Over the last month or so, “Pokemon Go,” the augmented reality game that allows players to catch their favorite monsters from the popular 90s game, has become a polarizing sensation.
It looks like Detroit Lions offensive guard Larry Warford is on the opposite end of the Pokemon spectrum.
He talked about how he loved the game the first month of the game’s existence, but he started to realize that it was taking over his life. Warford said he was walking around Arizona State’s campus when he saw a large group of people playing it and realized that he needed to cut it out of his life.
“I’ll tell you why I stopped playing it,” Warford explained Monday, via the Detroit Free Press. “I was walking down Mill Avenue in Tempe, Ariz., pretty much on (Arizona State’s) campus. … I was walking down and literally everyone that was on their cell phone walking down that same street was playing Pokémon Go. I was looking at their screens and it was about 30, 40 people walking down Mill (Avenue).
“It was a bunch of people playing it and I was like, ‘I don’t like this.’ I deleted it because I was like, ‘This is some mind-control stuff.’ I don’t like it.”
This game has become of the biggest mobile sensations since Candy Crush and a lot of people are completely against it, which makes no sense since it forces you to go outside, exercise and be social with people you have never met. It is helping people, but it has its dark side and Larry Warford doesn’t want to get caught in it.
If people are so willing to run out in the middle of traffic to catch a Pikachu, then let them. Once they get ran over, it will be one less person to try and take over my gym.