Pokémon fans worldwide have been spending hours playing the new “Pokémon GO” game that was just released on IOS and Android smartphones.
Unlike other handheld games, this one requires players leave the comfort of their homes and go out into the world to catch new Pokémon, get more Pokéballs, and use other features of the game like PokéStops and Gyms.
The app works by using the GPS technology and the camera in your phone to create a virtual playing space that blends the world of Pokémon with reality, using real-life landmarks and places as key locations in gameplay.
Players must walk around either their neighbourhood or beyond to advance in the game, something many gamers aren’t used to. It’s leading some people to realise that thanks to Pokémon Go, they’re exercising much more than they’re used to.
Just went on a walk for the first time in months because of the new Pokemon iPhone VR game. Not sure what that means for humanity.
— Riley Donovan (@riguyisfly) July 7, 2016
Many have taken to Twitter to proudly announce how much they walked while playing the game, or how long it had been since they left their home prior to leaving in the name of Pokémon.
I’m actually going to leave my house for the first time in nearly two weeks to catch Pokemon
— 『elizabeth』 (@flowerboyjin) July 7, 2016
Pokémon GO is destroying my life but is also my main source of exercise.
— Sam Cosgriff (@ezrajaygreen) July 7, 2016
Pokemon go is genius. You’re playing a game and it promotes exercise by making you walk around. Win win
— Weekend Zittle (@IAMSTREMMEL) July 7, 2016
Their dogs are getting more exercise, too.
And while people are walking about, they’re also discovering places they have never noticed before.
The game has only been available for a short time, and it still has some kinks that need working out, like a lack of warnings when it comes to crossing streets and busy traffic. Still, so far the reaction on Twitter has been mostly positive. Many people have been motivated to get up and go for the first time in a while, leaving consumers with the idea that the game is living up to its name.
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