A few quick thoughts on Pokemon Go

It's been a long time since I've really played a video game. I grew up on classic Game Boys, Game Cubes, a PlayStation or two tossed in, but for the past ~5 years I haven't owned a console and I don't play regularly.

Looking through my smartphone, the only games installed are Dots, Holoku (a sudoku app), and QuizUp. Needless to say, I'm by no means a professional smartphone gamer either.

Pokemon Go has me truly excited because it's different. It's the perfect casual game with the ability to really level up if you choose. Perhaps most importantly, it encourages you to be active and fits into busy life.

For those that haven't taken the game for a spin, it isn't quite like traditional Pokemon games. Much like the popular Ingress game, Pokemon Go takes place in the real world. That requires physical movement so sitting and playing for hours simply isn't an option.

Using Google Maps and landmark location data from Ingress players, real world hot spots (think monuments, fountains, etc.) are turned into actionable spots in the game. There are Poke Stops to fill up on supplies and gyms to leave your Pokemon at for other trainers to challenge.

The game doesn't yet feature player to player trading or battling, though the former is all but confirmed as an upcoming feature.

One of the coolest aspects of the game is the augmented reality mode. When switched on, it provides a full screen view of your camera and superimposes a Pokemon into your environment. It's not perfect (specifically when capturing a Pokemon, the background freezes and can look a little weird), but it's quite a sight when it works well.

I don't know if I'll become a regular player of Pokemon Go, but I have had a lot of fun with it so far and I'm looking forward to watching it evolve.

If you're interested, there's tons of information over on reddit: http://reddit.com/r/pokemongo

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