Pokémon Go Explained (and why people are going nuts)
You may have heard stories of people hunting down Pokémon in bathrooms, on their office desks, or even in the streets. Apparently, it is the new fever in town that is catching even the game-averse individuals. One teenage girl even found a dead body while hunting down Pokémon. In another instance, a Missouri police asserted that 4 suspected gangsters used Pokémon to lure in victims.
So what exactly is Pokémon, and why is it driving people nuts?
The Nintendo-owned franchise whose popularity peaked in the 90’s is making a comeback and has hit the market hard–this time through Pokémon Go. Available in the US for just some few days, Pokémon Go has taken over the world. Last week, Nintendo and the Pokémon Company launched Pokémon Go, a game for Android and iPhone users that has officially become a viral phenomenon. Pokémon Go is based on Niantic’s Real World Gaming Platform and uses real locations to lure players to walk around in the real world to discover Pokémon.
For those new to gaming, Pokémon is an increasingly growing bestiary of cartoon creatures with different powers and abilities and populated throughout countless video games. What makes it unique is that the Pokémon Go delivers tactic fantasy better than any entry in the history of Pokémon. Now let’s catch up on why the game is driving player’s nuts. Pokémon Go uses augmented reality that makes Pokémon appear as if they have been spotted in the real world. The game features a GPS-powered map that uses real world locations to spot Pokémon. When you spot one, the game launches your smartphone’s camera giving you an aerial view of the Pokémon in the real world. You then carefully flick a poke ball to the creature so as to catch it before it escapes.
Besides collecting Pokémon, there are other items pinned to real locations in the real world, say like in a grocery ahead of you which partly explains why you have to be on the move to capture them. In simple terms, Pokémon Go uses GPS to determine your location so as to make Pokémon appear. As you move around, different types of Pokémon will appear and you have to hunt them down so as to capture them using your GPS to determine their locations. This interaction between the game and the real world is known as “augmented reality”- a technology that has evolved to simulate the world in which Pokémon are real. The funny thing about this game is that Pokémon likes to hide in very odd places. Many players have reported of seeing these creatures in bathrooms and under the office desk.
Pokémon also likes to party a lot. You will find a lot of them at parties, even in strip clubs. When they get into your glass of champagne, you’re going to feel like sending it back. They present a lot of fun and you are really going to walk around if you want to catch them all. Moreover, the game does enable you to explore your real-world environment. For example, if you go near a lake, you will probably see water types Pokémon, if you go out to a park, you will be able to pick up grass or bug type Pokémon. If you walk out at night, you are likely to find more nocturnal and ghost types.
While virtual reality can completely immerse you into a totally different world, Pokémon Go gives you an opportunity to forget about the hassle and bustle of the tough day and explore the world around you as you capture some Pokémon along the way.