Having trouble finding activities for you and your YAL chapter to do as a group? Need a good recruiting tool to get people at school to join your team? Well now you can catch them all! Unless you’re living under a rock or hate technology, you’ve probably seen your friends go crazy over the Niantic Labs app-based game Pokémon Go. It allows you and your friends to capture Pokémon in the real world by walking around in the real world and catching the popular creatures on your phone. You can train them, team up with friends to battle with them at cyber gyms, as well as visit real world landmarks such as churches and memorials to get in game items. If you grew up playing the original Pokémon Red, Pokémon Blue, or Pokémon Yellow games on the Gameboy, it’s a great throwback to that time, in addition to being an excuse to go outside and walk around.
Originally, Niantic meant to release this game starting in Australia and New Zealand to start and eventually open up the game to North American, European, and Japan once the test releases in Australia went smoothly. This is a very common thing for websites, games, and apps meant for a wide audience. When a developer knows there will be high demand for a product, they’ll release the game slowly in various markets, after extensive beta testing, to give their servers time to adapt and adjust to the sudden surge of new users. This allows the players to have a relatively bug-free launch once the game is available for wide release. In fact, the absence of this phase-in approach was one of the primary reasons for why the Obamacare website crashed so frequently in its early days.