Pokémon Go at LBCC

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Pokémon Go at LBCC

By Emily Nagamoto - Newbury Park High School, Gary Schwarz - San Marino High School, Miranda Ramirez - Downey High School, Graham Metzker - Long Beach Poly High School, and Connor Schwengel - Woodbridge High School

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REDESIGN INSTRUCTOR GARY METZKER explains the ways Pokémon GO has positively affected the Long Beach City College campus.

REDESIGN INSTRUCTOR GARY METZKER explains the ways Pokémon GO has positively affected the Long Beach City College campus.

Arcanine, combat power 936. Eevee, combat power 210. Charizard, combat power 888. These names are not of animals found in the Los Angeles Zoo, quite the contrary. This list is of virtual characters found in the game; Pokémon GO. These are kinds of Pokémon that can be caught and evolved by Pokémon GO players. On the Liberal Arts Campus of Long Beach City College, there are many opinions of how this trending game affects the people on campus’ life.

When Pokémon GO came out, the game caused a multitude of different reactions.

For Erick Cornelio a 20 year old LBCC student, the game was an opportunity to relive his childhood. Now as an adult he enjoys playing the game casually with his friends.

“It’s something that has been around a long time, it’s something I really enjoyed,” Cornelio said. On the LBCC Liberal Arts Campus there are four gyms and nine Pokéstops, making the college a hot spot for people to want to pull out their phones and play.

However, the 20 year-old said he believes this means student might not attend class but instead go hunting. “Most likely there are students that ditch class to play Pokémon, I’m not one of them though,” said Cornelio.

Current controversy with the game includes the subtraction of the three step symbols under Pokémon in a pop-up slide. Originally, three steps would turn to two or one when someone came close to a Pokémon, but now they got rid of the entire concept all together.

“It could be good. It makes you actually look around more, that helps you judge the distance. But it also can be kind of bad. The people who wanted to catch a specific Pokémon can’t really as easily.” Cornelio said.

He believes people will not  have the temptation of jumping into their car and driving around for Pokémon now because it is harder to find Pokémon and they will not want to waste gas.

Sometimes even the mention of the app can spark a reaction, and Stefan Chan, 17 year-old volunteer at the Information Center in building E, was not afraid to share his opinion.

“It’s kinda stupid. You are wasting your time and people get hurt,” Chan said.

The self-proclaimed gamer said he tried the game two weeks ago, but when trying to catch a Pokémon, he was almost run over by a car, and has since stopped playing the game. He said it also wastes money and time.

Two officers from the Long Beach Police Department, Officer Chi and Officer Harris, shared their personal observations and thoughts as well. Neither play the game, however, both mention that they have seen people not paying attention to their surroundings when they are playing. Chi said he saw someone driving in circles around the parking lot.

“People aren’t aware of their surroundings and that leads them to be victims of crime, having their phones snatched out of their hands,” Officer Harris said.

Both wanted to advise all Pokémon GO players to be responsible and not do anything regrettable.

“I would like to play, but it will take too much time.” Chris Lee a student on campus said.

Chris was enjoying his day spending time drawing in the quad but said he has no experience with Pokémon GO.

“It doesn’t affect me directly but I have three classmates very excited about Pokémon GO, they love the game!” said Chris

Pokémon GO playing at LBCC has affected people outside the campus too. Two local boys, Kieran Reed, 13, and Blake Newlin, 14,  came from their neighborhood onto campus to take advantage of the Pokéstops and gyms. They said they had been coming on campus for the past two days to play.

Reed, who said he was already thinking of going to LBCC, explained how Pokémon allowed him explore campus and see different people, which he said he was excited to meet when he eventually attends LBCC. Pokémon GO has affected the lives of not only the people playing, but those all around them, seen right here on the Liberal Arts Campus of Long Beach City College.

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