Tuesday, December 7, 2021

The Next Generation of Gaming



By Samantha Husted


Since its July 6th launch the smartphone application Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm. Millions of people have downloaded the game that allows users to catch Pokémon (virtual creatures or “pocket monsters”) via their location. The application, which was developed by Niantic, has reportedly added over $7.5 billion to Nintendo’s market value.

Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game, meaning it combines the physical and the digital. Many are speculating that augmented reality is the next step in smartphone gameplay technology.

The game uses your phone’s location services to create the world in which your avatar moves. So as you search your surroundings for Pokémon, you’re literally searching your surroundings. Once you find a Pokémon the screen switches to a camera mode and the Pokémon appears to be right in front of wherever you happen to be. You catch the

Also caught at the Esplanade, a Magikarp.

Also caught at the Esplanade, a Magikarp.

Pokémon by throwing your Pokéballs at them. Once caught, they can be trained and used for battle.

What makes Pokémon Go so fun is that in order to catch the Pokémon you have to be actively looking for them. This means that if you really want to catch that elusive Snorlax you’re going to have to do some searching. And since the game is so widely popular, you’re bound to run into others who are also playing, which only adds to the fun.

The best spot on Marco to catch Pokémon and re-up on Pokéballs seems to be Mackle Park. There are about five PokéStop locations throughout the area, including one in the small dog park and there are always people playing. The Marco Island Library and the Marco Island Historical Museum also have some stops. So if you’re in the area, why not

Photos by Chloe FishellPokémon Go player Chloe Fishell caught a Psyduck at the Esplanade Shops on Marco.

Photos by Chloe FishellPokémon Go player Chloe Fishell caught a Psyduck at the Esplanade Shops on Marco.

check out both?

While Pokémon Go urges people to get out and be active, players should always be wary of their surroundings. Marco Island Police Captain David Baer said this in a statement to Coastal Breeze News:

“It seems that youth and adults are both gravitating towards the new Pokémon Go phone app in record numbers. This app is the first connection with augmented reality for most of us, and with that experience there are basic safety considerations to keep in mind. For adults, the most obvious safety issue involves driving a vehicle and playing, however the same caution should be applied to youths on bikes, skateboards or other modes of transportation. Being aware of your surroundings, staying in safe areas, being prepared for the journey, staying hydrated in the Florida heat and humidity, and watching out for other electronic hazards such as account scams round out the list.”

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