Pokémon Go is the newest hype among children and adults alike. After its official release last week, the game took over the lives of Americans, New Zealanders, and Australians. Pokémon Go is getting people out of their houses, making them exercise and socialize.
Apart from being a technical wonder that brought the concept of augmented reality to the masses, Pokémon Go is also the game that brought gamers together in real life.
Pokémon Go is getting people out of their houses, bringing them together, providing a common hobby for both children and adults. Parents are happy to be spending quality time with their children, and the kids are more than pleased that they have a partner for their night raids when they search for nocturnal pocket monsters.
Judging by the social media posts of people who downloaded the free game and are on the hunt ever since last week, the augmented reality app created by Niantic Labs is the best thing to happen in the world of gaming so far.
“I had heard of augmented reality games and never quite understood what that all meant until this game came out,” declared Roxanne Cook, a casual Pokémon hunter.
According to app analytics, the free game was downloaded in the United States 7.5 million times. The downloads generated revenues of over $1.6 million daily on the IOS app store.
One of the more avid players, Rodas, declared that he hunted, fought, and trained Pokémons all week. The 23 years old only took breaks to take care of his basic needs like sleeping, eating, and charging his phone.
“I haven’t hung with my friends this much in a while. Every other day we are getting together just to walk around playing the game.”
Pokémon Go is getting people out of their houses, bringing friends together, subtly forcing players to socialize more.
The easiest ways to spot Pokémon Go players is to be on a look out for groups of individuals walking in circles, eyes glued to their smartphones. Some may be wandering; others may be focused on a particular spot. From time to time, a joyous shout will be heard from a lucky hunter.
Adults playing the free game confessed that the app made them want to leave the house early in order to catch a few Pokémons before getting to work. Others traded their car for a bicycle because it was easier to stop and access a Poké Gym or a Poké Stop.
What do you think about the fact that Pokémon Go is getting people out of their houses? Has the gaming industry found a solution to make players more social?
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