July 27, 2016
It's no surprise that the recent release of Pokémon Go has been a resounding success. Since the creation of the franchise decades ago, Pokémon has been a cult favorite. Today, the Pokémon fervor has reached its peak, creating instant fans with millions more.
The increased love of Pokémon has gotten many people off the couch and out in the world, visiting places they would never have before. Parks are full of people now. Even Downtown Fayetteville have been affected by the craze: during weekend evenings, the streets are packed so tight that few people can walk. And this has been great for business, with sales often tripling with the new traffic.
However, with the new foot traffic come the added burden on environment. Where there was once less foot traffic, there are now throngs of people....and their litter. There have
been growing reports of popular areas with Pokestops now being covered in litter. This surely is not what the game intends.
However, there is hope. Many civic organizations are using the Pokémon Craze for good. These organizations, from Evansville, IN to San Diego, CA, are creating "Clean 'N Catch" events, where gamers are asked to collect trash at popular places while catching Pokémon. The events have been successes.
With the popularity of Pokémon Go, there isn't much chance that the craze with go away. With that in mind, many of us gamers must remember the old adage, "Leave a place better than you found it".