If you are reading this, you probably already know about Pokémon Go, so I’m not going to say anything more about this awesome game. I was very reluctant at first, but after the upgraded ‘bootleg’ version was released I was Poké-balled right into it, my thought being that this was going to be the next best thing for this decade – and it will.
Reading up and playing it myself, I think this game has HUGE potential. Apart from the obvious exercise stimulation it will also allow children and adults to make new friends. Pokémon Go will also boost our economy in more than the traditional way other games can – think merchandise, going out to malls, zoos, restaurants, additional fuel , etc.
I’m also thinking of that nice features such as online battles and maybe even a sharing system might see the light in future upgrades.
Pokémon Go, as with anything big, also has its downsides. I urge people to always stay in groups and be careful of their surroundings when hunting Pokémon. Also keep an eye on your mobile data usage.
On the South African South Coast (Port Shepstone, Shelly Beach, Margate, Ramsgate etc.), although not as awesome as in the big cities, the game’s following is already fairly good. Remember, the more people play, the more Pokémons there will be to catch. We have nice Pokéstops and our Pokégyms are growing. Join the Pokemon Go KZN South Coast Facebook group to meet like minded people. I also suggest using #pokemonkznsc on Facebook and Twitter for this area.
At the time of writing this, Pokémon Go has not been launched officially in South Africa yet . Whether you want to wait until the end of June 2016 for the official release on the official app stores or you want to jump in with some minor limitations and the (now-believed small) chance of being banned from the official release is of course entirely up to you. Whatever the case, don’t wait a few months for this ’cause then all your friends will be leveled up to a point where the game will be very difficult for newbies to get into.
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