SBS Guide to: Pokemon Go

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Published on : July 14, 2016

 

 

The Pokemon Go phenomenon is sweeping the globe. It’s not too late to get on the cool train for earth’s next big thing. Go to the app store on your phone and download Pokemon Go. Don’t worry it’s free. While it installs, read this guide to hit the ground running and not act like a total noob. Even if you don’t ever want to play, listen up so you can seem in touch around your coworkers and family. Now, who’s ready to catch ’em all?

 

Getting Started

Sign your privacy rights away and agree to the terms of service, then create your avatar. The game will start and you will find one of the three starting pokemon in your area. Feel free to grab it and move on. If you want to start with franchise favorite, Pikachu, then run away from the first few encounters and you will run into that yellow heartbreaker.

 

You can’t compete at the gyms until you are level 5, so spend that early time collecting as many different pokemon as possible. It will help you level-up quick. Maybe use your incense to attract pokemon to your location. You start with 2 incense in your inventory. Make sure to hit local pokespot. Spin the disk to get free items.

 

Catching Pokemon

charmander

 

When you meet a wild pokemon, the first thing you need to do is breathe. Then take out a pokeball and give it the perfect throw. You need to use some arc. Like a NBA jump shooter. Think Ray Allen or Klay Thompson. I prefer my pointer finger over a thumb. You need that delicate touch. Higher CP (Combat Power) pokemon are harder to snare so your approach becomes important. Hold your finger on the pokeball and targeting rings will appear on your prey. When the ring closes in, toss the ball. This is the key to landing rare gems. Treats will also help but you already knew that.

 

Expert Tips

Be carful how you allocate your upgrade resources. You could dump all your stardust into one pokemon only to find catch one of the same variety with a higher CP. Lesson here is just don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Speaking of eggs, only when the app is open will steps be counted toward your total needed for hatching. No way to speed up incubation other than getting out and walking.

 

Be aware of your surroundings. Don’t hunt and drive. Don’t walk into traffic. And generally, just pay attention. Armed thugs in Missouri used a pokestop to rob unsuspecting players who showed up. The app uses your live GPS location which is awesome and kind of scary.

 

pokemon go map

 

Closing Thoughts

I love the augmented reality, or AR. The animation overlaid on the camera view is revolutionary. It’s the best part of Pokemon Go. In a few short days, the world got used to AR, all while increasing Nintendo’s stock $9 billion dollars. The future of gaming is here and we are never going back. I don’t think many understand but we just broke through a big barrier. Congrats world.

 

Also, I love how this little program is making folks get up and get active. Not since Tinder has there been an app that has truly touched people. That’s a small victory but I’ll take it.

 

I wanna be the very best.

 

 

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