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Asia's Latest Pokémon GO Icon Is a Taiwanese Grandpa Who Uses 11 Phones to Play

While many people spend their retired lives arranging flowers, playing chess, nurturing pet birds or yelling at cable news television, this Taiwanese man is devoting his golden years to catching Pokémon.

70-year old Chen San-yuan has achieved internet fame for an elaborate 11-phone setup that lets him play Pokémon Go for up to 20 hours. He reportedly spends TW$10,000 (US$324) a month on the gear and in-app purchases.

San-yuan first learned of the game from his grandson in 2016 and has been hooked ever since, claiming "there's a lot of fun [in this game]... I can connect with people [and] prevent Alzheimer's disease."

He first caught the world's attention when a photo of him appeared on Reddit, garnering more than 75,000 upvotes. A series of memes and news stories quickly followed. One report shares that he doesn't like to fight other trainers at gyms, but rather just collect rare Pokémon such as Snorlax, his favorite.

Yuan has switched from a bike-mounted getup to a waist-mounted one and told a Nintendo-focused site that he hopes to upgrade his system to 15 phones in the future.

Have a look at this TV feature on Chen San-yuan below:

Video via YouTube channel EXP.GG TW.

[Photo via The Verge]


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