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Pokémon Go—Go or No Go?

by Gabriel Sandoval

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Article excerpt

When Pokémon Goes to Campus: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

By using the GPS system and camera lens on a player’s smartphone, the free app tracks the player’s location and creates a virtual world atop the physical one, viewed through the phone’s screen. Campuses are prime destinations for players because of their landmarks, which often double as “Poke Stops” and “gyms,” essential spots for players who want to catch the game’s fictional creatures and advance to higher competitive levels.

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Pokémon Go – Go or No Go?

It was inevitable. As Pokémon Go has spread virally over the past several weeks, college campuses have become a prime playing space. The app creates a virtual environment, overlaid on the real world through the use of GPS and students’ smartphone cameras. The goal: to capture Pokémon while exploring the outdoors. Are there opportunities to leverage this popular app in meaningful ways?

Pokémon Go can be a good way to get students engaged in physical activity and the exploration of their surroundings. Some college campuses are already capitalizing on the app’s popularity but, although there may be benefits, there are some pitfalls to be aware of, most notably student safety. Before deciding to leverage Pokémon Go on your campus, it’s important to weigh the benefits against the potential risks.