“I wanna play Street Fighter, too!” Courtesy of anyycolouryoulike ![/caption] (One great thing is now I don’t ever have to explain what “augmented reality” is — I can just say “It’s Pokemon Go!”) I’ve written before about the difference between videogame and video game and why it matters for the hobby of gaming. The point is quickly becoming moot, thanks to Virtual Reality and Pokemon Go! As technology becomes more and more integrated into our lives and our hobbies, it’s almost to the point where we need a new word for “interactive entertainment experience” (because that phrase conjures up memories of grainy, full-motion-video encyclopedia entries from the ’90s.) Pokemon Go is not a videogame in the traditional sense. In the “game” portion, it’s just about collecting and exploring your real world than accomplishing an objective or dominating players/the computer (what most videogames boil down to). [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="970"] Anyone have a clever name for this drink?[/caption] In fact, my wife-to-be “hates videogames” (per her blog here) and she’s obsessed with it. It does have some of the key motivators many modern videogames have though: customization, always-on gameplay, cooperative competition, and the “I have to get one more!” feeling. Beyond that, despite news reports that Pokemon Go will lead your kids into strip clubs, Pokemon Go is one of the most powerful examples in years of the positive social power of interactive entertainment!
1.) See Your CityPokemon Go is proving to be a powerful motivator to try a new restaurant, visit a beautiful church, or go to a tournament. There are tons of articles and tweets out about millenials going to museums, sometimes for the first time, to catch Pokemon. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="750"] “I just wandered over here because my claw looks like his beak!”[/caption] Complaining about people going to museums for Pokemon is like people who whine about people going to the Symphony to hear film soundtracks. Similar to how we run Games Done Legit videogaming programs at Northeast Ohio libraries, these institutions are smart to find creative ways to attract kids, teens, and younger adults to their facility.
FYI, RRPL is a Pokéstop. https://t.co/oBQ2uMZGcU— Rocky River Library (@RRPL) July 11, 2016