Pokémon GO has brought together people of all ages and demographics in the pursuit of one common goal: catching Pokémon. The game rewards users for being sociable (clustering together where other users can be found), and people who wouldn't have ever conversed before are now engaging in dialogues. Yes, Pokémon GO has people once again talking to one another.
You must have seen them: people walking around, cell phones in hand, checking regularly to see what new beasts have spawned nearby. Players can be spotted around residential neighbourhoods, but even more often around downtown cores, waterfronts, and any PokéStop that has been "lured." You will see these people walking, running, or biking around -- something the older generations have been so yearning their children and grandchildren to be doing more often for decades.
Don't call "Pokémon GO" a comeback, Pikachu's been here for years. Twenty years, to be exact, an anniversary celebrated this past February. The viral launch of the augmented reality game on smartphones on July 6 has pushed this enduring Japanese pop cultural property into a previously unexplored region: the real world.