<'Pokemon Go / (Image Credit: pokemon Go official homepage)>
Do you remember the pokemon bread? The bread became famous
because of the pokemon sticker in it.
That pokemon came back as a game named ‘pokemon Go’.
It was January 2016 when I first heard about the game.
At that time somebody told me that there was a game
which I can catch the pokemon monster with my smartphone
in the real place such as Gwanghwamun Gate.
After 6 months later everybody is playing and talking about ‘Pokemon Go’
Later I found out that Google had released ‘Pokemon Challenge’ video
about 2 years ago before April Fools’ Day.
We didn’t know whether this game to entertain the whole world at that time
but it really is!
What really is Pokemon go?
Pokemon Go is an augmented reality based mobile game made by Niantic, Inc.
It was first issued in the United States in 6th of July and afterwards
it expanded its service to 35 countries until 16th of July.
Google’s April Fools’ Day event just for fun now
became the most famous game these days.
The man who managed this event was John Hanke
who is the representative of Niantic Inc.
However, Pokemon Go is not the first augmented reality based game
made by Niantic.
After they were divided from Google they become famous
because of the game ‘Ingress’.
Afterward Niantic suggested Pokemon Go game to the Pokemon Company
and Nintendo in the end of 2015 and received $20 million.
After 7 month you can see what happened.
<Image Credit: Pokemon Go Homepage>
How to play?
Pokemon Go is based on augmented reality and Location-based Services. The users can catch the virtual Pokemon that appears in the smartphone based on the real world. When you catch the pokemon you can train them and let the pokemon battle with other kinds. Most of the user’s goal is to become the strongest trainer.
Download the app and make your own avatar.
Run the app and walk outside then your avatar in smartphone will walk in the map of the game.
When Pokemon appears your smartphone will vibrate and then you can catch it by throwing the monster ball.
You receive candy and stardust as reward when you catch pokemon. That rewards can be used to power up your pokemon’s strength.
<Credit: Nintendo Homepage>
<Credit: Nintendo Homepage>
If you have an item called ‘Pokemon Go Plus’ then the game might be easier.
There are two types, Clip type and Watch type.
This item has an LED light on top and when the pokemon appears it flickers and vibrates.
Then what you have to do is to press the round button of the item.
Then it will make the pokemon yours. This item was sold out even before it was released.
Pokemon Go became the top in the app store after 24 hours of its release.
This is very surprising. Pokemon Go became the fastest game
that wins the top in Google play.
This made Nintendo’s stock prices jump almost 93% in a week.
Now the game is released to almost 35 countries.
There are already many episode as this game needs to be played in outside.
Criminal who was playing pokemon Go was caught by police and
a girl who went to the river side to catch pokemon found a dead body.
When Syamideu appeared in New York Central Park there was a traffic jam
because some people tried to catch it by getting out of their car.
This shows the Pokemon Go’s popularity.
But there are many people who are against this game
because there are also sad news caused by Pokemon Go.
Pokemon Go is not officially released in Korea
but people downloaded this game through iOS external transactions account
or Android setup file.
Furthermore all the bus tickets for Sokcho were sold out
because Sokcho was the only place where Pokemons appeared.
According to Wise app there are already millions of app users.
Wise app said “This can be seen as social phenomenon if millions of people
downloaded this game in 8 days even though there is some security danger
The reason that Pokemon can’t be played in South Korea is because of the Google map. Google asked for detailed map information to expand its service
but Korea’s government denied it because of national security exposure issues.
However, John Hanke, CEO of Niantic, said in an interview
that he expects to ultimately launch Pokemon Go in Korea
and there are other ways to get around the Google Maps dispute.
Now according to Korea Bizwire Pokemon Go will be launched in early next month.
Through Pokemon Go, the game paradigm might have changed.
Usually when we bring the word ‘game’ to mind,
it gives an image of playing alone in a room, sexual characters.
Maybe this image has been built because of some bad news from the media.
However, Pokemon Go is different.
You must go out to play this game.
So it is less closed. It is also good for family gathering.
There was some good news that mother and son
came out together to play Pokemon Go.
At least parents cannot tell their children
“Stop playing game in your room and play outside”
Therefore I wish Pokemon Go to be released officially
in Korea this month and let the new game paradigm to be generalized.
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