‘Not all who wander are lost’ -JRR Tolkien
This month we asked Roamlers their opinion on the new craze that has taken over the world: Pokemon Go. As you know, this is a location-based augmented reality game in which players find, capture, battle and train Pokemons who appear on the screen of mobile phones as if they were in the same real-world location as the player. This app has become a global phenomenon and is regarded to be a new way to get people outside and moving, and to bring people of different walks of life together. However, it has also attracted a lot of criticism, because it is believed to contribute to accidents and to lead to public nuisance.
As always, Roamlers proved to have very diverse, but interesting perspectives on this phenomenon. So far 61% of Roamlers who completed this task said that they play Pokemon Go, while 39% don’t. 7% of Roamlers think that Pokemon Go is a good way to explore the city. 43% feel neutral about it. And 8% think it is bad!
Roamlers who do not play Pokemon Go told us how they prefer to explore their cities. The answers were interesting and often quite poetic.
Some Roamlers, like Gregory C, explore by foot…
And some, like Chris C, by bike:
While Roamlers like MK R and Mary W like to plan their explorations properly…
Others, like Hilton W and Patricia C, enjoy wandering aimlessly and exploring paths that lead to unknown places:
Many Roamlers, including Hannah W, Lindsey K and Joanne M are accompanied by their four-legged friends in their explorations:
And others, like Ozgun L, by their human loved ones:
Last, but not least, many Roamlers mention Roamler as an excellent way to explore their cities and towns!