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Why Pokémon Go Is Gaming Magic

Pokémon Go is the mobile phone hit that’s sweeping the world. Here’s why everyone’s playing, along with some tips, too.

Gotta Catch ‘Em All — Outside!

Summer’s the perfect time of year for an augmented reality game that has you searching for Pokémon on the sidewalks and parks of your town. As you travel elsewhere for vacation, you’ll find them, there, too.

You’ll Get A Sense of Community

You can tell when someone’s playing. Here in New York City, people stop and take cell phone photos of seemingly nothing. You’ll probably see a lot of people doing this where you’re from. They laugh and giggle, too. The Pokémon is on their phone, but not in the real world.


Where To Find the Monsters

I found a lot of Pokémon in the park across the street from me. I also found them on street corners, in bushes and under small trees on the sidewalk.


Pokéballs Equal Power

Pokéballs tend to be found near landmarks at places called PokéStops. These first appear as blue cubes then as tall landmarks that have disks you can spin. Swipe on one and the ammo falls out. I found some in the park’s garden under a flagpole and others near a church.

Toss the Pokéball into a circle that gets bigger and smaller. It appears over the Pokémon. Toss it when it’s the smallest to capture the cute thing.


The Eggs Are Pokémon

You’ll find eggs along the way. What do you do? Put them in an incubator (it’s already in your inventory so click the egg there by tapping on your Pokéball). A Pokémon will hatch after you’ve walked around for a while.

Yay: Big Battles!

After reaching Level 5, you pick a team. Then, you battle Pokémon in the gym, which is designated on your phone. Try not to take on Pokémon with much higher stats that you. But don’t use your strongest Pokémon at your first gym, either, because you won’t be able to train at that gym again.


Your Phone May Get Hot

If you’re playing with an older phone, it may get hot. That’s because it’s using a lot of battery power by constantly running your GPS map app and camera. My phone isn’t that old and it froze up twice. No worries. I just shut down and started the phone again and I was in business, the business of catching ’em all. And I didn’t even lose the cool Tangela I just captured.

Hey! Be Careful

A sign pops up on your phone from time to time as you play. It asks you to be aware of your surroundings. Don’t go into the street when your head is down while you’re looking at your phone. Don’t bump into people, either. Look in the phone and then look up into the real world: that’s the way to do it! Not this way:

Want More Info?

You’ll find a lot more tips online, but here’s a particularly good place:

— The Games Guru

16 Comments on Why Pokémon Go Is Gaming Magic

  1. EagleScout1216 // May 21, 2018 at 7:16 pm // Reply

    Stay Safe!

  2. EpicCloudNine // February 28, 2017 at 12:29 am // Reply

    DIE TEAM VALOR! Who’s with me?

  3. you don’t need to go into tall grass to catch pokemon, like the other games.

  4. BlackaZaka // July 25, 2016 at 12:24 pm // Reply

    Go Team Valor!(the red team) We must join together in union to defeat the forces of instinct and eliminate Dark King Zapdos! Who’s with me? All Hail Moltres!

  5. Someone could walk off a cliff playing that…

  6. I heard of someone getting hit by a train in this game.

  7. Pickle Pie // July 13, 2016 at 5:48 pm // Reply

    I wish I had this. Maybe I will get it once they find a way to make it use less battery so fast!

  8. “While Pokémon GO users are collecting all 150 of the game’s fictional species of creatures, Niantic and Nintendo are gaining access to and collecting a lot of your personal information.”

  9. I could not get this running on my phone so I got ingress instead. If pokemon go does not keep you busy I would recommend ingress because apparently most of the pokemon go points are also ingress points.

  10. DribbleBot // July 11, 2016 at 4:59 pm // Reply

    That last video is hilarious! I don’t play ‘GO’, but I’ve heard some stories about bad things happening while people who don’t pay attention play it.

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