The new augmented reality game Pokémon GO has arrived and has brought Pokémon and visitors to campus. The game encourages players to explore the real world for virtual “pocket monsters” and capture the Pokémon they find on their mobile devices. Players are also prompted to join one of three teams with whom they work together to control gyms placed at significant landmarks in the real world. Middle College is one such gym, and about 25 other buildings and landmarks are labeled as Pokéstops: points of interest that players can visit during their searches to obtain items and experience.
Since its July 6 release, the game has been popular in Beloit. In particular, many Beloit community members are visiting campus searching for Pokémon, finding items, or wrestling control of the campus and other nearby gyms. The Poetry Garden and the stone bench north of Eaton Chapel are popular spots for players to congregate, and the atmosphere between players has been friendly and playful. Doubtless we will be seeing more of such interactions, camaraderie, and Pokémon when students return in August.
For those aiming to catch ‘em all, the Pokémon already seen on and near campus include: Caterpie, Weedle, Pidgey, Rattata, Spearow, Pikachu, Clefairy, Zubat, Paras, Venonat, Meowth, Poliwag, Bellsprout, Seel, Gastly, Drowzee, Krabby, Staryu, Magikarp, and Eevee.
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