By Molly Merson
Social Media Editor
Since its release in July 2016, “Pokemon Go” has taken fans by storm. The game has been downloaded by more than 130 million iOS and Android users. It has already once surpassed the number of daily Twitter users. After topping the number of daily Tinder users in its’ first month of release, there’s no denying that this game is something to talk about.
The craze continued through the summer, and local residents of Red Lion would gather in town to play and pick up in-game items at local shops. “It’s very addicting to play,” freshman Dylan Zeller said. However, senior Alec Jacobs said “It blocks traffic when they play in the square.”
It utilizes the GPS features of the mobile device being used in order to locate and catch Pokemon. For example, “water Pokemon” are often found near bodies of water in the player’s area. This feature allows Pokemon to spawn before the player’s eyes. They can then throw pokeballs in an attempt to catch it.
Each creature has a certain power level, and the higher level creatures are more difficult to catch. Once a Pokemon is caught, it’s registered to what is called the “Pokedex” that displays all of the player’s Pokemon. “I loved the app because I could catch Pokemon.” said Senior Tyler Buffington, “My favorite one is Tauros that I caught while visiting IUP College.”
Players are also able to obtain a certain level based on the amount of experience they’ve earned through hatching eggs or catching Pokemon. “I’m a level nine,” junior Melanie Tarnacki said. “And the game made me want to exercise to hatch my eggs.”
Certain local places such as Roma’s Pizza, Windsor Wonderland Park, and various churches are “poke-stops” where players can collect pokeballs, potions, and other additional items. The Kaltreider-Benfer Library was something known as a “gym” in the game, where players can battle other Pokemon players in their area.
Although the game was very popular at its’ initial release, the trend seemed to die down once Summer ended. “I never hopped on that bandwagon,” senior Lydia Kirkpatrick said. The game experienced a twenty-five percent drop towards the end of July.
Despite the numbers being down, players continue to flock the streets and local businesses in search of Pokemon. The game brought in around 30 million daily users worldwide according to the Bloomberg Markets website. Apparently, the game is still very popular.
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