Friday night topic: are you trying to catch 'em all?

— 5:01 PM on July 15, 2016

Wow, it's been a while since we've done one of these. Unless you've had your head in the sand for the past couple weeks, you probably know someone who's playing Niantic Labs' Pokémon Go—presuming you aren't tromping around your neighborhood to catch 'em all yourself. On the off chance you have had your head in the sand for weeks, Pokémon Go is a mobile app for iOS and Android devices that lets you hunt Nintendo's cash cows cuddly companions in the real world. It's probably the breakout app for augmented reality so far.

I must admit that I haven't tried the latest craze in pocket-monster training yet. Outside of some brief flirtations with Pokémon Yellow on the Game Boy and Pokémon Stadium on the N64, the franchise never really grabbed me.

I appear to be in the minority, though, and the game seems to be inspiring frenzied devotion among its fans. Some visitors to our friendly local game store last week had driven a ways to our middle-of-nowhere town specifically for the purpose of catching Pokémon that were apparently hard to get at home. Practically everybody I follow in the Twittersphere who's played Pokémon Go is waxing poetic about how the app has gotten them off the couch and made them more social. Recent reports suggest this thing is bigger than Twitter in the USA, and it added billions to Nintendo's value overnight.

Whether you're a Pokémon Go holdout, have someone near and dear to you who's playing, or even if you're reading this while taking a break from stalking that Blastoise, tell us about how the game is affecting your life right now in the comments.

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