There’s plenty of violence in the Pokémon universe, but usually it’s cute creatures squirting water or flames at one another. In the real world, people get stabbed on the quest to catch ‘em all.
A 22-year-old Michael Baker approached a stranger while playing Pokémon GO in Forest Grove, Oregon. The other man was looking at his phone, and Baker figured he might be another trainer.
“I saw him go by and asked if he was playing Pokémon GO. He was like, ‘What?’” Michael Baker told Fox12.. “I guess he wanted to battle because he came up at me with a knife.” Then he stabbed Baker.
Because Baker is determined to become the very best, he didn’t quit when he got stabbed, figuring his wound was pretty inconsequential. Instead, he continued on his way to buy snacks and nab a few more pocket monsters before seeking out medical attention.
“Right after I was stabbed, I continued my mission to Plaid Pantry for my mission for chips and beer,” Baker told Fox12.
He eventually made it to the hospital, where the inconsequential wound in his shoulder turned out to need eight stitches. Let’s see a 10-year-old on an epic adventure like Ash Ketchum repeat that feat! (Actually, on second thought, let’s not.)
And Baker’s not the only one who thinks Pokémon are more important than their physical health. People have already hurt themselves playing Pokémon GO, a smash hit that could make Niantic and Nintendo $1 billion a year, according to an estimate from one research firm, despite the fact that the game warns players to be aware of their surroundings.
It’s no wonder police have a love-hate relationship with Pokémon GO. Here we have someone getting Poké-stabbed because they approached a stranger, refusing medical attention, then finally getting around to treating a stab wound after grabbing some snacks because they were busy playing the game.
Talk about commitment.