All Things current and trendy

Here at Allegheny Mountain we’re sometimes referred to as “unique by nature, traditional by choice” but occasionally we cover contemporary, cutting edge or even trendy items. One of our youth correspondents, Tye Hooker, brings us up to date.

“Many of you might remember the first Pokemon games, when boys and girls ran into shops with their game-boys and purchased hundreds of dollars worth of games. That Pokemon era may be gone, but a new day is dawning on the horizon of mobile gaming- Pokemon Go! A location-based game mobile game that allows players to capture, battle, and train virtual Pokemon. The developers, Niantic, which had tried to develop other augmented reality games, hit the nail on the head with Pokemon Go! By July 23rd, the game had almost 30 million downloads, passing famed Candy Crush Sage as one of the most used app.s . But as more and more people downloaded the game, it took on a life of it’s own. Since the game is free to play, millions of people had access to the game. All you have to do is enable the app to use your location and your camera. To keep up with the demand more and more Pokemon were released to players. While on a routine traffic stop a police officer had his car run into by a man driving and playing Pokemon Go. Players found themselves looking through their cameras instead of paying attention to their surroundings. In California, while playing Pokemon Go, two people walked off a 90 foot cliff, both living to tell the tale. So why do people like it so much? To answer this question I went to the best source, the players. One player told me, “It’s fun; I like to catch all the Pokemon.” Another one of my friends, Ethan said, “I wanted to play it because I saw everyone else was.” As the game continues to smash records and take names in the mobile gaming worlds, companies are fighting for their piece of Pokemon Go. Just last night, Nintendo had all of its stock in Pokemon Go taken away as investors learned that they don’t own the game. As the craze continues to sweep the nation, the only thing on the players’ minds now is they “gotta catch ‘em all.”

My resources for this report were: my friends and .



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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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