The debate about whether or not video games improve your cognitive abilities is over. It turns out they can make you quicker and more decisive. And as a result, the military has begun testing and using virtual reality programs to train soldiers. And while you may think that video games or simulations don’t compare to actual field training, experts within the military community suggest that you’d be wrong.
To play Pokémon Go, the wildly popular augmented reality game, players must scour the Earth catching magical creatures that they then use to wage battles with other players in virtual arenas. But during a recent expedition through the little town of Winona, Minnesota, several Pokémon catchers found themselves waging a real-life battle instead. Fed up with hordes of teenagers playing the game in the town’s Veterans Memorial Park, a group of local vets decided to take matters into their own hands and try to force the players off the grounds. The ensuing confrontation was filmed.
There’s no doubt that Pokémon Go has become one of the most successful phone applications to date. Since its release, it has generated $2 million a day, and the time users have spent playing has even surpassed their time spent on Facebook.
When you’re manning the frontline in the war against ISIS, 15 miles from the stronghold of Mosul, there are a lot of things you can expect to catch: a bullet, perhaps shrapnel from an incoming mortar, or maybe some trench foot or a fatal case of dysentery. But a little blue turtle with a curly tail and big purple eyes? With the recent unveiling of the wildly popular mobile app game, Pokémon Go, that’s now an option, too.
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The quest to be the very best Pokémaster (like no one ever was) spread across the globe with the launch of Pokémon Go on July 6. The new augmented-reality game for smartphones sends players to real-life locations to capture virtual Pokémon, creatures from the animated television series and card game of the same name.