You may have noticed an increase in people walking the Corporate Woods trails lately. If you haven’t already guessed, the office park has become a happening place for a fun new game called Pokemon Go!
Pokemon Go came out in July and quickly went viral. In the game, players use their phones to walk around to find and capture Pokemon characters. Each character has different powers and abilities. You can also visit city locations and landmarks to collect useful items and battle other Pokemon.
So why all the fuss? The game isn’t just for kids and it’s giving many families, coworkers, and friends, a reason to spend time together.
We asked a few gamers spotted along Corporate Wood’s trails what they thought of the hype and almost everyone talked about the way it’s bringing people together. Dana Travis said she enjoys playing with her husband and two sons.
“When I heard about it, my first thought was ‘This sounds stupid,” said Dana. “But then I realized it’s a great way for families to bond over something the kids can relate to, rather than forcing them into something we want to do.” Her 9-year-old son, Landen, said his parents are “cooler” now that they play.
“My mom was jealous when she saw my dad and I playing, so she wanted to play too,” said Landen. “It’s fun to walk around with my parents and play the game together.”
Founder’s Park at Corporate Woods is a popular location for Pokemon Go players and Landen said he’s found many new Pokemon characters and other items to add to his collection. Dana said her family has visited Corporate Woods several times to play the game.
“It is amazing to see all the people playing at Corporate Woods,” said Dana. “And it’s funny to come across other adults also playing the game. You give each other a smile because you both know the other is playing.”
Dana said it’s been a great way for her kids to get some exercise, even though they don’t realize that’s what they’re doing! “Before the game, I could never get my kids to do anything outside,” said Dana. “Now, all they want to do is walk around looking for Pokemon!”
We’ve heard from businesses around the office park who also say they are enjoying the game and it’s creating more collaboration… especially around lunch breaks when staff members can easily slip out onto the Corporate Woods trails to start their Pokemon search!
Let us know if your office has any players, or finds any rare Pokemon items in the park. There are at least a couple of gyms and many, many Pokestops throughout the office park!
To learn more about the game, visit the Pokemon Go official website.