by Heriberto Resto
When the summer of 2016 began, many people planned on out-of-state vacations, trips to the beach and days at local amusement parks. However, people traded in all their summer attire for a Pokédex and Poké Balls.
Pokémon Go, the newest Pokémon game, has been a hit and has taken the entire globe by storm.
For those that may not be familiar with Pokémon Go, it is an app available for Android and iOS that connects your phone with real-world locations, to allow you and your friends to go around and catch Pokémon.
Having been able to play Pokémon Go this summer allowed students at Central Connecticut State University to get away from real world responsibilities and live their true childhood dreams of catching Pokémon.
Pokémon Go was initially released on July 6, with the expectations of having a respectable amount of downloads. Within days, the game was the most popular app in the world, easily surpassing the number of users from many popular social media apps. Pokémon Go currently has more than 50 million users and the numbers continue to increase.
What made this game an instant success is the ability to step outside your house and within minutes of opening the app, Pokémon appear on your map and you have the ability to catch them. In addition, there are Pokéstops in the game which are real-world sites that you can go to and use to stock up on any Pokémon equipment you need.
Many who watched the Pokémon television series as a child enjoyed this game even more because of the many types of unique Pokémon there are.
The game also made it mandatory for users to leave their houses and walk around whatever town they may be in. This part of the game made it fun to go outside and walk, run and simply be more active.
With the many positives of this game, there were also some minor dangers to it. There were cases when users would trespass on property or go into areas that were not safe for them to play the game.
“It is endangering the lives of younger people that cannot understand the fact that you don’t need to get into dangerous situations to find Pokémon,” said Ramon Hernandez, a senior at CCSU.
The truth of the matter is that the game is very enjoyable, with the fair warnings to not engage in anything dangerous while playing the game. Make sure to always be aware of your surroundings when playing Pokémon Go.
Pokémon Go has been an enjoyable game all summer and will continue to grow every day. With school back in session, there are multiple Pokéstops on campus as well as a few gyms where you can test your Pokémon training skills to beat the best. The start of the new semester is the best time to get out of your dorm, meet some Pokémon trainers on your own and go try and “catch ’em all.”