Pokemon has people glued to their phones

Posted at 7:01 PM, Jul 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-12 07:29:36-04

 A blast from the past game craze is back with full force.

"It's nostalgia, whenever I see Pokemon I just want to go and play the game," said longtime Pokemon player, Nicholas Leach.

Leach has played the game since it was originally released as a card game in 1996.

"You just want to go and play the game," Leach said. "I go get my little Game Boy color that I stash away with a little Pokemon red in it, play that."

Nicholas Leach doesn't have to dig through his attic to find his Game Boy because since last Wednesday he's been glued to his phone.

"It's back and I mean it's as fun as it ever was," and Leach isn't the only one who thinks that.

Since the game launched last Wednesday it shot through the charts for both Apple iTunes and Google Play.

"I'm 47 years old, I'm an attorney like I have no business playing this game," said Lynne Osborne. "But this will be every day at lunch and probably brakes."

Osborne, like most people in downtown Lansing, were using their lunch breaks to try and catch 'em all.

"I want to go catch Pokemon. Right now," said Shawnice Miller, who downloaded the game Monday afternoon. "I want to have the most. I want to be a real winner."

Because of augmented reality, you can only see the Pokemon through your phone because of the camera. So as soon as you put down your phone disappears. That's why so many people are so glued to the screen.

Being that focused to their phones has made some people walk into the middle of the road and some into new friends,

"You'll be walking, you'll be looking down and then you'll run into someone else that's looking down" said Nicholas Leach. "You'll be like you're playing Pokemon go, let's go find a Pokemon."

During a weekend trip with her family, Secretary of State, Ruth Johnson, found how just how many people are in a frenzy.

"Everyone's on their phone this weekend. It's a nice day, we're on the boat, we're like what are we doing and Pokemon was it," Johnson said.

But don't expect her to play it anytime soon, "my daughter's 17, I can use hers if i need to, I'm good."