Appdicted: Pokémon GO

Now I know I’m speaking ahead of my time, but I have a feeling that I’m going to be seriously addicted to Pokémon GO, a mobile game coming from Nintendo early next year.


From what I’ve read so far, Pokémon GO is an interactive augmented reality game, where you search the real world for Pokemon. The augmented reality bit shows up when you actually find the Pokemon; you can see them as you moved your phone around. I’m assuming it will be harsh on phone batteries, as your camera will probably have to be open within the app so it can show the Pokémon in your environment. It also seems like it will be streaming video (of battles and Pokémon), so that will most likely eat up a lot of power.

On the plus side, you get to catch Pokémon in the real world. That alone is fantastic, but I also saw it suggested that countries may have exclusive Pokémon, and that trading will be a big part of it. This could introduce a large social aspect, as the app is being marketed towards adults. Will there be ways to have specific friends within the app, like there is with DS Pokémon games? Will you also be able to chat?

I’m also a bit worried about this game eating data; if you need it open to find the Pokémon, and it streams video through your phone, won’t that take up space and eat your data? Probably yes. But, it looks like it might be worth it.

There’s also the concern of people not paying enough attention. We’re already sucked pretty darn far into our devices now; I know that I walk to work while playing my DS, will a Pokémon app make that even worse? Will people be running into doors and walls? And will the game take you to sketchy places to find Pokémon? That could be incredibly dangerous for users; following a Pokémon without noticing your settings change from cheery to spooky could put people in dangerous situations.

Other than running into things and worrying about general safety, I’m really excited for Pokémon GO. It looks like it’s going to be an amazing game, and well worth the data and power drainage. If you haven’t seen it yet (or just want to watch it again), here’s the video announcing Pokémon GO.














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