Thursday 24 October 2019

Wanna be the very best? Here's everything you need to know about Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go. Picture: MarieCPalot/Instagram
Pokemon Go. Picture: MarieCPalot/Instagram
Pokemon trading cards are arranged for a photograph at the Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo store in Tokyo, Japan. Photographer: Yuriko Nakao/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Ash, Pikachu and Misty (background) in 4Kids Entertainment's animated adventure "Pokemon3," distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. (Photo by Warner Bros. Pictures)

Amy Mulvaney

Gotta catch 'em all!

Chokers are back in style, a new Ghostbusters movie is coming out and now there’s a Pokémon game taking over the lives of people all over the world – is it officially the ‘90s again?

Pikachu, PokéStops and PokéBalls are par for the course thanks to the launch of  Pokémon Go – an augmented reality mobile game by Nintendo and  Niantic Labs.

If you don’t know a Pokédex from a Pidgey, here’s everything you need to know about the game that has everyone running from their houses trying to catch ‘em all...

What is it?

Pokémon Go is an "augmented" reality game that allows you to hunt, train, battle and capture virtual Pokémon on your phone as you go out and about in your daily life. The Pokémon appear before your eyes through your phone’s back-facing camera as you walk around, using your surroundings as the game field.

Why is everyone talking about it?

It has now surpassed Twitter and Tinder in terms of daily users (not to mention Nintendo's market value has skyrocketed). The game has also hit headlines for reportedly assisting a robbery in Missouri, as suspects could track how secluded an area in the game was and locate unsuspecting players. Furthermore, a young woman came across a dead body while playing the game in Wyoming.

How do I play?

The aim of the game is to catch, train and battle Pokémon. Catch Pokémon using PokéBalls, collect items at Poké Stops and train and battle your Pokémon at gyms. These features are typically located a popular meeting places in your surroundings.

You can play the adventure game in your home or outside by simply walking around and tracking Pokémon.  Playing outside is more effective because if you choose to play at home, you’ve to use Pokécoins to buy incense to lure Pokémon nearby.

What is a gym?

A gym is located at a real-life meeting place where you can battle and train Pokémon. Gyms are the biggest locations on the game's map and they are usually owned by a team, which is indicated if it is blue, yellow or red (the colours of the teams). You can battle to own the gym, which allows you to build coins to buy valuable items for the game.

How do I get it?

Pokémon Go isn’t yet available to Irish users, however gamers online have shared several loopholes to download it. Be warned you risk permanent damage to your phone by even trying one of these methods though.

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