Youth em­brace craze

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Tobi Lof­tus and An­nie Perets

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.

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

MO­BILE FUN: Lo­gan and Kade Beu­tel have been play­ing Poké­mon Go for about a week.

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