‘Pokemon Go’ has Red Deerians on the move

  • Aug. 10, 2016 7:58 p.m.

A revitalized video game has taken Red Deer by storm, affecting a huge variety of the population with its intriguing gameplay.

Since the release of the Pokemon Go app, the City has been full of players gathering in droves to collect and battle their Pokemon.

The original Pokemon games were released in the early 1990s and have remained relatively popular through the years. The release of Pokemon Go – an interactive app for fans – has blown up globally, with Red Deer being no exception to the craze.

“I got it before it even came out. The first day I got it, I actually went out in my bare feet just to catch a Zubat – which I feel a little silly about because they are everywhere – but it was fun. I’ve had a lot of fun playing it,” said Poke-fan Cassie Hall.

“There are days when we get out of the house and go for more than one walk. We walked past a Poke-stop once, and we saw two men sitting in their truck in front of the store who were probably in their fifties, and they were playing it too.”

The game is designed to have players walking around, exploring their neighbourhoods and cities to find new Pokemon, hatch eggs and claim gyms.

Supply spots based on local landmarks – called Poke-Stops – are located around the City, drawing players to certain locations such as Bower Ponds.

According to data from, Pokemon Go is quickly becoming one of the most downloaded and most used apps in North America.

Data suggests that Pokemon Go is closing in on Twitter in terms of downloads and useage.

“I think it’s awesome. It gets everyone out and walking, which is awesome. It’s getting everyone exercise. I’d probably be inside playing video games right now, instead of out walking around,” said Sean Hall, a huge fan of the game.

“It’s pretty crazy to see all the age groups that are out playing it, too. I’ve lived in the area around Bower Ponds for quite awhile and hadn’t been down here in a really long time. I got to come down and see what’s new and there are more things that I want to get out and do now.”

Bower Ponds is a particularly hot spot for Pokemon-hunters, due to its large number of pitstops and high rate of activity to draw in more players at a time.

In July, Bower Ponds hosted a ‘Pokemon-Go meet up’ event that brought in approximately 1,000 visitors to the area during the day.

At any given time, one can walk the paths by the river and see handfuls of players quietly working on their collections and stats.

Cody Wallace, a local fan of the game, said the energy at Bower Ponds that day was palpable and that the entire area was covered in players.

“There were so many people here that at times you would be shoulder to shoulder with the crowd. It was insane. There were people on the grass, on the paths – everywhere,” Wallace said.

“It’s gotten people out of the house who I know usually hated going outside and now they’re out walking around almost everyday. That’s great to see.”

The game is so far showing no signs of slowing down in popularity. Players are encouraged to remain aware of their surroundings and are reminded to not play while driving as it will be ticketed as distracted driving.

Just Posted

Klaus testifies he falsely confessed to triple-homicide in Mr. Big sting

Klaus said confessions were made in order to further position within criminal organization

Red Deer River Naturalists host guest speaker

Bradley Peter will talk about new methods of lake monitoring

Superintendent Ken Foster sees progress in city policing

Red Deer RCMP Superintendent has been on the job for a year and has seen success

Accused Jason Klaus testifies in triple-homicide trial in Red Deer

Klaus charged with three counts of first-degree murder, one count of arson

WATCH: Red Deerians come together to ‘light the night’

Traditional Red Deer Lights the Night sees thousands

BC RCMP hunt for white SUV that rammed cruiser

Kamloops RCMP are looking for a white SUV headed north on the Yellowhead Highway

Canadian screen stars want ‘action’ from industry meeting on sexual misconduct

‘Of course there’s been sexual harassment here. Absolutely. No question.’

Opioid prescriptions up across Canada: report

The report shows the number of opioid prescriptions rose by almost seven per cent, while daily doses on average dropped

Russian meddling has implications for Canada

Kosovo president Hashim Thaci warns that Russian meddling has implications for Canada

Health Canada hints at government’s plans for legal pot

Health warnings, plain covers for pot packs under proposed regulations

Washington governor tells BC don’t be ‘daunted’ by Trump

“I want to assure this assembly that no matter who is in the White House, it won’t affect Washington state’s relationship with Canada or British Columbia.”

Feds plan to spend billions on housing strategy

However much of the $15.9 billion will not be spent until after the next election in 2019

David Cassidy, teen idol and ‘Partridge Family’ star, dies at 67

Cassidy announced earlier this year he had been diagnosed with dementia

Most Read