Hermann Hunt: Pokemon craze takes over Houston park

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HOUSTON - “Out here at Herman Park, there seems to be hundreds of people on their phones playing Pokemon Go,” observed Michelle Quellar.

“So this is what we would call like a PokeRaid, kind of like a raid you would do on an online game, only it's for Pokemon Go. So we’re just going to get as many people as we can at the park and catch as many Pokemon as we can,” said Michael Reed, who was leading the Red Valor team with his flag.

“So I created this event to bring together all the Pokemon Go groups, so we can have fun, get out and have a social night, meet other people, experience different things, and most of all, Catch Em All,” exclaimed Matthey Myrow, the event’s organizer.

“I’ve heard people cure depression with this little phenomenon, this hype train, or whatever you want to call it. It’s helped people get out of the house. It’s helped people lose weight. It’s helped people get out and socialize, the socially awkward, what society has deemed as weird or strange,” shared Michael Reed, an avid player of the game.

“What else could a lot of people want? It’s a great social event and it’s free… People could bring their family out here and everyone is just out here trying to have a good time,” said Jesse, a player who just had started out.

“That’s why I still play it. I’ve played the games and I’ve had it since I was a kid. You know, just growing up playing it and now it’s something revolutionary," expressed long time Pokemon fan, Kevin.

“Out of all that’s going on in the media and in the world right now, it’s great to see something have that kind of impact on people to make people do something productive,” said Reed.

“I’m pretty sure the game is doing the right thing. It’s helping people get fit and have fun at the same time. It’s bringing families together, and communities together. We have an entire community here, shouldn’t that be proof enough,” proclaimed Myrow.