We're talking Pokemon Go
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By Levi Medley, GLOB Guest correspondent
EDITOR'S NOTE: Levi Medley is a 10th grade student of the Professional Academies Magnet Academy of Academy of Robotics and Engineering at the W.Travis Loften High School. Levi is a serious Pokemon Go game player. "
In 2013, Google released a video showing people using their telephones to catch Pokemon in the real world. This video excited people, but then they realized that the video was an April Fools prank. However, a PoKemon GO phone app was recently created that lets you go and catch Pokemon in the real world! Pokemon Go encourages people to go outside and be active while having fun and catching Pokemon — colorful, powerful creatures that people capture and train in order to battle other Pokemon.
The way the game works is that you have to go to locations on the map known as Pokestops. When you visit one, you can collect useful items, such as Pokeballs and Pokemon eggs. After you collect some Pokeballs, you can go out and look for Pokemon!
A good way to look for Pokemon is just going for a walk. Usually, some Pokemon will show up along your path. There are many kinds of Pokemon to be found, so it's a good idea to visit Pokestops while you are out walking. If you see a Pokemon you would like to catch, you can tap on it to begin trying to catch it. You have to throw Pokeballs at the Pokemon to catch it. If a Pokeball hits the Pokemon, it will sit on the ground for a few seconds. If you are trying to catch a stronger Pokemon, it might break out of the Pokeball. Eventually, the Pokemon will be captured.
When you catch a Pokemon, you will collect two different types of items: Stardust and Pokemon Candy Crush. Stardust is used to make your Pokemon level up and become stronger, while candy is used to make some Pokemon evolve into a new Pokemon. Pokemon are evolved and leveled up to fight in Pokemon gyms that are spread across the map.
There are three teams in Pokemon Go From left above: Team Instic , Team Valor, Team Mystic. At one point in the game, you must choose which team you want to become a part of. Teams are very important to the gyms in the game. If you are a member of a team, you can either put your Pokemon into a gym of the same team color to defend the gym, or send it into a gym of another team's color to bring down their ownership of the gym. If you bring the other team's ownership to zero, the gym will then belong to your team!
The Spearow, image right, that I caught while eating out at Millhopper Leonardo's is a common Pokemon image at top of this page. At the same visit, I found a less common Pigeotto.
Another feature of Pokemon Go is the Pokemon Eggs. You can find these eggs at Pokestops, and place them into an incubator in your inventory. While an egg is in an incubator, the steps you take will help hatch the egg. Different eggs require different distances to hatch. For instance, one egg might only require you to walk 2 kilometers, while another one needs 5 kilometers to hatch. All the walking is worth it when the egg hatches, as it often contains a rare Pokemon! This is a very smart feature because it encourages players to be active, and rewards them for their effort.
You can FOLLOW THIS LONK to download the free Pokemon Go app on your Android or iPhone, and you can join in the fun of catching Pokemon in the real world!