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J Emerg Trauma Shock. 2018 Oct-Dec;11(4):243-246. doi: 10.4103/JETS.JETS_87_17.

Going Forward with Pokemon Go.

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1
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
2
Department of Emergency Medicine, Singapore General Hospital, Singapore.

Abstract

Pokemon Go is an augmented reality (AR) game which combines the use of smart mobile technology with physical exploration in the real world. It was a global phenomenon that rocked the world since 2016. Across boundaries and nations, the young and seniors were actively downloading and playing, joining the intrend gaming community. Was it a fleeting fad or a more sustainable activity? This paper discusses the literature currently available on this interesting phenomenon: its effect on physical and mental health as well as some documented hazards and distractions. From the review, Pokemon Go demonstrates that cleverly implemented AR games can reach millions of people and trigger substantial behavioral changes. AR games can help increase physical activities and exercise provided people's interest can be sustained.

KEYWORDS:

Augmented reality; Pokemon Go; gameplay; gaming; mental wellness; physical exercise

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