Unless you live under a rock, you know that the Nintendo teamed up with Niantic to develop a Pokémon game that you can play in an augmented reality environment with real-world locations. Pokémon Go mixes software with a mobile device’s camera and sensors, turning an ordinary handset into a real life Pokedex! Finally, your dream of becoming a Pokémon master has been realized!
Pokémon Go has officially launched (at least in most regions) and as expected, nostalgic fans downloaded the game. The popularity of the game proved that the Poké craze never really died down two decades after it made its debut on the small screen.
At its core, the Pokémon series is all about exploration and that’s exactly what the AR game is all about. You will literally explore your immediate surroundings, searching for wild and run away Pokémons hiding in the bushes and so on.
The game blends in with the real world, enabling users to go on a GPS-powered adventure searching, catching, collecting, and training all sorts of Pokémon characters, including the trifecta: Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Charmander! We’ll give you a moment to take that all in, your welcome.
How to Survive the Pokémon Go Game
Pokémon Go is definitely an exciting game to play and the graphics are amazing so the hype is real. But the game is not without its challenges. If you’re one of the lucky few who is able to DL this game, here are certain tips to keep in mind:
Get Back Up Power
Prepare for heartbreak, this game drains the life out of mobile phones! According to CyberShack, Pokemon Go utilizes GPS and rear-facing camera, which kills battery life. Niantic is aware of the problem from the get-go that’s why the company released a statement on its website:
“Heavy battery use
Some devices may experience battery drain while playing Pokémon GO for prolonged periods of time. We are working on a solution.”
So what can you do? The Pokemon Go database offers a number of tips to conserve battery life. These tips include adjusting the screen brightness, switching off Bluetooth, reducing in-game actions and turning the audio off.
Apart from tweaking your mobile phone setting, we highly recommend packing an extra battery pack so you can play the game to your heart’s content without your phone dying on you. Also, try to play the game only when your battery is full.
Look Both Ways
Using your mobile device as a Pokedex, you will literally scour the neighborhood for Pokémons. Though the concept is exciting, the game increases the risk of accidents. This is a no brainer but always look up and both ways before crossing the street. Do not take your eyes off the road and always be mindful of your surroundings while hunting for Pokémons!
A bit of sobering news, a growing number of Pokémon Go! players were being targeted by armed robbers. According to a Buzzfeed report, the robbers were using the game’s geolocation feature to check for Poke Stops. Then, they lie in wait for unwitting players to show up for Poke balls. Authorities are issuing warnings to Pokemon Go! players to stay vigilant, especially if they mistakenly ended up in a bad neighborhood.
Avoid Inappropriate Locations
On Pokémon Go, users are instructed to get near Poke Stops located in real-life locations. And sometimes, these locations are off-limits. In Australia, the Darwin Police Station has issued a warning to aspiring Pokémon masters to never set foot inside the station for poke balls:
“For those budding Pokémon Trainers out there using Pokemon Go – whilst the Darwin Police Station may feature as a Poke stop, please be advised that you don’t actually have to step inside in order to gain the poke balls. It’s also a good idea to look up, away from your phone and both ways before crossing the street. That Sandshrew isn’t going anywhere fast.”
So before you end up in a hilariously embarrassing or downright dangerous situation (like unwittingly entering the ladies’ bathroom or ending in the middle of the ocean hunting for legendary Pokémons), be aware of your surroundings!
Watch Your Head!
Being aware of your surroundings also include looking at where you are going. Some users are reporting cases of real world pain after bumping into things while playing Pokémon Go! In New York, a 21-year-old skateboarder cuts his hand on a sidewalk while trying to catch a Pokémon on the side of the road. In North Carolina, a bar waitress suffered a bruised shin after wandering outdoors hunting for Pokémons in the middle of a storm.
Although the idea of hunting rare digital monsters on the most unexpected of places seems like a ton of fun, be extra cautious when you’re hunting outside or at night!
Do not Hunt and Drive
Some Pokémons would appear in the middle of the road, on car dashboards, and on street corners. If you are driving, keep your eyes on the road and do not play Pokémon Go! Just don’t. There were reports of Pokémon Go! Players causing a road accident after stopping in the middle of a major highway to catch a Pokémon.
Awesome Pokémon critters may appear in the unlikeliest places/situations (like this player who caught a Pidgey while his wife is in labor) but there is always time for everything. That means no Pokémon Go when you’re in the middle of a date or during a presentation.
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