July 21 2016

Gotta Catch ‘Em All and PokémonGo Community

“I wanna be the very best, like no one ever was…”

Pokémon: Indigo League aired in the US in 1997, making the hit TV show the epitome of the ’90s. Whether you watched the show, collected the trading cards, or caught them all with the video game — or even if you still do, Pokémon was a part of your life, as it came across a large audience. And, over the years, as more Pokémon were released, the series grew and so did its audience.


Of course, the worldwide trending topic is Pokémon Go. It is an app that released on July 6th by Niantic. If you’re wondering about Nintendo, check out the following image provided by the Wall Street Journal. The game is still set to be released in many other places, so it’s only getting bigger, too.
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About the game
Basically, all you need is the app to play. You can create an account with Google, or through the Pokémon Trainer website. Create an Avatar when you log in for the first time, and then choose a starter Pokémon: Charmander (the orange fire dragon), Squirtle (the aqua turtle) and Bulbasaur (the blue-green one), and, if you’re lucky, Pikachu. Once you get to Level 5, after catching enough Pokémon, you get to pick between:

Team Valor (Red) – Led by Candela, the team’s mascot is the legendary firebird Moltres.
Team Instinct (Yellow) – Led by Spark, the team’s mascot is the legendary bird Zapdos.
Team Mystic (Blue) – Team Mystic’s leader is Blanche and its mascot is the Articuno, a legendary ice bird.

Robin Burks from Tech Times explained the difference between the teams. He said that , in reality, there’s not much of a difference.

Although each team has its own color and fictional leader, so if you have a favorite color of the three (yellow, blue or red), just pick what appeals to you. However, on the back-end, each team actually represents specific trainer traits.

Trainer traits are defined by each team’s name, i.e., valor, instinct or mystic, and joining a team gives you the chance to battle at local gyms, which are located in public spaces and can be detected through the game’s GPS.

In addition to that, PokeStops are also in public places, that way one can go and collect more items necessary to catch Pokémon.

The rest of the game is pretty self-explanatory.

What I like about this game is that it doesn’t discriminate, age, gender, ability. It’s played at all hours, and Pokémon has even made going out kind of funny. You see a swarm of people walking outside on their phones, getting excited about what Pokémon is where and just hanging out at PokéStops.

Lots of people are playing because it brings back a lot of childhood nostalgia from the ’90s, but, for the most part, it’s good fun and people are more than happy to talk about it wherever you go. If there’s a cool Pokémon nearby, someone will probably be talking about it. And, last but not least, it’s a great way to make friends and reconnect with old friends, too, whether that be at a PokéStop or on a Pokémohunt.

To be honest, all Pokémon fans aspire to be the world’s greatest Pokémon master, just as Ash Ketchum was, and, whether we become the world’s greatest Pokémon Master, or not, Pokémon has taught us the importance of putting our minds to something and trying our best at everything we do.


Have fun and be safe Catching ‘Em All!

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