Nostalgia is in high supply today, at least for me. Lately, I’ve been seeing a wave of Pokemon trading cards filtering through my house as my 8-year-old decides to start collecting Pokemon cards. I’ve recently been trying to teach her the card game with some old cards of mine and duel deck set that a friend purchased for her about a year ago. I admit, I was one of those kids who played about when it first came out and then I grew out of it due to my age (I was 12 at the time). For kids who are younger, though, I find it to be an easy going enough game to learn strategy yet basic enough to still have fun.
This week Pokemon GO was released for mobile devices, and naturally, some friends of mine are plenty excited, as am I. Basically, you can walk around town and catch Pokemon using your phone. It uses actual sites for things like gyms and stores. So if you like to walk, this can definitely kill some of the monotony of your commute, as it has for a friend of mine who currently doesn’t drive.
I downloaded it this morning to give it a shot during some of my downtime, and had mixed feelings about the system. One, it doesn’t really explain how everything works from the beginning all that well, so I’m still clueless as to how this is going to pan out. On the other hand, I did catch a Drowzee in my office about 5 minutes after I started, so that helped keep my spirits up. Unfortunately, I don’t get out much so I’ve only caught a few.
Having an 8-year-old, I believe this is going to be a fun experience for us. She needs to get outside to burn off some energy (and let’s face it, I need some exercise as well. Sitting behind a desk for 55+ hours a week is making me a vampire.) It’s simple enough as far as catching Pokemon that even a little kid can have tons of fun as you run around searching, but I’m sure there’s going to be some more advanced stuff to keep older players more involved as well.
I’m kind of curious as to how it will evolve down the road as I already know several people who have quite a few after just one morning. Maybe it’s just a new game so they are getting too involved in it, or maybe it’s easy. We’ll see!
Randy Chock Schmidt is the head RPG writer for The Forge Herald. When he’s not being a slave to the man or playing games, he can be found scuba diving in various places.
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