What The Heck Is Pokémon GO And Why Should I Play It?

So everyone around you just can’t stop talking about Pokémon GOand how they can’t wait to play it. Heck, even your parents are thinking about giving the game a go. But the truth is you’re still wondering, “What on earth is a Pokeball?!”

032bIt’s alright, we got you covered. All of your Pokémon questions will be answered in time! But first let’s start off with the
basics – what even is a Pokémon?

In short, Pokémon is a “pocket monster”. Japanese cartoonist Satoshi Tajiri invented Pokémon in 1995, and the original Pokémon game was on the Game Boy (Pokémon Blue FTW, no dispute). The franchise also includes trading cards, a TV show, some movies and stuffed animals. Its famous catchphrase “Gotta Catch Em’ All” tells you enough – to catch as many Pokémons as you can with Pokéballs. 

Now, there are literally thousands of species of Pokémons but the original generation featured 150 characters, ranging from Bulbasaur to Mew Two. If you are completely unfamiliar with Pokémon as a concept, chances are you’ll probably recognise Pikachu, the unofficial mascot of Pokemons.


Now that you’ve caught up with the history of Pokémon, let’s move on to Pokémon GO, the insanely addictive phone game that’s taking over the world by storm68f1

Pokémon GO is a free-to-play mobile game that you can download for iOS or Android. While it’s free, you have the option to use real money to buy PokéCoins (they vary from USD0.99 to USD99.99). Those PokéCoins are used to purchase Pokéballs or other in-game items you need to be able to catch Pokémons.

The game works by using your phone’s GPS for your real-world location and augmented reality to bring up those cool-looking Pokémon on your screen. On top of that, you can customise yourself with clothing, a faction and other options while you level up as you play

9868There are three separate teams – Team Mystic, Team Valor and Team Instinct – presented to the player after hitting level five, the moment in the game where many of its features finally open up. Note that after choosing a faction, you won’t be able to change. Each faction has a leader, a set of “values” and a Pokémon as its symbol. After joining a faction, you’ll be grouped with your fellow teammates and battle other team’s Gym. To truly enjoy the game, you have to ACTUALLY get off your couch and wander around in real life! At night, there are different Pokémons from the one during the day. They appear through your phone’s camera like this:

With all that being said, the game is a modern day phenomenon. Nintendo’s stock has skyrocketed. It’s set to overtake Twitter in Daily Active Users and has sped to the top of the App Store charts in 5 hours.
Get this – it hasn’t even been released in most of the world.

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