You don't have to go far to find people playing the most popular mobile game in U.S. history. WISN 12 News' Tim Elliott goes on the hunt to find out what makes this technology tick. Teenagers walking around with their faces glued to their phones is ...
It's a worldwide phenomenon that's taken southeastern Wisconsin by storm.
You don't have to go far to find people playing the most popular mobile game in U.S. history.WISN 12 News' Tim Elliott goes on the hunt to find out what makes this technology tick.Teenagers walking around with their faces glued to their phones is nothing new, except these teens aren't texting or tweeting.They're trying to catch Pokemon."It's a pretty amazing thing to happen in just a few days," said Daryl Kirchen, an instructor at MATC.Kirchen is a part-time instructor at MATC. He teaches computer simulation and gaming."We also teach all the of pieces that you need to make these kind of games," Kirchen said.The technology behind the app is relatively simple. GPS places you on a virtual map, but that's when the technology evolves into "AR," or augmented reality."And they are basically using the camera's info as a pass-through to the screen and they project a Pokemon into that space," Kirchen said."And so instead of virtual reality, it's kind of taking it to the next level, which is augmented reality -- which is kind of an emerging technology."Now the one thing about "Pokemon Go" is that it's incredibly addicting, but it's also very distracting. You'll see a lot of people with their heads down and their phones up. It also gets people out and about to explore the real world."It's gotten me out and about a lot; saw places I haven't seen. I didn't even know this place existed," said Ellen Kampschorer.Kampschorer, 19, is checking out one of the local Pokemon hot spots: the Shorewood Library."It's kind of making it more real. You get to go out with all your friends and you get to meet a lot of new people, which is really cool," Kampschorer said.And it's not just for kids. College student Ian Doherty, 18, grew up on Pokemon. He said the resurgence of the franchise is a pleasant throwback to his childhood."And it's kind of cool to have an interactive way to play it as an adult now," Doherty said.Kirchen, the MATC instructor, said the game allows people to enjoy something that they normally wouldn't be into.Kirchen is a Pokemon player. It's a game he believes will only get bigger."I love it. It's a great way to get out and be active and have a little fun in doing so," Doherty said."Pokemon Go" ranks as the top free app downloaded in the Apple app store Google Play.