One year with 'Pokémon Go'
"Augmented reality" mobile game and worldwide phenomenon Pokémon Go was released to the public July 6, 2016, meaning the game has just passed its first year anniversary. To celebrate, the game has released versions of series mascot Pikachu wearing a hat based on anime protagonist Ash Ketchum's into the wild (Ash hat versions of pre-evolved Pichu and evolution Raichu are also available).
The anniversary event featuring the hat-bedecked Pikachus is expected to run through July 24, and also features an "Anniversary Box" in the game shop, which six Incubators (allowing players to hatch eggs), six Max Revives (items that heal Pokémon "fainted" during the Gym battle portion of the game), 20 Ultra Balls (needed to capture Pokémon) and two Raid Passes (allowing players to participate in Raids). The box is 1200 Pokécoins (currency that can be bought for real money or earned by battling at gyms).
The final days of the event coincide with the first days of Pokemon Go Fest, an event scheduled to be held in Chicago, Illinois, USA's Grant Park starting July 22. According to the event website, attendance is already sold out.
At the time of release, the game, which allowed players to track down and capture Pokémon "in real life" using smart phones, was a major hit, though opinions were divided as to whether it was the best thing (outside of Zootopia) to happen in 2016 or just another strike against the year. At one point, U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton encouraged voters to "Pokémon Go to the polls"; she was not elected president. Players searching for elusive Pokémon managed to stumble across bodies so frequently that articles were written assuring people stumbling across dead bodies is normal.
Despite all this, Nintendo and Niantic have claimed over 750 million downloads of the game, with over 250 billion Pokémon caught, all over the world.
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a red fox
New teeth. That's weird.
2016 was indeed a strange year, as I was getting my youtube channel going at this time, I sort of did a vote on topics on my Twitter feed.
One time Pokemon Go and coverage of police protest came up at exactly the same time, and actually tied in voting.
So, as a result I had challenged myself to make a sort of prepared speech that could be interpreted as talking about either scenario. That this was the oddity of 2016, in that there were people taking to the streets to try and make society better, while at the same time there were those going out to the streets to catch fictional creatures on a cell phone and that both were catching the eye of the news at the time. And at the time I didn't have a smart phone, and I still am white so I could really not view either group with an insider's view.
I guess it was sort of a tongue in cheek response to the "Pokemon Go to the polls" joke as it was like, come on, you're a political figure, you can do better.
Heyyy, that's my pic! ^.^
(I called him Takeo after a kitsune in a story I wrote, which feels terribly vain.)
I named my Ninetales Renamon, which feels terribly geeky.
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