Pokémon Go Hits the Menlo Scene

Pokémon Go Hits the Menlo Scene

Pokémon Go is a free-to-play, location-based reality game developed by Niantic for iOS and Android devices. It was initially released in July 2016.

Menlo College is already in the heart of it, according to Annette Rodriguez ’17, an accounting and MIS major from San Francisco. Rodriguez ought to know these details, since she is already a Level 21 player in the game. She has been playing ever since the app was released. The ultimate goal of the game is to complete the entries in the Pokédex, a comprehensive Pokémon encyclopedia, by obtaining the original 151 Pokémon.

Rodriguez, who watched Pokémon shows while growing up, loves the game because she feels like it is part of her childhood. “It’s pretty cool,” she smiled.

After establishing a game account, the player creates an avatar by selecting facial features, along with an outfit. Once created, the avatar is displayed on a map that uses the player’s current geographical location.

Features on the map include PokéStops and Pokémon gyms. PokéStops provide players with items, such as Poké Balls.

Players get acquainted with geographical landmarks that they visit to grab items such as Poké Balls. At Menlo, those landmarks may include the statue near the Academic Success Center, or the sign at the front of campus. While walking around campus for this interview, Rodriguez ran into Pokémon aficionado Shanelle Sebastian ‘17, and within minutes, six more students became part of the pursuit.