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Pokémon Go Craze Sweeps the Nation And Your Local Library is No Exception!

If you’ve been wondering about the Pokemon Go phenomenon, read the following article written by Gwen Spain and Kristen Frazier, librarians at the Iuka Public Library.  Players have been spotted around several libraries in our area!

Pokémon Go Arrives in Tishomingo County

Have you seen more people than usual wandering around with their eyes glued to their smart phones?   Local kids, adults, and even whole families have joined more than 21 million active players in the U.S. who use the mobile app Pokémon Go.  It was released for Android and IOS earlier this month and is already the biggest US mobile game ever!  The game uses both your phone’s GPS (to keep up with your real-world location) and “Augmented Reality” (AR) to display the game’s images.   When you play Pokémon Go, you can look through your phone’s camera and see what is really there, and the AR overlays Pokémon and other images. So when you look through your phone, you see both what’s real and what’s added.

Pokémon originated as a 1996 Game Boy game that takes place in a world full of Pokémon, which are adorable little creatures of different types.  In the new mobile version, players track Pokémon and try to catch them using tiny red balls, called pokeballs.  The players, who are called Pokémon trainers, tame the caught Pokémon to fight other Trainers’ Pokémon, on a quest to become the best Trainer in the world.  Now fans of the Pokémon games, anime and merchandise can find and catch Pokémon in the real world.

Non-players should be aware that a group of people standing together or moving through locations in the community might look suspicious at first glance, but should understand that players are involved in harmless fun that has several positive aspects.    For example, a key difference of Pokémon Go is that players are not sitting at a console, alone in a dark room.  These players are out walking around, getting exercise and fresh air, and experiencing their community.   The game includes Pokestops, which are places where players can go to refill their game supplies.  These landmarks are usually important locations within the community, and when the players visit them they are given a brief history of the site.  There are Pokestops at the Iuka Library, Mineral Springs Park, local churches, and various memorials, as well as other historic and important locations.  The game also gives players a chance to be social.  People who are usually shy are out making friendships and memories.

Of course players must remember to pay attention to their surroundings at all times and to be respectful to everyone in the community.  Players must use common sense, obey the laws, and never go onto private property without permission.  Pokémon Go should not be played while driving.

For more information about Pokémon or how to play the game, stop by the Iuka Public Library to see the informative  display and ask questions.  And maybe you’ll be catching your own Pokémon soon!


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