​I hunted Pokemon by two of the world’s most famous landmarks and all I caught was a lousy Zubat

Sydney deserves better

If you’ve not seen it, the new Pokemon Go mobile game lets you walk around town interacting with local landmarks via your phone’s screen. You’ll likely find plaques, artworks and other local facts about where you live and work that you never knew existed. And then, every once in a while, a wild Pokemon will appear on the ground next to you (it’s invisible but you can see it on your phone’s screen) and you’ve gotta catch it by flicking Pokeballs at it.

There are some exotic Pokemon and many boring ones. Perhaps I was hoping for too much when I stood beneath Sydney’s iconic Harbour Bridge, looking out across the water to the enormously-famous Sydney Opera House only to be notified that the wild Pokemon that had appeared was this.

A wild Zubat appeared. In front of Sydney Opera House while standing under the Harbour Bridge.A wild Zubat appeared. In front of Sydney Opera House while standing under the Harbour Bridge.Got it!Got it!

Come on guys. I walked down a steep hill after a spin class to get that. I’m not looking for pity but Sydney deserves better.

Should be a Pokemon Playground.Should be a Pokemon Playground.How Sydney Harbour Bridge (and Tunnel, left) appear in game.How Sydney Harbour Bridge (and Tunnel, left) appear in game.

Meanwhile, a walk around the North Sydney shore – as with many places – is really quite eye-opening. This game really is a great entry into orienteering and discovering information that you simply didn’t know about.

A plaque I must have walked past a million times.A plaque I must have walked past a million times. Read more:Has Corsair fixed the main problem of PC gaming in the living room? Corsair Lapdog reviewMy friends got married next to this but it barely registered at the time.My friends got married next to this but it barely registered at the time.

The game is pretty rough in terms of accuracy though. Here the game said I was in the middle of the Harbour while I was actually standing here.

Sydney's famous Circular Quay as seen from the water, apparently.Sydney's famous Circular Quay as seen from the water, apparently.

Still, Pokemon Go is a glimpse into location-based augmented reality gaming and applications. It shouldn’t be long before people are shooting lasers at real-life opposing team members. At which point, one suspects, the Pay Attention to your Surroundings warnings probably will come into their own.

Read more:Is this the best value phone on the market? Moto G4 Plus reviewPay attention to this Pay Attention warning as it's good advice.Pay attention to this Pay Attention warning as it's good advice.

But it's early days, accuracy needs to improve somewhat and if your phone signal is weak things can get infuriating.

Where it said I was.Where it said I was.Where I actually was.Where I actually was. Read more:​Review: Periscope users rejoice with Feiyu’s G4 Plus 3-Axis Gimbal for Smartphone video

Addendum

I confess, after a bit more pacing (away from the Harbour Bridge) this happened. I almost got run over catching it but at least it’s better than that bat thing.

A squirtle or slowpoke or something.A squirtle or slowpoke or something.


Read more:Hands-on with Pokémon Go: Catch 'em all by exploring the real world

This story, "​I hunted Pokemon by two of the world’s most famous landmarks and all I caught was a lousy Zubat" was originally published by PC World Australia.

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