To much ado, Pokemon Go! has taken the world by storm. It has become a phenomenon, well surpassing the hype of previous popular games like Angry Birds and Candy Crush.
75 Million people have downloaded the video game application in less than one month. Mind boggling.
Larry Warford, current starting offensive lineman for the Detroit Lions, has noticed the impact the game has on people. In an interview with the Detroit Press, Warford explained,
“I’ll tell you why I stopped playing it,” he said Monday. “I was walking down Mill Avenue in Tempe, Ariz., pretty much on (Arizona State’s) campus. … I was walking down and literally everyone that was on their cell phone walking down that same street was playing Pokemon Go. I was looking at their screens and it was about 30, 40 people walking down Mill (Avenue).”
“It was a bunch of people playing it and I was like, ‘I don’t like this.’ I deleted it because I was like, ‘This is some mind-control stuff.’ I don’t like it.”
Warford’s encounters with the new craze didn’t stop there. On the way to dinner, the ex-Wildcat met up with a teammate who was just as hypnotized by the video game.
“I was like, ‘This is bad, this is bad,’ ” Warford said. “They were playing it and I was like, ‘Nope!’ And I deleted it right there, right when I got to the restaurant. The funny thing is, the people I was eating with, they were playing it, too.”
The ex-Wildcat’s comments aren’t inaccurate. Many would agree, there have been far too many Pokemon Go related accidents.
It’s not all bad, though. The application has created social gatherings while encouraging people to be active.
Fortunately for Larry, his Pokemon-Go-playing-teammate, and NFL fans around the world, training camp has begun which means football is around the corner. Pokemon Go can finally take a backseat.