Pokémon GO is described as "a free-to-play location based augmented reality game." It was developed by a collaboration between Nintendo and Niantic Inc. In the game, players use a mobile device's GPS capability to locate, capture, battle, and train virtual creatures.
J.J. and I first heard of Pokémon GO! while we were riding on a local train in Tuscany, Italy. The news was about a small village in the area where they had suddenly experienced too many pedestrian collisions with motor vehicles. As a result, the village counsel was banning Pokémon GO!
Pokémon GO! has become a global phenomenon and it is the most used and profitable mobile apps in 2016. While some praise the game's concept and the incentive to be more active in the real world, critics are expressing concerns of contributing to accidents and becoming public nuisance at some of the locations.
Pokémon GO! app's appeal is interactive, makes you walk, challenges you and it is very entertaining. I believe learning something new is good for your brain and playing video games can keep your mind sharp.
Aloha -- Cathi