July 11, 2016

Over 20 people gathered at Confederation Park in Ottawa to play Pokemon GO and the game isn't out in Canada yet

StaffRebel Columnist

A lot of Canadian Pokemon trainers aren't waiting for the hit augmented reality game Pokemon GO to be officially released to start their journey to catch em all because the game can still be downloaded through other methods.

On Monday afternoon, around 20 gamers armed with cellphones met at Confederation Park near the fountain to catch Pokemon with the help of lures.

There were so many in attendance, benches were being installed as people played.

The area is especially good for those playing because of the three 'Pokestops' in the area, which refresh every few minutes to provide gamers with items that would otherwise need to be purchased using real money. Items such as Pokeballs which are needed to catch Pokemon are given out at these Pokestops.

The game has taken the world by storm, with countless mainstream news outlets covering its surging popularity.

Just the fact that so many people are playing in a country where the game hasn't even been released is something special. And hey, at least the game is getting people who would otherwise be inside on a summer day out and about.

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commented 2016-07-12 18:02:07 -0400
Some people have better relationships with their phones, than they do with real people. I’m glad that I don’t own one and never will. I read an article once when cell phones first came out, and it was called “Cellular Phony!” I still think of that article every time I’m forced to listen to someone’s idle chatter.
commented 2016-07-12 10:26:26 -0400
Another perfect activity for the millennial brain dead.
commented 2016-07-12 02:10:38 -0400
I wonder how many people who have this game on their smartphones were part of occupy? Well this is how people get rich, you give them money of your own free will, no one is forcing you.
commented 2016-07-12 02:09:02 -0400
Seriously? i like video games as much as the next person, but aren’t their enough people staring at phones as it is?
commented 2016-07-11 20:46:12 -0400
That game would be fun if combined with paintball.
commented 2016-07-11 18:51:52 -0400
OMG this has to be NERD central in Canada – where is Triumph the comic dog when he’s really needed?


As Triumph would say; " I’d like to stay and watch but the forces of reality and the demands of a normal sex life preclude my presence at such events."
commented 2016-07-11 18:11:24 -0400
So they all run to the park to play games by themselves??? I don’t get it.
commented 2016-07-11 16:00:45 -0400
I’d argue it is not the game that is surging, it is the losers that are in need of a life that is surging.