THE BIG DEAL ABOUT POKEMON GO
What is Pokemon Go?
Pokemon Go is a GPS based virtual game that allows gamers to catch Pokemon around them. The game is a mixture of gaming and real world by use of the camera of your iPhone or Android to make the Pokemon appear in the real world.
Why is it so popular?
Pokemon Go essentially encourages users to go outside and travel as they try to “catch” the common and rare Pokemon. Released on July 6, this virtual game, in less than a week, became a hit sensation on social media ranging from Twitter all the way to Snapchat, emitting memes everywhere in its wake. The original Pokemon games, created in 1996 by Nintendo, had experienced decline of game sales for handheld gaming devices. The release of Pokemon Go excites people because now it is accessible through smartphone instead of the typical handheld gaming device. It brings back nostalgia for the millennials and a new craze for newer generations.
Who’s playing it?
On the square, hordes of people sit on the benches near the “Pokestops”, where they can retrieve potions, eggs, and pokeballs without having to pay. It also has “Pokegyms” where users can battle for power. Covington has around 30 Pokestops and four Gyms. The game is not yet multiplayer, unlike its handheld sister game.
How do you play it?
You can often find people walking around trying to track down these rare and special Pokemon such as; Pikachu and Staryu. In the right bottom corner, you can see the Pokemon near you. The feet/paw prints help you track these Pokemon; 3 paw prints if they are relatively nearby, 2 if they are close, and 1 if they are within the immediate vicinity. To catch the Pokemon, you aim the ball at the Pokemon and flick the Pokeball at them. The aim of the game is to be the best “trainer” and collect all the Pokemon.
How does it benefit people?
Nintendo’s stock has gone up by millions, gaining more downloads than the dating app Tinder in its 4 years of existence. Now this sounds like it really only benefits the company who produced it but trust me, the Pokemon game has benefitted an abundance of people. Pokemon Go not only promotes exercise by getting you to move around to catch the cute little monsters, it also creates social networking. All around the US, Australia, New Zealand, and soon to be Asia, you can find people of all races, ages, and sexualities playing this game. This game helps you explore, build relationships, and learn all while having fun.