Video Game : Pokemon Go Essay

1023 Words Nov 18th, 2016 5 Pages
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 itself uses location services and pedometers to track how far a user walks and determines how close Pokémon are and how much farther they must walk in order to hatch an egg. History is even incorporated into the game. Pokémon Go delivers many benefits to users that are beyond simply leveling up in the game.
“Pokéstops” are checkmarks in the game where users can acquire things such as Pokéballs, eggs, and revival potions for if a Pokémon were to faint during a battle. These “stops” have been planted by the game in various historical locations, which can be used as a learning tool. Included are brief descriptions of the location and it gives the user information about the history behind the stop. In “Pokemon Go See the World in Its…

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