Hula hoops. YoYos. Care Bears. The final episode of M*A*S*H. Writing symphonies when you’re 16 and … wait that was Felix Mendhelsson only … poor example, moving on …
The point is, and I do have one, is that humanity loves a shared experience, something that our modern digital age has facilitated to a degree we’ve never witnessed before (in direct contravention to the early argument that the internet, with it’s plethora of niche interests, would fracture rather than unite.)
And lately there’s been no better example of a shared experience on a global scale that the launch of Pokémon Go by Nintendo, which has seen people moving en masse to participate in a game, sometimes with unintended, socially-messy consequences.
While people have lauded its health and sociability benefits, the reality is that its true value lies in the fact that it has given the world an opportunity once again to use the enticingly dulcet tones of renowned wildlife documentarian Sir David Attenborough in a context you may not necessarily expect to find him.
In this instance, the Lovin Dublin page on Facebook has brought the game and the naturalist together to absolutely brilliant effect, recasting completely the search for Zubats, Charmanders and Spearows .
It makes perfect sense when you think about it.
After all, as Mashable remarked, “David Attenborough and Pokémon Go was a marriage in heaven waiting to happen.”
And so it has come to pass … Now what are you doing sitting this? You have a Charmander to capture and David Attenborough to narrate your epic efforts every step of the way.