In less than one week after its release, Pokemon GO has been proven to be both an excellent form of fitness and a great educational experience.
Sure, Pokemon GO isn’t the first geocaching game to reward players for visiting real world locations, but in what other game can you catch Pokemon in your backyard and become an actual gym leader in your hometown? Needless to say, Pokemon Go has become an international sensation overnight, and social media has exploded with memes and discoveries found within the game. Yet the best part of this new installment in the Pokemon series isn’t just how fun it is; it’s actually teaching us all valuable lessons about maintaining and building a collection without us even realizing it!
Of course, being that we here at Gemr specialize in awesome collectibles and tips for building collections, there’s no way we could let Pokemon Go come and go without chiming in on the subject. Below are 5 lessons Pokemon GO is secretly teaching trainers on their journey to be the very best that no one ever was.
1: Starting your collection is easy, but building your collection takes time.
When you’re first beginning your Pokemon adventure, catching your first Zubat, Weedle, and Pidgey is a thrilling experience. Once a few days pass, however, you’ll be so sick of seeing Zubats that you’ll wish you could offer up the 100 you’ve already seen for that one Chansey you’ve been searching out for hours.
The same is true for building any collection. It’s fun to begin piling up common and inexpensive collectibles, but you’ll eventually reach a point of seeking out rare items that take more time and effort to find than you antcipated. Hitting this wall may be discouraging, but the longer the hunt goes on, the more satisfying the reward will be. Finally getting that wild Dragonite in your team – literally or metaphorically – will make all your struggles feel worthwhile.
2: You never know where your next collectible will turn up.
If we’re to believe what we see on social media and sites like Reddit, wild Pokemon turn up in the wackiest places. Whether it’s in a bathroom or even in a frying pan, the opportunities for adding new monsters to your team are endless.
Similarly, unbelievably rare collectibles pop up in places you’d never expect. Take, for instance, the man who found $3 million worth of baseball cards in an attic, or how about a $350,000 poster purchased at a yard sale? Rare Pokemon and collectibles won’t be lurking around every corner, but it never hurts to keep your eyes peeled!
3: Your inner collector can never be turned off.
Simply put, Pokemon GO changes the way you look at the world. That library you walk by everyday could be a PokeStop hiding valuable items, or a boring looking office building might actually be a Pokemon Gym hosting competitive battles.
That said, while collecting enthusiasts aren’t literally exploring every inch of a city to search for more collectibles, the lifestyles of passionate collectors do reflect their specific tastes and hobbies. A selection of Funko Pop! figures at a comic book store may look like nothing much to you, but someone who collects the adorable little ‘Pops will want to take a look at even the most meager of displays. You know, just in case.
4: The internet is your best friend… and your worst enemy.
Pokemon GO is made possible by the magical power of the internet and GPS technology, but you’ll have nothing but contempt for these tools when the game is reduced to a screen that says “Our servers are experiencing issues.”
A collector’s experience with the internet is not identical to this, of course, but the feeling can sometimes be the same. Some days, collectors can find cheap figures online that they never would have found before. Other days, the same collectors may have to spend hours debating whether they’re looking at real collectibles or bootlegs. Relying on the internet can save a lot of time and energy, but it makes it even more frustrating when you just can’t get the one thing you want.
5: People just like you are everywhere, even if you don’t see them.
You might not be able to tell if someone is a Pokemon trainer at a glance, but the fact of the matter is, players of Pokemon GO are everywhere. Heck, the game is already so successful that Nintendo’s stock market value has risen by 10% since its release. Remember, as of now, Pokemon GO hasn’t even been out for a single week yet!
Pokemon GO can be a great social experience, and collecting is no different. It can be difficult to find like minded people to socialize and trade with, but rest assured, collectors like you are out there. Not to toot our own horns, but one of the many reasons we’ve created so many clubs here on Gemr was to connect like-minded collectors and give them a platform to show off their collections. Just as there’s no reason to be ashamed of wanting to search far and wide to teach Pokemon the power that’s inside, you should be proud of being a passionate collector who loves their stuff.
There’s no wrong way to be a collector, and nothing is more exhilarating than finding someone who appreciates your collectibles. Even if your passion is collecting Zubats, we promise we won’t judge.