Ok, so before i discuss this further i’m not talking about BrandonTan playing 15 hours a day seriously, i’m talking about people who bully and attack others over this game, which has happened to me a few times.
These kinds of people are in any community even if they aren’t that public. For example, when i was in a more rural area last summer a player physically assaulted another player (and smashed his car windows) over using a golden berry “one too many times”. I think now you get the idea of exactly what i’m on about.
These are the players who ostracise, block and report people over minor things like attacking a gym from their car and not coming out to talk to the other guy, for not wanting to trade a certain pokémon for something else (happened a few times locally, and then those players are removed from all chats in under a minute ), and the one that’s affected me the most: accusations of spoofing.
If you know 100% that there is an active spoofer in your area and that individual has said they do spoof, go ahead and do whatever but don’t cyberbully them. If you don’t have conclusive evidence of them spoofing maybe don’t report their Discord and Pokemon Go accounts. These people aren’t some special heroes of the game, they’re actively ruining the community.
Big example was a story from a player group not too far from me. One of their members was diagnosed with cancer (been told it’s non-fatal which is good news) and he asked if he would be allowed to spoof from his hospital bed to do the EX raid he was invited to. What happened was they said no, and removed him from the local Pokemon Go whatsapp.
To wrap up this rant, what i’m trying to say is don’t get too emotionally involved in this game. Don’t bully, because people like this are killing the game rather than saving it. Remember, the definition of a game is “an activity that one engages in for amusement.”. Don’t let it become something else for anyone.