Android Emulator Pokemon GO!
Pokemon Go is Finally Out! How Does It Stack Up?
Pokémon GO was unveiled around the world just recently and it got everyone excited. I mean seriously, it's all that I see in my newsfeed. So what is this game all about? If you missed all the juicy details of the Pokémon GO, don't worry, I got you covered.
Pokémon GO was created by Niantic, the same company that developed Ingress. This is an augmented reality game that is set in the real world and it utilizes the geo-location technology (GPS) of your smartphone. In this game, there are gyms and Pokemon creatures all over the world and your job is to go look for them, collect Pokemon and then take control of the gyms. If you approach a Pokemon, it will show up on the screen superimposing the real world and you need to throw pokeballs at it so you can capture it.
I've downloaded Pokémon GO a few weeks ago and let me just tell you once and for all that I'm having tons of fun with it. With the game, basically what you'll be doing is to capture a Pokemon. You can't join gym battles until you are in level 5 so you need to gather experience by walking around, fighting battles and finding Pokestops. Before you can participate in battle, you can still be entertained by just tossing pokeballs at Pokemon and then trying to get some awesome screenshots of these little critters in the real world.
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What I really found impressive right on the get go is the points of interest which are basically PokeStops or PokeMarts. These stops coincide with actual landmarks that you see in the real world and when you come across them, you get bonus Pokeballs, eggs and other loot. You can find these in buildings, famous street art and anything that people find interesting, valuable or charming. Depending on where you are, you can find as many as 20 in one area or perhaps just 2.
In my case, I walk from home to work and now that I am encouraged to walk and look around more, I realized just how little I know about my own route. I passed some points of interest that I didn't even know were there or were interesting. Now when I come across these PokeStops, I say, “wow, this street art is very cool.”
Each point of interest in the game is photographed and seeing them framed reminds me that even in my route, there are more than a handful of interesting things that people will find appealing. Now I appreciate my walks even more and have also found things that I plan on exploring when I have the time. I've also made the decision to try other paths or routes – who knows? I might discover some pretty awesome Pokemon and points of interest that I never knew existed.
Pokémon GO has encouraged me to walk more and that in itself is a good thing. It keeps me active and this is something I have to commend the game developer for – creating a game that helps people become more active is a noteworthy initiative especially in current times when a lot of people are becoming obese and lazy.
And who can overlook its educational value? In my own experience, while I was walking I was able to discover several interesting things like a library and a contemporary art museum just a couple of blocks away from where I worked. I've been working in the same building for 5 years and never knew about these places! Pokemon GO will definitely let you discover what's great about where you live or work and just about anywhere else you're going to.
But perhaps it would have been so much better if its developer is able to provide more info about these places. At the moment, all you get is the location's name and an image of the place. I've heard that the guys behind Niantic are currently talking with tourism organizations and boards about providing info on these locations to visitors who want to get to know more about the places they are visiting including key landmarks while catching some Pokemons at the same time. IMO it's a clever way to encourage tourists to see as much of the area they are visiting as possible.
Of course I'm not completely certain that it's a great idea to mix marketing and gaming however I can see situations wherein this will work. For example, if I'm out shopping, I'd definitely be more encouraged to go to certain shops if I know that doing so will get me some bonuses for my game. Some might say it's a cheap marketing strategy but with the right message it might just work.
The app has a lot of potential and at the moment, it's still in a bare-bones stage. This is to be expected since it's still a new game after all. I believe more features will be added gradually and maybe it might just last for years. At the moment, I'm happy playing Pokémon GO and it has surely exceeded my expectations.