CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER
CONNECTING PEOPLE TO IDEAS AND TO EACH OTHER

Will Pokemon Go Put an End to Gamer Stereotypes?

The Wildly Popular Augmented Reality Game Brings Players Into Their Communities and Helps Them Connect

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The sensation that is Pokemon Go has gotten millions of players off the couch and into their neighborhoods. The game’s artful use of augmented reality (AR) has demonstrated perhaps more than ever before how digital technologies can powerfully enhance social interaction—not just drive us apart.

Pokemon Go also should put to rest the stereotypical image of the “gamer” as glazed-over teenage boy, solitary and antisocial, blasting away in a first-person shooter game in his darkened bedroom.

For some time, the game industry has recognized that the average video game player …

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