So by now, you have to be an idiot or a hermit to not know what Pokemon GO is. If you fall under one of those two categories, let me explain and it shall be your free education courtesy of, well, me.
According to the following information taken from Wikipedia, here are the game details:
Pokémon Go is a free-to-play location-based, augmented reality game developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices. It was released in most regions of the world in July 2016.
Initial release date: July 6, 2016
Developer: Niantic, Inc.
Publisher: The Pokémon Company
Genres: Augmented reality, Location-based game, Massively multiplayer online game
Platforms: Android, iOS
I began playing after watching my oldest son, and his new wife, play while they were visiting my home recently when he was on leave from the Navy where he is stationed at Point Mugu, CA.
I've been an avid video gamer my whole life, but have rarely played games on my phone due to how quickly I have gotten bored with them. My longest played game was Words With Friends and I no longer play that particular game after doing so for over 5 years.
Even after my son and his wife (I shall refer to them as J and M from here on out) showed me PGo, I wasn't into what I saw. Until one night when I imbibed in some alcohol (I RARELY drink!) and decided I wanted a way to bond with them both, so I signed up for my own PGo account on July 13, 2016.
It didn't take me long before I had become so addicted to the game that my son, J, stopped returning my phone calls every time I caught something rare or new. What was supposed to be a bonding experience tuned into a nightmare only days ago when one such call hurt my feelings to the point of me getting upset with him over it. Of course, that escalated and now I have both J and M mad at me- and it was M who told me my son needed a "break & distance" from me. His own mother. They returned to Cali on Tuesday, July 19th, and only a couple days ago I was given that message from him via his wife. Huh. To me, I'd think they would both be excited to have a mom who was even willing to play a game that they had recommended to me. But not my kid. No, it just annoyed him. The day after they left, I looked up a bunch of info about PGo on the internet and created a chart (which I will share with you all below) that sorts all of the PGo characters by their rarity levels. When I sent that chart to him and M, here was what his reaction was:
"Your chart is bullshit. The game just came out. There is no way you could have all the information when people are just starting to play it."
Well, the game came out on July 6, 2016 and I got all the information for my chart on the internet from Polygon and a blogger who wrote all the characters and organized them by their rarity levels. I just took that information and sorted it all into a handy-dandy chart to make it easier. That's my oldest son for ya.... instead of saying "Hey, that's cool Mom. Thanks." I got the negative reaction from him instead.
Did I let that deter me from continuing on by seeking out the elusive Pokemon that I have yet to catch? No. But it has made it less fun because now I cannot call or text them my exciting finds. Like the other day when I caught not one, but TWO, Tauros's at a horse farm across the street from where I live. Tauros is listed as the 10th (out of 15th) rarest Pokemon in the game and I had luckily caught two of them in one day! I was so darned excited that I was doing the humpty-dance! :D
For those interested in that article, here is the link to it:
I am also disabled due to a life-changing injury that happened to me over ten years ago, and yet, I have forced myself to take my morphine and percocet pills just so I could walk around the nearest town to me called Oberlin, Ohio, where I have caught some great Pokemon. But it's not the same when I have no one to share my finds with.
Has this game been the needle that broke the camel's back, so to speak, in my relationship with my oldest son and his wife? If so, it's sad.
As promised, here is the rarity chart I created:
Here is also the complete list of all Pokemon available to catch:
Pokemon Go: Available Pokemon, full list
Farfetch'd - exclusive to Asia; hatch from a 5km egg elsewhere
Kangaskhan - exclusive to Australia/New Zealand; hatch from a5km egg elsewhere
Mr Mime - exclusive to Europe; hatch from a 10km eggelsewhere
Tauros - exclusive to North America; hatch from a 5km eggelsewhere
Ditto - not yet available
Articuno - not yet available
Zapdos - not yet available
Moltres - not yet available
Mewtwo - not yet available
Mew - not yet available
I hope you find this information helpful and good luck on your quest to "catching them all!" --- J.L. Jacobs
PS: Also remember the lesson of this blog. Family is THE MOST IMPORTANT thing in life and if you have a mom that's cool enough to play with you- treasure that bonding time!