As someone who grew up with Pokémon I geeked out massively when I heard Niantic were bringing out a smartphone app. I downloaded it first thing and was out like a flash in my lunchbreak… gotta catch ’em all!
For those of you who’ve had your head buried under a rock these last few weeks, the Pokémon-Go app allows you to discover the world via an augmented reality map. When Pokémon appear on your smartphone screen simply click on them and start throwing Pokéballs at the cute, little monsters to capture them.
The day Pokémon-Go was released I walked approximately ten miles looking for Pokémon. The following day I walked seven. That’s a lot more than I usually walk in my working week! Granted, I live on the edge of Dartmoor, haven for walkers, but even the city bound are out and about seeking Pokemon.
Landmarks and places of cultural interests are pokéstops, virtual stations where you can restock on pokéballs and other special items. They are littered all over the city and can be found anywhere from museums and churches to popular restaurants and street art. Children that were previously glued to their computer screens are now exploring their local area, discovering monuments they never knew existed and going Pokemon hunting with their friends.
As a Pokémon fan, it’s obvious which side of the fence I sit on, but I’m sure you can see the benefits far outweigh the disadvantages. So why not give it a go? After all, it’s FREE!! You’ve got nothing to lose.
Nothing except ten minutes of your time catching Pokémon!
Photo credit: PhotoPin and Raymond Clack