Saturday 3 December 2016

Pokemon Go player loses half a stone in one week hunting for Pokemon every day

Published 21/07/2016 | 08:24

David Brennan has shed half a stone in one week from playing Pokemon Go. Photo: Lee Furlong / Humans of Ireland
David Brennan has shed half a stone in one week from playing Pokemon Go. Photo: Lee Furlong / Humans of Ireland
Dublin City Centre Pokemon Go Pokedex. Source: Mawla

Pokemon Go has helped one Irish player shed half a stone in one week.

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David Brennan from Wicklow appeared on the Humans of Ireland Facebook page to talk about how the smash-hit augmented reality game has changed his life.

Since he signed up to the app, the 18-year-old has been travelling to Dublin every day to catch Pokemon and has lost over five pounds in one week.

"I live in Wicklow but have been travelling into Dublin everyday to play as there is so much more game activity here than there is at home," he told the site.

As well as losing weight, the game has also allowed games designer student David to meet new people.

"I've met more people in the last week than I have in four years," he said.

"I've been a big fan of Pokemon for years and usually I'd be sitting at home playing Pokemon games on old consoles. But over the last week I've met so many people out playing Pokemon from all walks of life.

"Sure, yesterday I met a Trinity College professor out playing it and we hung out for a couple of hours walking around playing it."

Dublin City Centre Pokemon Go Pokedex. Source: Mawla
Dublin City Centre Pokemon Go Pokedex. Source: Mawla

David explained to the Irish Mirror that he spends a few hours per day hunting the cute little monsters.

"I've actually lost over five pounds in one week. But yeah usually I'm up around Stephen's Green or in town in general walking around finding Pokemon," he said.

"I live in the country and contrary to the games and anime of Pokemon, the countrt doesn't get much. Even small towns get very little but Dublin is a hub for players of Ireland. It's a huge area where many varieties will pop up.

"On the Monday I spent about six hours walking around, Tuesday - five, Wednesday and Thursday - four each, Friday about six again and then Saturday - three."

Using a player’s smartphone camera and GPS signal, the game makes it seem as if wild Pokemon are cropping up on the streets of the real world. When walking around and exploring areas, players - or trainers as they are called in the game - are greeted with rustling grass which signal a Pokemon's presence.

There could be a Squirtle in Stephen's Green, a Balbasaur at Bus Aras and maybe even an Evee outside Eason's.

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