by Shauna R Bahssin
It can be hard to believe that more than twenty years have passed since the advent of Pokemon, the Japanese anime universe in which Pokemasters catch and train fictive dinosaur-like creatures and battle other Pokemasters. But it’s harder still to believe that Pokemon, originally conceived as a GameBoy game, is now experiencing an epic resurgence. On July 6, Nintendo released Pokemon Go, an augmented-reality game built for smartphones; within 24 hours the game topped mobile application downloads. Pokemon trainers — people trying to catch and raise Pokemon, build strong teams of the digital creatures and face off against competitors– are suddenly everywhere. They are easily identifiable — any person under 30 years old who is walking around, absently with their phone open is likely to be a member of the Pokemon Go community [Editor’s note: Not every Millennial with their phone out is playing Pokemon Go]. And around Rockland County, Nyack in particular has been something of a haven.