Louisville dives into Pokemon GO craze

Louisville dives into Pokemon GO craze
Adam Gardenhire (Source: Sharon Yoo, WAVE 3 News)
Adam Gardenhire (Source: Sharon Yoo, WAVE 3 News)
All you need is your phone to go on a journey with your little friends from your childhood. (Source: Sharon Yoo, WAVE 3 News)
All you need is your phone to go on a journey with your little friends from your childhood. (Source: Sharon Yoo, WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Don't be alarmed when you see a surprising number of people walking on the streets intently staring at their phones. They're all playing the newest game - Pokemon GO.

The game is a new way to explore your city. All you need is your phone to go on a journey with your little friends from your childhood. That is if you grew up playing Pokemon, that game that was popular among children in the early 90s? It was all the rage on the Gameboy.

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"The old Pokemon games was a world that was created where you walk around and catch Pokemon and you evolve them and level them up," Adam Gardenhire explained.

Gardenhire was sitting on a bench at the Waterfront Park, playing the game. Gardenhire, like many millennials, grew up playing Pokemon. He says this new version is a dream come true.

"Definitely this is one of the coolest things that's ever happened as far as games on the phone and stuff," Gardenhire said.

This is a short summary of how the game works. Through what Nintendo calls Augmented Reality, you can merge the world of Pokemon and your surroundings together, creating the illusion that the little monsters are truly there. However, there is a catch. 
 
"This game makes you walk around in the actual world to find them," Gardenhire said.

Makes sense, you are seeing so many people wandering around the city. You have to actually get outside and put in the steps to further your adventure. That's how you "catch 'em all."
 
Gardenhire says it has worked. He's successfully gone on long walks with his dogs, and says his dogs love the change.

"I walked them a lot before but now we walk three times as much and they love it!" Gardenhire said. "I think we walked like six miles yesterday."

However, the best part according to Gardenhire is finding hidden gems around the city and getting to know your home a little better.

"I've lived here all my life and I've seen a lot of the landmarks but I've discovered a lot that I haven't seen like they do murals and a lot of other cool stuff," Gardenhire said.

It's a game that gets you outside and active. However, like the game itself warns you, it may be a good idea to look up from your phone time to time.
 
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