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Rediscovering my city with Pokémon GO

By on August 11, 2016

Pokemon-GOA few weeks ago, Pokémon GO was released. The game has swept the news by storm; I’d be surprised if you haven’t heard of it already. For those who haven’t heard of it, Pokémon GO is an augmented reality mobile game that lets players capture and battle characters, called Pokémon, by exploring their surroundings. The game uses the GPS and camera on the player’s device.

A few weeks ago, Pokémon GO was released. The game has swept the news by storm; I’d be surprised if you haven’t heard of it already. For those who haven’t heard of it, Pokémon GO is an augmented reality mobile game that lets players capture and battle characters, called Pokémon, by exploring their surroundings. The game uses the GPS and camera on the player’s device.

When I found about the game’s release, I had to download it. I remembered the days when I would collect Pokémon playing cards and watch the franchise’s main character, Ash Ketchum, attempt to “catch ‘em all” in the animated television series. I’ll admit that there was definitely a nostalgic factor here; now I could “catch ‘em all” and feel like a kid again.

So how do you play? Pokémon “spawn”, will appear on your screen, when you walk around. The game encourages you to go outside and explore new places to find different Pokémon, so you definitely can’t just sit inside and wait for Pokémon to appear (although, sometimes they do just appear when you’re indoors). In addition to finding Pokémon, players are encouraged to visit areas called “PokéStops”. In the game, a PokéStop is a location where users can collect items that are used in the game. PokéStops tend to be located near monuments, parks, or other areas of significance. Other players speculated that certain Pokémon will appear in different areas. I decided to check out some places I’ve been before to see if PokéStops were nearby—and to hunt for new Pokémon. Here are a few of the places I visited while playing the game:

Derryfield Park: It’s a public park with a playground, sports fields, and nice plot of grass. There’s a tiny gazebo in the grassy part of the park. It’s a beautiful place to have a picnic—and there’s a great sandwich shop nearby for those that don’t feel like packing homemade sandwiches. I also learned that the park has a history that dates back to the 1800’s and is home to the Weston Observatory.

Victory Park: I’ve been to the city library before, but I never noticed the park right in front of it until I started playing Pokémon GO. It’s a small park with a few benches, a monument dedicated to Private First Class Rene A. Gagnon, and a working piano. During the summer and fall months, this park is home to the Manchester NH Farmer’s Market.

Livingston Park: I’ve been to this park a few times before the game came out. The park is home to Dorr’s Pond, with a well-maintained trail that circles the pond. Like Derryfield Park, this park has sports fields and a playground, but it also features a large swimming complex with a pool and a waterslide.

While I was out visiting places and catching Pokémon, I noticed some families playing the game as well. The game gave me another excuse to spend some time outdoors during these short summer months. It’s a great game and a great way for me to rediscover the city that I live in. Give it a shot, you might enjoy rediscovering your city and taking part of the Pokémon GO craze.

Ashley Hin is Berkshire Hathaway Verani Realty’s Marketing Manager.  When she”s not in the office putting her marketing and design skills to great use,  you may find Ashley out exploring her favorite areas of NH, playing video games, reading or attending concerts.

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