I’ve jumped on the Pokéwagon. When this game was first released, I was one of many to critique the new game and couldn’t believe this was the newest fad. It was when I was at a meeting, where one of the attendees mentioned her love for the game, how fun it is, how it got her walking and exercising when she didn’t previously. I looked around the room and everyone was on their phones seeing if a Pokémon was nearby. I then knew I had to download the app to see what the hype was all about. I do have to say that it is a fun game and I can see why people like it so much. I can also see there are benefits to the Pokémon Go phenomenon, keep reading to find out what they are!
1. Get your walking shoes on
This is one game that doesn’t allow you to sit on the couch with your face glued to the screen. For trainers (what the players are called) to catch Pokémon and gather supplies they need to walk around to Pokéstops and without doing so players will not be successful at the game. I am sure you’ve seen nearby players looking down at their phones while walking who are most likely finding Pokémon. Another reason that walking is so important in this game is to hatch eggs, which gets you more Pokémon. For eggs to hatch, you have to walk 2km, 5km or 10km which is tracked by your phone’s GPS and pedometer. Time to get your walk on folks and hatch those eggs!
2. Smell the fresh air and enjoy the summer sun
With our late summer start in Vancouver, this game was released just in the nick of time for our summer days and nights. It’s a great excuse to get out and enjoy the fresh air as it’s been proven to improve your mood and health, and since we have the beautiful weather we need to it enjoy it while it lasts. Just remember to pack the sunscreen and wear a hat on our hot August days.
3. Get to know your neighbourhood
In order to catch Pokémon, you throw Pokéballs and in order to get Pokéballs you need to visit Pokéstops. These Pokéstops include landmarks and historical markers throughout your city and some may be just outside your front door. Once you arrive at a Pokéstop, you are able to click on the blue box and discover what the landmark is. You may discover something on a wall of a building or on the sidewalk you’ve never noticed before.
4. Meet new people
Pokémon Go has more users than Twitter which means A LOT of people play it. Chances are when you are hunting for your prized Bulbasaur you may physically run into others that are also looking for a Pokémon, or you will meet people at Pokéstops and Gyms. When you meet other trainers they share the same interest of Pokémon so it’s a great starting point for conversation. Better yet, if you use a lure module then it will literally bring people to you. How easy is that?! Share your experiences, compare Pokémon, and get to know your fellow trainers, but watch out for competing teams in the Gyms!
5. Good excuse for a mental break
Don’t lie, I know you check your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Tinder, POF profile, whatever else 18 times a day at minimum. There’s just another app added to the mix with Pokémon Go. However, with this new game you physically have to step away from your desk and most likely go outside and get some fresh air. So step away from your computer and stop reading this blog, because it’s the end of it and get outside! ‘Go’ catch’em all!