Pokemon GO has become an international phenomenon, easily being the most talked about topic in recent days.
Below are some of the most heartwarming, amazing, and hilarious experiences as told through reddit, Twitter, and imgur. Check them out!
1/19) "I went out onto one of the biggest party campuses in the US last night at midnight, strictly to catch Pokemon and hit up Pokestops. I felt ridiculous driving out there, I thought "maybe there will be a few people doing the same and I won't look so odd." As I drove down the main downtown street I saw them.
Herds of people of all types out in the streets yelling out what Pokemon were where. There were HUNDREDS of people outside the bars. More outside than in! When I parked I realized the 3 most popular bars were all Pokestops...and they all had lures. I hung out there for about an hour then just sat back and watched what 10 year old me could only dream of. I watched people who would never interact with each other strike up friendships, I saw old and young people comparing what they had caught, people out on dates, people coming out of the bars to catch something then go back in.
At one point someone yelled "THERE'S A RHYDON IN THE STREET!" and from my position I could see 50+ people all turn their cameras in the same direction to reveal the beast. For a moment there WAS a huge stony rhinoceros in the middle of downtown. It was real.
For as silly as it was, I will never forget that moment. This game is unreal, it's bringing people together."
2/19) RipMyKarma posted: "I never thought I could get to say this and mean it:"
3/19) "So I was out on the town in the middle of the night with my buddy. We were sitting in his car next to three Pokestops that we all lured. Just chillin' and catching Pokemon and such. Then I see a homeless man across the street shatter two windows of an asian restaurant.
Called 911 for the very first time, they were there within minutes. In less than 30 minutes they had the guy cuffed and on the sidewalk. If it wasn't for Pokemon Go, nobody would have even been over there to see the incident. It was completely dead there, in the middle of the night until this game."
4/19) While some Pokemon Go players were incredibly disrespectful and vandalized a memorial sign at a park in DC, the common good prevailed once again:
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5/19) There have been skeptics towards the game's popularity, but this Pokemon master put it perfectly!
6/19) "I'm a caregiver to those with mental and/or physical handicaps. Today, a co-worker and myself were talking about PoGo and how she found a Squirtle in her salad before she came to work.
Later on after everyone but one client (we say "clients", not "patients") is in bed, he starts playing with one of our phones. He's a quiet and sweet young man who only says a few garbled words as his form of communication, other than that he is quite mobile and capable.
He soon sees the all-too-familiar Pokeball that opens the PoGo app. "Pock-mon!" he cheers. "I play?"
Who could say no?!
Not soon after, he is quietly yet excitedly prowling around the day-room and hallways of the group home, hunting down anything that pops up on the screen; with the help of an incense I activated for him.
He caught a few Rattata ("Ratty!") and a Weedle. ("Wrrrm!")
He hasn't expressed interest in anything for a few months, so this is a big deal!"
7/19) "360lb guy, just finished a successful 4 mile long walk for Pokeballs.
Trying to use PoGo as a motivational tool to get my ass moving. With my girlfriend at work and both of us low on Pokeballs, I took it upon myself to gather a few 'balls for the both of us. Must have hit 30 PokeStops in my travels, hatched an asston of eggs, and sweat through every article of clothing I own (worn and otherwise).
My right foot is one giant blister. It looks like a poorly wrapped package of 80/20 hamburger. I think I'm going to go lie down."
8/19) Animal shelters have been using the game's popularity and movement to encourage good deeds!
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9/19) "Today I went to a park alone and there was a carousel ride opening up at 10:00am. It happened to be right under two PokeStops AND a Gym. I dropped two lures and hopped on the carousel and rode that mother fucker until my eggs hatched, I took over the gym, and the lures stopped.
I am a 24 year old male."
10/19) Have to rack up those miles? This guy figured out the best way:
11/19) Pokemon GO has done its part to help marriages! Five stars!
12/19) You bet that churches are doing their best to take advantage of the Pokemon craze!
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13/19) "Today my grandparents were visiting and we began talking about their day. My grandfather said he was amazed how many young people were out walking the streets again, he had the biggest smile on his face while he said it.
Then he added that my Grandma and Grandpap were going to carry some bags of soil to their back yard when 3 people walking up the street offered to carry it all for them. While talking it came up in conversation that those 3 people were playing Pokmon Go.
So thank you Pokmon Goers for making my Grandparents day. They were so happy."
14/19) Cops are doing their part to make sure everyone...finds the Pokemon.
15/19) Pokemon GO is even helping grandparents connect with their grandchildren, such as this reddit user:
Bloobaloobin: "My grandpa just sent me this"
Click on the next page for some...unfortunate stories involving Pokemon GO!
16/19) Make sure you learn how to play first, or you'll end up like DrDoctor13:
17/19 Some people decide to think outside the box to play Pokemon Go. This guy went a cut above:
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18/19) Everyone from you and me, to the President of Israel, are going nuts over Pokemon Go!
19/19) And as reddit user jennej_dstab pointed out, it's an opportunity for businesses: