Freeport, Illinois – Aheed, mashanda, mitally, vicroe, simbaba. Make any sense to you? No, you’re right, probably not. For some of us, you might as well be speaking Russian, right. Or in the case of this story, how about Japanese?
If you haven’t heard the “buzz” there seems to be another Pokémon craze happening. Yep, Pokémon. This one is called Pokémon Go and sure enough, it’s made its way all the way from Japan into our little ole’ pretzel town of Freeport once again.
So what is Pokémon you ask?
Well, Pokémon is a Nintendo video game. It was developed in 1995 and features Japanese cartoons in which fictional creatures with unique special powers are battled against one another by their human trainers. The human trainers are you, or , the people who play Pokémon anyway.
Loosely translated, Pokémon means “pocket monster”. The Pokémon are kept in small Pokéballs while the trainer walks between “gyms” where battles take place and the winners are made “gym leader”.
So what is Pokémon Go?
Pokémon Go is a reality game played on Android and iOS smartphones, which takes the original principles of Pokémon and applies them onto the real world through GPS and an app. The human trainers are the ‘real world’ users of the app.
The object is to pick up more Pokémon, which you can use in battles.
As part of Pokémon Go users can pick up new Pokémon at real world locations that the app sends them to. Once those people reach the location, they wave their phone camera over the area until an animated Pokémon appears. They then catch the Pokémon by throwing an animated Pokéball.
In Freeport, Computer Pros is giving away a FREE portable charger, as well as a $25 Gift Certificate. At 2:00 p.m. today, July 14, 2016, the first 2 trainers to snap a picture of a Pokémon in front of their store located in downtown Freeport and who show it to their front desk, will receive a portable charger.
The next 2 trainers to snap a picture of a Pokémon in front of the Computer Pros store and show it to their front desk will receive a $25 Gift Certificate! Computer Pros said they will be dropping a Lure Module at the Bridge Church Pokéstop across from their store.
One word of caution, Pokémon Go has raised some security concerns. When you sign up for Pokémon Go and login with a Google account, you hand over full account access to the app. In other words, your private emails and photos to Nintendo.
Pokémon Go have expressed that this is a mistake and they are working on a fix, but for now we’d strongly recommend using an old phone and a burner Google account if you wanna catch Pokémon without handing over your personal information.