Family Guide to "Pokemon Go"
Starting is Easy as 1-2-3
2. Accounts: Sign up for the game using your Google account, or sign up for a Pokemon Trainer Club account. Parents should use the Pokemon Trainer Club so they can add their kids and give them permission to play.
3. Customize: You can pick your avatar’s hair color, eye color, shoes, etc. Once your avatar is customized, you set a gamer name. Since there are already millions of gamer names out there, don’t be upset if the name you want is taken. Once you have a name, start the hunt!
Know the Game Menu
Here are some definitions of the terms you’ll see on the app.
Pokestop: a real world location where you can find Pokeballs and other items. This location generates items that families will need to use when playing the game.
Gym: a place where teams battle for control of these real world locations. These gyms are like weight rooms. Train your Pokemon here, and they’ll get stronger.
Pokedex: This lists the Pokemon you have caught or have seen in the game.
Shop: Use coins to buy Pokeballs and other items that your family could use. Warning: This shop also lets you use real money. Although the game is free, make sure you talk to your kids about the difference between earning coins and buying coins.
Items: This backpack stores items used throughout the game.
Pokemon: This allows you to see all the Pokemon you caught. If you left swipe, you can see all the eggs that you have collected.
We noticed that we weren’t paying enough attention to traffic, so I navigated as my wife played. For this and lots of great other reasons, we recommend joining in the hunt with your kids (see our other advice at the end of this article).
Once you hit the Pokemon with the Pokeball, it’s caught. The ball wiggles three times to signify it’s now part of your collection.
Don’t worry if you miss. It takes time to develop your own method. We went through countless balls as the night went on.
Know the Map
Words of Advice
Battery: This game needs a massive amount of battery power. Even if you use the game’s energy saving feature, it’s still going to drain your battery. Keep a charger on hand or a cellphone power bank.
Traffic: Always keep your eyes on the road. Even in places with minimal traffic, there are people playing games or riding bikes. It’s important to be mindful and polite to others as you walk past them. Step aside of the sidewalk while you’re battling, for instance.
Safety in General: While traffic is a big one, safety is always a consideration. Use common sense; explain to young children they can’t go hunting alone, and counsel older kids about venturing into unknown areas and general conduct around strangers.
Popularity: "Pokemon Go" is surpassing the expectations of its developer. Although my wife and I have played the game multiple times already, we failed to log in several times due to too much traffic on its server.