Stories. It has been human nature for people to be interested in stories, whether listening or telling them. It is in stories where we find distraction, whether joy, heartbreak, or awe. It is where we preserve our history, sharpen our creative and critical capabilities, and even shape our own personality. Everyone has a story to tell.
Even in Pokémon GO, the Pokémon you caught may take you to a glimpse of the past; the first raid you participated in, your first Unown, the day you reached level 40. Some are even unrelated to an in-game achievement, but rather a personal experience, like the first time you saw your significant other while playing the game, the dinner to celebrate a successful Community Day, or the last raid you did with your recently deceased friend. Because of the game’s intention to forge bonds and form communities, it resulted in rich and impactful stories. You feel happy when you hear what it took for your friend to finally get that elusive rare Pokémon, and empathize with someone who, sadly, didn’t get an EX Raid Pass. It lifts you up because you know that you are not alone in those experiences. There are other players that show a new perspective on playing the game itself, and luckily, there is a way to learn about these stories.
Trainer Tales is a collection of unique perspectives of Pokémon GO Trainers from different walks of life; a celebration of the human condition.
Trainer Tales is a collection of unique perspectives of Pokémon GO Trainers from different walks of life; a celebration of the human condition. It is a personal platform for players to express their feelings and they have free range to tell their stories as raw and as mesmerizing as they can. These usually leads to intimate conversations, in which Trainer Tales aim to immortalize so that the story doesn’t die and become just memories or hearsay.
Of course, it’s not easy to tell stories that are all related to Pokémon GO, but Niantic designed the game with a social aspect. This in turn help create much more engaging experiences worth telling. One such story is about Clarissa.
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I was in line to buy lunch when I got a message that an Unown was spotted around Araneta Center, Cubao. I left in a hurry even though I was next in line to order. Messages started pouring in as I made my way to the alleged spawn point. When I got there I was surprised that the Unown was a letter "C". It was by sheer coincidence that my first Unown, was caught at Cubao on Columbia West street and my name just so happens to be Clarissa. – Clarissa
Another endearing story is from Jack who writes:
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I was struggling with depression two years ago. I didn't have a job, didn't have goals, and I closed myself off from friends and family. I didn't want them to know what I was going through. It maybe just my pride but I'm used to being the one helping others but not the other way around. The game came along and as cliche as this may sound, it gave me purpose. Going out and playing the game was better than my daily sleep-eat-repeat routine. It didn't take long for me to meet new people and make new friends. I've been employed for almost a year now. I am thankful and amazed that a game and the people I met through it helped me overcome that episode in my life. – Jack
Finally, if you love Shiny Pokémon, you’ll definitely relate with Crystal.
Trainer Tales aims to personally connect with the most number of people possible, hear their stories, and just have a deep intimate conversation with them, snapping a picture to cap off the moment. The project aims to broaden it’s global reach, allowing for more diverse stories to be shared, and publish a book containing all these stories, to formally immortalize the stories of Pokémon GO Trainers around the world.
The project aims to broaden it’s global reach, allowing for more diverse stories to be shared, and publish a book containing all these stories, to formally immortalize the stories of Pokémon GO Trainers around the world.
Everyone has a story to tell. This may be just a game, but at the end of the day, the relationships we formed are real. The friends we made are real. Those bonding moments, may it be before, during, or after playing the game, may it be during ups or downs, all of them are real. This may be just a game, but these stories are worth keeping and being passed on. How about you? What’s your story? Comment below and we would like to hear your story.