Pokémon Go Away!

So, I’ve recently stumbled across a post by Robyn Vinter named ‘Pokémon Go is not a chat-up invitation‘ and read a lot of bashful commentary from others that I personally thought was quite inappropriate or well… Farfetch’d. Hehe.

Newpaper post Robyn Vinter Pokémon Go

I must say I do not agree with what Robyn wrote, however I do feel like I understand her situation. The hardest part for me was reading the reactions to what she said. Sentences like ‘What an ego tripping b*tch, she thinks every guy wants to get in her pants!‘, ‘Doesn’t want to meet people because nerds aren’t good enough for her!‘ or ‘Can’t even handle a friendly conversation about a mutual interest.‘ were wildly spread reactions.

I find that her use of words or descriptions isn’t in tact and started all this hassle. She refers to the men that started a conversation with her as ‘nerds’. When I imagine what exactly defines a nerd I immediately start thinking of these ugly men with no social skills who watch porn all day and live in their mom’s basement, snacking on Hot Pockets and drinking Mountain Dew.

computer nerds

What she meant to refer to is Pokémon Go players, not nerds. These aren’t the same type of socially awkward men snorting and pushing their glasses up when they see a girl. If this was the case, I would totally agree with the comment section and would applaud these nerds for actually gathering their courage together to talk to a ‘real’ girl. But this simply isn’t the case.

Pokémon Go players consist of a wide range of people; they might be drug addicts, goths, bikers, hippies, plumbers, … There’s also no actual age limit on the game you can walk in to a 12 year old Pokémon Go player, just as well as a 65 year old one.

As plenty of former newspaper articles have shown, Pokémon Go isn’t always a safe and innocent game. People have gotten robbed at knifepoint, there were car accidents caused by drivers playing this game and well, you never know when that part of your city your walking into might be the wrong neighborhood for you to be at.

Now, with this knowledge in the back of your head, you must understand why I find she also has some valid points…

Robyn vinterRobyn Vinter is a young, good looking girl walking around alone down the streets in search for Pokémon. You have to realize she is vulnerable at this point. There’s no exact description of what neighborhood she was in or whether or not there were any other people around. She also doesn’t go into description of the person that talked to her other than saying he came over in her eyes as ‘strange‘.

I see a lot of comments making it seem like the men talking to her were simply ‘too ugly for her standards’, I personally would not have used the word ‘strange‘ to describe them if that was the case. Strange rather gives me the feeling he was a bit creepy and she didn’t feel comfortable around him. Why? Could be a numeral of reasons, he had blood spots on his shirt, he had that pedophile mustache thing going on, he kept scratching his balls, or maybe he, Forrest Gump style, stared at her shoes for too long.

She mentioned he followed her when she ‘in an unsubtle fashion attempted to sidle away‘. At this point, if I were that man, I would have taken the hint that I might be frightening this young woman a little and that she is not interested in going on a date with me. After all that WAS his intention, to ask her on a date, solemnly based on her looks and the fact she played the same game. Who is the narrow-minded one now?

The second story I found out to be even less kind-hearted and even a bit rude. ‘Offered to show me where I could catch a “high-level Poliwhirl”.’ This might seem cheeky, but a person with good intentions would’ve written down the location for her. If he was interested in helping Robin, he could have added his number in case she couldn’t find it, if she’d like him to tag along anyway or if she was interested in him to text him to go on an actual date. The way he handled that situation in the story, was more of a ‘This is your once in a lifetime chance to sit on my c*ck.”. Because, let’s face it, what if she went along with him, she might’ve indeed caught a Poliwhirl, but chances ARE there that, just like she said, she could’ve caught something totally different than a pokémon. This is an absolute stranger asking her to go with him, all she knows about him is that he claims to play the same game. Did he even mean that? Or are men now naming their private parts like pokémon?

I simply think the issue here is that a lot of respect and logic was missing from these encounters. Pokémon Go might be a good conversation starter, but you must realize that walking up to a person you don’t know in the middle of nowhere with nobody around possibly comes over as creepy. That offering a stranger to go to a private place with you doesn’t sound too safe at all. I’m sure your ‘free candy’-van hasn’t scored much women either.

Robin’s last sentence makes it seem out that they were social awkward indoor nerds before, who now go outside and do not know how to interact respectfully with women. Her reaction is a bit extreme telling them to ‘Pokémon Go away’.

I even find it a bit ironic that she doesn’t share Pokémon Go as a common interest with her own boyfriend. I understand she’d feel safer with her boyfriend around, though. Walking home alone from your local nightclub and having random strangers talk to you along the way is equally scary as walking about during daylight in an empty street, forest or by a lake to catch Pokémon and having a stranger talk to you there.

I do not think they are out there simply hunting for women obviously. Pokémon Go obviously isn’t the new app for rapists to find their target. I do think Pokémon Go makes it easier for gamers to meet other gamers. As well as to find a girlfriend who’s interested in gaming, which usually is seen as an important qualification. Make friends, enjoy the social aspect of the game, be respectful and analyse your surroundings before you plan to walk over to a woman, you don’t want to ‘startle the witch’.

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