We imagine what Singapore will evolve into as we anticipate the arrival of PokémonGO.
PokémonGO is taking the rest of the world by storm, overtaking Tinder and Twitter in the US within a week of its limited launch.
As every kiasu fibre of our Singaporean muscles twitches to get hold of the game (and to get ahead of the competition), we can't help but to start dreaming up a future where Pikachu and Charmander finally appear in Singapore.
Here are five things we might well see in Singapore when PokémonGO is Go!
1. More Singaporeans might visit our heritage sites
PokémonGO looks set to be able to do what years of National Education (NE) have failed to: attract more crowds to visit our national monuments and learn about our country's history.
Given that Pokéstops and Gyms tend to appear at sites of cultural or historical significance, the augmented reality game may well draw more people to our war memorials than our school-organised NE trips could ever do.
FOR ALL YOU KNOW, CHARMANDER MIGHT BE THE
NATIONAL HERITAGE BOARD'S NEXT MASCOT.
2. Surge in NSmen passing IPPT
This is a matter of national defence. With the number of people suddenly getting out to exercise (albeit unintentionally), it seems PokémonGO might just be the motivation that our unfit NSmen need to get out and train for their IPPT.
No more controversial sexist SAFRA advertisements to get the men out of the house, PokémonGO is the way to get our soldiers back to being fighting fit.
SINGAPORE'S DEFENCE STATS ARE GOING TO LEVEL UP!
3. Encounters with "Legendary Pokémon"
Remember your primary school gaming addict classmate whom you have not seen since primary six? Probably not, since he never attended any of the class reunions.
But alas, like a legendary Pokémon you've only heard stories of but never expected to encounter, there he will be at the Pokéstop next to you, having finally found a game that forced him out of his room.
On an encouraging note, PokémonGO has been reported to have positive effects on people with depression and other mental health issues. Hope this helps alleviate some of the mental stress our youth face in our fast-paced society.
4. Unusual driving patterns
As many people who have already downloaded the game have found out, you can cover more ground when you're catching Pokémon on wheels than on foot. This has led to some reckless driving and warnings from the police in several countries.
When the game hits the streets of Singapore, drivers might want to be extra cautious of other vehicles suddenly slowing down at locations other than in front of an ERP gantry a minute before it goes offline.
"SORRY POLICE, I SWERVED MY CAR BECAUSE
SOMETHING WAS BLOCKING THE ROAD!"
5. The dark side of Singapore
The location-based game has people going to uncharted real-world locations. Players abroad have already stumbled upon everything from unconscious people to a dead body.
With almost a quarter of Singapore covered by forested areas, potentially hiding seedy and vice activities, what adventures (or misadventures) await our hapless local Pokémon trainers?
How else do you think PokémonGO is going to change life in Singapore? Let us know in the comments below!
WRITTEN BY LIM YU JIA AND JUSTIN HUI