Another great take on the Pokemon Go phenomenon and how it is encouraging people to explore public spaces.
Pershing Square Park as depicted in Pokemon Go
According to the National Academy of Sciences, “nature-based recreation” has decreased 25 percent in the last 40 years. Is Pokémon Go — the explosively popular game app released worldwide this month — a way to get people off their sofas and into parks and other public spaces?
My answer — after a couple of days happily playing the game — is a qualified “yes.” I recently played in two places — the town square in downtown Rockville, Maryland, and Pershing Square Park in Washington, D.C. — and had two different, yet intriguing experiences.
Pokémon Go, which may be downloaded on iOS and Android devices, is a free, location-based augmented reality game in which players capture adorable-looking creatures called Pokémon. The game is played not from a comfy sofa, but out in the real world.
The app provides a map of the player’s…
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