I guess I can't get around having to comment on Pokemon Go.
If you have children, or if you were, born in the 90's through the 00's then you know all about Pokemon. It used to be about the cards, action figures and, of course, the video games. Remember the Game Boys, game cartridges and all the sounds and music?!
With Pokemon Go, the game has gone from sometimes mobile to really mobile. And from sometimes social to a social phenomenon.
It's not farfetch'd!
- It gets kids out of the house - many people need a little Vitamin D. One of the biggest complaints about gaming and computers for kids is that they don't get outside enough.
- It gets kids moving - #exercise. While there have been some attempts at game-ifying exercise, such as Wii Fit, it never really caught on. Pokemon Go gets people outdoors and moving around. In fact, part of the game is logging lots of steps.
- It's for "kids" of all ages - parents can play along with their kids! You don't have to play, but at the very least it's a great opportunity to be involved.
- It's really social - you may remember that, back in the day, players could connect two Gameboys so two people could battle. Now people are connecting IRL (In Real Life) as they hike trails, walk through cities or congregate at parks or other PokeStops.
- It's another step toward acceptance of Augmented Reality. Unlike Virtual Reality, in which one is entirely immersed in a manufactured visual scene, Augmented Reality overlays images, text or other information on top of what you are actually looking at.