The hottest new video game is now playing on a smart phone near you!
Since its launch less than ONE WEEK ago, the Pokemon GO app is already impacting our lives in ways we never dreamed.
We are taking more frequent outdoor walks (guys, it's the middle of winter - what's up with that?) , and throwing around phrases like "gotcha!" and "I found a Charmander" like it's 1998 again.
The game is going gangbusters, with early reports saying the app has been downloaded more than Tinder (because we know what's more important), and people are logging on nearly as often as they are checking Twitter.
But there are far crazier stories doing the rounds.
Then there was this guy who found a Pidgey while is wife was bringing an actual human into the world!
For those who aren't sure what the game entails, it involves walking around, locating and "catching" Pokemon, and eventually battling them with other Pokemon GO users.
There are levels and prizes and various ways to measure your skill and proficiency for getting the best Pokemon team of all.
But the little animated Pokemon are popping up in some very strange places. Like, on this guy's arm...
... and in the middle of the ocean...
Lol found a Ninetales on the water. I guess Nidoking isn't the only weird surfing Pokémon pic.twitter.com/5gcS22yYCM— Joshua Wittenkeller (@TheJWittz) July 7, 2016
... and on your steering wheel while you're sitting in traffic.
So, it's safe to say the game poses a minor threat to your physical safety! (Don't play Pokemon GO and drive, people!)
However, on the upside, many are reporting positive results for people suffering from anxiety , as the game forces them to go outside.
People are turning up in the same place all over the world, hoping to catch themselves a Pikachu or a Mewtwo
A perfect storm of pokestops at Southbank has caused a massive crowd of players. Norms totally baffled. pic.twitter.com/cHbjJekdAS— James Croft (@jamescroft) July 10, 2016
The game has only been released in Australia, New Zealand and the US, with developers, Niantic Labs, halting the global rollout due to the huge and unexpected impact on its servers.
But the greater impact is sure to be on humanity for years to come... But now I have to go. There's a Charmander in my kitchen.