Pokémon are on the loose in Western New York

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) —Released just 4 days ago, Pokémon Go is taking over the gaming scene. Local gamers told News 4 what’s got them hooked.

Tony Dashner, a local gamer said, “It’s like being kids again, it’s awesome!”

Originating in 1996, Pokémon has resurfaced! Starting as a video game, the franchise has covered all bases from a television show to trading cards now it’s being welcomed to 2016 as an app.

Another local gamer, Sean Neal said, “It’s like when you were a kid. You always wanted to do these things. You wanted to run around and become the best of the best and catch all the Pokémon and now you get a chance to walk around and freely do it.”

The game takes you to an augmented version of reality, combining real life with animation.

An employee of Collector’s Inn, a local game store, explained the theory. He said, “Basically you go out and capture the monsters that we’ve been doing in our Gameboy games for the last twenty years.”

Characters from the game, roam around our world, waiting to be caught by you. They’ve been found everywhere from inside your bottle of water to your front door step. Local landmarks are hotspots for the creatures too. The U.S.S Croaker in the Naval Park was a popular Pokéstop.

Another employee of the shop described all the different areas around town that Pokémon can be found. He said, “There’s monuments, or you can look at where the stops are. A lot of churches will have them, post offices, and any landmarks, have stops, so the foot traffic there has been increased dramatically.”

Although some have called the game a distraction and a danger, young adults feel otherwise. They’re looking at it as a way to meet others and get active!

One local gamer told News 4,”I like it because it’s bringing a lot more people together and getting a lot more kids active. More groups are getting together rather than sitting inside doing absolutely nothing.”

Since being released the app has already taken over the number one spot on the google play and app store charts.


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