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  • Gareth Ellis

Variety is the spice of life, just don’t judge

I like Pokemon Go.

I don’t care if that makes me childish, or weird or both. When I was a kid of about 13 I used to finish my paper round on a Saturday morning and rush home to watch SM:TV. Every week I would religiously watch Pokemon as I thought it was one of the best shows around at that time. I even wondered what it would be like if that kind of thing happened in the real world. Now I have the next or closest thing.

I loved it and most people of my age loved it.

So why is it now that people are looked at as strange for wanting to play it? I thought nostalgia was cool. Why can it be cool to play Sonic the Hedgehog or wear a t-shirt of a dead 70s band but not to indulge in nostalgia in another way?

For those who don’t like it I’ve heard all of the comments. “No I don’t play that shit?” What? You do? That’s just sad.” And so on. I even had a group of people think I was dressing up as Ash (the lead character) because I had my gilet on one evening. For the record I have not dressed up to play it but if you want to then you are more than welcome.

My point is that people should be free to like whatever they want. As long as it doesn’t hurt anybody what is the problem?

I recently watched a programme where people dressed up and acted like dogs. Literally they sniffed each others arses and everything. That’s certainly not my cup of tea but I wouldn’t tell someone they were weird for wanting to get involved in it, just like people shouldn’t care about what I’m doing.

The point is everyone is different. If we all liked the same things then this world would be a very boring place. We’d never debate anything, we’d never have opinions and we’d never have a world where people are free to express themselves and be who they want to be.

So if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to catch ‘em all.

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