Life in Canterbury: The Pokémon Go Community

Pokemon Go PokemonGoIf you were on campus last Sunday you might have seen several large groups of people staring into their phones. No, they weren’t ignoring each other, they were taking part in Pokémon Go’s community day.

Pokémon Go isn’t for everyone, however, of the many games available in the app store it is one of the best (at least in my opinion!) The game encourages you to get out and play, you have to walk to different areas to find Pokémon and eggs are hatched by walking a certain distance.

This weekend was a community day, a day when a hard to find Pokémon appears more frequently for a few hours and with a chance to get a special ‘shiny’ version.

As well as serving an in-game function these Community Days also encourage people out onto the streets, or in this case the campus, allowing you to meet other players – look for the charging cable!

Students, staff and families took over campus to catch as many Beldum’s as possible. It was a great way to meet people and make friends. It was also brilliant to see a number of first year students who had started the day playing without a group making friends with one another.

Pokemon Go

Meet ups are organised by groups of players, and not Niantic, so you should always be sensible about when and where you meet. However, the Pokémon Go community is a friendly, accepting one that is always happy to see new members. So, if you want to try something new and make friends why not give it a try!

This post is by Lucy Webb