Characteristics Of Pokèmon Go

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The Pokèmon Go phenomenon has since come and gone, as do most fads. The popularity of the game has died down significantly, however, the game’s creators have been updating the game in hopes of reeling back in those who once spent hours walking around town in search of a Pikachu. Although some Baby Boomers and Generation X may view Pokèmon Go as just another video game that is turning millennial brains into mush, it actually has a number of qualities that make it more than "just another video game". Pokémon Go takes a beloved video game from the ‘90’s and puts a modern twist on it. Instead of carrying around a Gameboy or Nintendo DSi with game cartridges that could be lost or damaged, the app is downloaded directly to a smartphone. The game …show more content…
There is even a feature that tracks how fast the user is going, and if they surpass 12 miles per hour, the game will stop tracking their distance because it assumes they are in a car. The players barely notice that while they are running around catching a Pikachu, they are also getting exercise that they would not have gotten otherwise if the game were stationary. “In jest, my boyfriend and I walked a block in pursuit of rustling leaves that indicated an animal not yet captured in our Pokédex. We caught him and walked the block. Then another. We walked five miles.” …show more content…
According to Jula, “‘[Jane] doesn’t realize she’s getting so much exercise,’ Mr. Cann said. ‘She’s just playing Pokémon.’” (Jula 32) Mr. Cann is not the only one who realizes the impact the game has on youth and exercise. While on my commute to work, I pass a local park that is typically vacant around 4:30 pm. When Pokémon Go was in its prime, the park would be littered with children and teens walking around in small groups trying to locate the Jigglypuff that was nearby on their screens. On the way home at 10:00 pm, young adults would be at that same park trying to take over the trainer gym that the younger children had conquered earlier that day. Not only are kids learning about the history behind their town, they are also doing more exercise than in gym class. This is thanks to the location services in the app and the game not being one that can be played while sitting on a couch for six hours

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