The world of virtual reality and augmented reality is here and 20 years after Pokémon first appeared here they are again entering into this new and adventurous world. Pokémon first came about in the 1990’s; it has been a game to play on the Game Boy and the Nintendo DS and it was also popular as a cartoon programme for the younger generation to watch characters such as Pikachu and Jigglypuff. Pokémon was also popular at the time between friends where they would trade cards of all the different characters.
Pokémon Enters Augmented Reality
20 years later Pokémon Go is hitting the news headlines and social media. Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game available to download as an App onto your smart phone. Augmented reality is a brining elements from a fictional world into our real world. This can be inputted by computer generated sensory such as bringing sound and visions into real life situations.
The Pokémon Go App
The Pokémon Go App allows users to download the App onto their iPhone or Android phone and then use the App to play with the characters. Pokémon characters enter the users real life world by appearing on phone screens allowing you to catch them. Pokémon Go works by GPS, you can walk around looking for various Pokémon characters and can see areas where you need to go within a map on the App. Once you have spotted a Pokémon then you can catch each character. The App uses the camera on your phone to place these characters into your environment, whether it be on your coffee mug or behind the fridge.
The App also allows you to visit various areas once you have gained enough points such as the gym where Pokémon characters can battle with each other. You can also visit various Pokéstop’s which are landmarks in your area. You can walk to these areas and complete activities.
Pokémon Go Released in the UK
After news emerged about Pokémon Go, some readers were disappointed to find that it was not able to download in the UK and it had been reported that we wouldn’t see it in the UK for sometime. However on the 14th July 2016, Pokémon Go is now available to all eager players to join in on the action. Pokémon Go is available on both iTunes and Google Play allowing iPhone and Android users to start catching those Pokémon.
The App has already been a huge success in Australia, New Zealand and the United States and has already increased the value of Nintendo’s shares by £5.4 billion. The game has been popular to the younger generation of teenagers who are new to Pokémon and also those in their late 20’s, early 30’s who were Pokémon fans of the time and are excited about getting involved with all of the characters again.
Download the App and have some fun! Let’s Pokémon Go!