Jul 15, 2016,
by Ben Fineman
I’m feeling old today. As a trailing-end member of Generation X, the feeling has been creeping up on me, but with all the recent excitement over the Pokémon Go launch lauding how it “captures childhood nostalgia” for today’s adults, I realized—I had never even played a Pokémon game. Not because I was too cool for it (anyone heard of Magic the Gathering, my jam in high school?) but because I was too old—I was already in college when the first Pokémon game launched almost 18 years ago. So my first experience playing a Pokémon game was when I bit the bullet over the weekend and installed Pokémon Go. And boy am I excited—but perhaps not for the reasons you may think. We’ve been approaching a liminal point for augmented reality, and Pokémon Go is just the catalyst we needed to push it over the edge.