Have you noticed more people than usual wandering Burlington glued to their smartphones this week? You’re not imagining it: They’re playing Pokémon Go.
The smartphone augmented-reality game, released last week, uses the phone's GPS to show players a map of their real-world surroundings — with the Pokémon world layered on top. Landmarks and local businesses become "Pokéstops" where nearby players can check in to collect items, or virtual "gyms," where players can train their Pokémon. While walking around in the real world, players may encounter Pokemon, which appear on screen and can be captured using the phone's camera.
In Burlington, local Poképlayers have headed to central locations to battle, collect items and socialize. Kids VT intern Andie Pinga found some of them wandering the Church Street Marketplace on Tuesday afternoon.
Elsewhere in Vermont, park rangers had some fun in the field: