You’ve probably heard of it. Pokémon Go is all the rage. For those of you not familiar with it, the game allows players to interact with virtual Pokémon as if they are in the real environment. When you find one, the game opens up your phone's camera and you flick a Poké Ball toward the creature to capture it. The game has added billions, yes billions, of dollars to Nintendo’s valuation. It’s not without controversy. Intent on the game, people have fallen or walked into things. There has been criticism of the use of certain graveyards and memorials as part of the game, and even reports of crime as people were lured with the thought of Pokémon and then robbed.
For us it has been beneficial. The game gets people up and walking and if you know Referential you know we value health and encourage exercise. The part of our team that usually walks the least is now up and about at lunch and breaks. Not only are they getting steps, they are having fun together. And those of us who don’t play are enjoying it. We’re learning the lingo and watching the friendly competition as folks move through the stages. Who knew a game would have such impact on health and camaraderie!