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I Went To A Pokemon Go Meet-Up And It Was Totally Lit

If I wasn't hooked already, this really Seel-ed the deal.

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Unless you are living under a rock or hate fun, you're probably playing Pokemon Go, the highly addicting location-based augmented reality game that has been sweeping the nation and forcing a generation of lazy millennials to actually go outside.

I've been completely addicted to the game, and a big part of the fun is meeting new people by wandering aimlessly around town with my phone in front of my face. So I thought it would be worth checking out.

Let me tell you, it was something to behold.

After parking a few blocks from the pier, the first thing I heard as I stepped out of my car was a group of teens yelling "GUYS! PIKACHU!" When I turned to look, a small crowd was already rushing across the street with their phones out.

After nabbing Pikachu, I made my way to the pier. More experienced players may know that playing in an area where lots of people have the app open leads to more frequent and higher level Pokemon appearances, so I was excited to get started.

Taking occasional breaks to look up, I noticed that everywhere I turned, I saw people glued to their phones and furiously swiping Pokeballs and Great Balls.

Not to mention it was a sea of Ash hats, blue vests, Pokeball backpacks, and other merch.

Of course, strolling around Santa Monica is always lovely, so there's that. But what makes ocean breeze, new friends, and fried food smell even better? Pokemon.

I couldn't get any friends to go with me, but I still had a great time and met some fellow Pokenerds. Here's one of many groups of trainers relaxing and catching Pokemon by the bike path.

Here are some more photos and several choice quotes I heard while walking around the pier hunting for Horsea.

TLDR: Go to a Pokemon Go event, because you'll catch lots of Pokemon, meet some cool people, and have an awesome time.

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