George Takei learned to play Pokémon Go and live-streamed the entire thing

The Star Trek actor took to Central Park to get to grips with the gaming phenomenon

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If you’ve found yourself wondering about all “this Pokémon Go business” over the past month, then this video is for you.

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George Takei – actor and Star Trek veteran – had pondered the very same thing ever since the Niantic game went viral and decided to find out what all the fuss was about. 

Enlisting a friend to explain the ins and outs of Pokéstops, Pokédex, Pokéballs and so on, the 79-year-old dressed in head-to-toe Pokémon and took to Central Park, armed with the app.

He filmed his entire 19-minute quest on Facebook Live and, needless to say, it’s brilliant, packed with very literal statements – “I just called what is called a Bulbasaur because he’s supposed to be green and I like green” – and tips for the makers of the game: “I think there should be a little bit of history and context to historic buildings we might come across.”

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If you’re stuck for something to do this Sunday, we guarantee this is 19 minutes very well spent: