8 Types of Pokemon Go Player

Pokemon Go has literally taken the world by storm, causing huge numbers of people to take to the streets in order to catch their favourite little creatures in virtual reality. It was everyone's dream to become a Pokemon master at a younger age and now this game allows your inner child to be released and that forgotten dream to finally come true. Not only is this game encouraging more people to venture into the realms of outdoors but it is giving people a greater appreciation for the landmarks, landscapes and random benches in the middle of nowhere within their cities and towns. I am already completely addicted and have discovered so many places that I never even knew existed, just because I was looking for somewhere new to catch different Pokemon or looking for another Pokestop to stock up. I tend to enjoy people watching (a lot) and have noticed that there are many many different types of people walking around on their journey to catch 'em all, so I thought that I would do a little round up of my favourite ones amongst them:

The 90s Kid
Ahh the 90s kid, the type of person who will never let you forget that they were the original Pokemon players and that this game was literally their childhood when growing up. Nothing will ever be as good as collecting Pokemon cards and new adaptions just ruin the uniqueness of the original games. 90s kids usually don't respond well to new generations of people jumping on the bandwagon of their interests, usually flocking to Twitter in order to rant about this.

The groupie
Usually found travelling in packs, these are often small to medium sized squads of 12 year old kids who can be found hanging around Pokestops and gyms (or in normal world terms, outside shops and on street corners), intimidating and fending off other Pokemon trainers that dare to enter the area. As they are normally all part of the same team, they tend to have the primary goal of taking over gyms and spamming them full of high level Pokemon. 

The Noob
These tend to be the people who have never really played Pokemon before but couldn't help but join in the hype to feel like part of the social circle. You will often spot them getting excited over catching a Pidgey, completely mispronouncing the names of most Pokemon, or instead painfully referring to them as 'the yellow mouse' or 'that snake looking one'.

The Bullsh!tter
Pokemon go? Completed it. Mew? Caught it. Much like Jay from The Inbetweeners, this type of person will often over exaggerate their Pokemon catching abilities to a ridiculous level, claiming to have caught all the rares, own all of the gyms and have completed their Pokedex before anybody else.

The Merchandiser
The more hardcore of Pokemon trainers amongst us tend to be identifiable by the distinct accessories that they can be spotted wearing. This can be in the form of Pokemon merchandise such as an Ash Ketchum hat, Pikachu shirt or even a Pokeball utility belt (yes I have actually seen somebody wearing one of these in real life).

The Nomad
These are also some pretty hardcore people. As the game works on a distance travelled basis, these are often the people with the highest level and greatest diversity of Pokemon within their collection. The nomad can usually travel for many miles on the hunt for different types of Pokemon before becoming weary or bored. Pokemon Go drains your phone battery like a mofo so these types of Pokemon Go trainers will often come equipped with external battery packs in order to keep that Pokemon catching dream alive for a little longer.

The 'I'm too adult for this game'
There's always a select few people who feel like they have to needlessly hate on a trend because they are 'too adult' or 'totally above' it. These people will often be brimming with negativity, moaning about how their is more to real life that playing Pokemon Go and the word 'outraged' will make up around 90% of their vocabulary.

The commuter
These are people who actually have busy lives at work and school and may only get the odd chance to play Pokemon go on the commute in the morning and on the way home in the evening. One of the great things about Pokemon Go is that it encourages people to walk short journeys rather than needlessly take the car, cutting traffic and increasing exercise activity. Buses are also usually slow enough to count as walking for the more lazy Pokemon trainers among you and best of all they often stop right near gyms and Pokestops.

Whatever type of Pokemon trainer you happen to be, most people of all ages and backgrounds seem to be enjoying this revolutionary way to play an infamous game adored by many from our childhood. Yes Pokemon Go is not real life, but I feel like it is the closest thing we are going to get to real life for a long time. Like any new game, there is going to be setbacks and negative points but it is beyond doubt that it is bringing people together with a common interest and encouraging more people to get up and explore the world around them outdoors rather than playing video games sitting at home. 

