It all started when a coworker at the Elvoline LA office asked a group of us if we had been playing Pokémon Go.
“No, I’m not 12,” was my response. Another coworker said “I’ve caught 11 of them so far!” After entertaining their 90’s nostalgia for a bit, my curiosity was officially triggered, and I began to do some research on the little “pocket monsters.” What I found was that Pokémon Go is more than just a game; it’s not only opening up another world to people through augmented reality, but it is helping people explore the real world in a whole new way.
The game uses GPS and augmented reality (AR), so that when you’re playing, Pokémon characters appear as though they are actually in front of you.
Pokéstops are also popping up everywhere; from your own home to Pokégyms, churches, water towers, museums and art installations, even public restrooms.
Cities & neighborhoods (like Aspen) are also hopping on the bandwagon and promoting the fact that one can find rare Pokémon in the area, thus encouraging people to visit and not only to catch the Pokémon, but to take in the destination’s sights. It’s all part of the game.
Mainstream “augmented reality” is one of those technologies that has seemed to be on the horizon for a long time now, and this appears to be the beginning of what will change the way we interact with the world forever.
I have to admit I’ve downloaded the app and am going to give it a go. Generally I’m quite an outdoorsy kind of gal as it is, but given some of these gamers spend hours indoors in front of the tv playing video games, it’s a positive thing that this new game has people getting outside.
Are you ready to explore the world in a whole new way? Click here to download the app.