Monday, March 23, 2020 March 23, 2020 at 09:23AM - Playing Pokémon Go from the sofa

As regular games sales surge, spare a thought for Pokémon Go. Its real-world gamplay faces a unique and sustained existential challenge - one whose effects are already being felt by its community, even in places not yet on lockdown.

It's the social side I miss. This weekend's ticketed Genesect event would ordinarily have been a chance to meet up, throw some lures down in the park or pub and catch up for a few hours. Instead, I spent Saturday largely at home, catching Pokémon while playing Animal Crossing. Sunday was taken up by a long walk far from anyone else among the Sussex Downs.

As other people turn to video games and video hangouts for distraction and company, I'm left looking at the game I use for socialising and exercise and wondering how that will work over the next few months.

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