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My secret shame: I am (still) addicted to Pokémon Go

By the Guardian

Dominic Rushe has caught over 11,000 Pokémon, walked 1,841km in Poké-land, and doesn’t plan to stop anytime soonRead full story

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  • Dr Gail Barnes
    Dr Gail BarnesPartner at Personify LLC

    The rush towards Spooky Woods in the face of an oncoming storm makes for a good story, but truth be told, the author could have used a Gastly from his Pokédex to take that AR image. All he would have had to do was to be close to Spooky Woods ... no need to actually enter.

    Perhaps it's de rigeur to be "conflicted" about playing Pokémon Go. I'm not. It has made the amount of walking I need to do fun.

    The walking aka weight bearing exercise is good for my bones, and it allows me to eat more or less

    The rush towards Spooky Woods in the face of an oncoming storm makes for a good story, but truth be told, the author could have used a Gastly from his Pokédex to take that AR image. All he would have had to do was to be close to Spooky Woods ... no need to actually enter.

    Perhaps it's de rigeur to be "conflicted" about playing Pokémon Go. I'm not. It has made the amount of walking I need to do fun.

    The walking aka weight bearing exercise is good for my bones, and it allows me to eat more or less what I want without weight gain. And there are "Shinies" to be had.

    Now if only Niantic would fix Adventure Sync so that I can get walking credit for the 2 hours a day I spend at my treadmill desk ...

  • Jia Woo
    Jia WooAspiring Seller of Books

    “... a new era of capitalism where the masses would be pacified and distracted by 'the spectacle'... " I had always wondered why St. Augustine confessed he stopped going to the theatre. Skinner reference actually helps to reveal that distraction by spectacle does not signify anything new in that conditions for the possibility of pleasure are often sought as ends (read, "looking for that hit again amid all those yawn-inducing misses"). But here justified as a "dérive" under the mantle of democratization

    “... a new era of capitalism where the masses would be pacified and distracted by 'the spectacle'... " I had always wondered why St. Augustine confessed he stopped going to the theatre. Skinner reference actually helps to reveal that distraction by spectacle does not signify anything new in that conditions for the possibility of pleasure are often sought as ends (read, "looking for that hit again amid all those yawn-inducing misses"). But here justified as a "dérive" under the mantle of democratization. But glad we had a happy ending and Dominic let his hair down and is gleefully partaking in the stampede towards AR. Ingress 4 Life.

  • Max Lockie
    Max LockiePlatform Editor at Quartz

    I’ve tried the new Harry Potter game which is also built by the same company are used the same AR technology. It’s just not as good or fun.

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