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With the recent release of the Android and iOS mobile app of Pokemon Go, it’s now fun and easy to check out tons of small businesses, parks, and other locations no one would have thought to have explored before. For those of you who are unfamilar with all this new hype, Pokemon Go is a wonderful nostalgic game for those who grew up in the 90s with the original release of Pokemon for the Gameboy handhelds, and later, the Gen Y group who were born in the 2000s. Pokemon Go was created by Niantic, “The Pokemon Company”, which combines Augmented Reality with the beloved race to catch ’em all. Upon downloading the app, users are prompted to create their character with a unique name and design. By utilizing the smartphone, or handheld device’s GPS, users can then leave their homes, and explore neighborhoods and cities with the goal to catch small creatures, Pokemon. The user’s phone/device will buzz or ping when a Pokemon is nearby, and the device’s camera will show the creature in the site that the user is standing in. By using their finger, the user can swipe the PokeBall towards the Pokemon, and if lucky, they will capture the creature, gaining them experience and other items necessary for leveling up. Aside from the Pokemon themselves, users can also travel to PokeStops, real-life locations that will spit out extra items that the user may need. Gyms, places where you can battle your Pokemon against other users, are also in real-life locations. Upon reaching Level 5, the user can travel to a Gym, where they will be prompted to join one of the three teams: Red (Valor), Blue (Mystic), or Yellow (Instinct). This is often times either an easy or difficult decision for the user, as teams cannot be changed after picking. Some users will choose based on nostalgic qualities, such as the very first Pokemon game they ever played, or based on how the game describes each team.
Pokemon Go is truly an innovative game, as it requires users to get out of their homes and explore nature, new towns, and make friends. It’s also great for small businesses, as some have been picked as Gyms or PokeStops. Surrounding businesses who were unable to become either, still benefit from the foot traffic of users. Many businesses offer free water to users on hot days, or post photos on social media of the Pokemon they have caught in their buildings, as a way to lure in new customers.
Objects Found is not a PokeStop or a Gym, but we have plenty nearby! The closest Gym can be reached by walking to the Catonsville Fire Department, which is located right at the intersection of Frederick Road, Egges Lane (that’s us!), and Mellor Avenue.
PokeStops include, but are not limited to:
The Music Note near Strawberry Fields
Catonsville United Methodist Church
We also understand how important it is for Trainers to get some rest and find their way out from the heat of the summer. Objects Found is offering 20% off of one item to Trainers who come into our store with either (1) the Pokemon Go app open, and shown to the employees, or (2) by stating which team they belong to (Instinct, Mystic, or Valor). So tell all of your friends, your children, or even bring yourself, come check out all of our goodies, and then defend your team!
Written by Sydney, a proud member of Team Instinct