Pokemon Go has become a global phenomenon, but it’s not without downfalls. Even if we ignore the gameplay bugs, the removal of features, and the lack of communication from developer Niantic, there have been a bunch of real world incidents. There have been stories of car accidents, neighborhood disturbances, and robberies — all attributed to the hit new mobile game.
Larry Warford of the Detroit Lions has an entirely different take on the game, though.
According to Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press, the Detroit Lions guard wasn’t pleased with how addicting the game was becoming.
“I’ll tell you why I stopped playing it,” Warford said. “I was walking down Mill Avenue in Tempe, Ariz., pretty much on [Arizona State’s] campus … I was walking down and literally everyone that was on their cell phone walking down that same street was playing Pokemon Go. I was looking at their screens and it was about 30, 40 people walking down Mill (Avenue).
“It was a bunch of people playing it and I was like, ‘I don’t like this.’ I deleted it because I was like, ‘This is some mind-control stuff.’ I don’t like it.”
The 25-year old was drafted by the Lions in 2013 and made an immediate impact as a starter. He was named the 2013 Offensive Rookie of the Year by ProFootballFocus.com. He said that he has discovered some of his Lions teammates playing the game too, but doesn’t plan to give in to peer pressure and re-start his career as a Pokemon trainer.
“Yeah, it’s popular,” he said. “But I don’t like it. Something’s not right.”