Pokemon GO – Taking Fitness by Storm

 

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Are you a young adult, have children, know someone with kids of their own? Chances are then you have heard the term Pokémon! Pokémon is a game marketed on most of the Nintendo portable gaming systems the kids these days are always inside playing. Even if they are told to go outside and play; they simply bring the system outside with them and proceed to sit somewhere comfy to continue their play. Not a very healthy hobby now is it? The creators of Pokémon themselves (The Pokémon Company) have made the solution that has swept the newspapers, the television, and the online world; its name is Pokémon GO!

 

With this application (on both iPhones and Android based phones), the game lets the player create a virtual trainer to catch Pokémon with, so what’s the difference you ask? Well being a phone based game, it relies on your phones GPS signal to tell where you are, and creates a world of Pokémon through your phone and its camera! Different Pokémon will only be able to caught in certain locations, such as water-types being near lakes, rivers, oceans, etc. This means if the person playing wishes to capture all of them, walking and travelling is required! This is added to by having landmarks as something called PokeStops (visit these to gain in-game items) and gyms (battle for your chosen team to claim that gym for them and yourself).

 

This game has already engulfed the young and old, even just talking to a few local store associates I visit frequently, many people are commenting on the steps of their Ftibit being over 20,000, the feeling of increased lung capacity, and the weight they are losing. I see so many smiling about getting out for a walk, or even upwards of 5 a day, just to catch their next Pokémon and keep growing in the game! I believe once the gam becomes widely available across the world, and as long as people watch their phones safely and obey the traffic laws (and general safety of oneself), I believe this is one video game I would make anyone play. Now go outside an catch em’ all!

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