Pokemon Go has lured thousands of Australians out into the streets, with organised events across the country called Pokemon GO Walks. On July 10, people showed up in droves to take part in the augmented reality craze sweeping the world. The Perth event co-ordinators, from RFLan, said more than 2000 people attended the city-wide event that started in Forrest Place, looping around Murray and Hay Street Malls, up to Elizabeth Quay and back to where it kicked off. Credit: Facebook/Redflag Lanfest
WHILE it may be responsible for some serious mayhem around the globe, Pokemon Go has also helped develop a sense of community among players of the game.
By now it has become obvious that Pokemon Go has an in-game map reflecting locations in the real world, which encourages players to explore their neighbourhoods.
This has not only seen an influx of people being active in their local city, but it has resulted in a number of Pokemon Go themed events.
To make things easier for those budding Pokemon Masters wanting to attend, we have complied a list of the biggest Pokemon Go events happening this weekend.
• Pokemon Pub Crawl – Share a brew with other Pokemon Trainers and search Sydney’s pubs to find out which is home to the most powerful creatures. The event will have PokemonGo related drinking games and will start at Frankie’s Pizza from 8pm Saturday night.
• Pokemon Go Theme Night – Campbelltown City Bowl is inviting all Trainers for a night of unlimited Pokemon Go related bowling. The event promises to have lures running the whole night, Pokemon plush toys up for grabs and Poke-Cocktails. The event will run from 7pm – 10pm with booking essential.
• The Nerd Cave Pokemon Go Meet up – This event will mainly take place around Prince Alfred Park, which is located one minute away from The Nerd Cave. In addition to the tops and gyms in the area, the shop owners will be inviting one team at a time back to the Cave to grab some drinks and charge their phones. The Nerd Cave said it will be rotating this as much as possible and will also be enforcing a zero-tolerance policy on harassment. The event will run Sunday from 1pm – 9pm.
• Pokemon Go Rooty Hill – The Zest Grill House will be hosting a free meet up for Pokemon Go players this Saturday from 12pm – 2pm. The venue has free Wi-Fi, a PokeStop and PokeGym on site and will be dropping lures to attract rare Pokemons to the venue.
• Pokemon Go Journey – Out of all Melbourne’s planned Pokemon Go events, this is by far the most popular with 2200 people confirmed as going and another 7500 people interested. Meeting at Federation Square, the event will walk around the CBD setting lures, and getting as many items/Pokemon as possible. A map of the journey locations will be updated before the event, which is set to take place from 12pm tomorrow.
•Pokemon Go Walk Melbourne – In an attempt to destroy Sydney’s organised meet up, Melbourne will be hosting a Pokemon Go walk to show they have the world’s best trainers. Starting at Federation Square from 1pm tomorrow, the walk head down the Yarra and will pass a number of Pokemon hot spots.
• Pokemon Pub Crawl – This event is offering the chance to mix with other players to talk tactics and strategies, while having a few drinks along the way. By wearing the colour of the team you represent or dressing in Pokemon themed clothing, revellers will be rewarded with specials. The pub crawl will begin at The Mill House from 7pm. Bookings are essential.
• Pokemon Go Hunt at Deakin University – While technically not on the weekend, Deakin University will be holding an open event for anyone interested in catching some Pokemon around campus. With the promise of Pokestops and lures, the event will be help next Tuesday from 1.30pm – 4.30pm.
Pokemon Go, an augmented reality game that is played on your phone, is already causing serious effects worldwide.
Pokemon Go Social Club – This event is a little different from the others as it is focused on cleaning up the “spiritual home” of Pokemon Go players. With hundreds of players visiting South Bank to pop lures and catch Pokemon every day, the area has become an eyesore and now its time to give back. From 1pm tomorrow, Pokemon Trainers are being asked to bring a bag and rubber gloves to help clean up South Bank Parklands.
Pokemon Go Brisbane City Adventure – In attempt to keep up with its larger sister cities, Brisbane is organising a Pokemon Go walk. Players are encouraged to wear their teams colours and if not in a team, organisers promise to help you reach level five in no time. The event will leave from the front of the Botanical Gardens at 11am.