Poke­mon Go Com­mu­nity Days com­ing up

Tri-County Vanguard - - OPINION -

Sum­mer is right around the cor­ner and that means get­ting out­side more and en­joy­ing the sun­shine. With the change in sea­sons comes an up­date from Niantic, the cre­ator of Poke­mon Go, about the many events that will take place through­out the sum­mer.

Since the be­gin­ning of 2018, Niantic has in­tro­duced new “Com­mu­nity Days” each month. They are spe­cial events or­ga­nized on spe­cific dates, last­ing three hours each, that of­fer new Poke­mon and in-game bonuses. The en­tire global Poke­mon Go com­mu­nity has the op­por­tu­nity to come to­gether for their own spe­cial day. Now each month our lo­cal PoGo com­mu­nity has dates to or­ga­nize our own re­al­time events around the aug­mented re­al­ity game world.

At first, in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary, the Cape Forchu Light­house was a hotspot for PoGo events, de­spite the ex­treme cold. In a some­what bit­ter­sweet turn, the light­house was closed from March 5 to midMay due to film­ing of a Hol­ly­wood movie, leav­ing us to gather on the water­front or else­where down­town. While the water­front was fun, hav­ing the light­house as a place to play is def­i­nitely more ideal.

For those who are not cur­rently a part of our com­mu­nity and want to join, we have a pub­lic Face­book Mes­sen­ger group called “Yarmouth Poke­mon Com­mu­nity”, and you can find it at http://bit.ly/Yar­mouthPoGo.

The Com­mu­nity Days an­nounced for the sum­mer are May 19, June 16 and July 8. Even though it hasn’t yet been dis­cussed within our com­mu­nity, I want to in­vite all Poke­mon Go play­ers to the Cape Forchu Light­house for each of these dates. It’s not planned as a for­mal event like the one I hosted two years ago but hav­ing one lo­ca­tion for the com­mu­nity to meet up for the sched­uled Com­mu­nity Days will help bring even more of us to­gether. The event tak­ing place on May 19 is fast-ap­proach­ing, and we will only be able to meet up at the light­house if it’s open to the pub­lic, but cir­cum­stances will­ing, the in­vi­ta­tion is open.

The last event for­mally an­nounced, in ad­di­tion to the Com­mu­nity Days, spans from July 14 to the 15, specif­i­cally tar­get­ing the city of Chicago. Although this event is for Poke­mon Go play­ers in Chicago, I am hope­ful play­ers world­wide will en­joy ben­e­fits from the event as well, but it’s too early to tell.

Sum­mer doesn’t end in July, so what about Au­gust? Well Niantic is cur­rently work­ing on an­other aug­mented re­al­ity game called Harry Pot­ter: Wizards Unite. Not a lot of de­tails are avail­able on when ex­actly the game will be re­leased, but they men­tioned it would be in the sec­ond half of 2018. The twoyear an­niver­sary of Poke­mon Go is on this July 6 so Niantic fans have long sus­pected some­thing might hap­pen then. Sum­mer is the ideal time to launch a game that is sup­posed to get you out­side and mov­ing, so it shouldn’t be too long be­fore we see an ac­tual re­lease date while it’s mar­keted along­side Poke­mon Go.

We all know what hap­pened two years ago when Poke­mon Go was re­leased. We should look for­ward to the same re­ac­tion from Harry Pot­ter fans when Niantic fi­nally re­leases its new game. Poke­mon Go hasn’t faced the same tech­ni­cal prob­lems over the last year as it did in the past now that the player base has de­creased over time and the servers have be­come sta­ble.

With Harry Pot­ter: Wizards Unite gear­ing up for re­lease, I urge all Poke­mon Go play­ers to have pa­tience with Niantic as they pre­pare to launch the next big­gest game of 2018. To the Harry Pot­ter fans who will be join­ing us this sum­mer, wel­come to the Yarmouth AR Com­mu­nity!

Nick Doucet, Yarmouth

Level 36 Poke­mon Trainer and Fu­ture Wizard

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