Pokémon Go is a game which was recently released and has already made a significant global impact for those new to Pokemon and those who are familiar with/or fans of the franchise. So how does catching Pokemon inspire travel? Well, with Pokémon GO, you’ll discover Pokémon in a whole new world—your own! Pokémon GO is built on Niantic’s Real World Gaming Platform and will use real locations to encourage players to search far and wide in the real world to discover Pokémon. Pokémon GO allows you to find and catch more than a hundred species of Pokémon as you explore your surroundings. – www.pokemon.com
This means, with a generation which was thought to never leave home and stay on their game consoles and laptops are finally forced to go out and take a walk. In order to make progress when you are playing Pokémon Go you have to move.
Pokemon Go uses augmented reality to blur the lines of the Pokemon world with the real world. As you walk down the street random Pokemon will appear and its up to you using your trusted pokeballs to catch them. There are different types of Pokemon (water, grass, poison, electric etc) and you have a better chance of catching specific Pokemon based on your physical location (water Pokemon near oceans, lakes, rivers, grass and poison Pokemon near fields, forests etc)
In order to replenish your poke balls, collect eggs, various potions and more you can make stops at PokeStops. PokeStops are virtual places based on real world locations (historical places and buildings, monuments, art installations etc) Each PokeStop/location gives you a picture and a brief write up. Whether your a local or a tourist PokeStops in addition to catching Pokemon will allow you to get to know your own city or help you explore a new city.
As the Pokémon trainer progresses, their Pokémon strengthen and/or evolve gaining new characteristics and powers which are really helpful during battles. Battles??? Well at a certain point in the game you will have to choose a team (Red, Blue or Yellow). As you explore your location looking for Pokemon and PokeStops you will come across Poke Gyms and like PokeStops, Gyms can be found at real locations in the world. As different teams battle to maintain control of the gym you will be left with two choices. If the Gym is currently being run by team you are on then the battle is friendly and you Pokemon gain experience points. If the team is a rival then it’s a battle to eventually take over the gym.
PS. I am on team Blue – LudaChrisYTZ
So how did Pokémon start and why has it become such a hit. It was back in 1996 when Nintendo started released Pokémon games. With its success Pokémon had inspired many more games, trading cards and products like Pokémon backpacks, lunch boxes etc. Pokemon Go takes is famous ‘Gotta Catch ‘Em All’ Pokémon logo and tag line to whole whole new level in motivating Pokémon game players to catch rare Pokémons.
Hundreds of people gathered in Retiro park, Madrid, Spain playing Pokemon Go
People playing Pokémon Go in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Playing the Pokemon Go game on mobile phones in Ljubljana, Slovenia
People catching Pokemon in Fullerton, United States with the Pokemon Go game.
Not only are these little digital animals really interesting and give you an excuse to leave home. It is evident from the response of many players that people will enjoy Pokémon Go for a while and will be hooked on it. So go my brave Pokemon trainers and explore your neighbourhood, hell travel the world, see something new, try something new and catch a rare Pokémon in the process. around different cities. You will be surprised at where you might end up when you are in your search but that is what makes this game so irresistible.
Ready to start playing Pokemon Go? Read this article first…Ten Things I Wish I Knew When I Started ‘Pokémon GO’
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