Friday, July 29, 2016

Pokémon Go blew up a couple weeks ago, and it's still going strong

Posted By on Fri, Jul 29, 2016 at 1:16 PM


click to enlarge Not to brag or anything, but I recently opened the app while sitting on my couch, and the elusive Pikachu just happened to show up in my living room!
  • Not to brag or anything, but I recently opened the app while sitting on my couch, and the elusive Pikachu just happened to show up in my living room!
Just because you're not being inundated with Pokémon Go-related news stories this week doesn't mean the mobile gaming fad was just a flash in the pan. It's definitely still going strong, including in our local community. The following local events and Poké-gatherings are surely evidence of that.

Later this afternoon, Friday, July 26, from 4-6 pm, Spokane Falls Community College is hosting a Pokémon Scavenger Hunt, with goodie bags going to the first 151 players (that's a cute reference to the fact there are 151 Pokémon to catch in all!) who show up, and prizes will be awarded at 6 pm. Meet outside the SFCC planetarium lawn at 4 to partake in the hunt. Parking on campus is free for this event, regardless of the signage in the lots.

Then, next week, on Saturday, Aug. 6, from 12-3 pm, area players are invited to attend a community Pokémon Go Potluck in Manito Park, to nosh and bond over their love of the game. Players who go should meet at the upper playground, and bring a dish to share. The park is alcohol-free, and it's a family-friendly event, so keep that in mind if you go.

If you're looking for a place to get out of the continuing summer heatwave and still catch some Pokés to add to your collection, the Spokane Public Library has been setting lures at all of its branches. So bring your mobile device and do double-duty as you hunt for your next good read while also seeking out some of the cute little characters.  

If by the time fall arrives you still can't get enough Pokémon Go, and you're a college student at the University of Idaho, a new class that combines pop culture and physical activity is something you shouldn't pass up. The new Pop Culture Games class will "teach students about leading active lifestyles, building teamwork and exploring their communities through games..." according to a release from the university. The class has been in the works for a while, but instructor Steven Bird knew he needed to add the pop culture phenomenon that is Pokémon Go when the game captured our attention earlier this month.
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