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What is POKEMON GO !
Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game that challenges users to find and catch Pokémon
characters in their real world surroundings. The game allows players to capture, battle, and train
virtual Pokémon who appear throughout the real world. It makes use of GPS and the camera of
compatible devices. Although the game is free-to-play, it supports in-app purchases of additional
game play items. An optional companion Bluetooth wearable device, the Pokémon Go Plus, is
planned for future release and will alert users when Pokémon are nearby.
How Does It works
The game works like a treasure hunt. After downloading the app, players use Global
Positioning System and their smartphone cameras to collect virtual monsters which appear in
real world locations.As you move around, your smartphone will vibrate to let you know you’re
near a Pokémon. Once you’ve encountered a Pokémon, take aim on your smartphone’s touch
screen and throw a Poké Ball to catch it. Be careful when you try to catch it, or it might run
What is Augmented reality
Augmented reality is the integration of digital information with the user's environment in real time.
Augmented reality (AR) is a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose
elements are augmented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or
GPS data. It is related to a more general concept called mediated reality, in which a view of reality is
modified by a computer .
The first Pokémon games appeared in Japan in 1996 for Nintendo’s Game Boy handheld machine.
The games involved players working to capture monsters and train them for battle. The franchise
has since expanded to include card games and other toys and was a finalist for the Videogame
Hall of Fame last year. “Pokémon Go” brings the world of the game in to the “real world,” using a
technology called augmented reality.
Effects on health
Pokémon Go has been credited with improving the mental and physical health of players suffering from
depression and social anxiety. Numerous players also reported increased motivation to exercise and
improved moods, and some experienced weight loss. Dr. John Grohol, founder of Psych Central, stated
that Pokémon Go was unique in the magnitude of people "expressing the benefits of playing video
games to their real-world mental health status“ . According to Grohol, the game facilities exercise and
creates a "strong reinforcement for people to go out and become more active“.
The game received mixed critical reaction. It was praised by some medical professionals for potentially
improving the mental and physical health of players, but attracted some controversy due to reports of
causing accidents and being a public nuisance to some locations. It’s also exciting because it’s the first
big augmented reality game. Although others (like Ingress and Life Is Crime) tried before, none reached
the heights of Pokémon Go. But with Pokémon Go’s success, it’s something you can expect more of in
the future. Everyone loves Pokémon Go, despite how playing it can be a drain on battery and cellular
data. I am still Curious about why exactly it appealed to the society so much !
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