The time has come to live out those (semi) real-life Pokémon dreams. As The Verge reports, Nintendo has finally launched the augmented reality game, Pokémon Go. First announced last year, the Android and iOS game lets players catch, train, and fight with the virtual pocket monsters in glorious computer-generated environments. You always wanted Charmander in your living room, right?
Pokémon Go is free to play and works with a smartphone's GPS and camera, displaying the Pokémon on a map for players to follow. According to Ars Technica, the app officially launched in Japan, New Zealand, and Australia, but for now, those in the UK and U.S. will have to wait. Even then, you probably won't technically be able to catch them all: Some Pokémon are being kept as location-exclusives and others are bound by their type (water, leaf, fire, etc.) or geography.
Many have already spent hours playing the game (not counting the lucky few who have been testing it for weeks), and some locations have had to get used to the increased foot traffic. One (real-world) police station in Australia had to put out a message to players who were wandering around nearby in search of pokéballs and Sandshrew:
[h/t Ars Technica]
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