It’s interesting to hear the word "Pokémon" used in so many every day conversations lately. If this were 1999, it would be a different story. The Pokémon franchise made its debut in 1998 when it first developed popular games for Nintendo's Game Boy. In the original game, the player, a “Pokémon trainer,” attempted to catch and train creatures called “Pokémon.” The game became an instant hit and today the franchise has expanded to include trading cards, TV shows, movies, comic books and toys based on popular Pokémon creatures.
After the early 2000’s, Pokémon slipped into the cracks when the video game era reached its peak and new games were emerging left and right. Now Pokémon’s popularity is surging with its hit new game for smartphones called Pokémon Go.
Pokémon Go is taking the world by storm by revamping the original game to fit the structure of today’s advanced technology. The game uses your phone’s GPS, clock and the in-game map to detect where Pokémon creatures are in real time. Similar to the original game, the player searches for Pokémon creatures to catch and train – but in an exciting new twist, players explore the real world to “find” them. The concept is proving incredibly popular, with the mobile game poised to surpass Twitter in daily active users on Android as of July 10, 2016.
In order to get the most out of Pokémon Go, users need to be moving around to different locations. This provides a great opportunity to incorporate it into the classroom or library, either by building a Pokémon library display to draw young fans, or allowing students to capture Pokémon when they accomplish a reading goal. However you choose to add Pokémon into your library, kids will be sure to love it just as much as they love playing Pokémon Go.
Although the game is a great way to get kids moving and generate plenty of fun in your classroom in library, it's important to remember that there are always privacy or safety risks that come with any online game. This article from School Library Journal outlines everything you need to know about the risks and rewards of Pokémon Go.
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