What is Pokémon Go and why should I care?
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If you’re still in the dark about this whole Pokémon Go thing, here’s a beginner’s guide to the brand new augmented reality app

If you have any kind of social media account, you’ll be aware of this new beast, Pokémon Go, and the sudden wave of enthusiasm that has inspired a nation.

What is it?

Pokémon Go is an app, downloadable on both iOS and Android devices, and serves as the newest addition to the Pokémon gaming legacy.

Unlike previous titles however, this Pokémon game is only playable on your phone, and uses GPS and augmented reality systems to make you feel like you’re actually there, in the Pokemon world, catching them all.

The back camera of your phone shows Pokémon around real-world places – so you could discover the little critters in your own home.

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It’s basically like Geocaching with a few more fire-breathing monsters, and it’s got everyone and their mothers traversing the local landscape in search of rarer and more powerful companions.

So at the very least, it’ll help you shed some pounds.

How do I play?

UPDATE: Pokemon Go is now officially out in the UK!

Why should I bother?

Why should you bother? Why shouldn’t you?

One of the biggest problems with the Pokémon games is that single player gameplay dominates. Generally, you buy the game, put in around 10 hours, then you’re done.

The new app encourages you to interact with your friends, trading Pokémon and lock horns with each other in inter-creature battles.

Essentially, you’re going to have more fun with Pokémon Go than you did with previous titles.

It’s a community driven experience, and judging by the early success, we’d say that it’s going to be one hell of an experience.

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Start your Pokémon journey early, and get the jump on all of your friends, because in a couple of months when everyone else is getting into it, the head start you get now will provide unmissable opportunities.

Is there anything more satisfying that mowing down a low level Rattata with a maxed out Rhydon?

No, there isn’t.

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