What Is Pokémon Go?
Do you want to be the very best, like no one ever was? If you do, and if you know that line from the theme song, then you probably do want to catch them all. We are talking about Pokémon, of course.
Over the years, Pokémon has remained very popular with a large number of people. Of course, as some people get older they tend to fall out of the enjoyment they had with the card game, the cartoon, and all of the various video games that have been developed.
In the 1990s, Pokémon was in its heyday. The collectible card game was thriving, the cartoon was something that kids looked forward to every day when they came home from school, and a company called Nintendo was publishing Pokémon video games for their Game Boy consoles.
Pokémon never really went away, but it did sort of fade into the background. It was still popular with many kids, as well as young millennial’s who fondly remember all of the different Pokémon from Pikachu to Jigglypuff and everything in between.
Of course, now everything is changed and Pokémon is back in a big way.
The Arrival of Pokémon Go
Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably know about a game called Pokémon Go. However, unless you’ve played it, then you might not know exactly what it is and how it works.
It is important to get an understanding of what Pokémon is first. The Pokémon in the card game, cartoon, and video games are small monsters that “trainers” captured inside of balls. They then “battle” other trainers and their Pokémon, or they capture wild Pokémon. While all of this might sound confusing to those who never played Pokémon, it is actually simple to understand and you do not need to have played any other versions of Pokémon or have watched the cartoon to learn how to play.
How Does Pokémon Go Work?
Pokémon Go is a free to play, augmented reality mobile game that utilizes the phone’s GPS and clock. It determines where you are and what time of day it is, and there are various Pokémon out there in the real world for you to find. You can use your phone to “track” the Pokémon and you will know when you’re getting close to them. When you look through the app, you can see the digitized version of the Pokémon as if they were appearing in the real world just through your phone screen.
At that point, you have the digital capture balls that you use to try to capture the Pokémon that you find. If you capture them, they become part of your roster of Pokémon. However, there is a chance they could escape from the ball and you will have to throw another in an attempt to catch them. The Pokémon that are high-level and rare are often very difficult to catch.
To get more of the capture balls and other rewards, you can visit “Poké Stops” in your area. These are also augmented reality features, and the could be at any number of locations such as a coffee shop, a fountain in the park, or elsewhere. Again, you will find these locations through your device.
In addition, there are gyms. These gyms are “owned” by one of the three factions in the game. The three available factions include Team Instinct, Team Valor, and Team Mystic. When you start the game and create your character, you will choose one of these three teams to join. You can go to these digital gyms and battle against the Pokémon from another team. If you beat them, and other people in your faction come to the gym and also beat those Pokémon, it is possible to take over the gym.
The Benefits of Pokémon Go
When most people think of video games, they think that they are fun diversions at best and wastes of time at worst. However, with this mobile game, there are some very real health benefits that have come about.
Instead of merely sitting inside playing a game, in order to play and capture Pokémon it is essential to go outside into the real world and to walk to various locations. Sure, driving is possible in some instances, but people often find more when they walk as they are able to get to other locations where they wouldn’t be able to if they were in a vehicle.
It encourages people to go into different areas as well to capture different types of Pokémon. For example, water Pokémon are typically found near watery areas such as lakes or oceans. Grass Pokémon are found near parks.
People are getting healthier because they are walking. The game has Pokémon eggs which you can obtain, often through the Poké Stops. In order for these digital eggs to hatch and provide you with a new Pokémon, you need to walk a certain number of miles first.
Many people have found that it is also improving their mood, lowering their stress levels, and reducing their depression. People feel good when they play, and this game has helped some people to become more social. They’re all out there enjoying the same activity, and they get to meet new people.
Of course, it is not all a bed of roses. There have been some negative things associated with Pokémon Go. However, it is less of a problem with the game and more of a problem with people and society in general. For example, some people have been injured because they were not paying attention to what was going on around them at the time. Some people have been hit by vehicles. Others have walked off of cliffs, and some people have fallen off of docks. They could alleviate this problem simply by paying more attention.
In addition, criminals have taken a liking to this game because they find out the different Poké Stops in the area and then ambush people who arrive, This generally happens when people are playing late at night or when they are playing by themselves.
As long as people use common sense and are careful, there should be no problem playing and enjoying everything that Pokémon Go has to offer.
Popular With Nearly Everybody
The game was very likely to do well with those who loved Pokémon when they were growing up since there is nostalgia factor, as well as kids who are into Pokémon now. However, the reach of this game went far beyond just those two groups. People of all ages have taken to the game, and it is still one of the most popular mobile games on the market right now. Best of all, it is free to play.