Last week a new, addictive game was launched for our mobile devices. Called ‘Pokémon Go’. As my child loves playing games as well as playing outside in nature, between the trees and the animals, it seemed to be a very good idea to play it with him. So I installed the game. It occurred to me being a lovely combination of playing outside and using a kind of computer game with my son.
I was so disappointed. I had to make a rather modern aggressive (in my childish eyes) avatar who needed to catch lots of animals. My eyes were not supposed to look around in nature and seeing the beauty of it, but only were fixed to my device to find some ugly cartoonish creatures in a parallel, but virtual world on my screen. In my lovely nature spots, unfortunately, there were no animals to catch, it seemed I had to run around in cultivated, busy area’s to be able to catch them all.
I think it would be a lovely game to get some more fresh air in case you only feel happy when sitting behind your computer playing games, while your doctor tells you to go outside to work on your health…. But for a nature lover who loves walking in preferably unexplored areas, who adores to listen to the frogs singing, who loves to feel her cheeks kissed by the wind, who loves to look up and see the birds flying….the game only kept me trapped in todays parallel virtual reality world which is planted in our heads by the apps on our mobile devices.
I removed the game after using it twice. It’s not my kind of thing.
A kiss from nature, by Hans de Gans ♥