A Beginner’s Guide to Pokemon Go- How to Start?
Pokemon stands for pocket monsters and has been around forever as a Japanese Video game, a card trading game and an anime series. Pokemon Go seems to be inspired by a Google April Fool’s day prank a few years ago. It was released as an Augmented Reality (AR) in three countries and a whole flurry of them right after.
What is Augmented Reality:
A new technology, called augmented reality, blurs the line between what’s real and what’s computer-generated by enhancing what we see, hear, feel and smell.
On the spectrum between virtual reality, which creates immersive, computer-generated environments, and the real world, augmented reality is closer to the real world. Augmented reality adds graphics, sounds, haptic feedback and smell to the natural world as it exists. Both video games and cell phones are driving the development of augmented reality. In short, researchers and engineers are pulling graphics out of your television screen or computer display and integrating them into real-world environments.
How to start playing in India
For Android phones, you download the game’s APK (android package kit) and sideload it to your phone by connecting it to a computer. Try to get the ‘real’ APK file – apkpure.com seems to have a legitimate file. For iOS devices, you need a new apple ID with an address in one of the countries where it’s officially released and then download it from the app store. Get your pokemeon app here now
Once it’s ready to go, you can start playing by selecting a Google account to connect to the game. Another option is to create a Pokémon Trainer Club account, but that’s more for dedicated fans of the series. The game requires you to always be connected to the internet in order to play, so if you’re not on Wi-Fi or data, you won’t be able to log in. The servers are currently finicky, so you may experience other issues trying to get your Pokémon Go game started.
As you download the game, a rudimentary map of your city shows up and as you roam around, your ‘radar’ shows you all kinds of Pokemon you can capture to start your army. Running on a smartphone, GO will keep you notified of how far away a nearby Pokémon, rival trainer or group event is.
Niantic Labs, a former subsidiary of Google and developer of the game, created the image below to help you understand what all those little markers on the map mean:
Here’s what the numbers are referring to, in order:
- The compass: Toggles the viewing direction in Map View. You can switch between a north-viewing direction and auto-rotation, which follows your viewing direction. You can also rotate using touch gestures.
- Gyms: Locations where teams train and battle Pokémon.
- PokéStops: Locations where Trainers can acquire items such as Poké Balls, Potions, and/or Eggs.
- Trainer: Your avatar.
- Profile Icon: Shows your progress and achievements.
- Main Menu: Accesses settings, items, your Pokédex, the shop, and Pokémon menu options.
- Nearby Pokémon: Displays wild Pokémon located nearby.
You can also get eggs which can be incubated.
The biggest selling point of Pokémon Go is that it requires you to actually get up off the couch and head outside in order to play it. The game will walk you through this and make it abundantly clear, but for those who miss the directions: It relies on your phone’s GPS signal in order to determine where you are and where the Pokémon closest to you are.
Keep walking around outside in order to find a Pokémon. The little pocket monsters will appear on the map once you’ve stumbled upon one. You can then take pictures of the monster for fun, or you can swipe the red-and-white ball at the bottom of the screen to try to add it to your collection. This gets a little bit tricky, but try your best to aim your throw for the center of the Pokémon. Eventually, it will be caught.
Understand the Different Types of Pokemon
If you have played any other Pokemon games it is likely that you are familiar with at least some if not all of the different Pokemon Types. If you are completely new to the Pokemon franchise, there are a total of 18 different Types of Pokemon. Each Type has strengths and weaknesses against certain other Types in battle. For example, Fire is strong against Grass, Grass is strong against Water and Water is strong against Fire.
Pokemon Beginner’s should familiarize themselves with all Pokemon Types to help provide that extra advantage in battle.
Go Catch ‘em all!
This blog has been contributed by our team member Amrita Gupta. Thanks for sharing your research with us.
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