Sacramento Kings To Host Pro Sports’ First Pokémon Go Hangout (Pokémon Go Explained)
Pokémon Go is the new cell phone game sensation in which you can learn about Greek culture and philosophy, explore Civil War battle sites and become familiar with classic literature. NO SORRY, that's wrong. It's a time-waster that taps into our psychotic need to collect things.
But it's the hot new thing -- everyone's playing it, and who am I to deny people their virtual fun? The Sacramento Kings understand this, and have become the first professional sports franchise to jump on board, announcing that they'll have a Pokémon Go Meetup at Sleep Train Arena on Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. They say that they'll have two PokéStops near the team box office, so this is going to be epic (the press release was quite sure of this).
Now Pokémon wranglers, or whatever they're called, can catch 'em all in a real NBA arena. Too bad the Kings couldn't do that in April's draft.
And Willie Cauley-Stein will be there! NO SORRY, that's wrong. He's in Vegas playing in the Summer League.
If you're near Sacramento or planning to be on Friday, you can RSVP for the even right here.
Pokémon GO EXPLAINED
What is it?
Pokémon Go is a Nintendo game that you play on your phone, or tablet or whatever, which mixes the real and virtual worlds. It's free -- you just download it and start playing. But unlike previous Nintendo Pokémon games, you have to go places in the real world in order to find the little creatures. The goal is still to capture as many Pokémon as possible, but GPS determines where you are, and what kind of little monsters will appear in your environment. So, if you're at the beach, water monsters may appear. On your front lawn -- grass and shrubbery dwellers, such as bugs, will be around. And so forth.
What the f$!%? I still don't understand
Go outside, activate the app, and you'll see your backyard, or wherever you are, on your phone screen, via GPS. Also embedded there will be little cartoon Pokémons (if you're lucky). Capture them by dragging them on your screen with your finger (update: use Pokeballs).
But I'm looking in the yard and nothing's there, just the cat
Jesus Christ! You see them on your phone! That's why they call it augmented reality. The Pokémon are not really in the physical world.
OK, I see them, but I'm dragging the cat with my finger and it won't move
You stupid, stupid person. Your cat is not part of the game.
I captured one! Now what?
There are gyms where trainers (that's you) can go and make your monsters fight those from other teams. Also, meetups (physical world locations, like Sleep Train Arena), where you can meet up with other trainers, and PokéStops, where you pay to lure in specific Pokémon that you need.
Pay? Real money?
Yes. That's how Nintendo and game developer Niantic make their money -- in addition to promoting more Pokémon products in stores and online.
How many Pokémon are there?
At last count, 721.
You have ruined my life
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