Picture of a park charging $10 for people to come to catch Pokemon all in one day. 🙂
Pokemon the cartoon was popular when I was growing up. Those who were born in the 80-90s are downloading this game like crazy. The obvious winners are Nintendo and the game maker themselves. What makes the game so popular?
1. Almost everyone had a phone with data. So implement a game with real life GPS to catch fictional characters and train them to do battle with in virtual world in real time is exciting. Had the game was made 5 years ago, it wouldn’t picked up like today.
2. Pokemon also attract younger generation. I’m battling with my 9 years old neighbor like no other. I’m talking to my tenants about the game and where to find stuff. It’s weird, in a good way. :)h
3. Yes, people are looking stupid by having their head down looking at their phone tracking down the monsters. 🙂 but people are walking to parks, museums, and other attractions. It makes people liking the city more. 🙂 at my hospital, each hospitals will have a Pokestop, which attracts so many players that rare Pokemon shows up very often. You can see the screen light up as people taking turn burning incense to attract more characters. People start talking to each other at the hospital’s garden?! Humm!
The games come with risks – people are getting shot, stampeded on, driving car into a police car, getting robbed, spending more money as shops pay Nintendo $10 to lure more pokemons into their shops.
Now, who benefit?
Data providers – Verizon, T-Mobile, att, and sprint.
Shop owners, museums, parks.
Apple and Google, but the clear winner is Apple as more Apple users download and play Pokemon.
As the game maker will improve the game, people can star trading monsters, I guess more thing will happen. As for now, the game is here to stay for a long period of time. Prospect of VZ, T and AAPL are looking up. Even if there is a major correction, these companies will survive. 🙂
Congrats on those who owns those companies. 🙂