Since the digital age made its way into households, parents and elders have both been hoping their children would go outside and play in the open instead of being glued to a computer or console. Flash-forward to 2016, their wish has literally come true in the form of Pokémon Go – the augmented reality game which has taken the world by storm in about a week since its release.
Based on the Pokémon franchise – the game requires you to catch Pokémons at real world locations, train them and even compete at battles in “gyms” scattered across the map. If it sounds easy – then you’re out of luck! It requires you to literally go “explore” the world and PokéStops – which offer you different supplies to continue your adventure.
What’s even better is that the game rewards players for the amount of distance they travel. This includes fan-favorite feature, hatching of eggs after being placed in incubators. All in all it has motivated millions of people around the world to actually explore their neighborhoods and cities in their quest to catch them all!
The game has also seen the 2016 US Presidential Candidates jump on the bandwagon, as both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are making full use of gyms in the US! Hillary is slated to hold a campaign event in one of the gyms, setting up a lure module and encouraging the visitors to register for vote all the while her campaign is being conducted.
Speaking of lure modules, Maldives is not far behind. The country’s largest telecommunication provider, Dhiraagu set up a lure module at the “Childrens’ Park” in the capital city – which saw a lot of ‘Pokémon Trainers’ coming out to catch as many as they could. Dhiraagu is also providing free wifi at their head office building – which is also a Pokémon Gym. On the other hand, their competitor Ooredoo is also stepping up their game, giving out “lure alerts” to everyone through Facebook and Twitter. They have also been giving out free data vouchers to Pokémon Trainers, who were asked to share their catch. What’s better is that the Central Park in Hulhumale’ has free wifi offered by Ooredoo, making it easier for Pokémon Trainers in Hulhumale.
Over the course of a few days, we have seen the whole world catch the Pokémon Go fever, not that it’s a bad thing. It has helped people make new friends, and in some cases even score dates! And for the first time in years, some people are actually heading out to enjoy a good game. So the question is, when are you getting Pokémon Go?