You may have heard stories recently of people hunting down Pokemon all over the place in the park, near a bus stop, in front of your home, even in bathrooms and been wondering what the hell is going on?
Well it appears that after a few years of lying relatively low, Pokemon is making a bit of a comeback. The Nintendo owned franchise, which exploded in popularity in the late 1990s, is again taking the world by storm but this time as Pokemon Go, it's the biggest entry into the mobile space now available for download on Android and OIS. In fact it's so popular that it's on the verge of overtaking Twitter in terms of daily active users on Android.
Apparently Pokemon Go uses your phone's GPS and clock to detect where and when you are in the game and makes Pokemon äppear" around you (on your phone screen) so you can go and catch them. As you move around, different and more types of Pokemon will appear depending on where you are and what time it is. The idea is to encourage you to travel around the real world to catch Pokemon in the game. (This combination of a game and the real world interacting is known as augmented reality).
Whilst this new trend seems to be overtaking the world, how will this change gaming all together?
We believe here at Kuranda Wholefoods HQ that Pokemon Go is the way of the future. Games generally entice players to keep pushing forward to gain more points (rewards) to get to the next level. By combining this in such a way that it encourages players off their seats and outdoors to hopefully also catch some Vitamin D at the same time surely this has to be a positive?
In Australia and around the world there exists an obesity epidemic with more and more people surcumbing to Diabeties a terrible disease that if not treated can lead to death.
In one small way, the introduction of virtual games such as Pokemon Go may in fact be a step in the right direction to encouraging a more active lifestyle.
What do you think about the new Pokemon Go?