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If you haven’t heard about Pokémon Go recently than you’ve been living under a rock as of late. Maybe you need a Pokémon Go map to find your way back to civilization. On your way back you’ll also learn that the You’re Fired! guy from TV is also running for president. Yes, it’s a strange world we live in, but we should be used to strange since we’ve already had The Terminator as governor. But I digress…

If you’re not quite sure what Pokémon is, this post is for you….maybe. Pokémon began back in the nineties as a card game invented by those anime-crazy folks over in Japan which was imported to the US and became a nationwide craze. Shortly after that it also became a cartoon, which also became a nationwide hit. Go figure. We come from a long tradition of strange nationwide crazes – the pet rock, the chia head, should I go on? Probably not. But I digress…

Pokémon fell onto the back burner for many years but has seen a resurgence in recent years, both as a card game and as a cartoon. Go figure. And now that we’re full-fledged living in the digital age, it only makes sense that it – like everything else – would become an app, or a game for your phone, or an app that’s a game on your phone. And so it has, in the form of Pokémon Go. 

Pokémon Go is free-to-play, location-based reality game that can be downloaded to your smartphone, and it’s enormously popular. Just like the mood ring in the seventies and the pet rock in the eighties, except they never got anyone arrested or killed. But I digress…

You start the game by creating an avatar, which is a digital likeness of yourself (didn’t you see the movie?). Once created, your avatar is shown on a map by using your geographic location. Features on your map include Pokestops and Pokémon gyms. I have no idea what either of those are. but we do have both here at Win-River Resort & Casino. At least I think we do. Who knows what’s real anymore? But I digress…

As players travel within their real-world communities, your avatar moves within the game map. Translation: when you walk around in real life, your avatar walks around on the map on your phone screen. And you try to find these Pokémon things which are really on the map in your phone but not really in the real world. Lost? Not surprised. To make things weirder, you apparently use your phone’s camera to catch these things that don’t exist. As you look at the camera, you see what you’re pointing at, and also the imaginary creatures and objects from the game. In your camera. Even though they’re not really there.

And that’s just about as much as this Gen X-er knows about Pokémon. I thought a Charmander was a kitchen tool, but I’ve been told it’s a type of fire lizard… hmmm, okay.

For Pokémon Go tips for the beginner check out this article – http://www.polygon.com/2016/7/9/12136310/pokemon-go-tips-how-to-play-beginners.

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