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Pokemon GO and Florida Landmarks

Written By, Jordan R.

“I wanna be...the very best...like no one ever was!” Jeez, does that bring back some nostalgia or make you feel really old? Pokémon came out when Millennials were kids and they all hopped on the crazy train of fandom pretty quickly. Pokémon kept going on for six Pokémon generations and two decades, slowly petering out. Pokémon became fairly quiet, until now, with Pokémon GO!

If you haven’t heard of Pokémon GO, it’s a smart app that was originally announced on September 10, 2015 and shortly released thereafter on July 6th, 2016. The game is a smartphone app that players can download and play for free. Of course, there will be accessories and in-game purchases to go along with it.

By making use of a smartphones’ GPS, the app alerts the player of a nearby Pokémon in the real-world. Yeah, you read that right, the “real world.” When loaded up, the smartphone uses the camera to display real world surroundings while superimposing the image of a Pokémon into those surroundings. That was just the beginning however. Back in March, it was confirmed that Pokemon GO would also work with Google’s VR headsets, allowing people to literally immerse themselves into the world of Pokémon.

For a look at how all of this will work, check out this nostalgic, tear-jerker of a video: http://bit.ly/1EXkGAm

How does this relate to cars? Well, aside from the tech aspect (which we’re really into), this app is unlike any other type of video game because it actually requires users to TRAVEL to get to fully explore the game. Only certain Pokémon are available in certain locations around the world, so we see car travel being pretty important to die-hard Pokémon fans.

So, this got us thinking. What kind of Pokémon would we find in a day’s drive in Florida? Well let’s see...we’re surrounded by water, we have the Everglades, and a good handful of small forests. That would be bug types, leaf, air, and water. Because landmarks always bring the people in, we have some ideas of where to go in Florida for finding Pokémon.

Lightning Stadium, Tampa - Electricity types like Pikachu and Zapdos of course. Drivers of electric cars like the Mitsubishi i-Miev or Kia Soul EV will have the advantage of luring these creatures out.

The Florida Everglades - Earth types found in swamps like Muk, Feraligatr, and Dewgong to name a few. To get through all the mud and grass, a Jeep Wrangler would make tracking Pokémon a little easier.

Weeki Wachie, Rainbow, and Ginnie Springs - Water types are bound to be found near natural springs, so we’re thinking Squirtles, Froakies, just look out for an Ekans. Plus, it’s a great chance to take all the kids out with the Chrysler Pacifica.

Any Beach - On the beach, prepare to see plenty of Wingulls and Dwebbles, and possibly an Exeggutor or two. Check out Siesta Key or Blizzard Beach; they’re both very popular and bound to be a Pokémon hotspot! With all that water there’ll be a lot of Pokémon, which means you need a lot of Pokéballs. A Ram Promaster can easily be turned into a Pokémon van.

Can you think of any other Florida landmarks where you can find Pokémon? Perhaps the legendary Mew is hanging around your house cat, or you can find Gyarados while deep sea fishing, never know. Let us know what you think on our social media page, and remember - to be a Pokémon Master, you gotta catch’em all!

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