You teach me and I'll teach you, pokemoooon!!!
True to its toe-tapping theme song, 'Pokemania', the big fad generated by the popularity of Pokemon, which took the world by storm during the late 90s, is making a bit of a comeback -- this time in an insanely interactive way -- through augmented reality where pocket monsters come to real life.
Augmented Reality - A technology that super imposes a computer-generated image or a user's view of the real world, thus providing a composite view.
With the accompaniment of modern smartphones, GPS and strong, sturdy legs (just to encourage trainers to get outdoors, move around and catch pokemons), an all-new circle of friends is just one pokestop away from becoming a reality.
Yes, it's like taking that sedentary video game outdoors!
Pokemon Go players check their smartphones as they look for Pokémon, at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami.
I wanna be the very best,
like no one ever was
To catch them is my real test,
to train them is my cause
Based on the premise of bug catching -- a popular hobby in Japan, the ultimate goal in the Pokemon games is to collect and train all those virtual creatures. The original pack of Pokemons began with 151 characters, but the catalogue, spin-offs and franchises has since expanded to more than 720. However, in Pokemon Go, only the original 151 are available.
After numerous movies (19 overall) and an anime series that is still being broadcast in various countries, Pokemon is without a doubt on top of the world. It might have flactuated for a few years but since 2016 marks its 20th anniversary, the Pokemania frenzy is definitely back and topping the charts!
The game has been a huge boost for Nintendo. The japanese company's first venture in mobile gaming brought market-value gains of $7.5 billion in just two days after the game's release!
A couple plays Pokémon Go on their smartphones outside of Nintendo's flagship store, in New York City, recently.
I will travel across the land,
searching far and wide
Each Pokemon to understand,
the power that's inside
Pokemon Go uses your phone's GPS and clock to detect where and when you are in the game and make pokemons 'appear' around you (or in your phone screen) so you can go and catch them. As you move around, different and more types of pokemons will appear depending on where you are and what time it is. The idea is to encourage you to travel around the real world to catch pokemons in the game.
So, how does the game work?
Sounds cool? It really is! Imagine having the rare chance of multitasking gaming with fitness? The concept of the game is downright awesome! Though Niantic Lab had released the same format with 'Ingress' a few years ago, nothing beats the nostalgic feeling of cuddling your own cutie-patootie pocket monster as if they're your own!
Players also express joy for the game's 'surprisingly social aspect.' A recent news even reported that playing Pokemon Go is helping people with mental health issues feel better, with critics praising the people behind its success for coming up with the idea despite a quick surge in the number of social media and video games that seem to lack social interaction among users.
Because of the game's ability to gather people of the same prospect, every day chatter ranges from shouted pokemon sightings to consultations about where to recharge phone batteries.
The clamour then paved way for viral and witty memes that's been surfacing social media since last week.
People play the augmented reality mobile game Pokémon Go by Nintendo in Bryant Park, New York City, recently.
Pokemon, (gotta catch them all) it's you and me
I know it's my destiny
Pokemon, oh, you're my best friend
In a world we must defend
Browsing all over the Net and watching really funny videos on BuzzFeed, it has dawned upon me that even the tamest pokemons might also grow some horn. Amid all the praises that Pokemon Go is getting, we still can't overlook the harm that this smash-hit pastime might give us, aside from consuming half our lives, of course.
There have been reports of robbery and minor injuries as Pokemon Go is so engaging that it can make the audience unaware of what's going arround them. According to Google Playstore, the game has officially become the most downloaded app since its release. And Twitter is reportedly endangered of becoming the second placer in terms of number of users.
Here are four of the most awkward and baffling consequences of having Pokemon Go on your smartphones:
The augmented reality mobile game Pokémon Go by Nintendo is shown on a smartphone screen.
Pokemon, (gotta catch them all) a heart so true
Our courage will pull us through
You teach me and I'll teach you
(Po-ke-mon) Gotta catch 'em all
So, why is everybody (regardless of their age and size) going gaga over this new smartphone game? Can you state a specific and logical reason why your friend wakes up in the middle of the night to puposely catch a nocturnal pokemon? What is the scientific explanation behind pedestrians who just don't care when crossing the street that a truck might hit them as long as they will be able to seize Pidgey?
Every challenge along the way
With courage I will face
I will battle every day
To claim my rightful place
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