‘Pokemon Go’: Travel Between Real and Virtual Worlds

How many of you remember Pokemon? Well it's back and even better than when you first remembered as 'Pokemon Go' takes you to a new world.

‘Pokemon Go’ takes video games to a whole other level!

Photo by Scott Kennedy for The Montclair Dispatch.

As many of you know, Niantic and the Pokemon Company have teamed up to create the newly released game, Pokemon Go. Since its release on July 6, Pokemon Go has reached top of the App Store on Apple phones and apps related to it, such as “Go Gear,” are used by players to make Pokemon searching easier for them. However, many people who know about the Pokemon series and have looked into the game know what they are doing. But there are still people just hearing about the game and wanting to try it out who know nothing about it at all. For those who have no clue on what to do, here is a Pokemon guide for you.

First off, a few of you may be wondering where the Pokemon come from and how did they were created. The Pokemon in this game come from the first generation of Pokemon. Not all Pokemon are in this edition, though. The legendary Pokemon – Articuno, Zapdos Moltres, Mew and Mewtwo – are not catchable, along with the shape-shifting Pokemon, Ditto. Don’t believe anyone shouting that they have found one of those Pokemon. The original Pokemon franchise was founded by Satoshi Tajiri.

Secondly, there are starter Pokemon. At the start of the game, you are introduced to three Pokemon: Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle. This is typical for all the Pokemon games. You have the choice between a grass type, a water type and a fire type. Bulbasaur, Charmander and Squirtle are also the starter Pokemon for the first generation. The same for Chikorita, Cyndaquil and Totodile for the second generation. Treecko, Torchic and Mudkip are the starters for the third generation, and so on. Also, the Pokemon professor for this game is Professor Willow. This follows the trend that Pokemon has set in naming their professors after the names of trees.

Next you will learn about the game and how to play. Of course, you start off with the capturing system called “Pokeballs.” As you level up, you get introduced to Great Balls, and then Ultra Balls. This can also be seen in the game as the more you move on, you get more powerful capsules. Also, Rattatas, Pidgeys and Weedles are seen most often because those are the ones that you see at the start of the game. To catch Pokemon, all you would need to do is to toss the capsule at the Pokemon and hope for it to be caught. Also, to help in catching Pokemon, Niantic has provided “Razz Berries” to give Pokemon, which would make the Pokemon easier to catch.

If you have run out of Pokeballs, Razz Berries, potions or anything else, where should you get more? Like the games, you would get more of your items at “Poke Stops.” These are places that can range from whole buildings to a bench in a park. Wherever they are, all you have to do is click on the sign when it turns into a PokeBall and spin the center piece, and you get your items.

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