I gained 3 game balls at this station

Outside Barnes and Nobel
 All of the statues at this shopping center are precious. But this one with the girl reading is one of my favorite!

I’m taking a mini-break from my usual posts in order to talk about something I’ve just delved into this week. You’ve heard about it on the news and from your kids. It’s a new game hot off the press sweeping the country. Yes, you’ve guessed it. Pokémon GO. Here is an explaination I got off Wikipedia. It states, “Pokémon Go is a location-based augmented reality mobile game developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices. It was released in most regions of the world in July 2016. 
Gained Pokemon game balls here too! Precious statue

Making use of GPS and the camera of compatible devices, the game allows players to capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, who appear on device screens as though in the real world. The game is free-to-play, although it supports in-app purchases of additional gameplay items. An optional companion Bluetooth wearable device, the Pokémon Go Plus, is planned and will alert users when Pokémon are nearby.

Since this craze has swept the country (and many of my children’s friends) I had to check out this game. It started on the weekend when my daughter and grandson were with me. My daughter didn’t have a high opinion of the game since it wasn’t at all like the original Pokemon games she played growing up but her son drew her into it on my phone. They had so much fun chasing Pokemon through the shopping center. I had so much fun watching them. It was a game changer. It was even more fun to have my grandson take a picture with the Pokeman he caught. Great fun when gamers are not playing in traffic and someone is guiding the gamer and helping them pay attention to where they are walking etc. so no one gets hurt. Grin!

Wikipedia goes on to say, “Pokémon Go was released to mixed reviews. Reviewers praised the overall experience of the game and the incentive to adventure in the real world, while noting technical issues apparent at launch. The game quickly became one of the most used smart device apps shortly after release, being downloaded by more than 40 million people worldwide, and was a boon to the stock value of Nintendo. “

Wow, I’m amazed at how many people are playing. Ok, today was a day I had to run a few errands. One of them was to check out some items in Barnes and Nobel. Boy was that place hopping. I also noticed people of all different ages playing the game. How did I know they were playing? They had their phone out and were walking to their target to get free game balls. Barnes and Nobel had a statue outside their front doors where you could gain Pokeman balls to catch the many critters that were running virtually around the shopping center.

How did I know this you may ask? Well I was playing of course. I’m not a video game player but this game I enjoyed. I liked that it was played outside and that it made me notice things I hadn’t paid attention to like how many beautiful statutes are in this stopping center. I thought it was cleaver of the game and - advertising dollars gained by promoting different shops in the center. I liked going to the different restaurants in order to gain free game balls.

It was funny that the game would tell you, you are too far away to get the game balls. Then when I was right next to the statue it wouldn’t let me gain my prize either. There was one place where I had to  walk into the store to gain get what I came there for. My son tells me that some shops have signs on their doors that say if you want to play the Pokeman Go you must buy something.

That got me thinking and made me want to ask readers what their experiences have been with the game? Anyone admitting to playing it besides me? If you have what have you learned? Hear of any crazy situations people have gotten into? Where have you seen people playing the game? Do tell! I’d love to hear.

Nora St Laurent
TBCN Where Book Fun Begins!

1 comment:

  1. I love this post. All the pictures are great. It's so interesting that they are combining local statutes as pokestops. I've played it once. I walked past a group of kids and they were yelling at us to stop and wait for a pokemon with them. We decided to keep walking and caught three pokemon. :) My five year old enjoys it.