Pokemon Go Sydney
Well, with worldwide interest in Pokemon Go quickly waning, (actual peak interest was in late July) it’s time to take a final look at this gaming craze that had many generations interested, and increased activity in young gamers for the first time, with a focus on Pokemon Go Sydney players.
I haven’t enjoyed a game this so much since Pacman, which was probably how long ago I was actually interested in playing a digital game. I grew up with friend’s handheld Octopus, Donkey Kong and Oil Panic Nintendo games before playing the 20c slot games like Pacman and Space Invaders.
When my neighbour got a TV game it was the little white bars that knocked a square box across a line that was a hit. Known as TV tennis or rather, the pock pock game, it got neighbours in the street to join each other and compete with their joysticks to increase points on the black and white screen.
Now we have no need of people to play games with us. We can play them individually on our phones wherever we like. Usually this meant inside. But with the advent of Pokemon Go, this all changed. Now we not only want to go outside to catch Pokemon using the technology of Google Maps, we can also learn about things outside as well. Pokestops show us features and locations that we usually didn’t know existed.
I used Pokemon Go to help me find a cafe in Melbourne. During a track work period coaches replaced trains through Goulburn and Pokemon Go was able to point out where the Big Marino was. The pokestop showed a picture, I looked up from my phone and there it was outside the window of the coach.
Pokemon Go has also got me back into my usual walking habit. For years I haven’t really walked more than an hour a day, on average. With eggs to hatch, this has increased to two hours. So, I’m probably fitter than I’ve been in ten years.
And so, in celebration of this great little program, here is a huge series of pictures that I’ve taken using the Pokemon Go Sydney app, featuring Pokemon in special places around Sydney. Sydneysiders may recognise even the most basic things like the escalator in one picture and the table and wine glass in another. If you’ve lived in Sydney for more than ten years, and tend to socialise, you’ll recognise most these places. If you like, see if you can guess them all in the comments.