Gotta catch ‘em all

Amanda Gordon

Hartselle Enquirer

 

It is the year 1995 again, as Pokémon is all the rage. On July 6, 2016, American software developing company, Niantic, released the newest Pokémon installment, Pokémon Go. Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game. An augmented reality is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are supplemented by computer-generated sensory input.

Before the setup of the game, the user is required to log in to a Google account or to continue as a trainer. The user will then create an avatar to resemble their person. After doing so, the next step is to start catching Pokémon. The goal of the game is to catch them all and evolve them as high as you can so you can battle them against other Pokémon.

There are several Pokémon to be caught in the game, and most of them can be caught multiple times to help evolve them. The Pokémon are scattered around towns, states and even water resources. The users are to walk/travel to catch all of the Pokémon.

In each city, there are PokeStops and gyms scattered around. Each PokeStop is an opportunity to refill your supplies. Each time you enter a PokeStop, you will be granted three to four items. You may receive PokeBalls and at level five, and you can receive Pokemon eggs to evolve yours. At level six, you will receive up to six Pokeballs and the opportunity to receive revives and potions. The stops are any historical markers, monuments and art installations. Gyms are the places of battle. Gyms are generally churches, places of interests or hubs of activity. There are tall, colorful towers that represent them and most of the time there is a Pokémon rotating on top of the tower. Gyms are places to send your highest Pokémon into battle. If you win the battle, you are the leader of the gym.

The game is entertaining; however, it can be dangerous. People of all ages are seen walking around during all hours of the day not paying attention to their surroundings. There are multiple cases of people being hit by cars and even trespassing. Players are also warned that they do not have to walk inside a public building (such as police departments) to get what they need. There are chances of being located to places players are not familiar with and even getting lost. In one case, 19-year-old Shayla Wiggins of Riverton, Wyo., found a dead body in a creek near her home.

Players of the new, addicting game are warned to watch their surroundings and to play safely.

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