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. 


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