Its called Pokemon Go and it has got the whole universe talking. Well, just so you know, Pokémon Go is the latest video game to hit smartphones worldwide.
Lately, the internet and social media have been abuzz with this new phrase “Pokémon Go”. It is a free-to-play location-based augmented reality mobile game developed by Niantic and published by The Pokémon Company. The game has been made available to Android and IOS phones.
It was released by a parent company, Nintendo, in July 2016 for iOS and Android devices. So what’s so special about this game. Pokemon Go allows players to capture, battle and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon, who appear on device screens as though in the real world.
How Does It Work?
According to Niantic CEO John Hanke much of the data used to create Pokemon Go’s feature for informing locations of Pokéstops and gyms was derived from another AR game – Ingress also developed by the company. Niantic’s previous game was also a location-based one which used Google infrastructure.
Pokemon Go is free-to-play, although it supports in-app purchases of additional gameplay items. To play this game, you’ll be needing a good smartphone that is compatible. The compatibility of the device will make for a seamless configuration of the game settings.
To give the game and its user a striking realistic sense, the app makes use of cell phone features like Global Positioning Systems (GPS), mobile data connectivity, camera.
Once the location is found, Pokemon Go uses google maps to create a virtual world around your position which would be revealed by the GPS. An optional companion Bluetooth wearable device planned for future release will alert users when Pokémon are nearby. To see more of the map you’ll have to keep moving.
To spawn Pokémon, Niantic makes use of terrain and climate parameters to make virtual creatures appear around your location. This simply means that your real location or the nature of where you are at the time will determine what kind of Pokémon you will find. The game takes into account soil type, vegetation and other geographical factors. For instance when on a mountain you’re likely to find a Rock-type Pokémon.
To catch a Pokémon, simply click on it to enter the capturing sequence. You’ll start to see Pokémon once your location has been discovered or determined by the app.
This is where your phone camera serves its function. When a Pokémon is in the capture sequence, an AR (Augmented Reality) mode is activated by default on your phone. Through your phone camera, this AR causes the image of the creature to appear on your phone screen as though it were real.
Pokémon Go, The New Gaming Craze
According to reports by Forbes, the game is about to surpass Twitter in daily active users on Android – and it hasn’t even launched globally.
According to Forbes,
“Cops and kids are playing Pokémon Go together in the streets, local businesses are tailoring their marketing around Pokémon Go, and self-professed socially awkward gamers are making new friends by the dozen.
It seems like game lovers have got their next craze with Pokémon Go! However, it’s currently only officially available in the US, New Zealand, Australia and parts of Europe.
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The game is currently #1 on the Google Play store, toppling big names as Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram in downloads.
Goodbye to Angrybirds, Candy Crush Saga and Temple Run. Games that once shook the world and got millions of mobile phone users stuck to their phones for hours and days unending.
There have been series of reports revolving around the Pokémon Go craze which has got people doing the unimaginable to enjoy the game to the fullest.
In Canada, it was reported that the Police resorted to using water bombs to disperse an engrossed crowd of over 300 Pokémon GO players. The Peg Peterson Park is said to be an intersection for three Pokemon stops, making it a hotspot for Pokemon Go players or ‘addicts’ as the case may be.
But on the day of the water bombs; which was the second night in a row the deafening noise continued, the police had to intervene and restore calmness and tranquillity in the neighbourhood after residents could no longer tolerate the madness.