In Which I Encounter Pokémon

As I was riding in the car on my recent road trip, Shirley, my adopted human was reading Facebook on her iPhone.  She kept reading about a new game called Pokémon Go.  She downloaded the app to see what it was all about.

After we got home, we started looking for Pokémon “in the wild”

We found a Doduo in Walmart

An Eevee in our cart

We also found a Rattata and a Pidgeotto while on the golf course.

Rattata in the Golf Cart
A Pidgeotto on the fairway

Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game developed by Niantic and released in July 2016.  Your mobile device uses its GPS capability to play the game. You can learn how to play by following the quick start instructions, trial and error or by researching techniques online.  Essentially you must find and capture Pokémon using Pokéballs and other supplies you receive at a Pokéstop.  You train your Pokémon to compete at what is called a Gym.


One of the first things you must do is create your Avatar, an icon or a figure that represents you in the game.  Next you must capture your first “starter” Pokémon.  Perhaps the most recognizable and most popular Pokémon is Pikachu,  Each character has unique strengths and weaknesses.

Mr. Satoshi Tajiri, who grew up in Japan, first created the characters of the game in the  mid 1990’s.  Mr. Satoshi Tajiri is on the high functioning end of the autism spectrum and recently confirmed that he has Asperger’s Syndrome.  As a child, he was fascinated with insects and this is reflected in the Pokémon characters. Other children called him “Dr Bug”

Since Shirley and I started Pokémon Go, we have learned that we are casual players not willing to spend money to buy Pokéballs.  However, it is reported that in the United States, over 1.5 million dollars a day is spent on “coins” used to buy supplies to enhance your success in playing the game.  Wow!

Pokémon Go has received praise for encouraging people to get out and walk.  It has also received criticism regarding privacy issues as well as safety for the players.

Some Pokéstops are located in cemeteries, memorials, museums, churches and other places considered to be places of reverence. This has become an issue for caretakers and law enforcement.   A warning screen regarding safety and respect for the property of others is shown when you open the app.

Play Safely

One thing we enjoy, is watching a Gym near our house.  While sitting on the couch, we can observe it changing colors as opposing teams capture it and try to maintain possession.

Team Mystic Blue

Team Valor Red

Team Instinct Yellow

We have some favorite Pokéstops near my house

Geico Mural

Stocking up on Supplies

The Giant Orange at Sun Harvest Citrus

The Tamiami Trail Marker

Plane at Page Field

Be safe as you play.  Use common sense.  Don’t trespass.  Don’t drive while playing.  Be respectful and mindful of your surroundings.

Have fun and “Catch ’em All”

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