So there’s this new augmented reality game called “Pokémon Go“.
Put it on your phone and then run around in the Big Blue Room and collect them all. Now, before you download it, you should know that it’s Free* with an asterisk.
So you can make the game even more fun to play if you spend money. Now, let me tell you this, there’s nothing wrong with spending money on games. I do that sort of thing all the time. It’s just that Free To Play is very often Pay To Win and when you drop $40 (or $60 or $100) on a game like Fallout 4 (plus a season pass), you have everything that that game will have to offer. Free To Play games, by comparison, can potentially take all of the money in the world. All of it. So beware.
But if you have that in mind, you can, apparently, have quite a time playing Pokémon Go without spending money at all. Run around and find Pokémon in your neighborhood. Make new friends. Perhaps even find a dead body.
The Police are already irritated at all of these new players wandering around staring at their phones at all hours presenting identically to prowlers. (They’re also irritated by the people wandering into their police stations.)
What I find most surprising about all this is the whole “this is a game that is played by wandering around outside” thing. A video game that makes you play in the Big Blue Room.
The future is weird.
So… what are you playing?
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