Youth embrace craze
THE North Burnett’s youth have not been immune to the new Pokémon Go craze that is sweeping across the globe.
Eleven-year-old Mundubbera resident Logan Beutel has been playing the game for about a week.
“I play for about an hour everyday,” he said.
“On weekends I play for about three hours.”
The avid young sportsman who plays soccer and cricket has caught different Pokémon from an Arbok to Pikachu.
“I’ve caught a lot,” he said.
“I like that it is in real life and everything so you actually get to walk around town.
“You can’t just sit on your bum and do nothing; you actually have to go around.
“It’s a video game in real life.”
Logan’s younger brother Kade downloaded the game on Tuesday, July 26.
“I just got it (on Tuesday),” Kade said.
“I have played it for a day and it’s good.
“You can catch some Pokémon and actually get some exercise.”
Monto teenager Thorin Fitzpatrick walked 9km in one day playing the game.
“It’s gotten me motivated to go out and catch Pokémon because it doesn’t feel like you’re going out for a jog,” Thorin said.
“Not everyone enjoys going out for a jog, it’s not something I find enjoyable.
“Going out with Pokémon Go you’ve run several kilometres trying to incubate your eggs and catching new Pokémon.
“You only realise you travelled that far once you have, you only feel tired when you’re finished.”
Pokémon Go is a reality-based video game where players walk around cities and towns trying to catch different Pokémon on their smartphones or tablets.
Usually there are hidden around iconic landmarks.
One such location in Mundubbera is the bell tower at St Mary’s Church.
According to technology website TechCrunch, the app has been downloaded about 75 million times around the world.
MOBILE FUN: Logan and Kade Beutel have been playing Pokémon Go for about a week.