I am sure that you have heard about this new sensation that has taken the world by storm. It was literally an overnight sensation, I woke up one day and almost every single person I knew was talking about Pokémon Go. It wasn’t until I looked into it more that I realized it was actually pretty neat.
I was never that kid who collected Pokémon cards or played the game with the cards but I knew of them. I knew how extremely popular they were and even now when I walk into Target there is a section that still has Pokémon cards. So when everyone was talking about this new phenomenon I knew I had to find out what all the fuss was about.
It is a virtual world for finding and capturing Pokémon. The cards that were once collected have now turned into virtual Pokémon that you capture on your phone. Where do you find these Pokémon, you may be asking? Well your GPS is now good for more than getting you to your favorite restaurant or your friend’s house, it helps you locate and capture Pokémon. Once a player finds a Pokémon they may view it either in augmented reality mode or with a live rendered generic background. The AR mode, which is probably the most popular, because it uses the camera and gyroscope on the players’ mobile device to display an image of a Pokémon as though it were in the real world.
Although you may see the Pokémon they aren’t that easy to catch. In order to catch one the player may throw a Poke Ball at it by flicking it from the bottom of the screen up toward the Pokémon. If the Pokémon is successfully caught, it will come under the ownership of the player. There are many factors in the success rate in capturing the Pokémon; these include the right force, the right type of Poke Ball used, and the right time.
Whether you are a fan of Pokémon Go or not there is no denying that it is a HUGE success and it has people out there wandering around with their phones looking for their next Pokémon to capture. There is also no denying that this new phenomenon has gotten more people out of their house to explore more of their city, if only to hunt for a Pokémon.