I will admit, I’m one of the minority of people who don’t understand the whole phenomena of Pokemon Go. I do see the news reporting on the popularity of Pokémon Go, with it rising to the top ranks in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. I’ve also been reading stories where people are walking off cliffs, causing massive car pileups while driving, and doing other ridiculous things all for a video game.

Part of me simply wants to avoid risking an addiction that will take away time from my job, hobbies, and personal relationships I already fill my days with. The other part stems from my age, where I am a bit out of touch with what is all the rage these days when it comes to games. While I did love video games growing up, now in my thirties, I simply don’t have enough time to dedicate to them.


So for those of you who are like me and are wondering why in the hell are people walking off cliffs for a Pokémon, I am going to ask the question you are probably too embarrassed to ask.

What the hell is a Pokémon anyways?

Thank goodness for the internet, because without it I would not know what a Pokémon is and I definitely would not know where it is GOing. Also, Pokémon is pronounced pokey-mon.

Pokémon is a media franchise that started out in 1995 with two video games for the original Nintendo Game Boy. The media franchise named fictional characters Pokémon for those games and eventual cartoons, trading cards and movies.


Those fictional characters are individual species of “monsters or pets” that can be captured and trained by trainers to battle against one another. The original Pokémon games evolved into a TV show and movies where the trainers would catch and evolve their respective Pokémon to battle against one another for prestige.

Different Pokemon.
Different Pokemon.

To break it down, it would be like catching a wild chicken, feeding it, exercising it and then eventually battling it against your neighbor’s trained chicken. Yet Pokémon tournaments or battles do not result in a bloody and violent death, instead the losing Pokémon simply faints when its hit points drop to zero.

As of right now, there are over 700 known Pokémon (used in both singular and plural form) that have been shown in games or on TV shows and movies. The most famous Pokémon you have most likely seen or heard of is Pikachu.


Pikachu is the mascot for Pokémon that is a short and chubby rodent. As you can see it has yellow fur with spots of black on the ears, and its unique identifier is its lightning bolt shaped tail. That tail represents its special power where it can shoot bolts of electricity through its tail.

Here is the official description from the Pokémon website.


There are over 700 total Pokémon that are known to exist, with some being more rare than others. They all have different characteristics, with varying powers, sizes, and categories. You can view the entire list at the Pokémon website.

So what exactly is Pokémon Go?

Pokémon Go is an official app that you can download at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. It mixes the real world with the virtual world of Pokémon. The app is essentially a real life mimic of Pokémon where you can go outside and catch your own wild Pokémon to train. The app shows a map where you can locate and capture Pokémon, with some Pokémon being more rare than others.

Pokémon usually exist at easily identifiable places, public parks, museums, and recreation areas. Once you have them, you can train them in virtual gyms. Different types of habitats will also most likely have Pokémon that have those features. If you’re looking for water based Pokémon, you should look at beaches or piers. The game and app has many other features, but the gist of Pokémon Go is finding and capturing virtual monsters or pets in the real world. Users look through the displays of their smartphones to identify where the virtual Pokémon is located.

That’s why some people are walking off cliffs and causing crashes on highways, because there could be a Pokémon in a real location that is not as safe as one would hope.

On a side note, with the massive popularity of the game, Pokémon will be releasing an official wearable that will help users locate Pokémon without their smartphones.


  • Accessory for the Pokemon GO application provides an easy and convenient way to catch Pokemon and collect items
  • Catch Pokemon in the wild with a simple click of a button
  • Collect Poke Balls, Berries, Pokemon Eggs and other items at set PokeStop locations without having to look at your smart phone

If you’re a parent, friend, uncle, aunt, grandparent and you know of someone who is addicted to Pokemon Go, this wearable will make instantly popular. I am sure the Pokemon Go Plus will sell out extremely fast and if it is limited in supply, I am sure you will see people buying and reselling them for a profit.

I hope this article helped you understand what a Pokémon is and now you can have a better understanding of why people are so addicted to Pokemon Go.

You can learn more at the official Pokemon website here.


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