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“Live Long and Pokémon”: George Takei Learns to Play Pokémon Go

The Pokémon Go fever continues to spread and everyone is getting in on the action.  Acting legend George Takei is best known for playing the role of Sulu on the 1966 television series, Star Trek but, he is also trying to be the very best, like no one ever was.  Takei and his friends took to Central Park in New York last week to begin his journey to be a Pokémon master.  He shared his experience via Facebook Live.

Photo: Facebook Live/George Takei
Photo: Facebook Live/George Takei

Dressed in a Pokémon t-shirt and a Pikachu hat, Takei introduced his friend Matt who would be teaching him tips and tricks on how to play the game.  Takei had just started playing the game and, seconds before going live, had caught his starter Pokémon, a bulbasaur.

Takei, a physical fitness fanatic and history buff, enjoyed that the game forces people to get up and walk around.  He also said that he wishes the game would incorporate more historical facts about the sites of the pokéstops, which typically are located at historic landmarks and monuments.  Physical and mental exercise while catching Pokémon?  Sounds like a great idea to us!

Takei had no problem catching his first couple of Pokémon, a rattata and a spearow but, when it came to catching a spunky and stubborn bellsprout, he encountered his first case of what we like to call, pokérage.  A true trooper, Takei stuck with it and finally caught the bellsprout, proving that persistence pays off, even in Pokémon.

Check out the full video of George Takei and his friends wondering around Central Park, learning the game by CLICKING HERE.  And we hope whomever took the “Captain Sulu” title in the Pokémon game is living up to the all the awesomeness that is George Takei!

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A self-proclaimed nerd, karaoke junkie, craft beer enthusiast and lover of all things pop culture, Denise enjoys all facets of entertainment from Broadway to box office blockbusters. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, concerts (lots and lots of concerts), volunteering, reading and playing with her rescue kitten, Samantha (who rescued who, right?). Denise currently resides in Long Island, New York and is honored to be a part of the Fan Fest News team!