It’s not uncommon for a grownup to say “Stop playing games on my phone. Go out and play!” Well, how about a game on the phone that makes you go outside? Pokémon used to be a game where you find creatures in a game, but Pokémon Go takes capturing little creatures to the next level by hiding them in the real world. Perhaps you’ll find the creature at the local ice cream shop or maybe at the park. How can an animated creature show up in the real world? It’s called, “augmented reality.” In Pokémon Go, for example, players use the app on the phone to start the game, follow a digital map of the real world, and look for the creatures that pop up on the map. When you see it, you toss a virtual ball to catch it. It’s like the ultimate treasure hunt! So, no, creatures aren’t really hiding at the local grocery store, it just seems like it.
Fun, right? It seems like the estimated 15 million people who have downloaded the game since it was released in early July think so too, but it hasn’t been all fun and games for everyone. Some have criticized the game for causing accidents (people are so into the game that they forget to pay attention to their surroundings!). Some people have even gotten hurt, walking into things or crossing the street without looking up.
So Pokémon Go may seem fun, but you know what might be even more fun? Just going outside and seeing what the real world has to o er, no creature-capturing necessary!