So you know how everyone is saying how Professor Willow kind of just gave us a starter Pokemon and kinda told us to just fuck off with no explanation or reasoning?
Well, is that so different from the other Pokemon professors?
Think about it. How much info did Oak really give us? “Here’s a Charmander, have fun being rivals with Asshat, also don’t ride your fucking bikes indoors you goddamn animal, bye”. That’s about it.
He didn’t tell us the mechanics of the game, he just sent us on our way. Same as Willow.
So how did we learn the mechanics of the game?
NPCs, of course. Talking to the people in the world. They shared information. Really oddly specific HELPFUL information, at that.
Every other person who I’ve met who’s been playing Pokemon Go has been eager to share tips and tricks they’ve learned, information they’ve learned from other players. And I’ve done the same! If I meet a player, I tell them any information I think will be helpful.
Just like a goddamn NPC.
Professor Willow did his job. He gave us a Pokemon and sent us off, and here we are. Now who’s going to help us?
Why, we are.
It’s our job to be the NPCs and help each other learn how this world works. If you see a struggling player, you can talk to them and tell them about a cool trick to get more pokeballs. Show them how a gym works. YOU TOO, CAN BE THAT GYM GUY.
We may not be stationary and repeat the same phrases over and over, but we have a similar (and similarly *important*) role to those little NPCs. And we should be happy about that. Because we’re helping each other as well as ourselves.