with a strawman

Crazy Ivysaur :: Crazy Ivysaur is a biped human similar in mental capacity to a dinosaur. Crazy Ivysaurs have begun to spend more time in sunlight as the virtual reality game PokemonGo has forced them to relearn how to walk. Crazy Ivasaur's nautral habitat is in the middle of a MUT or traffic staring at a smart phone. Cracy Ivysaur's are rare as their life spans are so short.

http://cdn.bulbagarden.net/upload/thumb/7/73/002Ivysaur.png/250px-002Ivysaur.png

americancyclo
07-13-2016, 01:37 PM
Crazy Ivysaur

Crashmander?

Vicegrip
07-13-2016, 03:17 PM
Ohmygodlookoutasaur. Darwindeadalops. Fallinhole. Hitsatree. Walkunderbus.

The possibilities are almost endless.

GovernorSilver
07-14-2016, 01:48 PM
Fairfax County weighs in (http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/news2/5-things-to-know-about-playing-pokemon-go-in-fairfax-county/)

KLizotte
07-14-2016, 01:57 PM
Perhaps I'm too old to appreciate Pokemon, but wouldn't old fashioned geocaching and scavenger hunts be more fun? More challenging plus you can actually look around (as opposed to a screen)?

rcannon100
07-14-2016, 06:10 PM
Yeah I am sitting here laughing. The is so much like the geocaching craze. Attracting people into dangerous locations. People so desperate to earn FTF that they are reckess. Utter disregard for private property. Oh and lets not forget you know geocaching in cemeteries.

I loved geocaching but it was filled with morons.

Geocaching handle: TheLostDogs

LeprosyStudyGroup
07-14-2016, 08:02 PM
Just about anything is technically more 'fun' than playing Pokemon Go. Like most mobile games it, by design, manages to fall short of actually being a game (in that there's no fundamental skill based aspect at which someone can improve and compete) while simultaneously tapping into basic subconscious triggers for compulsion and reward while purposefully wasting your time in the pursuit of getting you to pay for interactivity. If you're too old to appreciate it just be glad that that experience brought you a shortcut to the fact that it sucks.

JanaeBixby
07-14-2016, 09:30 PM
pardon me for being stereotypical: Two days in a row, car full of asians, half pulled on the sidewalk/still sticking out into the street, stopping in the middle of moving cars, all on their phone. SAME SPOT BOTH TIMES. All I can imagine is there is a pokemon there? If I catch it, will it go away?!?!? HOW DO I MAKE IT STOP!

LeprosyStudyGroup
07-14-2016, 09:43 PM
That's not stereotypical, it's prejudiced

GovernorSilver
07-14-2016, 11:12 PM
‘Pokemon Go’: Crimes, Robberies, Deaths & Other Problems (http://heavy.com/news/2016/07/a-robbery-too-pokemon-go-crimes-criminals-warnings-problems-solved-wave-robberies-robbery-death-dead-body-injuries-accidents-driving-criticisms-sex-offenders-shayla-wiggins-arlington-holocaust-graves/)

I'm sure some of you heard about the bad news, but there's some good news in there too.

mstone
07-15-2016, 10:34 AM
honestly, everyone I've seen playing is not asian--so it seems less stereotypical than misguided.

ursus
07-15-2016, 11:21 AM
I saw a National Park ranger playing Pokémon Go on Ohio Drive this morning. At least I think that was what he was doing. He was pressing buttons very fast. This was only a fraction of a mile from where a policeman gave me a ticket two weeks ago for not coming to a complete stop at the northeast intersection of Buckeye Drive and Ohio Drive.

ian74
07-15-2016, 11:53 AM
Just about anything is technically more 'fun' than playing Pokemon Go. Like most mobile games it, by design, manages to fall short of actually being a game (in that there's no fundamental skill based aspect at which someone can improve and compete) while simultaneously tapping into basic subconscious triggers for compulsion and reward while purposefully wasting your time in the pursuit of getting you to pay for interactivity. If you're too old to appreciate it just be glad that that experience brought you a shortcut to the fact that it sucks.

I think you are just upset that you haven't been able to capture a jigglypuff yet. Might have something to do with not having any more pokeyballs.

Steve O
07-15-2016, 01:52 PM
I think you are just upset that you haven't been able to capture a jigglypuff yet. Might have something to do with not having any more pokeyballs.

Last time I said something like this in mixed company I got slapped.

LeprosyStudyGroup
07-15-2016, 02:02 PM
Ian, not even a pikachu could get me to return to flicking my pokeballs in public ;)

rcannon100
07-17-2016, 08:49 PM
I just don't understand this obsession, of all these people, wandering around outside, fiddling with their computers - chasing imaginary prizes - risking life and limb in horrible weather just so their numbers are better than some other morons numbers. I mean, it's entirely pointless. How could these people be so idiotic???

