July 19, 2016

The wait finally ended for Canadian Pokémon fans in mid-July, as the highly anticipated mobile game Pokémon Go launched north of the border, a few weeks after the game first launched in the United States.

At its core, the premise is deceptively simple: after downloading the game, the player walks around in search of Pokémon, which spawn on their screens at random based on their surroundings. For instance, a player is more likely to encounter a water-type Pokémon if they are around water. The player then swipes on their screen, “throwing” a Pokéball at the creature, and if thrown correctly, they catch the Pokémon. It can then be trained, evolved and used in virtual battles.

Many people, young and old, have been using this latest craze as an opportunity to explore their surroundings, wandering around their neighbourhoods in search of that elusive Rhydon. Any opportunity to get physical exercise and become more familiar with surroundings is, of course, extremely...

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