74-Year-Old Grandpa Plays Pokémon Go Like a Boss With 64 Phones Attached to His Bike | "Gotta Catch 'Em All"
Remember that craze when Pokémon GO was launched? People would hang around practically everywhere scrounging for rare Pokémon. Even today, years after its launch, some players remain true fans of the game developed by Niantic with Nintendo and The Pokémon Company. Among them is a fun-loving grandpa who came up with a unique setup to pursue his passion for Pokémon GO.
This 74-year-old grandpa, Chen San-Yuan, is not leaving any stone unturned to prove that age is just a number when it comes to Pokémon GO. Over the years, he has made several headlines for his unique antics to collect rare Pokémon. With new features being added in each version of the game—including regional Pokémon variants and ways to evolve Pokémons—the game continues to thrill players like Chen.
The Taiwanese man's gaming spree started back in 2018 when he began his journey to hunt Pokémons with 11 phones attached to his bike. He upgraded this to 45 smartphones in 2019 as he biked around trying to "catch ‘em all."
Chen quickly gained popularity for his antics, especially among youngsters. The distinctive bicycle support from his early gaming days is now a huge peacock-esque frame that flaunts a staggering 64 cell phones. He thinks playing Pokémon GO is a unique way to pass his time. He only plays the game to collect the rare-anime creatures out there, Chen told CH51.
Over the years Chen's love for the game has continued to grow, unlike other gaming enthusiasts who also explored new launches in the gaming industry. He is known as "The Pokémon Go grandpa" in his locality and gained more international attention in January 2023 when the Instagram page WEALTH featured his obsession with the game. The post was flooded with comments by netizens who were amused by his undying love and loyalty for the game.
Instagram user @realsamjacobs wrote: "I made a million bucks this year with one phone imagine if I had this many." @bighomiespeedy shared: "Sucks to say but in NYC, that wouldn’t have rocked out too long. Sad to say but somebody would've robbed him already for all those phones."
@jb_state_of_mind commented, "Must be nice when you no longer have to work and have this much time on your hands..." Some social media users were perplexed that he can ride that bike with 64 phones attached and not crash. Others exclaimed at how he is ahead of his time with @valkyrieuntamed commenting, "Man living in 2065" and @_1hundredonly_ calling him "the final boss."
The Instagram post caption reveals that the Taiwanese grandfather was introduced to the game in 2016 by his grandson. After that, there was no looking back for Chen as he shot to fame with local news outlets and social media pages covering his dedication. It is indeed a dream for many of us to have an enthusiastic and tech-savvy grandpa like Chen, who has no reservations about letting his inner kid take over.