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TALK BACK: Pros and cons of playing Pokemon Go

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

TALK BACK: Pros and cons of playing Pokemon Go

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ONLINE GAME Pokemon Go has captivated some people in Barbados.

Gamers told NATION NEWS it was a great way to get exercise and meet new friends while trying to capture the elusive characters on their mobile phones.

But others see it as just another “follow pattern” move by Barbadians and cited all of the  negative news surrounding it that has made headlines around the world. Some people have been shot at, two men fell down a cliff and a driver struck three people while playing the game.

Here are some of the views:

Nakita Iniesta: Why are people saying all these negative things because persons have found something to love? As hard as things are and as depressing as this society is becoming, I feel happy for those who find joy in playing this game . . . Give negative attention to those things that deserve it, not to a game that is a pleasant distraction to those enjoying it.

Kayra Alana Payne: Dear Bajans, don’t come in my yard for no Pokemon. All Pokemon found in my hard are my Pokemon. Any attempts to trespass onto my property without permission to capture any would be considered stealing and as such I gine call de police.

Ryvan Bigman: Stupid. People will start trying to find a Pokemon, but can’t go and find jobs.

Safiya Kamaria Kinshasa: Stupid things that have happened from people playing this game… 1. Walking off cliffs, 2. Trying to run in the middle of the motorway, 3. Finding a Pikachu on a dead man’s casket, 4. People asking to go into people’s back gardens to get their Pokemon, 5. Nightclubs using Pokemon to lure people in so people play Pokemon rather than dancing and listening to music.

Re Re Nowell-carrignton: Some people are more interested in finding Pokeman than [the] Lord. I’m not lashing out at no one but it amazes me the things that give people the adrenalin rush.

Melissa Antrobus: I couldn’t agree with u more. If the devil can keep people distracted with these mindless games, what time would they have to seek the Lord. It’s sad that more people don’t see the tremendous danger in this game. These are the end times and we can only pray to God that many would recognise and seek Him before time runs out.

Samud Ali: Always two sides to everything. But let’s be cautious as to how we fall into the virtual world of distraction. Technology and gaming is indeed fun, but as a distraction in a world very short of span and a generation being purposely dumbed down (it seems ) we as a part of the world with very little to do otherwise may just find ourselves trapped in distraction and at a time when we need to focus on more than virtual moneymakers.

Sophie Willoughby: Honestly I prefer those youngsters to hunt Pokemon than liming on the block coming up with all sorts or foolishness.

Stacey Guerra: Just be careful and try to pay attention to where you’re going.

Annetta Paul: It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realise that this game can be very dangerous. I guess we will just have to sit back and watch it happening for a while before some people get it.

 • Sherrylyn Toppin is The Nation’s Online Editor.