Go mobile with Pokémon Go
We have two words for you… Pokémon Go. Unless you’ve been living underneath a rock, you would have seen people of all ages wondering around the streets or in some extreme feats, driving their car, all while trying to catch these virtual creatures. So, what’s the big deal? We had a poke around and here is everything you need to know about Pokémon Go.
Truly a new kind of game
Forget your Angry Birds and Candy Crush, Pokémon Go is like nothing you’ve ever seen before on mobile devices. Pokémon Go is a free-to-play, location-based, augmented reality, mobile game. That may sound like a mouthful, however, with only a week since its release on the USA, Australia, and New Zealand iOS and Android market, this game has managed to create a stir worldwide.
How do you play
Using your mobile phone and its GPS and camera capabilities, the game involves players creating an avatar, and then physically walking around with their phones in hand as they capture, battle, and train virtual creatures located in places of interest. Unlike most games, while your online avatar, and walks around their virtual world, you also walk around the physical world, using your mobile device to display images of the Pokémon creatures as if they were in the real world and capturing them with your phone. While you play the game online with your mobile phone, players end up interacting with other players both virtually and actually.
What this means for the state of play
If you want to learn more about all the aspects of the game you can find plenty of in depth articles online. As mentioned above, while the game is being praised for bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together for exercise and interaction, the game has not been without its share of controversy. Gamers have gone to all kinds of extremes to play including entering private properties, going to restricted or highly inappropriate areas, and even trying to catch Pokémons while people are getting married or giving birth.
Popular or a pain?
There is no doubting its popularity. This was seen when high demand caused servers in Aus, NZ, and USA to have major problems and crash. Then there is the small print. What a lot of people didn’t pay close attention to is the terms and conditions, which allow the company behind the game to collect personal information. Whether you believe the conspiracy theories that this is another way that Big Brother is using the private information of users, or that countries are using civilians to map particular territory, we don’t know actually have any proof if this is true. What we do know for sure is that this game phenomenon is draining the hell out of players mobile phone data and batteries. Gamers have reported that one of the biggest problems with the game is the usage of the mobile phone battery. In order to play the game, you must have the app open, and this means your battery drains much faster. While the game does have its own ‘battery saver’ mode, this doesn’t really seem to work according to many users.
You can take matters into your own hands by using a portable powerbank such as Powerbanks Australia. That way, if you happen to run your phone battery dry, you can use your powerbank to keep on catching those Pokémon. While you try and pickup Pikachu, pick yourself up a powerbank today from www.powerbanksaustralia.com.au, and enjoy the world of Pokémon Go everyday.