Room was one of most harrowing movies I’ve seen in the last year. It’s heartbreaking to imagine oneself in the shoes of the five-year-old Jack, who’s held captive in a filthy shed, completely cut off from the rest of the world, without almost any human contact. Even worse, there is absolutely no doubt that Jack would have been in last place on Pokémon Go.
Being unable to leave the tiny enclosure undoubtedly hampered Jack’s social and physical development, but it also would have prevented him from exploring his neighborhood to collect creatures in the augmented reality of Pokémon Go. There are only so many lures and incense pots Jack would’ve been able to buy to attract Pokémon to the shed, making it hard to imagine him ever getting to Level 2, let alone experience the thrill of capturing a rare Arbok or Mewtwo. And how would Jack have mown lawns or raked leaves to raise money for in-app purchases of Pokéballs in the first place? The tragic consequences just keep piling up.
It’s honestly hard to hold back the tears when I picture Jack, alone in the room, staring at his phone, and knowing that he’s worst Pokémon Go player in the whole world. Pokémon Go may be the latest craze of millennial fun, but next time you go to capture a Squirtle, think of Jack and consider yourself lucky.