First Day With ‘Pokémon Go’ in the Real World

Alexandra Avast details her first day with Nintendo's 2nd mobile launch title!

If you weren’t already hot on the trail for the nearest Pokémon and PokéStops, then odds are you are waiting for the hype to die down so that you can actually sign up and play Nintendo’s latest foray into the mobile market. “Pokémon Go” encourages players to get up and get out by using GPS to track trainers in the real world. By using your mobile phone’s camera, you can capture Pokémon via augmented reality.

Today was my first outing with the app. I loaded it up last night after countless failed attempts to use my already existing Pokémon Trainer club. Instead, I had to use my Google email. At first I thought the Pokémon Gym and the PokéStops (which give you all sorts of goodies from Pokéballs to eggs and potions) would be too far to walk to, so my sister and I drove to go see how far the map locations actually were.

With everyone online buzzing about this title, we couldn’t wait to see what awaited us. Surprisingly, the PokéStop wasn’t far at all! No, it was right by the local middle school down the street. I grabbed a few Pokéballs and an egg; she didn’t get nearly as much, but she did find a Pokémon. We actually had more success when we went out walking later to go and see what the Pokémon Gym by the pond was all about. I’ll be updating with Youtube video over the next few days if you are interested in tracking my training journey, but otherwise I have to get to level five to challenge the gym! I’m almost there tonight, but not quite.

I’ve heard quite a few people talking about picking a “team,” but it seems I haven’t gotten to that point even at level 4. I have caught 30 Pokémon as of an hour ago. There was a period of about three hours today that neither my sister or me could access the server. Here’s an image that seems to have become quite famous over social media platforms everywhere:

So if you are in the middle of catching a Pokémon and the Pokéball freezes, I recommend trying to wait as long as possible. We tested this too; my sister lost her freshly caught Pidgey when restarting shortly after the game stopped responding, but I waited awhile and it was still recorded in my Pokédex despite that I didn’t see it recorded. The longer you can wait, the more likely it is that the Pokémon will still be recorded in your dex.

On the flip side, if you are having trouble connecting to the server at all, especially after a successful log-in and more than twenty minutes of game time, try putting your phone into airplane mode. I did that today while I was trying to nab the PokéStop goods! In fact, I managed to get the PokéStop twice this way (and back to back! Score!). I don’t know if the game glitched, but somehow it worked.

I’ll have more tips throughout the week, so feel free to follow us on Twitter or check out my YouTube for the Pokémon catch compilation videos I’ll be posting. We will also be publishing an ultimate tips guide over the next few weeks, so be on the lookout for that too!

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