#FreezingSaddles

cvcalhoun
07-18-2016, 12:02 PM
Well, it's not as though there weren't plenty of people on the MUPs with earphones to block out bells or call-outs before this. I'd like to see people developing common sense--or more realistically, clear and enforced rules--regardless of whether the headphones and inattention are due to Pokemon or something else.

Subby
07-18-2016, 05:01 PM
The only thing more fun than this game is watching us olds try to understand it on any level. :D

ginacico
07-18-2016, 09:11 PM
The only thing more fun than this game is watching us olds try to understand it on any level. :D

Most pathetic Pokemon Go player ever, that's me.

I downloaded the game just to experience it first hand. After going through hell registering my "trainer" account (they had to take down the registration process for 24hrs because too many people were signing up), I spotted the first few characters, randomly threw balls at them, watched them make faces at me, and took a couple of screenshots. Woo! Kind of fun, in a stupid sort of way.

Then, after I'd captured my first one (by accident, I wasn't at all sure what I was supposed to be doing), the game started prompting me to go outside and wander around like an idiot. I haven't played since.

The hope was when I'm dodging Pokemon players on the trails, I would have some idea what they're up to. I assure you I haven't a clue. :confused:

Oldtowner
07-22-2016, 07:26 PM
Multiple run-ins with Pokemon Goers the past few days on the CCT. One teen riding along at a good clip (17 mph or so) slammed on the breaks with no warning as I was getting ready to pass. (Near the playground in Bethesda). Saw several different people stopped on the west end of the bridge over the C&O canal on different days. Something must be there. There is another spot north of GU/the horrid smell where people have been stopping sometimes in groups.

The worst was a teenage girl who was following her phone and abruptly crazy Ivaned right into the opposite lane north of the tunnel causing an oncoming cyclist to dodge her.

Be safe out there! They gotta catch em all.

GovernorSilver
07-22-2016, 11:30 PM
Check out this Asian guy who caught all of those Poke-things!

https://www.buzzfeed.com/juliareinstein/lol-of-course-hes-valor?utm_term=.daaR78D1a#.nn7ED8kln

Oh, wait...







https://img.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeed-static/static/2016-07/22/13/asset/buzzfeed-prod-fastlane01/sub-buzz-22981-1469209663-5.jpg

rcannon100
07-23-2016, 06:31 PM
I found this passage of the article interesting.....


“I work 50 hour weeks, sometimes more,” Johnson, who works at a tech company called Applico, wrote. “So I do that during the week, and then after that, I would go out at about 6:00 PM and stay out basically until I had to go home and pass out.”

Johnson is unmarried and lives in the basement of his mom. He shares his room with his cabbage patch kids collection.

Rod Smith
07-23-2016, 09:55 PM
No one showed for my Pokemon ride today. That was a test and you all scored 100. :D All-Stars!

Raymo853
07-24-2016, 04:41 AM
The worse part of this whole thing is the insane media coverage and focus of people on wanting to control other people's actions and interests.

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Vicegrip
07-24-2016, 07:11 AM
At Least the coverage is something beside political train wrecks and double digit "in the name of..." mass murders. Am not one to stick my head in the sand but a little change up in the news is good now and then. I think it is an interesting phenomenon with a unique mix of basic human elements blending in with tech based entertainment. This game is unique with a mix of vision and attention robbing screen AND personal movement in public space. Not a hard mental stretch to see someone getting a bit focused in the local park, stepping off a retaining wall and landing on something or someone.

Control of others or control of your use of public space? Speaking only for myself I have seen some young slow wobbly Pokers on every afternoon ride in the past week. A long throw "Onyerleft" and all is good. Just something else to add to the watch for list rather than a problem. "Inattentive people moving in fully random directions" gets added to the list right under "Inattentive people moving in somewhat the same direction of travel". That same inattentive person in other places might cause a larger worry. Easy to say it is their worry but I don't want to hit a screen faced kid with my truck regardless of fault.

I suspect it will evolve quite a bit. How and where will be interesting to watch.

GovernorSilver
07-24-2016, 12:27 PM
I found this passage of the article interesting.....

I like this part too - assuming he was taking proper care of them when he went out on those nightly hunting expeditions.


“Go home, grab my two real-life Pokémon — my two little dogs — and cuddle with them and go to sleep,” Johnson said. “That was my next task.”

GovernorSilver
07-24-2016, 05:17 PM
Speaking of dogs - I'm torn when I watch this - the dog looks happy but, I'm hoping nothing unhealthy was put on him to achieve tha look.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Igr9CaR7B4Y