Bubble of Perception

Perception is not only how we consciously experience the world around us through senses such as taste, smell, sight, hearing and touch, but also how we interpret, understand and use this information within life. I like to imagine perception to be like this little bubble that you are surrounded by, a bubble that slowly increases in size as you get older and become more knowledgeable of the world outside of it's imaginary boundaries.

When you are very young, your bubble of perception is only limited to a very small area as you have pretty much no prior experience of the big wide world outside of your house or garden. I found that this was the stage in my life where my imagination was the highest and most profound because most of my knowledge and understanding was coming from children's TV and books where pretty much anything you could think up was possible. I would spend hours making fortresses out of old boxes and blankets, creating dens in the dense garden foliage and dreaming up what I thought to be amazing fictitious story plots, filled with drama and action to act out with teddy bears. All of this was possible without knowing that politics, religion or even other countries even existed firmly outside of your bubble of perception. This is a kind of solace period within life, before having to worry about real situations of distress, responsibility or sadness, where the biggest dilemma that you could possibly have on a daily basis was finding a 2 bit brick within your mountain of LEGO.

By around the age of 10, your little bubble of perception has probably expanded to around the size of your village or city. Despite this, I don't think that perception is just linked to geographical area, it's also all to do with experiences you've had and the knowledge gained from them. Experiences are something that you have plenty of at this age. Starting school means that some of the perception you gain of the world will come from social learning of subjects such as science, history and geography and sharing information with other like minded people. You begin to realise that there is actually a world out there bigger than yourself just waiting to be explored. 

The teenage years are where your bubble of perception will start to grow most, the years where the world is quite literally your oyster. Like I previously stated, experiences have a huge effect on how we perceive things and as a teen you experience a lot for the first time. Relationships, religion, higher education, travel, politics, all of which can completely change the way that you think and view the world. Many teens start to travel, venturing to the foreign realms of other countries and immersing themselves in other cultures and religions to become a lot more clued up on the world as a whole. One of the great things about travel is that you meet people from all walks of life with all kinds of fascinating stories to tell and information to share. Advances in science and technology mean that it has become a lot easier to educate ourselves on the world around us without actually having to leave the comfort of our own homes. I always find it really interesting as a biology student learning about things that happen to people and in the environment around them on a daily basis without the majority even acknowledging that it is happening. How does your body fight off infections? How is it possible to breath without thinking? How do different breeds of dogs all come from the same ancestor? How does deforestation in the Amazon rain forest affect Bob from London? This is the reason that I think it's great to continue learning as you get older, regardless of whether or not you're in education to further expand your knowledge and therefore your bubble of perception.

As an adult, you would think that the rate of expansion of this bubble of perception would begin to slow as it started to approach the maximum level. After all, haven't you already experienced everything? The simple answer is no. I believe that we don't ever stop bettering ourselves or expanding our knowledge of the human race and the earth as a whole. Social media and the internet make it easier to perceive an experience that you haven't had or place that you've never been to through shared photos and videos. New things are discovered, invented and created every day by minds much more brilliant than mine but then shared with others in order to increase our bubble of perception as a whole species. The big question is, will our bubble of perception ever extend beyond our earth, our solar system, our universe? Yes we can learn things from down here on earth but we still don't have the technology to fully experience it, instead calculating an educated guess or taking somebody else's word for it. I can imagine Neil Armstrong taking his first step on the moon and even watch a video of the moment itself, but I will never be able to truly experience and perceive what it is like myself. Where does our bubble of perception end? We are just a small pebble in a vast ocean of unknown space only being able to see so far into the observable universe and therefore anything beyond is merely guess work.

Inside your little bubble of perception within your back garden anything was possible, so why can't the same be true for our relatively small collective bubble of perception as a human race within a vast universe.
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