Pokemon Go craze hits Jamaica

Ayesha Wedderburn is only 14-years-old but she has been bitten by the Pokemon Go bug.

The upper St Andrew girl spends hours every day, especially since school is out, immersed in the craze that has taken the world by storm. She wants to capture the Pokemon.

“It is pretty much all I do. Sometimes my parents have to take the (smartphone) away and force me to get something to eat. I love the game. It is very exciting,” the 10th grader told Loop News.

Ayesha is one of thousands of Jamaicans, children and adults alike, who have been caught up in the Pokemon Go craze. It is not surprising as Jamaicans are very much into what trends on the world stage.

Yunkang Liu is seven years older than Ayesha, but he loves the virtual reality challenge no less.

“I play for at least three or four hours a day. I am not an addict but I know people who are. They have found all the Pokemons already,” the St Andrew resident said.

The challenge is for players to capture and battle the pocket monsters in an effort to become the greatest Pokemon trainer in the world. In this latest version in the Pokemon series, players move around the real world.

The app shows a map of the area around the player, with various points of interest marked.

Players physically walk up to one of the points, referred to in the game as a Pokéstop, then tap an icon on screen and are rewarded with items and experience points.

The Pokemons can appear anywhere and at any time.

The game is available in over 30 countries, including the United States, Canada and most of Europe. It is expected to be launched in Japan on Wednesday.

The Pokemon Go mania has resulted in the doubling of the market share of parent company Nintendo.

Source: LoopJamaica

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