See the search for Pokémon in Veterans Memorial Park

July 20, 2016

Hundreds of locals have been scouring Veterans Memorial Park in Klamath Falls searching for the elusive Pokémon icons on their cell phones.

The game, Pokémon Go, uses “augmented reality” software to capture and battle Pokémon in the real world. The charm of it is it gets people playing the game outside rather than in front of a computer or game board.

Klamath Community College digital media students have produced a 360-degree video of the search for Pokémon in Veterans Memorial Park.

To view it go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pUqZnD0F0A. You can use the controls on the screen to look around in 360 degrees. Also, watch this video of the game in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEAkwdonhFo.

The creators of Pokémon Go use Unity3d software to bring this augmented mobile game to life.

KCC’s Digital Media and Design program teaches students to use Unity to create games and mobile applications, which include augmented reality-based applications.

Augmented Reality projects

The Herald and News and KCC have partnered over several such AR projects. Download “H_N AR reader” from the Google Play store and scan the attached photo on this page to launch the Pokemon video KCC put together.

Pokémon Go is a mobile application that is sweeping the world, and has caught the attention of millions of people. This application is a new take on the old Nintendo Pokémon game. The difference between the new app and the older game, is that it brings people outside and promotes exercise.

It uses GeoLocation to find where you are, and to see what Pokémon should spawn in your general location, as well as tracking your walking distance to hatch various Pokémon eggs.

Gathering at the park

Since the app’s release, in Klamath Falls over a hundred people, of all ages, gather at Veterans Memorial Park to see what AR challenges await them. People also are walking Main Street to collect icons from shops and to “battle at the gyms.”

Battling at a gym allows you and your friends to pit your team’s Pokémon against other players’ Pokémon. If you win, your username will be seen as one of the ‘Gym Leaders’, until beaten by another team. People have really taken to the friendly competition.

Pokémon Go Trainers can travel the globe, or even a small town, find all sorts of Pokémon. The more Pokémon they collect allows them to get a step closer to the ultimate goal of the game, which is to collect each type of Pokémon. You can also use your collected Pokémon to strengthen ones that you already have.