Your thoughts on Pokémon Go, one year later
The game that had everyone running around parks staring at their phones just had a birthday
The game that had everyone running around parks staring at their phones just had a birthday. Yes, Pokémon Go just turned one.
Augmented reality was the anthem of gaming last summer, supposed to encourage people to get some exercise while playing.
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The fitness promotion element of Pokémon Go ultimately fell flat, but that doesn't mean there aren't positive moments to attribute to the game.
Two avid Pokémon trainers in Ottawa who met through the game are now engaged and expecting "player three."
Patrick Toutain, 27, met Chelsea Lemire, 24, on a group chat in the game. They had their first date at Dow's Lake one year ago.
"I've tried Plenty of Fish, I've tried Tinder, OKCupid, nothing. No luck whatsoever. And then right away with Pokémon Go I met someone," Toutain told CBC News last year.
The Biebrich family were visiting Ottawa right after the game launched and their two children, Paige and Evan, spent more time catching cartoon creatures than exploring the capital.
As the anniversary arrived, we asked what people's perspective on Pokémon Go was — with the benefit of hindsight.
Yup, still play every day. Have played every day since I downloaded the app—@GrahameRDavis
Pokémon Go? Pokémon Go... <a href="https://t.co/HDOOAn5rDq">pic.twitter.com/HDOOAn5rDq</a>—@Victory4201
Hmm I can't sign into <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/PokemonGo?src=hash">#PokemonGo</a> now. This must be the anniversary gift, recreating what it was like playing this the first few days 💁—@m_mason238