Pokémon Go, the new gaming craze that has taken the world by storm has made its way to Donegal, Gareth Reynolds writes.
The game, a modern, mobile version of the famous Nintendo Gameboy game from 1996, was released for download on Sunday in Ireland.
Players travel through a real-time map of their area, attempting to catch all 150 Pokémon along the way. Nintendo have used GPS tracking to create a very accurate and detailed user experience.
A huge upside to the game, which sets it apart from other computer games, is it takes the usual couch-bound gamer and gets them outdoors as they must literally put in the legwork to catch the Pokémon they want.
Nintendo has already made an estimated $4 billion and boosted their share price by 120% thanks to the game’s popularity.
In a recent poll from the journal.ie, almost 4,000 people have downloaded the game and 2,000 more intend doing so in the near future. Hopeful Pokémon trainers in Ireland crashed the game’s online servers during the first day due to the game's popularity.
Peter Lillis, from Ballybofey, is an avid fan of Pokémon and welcomed the new game’s release. He is amazed by not only the number of people playing the game, but also the type of people who are involved in it.
“There are so many people playing it. I’m working in a lab at the minute so I’m in with lecturers, PhD students and Masters students. Basically, everyone who I thought would be too mature for this game.
“I see them on their phone walking around and think they’re texting but then I see they’re playing Pokémon Go.”
Despite the success, he believes the game could be even better.
“It’s very good, but there are features lacking, such as being able to trade Pokémons and being able to battle other players.
“That aside, it’s fantastic and it’s really well put together,” he said.
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