Pokemon GO is a free Smartphone game that allows you to catch Pokemon in an augmented version of the real world. Using your Smartphone’s GPS system and the pre-installed map in the game, you are able to walk around the streets and catch Pokemon as they spring up. There are Pokestops where you may collect free items, and you may stop at Pokemon gyms to battle with other players.
Gotta Catch Em All… again
Pokemon GO uses your GPS, mapping technology, and your phone’s camera to alter the real world as you see it through your Smartphone. If you thought this 90’s craze was over, you were very mistaken. The aim of the game is to catch all of the Pokemon GO creatures. There is no time limit, and there are no consequences if you do not catch them. If your aim is to hunt down and collect the monsters, then the worst thing that can happen is that one of them escapes the fate of living in your Poke Ball. The game is based on insect collecting, except that you are collecting pocket monsters. There are 151 types of pocket monster to collect, and you can check your Smartphone where the nearest Pokemon are. Run over to where you see a Pokemon and hurl a Poke Ball in its direction, and with a little luck you will catch your very own creature.
An augmented reality game for kids
Despite the number of adults that play the game, it is still a game for kids, and was created to help children notice the world around them (even if it is through an augmented reality vis-à-vis their phone). The graphics are hundreds of times better than the original games that were released on the Gameboy 20 years ago, but the graphics are not perfect or impressive. The creatures are still broadly drawn, and even the human characters are still bland and only marginally more detailed than the characters on the animated series. At first glance, you will be unimpressed with the graphics, especially if you have a modern PC or game’s console. However, once you start playing the game, the less-than-impressive graphics will not bother you. Seeing the Pokemon in the real world (via your Smartphone screen) is rather exciting, and is unlike anything that has come before it. When playing the game, it uses a lot of data and battery power, so make sure you have a suitable data plan before you move outside of your home Wi-Fi range.
Warning - some adults are using the app to prey on young children because it has them congregate in certain areas to collect Pokemon Go creatures. Also, do not venture into dangerous neighborhoods in search of creatures, which include approaching dangerous situations because a Pokemon has appeared. Do not play it while driving.
Collecting Pokemon is oddly satisfying
One could complain about how dangerous the app is becoming, or how the Niantic company is able to gain access to a great deal of your personal information, but one has to admit that collecting the Pokemon Go characters is oddly satisfying. It is like collecting bottle tops in the 70s, stamps in the 80s, Pogs in the 90s, and Pokemon cards in 00s. Seeing the Pokemon is real life (via your Smartphone screen) is also fun and is still the focus of many Facebook posts.