Hamby Explains Pokémon Go

July 12, 2016

As I write this I am currently watching San Diegan "SeriousGaming" live stream on his Twitch channel of him walking around parts of San Diego catching Pokémon in Pokémon Go.  He's in Mission Beach in fact.  Did you see him walking around the beach at 12:05 pm on Tuesday July 12?  And there are 3,000 people watching online.


Pokémon Go is now more popular than Twitter they say.  It's being used longer per user than WhatsApp.  Pokémon Go is officially a cultural phenomenon in just 7 days.  Bryce and spent a good portion of last Friday's Capes on Capes podcast discussing our experience with Pokémon Go and how cool it is, and that was before the weekend (http://www.fm949sd.com/blogs/hamby/capes-capes).  The weekend was a game changer.  Over the weekend we learned how to play the game better and it made all the difference.  


Let's backtrack a second.  What IS Pokémon Go and why is everyone obsessed? Should I even care?  Pokémon Go is a FREE app in the Android or Apple store.  Warning for parents, there are in game purchases of coins to be redeemed for in game items.  So be aware.  From there the  game allows you to create an avatar, catch your first Pokémon, and then drops you right into the real world to go explore.  That's right you play in the real world.  The game drops your Avatar into a map that looks like a cartoon version of Google Maps, and that's because it is Google Maps.  Nearby landmarks are called PokéStops, and in the distance you might see a

PokéGym.  More on those later, you can't access them until Level 5.  


From here the game let's you explore your area for nearby Pokemon, that you can see on your "radar".  You can access PokéStops and spin them for PokéBalls and other items.  Look for areas around San Diego like Old Town with historical landmarks, or parks like Morley Field, or theme parks like the San Diego Zoo that are packed with markers for PokéGyms and PokéStops.  Also these areas attract a lot of Pokémon.  The more you play the more you realize that residential areas don't have a lot of Poke activity.  You need to get out and see the town. Literally!  Want to catch water Pokemon?  Need to be near a Lake or body of water or even local neighborhood pools.  The game warns you to look around and be aware of your surroundings and you should!  We ran into 6 other people playing PokemonGo just like us at a PokéStop that had a Lure on it at Morley Field.  We looked around and giggled at the soccer mom, the young couple, the gamer geek, and the retired guy all playing this game.  That's when we noticed bars in North Park had Lures placed on them and just being in the area of 30th and University on Sunday around Noon was like Pokémon Catcher heaven!  It was nuts.


I've never played a Pokémon game, even being an avid video gamer for many years.  It's just never something I played. And now I can't stop.  How many have you caught?  What's been your experience with the game?  Can you suggest parts of San Diego people should check out when playing?