I’m a runner. Almost each day I pull out my Brooks running shoes, slide on some comfortable short-shorts, and run a few miles around my area to stay in shape. With Pokemon GO launching last night, it was the perfect fit. I could run around, catch a bunch of Pokemon, visit a few PokeStops, and perhaps even find a nearby Gym.
So, I departed my home at about 11 pm at night, short-shorts and all, running around the neighborhood looking for Pokemon. This was no easy task.
I had my Pokemon GO app on for nearly the entire time, quickly tapping on Pokemon whenever they would appear. Unfortunately, throwing Pokeballs while running was not the most ideal situation to scout in. Oftentimes my throws would send balls far wide or short of my target. Thanks to me, there are probably dozens of Pokeballs lying around the suburbs of Denver. Sorry for littering.
On multiple occasions I had to “investigate” locations where I probably should not have been in order to reach a PokeStop.
Run through bushes to get onto a golf course?
Hop a fence to get to the front of a temple for Jehova’s Witnessess?
Run in front of a church in short-shorts at 11 p.m.?
Well, somebody sure has to collect those Pokeballs!
I was somewhat confused as to how Pokemon GO would even choose where to place PokeStops and Gyms. Neither of the two nearby schools had a PokeStop, but the gated Jehova’s Witness temple did? The grocery store down the street had no icon of any sort, but the small park nearby was a Gym? Our neighborhood club house did not house any Pokemon, but the golf course beside it did?
By the time I returned home from my 7-mile run, I had captured 26 Pokemon from 13 different species. Although Geodudes and Venonats infested my surroundings, I did catch two standouts that I was particularly proud of. I came home with a Magneton; I didn’t evolve it, it was already evolved when I found it in the wild. I also found a Growlithe, one of my favorite Pokemon from the first generation.
Overall, I loved running around finding a variety of Pokemon and training my surroundings. My main concern was the small radius for visiting PokeStops – after all, visiting churches half-clothed in the middle of night may lead to a police phone call on a bad night. It would be nice if there was a bit of leeway in the radius, especially for buildings that are gated.
My other concern is the “newness” factor. Will these locations be just as fun to visit and explore tomorrow? Next week? In a month? I could see the game getting stale relatively quick. Hopefully, the local community keeps visiting gyms worthwhile, because a game like Pokemon GO will only stay alive as long as its community keeps it going.
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