Even though Pokémon Go broke the Internet and became unofficially ours last Wednesday (July 6, 2016) through APK downloads and New Zealand-based Apple IDs, it is best to keep in mind that the files on our phones are not official. In case you haven’t heard about it yet, Niantic has enabled a region lock which prevents unauthorized players to join in the fun. The Philippines is NOT included in the authorized regions.
This is me cradling my non-existent Pokémon Go application.
Amid the rather heartbreaking news, at least we had a peek at the dawn of a new Pokémon era in our homeland for a couple of hours. Seeing that this game will be a big hit, your resident millennial came up with 10 reasons why we are (and why we’re supposed to be) stoked for Pokémon Go’s official release to cheer you up a bit:
1. No more region block
As of this posting, you can still download the APK files, create a character, and catch a starter Pokémon. Other than that, the game is just a blank map.
2. It’s the 90s kids’ ultimate dream
Name: Ces Dimalanta
Occupation: Pokémon Trainer
3. We’ll finally have enough reasons to be back on the streets
Just like the good old days, back when we ruled the neighborhood with the kids next door… except we’re holding phones now instead of toys.
Everyone: “Mom, I’m going out to catch some Pokemons!”
4. That’s one more #TravelGoal on the bucketlist
Imagine that deeper yearning to travel and catch a rare Pokémon up in the mountains or in the middle of the sea. Who knows, Moltres might really be up there at the crater of Mt. Mayon! Brb, booking my next flight to Albay.
5. Caps, vests/ jackets, sneakers, and a backpack is about to take over OOTDS
Expect a fab fashion statement that is trainer-worthy soon! Kicks will be a big hit, especially when you’re in dire need to run after that rare Pokémon that’s just around the corner.
6. Pokémons popping out of unusual places is a picker-upper
As everyone posted their first encounter with the virtual monsters, we can’t help but laugh at the hilarious ones – a Magikarp on a frying pan, a Rattata riding a jeepney, a Squirtle in the bathroom, and even a Caterpie on someone’s crotch!
We can’t wait for that moment when Mewtwo appears in the middle of EDSA, SLEX, the business centers of Ayala, or BGC. Hello, traffic.
7. There’s a need to know the basics of self-defense
8. It’s a test of friendship
9. The game is nostalgic in all aspects
10. Commitments and priorities are about to be taken to a whole new level
To all aspiring Pinoy trainers (like me), we’ll have to be a bit more patient. After all, this one’s definitely worth the wait.
Got anything to add on the list? Feel free to comment below!