International Games Week October 29 – November 4

Library Pokémon Battle Map

Posted on July 26, 2016

Pokémon Go is a cultural phenomenon. Released early July 2016, Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game that has truly augmented the world beyond the scope of a mobile screen.

What is Pokémon Go?

In Pokémon Go, players become Pokémon Trainers who endeavor to catch wild Pokémon that appear in different real-world locations, hatch them from eggs by accumulating distance by walking around, and battle for gym leadership. The mobile application is essentially a Pokémon overlay on a real-world map wherein real locations may be shown as Pokémon Gyms. Pokémon Trainers vie for leadership of gyms by battling their collected Pokémon.

How is Pokémon Go valuable to libraries?

Since its release, Pokémon Go has changed public spaces and fostered a sense of collaboration as people from all walks of life share in and enjoy this transmedia storytelling experience. Players engage at an intersection of both the physical and virtual worlds, a place where librarians can meet them to foster multimodal literacy.

Tell me more about International Games Day's Library Pokémon Battle Map!

When players reach level 5, they are then able to participate in gym battles and select a team. In Pokémon Go, there are three teams: Team Mystic, Team Valor, and Team Instinct.

Gym Leader: Team Mystic Gym Leader: Team Valor Gym Leader: Team Instinct

Teams Mystic, Valor, and Instinct are represented by blue, red, and yellow, respectively.

As part of the fun activities of this year's IGD, we are hosting a Library Pokémon Battle Map which shows team leadership at gyms at libraries all over the world. Librarians can report which Pokémon Team is in control of their library's Pokémon Gym using the Pokémon battle form. Once you have entered your library's information, you will have the option to edit the form to update the information as it changes each day or as often as you would like.

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    1. Will this be the featured game for International Game Day this Year

      • We are featuring the map and hope that libraries will use it to show their current gym champions. Libraries are welcome to incorporate Pokemon into IGD at their location, but there isn’t a national or international event using Pokemon this year.

    2. We’re not a Pokémon gym and the closest gyms are at least a block away. However, we are a PokéStop! I’m thinking of buying a few lures and setting them throughout the afternoon to hopefully draw in some people who might then want to play our tabletop selections. 🙂

    3. None of my Libraries are gyms which is unfortunate. We have gyms close-by so unlikely that we would be able to request to become a gym. Any other suggestions on how we could incorporate Pokemon as part in IGD?

      • You can use a nearby gym’s leader for the map. We don’t have a plan for anything worldwide for Pokemon. If you have ideas, let us know and we’ll try to do it.

        • We recently held a pokemon Battle the Gym Day at our library which was great! But this month we’re also holding a photo competition, so if you take a photo of the pokemon you’re catching in the library kyou go into the draw to win an EB Games gift voucher. At the end of next month, we’re hosting a Pokémon Walk. So within an hour you start at the Library and can spend the hour walking and finish back at the library. There will be prizes for who has caught the most pokemon, the pokemon with the highest CP and then for whoever collected the most items within the hour. So far Pokémon Go has been really successful at getting people involved in the library, I can’t wait to see how the Pokémon Go walk goes 🙂

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