The game certainly has its positive points – it’s getting people out of the house and walking around. In fact, to make it to the next level, you have to walk a certain distance before you get the chance to level up. The game gives people a common ground to talk about – neighbors I’ve never talked to engaged in conversations with us as we walked around. It’s too bad it’s so hot here right now, otherwise it would have the power to draw even more people out of their houses.
Sometimes it takes a game to remind us of the things that really matter. Go outside. Take a walk. Look closely at your surroundings - you may have walked the same route dozens of times before, but there may be a special treasure, a flower or a bird’s song, that you’ve never noticed. Talk to people around you. Share your experience. Have a conversation. Connect. Oh, and if you find a Lightening Pikachu, let me know :-) .