Visitors to Chernobyl Can Now Play Pokémon Go

Pokémon Go, the immensely popular mobile installment of the widely-beloved Pokémon franchise, has conquered the world. Unlike previous Pokémon games, Pokémon Go utilizes the natural networking capabilities offered by mobile devices to enable players to interact with Pokémon in real geographical locations.


As a result, the Pokémon experience is now more immersive and realistic than ever. You can catch, train, and collect the eponymous fantasy creatures in every country around the globe. Whether you’re in a restaurant, department store, or public park, you can expect to see at least one person whipping out their phone to periodically check for unique and rare Pokémon.


Pokémon Go fever is now spreading to even the most remote locations on the planet. Visitors to the Chernobyl exclusion zone report that the area is positively packed with gyms and Pokéstops, the two types of digital landmark that are most integral to the mobile application’s game play. The 1986 site of a catastrophic nuclear disaster, the 10 kilometer radius surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear plant is now one of the most starkly unpopulated human-developed areas in the world, which is what makes its status as a Pokémon haven so unexpected and slightly eerie.


Anyone who wants to experience this phenomenon for themselves can do so by participating in one of the many Chernobyl tours and visitor experiences that have popped up in the last couple of years. Thankfully, Pokémon do not spawn in the still hazardous center of the exclusion zone, so safety won’t be an issue.


Should You Quit Pokémon Go?

Pokémon Go has been one of the most popular social games for the last few months, but if you’ve been playing it, is it actually time to quit? Many people play social games just for fun or sometimes to stay connected to friends and family, and it’s usually not a problem for productivity either. Pokémon Go can be super fun to do with your kids or even to stay connected to someone across the world.


But there are also quite a number of problems and issues with Pokémon Go, and if you’ve been considering quitting this popular game, you’re not alone. Let’s check out why you might want to rethink these games.


It’s one huge glitch a lot of the time.


First, can you say glitchy? It freezes or crashes half the time that you’re playing it, and it’s hard to get anything done with this happens.


It’s getting old.


Next, it’s sort of annoying to be playing this game when so many people have dropped out already. Who wants to play a social game by themselves?


It’s not something that you can use to kill some spare time.


This is a game that certainly takes dedication. You can’t just go around playing Pokémon Go for five minutes here or ten minutes there. You need to be actively searching those little dudes, and this takes at least thirty minutes of free time.


It’s hard to do outside when it’s cold,


Finally, this is a game to play in the part, on a trail or when walking down a shopping district street. It’s not really an easy game to play when you’re bundled up and waddling through the snow.


News Alert–Is Pokemon Go’s Death Imminent?

According to a Huffington Post news article penned by Steven Schkolne, the demise of Pokemon GO may be imminent. Should this event become a reality, cause of death is predicted to be attributed to ARG gaming usage of a real-world platform versus holding a console and pushing buttons to play a game.


During the week following Pokemon’s initial release on July 6, 2016, an estimated 10 million app downloads occurred. Statistics reveal that not only did this beat the record for overall app downloading, but Pokemon holds the record for reaching #1 on Apps Chart sooner than any other app.


Unfortunately, by August 2016, Pokemon’s daily users had dwindled from 45 million in July to 30 million. According to Sensor Tower, Twitter, Facebook and SnapChat began to breath a sigh of relief since their statistics indicated not as many of their members were allowing social media time to be interrupted or influenced by gaming apps.


Although not overly worried, September 2016 saw Pokemon developer Niantic concentrating on the release date of new app versions for Android and iOS users along with the September 16, 2016 release of Pokemon GO +.


Pokemon’s biggest negative issue could be titled ‘Effort vs. Inertia.’ It is impossible to simultaneously be a couch potato and play Pokemon. ARG game FourSquare only required uses to activate their fingers to check in and gain credit as opposed to the need to retrieve a specific item as proof of having physically visited a gaming point.


While Pokemon was anticipated to foster socializing in the real world versus cyberspace, no dress code is required when using X-box or PlayStation. The question yet to be answered is–Is PokemonGo a goner?